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  • THE BIG PURGE After proudly binging on stimulus dollars, LaHood now says Transportation Dept.

    03/12/2013 11:41:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/13/13 | Nicholas Ballasy
    WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told The Daily Caller that his department is “making reductions everywhere” to deal with the sequester, including furloughing Federal Aviation Administration workers. But less than seven months ago, LaHood said he was “very proud” of putting 65,000 people to work with $48 billion in federal stimulus funds — a figure that amounted to $738,461 per job. (RELATED VIDEO: LaHood boasts of DOT stimulus spending) On Tuesday TheDC asked LaHood why his agency is closing as many as 238 air traffic control towers instead of cutting its $179 million travel budget.
  • Mexican Trucks Are on Our Roads

    11/08/2011 10:30:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 8, 2011 | Phyllis Schlafly
    After years of negative votes in Congress and the opposition of the American people, on Oct. 21 Barack Obama allowed the first Mexican truck to cross the border at Laredo, Texas, and head north to deliver door-to-door service of its industrial equipment. This was implemented by an agreement quietly signed by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in Mexico City on July 6 with Mexico's secretary of Communications and Transportation. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., calls this deal a major anti-jobs program saying, "We're literally taking good jobs here in America and passing them over the line to Mexico." Todd Spencer, executive vice...
  • I-95 tolls in Va. get initial approval from feds

    09/20/2011 2:11:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 09/19/2011 | Ashley Halsey III
    Virginia received preliminary approval from the Federal Highway Administration last week to implement tolls on Interstate 95. FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez granted the conditional approval in a letter dated Sept. 14, but the commonwealth announced the news Monday morning. Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) has sought the approval to toll on the southern reaches of I-95 to raise revenue to improve the congested corridor. “I-95 is one of the most important and heavily traveled highway corridors in the country, linking population and commercial centers up and down the East Coast,” McDonnell said in a statement. “Limited funds and growing capital...
  • US may disable all in-car mobile phones (Obamarxism)

    11/18/2010 5:25:22 PM PST · by pissant · 76 replies
    The Register UK ^ | 11/17/10 | Rik Mysllewsli
    The US government may require cars to include scrambling tech that would disable mobile-phone use by drivers, and perhaps passengers. "I think it will be done," US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said on Wednesday morning, according to The Daily Caller. "I think the technology is there and I think you're going to see the technology become adaptable in automobiles to disable these cell phones." LaHood is on a self-described "rampage" against distracted driving, and if making it impossible to use a mobile phone while in a car can save lives, he's all for it — although, according to TDC,...
  • Lieberman, Collins, and Reid will introduce a free standing bill today to repeal DADT.

    12/09/2010 2:05:37 PM PST · by Red Steel · 105 replies
    Twitter ^ | December 09, 2010 | Joe Lieberman
    "@SenatorCollins and I and others are introducing a free standing bill to repeal #DADT today."
  • LaHood yanks rail money from 2 states

    12/09/2010 11:00:01 AM PST · by ColdOne · 16 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 12/09/10 | ABBY PHILLIP
    The Obama administration will take away high-speed-rail stimulus money originally awarded to Wisconsin and Ohio after their incoming Republican governors indicated that they wouldn’t continue with the projects.
  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announces $293 million for new transits solutions

    07/08/2010 9:06:04 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 20 replies
    EnergyPortal.eu ^ | Thursday, 08 July 2010 | ???
    A $293 million investment announced today by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood means that residents in dozens of communities nationwide will soon enjoy major transit improvements, including new streetcars, buses, and transit facilities. The nearly $300 million investment is part of the Obama Administration's livability initiative to better coordinate transportation, housing and commercial development investments to serve the people living in those communities. It is being made through two competitive grant programs, the Urban Circulator Grant Program and the Bus and Bus Livability Grant Program. "This investment by the Obama Administration in our nation's communities will create jobs, boost economic...
  • Toyota Should Be Fined $16.4 Million, LaHood Says (Obama's World: Your competitor can fine you)

    04/05/2010 1:33:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies · 828+ views
    Business Week ^ | 04/05/2010 | Angela Greiling Keane
    Toyota Motor Corp. “knowingly hid a dangerous defect” that caused sudden acceleration and should be fined the maximum civil penalty of $16.4 million, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, waited at least four months before it told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about vehicle accelerator pedals that may stick, LaHood said today in an e-mailed statement. “We now have proof that Toyota failed to live up to its legal obligations,” LaHood said in the statement. “Worse yet, they knowingly hid a dangerous defect for months from U.S. officials and did not take action to...
  • Obama Transportation Secretary: 'This Is the End of Favoring Motorized Transportation...'"

    03/25/2010 3:27:19 AM PDT · by Cindy · 99 replies · 2,297+ views
    CNS NEWS.com ^ | March 24, 2010 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    "Obama Transportation Secretary: ‘This Is the End of Favoring Motorized Transportation at the Expense of Non-Motorized’" Wednesday, March 24, 2010 By Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief SNIPPET: "(CNSNews.com) - Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that federal transportation policies will no longer favor “motorized” transportation, such as cars and trucks, over “non-motorized” transportation, such as walking and bicycling. LaHood signed the new policy directive on March 11, the same day he attended a congressional reception for the National Bike Summit, a convention sponsored by a bicycling advocacy group, the League of American Bicyclists. LaHood publicly announced his agency’s new direction four...
  • Obama Transportation Secretary: ‘This Is the End of Favoring Motorized Transportation

    03/25/2010 3:30:11 AM PDT · by Man50D · 84 replies · 1,631+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | March 24, 2010 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Rest of title: at the Expense of Non-Motorized' Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that federal transportation policies will no longer favor “motorized” transportation, such as cars and trucks, over “non-motorized” transportation, such as walking and bicycling. LaHood signed the new policy directive on March 11, the same day he attended a congressional reception for the National Bike Summit, a convention sponsored by a bicycling advocacy group, the League of American Bicyclists. LaHood publicly announced his agency’s new direction four days later in a posting on his blog—“Fast Lane: The Official Blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation”--where he effusively...
  • Was Democrat Bart Stupak Bribed with Airport Deal to Get Him to Switch to "yes" on Obamacare?

    03/22/2010 2:00:48 AM PDT · by Suvroc10 · 9 replies · 3,399+ views
    Associated Content (AC) ^ | March 22, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    Supposed pro-life Democrat Bart Stupak may well have been bribed in order to buy his vote to support Barack Obama's health care "reform." Late Sunday, meticulous research by accountability-minded bloggers first brought to light a stealthy press release from Stupak's own office this past Friday. The release announced a US Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration grant in the value of $726 409 for three airports in northern Michigan, meant to go to maintenance and improvements; Stupak represents Michigan's 1st district. Suspicions have only increased with greater fervor since Stupak represented the so-called "pro-life" bloc of Democrat holdouts who wanted...
  • STUPAK ANNOUNCES $726,409 FOR AIRPORTS IN ALPENA, DELTA AND CHIPPEWA COUNTIES

    03/21/2010 7:03:05 PM PDT · by americanophile · 137 replies · 4,317+ views
    House.Gov ^ | March 19, 2010 | Office of Bart Stupak
    WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Menominee) announced three airports in northern Michigan have received grants totaling $726,409 for airport maintenance and improvements. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration. “This federal funding will help these airports better provide critical services to communities in northern Michigan,” Stupak said. “I am pleased the FAA has made this investment in our local airports and the individuals and businesses they serve.” Alpena County Regional Airport received a grant of $85,500 to acquire friction measuring equipment, specifically a decelermeter and tow vehicle, to replace equipment that has...
  • STUPAK ANNOUNCES $726,409 FOR AIRPORTS IN ALPENA, DELTA AND CHIPPEWA COUNTIES

    03/21/2010 5:40:27 PM PDT · by bronxville · 52 replies · 2,693+ views
    Congressman Bart Stupak ^ | March 19, 2010 | Michelle Begnoche
    WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Menominee) announced three airports in northern Michigan have received grants totaling $726,409 for airport maintenance and improvements. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration. “This federal funding will help these airports better provide critical services to communities in northern Michigan,” Stupak said. “I am pleased the FAA has made this investment in our local airports and the individuals and businesses they serve.” Alpena County Regional Airport received a grant of $85,500 to acquire friction measuring equipment, specifically a decelermeter and tow vehicle, to replace equipment that has...
  • America's Coming High-Speed Rail Financial Disaster

    03/20/2010 3:20:24 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 24 replies · 800+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | March 19, 2010 | Ronald Utt, Ph.D.
    Abstract: President Barack Obama has committed the United States to building at least 13 high-speed rail (HSR) lines, one of the most expensive forms of transportation that a nation could choose. Even in a strong economy, building HSR makes little sense, offering minimal reductions in travel times at exorbitant costs. In the current weak economy and with the government facing massive budget deficits, the country simply cannot afford to squander $8 billion in stimulus funding, $5 billion over the next five years, and billions of dollars in matching state funding on a transportation system that will at best serve a...
  • 25% Of Fed Highway Money Not Used For Highways

    03/06/2010 8:47:30 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 23 replies · 875+ views
    As we ponder how to fight global warming (ho ho ho), become less dependent on foreign oil and get our economy back in gear consider that highway congestion costs us about $76 billion annually in wasted time and fuel, and the remember that our interstates are a bit behind in maintenance, according to Robert W. Poole, Jr., an M.I.T-trained engineer who directs transportation studies at Reason Foundation. Washington taxes us 18.3 cents per gallon and there are those who would lead you to conclude that that is not enough since the maintenance shortfall is between $60 and $90 billion per...
  • High-Speed Rail, Getting Americans Back On Track

    03/05/2010 6:16:04 AM PST · by Willie Green · 83 replies · 993+ views
    North American Press Syndicate ^ | 3/5/10 | North American Press Syndicate
    (NAPSI)-Many believe that transforming this nation's transportation network can put the country on track for new jobs, a healthier economy and more mobility.The Interstate Highway System began more than 50 years ago. And just as that vision led to a system of highways that was the envy of the world and an economic engine for America, the nation may soon embark on an ambitious plan that will lead to a network of high-speed rail corridors.Investing in environmentally friendly and energy-efficient high-speed rail projects will:• Support and create highly skilled jobs in the transportation industry and revitalize domestic industries supplying transportation...
  • U.S. probes Toyota repairs to recalled vehicles: WSJ

    03/03/2010 6:49:12 PM PST · by Eagles2003 · 29 replies · 513+ views
    CBS Marketwatch ^ | Marketwatch
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation is investigating new complaints of sudden acceleration in Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles that have been repaired as part of the company's recent recalls, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. ... The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reportedly received several reports about sudden acceleration in vehicles even after Toyota had fixed them. ... However, a Transportation Department spokeswoman was cited in the report as saying none of the incidents has been confirmed. See full WSJ.com story.
  • The Toyota Witch Hunt

    03/02/2010 1:38:54 PM PST · by Leroy S. Mort · 19 replies · 943+ views
    Business Week ^ | Feb 25 2010 | Ed Wallace
    On Feb. 23, a House Energy & Commerce subcommittee held lengthy hearings on the Toyota situation. Their first witnesses after the committee members' opening statements were Eddie and Rhonda Smith of Sevierville, Tenn., who related the story of their 2007 Lexus ES 350. Ms. Smith claimed she had been driving toward Interstate 40 when, immediately after entering the highway, her Lexus started accelerating out of control. Ms. Smith related how the cruise-control light came on, so she turned that system off. She put the automatic transmission into all of its gears, including neutral and reserve. She put both feet on...
  • Hipster LaHood Tells Us Not to Text

    02/27/2010 6:40:03 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies · 719+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    There I was, harmlesly Olympics-watching something called the "men's snowboard parallel giant slalom"—quite a cool event, actually—when some nanny-state advertising broke out. We were suddenly subjected to a commercial telling us not to phone or text while driving. And of all people, it was terminally un-cool Obama Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood inflicting the message and directing us to some website called www.distraction.gov. View video here.
  • The Taint In The Toyota Probe

    02/25/2010 5:01:59 PM PST · by raptor22 · 27 replies · 699+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 25, 2010 | Editorial staff
    Regardless whether one loves or hates Toyota, a herd of huge elephants in the living room of this controversy have thus far been completely ignored in news reports and analysis. These include, first, a pair of related conflicts of interest underlying the government's role, and, second, the disreputable records of several key "expert" witnesses in the mounting crusade against the besieged automaker. The conflicts of interest begin with the fact the federal government is itself the controlling owner of General Motors, having invested billions of U.S. tax dollars in one of Toyota's two main American competitors. There is no creditable...
  • Congress Puts Toyota On Show Trial

    02/23/2010 5:04:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 56 replies · 921+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 23, 2010 | INVESTMENT BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Commerce: Toyota's leaders are in for nasty star-chamber hearings in Congress, with politicians grandstanding and regulators pointing fingers. It's no way to treat a big employer that contributes so much to our economy. When Toyota first came to the U.S. in the 1950s and took out TV ads in the 1960s, the Japan-based company was ridiculed. How could its dinky little cars compete with the mighty Big Three automakers for the American market? But by the 1970s, word got out that Toyota was making a superior energy-efficient product and it won the public over. That success seems to be why...
  • U.S. says no GM ownership conflicts in Toyota case

    02/20/2010 8:39:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies · 988+ views
    reuters ^ | 2/19/10 | Steve Gorman
    LOS ANGELES, Feb 19 (Reuters) - The U.S. government's majority stake in General Motors Co GM.UL has no bearing on the response of regulators to safety problems at Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T)(TM.N), Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said on Friday. "That argument is baloney," LaHood said when asked about the issue during an appearance in Los Angeles. Questions about whether the government stands to benefit as a GM shareholder from its regulatory crackdown on Toyota gained some steam this week with a number of critics suggesting at least the appearance of a conflict of interest.
  • Washington's Toyota U-Turn

    02/20/2010 6:08:00 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 42 replies · 1,779+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 19, 2010 | Kimberley Strassel
    That vague screeching noise you hear in D.C., the slight odor of burning rubber? That's the government trying to brake its anti-Toyota campaign. It may be a little late. The Toyota spectacle has become slightly surreal, as a few uncertain questions about "sudden acceleration" morphed into a media and political firestorm over the safety of its entire fleet. It is also proving an interesting case study in the treacherous politics that accompany government ownership of U.S. industry. Washington's initial enthusiasm in bashing Toyota is beginning to backfire. There's no question that in the first, heady days of recall, at least...
  • Toyota and the Union-backed, Government-led witch hunt

    02/17/2010 10:49:43 PM PST · by TheBlueMax · 11 replies · 626+ views
    Big Government ^ | 02-18-2009 | Brian Johnson
    Toyota, which employs over 35,000 workers in the United States with factories in eight states, is the target of a government-led and union-supported attack due to recent recalls. In the U.S., it is estimated that 15,000 Lexus HS250h and 133,000 Prius models will be recalled due to gas pedal issues, with another 500,000 Prius and other gasoline-electric hybrids needing anti-brake software modification. As unfortunate and inconvenient as recalls can be, this not the first, or last time an automobile will need to be brought back to the shop for a quick fix. One might think this is the first auto...
  • General Motors: Your Automotive Public Option

    02/09/2010 7:52:49 PM PST · by ensignsj · 16 replies · 468+ views
    Rochester Pundit ^ | 2-9-2010 | Rochester Pundit
    Ayn Rand couldn't have imagined it any better: a government with a majority ownership stake in a car maker lobbing sound bites that damage the "competition." While it's not Ray LaHood's fault that the U.S. government got into the car business, his comments suggesting that Toyota drivers should stop driving their cars did a nice job of underscoring the folly of this type of government intervention.
  • Marginal Impacts (Do we really need to spend stimulus money for High-speed rail?)

    02/08/2010 2:03:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies · 384+ views
    National Review ^ | 02/08/2010 | Samuel Staley
    High-speed rail has emerged as the Obama administration’s signature transportation initiative. While advocates hail the project as a long-overdue commitment to the nation’s passenger-rail infrastructure, in reality it reflects a remarkable marginalization of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) at a time when bold federal leadership is crucial. The administration has chosen to elevate an expensive program targeted at an extraordinarily narrow segment of the traveling public over programs that could provide meaningful relief to tens of millions of travelers on a daily basis. The last twelve months have shown convincingly that transportation issues can’t compete with signature Obama initiatives...
  • Gov't Misuses Its Bully Pulpit On Safety By Overreacting To The Toyota Problem

    02/05/2010 5:46:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 297+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 5, 2010 | MICHAEL L. DAVIS
    Just how many people did Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood kill last week with his bizarre statement that people should quit driving their Toyotas until they can have them "fixed"? Of course he later issued the clarification — something about how he really didn't mean what he said, he just wanted people to be careful. But when a Cabinet Secretary leads the evening news, people react. If people aren't driving Toyotas, what are they driving? More importantly, if the Department of Transportation is spending massive amounts of time thinking about this trivial safety issue, what are they not doing? Begin...
  • Obama attacks Toyota

    02/05/2010 6:16:36 PM PST · by USALiberty · 31 replies · 1,148+ views
    WorldNet Daily ^ | February 01, 2010 | Roger Hedgecock
    Toyota owners stormed dealerships all over the country last week demanding "fixes" for "defects" described in wildly inflammatory press reports. Toyota apologized for "defects" that to date are still being investigated. Before whatever problems might exist had been determined and before any "fix" has been found, the government ordered Toyota to begin the largest recall of vehicles in automotive history. Toyota then shut down its U.S. plants and stopped selling eight of its popular models, including Camry and Corolla. Toyota claims these actions were "voluntary," but Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was quoted as saying the Obama administration had ordered the...
  • Is Toyota Paying Price for Not Supporting Obama?

    02/05/2010 10:26:57 AM PST · by BobMcCartyWrites · 33 replies · 744+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 2-5-10 | Bob McCarty
    Is Toyota Motor Company paying the price today for their executives' failure to support Barack Obama during his 2008 presidential campaign? One might draw that conclusion after examining campaign contribution records on the Federal Election Commission web site.
  • TRANSPORT SECRETARY IS AN IDIOT

    02/05/2010 6:17:43 AM PST · by shortstop · 26 replies · 758+ views
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 02/04/10 | Bob Lonsberry
    Ray LaHood is an idiot. How much he had to donate to Obama to get into the Cabinet, I have no idea. But he doesn't belong there. Obama's got a right to surround himself with liberals, if he wants to. But we can't afford to let him have morons, too. And that's what Ray LaHood is. A Republican, yes, but not a smart one. And his token backside should be fired. Yesterday was a good example. Sitting in front of a committee of Congress, talking about the Toyota accelerator recalls, he said that owners of a recalled vehicle should "stop...
  • Better check under LaHood

    02/05/2010 3:38:42 AM PST · by Scanian · 13 replies · 605+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 05, 2010 | Editorial
    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood put Toyota's stock price into free-fall Wednesday, telling a House committee that Americans with cars made by the Japanese auto company should stop driv ing them. LaHood was addressing an issue of some significance: Toyota's recall of some 2.3 million vehicles due to a faulty gas-pedal design. "My advice is, if anybody owns one of these vehicles, stop driving it," he said. But the company says the cars are safe to drive until repairs can be scheduled -- and LaHood swiftly backtracked. On its surface, LaHood's gaffe is just the latest instance of foot-in-mouth thoughtlessness for...
  • Obama’s new WOT…. War on Toyota

    02/04/2010 1:54:59 PM PST · by Starman417 · 37 replies · 882+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-04-10 | Mataharley
    There's something inherently sleazy and suspicious about an WH administration mouthpiece that unequivocally states that Toyota owners should simply "stop driving" their cars until they've taken them to a dealership. In the wake of such an unprecedented fear mongering campaign, the mud slinging began, and within days, Transportation Sec'y Ray LaHood, was softening his harsh blow.But "just words" matter, and one of the nation's most popular vehicle manufacturers saw their shares fall as much as 8% on the heels of LaHood's explosive remarks. Obama's pet, Goldman Sachs, downgraded Toyota from a "buy" to "neutral". If you use AutoBlog's figures, it's...
  • Chicago-Style Intimidation of Toyota?

    02/03/2010 6:29:48 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 37 replies · 1,192+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 2.3.10 @ 7:05PM | By Paul Chesser
    That's what the Washington Examiner's editors are wondering, after President Obama's Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said all Toyota owners should "stop driving [their cars] and take it to a dealer." The attacks from the administration about various design flaws from the suddenly undependable automaker look awful suspicious.... LaHood, headline-chasing congressmen like Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and a chorus of Naderite auto safety nannies led by former National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration Administrator Joan Claybrook are demanding that Toyota submit to a punishing new round of subpoenas, hearings, and media inquisition.... Given the Obama administration's catering to one of its...
  • Recalling A Rival

    02/03/2010 5:59:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 295+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 3, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Big Government: Is it just us, or is there something off about regulators' big public show against Toyota over a safety issue? Might that be a conflict of interest between Government Motors' owners and a foreign rival? That some car companies are more equal than others in the eyes of federal regulators became obvious Wednesday, when Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood urged everyone who owns a Toyota to "stop driving it, take it to a Toyota dealer because they believe they have a fix for it." LaHood, whose government also owns Toyota rivals General Motors and Chrysler, was referring to a...
  • Transportation Secretary LaHood says he misspoke on advice to Toyota owners

    02/03/2010 10:17:03 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 53 replies · 2,192+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 3, 2010 | AP
    <p>WASHINGTON -- Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood now says he misspoke when telling owners of recalled Toyotas to stop driving then.</p>
  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Seeks Meeting With Toyota CEO

    02/03/2010 8:49:40 AM PST · by GOP_Lady · 26 replies · 547+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 02-03-10 | JOSEPH B. WHITE
    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Wednesday said he wants to talk directly with Toyota Motor Corp Chief Executive Akio Toyoda about the safety concerns involving Toyota cars and the company's handling of those issues. "This is very serious," Mr. LaHood said at a breakfast with reporters in Washington. "After I talk with him, they'll get it. We're going to keep the pressure on." Mr. LaHood also defended the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's handling of invesitgations into reports of sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles. The NHTSA "stepped up here," he said. Some safety advocates have questioned why NHTSA didn't...
  • Transportation Secy: Don't Drive Recalled Toyotas

    02/03/2010 8:06:20 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 68 replies · 1,476+ views
    Transportation Secy: Don't Drive Recalled Toyotas WASHINGTON (CBS) ― Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood advises owners of recalled Toyotas to stop driving them and seek repair. Federal safety officials meanwhile widened their investigation of Toyota's sticky gas pedals Wednesday to see if the same problem could exist for other automakers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has sent a letter to CTS, the Indiana company that made the pedals behind Toyota's recall of millions of vehicles. The safety agency wants to know more about pedals that CTS made for other auto companies. CTS says it makes pedals for companies like Honda,...
  • Backers of maglev train say Chinese bank prepared to fund project

    02/03/2010 5:36:21 AM PST · by Willie Green · 19 replies · 479+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 | Richard N. Velotta
    The proponents of a maglev train line between Las Vegas and Southern California say a Chinese government-controlled bank has agreed to loan up to $7 billion to help build the high-speed transportation system. But the California-Nevada Super Speed Train Commission still has several hurdles to clear before it could move ahead with plans to develop the project between Las Vegas and Anaheim, Calif. The commission late Monday announced that the Export-Import Bank of China, which has 14 domestic offices and three overseas offices, said it would provide a direct loan that would require the backing of the U.S. government as...
  • Obama Administration Says It Is 'Not Finished With Toyota'

    02/02/2010 1:35:09 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 126 replies · 4,896+ views
    Obama Administration Says It Is 'Not Finished With Toyota' By JOSH MITCHELL And NORIHIKO SHIROUZU The Obama administration toughened its stance toward Toyota Motor Corp. on Tuesday, saying it is still reviewing possible safety defects in the company's vehicles and weighing other actions. "We're not finished with Toyota and are continuing to review possible defects and monitor the implementation of the recalls," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. Another DOT official said the agency is considering a civil penalty against the Japanese auto maker. Mr. LaHood, in his statement, said "while Toyota is taking responsible action now, it...
  • Obama Administration Seeks Federal Regulation of Nation's Subways

    12/05/2009 12:52:19 PM PST · by yoe · 114 replies · 4,338+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 4, 2009 | Brian Wilson
    Brushing aside tradition, the Obama administration is pushing for federal authority to regulate the nation's subway and light commuter rail systems following last summer's subway crash in Washington, D.C., that left nine people dead. Next week, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will formally ask Congress to give his department authority to regulate and oversee those rail systems, a move that some Republicans on Capitol Hill worry is another alarming example of an ever-expanding federal government. "In this case, it sounds good, safety and enforcement over transit systems, but it may not be that effective," Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., told Fox News....
  • The White House Stupidly Goes To War With Car Web Site Edmunds.com

    10/30/2009 8:56:49 AM PDT · by big black dog · 11 replies · 1,234+ views
    Business Insider ^ | Joe Weisenthal
    It is an odd, and we'd say regrettable, pattern of this White House that it lets itself get dragged down into fights with specific media outlets. George W. Bush experienced acrimony with the New York Times, but for the most part, other than general frustrations of a conservative administration, complaining about a liberal media, it was no big deal. But in addition to Fox News, now The White House is going after highly-respected and influential car site Edmunds .com. They're actually using The White House blog to dispute the site's analysis of Cash-For-Clunkers (via Detroit News). The post is snarkily...
  • White House fights back on Cash for Clunkers(blows a gasket)

    10/29/2009 11:44:38 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 47 replies · 2,034+ views
    CNN ^ | 10/29/09 | David Goldman
    White House fights back on Cash for Clunkers Obama administration goes to battle with Edmunds.com on Cash for Clunkers analysis, saying the program contributed heavily to last quarter's economic expansion. By David Goldman, CNNMoney.com staff writer Last Updated: October 29, 2009: 5:51 PM ET NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The Obama administration on Thursday lashed out at a prominent critic of its Cash for Clunkers program, arguing that the popular trade-in initiative helped give the auto industry and the economy a much needed boost in the past few months. In a blog post on whitehouse.gov, the administration argued that a report...
  • The White House Stupidly Goes To War With Car Website Edmunds.com

    10/29/2009 5:25:11 PM PDT · by FromLori · 28 replies · 1,865+ views
    It is an odd, and we'd say regrettable, pattern of this White House that it lets itself get dragged down into fights with specific media outlets. George W. Bush experienced acrimony with the New York Times, but for the most part, other than general frustrations of a conservative administration, complaining about a liberal media, it was no big deal. But in addition to Fox News, now The White House is going after highly-respected and influential car site Edmunds.com. They're actually using The White House blog to dispute the site's analysis of Cash-For-Clunkers (via Detroit News). The post is snarkily titled:...
  • Report: Cash for Clunkers was a lemon

    10/28/2009 5:49:53 PM PDT · by Son House · 30 replies · 1,486+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 28, 2009 | By Mark Trumbull
    American taxpayers paid a lot of cash for those clunkers: $24,000 for each new car sold, according to a study released Wednesday. The government could have done almost as well by just giving away cars for free, instead of creating an elaborate incentive program, according to an analysis by the automotive information firm Edmunds.com in Santa Monica, Calif. ... to look at how many people purchased cars that otherwise wouldn’t have been bought. The firm says that number is about 125,000 cars. By that measure, the government spent $24,000 to generate each sale of a new car. In all, the...
  • So you think you got a deal when you traded n your "clunker"?

    10/06/2009 2:17:28 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 26 replies · 2,619+ views
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    SO...you took FEDZILLA up on its offer of $4500. dollars to trade in your old "Clunker" (interesting choice of words)? Well, let's see who got the best of that "deal"... If you traded in a clunker worth $3500, you got $4500 off for an apparent "savings" of $1000. You could have gotten $3,500 if you had just traded the car in. So you really are $1,000 ahead (depending on your clunker's value) at this point. Not too bad.... However, you WILL have to pay taxes on the $4500 come April 15th (something that no auto dealer will tell you). If...
  • Cash for Clunkers Comes Crashing Down

    10/02/2009 7:33:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies · 1,951+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | October 2, 2009 | Nick Loris
    What goes up must fall just as hard. Case in point: cash for clunkers: "The dramatic decline in sales reported Thursday by the Big Three automakers suggested the extent to which the stimulus act has propped up the economy. The government’s wildly popular “Cash for Clunkers” program drove consumer spending to its highest level in eight years in August. But after it ended, so did the growth in auto sales. General Motors’ sales plunged 36 percent in September compared with August. Ford plummeted 37 percent. Chrysler dove 33 percent. Cash for clunkers “was a one-time boost of sales followed by...
  • Congress Mulls Research Into a Vehicle Mileage Tax [OR Rat author's donors benefit]

    09/15/2009 1:52:14 PM PDT · by Clint Williams · 12 replies · 676+ views
    Slashdot ^ | 9/15/9 | kdawson
    BJ_Covert_Action writes to let us know that an Oregon congressman has filed legislation to spend $154.5M for a research project into tracking per-vehicle mileage in the US, and asks: "Do we really want the government to track our movement and driving habits on a regular basis?" "US Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) introduced H.R. 3311 earlier this year to appropriate $154,500,000 for research and study into the transition to a per-mile vehicle tax system... Oregon has successfully tested a Vehicle Miles Traveled fee... the [Oregon] report urged a mandate for all drivers to install GPS tracking devices that would report driving...
  • Was Cash for Clunkers Worth it? By the Numbers

    09/11/2009 12:36:40 PM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 23 replies · 1,258+ views
    Notoriouslyconservative.com ^ | 09 11 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    To determine if clash for clunkers was worth it, let's do a little math (I know, math sucks, but stick with me). A vehicle that gets 15 mpg, and travels an average of 12,000 miles per year, uses 800 gallons of gas a year. 12,000 miles / 15mpg = 800 gallons A vehicle that gets 25 mpg, and travels an average of 12,000 miles per year, uses 480 gallons of gas a year. 12,000 miles / 25mpg = 480 gallons Seems pretty good so far, that's almost half as much. Almost. With that number, the average clunker transaction will reduce...
  • Edmunds.com Reveals Mysteries with Government Clunker Data

    09/04/2009 4:58:41 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 4 replies · 775+ views
    Auto Remarketing ^ | 09/04/2009 | Jennifer Reed
    On Thursday, Edmunds.com pointed out what it sees as inconsistencies with the government's Cash for Clunkers statistics. One of the reasons the company delved into these figures is because it says there was an unprecedented range in analysts' sales forecasts.
  • Survey: ‘Clunkers’ Buyer’s Remose Nearly Three Times Than Normal Car Buying

    08/27/2009 8:49:27 AM PDT · by wrrock · 34 replies · 1,817+ views
    Car ^ | 8/27/2009 | Car Dealer Review
    Survey: ‘Clunkers’ Buyer’s Remose Nearly Three Times Than Normal Car Buying. Survey participants were nearly unanimous in their reason... They now have between a $275 and $350 new car payment to make each month...