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Politics Jul 30Congress extends highway and transit funding for three months
Congress has passed a three-month bill to keep highway and transit money flowing to states, one day before the deadline for a cutoff of funds.
World Jul 30U.S. official: Washed up plane debris appears to match Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
According to the Associated Press, a U.S. official says debris found earlier today matches that of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that went missing last March.
Politics Jul 30Senate on track to approve 3-month extension to highway bill
WASHINGTON — Facing a Friday deadline, the Senate is on track to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care, leaving a raft of unresolved issues for a jam-packed congressional agenda in the fall.
Politics Jul 29House, Senate move toward passage of short-term transportation bill
WASHINGTON -- The House and Senate are moving toward passage of a three-month patch to keep federal highway and transit aid flowing to states while lawmakers seek the right mix of policy and revenue to achieve a long-term transportation deal.
Nation Jul 24U.S. investigates 5 airlines for price-gouging after Amtrak crash
WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Friday the government has opened a price-gouging investigation involving five airlines that allegedly raised airfares in the Northeast after a deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May disrupted rail service.
Nation Jun 10Obama administration proposes regulation of aircraft emissions
The Obama administration proposed Wednesday to regulate aircraft emissions in much the same way as power plants, saying they are a threat to human health because they contain pollutants that help cause global warming.
Nation Jun 10NTSB says Amtrak engineer didn’t use cellphone before crash
WASHINGTON — The engineer driving an Amtrak train wasn't using his cellphone just before the train derailed in Philadelphia last month, safety investigators said Wednesday, deepening the mystery of what caused the accident that killed eight and injured about 200.
Nation Jun 02Amtrak CEO vows to put safety technology into operation
WASHINGTON — An emotional Amtrak CEO pledged to lawmakers Tuesday that safety technology that could have prevented a deadly derailment last month in Philadelphia will be put into operation, while Democrats and Republicans exchanged barbs over whether Congress or the…
Nation May 26Amtrak to install long-sought cameras inside all locomotives
Amtrak said Tuesday it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record the actions of train engineers, following a deadly derailment earlier this month in which investigators are searching for clues to the engineer's actions just before the crash.
Nation May 21Senate Democrats want $21 billion for Amtrak’s maintenance backlog
Senate Democrats are demanding more money for Amtrak so the railroad can tackle a $21 billion backlog in repair and replacement projects.