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Obama administration releases earmark funds for infrastructure jobsupdated: Fri Aug 17 2012 18:42:00

In an effort to create more jobs and improve transportation, the Obama administration announced a new "Use It or Lose It" program Friday, making nearly $500 million in unspent earmarks available for states to use on so-called "shovel ready" infrastructure projects.

Airlines improve performance, but complaints persist updated: Thu Aug 09 2012 21:14:00

The nation's major airlines -- lambasted for years because of canceled flights, long tarmac delays, late arrivals and lost luggage -- have significantly improved in all four of those key measurements of customer service, the federal government said Thursday.

Veterans combat high unemployment ratesupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 11:34:00

CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr visits a Detroit job fair where businesses hope to hire qualified veterans.

Rail industry aims to hire 5,000 veterans this yearupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 11:34:00

Facing an aging rail industry workforce and an influx of returning military veterans, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday an initiative in which the growing rail sector will hire more than 5,000 veterans this year, matching the same number hired in 2011.

Feds announce crackdown on unsafe bus companies, shutting down 26 operationsupdated: Thu May 31 2012 16:01:00

Calling it the single largest crackdown on bus companies that the Department of Transportation has ever undertaken, Secretary Ray LaHood announced Thursday the agency has shut down 26 bus operators for breaking federal safety rules.

Teen girls take more risks behind wheel, study findsupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 08:43:00

A new study suggests that teen girls are far more likely than boys to engage in distracted driving behavior.

Feds unveil app for safety-minded bus passengersupdated: Tue Mar 20 2012 20:15:00

The U.S. Department of Transportation is going high-tech in hopes of keeping bus passengers safe. A new app, SaferBus, allows passengers to review a bus company's safety record before they book travel or buy tickets.

Administration proposes increase in transportation spending updated: Mon Feb 13 2012 19:38:00

President Barack Obama wants to raise the Department of Transportation budget by 2% next year.

Understanding airfares no longer up in the airupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 15:20:00

For those who like to fly but hate the hassle of hidden airfare fees, there is hope on the horizon. Starting next week, the only surprise they should experience is that there are fewer surprises.

New rules to prevent pilot fatigueupdated: Wed Dec 21 2011 13:30:00

The FAA announced a pilot fatigue rule which governs how much time off pilots have between work periods.

FAA announces pilot fatigue rule updated: Wed Dec 21 2011 13:30:00

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration announced Wednesday a sweeping final pilot fatigue rule governing how much time off commercial passenger pilots must have between work shifts, ensuring they have a longer opportunity for rest before they enter the cockpit.

U.S. to fund 46 transportation projects in 33 states, Puerto Ricoupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 18:25:00

All 50 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., submitted applications to the Department of Transportation for grants to fund DOT projects, but -- in a sign of tough economic times coupled with a shortage of federal dollars -- not everyone is finding presents under the federal Christmas tree this year.

Babbitt resigns as FAA chief after weekend arrest updated: Tue Dec 06 2011 18:08:00

Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt resigned Tuesday, three days after he was arrested on a drunk driving charge near his suburban Washington home.

CNNMoney: Gas mileage boost means pricier cars - EPAupdated: Wed Nov 16 2011 18:33:00

New federal gas mileage rules proposed Wednesday will add thousands of dollars to the cost of new cars. But in the long run, regulators say, drivers will spend less on gas, outweighing the additional cost at the dealership.

Obama signs bill ending partial FAA shutdownupdated: Fri Aug 05 2011 15:22:00

President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday temporarily restoring full funding to the Federal Aviation Administration, breaking a political impasse and allowing roughly 4,000 furloughed federal employees to return to work.

Sobbing FAA worker: I'm relievedupdated: Fri Aug 05 2011 15:22:00

FAA inspector Evelyn Martinez cries after hearing news that Congress has a temporary deal to end the stalemate.

Deal reached to fund FAA and put thousands back to workupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 19:34:00

Congressional leaders reached a deal Thursday to temporarily resume funding for the Federal Aviation Administration, ending an impasse that put thousands of federal employees out of work and halted activity on 200 airport construction projects.

Short-term FAA deal reachedupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 19:34:00

The House and Senate broker a bipartisan compromise to keep FAA employees from getting furloughed.

LaHood: 'Congress didn't do its work'updated: Thu Aug 04 2011 10:49:00

CNN's John King talks to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood about the furlough of thousands of FAA employees.

70,000 jobs lost! Really?updated: Thu Aug 04 2011 10:49:00

An oft-repeated statement that the Federal Aviation Administration's partial shutdown has forced the layoff of 70,000 construction workers is, at best, an over-simplification, and at worst, an exaggeration, according to the expert behind the number.

Obama, LaHood call on Congress to solve FAA funding disputeupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 09:48:00

President Barack Obama and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Wednesday urged Congress to immediately pass a temporary funding measure for the Federal Aviation Administration to put nearly 4,000 federal employees back to work and restart more than 200 airport construction projects.

CNNMoney: Washington remains torn on FAA shutdownupdated: Wed Aug 03 2011 17:09:00

Lawmakers on Wednesday appeared far from a deal to extend funding authority for the Federal Aviation Administration -- leaving some 4,000 federal employees and thousands more construction and support staff workers off the job.

Feds order ExxonMobil to improve safety at ruptured Montana pipelineupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 05:44:00

Federal authorities have ordered ExxonMobil to make safety improvements to a ruptured pipeline in Montana that caused 750 to 1,000 barrels of crude oil to gush into the Yellowstone River last week.

Officials: Pipeline that ruptured in California had prior leakupdated: Wed Jun 08 2011 21:33:00

Investigators only recently were told that a natural gas pipeline that ruptured last year in San Bruno, California, killing eight people, had a leak more than 20 years before, federal officials said Wednesday.

New fuel economy labels coming for 2013 model yearupdated: Wed May 25 2011 14:15:00

Revised fuel economy labels coming soon for new cars and trucks will show consumers how much they'll save -- or spend -- on fuel, compared with the average new vehicle.

Florida rejects federal fundsupdated: Tue May 10 2011 06:24:00

Gov. Rick Scott turns down federal funding for a high speed rail project saying "the risks outweigh the benefits."

Rejected by Florida, U.S. reallocates $2 billion for high-speed railupdated: Tue May 10 2011 06:24:00

Rail riders along the California coast and the Boston-Washington "Northeast Corridor" are set to reap much of the benefits from $2 billion that Florida policymakers had earlier rejected for high-speed rail development.

Feds demand New Jersey repay $271 million for tunnel projectupdated: Sat Apr 30 2011 18:38:00

The federal government wants New Jersey to repay $271 million after the state's Republican governor killed a Hudson River tunnel project, considered among the nation's most expensive public works initiatives.

Feds: Two air traffic controllers fired for sleeping on dutyupdated: Fri Apr 22 2011 09:58:00

The Federal Aviation Administration has fired two air traffic controllers, one of whom worked in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the other in Miami, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Wednesday.

New rules for air traffic controllersupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 16:06:00

After a string of public mishaps, air traffic controllers face a bevy of new rules about sleeping on the job.

LaHood: New rules for air traffic controllersupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 16:06:00

Air traffic controllers are facing a slew of new rules aimed at preventing them from falling asleep while on duty, the government announced on April 17.

Aborted landing of first lady's plane under investigationupdated: Wed Apr 20 2011 16:30:00

Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the independent National Transportation Safety Board are investigating an aborted landing by a plane carrying first lady Michelle Obama because it was too close to a military plane ahead, officials announced Wednesday.

DOT to airlines: No hidden feesupdated: Wed Apr 20 2011 06:07:00

Call it the Airline Passenger Bill of Rights, Version 2.0.

2010: Beating baggage feesupdated: Wed Apr 20 2011 06:07:00

HLN money expert Clark Howard talks with an entrepreneur who says he's beating airlines at their own game.

Controller catches flick at workupdated: Tue Apr 19 2011 21:01:00

The FAA says a Cleveland air traffic controller was watching a DVD in the control tower. Pilot overheard soundtrack.

LaHood stresses 'responsibility' after latest control tower fiascoupdated: Tue Apr 19 2011 21:01:00

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Tuesday said federal officials need to "keep harping" on personal responsibility in the wake of the latest claim of inattention by an air traffic controller -- this one reportedly was watching a movie while on duty -- and inaction by his supervisor.

Movie-watching the latest distraction in air traffic control sagaupdated: Tue Apr 19 2011 20:31:00

An air traffic controller in Ohio is the latest to get caught not doing his job, but this one wasn't sleeping in front of a radar position. He was watching a movie.

Feds unveil pipeline safety programupdated: Mon Apr 04 2011 13:12:00

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Monday that the Obama administration will push legislation designed to overhaul and upgrade America's aging oil and gas pipeline network.

Traffic fatalities fall to lowest level since 1949updated: Fri Apr 01 2011 09:11:00

The number of traffic fatalities continued its welcomed downward trajectory last year, falling 3% to its lowest levels since 1949, and a 25 percent drop from 2005, according to U.S. Department of Transportation estimates released Friday.

Rejected Florida rail dollars offered up in bidding processupdated: Fri Mar 11 2011 19:56:00

Days after Florida rejected $2.4 billion in federal money for a high-speed rail system, the money is now being offered up to other states in a "merit-driven" competitive bidding process.

A reprieve for high-speed rail in Florida?updated: Fri Feb 25 2011 22:50:00

A proposed high-speed rail line in Florida may not be dead after all.

States hope to cash in on Florida's rejection of rail fundsupdated: Mon Feb 21 2011 08:19:00

Florida's decision this week to shun federal funding for high-speed rail has set off an auction house-like frenzy among some states hoping to get a bigger piece of the pie.

Happy birthday to the stimulusupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 10:20:00

Two years ago, President Barack Obama signed the stimulus package into law, and ever since that day, politicians and political organizations have used the measure as a political football.

CNNMoney: Young car shoppers want an iPhone on wheelsupdated: Wed Jan 12 2011 15:12:00

For car shoppers under the age of 31, the biggest factor in deciding what to buy isn't performance, fuel economy or comfort, it's the shopping experience and "cockpit technology," according to a recent study.

LaHood fights loophole making it harder to nail drunken driversupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 17:01:00

Too many motorists stopped for suspected alcohol impairment have found that just saying no to a request for a roadside breath test improves their odds of beating a conviction, federal authorities say.

High price derails some U.S. bullet trainsupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 12:10:00

An Obama administration initiative that aims to create jobs and economic growth has been derailed in some states while it speeds along in others.

Fortune: Political gridlock railroads high-speed trainsupdated: Tue Nov 23 2010 11:45:00

Whether or not a multi-billion-dollar high-speed rail project is good for the nation, the current political schizophrenia over its funding is causing rail companies lot of pain.

Commercial jets to fly in skies reserved for militaryupdated: Thu Nov 18 2010 11:25:00

Aviation authorities are gearing up for a busy holiday travel season by clearing skies normally reserved for military aircraft in an effort to make room for more unfettered commercial travel.

LaHood to states: Proceed with rail projects or give up stimulus fundsupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 07:54:00

In some post-election hardball between the Obama administration and newly-elected Republicans, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is threatening to take back stimulus funds from states if they do not follow through on proposed rail projects.

CNNMoney: White House: Rail funds are for rail. Period.updated: Wed Nov 10 2010 11:19:00

In some post-election hardball between the Obama administration and newly elected Republicans, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is threatening to take back stimulus funds from states if they do not follow through on proposed rail projects.

Agencies team up to make grants more effectiveupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 14:14:00

Two federal departments have teamed up to coordinate the awarding of development grants, in an effort to to use taxpayer money more effectively for projects that connect housing with jobs and the means to get to them.

Gutsy governor gambles with jobsupdated: Mon Oct 18 2010 10:34:00

You've got to hand it to Chris Christie -- he knows how to play the game.

Feds, New Jersey look for ways to keep tunnel projectupdated: Fri Oct 15 2010 19:16:00

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came out of a meeting in Trenton with the federal government's top transportation official saying he'd been shown several ways to possibly salvage the multibillion-dollar tunnel project he shut down Thursday.

Obama seeks bipartisan support for infrastructure upgradeupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 12:39:00

President Barack Obama called Monday for Congress to approve a $50 billion plan to begin upgrading the nation's crumbling infrastructure, saying such an investment is vital to creating much-needed construction jobs and keeping the nation competitive in the global economy.

President Obama pushes roads planupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 12:39:00

President Obama announces his plan to address America's crumbling infrastructure and create jobs.

CNNMoney: Hyundai, BMW star in new crash test ratingsupdated: Tue Oct 05 2010 13:45:00

The federal government unveiled the first round of crash test results Tuesday under new, more stringent testing designed to be simpler for car shoppers to understand.

Distracted driving summit brings together lawmakers, victims' kinupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 12:48:00

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood kicked off a summit on distracted driving Tuesday by announcing new regulations intended to prevent accidents involving drivers trying to text or talk on cell phones while operating a vehicle.

Percentage of deaths linked to distracted driving remains steadyupdated: Mon Sep 20 2010 11:55:00

Distracted driving claimed the same percentage of overall traffic deaths in 2009 as in 2008, according to numbers released Monday, meaning it's still a big problem across the country, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says.

New rules proposed for pilot flight time and rest requirementsupdated: Fri Sep 10 2010 15:35:00

Commercial pilots would benefit from streamlined rules on flight time, duty and rest requirements in a proposal being announced Friday by federal regulators.

CNNMoney: Traffic deaths lowest since 1950updated: Thu Sep 09 2010 15:15:00

Traffic deaths have hit their lowest level since 1950, the year fatalities behind the wheel began to be tracked, according to the latest government statistics.

Trapped on the tarmac? It can still happenupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 08:32:00

We weren't supposed to see headlines like this anymore: "Passengers held on hot plane for hours" -- not after a tarmac delay rule went into effect in April imposing stiff fines on airlines that kept fliers stuck in grounded aircraft for a long time.

Feds propose new airline passenger protectionsupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 14:12:00

Weary airline passengers may see some travel improvements if a new wave of passenger protections is adopted.

New rules limit time on grounded planesupdated: Mon May 03 2010 10:34:00

Airlines face huge fines if planes stay on tarmac for more than three hours. CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports.

Understanding the new airline passenger protection rulesupdated: Mon May 03 2010 10:34:00

You've heard passengers' horror stories about sitting for hours in a parked metal tube with crying babies, clogged toilets and rationed snacks.

DOT plans 'strong enforcement' for tarmac delay ruleupdated: Tue Apr 27 2010 16:16:00

The new tarmac delay rule going into effect this week will be strongly enforced, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation said Tuesday.

CNNMoney: NASA to aid regulators in Toyota probeupdated: Tue Mar 30 2010 12:51:00

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Tuesday that his agency has enlisted scientists from NASA to help uncover whether electronic defects are to blame for unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles.

CNNMoney: Senator's filibuster threatens highway jobs: DOTupdated: Mon Mar 01 2010 13:26:00

Department of Transportation secretary Ray LaHood on Monday blamed a senator's filibuster for furloughing thousands of federal employees and threatening state jobs while shutting down highway construction projects nationwide.

CNNMoney: LaHood: Toyota regulators weren't 'lap dogs'updated: Wed Feb 24 2010 14:58:00

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, appearing before a Congressional panel Wednesday, defended the performance of safety regulators in dealing with problems involving Toyota cars, including unintended acceleration.

LaHood: 'No sweetheart deals'updated: Wed Feb 24 2010 13:52:00

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is adamant that his department does not favor one automaker over another.

CNNMoney: Texting-while-driving bans suggested to statesupdated: Mon Feb 22 2010 14:28:00

Federal safety regulators have proposed a set of guidelines for states to create laws that would ban text messaging while driving.

LaHood backpedals on recallupdated: Fri Feb 05 2010 12:55:00

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood clarifies his statement on what Toyota drivers should do with their cars.

Confusion over Toyota acceleratesupdated: Fri Feb 05 2010 12:55:00

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood caused a stir Wednesday when he told owners of recalled Toyotas to stop driving their cars, took back that wording, and said he meant to tell worried owners to take their cars to the dealer for a fix.

LaHood's Toyota warningupdated: Thu Feb 04 2010 14:05:00

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says Toyota owners should stop driving cars affected by the recall immediately.

U.S. official: Toyota pressured into recallupdated: Thu Feb 04 2010 14:01:00

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Tuesday that it took pressure from the government to get Toyota to take action over its sticking gas pedals.

CNNMoney: Concerned? Ask your Toyota dealerupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 13:08:00

Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Wednesday that owners of Toyotas affected by the recall should bring their cars to a dealer.

Distracted drivers caughtupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 12:29:00

Affiliate KRON's Stanley Roberts rides along as an officer catches distracted drivers in the act.

New rule for truck, bus drivers: No textingupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 12:29:00

Drivers of commercial trucks and buses are prohibited from texting under federal guidelines that U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Tuesday.

Snacks for stranded passengersupdated: Mon Dec 21 2009 17:03:00

New rules free up food for travelers stuck on the tarmac. CNN talks to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood about the plan.

New DOT rule limits airline tarmac delaysupdated: Mon Dec 21 2009 17:03:00

In what one advocate called "a Christmas miracle for airline passengers," the Department of Transportation on Monday announced a rule prohibiting U.S. aircraft on domestic routes from remaining on a tarmac for more than three hours with travelers aboard.

Distracted driversupdated: Thu Oct 01 2009 13:43:00

Last year, nearly six-thousand people were killed and half a million hurt in accidents involving so-called distracted drivers.

Victims, relatives press for action on distracted drivingupdated: Thu Oct 01 2009 13:43:00

Greg Zaffke II's mother, Anita, was killed in May when a car struck her motorcycle at a stoplight, he said.

CNNMoney: Grand total: 690,000 Clunkers clunkedupdated: Wed Aug 26 2009 13:55:00

With the final numbers now in, the Department of Transportation said Wednesday that nearly 700,000 old cars had been traded in for new ones under the Cash for Clunkers program.

Feds: Regional carrier, not crew, at fault in plane's tarmac strandingupdated: Fri Aug 21 2009 21:06:00

A poor decision by a regional airline was being blamed Friday for Continental Airlines passengers getting stranded overnight as their plane sat on a tarmac in Minnesota, federal transportation officials said Friday.

CNNMoney: Cash for Clunkers heading to junk yardupdated: Thu Aug 20 2009 11:28:00

Cash for Clunkers, the very successful federal program that has brought car buyers back to showrooms, is about to reach a very rough end of the road.

More women held for driving while intoxicated, study findsupdated: Wed Aug 19 2009 15:05:00

Arrests for women driving under the influence jumped by nearly 30 percent during the decade ending in 2007, according to a study released Wednesday by the U.S. Transportation Department.

CNNMoney: Cash for Clunkers extension signed into lawupdated: Fri Aug 07 2009 11:43:00

President Barack Obama signed a bill Friday morning that breathes new life into the popular Cash for Clunkers program.

CNNMoney: Senate OK's $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkersupdated: Thu Aug 06 2009 21:00:00

The Senate voted 60-37 passing a $2 billion extension of the popular Cash for Clunkers program Thursday evening, as lawmakers rushed to finish business before their August recess.

CNNMoney: Cash for Clunkers cars: Small wins bigupdated: Wed Aug 05 2009 15:13:00

The results from Cash for Clunkers are in: Compact cars and hybrids were top sellers under the government's trade-in program, according to government data.

What happens to your clunker?updated: Wed Aug 05 2009 01:41:00

CNN's Jason Carroll looks at what will happen to the thousands of cars traded in under the Cash for Clunkers program.

Texting and driving banupdated: Tue Aug 04 2009 14:02:00

A new bill in the Senate would require states to ban texting while driving. CNN's Jason Carroll reports.

Accidents prompt summit on distracted drivingupdated: Tue Aug 04 2009 14:02:00

The Obama administration is calling together a wide range of officials next month to address how to end accidents caused by distracted motorists.

CNNMoney: Dealers warned off Cash for Clunkersupdated: Sun Aug 02 2009 16:36:00

Despite the Obama administration's promises that any Clunker deals written this weekend would be honored, the National Automobile Dealers Association is advising its members to play it safe and not close any more deals until the program's fate is clearer.

Drunken driving declines in U.S.; drug use 'troubling,' agency saysupdated: Tue Jul 28 2009 10:39:00

Fewer Americans are driving drunk, but roughly one in six drivers on weekend nights is on drugs, according to a data released Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration survey.

Passenger trust is crucial, officials say at air safety summitupdated: Mon Jun 15 2009 16:24:00

Regaining the public's confidence in air travel, on every plane at every airport, is imperative, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Monday as he kicked off an air-safety summit.

Traffic deaths last year lowest since '61updated: Mon Apr 06 2009 15:47:00

The number of Americans killed on U.S. highways last year was the lowest since 1961, the Department of Transportation announced Monday.

'Shovels hit the ground' on stimulus project, Obama saysupdated: Wed Mar 04 2009 09:59:00

President Obama said Tuesday that the country already is "seeing shovels hit the ground" on the first infrastructure repair project funded through the Transportation Department's share of the $787 billion stimulus bill.

Obama: New roads save livesupdated: Wed Mar 04 2009 09:59:00

President Obama describes work that will be done to revamp the nation's infrastructure.

Stimulus will lead to 'disaster,' Republican warnsupdated: Sun Feb 08 2009 18:24:00

Leading Republicans warned Sunday that the Obama administration's $800 billion-plus economic stimulus effort will lead to what one called a "financial disaster."

Republican in Obama's Cabinetupdated: Fri Dec 19 2008 16:24:00

President-elect Barack Obama intends to nominate Republican Ray LaHood of Illinois to be his transportation secretary.

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