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  • Congress is giving states the transportation blues

    On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay needed repairs and improvements.

  • LaHood joins board of green bus manufacturer

    Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has joined the board of director of a bus manufacturer.

  • Ex-Illinois congressman LaHood joins law firm

    A former Illinois congressman who once led the U.S. Department of Transportation is joining a law firm as a senior policy adviser.

  • ** FILE ** Then-Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood briefs reporters regarding the sequester on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)

    EDITORIAL: The relentless pursuit of cash

    The National Security Agency's conniving with Verizon to reveal the whereabouts of Americans going about their daily business is the cheap stuff.

  • President Obama introduces Anthony Foxx as his nominee to be transportation secretary. Some see Mr. Foxx, mayor of Charlotte, N.C., as a rising star in the Democratic Party. (Associated Press)

    Obama nominates rail advocate, paves way for more transportation spending

    He doesn't utter discredited terms such as "stimulus" or "shovel-ready" anymore, but President Obama renewed his push Monday for at least $50 billion more in spending on roads and bridges as he introduced his pick for secretary of transportation.

  • Illustration: FAA by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    THUNE AND SHUSTER: The FAA's unfriendly skies

    Leaders are supposed to solve problems. When confronted with challenges, they step forward with solutions. Yet as the deadline for sequestration looms, we are sadly faced with an administration that seems more focused on holding campaign rallies than finding smarter ways to identify cost savings and to continue growing our economy.

  • Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood briefs reporters regarding the sequester on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)

    Transportation Secretary LaHood: Sequester means furloughs

    Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood warned Sunday that furloughs will be imminent in his department if the across-the-board sequester spending cuts kick in Friday as scheduled.

  • Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood briefs reporters regarding the sequester on Feb. 22, 2013, at the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)

    White House sequester warnings fall on deaf ears

    President Obama's apocalyptic predictions of the harm that would come to the country if the latest round of budget cuts kick in late next week are starting to wear thin among an unlikely group: the White House press corps.

  • ** FILE ** Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    LaHood to step down as secretary of transportation

    President Obama is losing another trusted member of his Cabinet with the announcement Tuesday that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is leaving the administration.

  • A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 "Dreamliner" jet aircraft is surrounded by emergency vehicles while parked at a Terminal E gate at Logan International Airport in Boston on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, following a fire that started in one of the plane's lithium ion batteries. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    U.S. officials defend handling of Boeing 787 mishaps

    Obama administration officials struggled Wednesday to defend their initial statements that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is safe, while promising a transparent probe of mishaps involving the aircraft's batteries.

  • **FILE** Boeing's newest aircraft, the Boeing 787, sits on the tarmac at Huntsville International Airport in Huntsville, Ala., on Jan. 27, 2012, after a 3600-mile flight from Dublin. (Associated Press/The Huntsville Times)

    FAA to review of Boeing 787, but calls plane safe

    The government stepped in Friday to assure the public that Boeing's new 787 "Dreamliner" is safe to fly, even as it launched a comprehensive review to find out what caused a fire, a fuel leak and other worrisome incidents this week.

  • Delays litter long road to vehicle rearview rules

    In the private hell of a mother's grief, the sounds come back to Judy Neiman. The SUV door slamming. The slight bump as she backed up in the bank parking lot. The emergency room doctor's sobs as he said her 9-year-old daughter Sydnee, who previously had survived four open heart surgeries, would not make it this time.

  • **FILE** Continental Airlines Flight 3407 operated by Manassas, Va.-based Colgan Air, burns after crashing into a house in Clarence Center, N.Y., on Feb. 12, 2009. (Associated Press)

    Fatal air crash decline presents safety challenge

    It's been 43 months since the last deadly airline crash in the United States, the longest period without a fatal domestic accident since commercial aviation expanded after World War II. That sounds like unvarnished good news, but one consequence of having such a remarkable record is that it's difficult to justify imposing costly new safety rules on the economically fragile industry.

  • Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

    Feds team up with Amtrak to fight human trafficking

    A federal partnership was unveiled Thursday involving the Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation, along with Amtrak, that will seek to combat human trafficking by training more than 8,000 front-line transportation employees and Amtrak police officers to identify trafficking victims and perpetrators and report suspected cases.

  • Feds, university test cars that can communicate

    In a few weeks, about 2,800 cars, trucks and buses will start talking to each other on the streets of Ann Arbor, Mich., in a giant experiment that government officials are hoping will lead to safer roads.

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