August 11, 2013 |
The green trend is taking hold in the airline industry. United Airlines announced plans in June to buy 15 million gallons of lower-carbon, renewable jet fuel over a three-year period. And Alaska Airlines is testing solar-powered passenger ramps. The new mobile ramps, used to get passengers on and off planes, are equipped with solar panels that power the batteries that drive the ramps' electric motors. Traditional mobile ramps and passenger stairs are powered by gasoline or diesel engines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2004 |
Orange County's congressional delegation has signed a letter urging Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta to approve Aloha Airlines' application for nonstop flights from John Wayne Airport to the nation's capital. The letter was signed by Reps. Ken Calvert , Christopher Cox, Gary Miller, Dana Rohrabacher, Ed Royce and Loretta Sanchez, according to a statement released by Cox.
December 18, 2003 |
The Federal Communications Commission set aside airwaves for a new wireless warning system that can tell drivers when it's safe to change lanes or alert them to hit the brakes to avoid a collision. Although it may be nearly a decade before the technology comes to market, it is being tested by the Transportation Department. "This new radio spectrum will help prevent crashes, bring important real-time information into cars and let drivers concentrate on driving," Transportation Secretary Norman Y.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2003 |
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta announced Friday that his department would follow through on its promise to grant Los Angeles County $45 million in federal money for more buses and the construction of the Red Line subway. About $40 million will be payment for the $1.4-billion Red Line subway extension to North Hollywood, which has been carrying passengers since 2000.
March 21, 1986 |
How California's congressional delegation voted in Thursday's House vote on aid for the U.S.-backed Nicaraguan contras: Democrats against: Glenn M. Anderson, Jim Bates, Anthony C. Beilenson, Howard L. Berman, Douglas H. Bosco, Barbara Boxer, George E. Brown Jr., Sala Burton, Tony Coelho, Ronald V. Dellums, Julian C. Dixon, Mervyn M. Dymally, Don Edwards, Vic Fazio, Augustus F. Hawkins, Tom Lantos, Richard H. Lehman, Mel Levine, Matthew G. Martinez, Robert T.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2002 |
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta announced a $75-million Federal Transit Administration grant Friday to the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District to help bring BART commuter trains to San Francisco International Airport. During the ceremony at the transit station in Millbrae, Mineta was joined by BART officials. He stressed the Bush administration's efforts to promote mobility and reduce congestion through public transportation.
January 29, 2003 |
President Bush designated Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft to stay away from his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, making Ashcroft the successor to head the government should catastrophe strike at the Capitol. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, hospitalized for a back condition, also was absent. Mineta is the lone Democrat in Bush's Cabinet. The absence of a Cabinet secretary maintained a long-standing tradition that one member not attend presidential addresses to Congress.
January 23, 2002 |
The United States and France signed an agreement liberalizing air service between the countries and allowing Delta Air Lines and Air France to broaden their transatlantic alliance. The "open skies" accord signed by Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and his French counterpart, Jean-Claude Gayssot, covers passenger, cargo and charter service. The U.S. now has reached such agreements with 56 nations, including 21 in Europe.
February 9, 1987
Former CIA Director William J. Casey did not discipline two senior agency officials for planning and approving a 1984 manual urging Nicaraguan contras to assassinate community leaders, Rep. Norman Y. Mineta (D-San Jose) said. One of the two has since been linked to the secret Iran arms deal.
January 18, 2001
President-elect George W. Bush's Cabinet nominees and the dates of their Senate confirmation hearings: *--* Nominee Position Hearing date Colin L. Powell Secretary of State Jan. 17 Paul H. O'Neill Treasury Jan. 17 Don Evans Commerce Jan. 4 Ann M. Veneman Agriculture Jan. 18 Mel Martinez Housing and Urban Development Jan. 17 John Ashcroft Attorney General Jan. 16-18 Christine Todd Whitman Environmental Protection Agency Jan. 17 Donald H. Rumsfeld Defense Jan. 11 Tommy G.