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  • 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...
  • Connecticut Bill Would Impose 20-Year Prison Sentence On People Who Commit Crimes With Drones

    02/24/2014 8:10:28 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 19 replies
    CBS Connecticut ^ | February 22, 2014 | AP Staff
    <p>HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers will hold a public hearing on a bill that would impose lengthy prison sentences on people who commit crimes with drones.</p> <p>The legislation would make it a felony carrying up to 20 years in prison for committing a crime using an unmanned aircraft equipped with a deadly weapon, and up to 10 years in prison for other crimes with a drone.</p>
  • Furloughs Canceled, Sequestration Not As Bad As Predicted

    08/16/2013 12:59:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2013 | Kevin Glass
    A report yesterday from Government Executive detailed how the Obama Administration's predictions of doom and gloom from sequestration has backfired. The predictions of furloughs for government workers, nearly across the board, were exaggerated. The most significant example of furlough reductions has been the Defense Department. The Pentagon originally planned to furlough all 750,000 of its civilian employees for 22 days. It then used reprogramming to trim that number to 11 days, and more recently -- through a series of cost-cutting measures and inter-service transfer of funds -- reduced the days of unpaid leave to six. The furloughs are now estimated...
  • Obama’s Cap-and-Trade Scheme for Cars

    12/26/2012 7:07:20 AM PST · by IbJensen · 9 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 12/26/2012 | Rachael Slobodien
    Ever since the Senate rejected President Obama’s cap-and-trade scheme in 2009, his administration has been hard at work to find other ways to implement a radical, environmentalist agenda. Obama made these intentions clear at a press conference in 2010 when he explained, “Cap and trade was just one way of skinning the cat. … It was a means, not an end, and I am going to be looking for other means to address this problem.” And this is a promise he’s doing his best to keep. With the help of the Environmental Protection Agency and other departments, this administration has...
  • DOT: Vehicle Miles Driven Decreased 1.5% in September

    11/21/2012 10:12:27 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 10 replies
    Calculated Risk Blog ^ | 11/21/2012 | Bill McBride
    In the early '80s, miles driven stayed below the previous peak for 39 months. Currently miles driven has been below the previous peak for 58 months - and still counting. Gasoline prices were up in September compared to September 2011. In September 2012, gasoline averaged of $3.91 per gallon according to the EIA. Last year, prices in September averaged $3.67 per gallon, so - just looking at gasoline prices - it is no surprise that miles driven decreased year-over-year in September. Just looking at gasoline prices suggest miles driven will be down again in October - especially with the very...
  • Stop the roundabouts

    10/22/2012 7:52:22 PM PDT · by logic101.net · 76 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinal ^ | October 21, 2012 | Mark A Sity
    Stop the roundabouts The vast majority of us hate roundabouts. Unfortunately, the state Department of Transportation loves them, as do their close friends, the road builders. Why the road builders love them is simple - they can charge us 10 times more to put them in. Sadly, the DOT prefers to make its friends happy rather than the taxpayers. They now have taken to trying to hide their plans from us by referring to them as "broad, looping, free-flowing." Often we will be told that they work so well in Europe. However, Europe's idea of a big truck is about...
  • Obama finalizes auto mileage mandate

    08/28/2012 10:54:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 28, 2012 | Ben Geman & Keith Laing
    The Obama administration issued final rules Tuesday that require a major boost in vehicle mileage standards, highlighting a clash with Mitt Romney as the GOP convention gets under way. 

The Transportation Department and Environmental Protection Agency announced joint mileage and carbon emissions rules for model years 2017 through 2025 that will eventually force automakers to meet a standard equivalent to 54.5 miles per gallon.

 Administration officials have made the rules a cornerstone of their energy agenda, noting that alongside earlier 2012-2016 rules, the mandate will eventually save consumers an estimated $1.7 trillion in fuel costs and save 12 billion barrels...
  • DOT Construction Signs Hacked To Read 'Impeach Obama'

    07/06/2012 12:36:16 AM PDT · by Species8472 · 85 replies
    KTUU Alaska ^ | 7-5-2012 | Todd Walker
    Several electronic road construction signs around Anchorage were hacked late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, according to the state Department of Transportation. Signs that normally display closure and detour information, like the one on Minnesota Drive near 100th Avenue, were changed to read “Impeach Obama.” That particular sign wasn’t fixed until sometime between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Thursday. It happened because DOT says it doesn't lock the boxes on the signs that hold the message control pad. Construction managers say sign-hacking has never happened before, so they never thought to lock the boxes.
  • Environmental justice: New movement to restrict your movement (ECO-Tyranny Must Read)

    06/01/2012 8:02:04 AM PDT · by lward99 · 7 replies
    Times247 ^ | 5/31/2012 | Katherine Timpf
    When most people talk about President Obama's influence on America, they mention reforming health care, repealing "don't ask, don't tell" or ending the war in Iraq. But a nearly unknown executive order could have a greater impact on the future of America than all of those things combined, potentially giving the federal government power to control every project in the country. The obscure memorandum of understanding, based on a long-forgotten executive order signed by President Clinton in 1994, marries the issues of environmentalism and social justice. The federal government can use the laws from one to control the other. Read...
  • ....And Environmental Justice For All, Comrade

    04/06/2012 1:00:30 AM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 86 replies
    My Brain, | 4/6/12 | Alan Levy
    Hey, take a look at what I found on the EPA's website (Yes, I have a life. Really. I do. Promise.): ********************************** "Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Fair treatment means that no group of people should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, governmental and commercial operations or policies. Meaningful involvement means that: (1) people have an opportunity to participate in decisions about activities that may...
  • Vehicle Miles Driven And The Ongoing Economic Contraction

    03/25/2012 8:27:18 AM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Advisor Perspectives ^ | 3-24-2012 | Doug Short
    Vehicle Miles Driven And The Ongoing Economic Contraction By Doug Short March 24, 2012 The Depart of Transportation's Federal Highway Commission has released the latest report on Traffic Volume Trends, data through January. Travel on all roads and streets changed by 1.6% (3.5 billion vehicle miles) for January 2012 as compared with January 2011. The 12-month moving average increased by 0.10%, which is the second month of increase after nine consecutive months of decline (PDF report). Here is a chart that illustrates this data series from its inception in 1970. I'm plotting the "Moving 12-Month Total on ALL Roads," as...
  • Angry Over Regulation, Spirit Institutes Snarky Fee ($2 D.O.T Unintended Consequences Fee!)

    02/03/2012 2:06:08 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    Newser ^ | 2-3-12 | Kevin Spak
    "Unintended Consequence Fee" intended to chide Transportation Department Spirit Airlines is angry over a new Department of Transportation rule—and it's making sure customers know it, by slapping a $2 "Department of Transportation Unintended Consequence Fee" on all tickets. The new rule, which went into effect last week, requires airlines to give customers a full refund, without additional fees, if the customer requests one within 24 hours of booking a flight, USA Today explains. That may sound innocent, but Spirit insists that it's "costing customers millions," arguing that it will lead to unfilled seats on flights, forcing the airline to spread...
  • It’s back!plan to kill talk radio. Group advising White House wants to restore controversial policy

    02/02/2012 7:51:58 AM PST · by tutstar · 95 replies · 1+ views
    Klein Online ^ | 2 1 2012 | Aaron Klein
    Actual title is : It’s baaack! The plan to kill talk radio. Group advising White House wants to restore controversial policy An organization that helped to craft President Obama’s environmental policies has recommended the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine, purportedly as a method of silencing critics of the theory of global warming. The Presidential Climate Action Project, or PCAP, last year released an extensive list of recommendations for the White House in a 75-page paper entitled, “Building the Obama Administration’s Climate Legacy.” Primary among the PCAP’s recommendations is that the Department of Energy should join the U.S. Department of Housing...
  • Here come the quantum dot TVs and wallpaper

    12/14/2011 1:12:13 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 35 replies · 2+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | 12/13/11 | Nancy Owano
    (PhysOrg.com) -- A British firm's quantum dot technology will be used for flat screen TVs and flexible screens, according to the company’s chief executive.The quantum dots will be in use for ultra thin, light flat screen TVs by the end of next year, and, in another three years, will be used in flexible screens rolled up like paper or used as wall coverings. The company, Nanoco Group, is reportedly working with Asian electronics companies to bring this technology to market. “The first products we are expecting to come to market using quantum dots will be the next generation of flat-screen...
  • Facts are stubborn things (Part 1) [Tea Party Express](Part 2 #25)

    12/06/2011 12:26:52 PM PST · by Syncro · 27 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | December 6, 2011 | Howard Kaloogian
        In 2008 Barack Obama’s campaign shtick was “change.” That resonated because President Bush was spending too much and the country meant to change Washington. But Obama meant to change the country. In response the Tea Party movement has arisen to implement the real change, putting brakes on that out of control big government growth. Our message to Washington is simple: you have run out of our money, stop excessive spending. You cannot borrow your way out of debt; you cannot spend your way out of deficits. What is President Obama’s response to our message of fiscal responsibility? Shared...
  • DOT makes workers take down flag

    11/12/2011 6:45:56 AM PST · by Winstons Julia · 26 replies
    Quad City Times ^ | 11/11/11 | Barb Ickes
    The surreal part of the article: About 30 minutes before Brandl ordered Old Glory removed from its elevated perch, Snyder said the bridge workers intended to take it down after the holiday weekend. But Brandl said safety could not wait. "It was not authorized, and we do not need the distraction," he said, adding, "I can't imagine who it would offend, but I do not want controversy."
  • Proposed rule on farms called ‘absurd’

    08/12/2011 6:27:45 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 103 replies
    gazettevirginian.com ^ | August 12, 2011 | Sonny Riddle
    A new rule being proposed by the federal Department of Transportation would require farmers to get commercial drivers licenses. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which is a part of DOT, wants to adopt standards that would reclassify all farm vehicles and implements as Commercial Motor Vehicles, officials said. Likewise, the proposal, if adopted, would require all farmers and everyone on the farm who operates any of the equipment to obtain a CDL, they added. The proposed rule change would mean that anyone who drives a tractor or operates any piece of motorized farming equipment would be required to pass...
  • Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces up to $175 Million in ‘Livability’ Grants...

    07/27/2011 11:36:06 AM PDT · by Twotone · 9 replies
    US Department of Transportation ^ | June 16, 2011 | DOT News Release
    Announcement Made on Second Anniversary of ‘Sustainable Communities’ PartnershipU.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced the availability of up to $175 million in livability grants to help urban, suburban and rural communities develop transit options to better connect people to where they live, work and play. Local transit agencies will be able to compete for livability dollars from the pool of up to $175 million. The competitive grant program will begin accepting applications when announced in the Federal Register during the week of June 20.
  • NHTSA Puts Industry On Notice: A Car Is Not A Mobile Device

    06/18/2011 8:30:40 AM PDT · by Still Thinking · 29 replies
    Continuing a campaign initiated by Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) addressed the Telematics Detroit 2011 conference with harsh words on the growing trend to integrate infotainment technology into cars. David Strickland told those assembled, “I’m just putting everyone on notice. A car is not a mobile device. I’m not in the business of helping people tweet better. I’m not in the business of helping people post on Facebook better.” That’s not to say that the NHTSA and DOT are opposed to all telematics applications. In fact, the agencies support systems...
  • 18 Mass. DOT employees get raises

    05/15/2011 9:24:27 AM PDT · by massmike · 3 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 05/15/2011 | AP
    The state Transportation Department is under fire for handing out raises to 17 employees at a time when Gov. Deval Patrick called for public employee unions to forgo raises and pay more for health care to ease budget pressures. The Boston Globe reports Friday that Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Mullan handed out the raises totaling $140,000 just two months after saying the economy was too weak to increase salaries for public sector executives. One employee got an 18 percent pay hike.
  • Date Night! The Obamas, out for Italian

    05/09/2011 6:49:59 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Politico 44 ^ | May 9,2011 | JULIE MASON
    President Obama took Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood golfing today -- message received: LaHood is safe in his job -- and capped an eventful week with dinner out. From the pool report: "POTUS and FLOTUS emerged from the south portico at 7.52 p.m., and the (motorcade) traveled in three minutes to 12th and F, N.W, where the First Couple entered Tosca, an Italian restaurant. FLOTUS is wearing a dark-leather jacket." Tosca. Hm. Is this a Mother's Day treat, a celebration, an effort to mellow and unwind after an eventful week? The POTUS gave no indication. UPDATE: The President and the First...
  • California: Judge Upholds Racial Quotas for Highway Contracts

    04/09/2011 7:35:42 AM PDT · by Ken H · 52 replies · 1+ views
    thenewspaper.com ^ | 04/08/2011 | n/a
    Federal judge approves set asides and racial quotas for transportation contracts in California. A federal judge last week granted the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) the right to discriminate against white business owners and men when awarding contracts. The Pacific Legal Foundation had filed suit against the department on behalf of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of San Diego, insisting that its racial quota program violated the voter-approved Proposition 209 prohibition on race- and sex-based preferences in public contracting, employment and education. US District Court Judge John Mendez weighed the arguments, denied the Pacific Legal Foundation's motion and granted summary...
  • Highway deaths fall to lowest level since 1949

    03/31/2011 10:16:13 PM PDT · by quantim · 27 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Apr 1, 12:38 AM EDT | KEN THOMAS
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Highway deaths have plummeted to their lowest levels in more than 60 years, helped by more people wearing seat belts, better safety equipment in cars and efforts to curb drunken driving. The Transportation Department estimated Friday that 32,788 people were killed on U.S. roads in 2010, a decrease of about 3 percent from 2009.
  • DoT exploring technology that would disable cell phones in cars

    12/03/2010 3:33:04 PM PST · by Innovative · 63 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3 Dec 2010 | Sara Jerome
    The Transportation Department is looking into technology to disable cell phones in vehicles, according to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "There's a lot of technology out there that can disable phones and we're looking at that," LaHood said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "I think it will be done," he said.
  • LaHood Gives the Green Light (Secretary of Transportation: Get us out of our cars)

    04/19/2010 6:46:15 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 20 replies · 874+ views
    American Spectator ^ | April 19, 2010 | Matt Purple
    At a National Press Club event last year, a panel moderator decided to quiz Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood on his department's policy. "Some in the highway-supporters motorist groups have been concerned by your livability initiative," he said. "Is this an effort to make driving more torturous and to coerce people out of their cars?" "It is a way to coerce people out of their cars," answered LaHood, with a blunt frankness rare for a politician. These days, the Department of Transportation is sticking its nose into everyone's lives. DOT has teamed up with the Environmental Protection Agency and Housing...
  • Bay Bridge crews scuttle to fix span by Tuesday

    09/06/2009 10:29:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies · 1,648+ views
    Chronicle ^ | September 6, 2009 | Rachel Gordon,
    Hundreds of thousands of Bay Area commuters remain in limbo today as crews scramble to complete an emergency repair to the workhorse Bay Bridge. The 73-year-old bridge, crossed by more than 260,000 cars and trucks a day, was shut down for a larger, unrelated seismic upgrade project. Now, crews are working to fix a cracked steel link, called an eyebar, that helps hold up the east span. Inspectors discovered the problem Saturday afternoon, setting in motion a dash to fix a problem that - by itself - would have forced officials to shut down the bridge. "There's a lot of...
  • Gov't watchdog questions airport stimulus projects

    08/12/2009 6:07:28 AM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 2 replies · 283+ views
    Oak Ridger ^ | Aug 11, 2009 | Joan Lowry
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration used economic stimulus money to pay for 50 airport projects that didn't meet the grant criteria and approved projects at four airports with a history of mismanaging federal grants, a government watchdog said Monday. Transportation Department Inspector General Calvin Scovel said he plans to examine the Federal Aviation Administration's process for selecting programs for the $1.1 billion in grant money. Among the projects that Scovel said didn't meet the FAA's minimum score was $14 million that went to Akiachak, Alaska, a town of 659 residents, to replace its airfield. The town has a seaplane and...
  • Hackers Crack Into Texas Road Sign, Warn of Zombies Ahead

    01/28/2009 10:29:13 AM PST · by Domandred · 1,989 replies · 16,757+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1/28/2008 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Transportation officials in Texas are scrambling to prevent hackers from changing messages on digital road signs after one sign in Austin was altered to read, "Zombies Ahead." Chris Lippincott, director of media relations for the Texas Department of Transportation, confirmed that a portable traffic sign at Lamar Boulevard and West 15th Street, near the University of Texas at Austin, was hacked into during the early hours of Jan. 19. "It was clever, kind of cute, but not what it was intended for," said Lippincott, who saw the sign during his morning commute. "Those signs are deployed for a reason —...
  • Immigrants ravage U.S. infrastructure

    01/16/2009 2:08:23 AM PST · by Man50D · 14 replies · 1,074+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | January 15, 2009 | Chelsea Schilling
    The United States will need $1.6 trillion to repair damage to its infrastructure from a massive influx of immigrants, a new report reveals. In his report titled, "The Twin Crises: Immigration and Infrastructure," prominent researcher Edwin S. Rubenstein examines 15 categories of infrastructure: airports, border security, bridges, dams and levees, electricity (the power grids), hazardous waste removal , hospitals, mass transit, parks and recreation facilities, ports and navigable waterways, public schools, railroads, roads and highways, solid waste and trash, and water and sewer systems. Rubenstein, a financial analyst and former contributing editor of Forbes and economics editor of National Review,...
  • US DOT Report Confirms Speed Not Major Accident Cause

    12/18/2008 8:52:20 AM PST · by decimon · 74 replies · 1,992+ views
    theNewspaper.com ^ | Dec. 15, 2008 | Unknown
    US Department of Transportation study finds only five percent of crashes caused by excessive speed.As lawmakers around the country continue to consider speed limit enforcement as the primary traffic safety measure, the most comprehensive examination of accident causation in thirty years suggests this focus on speed may be misplaced.
  • Road woes

    12/05/2008 3:24:20 AM PST · by NCDragon · 30 replies · 716+ views
    Raleigh News & Obstructor ^ | December 5, 2008 | Editorial Staff
    Americans are driving our roads into the ground, and we can't find an easy fix. Highway maintenance lags far behind the need for it, while new roads (and transit options) linger in line for funding. Construction costs keep rising, but fuel tax revenue, which pays for most of the road work, is fading. The result is transportation gridlock. The best way out is to break the fuel-tax deadlock. Either we raise this tax -- which in the United States is low by industrialized-world standards -- or find another source of cash for building roads and transit. First, consider the sorry...
  • You Are Invited To Play A Role in the Creation of Barack Obama's Presidential Portrait

    11/11/2008 7:29:17 PM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 52 replies · 388+ views
    1888pressrelease.com ^ | 11/11/09 | 1888pressrelease.com
    Make Your Mark In History: You Are Invited To Play A Role in the Creation of Barack Obama's Presidential Portrait From Ken Kragen, who brought America "We Are The World" and "Hands Across America," in partnership with Rock The Vote, JoinTheDot presents "What's Your Message to the Next President," which invites millions of people to get a dot in Barack Obama's Presidential Portrait and attach a message to their dot. The portrait is made from millions of tiny dots - one of them could be yours. Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV (1888PressRelease) November 12, 2008 - The traditional Presidential Portrait is evolving. It’s...
  • Unfair Demands On Boy Scouts

    07/29/2008 1:08:47 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 37 replies · 1,239+ views
    The Day ^ | 7/29/2008 | Editors
    Unfair Demands On Boy Scouts http://www.theday.com/re.aspx?re=33a46ad1-5d62-4201-98b5-dd7602900835 By The Day Published on 7/29/2008 We are at a loss to understand why the state Department of Transportation wants to give East Lyme Boy Scout troops such a hard time over doing a good deed. For 25 years on Labor Day weekend the Scouts have served coffee and doughnuts around the clock to weary drivers at the weigh stations on Interstate 95 in Waterford. Drivers get a needed break. The Scouts take pride in providing a service. Donations collected help the Boy Scouts and other local groups. Who could object? Unfortunately, the bureaucrats...
  • Drivers Are Reducing Their Speed (High Gas Prices Lead to Fewer Fatalities)

    06/01/2008 5:18:05 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 66 replies · 51+ views
    JSOnline ^ | June 1, 2008 | Lawrence Sussman
    Wisconsin motorists appear to be driving slower than they were this time last year, and a State Patrol official says the $4-plus cost of gasoline seems to be a major reason. And as speeds seem to have dropped, so have the number of traffic fatalities in the state - by 29% so far this year - while state troopers and sheriff's deputies are reporting that they are seeing fewer vehicles on the state's freeways. While some of it is anecdotal, evidence is beginning to mount that gasoline prices are having a marked effect on the driving habits of many Wisconsin...
  • Trucking Regulators Warn on Use of Chantix

    05/24/2008 3:29:50 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 13 replies · 667+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 23 May 2008 | ALICIA MUNDY and AVERY JOHNSON
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a warning Thursday on the anti-smoking drug Chantix, advising medical examiners "to not qualify anyone currently using this medication for commercial motor vehicle licenses." The FMCSA oversees the interstate trucking and bus industry. Chantix, made by Pfizer, Inc., was attacked in a study by a non-profit group on Wednesday for possible links to seizures, dizziness, heart irregularity, diabetes and more than 100 accidents. The Department of Transportation alerted its agencies about the study, asking the office directors be aware of the report's warnings and recommendations. The Federal Aviation Administration banned the drug for...
  • Dulles Rail Gets Federal Approval

    04/30/2008 1:27:27 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 30 replies · 117+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, April 30, 2008 | Amy Gardner and Lena H. Sun
    Federal transportation officials today told Congress and Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) that they have approved the proposed 23-mile extension of Metrorail to Dulles International Airport, reversing their announcement in January that the project was unfit for federal funding. In a letter to Kaine and in a 10 a.m. conference call with the governor and Virginia congressional leaders, U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said the $5 billion project had finally met the Federal Transit Administration's standards for cost efficiency, construction and expected ridership. The project will now move into the final design phase, a major step toward receiving $900...
  • A Cellphone's Missing Dot Kills Two People, Puts Three More in Jail

    04/22/2008 9:00:37 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 20 replies · 109+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | Apr 21 2008 | Staff
    The life of 20-year-old Emine, and her 24-year-old husband Ramazan Çalçoban was pretty much the normal life of any couple in a separation process. After deciding to split up, the two kept having bitter arguments over the cellphone, sending text messages to each other until one day Ramazan wrote "you change the topic every time you run out of arguments." That day, the lack of a single dot over a letter—product of a faulty localization of the cellphone's typing system—caused a chain of events that ended in a violent blood bath (Warning: offensive language ahead.) The surreal mistake happened because...
  • Spanish firm using loan from U.S. to build segments of Texas toll road

    03/14/2008 4:23:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 860+ views
    Land Line Magazine ^ | March 13, 2008 | David Tanner
    Officials with the Spanish toll road operator Cintra have announced that the company has secured $430 million in loans from the U.S. government to build and operate two segments of a toll road in central Texas. Cintra officials announced the company’s financial plan for the $1.36 billion Highway 130 segments on Monday, March 10. OOIDA Senior Government Affairs Representative Mike Joyce told Land Line that the Association does raise red flags when federal dollars are used to subsidize private investors. Officials with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association are not, however, categorically opposed to a state using future toll revenue to...
  • Mexican truck drivers take English exam in Spanish

    03/14/2008 4:01:53 AM PDT · by Man50D · 52 replies · 1,730+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | March 14, 2008 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Mexican truck drivers allowed to travel throughout the U.S. under a Bush administration demonstration project may not be proficient in English, despite Department of Transportation assurances to the contrary. A brochure on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's website instructs Mexican truck drivers, "Did you know … You MUST be able to read and speak English to drive trucks in the United States." Still, at the Senate Commerce Committee oversight hearing Tuesday, Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters and DOT Inspector General Calvin L. Scovel III reluctantly admitted under intense questioning from Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., that Mexican drivers were being...
  • Hoffa Says U.S. Drivers at Risk to Unsafe Trucks From Mexico

    Teamsters General President Says U.S. Drivers at Risk to Unsafe Trucks From Mexico Washington, D.C. – Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa blasted the Bush administration today for its reckless indifference to the economic struggles of working Americans who are suffering under the North American Free Trade Agreement with more than a million lost jobs and billions of dollars in lost wages. “No matter how many jobs we lose, no matter how many foreclosures, no matter how many people die on the highways, the Bush administration just doesn’t care about the safety and security of American workers,” Hoffa said. Hoffa’s comments...
  • High-Speed Solutions: The idea of passenger rail travel to major Texas cities picks up speed.

    03/05/2008 1:47:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies · 465+ views
    Fort Worth Weekly ^ | March 5, 2008 | Dan McGraw
    Driving down to Austin lately has become a real trip. I-35 is usually packed for most of the 185 miles, and what used to take three or four hours now can take five or six. Flying down can take almost as long, when you figure in airline security delays, more flight delays, and the time it takes getting into and out of crowded airports. But what if it took 45 minutes to travel from the Metroplex to Austin by train or an hour to make a trip to Houston? Advocates of high-speed rail lines are floating these ideas once again...
  • 40-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax increase urged by federal panel

    01/15/2008 2:56:00 PM PST · by BradtotheBone · 110 replies · 302+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan. 15, 2008 | RAD SALLEE
    A federal panel today recommended a steep increase in motor fuel taxes and an increased emphasis on mass transit to meet the nation's transportation needs and repair its deteriorating infrastructure. In its report, the 12-member National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission, appointed by Congress in 2005, recommended increasing the federal gasoline tax by as much as 40 cents a gallon, at a rate of 5 to 8 cents per year. The current federal tax is 18.4 cents per gallon and the state tax is 20 cents. The price of a gallon of regular gasoline has hovered near $3...
  • Plane passengers asked for security tips

    12/23/2007 6:00:59 PM PST · by Flavius · 52 replies · 79+ views
    upi ^ | 12/23/07 | upi
    The U.S. Transportation Department is using a new source to help determine potential airline protections: actual plane passengers. Passengers have been invited to offer DOT officials protection suggestions by Jan. 22. They could help the federal agency determine what additional efforts should be taken to improve U.S. air travel, The Denver Post said Saturday.
  • Travel Special: Conquer Stress

    12/17/2007 7:20:07 PM PST · by george76 · 1 replies · 108+ views
    Best Life Magazine...Travel & Leisure ^ | Nov 4, 2007 | Peter Greenberg
    Ten ways to outsmart the airlines and not spend your holiday season at the airport Schlotzsky's. In the past year, I have flown on 110 flights—and 11 arrived on time. As awful as that performance is, it doesn't even reflect the worst travel nightmares of the year, including record numbers of lost bags, overflowing lavatories, and the infamous JetBlue odyssey... In the first half of the year, more than 93,000 flights were canceled, an increase of 44 percent over the first half of 2006, according to the Department of Transportation. 2007 will go down as the worst year in history...
  • Hindus Upset Over Ban On Holy Dot

    09/08/2007 12:24:58 PM PDT · by blam · 43 replies · 1,156+ views
    BBC ^ | 9-8-2007 | Amarnath Tewary
    Hindus upset over ban on holy dot By Amarnath Tewary BBC News, Bihar Mr Mishra has worn the tilak throughout his career A senior official in India's Bihar state faces suspension for wearing the Hindu red mark on his forehead at work. Lakshman Mishra, deputy director of the agriculture department, is accused of breaching a new government dress code. He says he has worn the mark, or tilak, on his forehead at work for 30 years and it is his religious right to do so. His colleagues support him - nearly all of them arrived at work on Friday wearing...
  • Keep on truckin' – back to Mexico!

    09/03/2007 5:53:37 AM PDT · by captjanaway · 33 replies · 1,247+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | September 3, 2007 | Barbara Simpson
    We've been had. In fact, the American people got the shaft last Friday evening. Twice, in fact, and it came from San Francisco's liberal federal courts. There were two decisions favoring illegal aliens, big business, border destruction and sympathetic politicians on both sides of the aisle.
  • Truckers must talk English [Laredo, Texas]

    08/26/2007 10:57:58 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 101 replies · 2,418+ views
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | 08/26/2007 | MIGUEL TIMOSHENKOV and VICENTE RANGEL
    A commercial truck driver from Monterrey who has crossed Laredos international bridges countless times was stunned earlier this month when he received a ticket from U.S. inspectors because he cant speak English."We were worried," said Samuel Tamez Trevińo, owner of the truck that was driven by Rafael Segovia. "We consulted with attorneys. We were somewhat relieved when they told us it would be treated as a warning. But now what are we supposed to do?" Tamez Trevińo, whose transportation company is in Montemorelos, is concerned that his drivers may be unable or unwilling to learn English, considering that even a...