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  • Few U.S. truckers eager to cross over to Mexico

    03/31/2007 7:39:42 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 48 replies · 1,120+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | March 31, 2007 | MEENA THIRUVENGADAM
    Many companies concerned about security, insurance SAN ANTONIO — Although more than 800 Mexican trucking companies are waiting for access to U.S. roadways under the cross-border trucking pilot program announced last month, fewer than 10 American companies are seeking the same access in Mexico. The U.S. government is optimistic more American truckers will come forward to join the program, but industry leaders are skeptical because they say the risks outweigh the benefits. "We believe we'll see more U.S. firms apply," U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said in San Antonio last week. James Hoffa, general president of the Teamsters...
  • Roadblocks for Mexican trucks in U.S. (Duncan Hunter - NAFTA Trucking Safety Act)

    03/29/2007 8:39:14 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 55 replies · 1,998+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | March 29, 2007 | By Jerome R. Corsi
    The Department of Transportation pilot test designed to allow 100 Mexican trucking companies to run their long-haul rigs anywhere in the U.S. has encountered opposition, both in Congress and in Mexico. Meanwhile, plans to implement the test are progressing at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, as announced by the Department of Transportation in February. Scott Gerber, spokesman for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., confirmed to WND the senator's amendment approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee March 22 to block the test remains in the Emergency Spending Bill on the floor of the Senate. The amendment, co-sponsored by Sen. Patty Murray,...
  • U.S. DOT considers switch to Mac, Linux

    03/05/2007 1:48:35 PM PST · by JohnSheppard · 28 replies · 445+ views
    MacNN ^ | 03/05/2007
    The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has banned Windows Vista, Office 2007, and Internet Explorer 2007 from its offices, and is considering switching its operations to Macs and PCs running Novell's SuSe Linux. The DOT enacted the ban in mid-January, according to one blogger, because certain applications essential to the agency's function can't run on Windows Vista. Microsoft has attracted intense criticism over its new operating system since it began shipping earlier this year, lacking proper driver software for a wide array of devices and utilizing a new user interface that closely resembles Apple's Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger system....
  • WOT - Moscow Cell Phone Service Shut down in Subways

    01/18/2007 7:08:03 PM PST · by Milwaukee_Guy · 28 replies · 813+ views
    St.Petersburg Times/AP ^ | 01-18-2007 | Milwaukee_Guy
    Security Stepped Up After Terrorist Threat Excerpt In Moscow, which was last hit by terrorist attacks in 2004, officials took the unusual step of ordering cell phone service shut off in the subway system. The measure appeared to be an effort to avert the possibility of explosives being detonated by the phones. Full article: http://www.times.spb.ru/index.php?action_id=2&story_id=20075
  • Senate Confirms New Transportation Chief ( Mary Peters )

    09/30/2006 8:39:16 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 369+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30 | LESLIE MILLER
    The Senate early Saturday confirmed President Bush's nomination of Mary Peters as the new secretary of transportation. Peters, a former federal highway administrator, succeeds Norman Mineta, a Democrat who resigned in July after six years in office. In a statement issued by the White House, Bush said Peters is "an innovative thinker who will work with state and local leaders to confront challenges and solve problems." Peters, 57, who spent most of her career in government highway jobs, is a strong advocate of privatizing roads. But highways are only a part of the Transportation Department's portfolio. The 60,000-person department also...
  • White House mulls Mineta replacement

    07/25/2006 4:00:07 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 14 replies · 428+ views
    YahooNews ^ | 7-25-06 | Leslie Miller
    President Bush still hasn't decided whom to nominate as transportation secretary to succeed Norman Mineta, who left the job July 7 after six years on the job. Meanwhile, Washington is showing how it loves to fill an empty Cabinet seat with speculation. A Cabinet secretary, two federal transportation officials, a White House budget aide and a former governor are said to be under consideration. "As soon as he has a nominee to announce he will," said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino. "Secretary Mineta left the Cabinet only a few weeks ago, and a decision on a nominee will be made...
  • A new way out of a jam

    05/19/2006 11:03:20 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies · 644+ views
    Albany Times Union ^ | May 17, 2006 | Marilyn Geewax (Cox News)
    WASHINGTON -- Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta announced on Tuesday a White House initiative to relieve highway, aviation and freight congestion, largely with the help of private fees and tolls. "Congestion is not a fact of life. We need a new approach and we need it now," he said. The plan includes fast-tracking a modernized air traffic control system and building extra-wide interstate highways that could serve as "corridors of the future," he said. Because of "trucks stalled in traffic, cargo sitting on the dock at overwhelmed seaports (and) airplanes circling over crowded airports, congestion is costing America an estimated $200...
  • Nevada DOT Workers - RIGHT AGAIN!

    03/25/2006 5:33:53 PM PST · by Seadog Bytes · 10 replies · 1,075+ views
    Strange Cosmos ^ | March 25, 2006 | Seadog Bytes
  • Missouri approves tracking cell phones for real-time traffic data

    12/25/2005 5:28:12 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 104 replies · 1,750+ views
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Missouri transportation officials approved a controversial contract Friday that will allow a private corporation to track signals from motorists' cell phones to map traffic snarls and highway congestion on major roads throughout the state. As early as next week, that company, the National Engineering Technology Corp. (NET), will start monitoring thousands of cell phones in Kansas City and St. Louis, using their movements to test how to relay traffic conditions to the public in real time. While officials say the program will make Missouri a national leader in "intelligent" traffic management, privacy advocates are concerned that...
  • Over 42,000 traffic fatalaties per year in United States!

    11/13/2005 10:14:24 AM PST · by AmericanDave · 100 replies · 2,451+ views
    DOT U.S. gov't ^ | 2005 | Deptartment of Transportation
    NHTSA decided in 1996 to make FARS data easier to obtain by using Internet technology. This FARS Web-Based Encyclopedia offers a more intuitive and powerful approach for retrieving fatal crash information.
  • Military.com Launches Career Resource for Veterans

    11/09/2005 4:33:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 365+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Nov 9, 2005 | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2005 – Military.com is taking its mission of connecting veterans to their benefits one step further with the official launch of the online Veteran Career Network on Nov. 11. About 250,000 people leave the military each year, Christopher Michel, president and founder of Military.com, said. A goal of the new network, found at www.military.com/network, is to help veterans capitalize on the training they received in the military by connecting them with employers who value this type of training and to make that connection more efficient. "Job searches have been traditionally inefficient," Michel, a former Navy lieutenant commander,...
  • Happy Halloween...from D.O.T.

    10/16/2005 1:54:32 PM PDT · by Seadog Bytes · 24 replies · 1,152+ views
    Strange Cosmos ^ | October 16, 2005 | Seadog Bytes
  • WSJ: The Little Engine That Couldn't - Unfortunately Congress may approve another Amtrak bailout

    08/30/2005 5:49:21 AM PDT · by OESY · 14 replies · 388+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 30, 2005 | Editorial
    Children's literature is full of bad-tempered railway engines that get overheated, blow their tops and make angry whooshing sounds -- only to get their comeuppance in the end. Amtrak President David Gunn just did his best imitation of a huffy little engine, lashing out at Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta for saying that the railroad should become more efficient. All Mr. Mineta did was agree with a report by his independent inspector-general, who found Amtrak could save $1.2 billion in operating and capital spending over five years by eliminating costly sleeping cars and modifying food and beverage service. The splenetic Mr....
  • Federal Air Marshals Sue DHS, TSA, DOT Over De Facto Gag Order

    06/09/2005 11:09:43 PM PDT · by Northern Alliance · 7 replies · 578+ views
    Men's News Daily ^ | June 9, 2005 | Jim Kouri
    The Federal Air Marshal Association and its President Terry Babb, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Federal Air Marshal Director Thomas Quinn, challenging federal air marshal rules designed to prevent federal air marshals from speaking about any matter that pertains to the Federal Air Marshal Service, the Transportation Security Administration and the US Department of Transportation. The actions by DHS, TSA and other agencies amounts to a de facto gag order placed on air marshals. Recently, border patrol agents were also required to...
  • (WA) Trust The Auditor

    04/13/2005 10:05:39 AM PDT · by truth49 · 1 replies · 177+ views
    Columbian ^ | 4-13-05 | Staff
    Boo. Hiss. The Legislature is missing an opportunity to pass a piece of meaningful performance-audit legislation. It has approved a watered-down bill instead, all but ensuring a citizens' initiative will tackle the job later this year. Performance audits are checks on government programs that find if they are getting desired results, are redundant or efficient. Right now, the state auditor's office audits agencies to make sure money is going where it is supposed to be going, but these financial checkups do not assess a program's worth or impact. Democratic State Auditor Brian Sonntag has done an exemplary job auditing the...
  • Three dead in shooting at Tennessee transportation department garage

    01/11/2005 1:36:26 PM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies · 657+ views
    AP ^ | 1/11/5 | WOODY BAIRD
    JACKSON -- A man opened fire Tuesday at a state Transportation Department maintenance garage, killing his wife and two others, and wounding two, authorities said. David Jordan was arrested a short time later, not far from the maintenance garage, police said. Two officers captured him and found an assault rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and two pistols in his truck. Police gave no motive for the shooting. Police said Jordan first went to the garage's office, where he shot and killed his wife, Donna, a department employee. Then he walked back outside and killed a deliveryman and a Forestry Department employee...
  • Federal hotline set up for holiday travel woes

    12/31/2004 10:15:52 AM PST · by Willie Green · 3 replies · 180+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Friday, December 31, 2004 | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - The government now has a hotline for people to call with complaints about flight disruptions over the Christmas holiday weekend, the Transportation Department's inspector general said today. Thousands of travelers were stranded after US Airways and Delta subsidiary Comair canceled hundreds of flights because of computer and staffing problems. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta asked Inspector General Kenneth Mead to look into the snafus at the two airlines, which grounded 1,100 flights on Saturday because of a computer problem.
  • Mineta lays out second-term agenda

    12/10/2004 11:54:52 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 11 replies · 401+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 10, 2004 | Stewart M. Powell
    Washington -- Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta, named Thursday to serve in President Bush's second-term Cabinet, vowed to press a controversial plan to overhaul Amtrak financing in order to end "a drain on the budget." Mineta, 73, the former Democratic mayor and House member from San Jose, said in an interview that he would work to win congressional approval for the pending plan to reduce federal spending on the government-subsidized rail system by shifting a greater burden to states served by Amtrak on the East and West coasts. [snip] White House spokesman Scott McClellan on Thursday announced Bush's decision to keep...
  • MINETA'S BEEN ASKED TO STAY-JUST ON FOX- I'M SICK!

    12/09/2004 6:55:41 AM PST · by STARWISE · 317 replies · 5,358+ views
    FOX NEWS ON TV | 12-9-04
    Oh my God ... how .. how could this be?
  • NYT: F.A.A. Faced With Aging of Computers and Staff

    11/09/2004 8:54:21 AM PST · by OESY · 3 replies · 398+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 9, 2004 | MATTHEW L. WALD
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 - The Federal Aviation Administration is facing some of the same problems that are driving the airlines to bankruptcy, rising costs and declining income, and faces two expensive challenges in the next few years, as its essential computers wear out and half of its air traffic controllers reach mandatory retirement age. This is happening as the federal budget gets tighter, leading some experts to question how the agency will get through the next few years. The agency released a report card on itself on Monday and said that crashes had declined, in both airlines and general aviation,...
  • THE WARNING JOHN KERRY IGNORED

    09/04/2004 2:04:10 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 18 replies · 1,579+ views
    ViperAsh.com ^ | MARCH 15, 2004 | PAUL SPERRY
    THE WARNING KERRY IGNORED By PAUL SPERRY -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- March 15, 2004 -- SEN. John Kerry boasts how he "sounded the alarm on terrorism years before 9/ 11," referring to his 1997 book "The New War." Too bad he didn't blast it when it really counted - four months before the hijackings, when he was hand-delivered evidence of serious security breaches at Logan International Airport, with specific warnings that terrorists could exploit them Former FAA security officials say the Massachusetts senator had the power to prevent at least the Boston hijackings and save the World Trade Center and thousands of lives,...
  • Mineta's p.c. folly

    07/23/2004 6:38:23 AM PDT · by xsysmgr · 26 replies · 967+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 23, 2004 | House Editorial
    The last thing this country needs is another terror attack from the sky. But that's apparently what the terrorists still have in mind, if recent reports are any indication. "Flight crews and air marshals say Middle Eastern men are staking out airports, probing security measures and conducting test runs aboard airplanes for a terrorist attack," Audrey Hudson wrote yesterday in this paper. This, along with a troubling account of 14 Middle Eastern men behaving strangely on a flight from Detroit to Los Angeles, written by Annie Jacobsen, a writer for Women's Wall Street, paints a picture of a troubled...
  • TERRORISM AND JOHN KERRY PRE-9/11

    07/18/2004 5:56:40 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 7 replies · 713+ views
    scaryjohnkerry.com ^ | July 17, 2004 | El West
    This is a MUST SEE VIDEO. Just go to the website, wait for the very short download and watch the show. This says it all about how effective this man would be, managing global terror against America! Just remember that John Kerry said, loud and clear, that the Bush Administration "exaggerated" the terror threat to America! Watch this video. Then you decide! http://www.scaryjohnkerry.com/logan.htm
  • Al Qaeda Messages Posted on U.S. Server

    07/13/2004 10:05:59 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 30 replies · 1,869+ views
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Tuesday, July 13, 2004; 7:22 PM | By David McGuire
    <p>An Internet computer server operated by an Arkansas government agency was transformed last weekend into the online home of dozens of videos featuring Osama bin Laden, Islamic jihadist anthems and terrorist speeches.</p> <p>State government officials removed the files from a computer operated by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department shortly after they were discovered, a government spokesman said. The case highlights an increasing trend of hackers hijacking vulnerable Web servers for the purpose of advocating radical political and terrorist ideologies.</p>
  • Fourth of July Holiday Travel and Fireworks Advisory - NYC

    06/30/2004 12:42:35 AM PDT · by Dont Mention the War · 1,551+ views
    Tuesday, June 29, 2004 Fourth of July Holiday Travel and Fireworks Advisory Alternate Side Parking regulations and parking meter rules will be suspended on Sunday, July 4 and Monday, July 5. The HOV 3 lanes along the Long Island Expressway into the Midtown Tunnel will not operate on Monday, July 5. The Gowanus/Prospect Expressway HOV 3 lanes will be in effect on Monday, July 5. HOV lanes are not applicable on Sundays. The FDR Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic for the fireworks display from 2:00 pm on Sunday to 2:00 am from the Battery Park underpass to the...
  • Bush: No to 'Gay Pride Month'

    06/14/2004 11:18:07 PM PDT · by scripter · 141 replies · 662+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 15, 2004
    Homosexual activists are fuming over President Bush's refusal to declare June "Gay Pride Month." Nevertheless, without official support, several groups of federal workers are still planning activities. Leonard Hirsch, president of Federal GLOBE — the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Federal Employee’s organization — told the Washington Blade, a homosexual weekly, that events are scheduled at the departments of Transportation, State, Interior and the USDA, while other agencies have said they will not sanction events without White House approval. "We have continued to be boxed in a Catch-22 because agencies are saying that they can't provide support or statements unless the...
  • Supreme Court OKs Trucks from Mexico in United States

    06/08/2004 10:01:39 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 29 replies · 232+ views
    Laredo, TX, Morning Times ^ | 06-08-04 | Gearan, Ann, AP
    Court OKs trucks from Mexico in U.S. Justices say president has authority to let the trucks in By ANNE GEARAN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON The Supreme Court removed the last legal roadblock to Mexican trucks rolling across U.S. roadways, siding with the Bush administration Monday in a long-running dispute with labor union officials, environmentalists and consumer advocates. The fight, begun during the Clinton administration, had ground down to a last quarrel over whether a Transportation Department agency had to perform an air quality study. Opponents argued that Mexican trucks tend to be older and dirtier than American models. Ruling on...
  • Smerconish: AS PLAIN AS THE NOSE ON THEIR FACES, DOT is more concerned about PC than Air Safety

    04/30/2004 5:31:40 AM PDT · by new cruelty · 10 replies · 282+ views
    www.mastalk.com ^ | Apr. 29, 2004 | Michael Smerconish
    POST 9/11, the U.S. Department of Transportation is more concerned about political correctness than air safety. They've even issued a statement saying that ethnicity, religion and appearance are not factored into who gets pulled out of airport security lines. (Somewhere in hell 19 guys are cheering.) The DOT pronouncement is the latest chapter in my inquiry into why those with nothing in common with the 9/11 hijackers are routinely pulled from airport security lines and subjected to random, heightened screening. My 8-year-old son got flagged when we flew to Florida for spring break. Strange, he sure doesn't look like any...
  • Ann Coulter - Arab Hijackers Now Eligible for Pre-Boarding

    04/30/2004 1:50:30 AM PDT · by kattracks · 22 replies · 2,476+ views
    FrontpPageMagazine.com ^ | 4/30/04 | Ann Coulter
    In June 2001, as Mohamed Atta completed his final "to do" list before the 9/11 attacks ("... amend will to ban women from my funeral ... leave extra little Friskies out for Mr. Buttons ... set TiVo for Streisand on 'Inside the Actors' Studio'...."), Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta was conducting a major study on whether airport security was improperly screening passengers based on ethnicity. As Mineta explained: "We must protect the civil rights of airline passengers." Protecting airline passengers from sudden death has never made it onto Mineta's radar screen. A few months later, after 19 Muslim men hijacked...
  • I, Your Federal Overseer, just need to know what you are working on

    04/29/2004 8:10:35 AM PDT · by bvw · 15 replies · 457+ views
    Michael asks the DOT for a copy of a statement he has learned that they have written regarding his initial column about John Lehman’s questioning of Condoleezza Rice in the 9/11 Commission. The DOT: In a recent column, a member of the 9/11 Commission was incorrect in telling your newspaper that the Federal Aviation Administration used a quota restricting the number of foreign passengers that could be subjected to secondary screening at one time. Despite the testimony from current and former airline executives cited in your column, secondary screening of passengers is random or behavior based. It is not now,...
  • Report: NC roads in need [Repair funds diverted to public transportation utopia]

    04/12/2004 6:31:13 AM PDT · by TaxRelief · 3 replies · 181+ views
    (For education and discussion purposes, only) A research group funded by road builders called Wednesday for more state highway spending to avert a costly increase in accidents, travel delays and wear-and-tear on everyone's cars. [One local planning organization says highways account for only 52 percent of the transportation spending needed in the Durham and Chapel Hill area by 2025, with 44 percent earmarked for rail and bus transit.] North Carolina has failed to repair and expand its highway network quickly enough to keep pace with growing passenger and truck traffic and crumbling roads and bridges... (snip) Citing census and highway...
  • Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces New Plans To Reduce Summer Flight Delays;

    03/24/2004 4:12:35 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 2 replies · 140+ views
    TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY MINETA ANNOUNCES NEW PLANS TO REDUCE SUMMER FLIGHT DELAYS; TARGETS MOST HEAVILY CONGESTED ROUTES HERNDON, VA – During a visit to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center, U. S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta today announced a series of new steps aimed at reducing potential gridlock and delays during this year’s upcoming peak travel period, including the creation of new air traffic “express lanes,” within many of our nation’s most heavily congested routes. “As the economy improves and passengers return to our skies, the federal government is acting to reduce the kind...
  • [Charlotte] Light rail: Add $28 million (Surprise, surprise, surprise!)

    03/24/2004 6:42:27 AM PST · by southernnorthcarolina · 35 replies · 441+ views
    Charlotte Observer | Diane Whitacre
    The cost of building Charlotte's first light-rail line has jumped to $398.7 million, a 7 percent increase from two years ago. The extra $28 million chiefly represents a new bridge over Archdale Drive and higher-than-expected land costs for tracks and parking lots. A preliminary study in 1998 estimated the line could be built for $227 million. But when engineers began drawing up plans, they said in 2000 the cost would be $331 million. It rose to $371 million in 2002 and now to $398.7 million. That estimate now goes to the Federal Transit Administration. "This is the number we intend...
  • DAY OF INFAMY 2001

    03/22/2004 2:50:54 AM PST · by MarvntheMartian · 3 replies · 571+ views
    WorldNetDaily | March 19, 2004 | PAUL SPERRY
    Official: Kerry failed to act on pre-9/11 tip 3rd agent to say he warned security lapses made Boston airport ripe for 'jihad' attack WASHINGTON - A third federal aviation-security agent, one still with the government, has stepped forward to say he also warned Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry about security lapses at Boston's Logan International Airport before the 9/11 hijackings there. Earlier this week, two former FAA agents said the Democratic presidential hopeful failed to take effective action after they gave him a prophetic warning that his home airport was vulnerable to multiple hijackings. Brian Sullivan, a retired special agent from...
  • Bush Signs Highway Bill

    03/01/2004 2:17:10 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 6 replies · 127+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 3-1-04
    <p>WASHINGTON — President Bush on Sunday signed legislation extending authorization of the federal highway program for two months, a move that prevents nearly 5,000 Transportation Department workers from being laid off.</p> <p>The House Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2004 (search) specifically extends highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund (search).</p>
  • American Air settles Sept. 11 discrimination suit

    03/01/2004 4:53:00 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 7 replies · 201+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3-1-04
    DALLAS, March 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Transportation said on Monday it has reached a settlement with American Airlines over claims the world largest's carrier discriminated against passengers it thought were of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent. The Transportation Department said in the period immediately following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, American, a division of AMR Corp. (nyse: AMR - news - people), was accused of unlawfully removing passengers from flights or denying boarding based on race, nationality or religion. "The settlement order finds that American acted in a manner inconsistent with federal...
  • Rejected For Guns, Pilots Criticize Test

    02/05/2004 12:30:55 AM PST · by Travis McGee · 179 replies · 241+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 5, 2004 | Audrey Hudson
    <p>Pilots already trained to carry guns and operate sophisticated weapons systems are among 100 applicants rejected from a federal program to arm flight-deck officers to protect aircraft from terrorist attacks.</p> <p>Former police officers, firearms instructors and military pilots have filed written complaints with the Federal Flight Deck Officers (FFDO) program questioning its psychological- and background-test system, as well as its generic rejection letter that doesn't explain an applicant's purported shortcomings.</p>
  • White House to Propose FAA Cuts

    01/28/2004 11:00:32 AM PST · by Pubbie · 25 replies · 130+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 28, 2004 | STEPHEN POWER
    WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration plans to propose a 16% cut in spending on air-traffic-control equipment and facilities, saving nearly half a billion dollars a year but postponing or scaling back projects aimed at making air travel more efficient. The proposed $471 million cut in the Federal Aviation Administration's facilities and equipment budget, currently at a level of $2.9 billion, comes partly in response to government audits critical of the agency's spending habits, according to people familiar with the matter. Just like the industry it regulates, the FAA is under pressure to rein in spending, which has expanded 70% since...
  • Reminder: On Jan. 4, DOT will use discretionary HOS enforcement

    01/01/2004 3:52:44 PM PST · by Pete-R-Bilt · 51 replies · 891+ views
    Reminder: On Jan. 4, DOT will use discretionary HOS enforcement States can follow or reject that recommendation(Note: HOS = Hours of Service) Commercial truck drivers not following new rules governing the hours they can drive will face aggressive education coupled with discretionary enforcement for 60 days starting Jan. 4, the day the overhauled rules take effect, U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta said.The decision is meant to ensure long-term compliance and understanding of the new safety rules, Mineta added. The new rule represents the first major rewrite of hours-of-service rules in more than 60 years."As we get closer to the...
  • Vote for Free Republic and Registered in Political Dot-Comedy Awards

    12/30/2003 8:33:00 PM PST · by jigsaw · 12 replies · 121+ views
    Poll for Most Entertaining Right-Wing News & Commentary (e.g., Free Republic), for Best Web Cartoons (e.g., Registered), and more. http://politicalhumor.about.com/library/bldotcomedy2003.htm
  • U.S. Department of Transportation: Santa Gets Cleared For Christmas Flight;

    12/19/2003 9:56:46 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 22 replies · 231+ views
    U.S. Department of Transportation: Santa Gets Cleared For Christmas Flight; Photo Available 12/19/03 11:54:00 AM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk, Photo Editor Contact: Bill Mosley of the U.S. Department of Transportation, 202-366-5571; web: http://www.dot.gov/affairs/briefing.htm WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Kris Kringle, d.b.a. Santa Claus, got the green light today from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to engage in air travel to various points throughout the United States the night of Dec. 24-25. An order granting a flight certificate and signed by U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta finds that Santa Claus is "exceptionally fit, joyfully willing and uniquely...
  • Safer driving is key as Legislature nears end of road (New Jersey)

    12/11/2003 6:19:09 PM PST · by Calpernia · 8 replies · 267+ views
    Star-Ledger ^ | December 11, 2003 | ROBERT SCHWANEBERG
    <p>Driving will be on the minds of state lawmakers as they convene today in Trenton, where they are scheduled to consider bills that would toughen the definition of drunken driving, ban motorists from using cell phones and mandate cleaner-running cars.</p>
  • Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety Applauds DOT Call to Enact Natl Primary Seat Belt Laws

    12/10/2003 9:36:32 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 3 replies · 230+ views
    Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety Applauds DOT Secretary's Call to Enact National Primary Seat Belt Laws 12/10/03 12:30:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk, Transportation Reporter Contact: Jen Maly of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, 202-408-1711, ext. 20 or jmaly@saferoads.org WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The day after U.S. Sens. John W. Warner (R-Va.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) introduced the National Highway Safety Act of 2003 (S.1993), Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) hailed U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Secretary Norman Mineta's call to state legislators to pass primary seat belt laws in every...
  • Traffic-signal change devices a concern

    11/05/2003 2:16:29 AM PST · by sarcasm · 6 replies · 122+ views
    AP ^ | November 5, 2003 | Travis Reed
    <p>MINNEAPOLIS -- It's every motorist's fantasy to be able to make a red traffic light turn green without so much as easing off the accelerator. That naughty dream may now be coming true, with perilous implications.</p> <p>The very technology that has for years allowed fire trucks, ambulances and police cars to emergencies faster -- a remote control that changes traffic signals -- is now much cheaper and potentially accessible.</p>
  • Cop shooter sentenced to over 79 years; tries to attack victim's mom

    09/30/2003 6:47:03 PM PDT · by WillowyDame · 19 replies · 285+ views
    court tv ^ | Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003 | court tv
    what a disgusting pig!!!! death penalty case!! see the video of the courtroom scuffle.
  • White House offers compromise on privatizing air traffic control

    09/23/2003 5:56:08 PM PDT · by Brian S · 3 replies · 142+ views
    <p>The Bush administration is offering a compromise on a bill that would allow private companies to run air traffic control towers at smaller airports.</p> <p>Some Democrats in Congress, however, say the compromise doesn't ensure air traffic controllers will remain government employees.</p>
  • Bush administration to study environmental impact of Mexican trucks

    08/26/2003 4:45:02 PM PDT · by Brian S · 17 replies · 210+ views
    <p>The Bush administration will comply with a federal appeals court order and study the environmental impact Mexican trucks would have on U.S. roadways, the Transportation Department said Tuesday.</p> <p>The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stopped allowing Mexican trucks on American roads in response to a lawsuit filed by environmental, labor and trucking groups. The groups said the Bush administration had not determined the impact of emissions from the trucks on the environment.</p>
  • Agencies tally Columbia costs - Price tag tops $380 million

    08/13/2003 7:16:34 PM PDT · by anymouse · 2 replies · 231+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 11, 2003, 2:14PM | PATTY REINERT
    Cleaning up the remains of space shuttle Columbia and investigating why it fell out of the sky will cost taxpayers more than $380 million, according to figures from the government agencies involved. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead agency dealing with the Feb. 1 disaster that killed seven astronauts, expects to spend more than $228 million on the accident, said Kim Pease, a Denton-based spokesman for the agency. FEMA, which now is part of the Homeland Security Department, coordinated the search and recovery operation, working with NASA, the U.S. Forest Service, the Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of...
  • Southwest reaches milestone with No. 1 spot in U.S. air travel - Southwest expanded as others cut

    08/13/2003 5:51:33 AM PDT · by Arrowhead1952 · 4 replies · 502+ views
    BLOOMBERG NEWS SERVICE (Austin American Statesman article) ^ | Wednesday, August 13, 2003 | By John Hughes
    Southwest Airlines Co., the largest low-fare carrier, flew more U.S. passengers than its competitors in May, the first time a discount airline has led the industry, the U.S. Department of Transportation said. Southwest carried 6.5 million passengers in the month, compared with 6.3 million by Delta Air Lines Inc. and 6.2 million by American Airlines, the department said Tuesday. "They're steadily increasing in numbers," Morten Beyer, chief executive of an airline consulting firm, said of Southwest. "They will be number one by any standard" by 2006 or 2007, said Beyer. Southwest is not a client of his firm, Morten Beyer...
  • FAA Administrator Unveils New Airman Certificate

    08/01/2003 10:27:14 AM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 4 replies · 242+ views
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APA 28-03 July 31, 2003 Contact: Alison Duquette or Les Dorr Phone: 202-267-3883 FAA Administrator Unveils New Airman Certificate OSHKOSH, WI – Beginning today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will begin issuing new, security-enhanced airman certificates to the nation’s 650,000 active pilots. FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey unveiled the new certificate before hundreds of aviation enthusiasts at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture. The new credit card-sized certificates are made from high-quality composite PVC media card stock and incorporate new security features, such as a hologram of the FAA seal. They will replace...