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Foxx Sworn In As Transportation Secretary

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Transportation Department says former Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx has been sworn in as President Barack Obama's new transpor...

States With The Most Dangerous Bridges

24/7 Wall St. | Samuel Weigley, Alexander E.M. Hess | Posted 06.29.2013 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: From rural covered passes to modern engineering marvels, bridges overcome natural obstacles and expedite transportation. Yet many ...

Foxx Confirmed As Next Transportation Secretary

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, N.C., and a political ally of President Barack Obama, was unanimously confirmed by the Senate...

House Republicans Push For Cuts To Popular Program

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are pushing to eliminate money for high-speed rail and a popular grant program for transportation projects. The belt-...

Sam Stein

In Exit Interview, Ray LaHood Warns Congress To Loosen The Purse Strings | Sam Stein | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Leaving what he called "the best job I've ever had," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood took some parting shots at lawmakers, mainly hi...

Barack Needs a Binder of His Own

Martha Burk | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

The president has weathered a good deal of criticism for a lack of women in high-level appointments. The administration has defended its mostly white-guy picks, and told the girls to wait -- more female appointments are coming. Here are a few entries to get them started.

Moving Company Withholds Ashes Of Widow's Dead Husband

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 08.01.2012 | Business

After losing her husband of 40 years, Toni Searcy couldn’t bear living in the same house she’d made a lifetime of memories in. But initiating her ...

Government Steps Up Fight Against 'National Epidemic'

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 06.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Calling texting and cellphone use "a national epidemic," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood laid out a blueprint Thursday for stepped-u...

Southwest Airlines Calls New Airfare Advertising Rule Unfair | Posted 12.28.2011 | Travel

Southwest Airlines Co. and some other carriers are fighting the U.S. Department of Transportation over a new airfare advertising rule scheduled to tak...

12 (More) Airline Regulations We Need Now

George Hobica | Posted 01.31.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Many of the airline shenanigans I hear about raise my blood pressure. And although the US DOT has recently come up with some new regulations, I think we need some other rules to protect passengers.

New Protections Coming For Air Travelers

AOL Travel | David Jones | Posted 06.20.2011 | Travel

The U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a series of new consumer protection measures that will force airlines to disclose hidden fees, ...

Northwest Airlines Failed To Follow FAA Safety Orders, Government Watchdog Confirms

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

WASHINGTON — A government watchdog has verified complaints by a federal inspector that Northwest Airlines wasn't following Federal Aviation Admi...

Toyota Fine: Record $16 Million Penalty Adds To Recall Woes

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Toyota hurriedly ordered recalls of nearly 10,000 Lexus SUVs for possible rollover dangers Monday and agreed to a record $16.4 mill...

Obama Bicycle Policy Wins Love From Cyclists, Scorn From Trucking Industry

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a weekend bicyclist, might consider keeping his head down and his helmet on. A backlash is bre...

LaHood: Toyota Fined $16M For Recalls

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The government accused Toyota of hiding a "dangerous defect" and proposed a record $16.4 million fine on Monday for failing to quic...

Toyota Recall: Government Still Hearing Complaints About Fixed Toyotas

AP | TOM KRISHER and KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

DETROIT — At least 15 Toyota drivers have complained to U.S. safety officials that their cars sped up by themselves even after being fixed under...

El Paso Corp. Fined $2.3 million For Wyoming Pipeline Explosion

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

WASHINGTON — The Transportation Department said Tuesday it has fined the El Paso Corp. and a Colorado subsidiary $2.3 million for safety violati...

Flight Delayed: New Airline Fines For Tarmac Stranding

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — The government is imposing fines for the first time against airlines for stranding passengers on an airport tarmac, the Transportat...

Tarmac Delays Limited: Government Imposes 3-Hour Limit

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Stinky toilets, crying babies, airless cabins – the Obama administration said Monday passengers don't have to take it any mor...

690,000 Clunkers Sold

AP | KEN THOMAS and STEPHEN MANNING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The popular Cash for Clunkers program generated nearly 700,000 new car sales during the past month, giving the U.S. auto industry a...

Cash For Clunkers: Deadline Extended For Dealers To Submit Deals

AP | KEN THOMAS and STEPHEN MANNING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The Transportation Department is assuring auto dealers they will get time to submit their pending Cash for Clunkers deals, as conti...

Sobering News: Drunk Driving Arrests Up 30% For Women

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

WASHINGTON — The number of women arrested for drunken driving has jumped nearly 30 percent in the past decade, a dangerous trend that was all to...

Is Stimulus Spending Fast or Slow?

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

To date, the department has obligated $15.7 billion, according to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's latest blog post last night. That is a third of the department's overall stimulus budget.

Airline Quality Was Better In 2008: Study

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Airlines carried fewer people last year, but did a better job for those who did fly. The rates of lost bags, late arrivals, passen...

Yes, We Can Regulate CO2!

Sarah Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah Newman

Environmentalists are heralding Obama's decision to review the request by California and 13 other states to establish strict limits on greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks.