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Nation Sep 10Freight railroads demand Congress give them more time to improve safety
Freight railroads are warning they may halt certain toxic chemicals shipments and stop allowing passenger trains to use their tracks if Congress doesn't extend a looming deadline to start using certain safety technology.
Politics Sep 01Consumer panel: Airlines should disclose fees, seat size
Airlines should clearly disclose the cost of change and cancellation fees, as well as the size of the plane's seats, before a passenger buys a ticket, a federal panel said Tuesday.
Nation Aug 26Blame the improving economy for worst traffic ever in U.S.
WASHINGTON — More jobs and cheaper gasoline come with a big, honking downside: U.S. roads are more clogged than ever now that the recession is in the rearview mirror.
Nation Aug 17After years of decline, traffic deaths spike in first six months of year
Traffic deaths were up 14 percent nationally in the first six months of this year and injuries were up by a third, according to data gathered by the National Safety Council.
Nation Aug 13Pilot reports of drone sightings more than double, FAA says
WASHINGTON — Pilot reports of drone sightings so far this year are more than double last year, government regulators say, raising concern about the potential for a deadly collision.
Politics Aug 13Pilot reports of drone sightings more than double
Pilot reports of drone sightings so far this year are more than double last year, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, raising concern about the potential for a deadly collision.
Nation Aug 11Driver was awake for 28 hours before crash that injured Tracy Morgan
The highway crash that severely injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian last year raises significant safety issues involving driver fatigue and truck safety, federal accident investigators said Tuesday.
Nation Aug 10Study shows chronic fatigue among air traffic controllers
WASHINGTON — Air traffic controllers' work schedules often lead to chronic fatigue, making them less alert and endangering the safety of the national air traffic system, according to a study the government has kept secret for nearly four years.
Politics Aug 07Report: Most railroads won’t meet safety deadline
WASHINGTON -- Only a handful of railroads are close to meeting a deadline this year to install safety technology that can prevent many crashes, including derailments due to excessive speed like the deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May, according…
Nation Aug 06Senate committee wants government crackdown on hidden airline fees
A Senate committee report urges the Transportation Department to crack down on unfair or hidden airline fees for things like seat reservations, checked baggage and ticket changes or cancellations.