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In this Feb. 13, 2018 photo, two dockless LimeBike's share the sidewalk with others from Washington, D.C.'s docked share program called Capital Bikeshare in Washington. Shared bikes that can be left wherever the rider ends up are helping more people get access to the mode of transportation that reduces car traffic and increases exercise. But the dockless bikes are also producing some chaos with discarded bikes cluttering public spaces, blocking sidewalks and even placed in trees and lakes. Over the last year, startup companies have brought the bikes that don't require docking stations into city after city in the U.S. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) **FILE**

Cyclist, pedestrian safety top priority of new D.C. regional transportation plan

By Julia Airey - The Washington Times

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) voted 29-2 Wednesday to approve Visualize 2045 --a regional plan for $291 billion worth of projects to optimize transportation for the additional 1.2 million people projected to live in the area by 2045. Published October 17, 2018

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A Metro train departs the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro Station, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in Washington. Washington's Metro system has become internationally synonymous with delays, breakdowns and smoke-filled tunnels. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Metro watchdog prepares to handle rider safety

- The Washington Times

Metro's newest safety watchdog has "aggressive teeth," a multimillion-dollar budget and a full staff in anticipation of the federal government ceding it oversight of the regional transit system, officials say.

PACOM on China's Belt and Road

The Pentagon's Pacific Command is pushing back against China's attempt to relabel its global infrastructure development initiative to make it more palatable for strategic messaging in support of Beijing's drive for global hegemony.

Members of the National Transportation Safety Board work at the scene of a fatal crash, in Schoharie, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink) ** FILE **

Limousine company operator arrested following deadly crash

- Associated Press

The operator of a limousine company involved in a crash that killed 20 people was arrested Wednesday, state police said. It wasn't immediately clear whether the charges were related to the deadly wreck.

This Sept. 4, 2018, file photo, released by an official website of the Office of the Iranian Presidency, shows a part of the Pardis petrochemical complex facilities in Assalouyeh on the northern coast of the Persian Gulf, Iran. Bijan Zanganeh, Iran's oil minister, said the United States will not succeed in its plans to halt Iranian crude exports even as he acknowledged that South Korea has stopped buying oil from Tehran, Iranian media reported on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP, File)

India to buy Iran oil, defy U.S. sanctions

- The Washington Times

Defying the Trump administration's warning for countries to completely stop buying Iranian oil, two Indian firms have placed orders to import crude from the Islamic Republic, India's minister of petroleum and natural gas announced.

People place flowers, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at the scene where 20 people died as the result of a limousine crashing into a parked and unoccupied SUV at an intersection a day earlier, in Schoharie, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Limo that crashed shouldn't have been on the road

- Associated Press

The driver of a supersized limousine involved in a crash that killed 20 people outside an upstate New York country store wasn't properly licensed, and the limo failed a state safety inspection just last month and shouldn't have been on the road, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

Debris scatters an area Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at the site of yesterday's fatal crash Schoharie, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Roads where limo crash killed 20 are a menace, store says

- Associated Press

The site of a devastating accident that killed two pedestrians and 18 occupants of a limousine headed to a birthday party, including four sisters, is a known danger spot that has long worried locals, according to a manager of the store that sits at the intersection where the accident happened.

Rebuilding America Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

In praise of construction work

The U.S. construction industry could use upward of half a million workers for jobs that are ready to be filled, and that number is expected to grow.

Metro's Office of Inspector General, currently located inside the transit agency's headquarters in the District, may soon find its own home as it seeks independence. (Julia Airey/The Washington Times)

Metro IG staff bulks up in prep for probes

- The Washington Times

The Metro Office of Inspector General (OIG) is gearing up for more investigations of the long-troubled transit agency as it seeks more independence from Metro officials, who are launching a $500 million, multiyear repair project.

The undated photo provided in the photo library on the website of DFDS shows the vessel Regina Seaways. The ferry with 294 passengers on board was stranded in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 after an engine breakdown. The malfunction aboard the Regina Seaways produced smoke, which triggered the ship's fire extinguishing system in the engine room, DFDS said in a statement. (DFDS A/S via AP)

Ferry stranded with 300 onboard in Baltic Sea moving again

- Associated Press

A ferry stranded in the Baltic Sea for several hours with about 300 people on board was on the move again on Tuesday following a malfunction that sent smoke pouring from the engine room, authorities said.

Mike Eshleman, with AC Transit, directs people away from the Salesforce Transit Center following its closure, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in San Francisco. San Francisco officials shut down the city's celebrated new $2.2 billion transit terminal Tuesday after discovering a crack in a support beam under the center's public roof garden. Coined the "Grand Central of the West," the Salesforce Transit Center opened in August near the heart of downtown after nearly a decade of construction. It was expected to accommodate 100,000 passengers each weekday, and up to 45 million people a year. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Engineers search for cause in cracked beam at transit hub

- Associated Press

San Francisco officials struggled Wednesday to find the source of unusual cracking in support beams that shut down a just-opened, $2 billion transit center meant to serve as a bold architectural statement from a wealthy, high-tech city.

In this May 13, 2015, file photo, Google's self-driving Lexus car drives along street during a demonstration at Google campus in Mountain View, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

Google's new pollution police, coming to patrol near you

- The Washington Times

Google's Street View fleet of cars is being outfitted with updated pollution-recording devices to patrol streets in Europe and in the United States, and monitor fluctuating levels of air quality. Make way for the patrolling pollution police -- bringing regulations and new compliance costs to a neighborhood near you.

Illustration on the southern border wall by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Making 'the wall' work

With 470 BC destruction at Thermopylae of the 300 Spartans and a group of Greek auxiliaries at the hands of a huge invading Persian army under King Xerxes, all Greece appeared open to conquest. The Athenians were particularly at risk and were not much comforted when the Oracle of Delphi predicted than Athens would be saved by her wooden walls.

Kansai International Airport is partially flooded by Typhoon Jebi in Osaka, western Japan, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. The powerful typhoon slammed into western Japan on Tuesday, inundating the region's main international airport and blowing a tanker into a bridge, disrupting land and air travel and leaving thousands stranded. (Hiroko Harima/Kyodo News via AP)

Storm-hit Japanese airport counts damage; unclear when reopens

- Associated Press

The closure of a major Japanese airport flooded by a typhoon is raising worries about the impact on tourist traffic, mostly from China and Southeast Asia, as well as on exporting computer chips and other goods.

Effect of Auto Tariffs Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The threat of tariffs may work

Love him, or hate him, you've got to hand it to Donald Trump. His trade and tariff strategy — risky as it is — seems to be working. The master negotiator is hammering out agreements — first with the Europeans and now with Mexico — that are better deals for American firms and workers.

FILE- In this July 8, 2018, file photo, 2018 Model 3 sedans sit on display outside a Tesla showroom in Littleton, Colo. On Thursday, Aug. 9, Tesla shares have dropped back to near the level they were trading at before CEO Elon Musk tweeted Tuesday that he may take the company private. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

The ascent of electric cars

Tesla reported second quarter results earlier this month. Despite losing $718 million during the quarter, Tesla shares rose 16 percent on renewed promises of profitability. Driven by government incentives and mandates, world automakers have announced big electric car introduction plans. But will any electric car firm be able to make money?

The left engine of Boeing passenger plane from China, a Xiamen Air, sits several meters away on the grassy portion of the runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport after it skidded off the runway while landing Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in suburban Pasay city, southeast of Manila, Philippines. All the passengers and crew of Xiamen Air Flight 8667 were safe and were taken to an airport terminal, where they were given blankets and food before being taken to a hotel. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Plane skids off rainy Manila runway, rips off engine, wheel

- Associated Press

A plane from China landing on a rain-soaked Manila runway in poor visibility veered off in a muddy field with one engine and a wheel ripped off but no serious injuries among the 165 people aboard who scrambled out through an emergency slide, officials said Friday.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent looks at one of border wall prototypes Thursday, June 28, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

DHS cut corners to start building Trump's border wall

- The Washington Times

Homeland Security cut corners in deciding where to build President Trump's border wall, and still hasn't been able to put any of the new designs the president demanded into operation, the government's chief watchdog said in a new report Monday.

In this April 11, 2016, photo, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia, shows a statement to the media during a press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The civil aviation chief said Tuesday, July 31, 2018, he resigned to take responsibility after an independent investigative report highlighted shortcomings in the air traffic control center during Flight 370's disappearance four years ago. (AP Photo)

Malaysia's civil aviation chief quits over Flight 370 lapses

Associated Press

Malaysia's civil aviation chief said Tuesday he has resigned to take responsibility after an independent investigative report highlighted shortcomings in the air traffic control center during Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's disappearance four years ago.

In this July 6, 2018, file photo, travelers stand near a signboard at the American Airlines check-in counters at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing. Chinese regulators appear to have rejected a possible attempt by U.S. airlines at a compromise over Beijing's demand to call self-ruled Taiwan a part of China, an order Washington opposed. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

China says 4 American airlines missed Taiwan deadline

- Associated Press

Chinese regulators appear to have rejected a possible attempt by U.S. airlines at a compromise over Beijing's demand to call self-ruled Taiwan a part of China, an order Washington opposed.

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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.

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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.

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.