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  • An End to Airline Red Tape—Or Consumer Protection?

    02/15/2018 11:01:33 AM PST · by Theoria · 14 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 08 Feb 2018 | Scott McCartney
    Airlines want to nix a host of rules that attempt to keep them from mistreating customers. The Transportation Department is considering it. The DOT has asked airlines to suggest changes or cuts to regulations, part of a broad initiative from President Trump, once an owner of a small airline, to reduce government red tape. It comes as DOT fines against airlines fell by half last year. The rules matter because DOT is just about the only protection consumers have in U.S. air travel. If the airlines get what they want, the government would weaken the tarmac delay rule, which imposes...
  • Ark. DOT studies possible first toll road for state

    01/03/2018 4:16:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Equipment World's Better Roads ^ | December 26, 2017 | Don McLoud
    A future Interstate 49 and whether it will become Arkansas’ first toll road are being considered, with public meetings likely coming in early 2018, reports KFSM news station.The interstate section being considered would stretch from Barling to Alma over the Arkansas River. The Arkansas Department of Transportation has commissioned a study on charging tolls on the future highway section.The study is scheduled to be completed next fall, and public meetings are expected at the first of 2018 to get public input on the project, the station reports.Interstate 49 would eventually stretch from New Orleans to Canada. Portions of the highway...
  • Audio: Mayor predicted people will 'get killed' on Amtrak route

    12/19/2017 6:48:29 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    KING5.COM ^ | 12/18/2017
    Audio: Mayor predicted people will 'get killed' on Amtrak route "It’s virtually inevitable that someone is going to get killed that wouldn’t be killed otherwise," Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson warned WSDOT about the new high-speed route. Author: Susannah Frame Published: 10:37 PM PST December 18, 2017 Two weeks before a high-speed Amtrak train derailed near DuPont, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson warned the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) that the route could be deadly without additional safety precautions.
  • AZ: Department of Transportation adds Armed Driver Guidelines

    07/26/2017 1:31:56 PM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 July, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from https://aztroopers.org/ The Arizona Department of Transportation has added a section to its drivers manual suggesting the proper behavior for an armed driver, when stopped by police. The change was prompted by the tragic Philando Castile case. From fox10phoenix.com, the manual change was requested by Democratic state Representative Reginald Bolding, from District 27. District 27 is a solidly Democrat stronghold in South Phoenix. Bolding was elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2016.  From azdot.gov , page 57 of the Drivers License Manuel : ▪ Inform the officer of any weapons on your person or in the vehicle. In...
  • DOT 'Guidance' for Airline Flight Crews: 'A Bearded Male Passenger With a Tan Complexion Boards'[tr]

    01/17/2017 9:12:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 17, 2017 | 8:43 AM EST | Susan Jones
    A week before President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office, the U.S. Transportation Department issued new “guidance” for airline flight crews on how to avoid discriminating against Muslim and Sikh passengers. DOT said it recognizes the very important and difficult job of the airlines to provide a safe and secure travel environment. “At the same time, it is important that this function be carried out in a non-discriminatory manner.” The guidance says airline personnel must not be swayed by a passenger’s appearance alone: “In other words, airline personnel should ask themselves, but for the passenger’s perceived race, color, national...
  • HUD/DOE/DOT - Dear Colleagues letter

    12/08/2016 9:11:11 PM PST · by Ray76 · 11 replies
    Dear Colleagues: As the Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Transportation... Today, our agencies are calling on local education, transportation, and housing leaders to work together on issues at the intersection of our respective missions in helping to guarantee full access of opportunity across the country.
  • HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities

    12/08/2016 7:42:37 PM PST · by Ray76 · 23 replies
    EPA ^ | Jul 12, 2011
    On June 16, 2009, EPA joined with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to help improve access to affordable housing, more transportation options, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment in communities nationwide. Through a set of guiding livability principles and a partnership agreement that will guide the agencies' efforts, this partnership will coordinate federal housing, transportation, and other infrastructure investments to protect the environment, promote equitable development, and help to address the challenges of climate change.
  • Clinton urges Obama to block Norwegian Air from flying to US

    05/24/2016 1:08:32 PM PDT · by Pearls Before Swine · 17 replies
    The Local (NO) ^ | May 23, 2016 | Not Given
    Hillary Clinton is urging the White House to reject Norwegian Air’s application to fly to the United States over questions about its labor practices, adding her voice to a growing chorus of criticism surrounding the low-cost air carrier. .... Norwegian Air has for years been seeking access to more airports in the U.S. and European Union, by establishing a subsidiary — Norwegian Air International — in Ireland, a member of the EU. The Department of Transportation (DOT) tentatively approved the application last month. But critics have slammed the company for attempting to skirt more stringent Norwegian labor and tax laws...
  • Feds appoint safety experts to Metro board (Washington DC)

    04/29/2016 7:38:32 AM PDT · by deks · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/28/16 | Melanie Zanona
    The Department of Transportation is appointing three new members to the board that oversees Washington’s Metrorail system to improve safety at the beleaguered transit agency. The announcement on Thursday comes amid heavy frustration with Metro’s continued safety problems and rail disruptions, including an unprecedented shutdown of the entire system for emergency inspections last month. “Building a safety culture is not easy and requires relentless focus at every level,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement. “These three new Federal members will build on our promise to bring a laser-like focus on making the transit system of our nation’s capital...
  • Lawmaker wants Wisconsin DOT to slow down on traffic roundabouts

    08/29/2015 3:14:16 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 83 replies
    Wisconsiin Watchdog ^ | 8-29-15 | Paul Brennan
    Like other Wisconsinites, Rob Miller doesn’t know how many traffic roundabouts the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has installed on state highways since DOT started replacing selected intersections with roundabouts 15 years ago. Unlike other Wisconsinites, Rob Miller is a DOT spokesperson. “I don’t know. I don’t have those numbers,” Miller replied when asked how many roundabouts DOT has installed since 2000. In 1999, there were two traffic roundabouts in the entire state. Two years ago, the number was 268. At the time it was reported DOT had plans for more than 100 additional roundabouts. Miller acknowledged DOT has more roundabouts...
  • DOT requirements for a construction truck and trailer.

    04/25/2015 9:05:17 PM PDT · by enduserindy · 11 replies
    www.freerepublic.com ^ | 4/25/2015 | self
    I have a growing construction business and am thinking about using an extended cab long bed truck with a 14' enclosed trailer for tools. I currently use a Chevy Express van. I wanted the truck so I could haul material or debris while leaving the trailer onsite. The combined weight of the truck and trailer will be over the 10,001 lbs limit and require DOT numbers. I know about inspection requirements but what about fees and insurance requirements? I have commercial vehicle insurance but I will have to up my weight for policy ratings. Is it worth it to have...
  • A little-noted masterpiece of constitutional scholarship by Justice Thomas

    03/20/2015 5:10:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 54 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/20/15 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    Everything you really need to know about the Constitution (and that’s barely an exaggeration) -- why it is structured the way it is, what led to it, its purposes -- is found in pages 2 – 12 of the March 9 concurring opinion by Justice Thomas in the Dept of Transportation v Assn of American Railroads case. Although it received little media attention, Justice Thomas has provided us a masterpiece of constitutional thinking, explaining why “administrative law” -- the practice of delegating to bureaucrats the making and enforcement of rules with the force of law – is so profoundly unconstitutional....
  • Oregon To Be First In Nation To Implement Per-Mile Road Tax Program

    03/09/2015 9:39:57 AM PDT · by nascarnation · 93 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 3/9/2015 | Cameron Aubernon
    With EVs and other fuel-efficient vehicles saving consumers money at the pump, Oregon will be the first to issue a per-mile road tax to refill its coffers. Automotive News reports the state will offer two options to its motorists: pay at the pump, or pay a 1.5-cent rate per mile traversed. The latter will be conducted through a device that plugs into a vehicle’s OBD port, then gathers mileage data to determine how much the motorist will pay in tax. Right now, the program — set to begin July 1 — will be implemented by the Oregon DOT in partnership...
  • The Department of Transportation Has a Plan for You

    02/21/2015 7:45:17 AM PST · by Starman417 · 10 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-20-15 | Brother Bob
    The Washington Post reported that The Department of Transportation has some pretty big ideas about the future of transportation. Before diving into a thicket of transportation data and questions, a hefty new federal study makes a traffic projection that could get a chuckle, even from folks in Nebraska: Omaha, the new Los Angeles. That’s by 2045, the study says, when traffic congestion in Omaha (current population of 435,353) could be just as bad as it is in L.A. (current population of 10 million). The provocative prospect of gridlock in the heartland sets the stage for a 316-page document produced by...
  • USDOT installs Feinberg as acting FRA administrator

    01/12/2015 11:17:26 AM PST · by Rodamala · 4 replies
    Progressive Railroading ^ | 1/12/2015 | Progressive Railroading Editorial Staff
    The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has appointed Sarah Feinberg as acting administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Former FRA Administrator Joseph Szabo stepped down on Friday. Feinberg becomes the second woman to lead the FRA since its founding in 1966. She joined the USDOT in September 2013 as chief of staff. One of her key priorities in the position was to lead efforts on the $302 billion surface transportation reauthorization plan sent to Congress last year. "Sarah has been my partner and served as my closest advisor during her tenure as chief of staff. With her ability to...
  • Slow carpool lanes draw complaints from commuters, DOT

    12/15/2014 10:49:26 AM PST · by EveningStar · 57 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | December 15, 2014 | Kellie Mejdrich
    ... Carpool lanes are so clogged in California, the state could lose federal funding and approval for projects if it doesn’t fix the problem. Under federal law, carpool lane drivers in California must be able to go an average of 45 miles per hour or faster during peak hours. Additionally, over a six-month period, traffic has to go that fast 90 percent of the time. Caltrans explains that means the lane’s average speed can drop below 45 no more than two days a month ...
  • DOT Proposes Mandating Cars Broadcast Location, Direction and Speed

    08/27/2014 6:34:34 AM PDT · by blam · 80 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8-27-2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    August 27, 2014By Terence P. Jeffrey The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the Department of Transportation, published last week an "advanced notice of proposed rulemaking" on "vehicle-to-vehicle communications." What NHTSA is proposing could begin a transformation in the American transportation system that makes our lives better and freer — or gives government more power over where we go and when. In announcing its proposed rulemaking, NHTSA is stressing its intention to protect the "privacy" of American drivers. "This document initiates rulemaking that would propose to create a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, FMVSS No. 150, to require...
  • US To Spend $2 Billion On Los Angeles' 'Subway To The Sea'

    05/22/2014 7:54:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Bus ^ | 05/22 | Sharon Bernstein
    SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - The federal government will spend $2 billion to extend a subway line under Los Angeles' storied Wilshire Boulevard, an effort to ease congestion in one of the country's most transited corridors and to eventually link downtown to the beach with a "Subway to the Sea." The project is meant to improve traffic in a part of the city where it can take hours to go just a few miles, with train stations to be built at major cultural attractions, including museums and the glitzy shopping areas of Beverly Hills. Backers hope at some point to expand...
  • Repeal the Gas Tax…and Get Rid of the Department of Transportation

    05/10/2014 7:04:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 10, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    More than three years ago, I wrote that the Department of Transportation should be dismantled for the simple reason that we’ll get better roads at lower cost with the federalist approach of returning responsibility to state and local governments. I echoed those sentiments in this CNBC interview. Dan Mitchell Arguing to Get Washington out of the Transportation SectorSince there’s only an opportunity to exchange soundbites in these interviews, let me elaborate on some of the reasons why transportation should be a state and local responsibility. 1. Washington involvement is a recipe for pork and corruption. Lawmakers in Congress – including...
  • Feds To End Controversial Secret Alcohol Testing At Roadblocks

    03/12/2014 7:58:52 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies
    Jalopnik.com ^ | March 12, 2014 | Patrick George
    Feds To End Controversial Secret Alcohol Testing At Roadblocks After drawing considerable ire from the public over a program that tested drivers for drug and alcohol use — the latter secretly and without their consent — federal transportation officials today said they will no longer surreptitiously collect breath samples from drivers at roadblocks. The Associated Press reports that a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official said roadblock testers will now get motorists' permission before using a passive alcohol sensor, which previously gathered breath samples before drivers could consent to the study. NHTSA has been conducting their National Roadside Survey of...