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February 26, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
ST. PAUL, Minn. - President Obama visited a revived train station in the Midwest on Wednesday to extol the benefits of federal spending on light rail, roads and bridges, as he offered cautious praise for a Republican tax reform effort that could help foot the bill for major infrastructure investments. At the freshly renovated Union Depot, Obama outlined his proposed four-year, $302-billion transportation plan that would be funded in part by closing loopholes and tax breaks for corporations.
February 25, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Dan Weikel
Imposing the first penalty of its type, the federal government has fined Asiana Airlines $500,000 for failing to promptly help passengers and their families after last year's crash in San Francisco. A U.S. Department of Transportation investigation found that the South Korean airline violated the Foreign Air Carrier Family Support Act by taking up to five days to notify family members and failing to provide other basic assistance. In a statement issued Tuesday, federal officials said Asiana did not "adhere to the assurances in its family assistance plan," a federally mandated set of procedures foreign airlines must follow to promptly assist passengers and their families after major aircraft incidents.
February 17, 2014 | By Brittany Levine
Transportation officials are considering several options that would pave the way for closing a dangerous street-level rail crossing on the Los Angeles-Glendale border. For years, the two cities have butted heads over the Doran Street crossing, which rail officials have said has the highest potential for disaster out of 312 crossings because of an adjacent propane facility, tanker truck traffic and vehicles that regularly stop on the tracks. Glendale has been pushing to close the crossing, but Los Angeles has argued it needs to remain open for emergency access.
February 15, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Jack Dolan
Northbound traffic moved steadily on the 405 Freeway over Sepulveda Pass during the first day of "Jamzilla" on Saturday, but motorists encountered some delays as they merged from five lanes to two lanes through the highway's construction zone. Although things went well, transportation officials are still warning travelers to avoid the northbound 405 between Sunset and Ventura boulevards, where extensive paving and striping is being done over the President's Day weekend for a new carpool lane.
February 3, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Cars of the future will know when they're about to get hit - and how to speak up about it. U.S. auto safety regulators on Monday took the first steps toward mandating that automakers build cars that talk to one another. They would speak in short-range radio signals, trading messages that would prevent accidents on a broad scale, according to the Transportation Department. The most advanced cars today can already spot trouble ahead. They use sensors to detect cars or fixed objects ahead, and alert drivers - or, in some cases, even slam on the brakes.
January 19, 2014 | By Jen Leo
There is no question that smartphone and tablet apps can improve your travel experience - whether it's for business or pleasure - by helping to inspire, plan, organize and save time and money. The travel apps below are either new, recently launched or have made significant improvements in the last year. AFAR Media : AFAR Media (you might have heard of its AFAR travel magazine) has released a stunning travel app by the same name. Find guides, highlights and individual travel hot spots in more than 7,000 cities and towns in 239 countries that will appeal to culture seekers, foodies and wanderers alike.
January 19, 2014 | By Jen Leo
There is no shortage of travel websites to make your life easier or your travels cheaper. But who has the time to keep track of all of them? Here's a short list of travel websites that are worth bookmarking and using for pre-trip research. All the Rooms : Would you rather stay in a four-star hotel or a private cottage with views and a hot tub? How about a B&B versus a budget-minded hostel? You might not think about all your options unless they were right in front of you. That's why the addition of All the Rooms to the accommodations booking game was so exciting last year.
January 15, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Citing the high cost and risk of tunneling under Los Angeles International Airport, county transportation officials said Wednesday that it did not make sense to build a light-rail line directly under the airport's terminal area. Their recommendation to discard four possible LAX alternatives, although preliminary, could permanently change a decades-long discussion on how to connect light rail to the nation's third-busiest airport. Three of the alternatives would require tunneling under terminals and runways.
January 9, 2014 | By Kim Christensen and Jessica Garrison
Roy Paul Gressly, who owned and operated at least a half-dozen hazardous waste hauling businesses, eluded regulators' detection for years as he moved from one location to another. Sometimes he left toxic waste behind, court records state, and sometimes he took it with him. If not for a leaking tanker truck, he might still be hoarding an illegal stockpile of hazardous material on an industrial lot in Santa Fe Springs. After a neighboring business owner spotted a stream of black sludge moving toward a storm drain, firefighters traced the flow to Gressly's rented site on Greenstone Avenue.
January 2, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
A federal safety alert Thursday warned that crude oil flowing out of new fields in North Dakota may be more flammable than expected, a caution that comes several days after a train carrying about 3.5 million gallons of the same oil crashed in the state and set off a massive explosion. The accident on the BNSF Railway, the fourth such explosion in North America involving crude oil trains, has fed mounting concerns over public safety as the rail industry sharply increases the use of rail to transport surging crude production in North Dakota, Texas and Colorado.
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