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Transportation & Infrastructure

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

The Transportation Security Administration is deploying more bomb-sniffing K-9s at airports and is on schedule to upgrade carry-on baggage screening to high-tech 3-D imaging machines. (Associated Press/File)

High-tech imaging part of TSA plans to improve airport security, speed passengers through lines

By S.A. Miller - The Washington Times

The Trump administration is forging ahead with an overhaul of airport security, brushing aside criticism that the president is squandering resources on a border wall while the much-maligned Transportation Security Administration bungles its job. Published November 22, 2017

Recent Stories

Illustration on cybersecurity by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Closing the cyber skills gap

In the digitally integrated world we live in today, it's nearly impossible to function successfully in any industry without making cybersecurity staffing a priority. No matter the size, no matter the sector, businesses all across the country are in growing need of professionals who specialize in cybersecurity.

Illustration on tax reform helping with disaster recovery by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Overhauling taxes, helping woodland landowners

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma were some of the strongest storms to hit the United States in a dozen years, causing widespread destruction, not just in our big cities, but in remote areas as well. The same type of widespread destruction was seen out West, with more than 8 million acres of forestland having burned due to wildfires this year.

Illustration on the risk of EMP attacks on the nation's power grid by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How the electric grid has been compromised

Bureaucracies know how to deal with really challenging problems that affect the survival of our country: Kill the messenger.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Gov. Ricardo Rossello of Puerto Rico in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump boasts Puerto Rico recovery effort a '10'

- The Washington Times

President Trump said Thursday that his administration deserves a "10" for its response to the devastation wrought in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria, rejecting criticism over millions on the island still lacking electricity and clean water a month after the storm hit.

Illustration on China's designs on the electric car market by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The race for electric vehicle dominance

General Motors and Ford are scurrying to realign for what many believe are the next big things -- driverless and electric vehicles (EVs) -- but don't look to Detroit, Japan or Germany for the mighty impulse that transforms personal transportation. With the world's largest car market and savvy government policies, the advantage goes to China.

American Intellectual Property Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A better deal with NAFTA 2.0

America's trade negotiators are now in the process of crafting a 2.0 update of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Fortunately, it now appears that Donald Trump's intention on NAFTA is to mend it, not end it. The trade deal has been a stunning economic success for all three nations: Canada, Mexico and the United States. Freer trade has meant steady increases in the volume of trade, greater competitiveness and lower prices.

Illustration on tax reform and trucking by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A Trump tax plan to drive economic growth

Trucking is the lifeblood of the American economy. We merge millions of people and machines, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, to transport nearly every product produced, manufactured and sold. Trucks move approximately 70 percent of the nation's freight, and four out of five communities rely solely on us to deliver the goods to run their businesses, feed their families and fill their homes.

A solider walks out of the C-17 Loadmaster as various supplies and military vehicles were loaded inside as approximately 150 4th Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division soldiers were deployed to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to provide sustainment support to Hurricane Maria Relief efforts at Fort Carson ADAC/G on Friday Sept. 29, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP)

Lessons in the midst of Puerto Rico's tragedy

Puerto Rico's devastation in the wake Hurricane Maria has dominated the news over the past week. But a false narrative has crept in, crowding out the truth about what is actually unfolding. And the true story is worth sharing, even if the politicized narrative is more captivating on social media.

Illustration on President Trump's waiving the Jones Act by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How to speed the reconstruction of Puerto Rico

When natural disasters hit, the last thing anyone wants is to make relief and rebuilding efforts harder and more expensive. Yet there is a century-old law on the books that does precisely that -- one that is frequently waived, but still hasn't been repealed. It would be better for all Americans if it were.

Smoothing the flow of Midwestern commerce

Drivers describe traffic conditions on the Brent Spence Bridge that spans the Ohio River between Covington, Ky., and Cincinnati, Ohio as a "bottleneck," a "choke point," a "source of gridlock" and a variety of other less printable names.

Affordable housing really isn't hard to find

- The Washington Times

Finding ways to put hard-working, low-income and fixed-income people into affordable housing may not be as difficult and costly as some politicians and advocates would have you think — if only they would think smaller.

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters upon his return to the White House in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump to order huge investment in high-tech education

- The Washington Times

President Trump will announced Monday a $200 million federal grant program to expand computer science and technology education in schools, part of a focus on training Americans for jobs of the future that was spearheaded by daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump.

Metrobus. ** FILE **

Jack Evans: 'No Plan B' for Metro funding

- The Washington Times

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan got a backhand on Thursday regarding their positions on a new 1 cent regional sales tax to fund the D.C. region's Metro transit system.

D.C. to target zombie properties

- The Washington Times

The District has long kept tabs on vacant properties, blighted buildings and so-called nuisance properties. The city even went a step further and began using tax dollars to blast graffiti off other's people's property.

Illustration on American commercial and private air traffic by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

America's unfriendly skies

Liberals love to portray the Republicans as the party of the rich and powerful. The GOP has tried valiantly to shed that criticism, but then why are so many in the party defending the special interest favors that go to private and corporate jet owners over the interests of all the rest of us? Do Warren Buffett and LeBron James really need a taxpayer subsidy to jet across the country?

Boeing Looks in the Mirror Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Boeing takes on a competitor

In the most recent quarter, Boeing reported profits well-ahead of analysts' expectations and increased its earnings projections for the full year. A large part of the profit was generated by record-high production rates on the 737 aircraft, and about a $530 million cash injection from 787 orders.

In this Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 photo, a "Do Not Enter" sign is placed on Tartan Lane, a residential street in Houston. More than a week after Harvey swamped the greater Houston area, the metropolis is divided into two cities: one still covered with water and flood debris, the other largely unblemished by the storm. (AP Photo/Brian Melley)

Lessons from Hurricane Harvey

By the time all the measuring and calculating is done, Hurricane Harvey will prove an era-defining storm. Federal and state officials performed admirably to limit the suffering and loss of life, but the whole mess is far worse than it needed to be.

Making American Steel Great Again Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Protecting the American steel industry

President Trump's recent address on his Afghanistan strategy has already become a pivotal moment in his presidency. While opting to increase troops in Afghanistan, Mr. Trump shifted U.S. goals away from nation building to "pursuing our security interests above all other considerations." As a Republican, I applaud the president's renewed focus on U.S. national security, and implore him to take decisive action to protect industries that are strategically important to U.S. national security, like the American steel industry.

Trump's Go-ahead for Infrastructure Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Repairing, updating and expanding infrastructure

One of the biggest barriers to investment in infrastructure all across the United States is the long, costly, and unpredictable permitting process. If you have any doubts, just consider the Keystone XL pipeline extension.

Vehicles wait outside the international terminal at San Francisco International Airport Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) ** FILE **

Teen jumps out of plane emergency door at San Francisco Airport

- Associated Press

A teenage boy traveling alone opened an emergency door after his plane landed, slid down the wing and jumped onto a tarmac at San Francisco before shocked passengers could do anything to stop him, witnesses said.

Illustration on the economic benefits of bringing greater broadband access to rural America by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Taking broadband to the country

Microsoft President Brad Smith announced recently a broad, sustained, cooperative initiative among private industry and federal, state and local governments to extend broadband access ultimately to all Americans, focused in particular on rural America, where broadband has been most lagging. He discussed the issue at a Media Institute luncheon in Washington, D.C., on July 11.

Virginia officials plan to use ground-penetrating radar to test the long-term stability of Natural Bridge, the landmark limestone arch that supports part of U.S. Route 11. Authorities are concerned about its continuing ability to support some 2,000 vehicles per day. (Associated Press)

Stability concerns may shutter Virginia's Natural Bridge

- The Washington Times

Virginia officials are testing the stability of an ancient landmark -- Natural Bridge in Rockbridge County -- amid concerns about the arch's sturdiness after decades of supporting part of U.S. Route 11 (Lee Highway).

North Koreans, who honor late leaders Kim Il-sung, and Kim Jong-il, are thought to be plotting Hidden Cobra, an operation intended to hijack computer devices for large-scale cyberattacks on critical U.S. infrastructure. (Associated Press/File)

North Korea's hack threat

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security warned this week that North Korea is using malicious software to set up networks of hijacked computer devices that can be used in large-scale cyberattacks on critical infrastructure.

Illustration on changes to the Department of Education by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump's plan for more and better jobs

Good jobs are still too scarce, and the country needs President Trump's trade, budget and tax reforms to restore opportunity, accountability and the American dream.

Recent Opinion Columns

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

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.