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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.

U.S. fines Mexican airline for failing to display baggage feesupdated: Fri Jun 22 2012 13:58:00

Mexican discount airline Volaris has been slapped with a $130,000 fine for failing to alert passengers to potential baggage fees -- the first such fine levied under a new regulation, the Department of Transportation said Friday.

Hey fliers: You can't have it allupdated: Thu Jun 14 2012 09:25:00

Airline passengers still want it all: low prices, comfortable seating, "free" baggage check-in and other freebies.

Should parts of airplanes be kid-free?updated: Thu Jun 14 2012 09:25:00

Blogger Jenny Larson tells our Randi Kaye why she thinks it's a bad idea.

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.

Airlines post record lows for bumping, mishandled bagsupdated: Tue Feb 14 2012 16:30:00

It seems the airlines are doing something right. U.S. air carriers posted all-time lows for the number of mishandled bags and bumped passengers in 2011, according to reports released Tuesday.

Spirit Airlines lashes out against new airfare ruleupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 10:17:00

Spirit Airlines isn't happy with the new airline price advertising rule. The big "Warning!" sign popping up on the carrier's website makes that pretty clear.

New airline rules create transparencyupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 10:17:00

New airline rules will raise prices, but it's a benefit for consumers.

Opinion: Truth in airfare advertising is the best policyupdated: Wed Jan 25 2012 16:06:00

We've all seen that "great deal" airline ad, only to discover that with surcharges, taxes and fees, the great deal is not so great. Starting Thursday, when airline consumers see an advertised price of $500, that will be the price they pay. (Of course, there will still be some additional irritating "optional" fees like baggage charges, seat reservations, etc.)

New rules make airfare seem higher (even though it isn't)updated: Mon Jan 23 2012 09:30:00

When you look to buy airline tickets later this week, it might seem like prices have shot up. For once, that's not actually the case.

Rule coming to improve airfare transparencyupdated: Thu Dec 29 2011 12:47:00

Airline passengers won't have to wade several steps into the booking process to see the full price of an airline ticket after a new rule goes into effect next month.

Traffic deaths trended down again in 2010, says DOT updated: Thu Dec 08 2011 10:23:00

Some 32,885 people died on the nation's roadways in 2010 -- a number that, while slightly higher than preliminary figures released in April, shows the downward trend in traffic deaths is continuing, now reaching low levels not seen since 1949, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported Thursday.

CNNMoney: American Eagle fined for tarmac delaysupdated: Mon Nov 14 2011 11:33:00

American Eagle suffered a dubious distinction Monday, becoming the first airline to get fined for excessive tarmac delays, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

DOT moves to ban e-cigarettes on planesupdated: Mon Sep 19 2011 12:49:00

Puffing on electronic cigarettes is already a no-no on flights, but the government wants there to be no doubt.

DOT: Bus firm in Virginia crash tried to resume operationsupdated: Sun Jun 05 2011 09:55:00

The company that operated a commercial tour bus involved in a deadly crash this week has been issued a cease-and-desist order after the U.S. Department of Transportation said it tried to resume operations under a different name.

Deadly tour bus crash in Virginiaupdated: Sun Jun 05 2011 09:55:00

Several fatalities and numerous injuries were reported after a bus crashed on I-95 in Caroline County, Virginia. (no audio)

Continental, US Airways violated price advertising rules, DOT saysupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 15:05:00

The Department of Transportation fined Continental Airlines and US Airways on Thursday for violating the department's price advertising rules.

CNNMoney: New-fangled auto fuel economy labels unveiledupdated: Wed May 25 2011 11:40:00

Potential car buyers will see new designs for fuel economy labels, reflecting the increased use of alternatives to gasoline such as electric and diesel.

NYC unveiling 'bare bones' approach to crosswalk safetyupdated: Fri May 13 2011 16:49:00

In an effort to reduce speeding, New York City will introduce new LED warning signs outfitted with a clear reminder to drivers of the possibly deadly consequences of driving too fast through crosswalks: a skeleton and the words, "Slow Down."

Getting bumped gets more lucrativeupdated: Mon Apr 25 2011 12:16:00

Last week, the Department of Transportation released a slew of new rules that will affect the air travel experience. One of the more interesting changes? Getting bumped is now going to get you a lot more money than before.

Travel tips from a ticketing agentupdated: Mon Apr 25 2011 12:16:00

An AirTran ticketing agent gives some helpful tips for efficient and comfortable air travel.

Peanut allergy 'patch'?updated: Thu Apr 21 2011 05:48:00

A new treatment aims to desensitize patients to peanut allergies. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Peanuts on planes protected by lawupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 05:48:00

Packets of peanuts are in no danger of disappearing completely from airplanes. In a nutshell, there's a law protecting them.

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.

U.S. high-speed rail 'myths' debunkedupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 08:06:00

Are proposed multibillion dollar high-speed railway projects in the United States a smart move or a huge waste of taxpayer dollars?

Government investigates DOT's use of 'purchase cards'updated: Mon Apr 04 2011 22:41:00

Government auditors said Monday they are launching an investigation into possible misuse of government-issued purchase cards at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Congressman wants passenger rights to become a lawupdated: Tue Feb 15 2011 15:43:00

Airlines in the United States will carry a billion passengers a year by 2021, the Federal Aviation Administration predicted Tuesday -- raising the prospect of even more flight delays and complaints from the flying public.

Which airline are you really flying? Now, it's easier to knowupdated: Wed Jan 12 2011 12:43:00

When booking a flight online, you may think you're getting a seat on a major airline, but it's possible to unknowingly end up on a regional carrier instead.

CNNMoney: High-speed trains get new U.S. fundsupdated: Thu Oct 28 2010 11:53:00

The Department of Transportation awarded $2.4 billion Thursday for high-speed rail projects, though a lot more money is needed to make the project a reality.

U.S., global groups to share aviation safety dataupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 15:57:00

In a move to make air travel safer, the U.S. Department of Transportation agreed Tuesday to join three global organizations in establishing an exchange of aviation safety information.

$100k up 4 grabs in txting chmpionshpupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 04:31:00

Some of the fastest thumbs in the country will pound mobile phones at lightning speeds Tuesday for a chance to win $100,000.

Updated 'Fly Rights' consumer guide releasedupdated: Tue Aug 31 2010 16:25:00

The Department of Transportation's updated handbook for consumer air travelers outlines everything from choosing loyalty programs and making official complaints to the new three-hour tarmac delay limit.

CNNMoney: U.S. overhauling fuel economy labelsupdated: Mon Aug 30 2010 13:45:00

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation proposed two new designs for fuel economy labels Monday that would be used on all new vehicles.

Airline fees can make fare jump 50 percent, group findsupdated: Tue Jul 13 2010 14:01:00

That airfare you booked because it looked like a great deal can actually end up costing you 50 percent more because of extra airline fees, a watchdog group has found.

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.

CNNMoney: Airline industry made billions off added feesupdated: Mon May 03 2010 14:39:00

Those baggage fees really add up: The airline industry raked in nearly $8 billion from fees last year, according to a government report.

Agency denies tarmac delay exemption requestsupdated: Thu Apr 22 2010 16:48:00

Airlines hoping for exemptions at some airports to the tarmac delay rule going into effect next week are out of luck.

US Airways applies for tarmac delay exemptionupdated: Wed Mar 24 2010 12:07:00

US Airways has joined a handful of other carriers in filing for an exemption from the tarmac delay rule going into effect next month. The airline has asked the Department of Transportation for a waiver to the rule for its hub in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

CNNMoney: Driving deaths plunge, fewest since 1954updated: Thu Mar 11 2010 08:30:00

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that traffic fatalities in 2009 reached their lowest level since 1954.

Delta, JetBlue request exemption to tarmac delay ruleupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 19:50:00

A runway closure at John F. Kennedy International Airport has prompted JetBlue Airways and Delta Air Lines to ask for a temporary exemption at JFK to a rule designed to keep planeloads of passengers from getting stranded on the tarmac.

US Airways fined for fare price advertising violationupdated: Mon Mar 08 2010 14:36:00

The Department of Transportation slapped US Airways with a $40,000 civil penalty Monday for violating price advertising rules.

United fined for price advertising violationupdated: Fri Jan 15 2010 16:03:00

The U.S. Department of Transportation slapped United Airlines with a $30,000 fine Friday for violating price advertising rules, and the airline also will have to pay the balance for a previous infraction.

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.

CNNMoney: Highway stimulus: Just a 'down payment'updated: Wed Aug 26 2009 08:36:00

The government promised $27.5 billion in stimulus funds to help fix the nation's crumbling roads and bridges as part of a broader effort to save jobs. The effort is working...sort of.

CNNMoney: Clunkers: Dealers get ready for the 'hangover'updated: Tue Aug 25 2009 11:34:00

After the mad rush of car sales sparked by Cash for Clunkers, dealers will now find they have plenty of downtime to count their money.

CNNMoney: Cash for Clunkers: Only hours remainupdated: Mon Aug 24 2009 16:18:00

Cash for Clunkers is just about at the end of the road.

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: States lock in highway stimulus fundsupdated: Thu Jun 25 2009 17:25:00

Every state has committed at least half its highway stimulus funds so none will lose any of its allocation, the Obama administration said Thursday.

CNNMoney: Business Matchmaking: Speed-dating for contractsupdated: Thu Jun 18 2009 14:52:00

At the sound of a bell's "ding!," the floor of a cavernous expo hall swirls with movement as entrepreneurs in power suits scurry to find their next assigned table. There, a small business procurement officer waits to hear their pitch. The next bell will be in 20 minutes -- a brief window of time, but long enough to potentially kick off a lucrative business relationship.

Work begins on nation's largest mass transit projectupdated: Mon Jun 08 2009 20:15:00

The largest mass transit project in the country got under way Monday with the help of federal stimulus dollars, as public officials broke ground on a second passenger rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River.

Stimulus reality checkupdated: Mon Jun 08 2009 13:15:00

The White House is making plans to speed up the pace of stimulus spending. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

White House focuses on stimulating the stimulusupdated: Mon Jun 08 2009 13:15:00

As the nation's unemployment rate inches toward double-digit territory, the White House insists that job creation is on the way.

CNNMoney: Why stimulus money goes unspentupdated: Tue May 05 2009 13:41:00

The federal government has made available more than $74 billion in stimulus funds, but the majority of that money has yet to hit the streets.

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.

CNNMoney: Tougher fuel economy rules announcedupdated: Sat Mar 28 2009 08:25:00

The Department of Transportation announced the first increase in 25 years of the nation's fuel economy standards Friday.

Turning toxic coal ash into bridges, buildingsupdated: Fri Mar 20 2009 18:40:00

Despite the destruction it caused in a massive spill near a Tennessee power plant in December, coal ash has found many uses that benefit industry and even the environment.

Where the stimulus money is goingupdated: Tue Mar 03 2009 22:41:00

When the $787 billion stimulus bill was passed by Congress in February, $317.2 billion in spending provisions were appropriated for various federal agencies. Take a look at an overview of the numbers, where available:

CNNMoney: Driving declines for 8th straight monthupdated: Wed Aug 13 2008 14:00:00

Americans drove 12.2 billion miles fewer, or 4.7% less, in June than they did during June 2007, according to a report released Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Endangered Species: In More Danger updated: Tue Aug 12 2008 18:00:00

Analysis: The White House's proposed overhaul of the Endangered Species Act is its latest end-run around Congress to undo one of the real success stories of the green movement

CNNMoney: U.S. frees up airspace for July 4 weekendupdated: Wed Jul 02 2008 14:44:00

The U.S. military will open up airspace for commercial air travel during the Independence Day weekend to relieve congestion, the U.S. Department of Transportation said Wednesday.

CNNMoney: $4 gas solution: More miles per gallonupdated: Fri Jun 27 2008 11:55:00

Oil speculation has been getting a lot of attention from Congress lately. On Thursday lawmakers took up another possible solution: getting more miles per gallon out of cars Americans drive.

CNNMoney: Coping with high gas pricesupdated: Wed May 28 2008 12:33:00

Are high gas prices here to stay? Here are our top tips on what to expect and how to cope. NYC Hails Brooklyn Bridge at 125updated: Thu May 22 2008 12:00:00

Thousands of people are expected at the Brooklyn Bridge's 125th birthday celebration to honor the storied span which opened on May 24, 1883

CNNMoney: Congress examines giant airline mergerupdated: Wed May 14 2008 18:36:00

Congress Wednesday examined a proposed $3.1 billion merger that would create the world's largest carrier as critics of the deal warned it could drive up the price of air travel.

Confessions of an airline executiveupdated: Tue Dec 11 2007 10:13:00

Our anonymous confessor has been in airline public relations, marketing and customer relations for a decade now.

Friends remember bridge victimupdated: Sun Aug 12 2007 23:57:00

Friends remember bridge victim

CNNMoney: Proposals would hike bumped flight penaltiesupdated: Mon Jul 09 2007 06:29:00

Airlines would have to triple compensation for passengers involuntarily bumped from flights under one proposal being considered by U.S. transportation officials.

CNNMoney: Airlines hampered by delays, cancellationsupdated: Tue Jul 03 2007 03:21:00

The nation's airlines experienced their worst delays in 13 years and posted a sharp increase in cancellations during the first five months of the year, according to figures released Tuesday by the Department of Transportation.

New vehicles to offer crash preventionupdated: Thu Apr 05 2007 13:15:00

Plans to add crash prevention technology to all new passenger vehicles by 2012 could save up to 10,000 lives each year on U.S. roadways, a Department of Transportation official said Thursday.

CNNMoney: New vehicles to have crash preventionupdated: Thu Apr 05 2007 12:02:00

Plans to add crash prevention technology to all new passenger vehicles by 2012 could save up to 10,000 lives each year on U.S. roadways, a Department of Transportation official said Thursday.

CNNMoney: White House may fly solo on airlinesupdated: Fri Jul 07 2006 06:08:00

The Bush Administration is pushing ahead with a proposed change in Department of Transportation rules that will allow more foreign ownership of U.S. airlines, according to the Wall Street Journal.

CNNMoney: House panel votes to hike auto mileage standardupdated: Thu May 11 2006 10:44:00

A congressional committee narrowly approved legislation on Wednesday to give the Bush administration the authority it wants to raise fuel economy standards for passenger cars.

Cold War bunker found in Brooklyn Bridge updated: Tue Mar 21 2006 12:26:00

New York workers have discovered a trove of Cold War-era supplies within the masonry of the Brooklyn Bridge, a cache meant to aid in survival efforts in the event of nuclear attack.

$25 million initiative to boost child safety seatsupdated: Mon Feb 13 2006 11:43:00

Pointing to statistics showing that only one in five children between the ages of four and eight rides in a booster seat when traveling by car, Transportation Secretary Norman Minetta announced a federal initiative to increase booster seat use.

CNNMoney: Device stops speeders from inside carupdated: Thu Dec 01 2005 11:38:00

Canadian auto regulators are testing a system that would enforce speed limits by making it harder to push down the car's gas pedal once the speed limit is passed, according to a newspaper report.

CNNMoney: Flight delaysupdated: Mon Oct 10 2005 12:10:00

Flight delays and cancellations are rising. And you can blame it on everything from inclement weather to overcrowded airports and financial problems.

Study: Seat belt use at an all-time highupdated: Thu Sep 16 2004 20:47:00

Seat-belt use has hit an all-time high in the United States, the Department of Transportation announced Thursday.

CNNMoney: Disastrous moversupdated: Fri Aug 20 2004 15:29:00

Q. My movers were a disaster. They didn't bring tools, wouldn't move my sofa, then tried to overcharge me by claiming I had thousands of pounds more stuff than I did. I had to hire someone else to get the sofa out, and fight like crazy to get a price near the original $1,722 estimate. How could I have avoided this mess?

Win at the airline bumping bonanzaupdated: Fri Jun 04 2004 11:42:00

When was the last time you saw an empty seat on a plane? With airfares at record lows, airlines are packing in as many passengers as possible on each flight this summer in the hope of just breaking even.

Money Magazine: Air Apparent: Cut Down on Flight Delaysupdated: Tue Jun 01 2004 00:01:00

Wondering what to read on your next flight? Nothing short, we'd suggest. That's because many travelers will be spending more time aboard airplanes this summer, thanks to a rebound in air traffic th...

CNNMoney: Having a stress-free moveupdated: Wed Apr 21 2004 10:20:00

We just moved into our new digs at CNN Financial News. Are you gearing up for a move? If so, you'll want to think twice before you put all your worldly goods in the hands of a stranger.

CNNMoney: Nearly half of flyers use discountersupdated: Mon Jan 12 2004 11:11:00

Low-cost airlines are now carrying almost half the passengers flying and regional jet service has grown 140 percent over the last two years, according to a report from the Department of Transportation Monday.

FSB: Government Aid CAPITAL-INTENSIVE IDEASupdated: Fri Jun 01 2001 00:01:00


Money Magazine: Know Your Rightsupdated: Thu Apr 01 1999 00:01:00

In the wake of January's Detroit airport debacle--when a snowstorm kept hundreds of passengers trapped in planes for up to nine hours--politicians in Washington have been making lots of noise about...

Money Magazine: Fliers Alert: Here are your rights when you're wronged by an airlineupdated: Sat Oct 01 1994 00:01:00

Forget about frequent-flier miles. U.S. airline passengers today ought to get ! frequent-crier miles -- anything that might compensate them for the pound-the- counter-and-weep disarray that so ofte...

Fortune: SUMMER FARES: DEJA VU OF 1992?updated: Mon May 31 1993 00:01:00

Is the U.S. airline industry headed for another suicidal fare war? Last summer a 50%-off sale filled the sunny skies, and the players are still smarting from the losses. America West Airlines and N...

Money Magazine: 38 WAYS TO BE A SMARTER FLIER Here's how to help ensure that you -- and your bags -- get there safely, on time, and at the lowesupdated: Thu Nov 01 1990 00:01:00

It was your typical traveler's nightmare. Jeff Shane arrived at Washington, D.C.'s National Airport only to find his 9 a.m. flight canceled. As you might expect, Shane was upset. ''I was late and a...

Fortune: SHOULD AIRLINES BE REREGULATED? Deregulation has been a triumph overall, and recent talk of rolling it back makes little sense. updated: Mon Jun 19 1989 00:01:00

A PLANE RIPS open like a sardine tin in mid-flight, spilling an unfortunate stewardess to her death. Just about every aircraft you board seems packed. Just about every flight seems late. The attend...

Fortune: THE WORSENING AIR TRAVEL MESS With the number of passengers and flights steadily growing, the system is bumping up against its pupdated: Mon Jul 07 1986 00:01:00

Oh, how was your trip? Are you kidding? When I got to the terminal, the line for tickets stretched all the way out to the sidewalk. Every seat was taken, and a lot of people got left behind. The gu...

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