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Transportation & Infrastructure

Coverage of the Department of Transportation and everything related to the nation's infrastructure.

At-large D.C. Council member David Grosso said "public financing of campaigns would give greater voice to all voters and reduce the disproportionate influence of big city donors in D.C. politics" under a bill he has crafted. (The Washington Times)

D.C. bill would address affordable housing by converting old office buildings into low-cost homes

By Ryan M. McDermott - The Washington Times

The D.C. Council is mulling several bills to increase affordable housing, as rising rents and home prices push longtime residents out of the city. Published May 17, 2017

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In this file photo provided by Donna Basden, a man is escorted off an American Airlines flight after it landed in Honolulu, Friday, May 19, 2017. Court records say the man who caused a disturbance on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu had no luggage other than a laptop and needed a wheelchair to board the plane because he appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. (Donna Basden via AP, File)

Hawaii jet took off with unruly passenger despite red flags

- Associated Press

Anil Uskanli, who authorities say inspired so much fear among flight attendants that military fighter jets were scrambled to escort the plane to Hawaii, raised a series of possible red flags between purchasing his ticket and being the first passenger to board the American Airlines flight.

Unfair Competition Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Ensuring 'Open Skies' still flies

As President Reagan's former transportation secretary, it's gratifying to see Washington is finally finding the gas pedal when it comes to infrastructure. We all have seen the cost of poor infrastructure, slowing down both us and U.S. businesses. But while we work ourselves out of a backlog of technology, concrete and steel problems, it's also time for Congress and the administration to cast a critical eye toward the operational risks facing our infrastructure.

FILE - In this April 13, 2017 file photo, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao speaks in the Roosevelt Room in the White House in Washington.  Chao said Monday, May 15, 2017, that the Trump administrations infrastructure plan will be out in a few weeks and include $200 billion in taxpayer money.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Fixing our infrastructure without breaking the bank

Crumbling roads, decrepit bridges, obsolete airports. Politicians often paint a hyperbolic picture of America in disrepair. It helps drum up support for a politically appealing twofer offer: to fix the nation's aging infrastructure and put Americans back to work.

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz, left, accompanied by United Airlines President Scott Kirby, right, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, testifying before a House Transportation Committee oversight hearing. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Senators decry state of air travel after passenger incidents

- Associated Press

Air travel in the United States has become a combustible mix in which passengers aren't the only ones treated unfairly, senators were told Thursday. Travelers all too frequently take out their frustrations on airline employees, including flight attendants and gate agents, speakers said a Senate hearing.

Energy goals: Jobs, production, modern infrastructure -- and good environmental stewardship

American consumers deserve safe, secure and efficient energy that's affordable and meets the needs of the 21st century economy. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has already begun work on a pro-domestic energy policy that will improve our nation's energy infrastructure, create jobs and reduce energy bills, but much more needs to be done.

UA workers: Ready for 'epic' energy, infrastructure resurgence

The United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters, Sprinklerfitters, Welders and HVAC Technicians (UA) is a multi-craft union that represents over 340,000 members in the United States and Canada. Our members are engaged in the fabrication, installation and servicing of piping systems and many of them work at refineries, power-generating facilities and petrochemical plants.

The Montgomery Bay Area Rapid Transit station is dark following a power outage Friday, April 21, 2017, in San Francisco. A wide area of San Francisco has been hit by a power outage. The blackout hit at midmorning Friday in the Financial District and other areas. (AP Photo/Jocelyn Gecker)

San Francisco power outage snarls traffic, shuts rail station

- Associated Press

A power outage struck a wide area of San Francisco on Friday, blacking out about 90,000 utility customers, snarling traffic as intersection signals went dark and stopping the famed cable cars for a time.

Putting Metro back on track

- The Washington Times

Paul Wiedefeld, the man hired to put the D.C., Maryland and Virginia mass transit system back on track, delivered a three-pronged plan Thursday to begin the long arduous process.

A suicide prevention sign is posted at the Golden Gate Bridge, Thursday, April 13, 2017, in San Francisco. Local officials gathered Thursday at the orange-red span to mark the beginning of work to line both sides of the bridge with steel netting. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal via AP)

Golden Gate Bridge getting steel 'suicide deterrent'

- The Washington Times

Construction will soon begin on a nearly two-mile long "suicide deterrent" beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, officials said Thursday, signaling the start of a multimillion-dollar effort expected to save dozens of lives on an annual basis.

Ban aimed at electronics in cabins of some US-bound flights

- Associated Press

Seeking to bolster airline security, the U.S. government is temporarily barring passengers on certain flights originating in eight other countries from bringing laptops, iPads, cameras and most other electronics in carry-on luggage starting Tuesday.

President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, March 10, 2017, during a meeting on healthcare. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) **FILE**

Budget hawks, anti-tax conservatives support Trump's infrastructure plan

- The Washington Times

President Trump's plan for a $1 trillion program to rebuild America's roads, bridges, railways and airports has won early support from leading budget hawks and anti-tax conservatives because it is expected to be more about regulatory reform and alternative financing than a federal spending spree.

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Illustration on TSA abuses by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A cure for the common queue at the airport

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is legendary for not giving a hoot about the convenience or dignity of travelers who must pass through its airport gantlets.

From The Vault

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Millions in HUD money went to lobbying, not housing

- The Washington Times

Despite a prohibition against taxpayer money being spent to influence government, millions of dollars meant to provide housing to poor and underprivileged areas instead went to lobbying because of lax oversight by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.