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  • Southwest Airlines Feb 12

    Federal Report Faults Southwest Airlines and FAA on Safety

    Southwest Airlines continues to fly airplanes with safety concerns while federal officials do a poor job overseeing the airline, a government watchdog said Tuesday. The airline has flown more than 150,000 flights on 88 jets it bought on the used-plane market and which had unconfirmed maintenance histories, the Transportation Department’s inspector general said in a report. That put more than…

  • Autonomous Vehicles Jan 8

    New US Plan Keeps Autonomous Vehicle Standards Voluntary

    The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled its most recent round of guidelines for autonomous vehicle makers that rely on voluntary standards despite calls for specific regulations. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the proposed guidelines in a speech at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas, saying in prepared remarks that “AV 4.0” will ensure U.S. leadership in developing new technologies….

  • Boston Aug 29, 2019

    Grant Awarded to Upgrade Train Signaling System in Boston

    The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has received $41 million in federal funds to replace signaling infrastructure at Boston’s South Station so trains run on time. The Boston Globe reports the U.S. Department of Transportation funds will go toward updating Tower 1, modernizing the infrastructure and raising the computers to prevent water damage from flooding.

  • CEO Jun 28, 2019

    Massport Names New CEO

    The Massachusetts Port Authority has named a new leader. Massport announced Thursday that its next CEO will be Lisa Wieland, an internal candidate who has been with the organization since 2006.

  • United States May 7, 2018

    Take Care of Faulty Takata Air Bags Now, US Urges Drivers

    The U.S. Department of Transportation is again urging owners of vehicles with defective Takata air bags to seek repairs immediately. The agency singled out Ford Rangers and Mazda B-Series trucks from 2006, which are under a “do not drive” warning. The agency said Monday that it is “deeply concerned” that they are not being returned for repairs quickly enough. Chemicals...

  • United States Jun 14, 2017

    More Flight Delays, Cancellations and Complaints Rise for US Airlines

    Canceled and delayed flights rose in April on the nation’s leading airlines, and so did consumer complaints, according to figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation....
    The rate of canceled flights nearly doubled to 1.6 percent in April compared to the same month in 2016. Delta Air Lines accounted for nearly half the cancellations — it was crippled for...

  • NBC Sep 29, 2016

    Train Safety Analysts: Positive Train Control Vital to Preventing Future Accidents

    As investigators explore the cause of the Hoboken Terminal train crash that killed at least one passenger and injured more than 100 others, some industry analysts are pointing to the need for an already approved safety measure, Positive Train Control (PTC), which they say would prevent many train accidents.

  • California Dec 16, 2015

    Self-Driving Cars Must Have Driver Behind Wheel

    California unveiled precedent-setting draft rules Wednesday that would slow the public’s access to self-driving cars of the future until regulators are confident the technology is safe.

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