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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 ^ | 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:
  • 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.
  • 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 – 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, said. A goal of the new network, found at, 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...

    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,...