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  • Long airline delays fall but passenger complaints rise

     
    The latest report on airline operations in the United States should come as good news for the industry, which has struggled to bounce back from two years of dwindling demand and declining rates. A report released Monday from the U.S.......
  • Airline passenger protection rules take effect

     
    A new set of passenger protection rules takes effect Tuesday, requiring airlines to increase the compensation for passengers who are bumped from a scheduled flight and reimburse checked baggage fees for luggage that is lost, among other new rules. The.......
  • Complaints against airlines climb despite better on-time record

     
    While the nation's airlines have improved their overall on-time performance, passengers are increasingly complaining about the services the airlines offer. The nation's top 16 airlines landed and departed on time 77.8% of the time in July, up from a rate....
  • Federal agency seeks to ban electronic cigarettes on airplanes

     
    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Wednesday that the agency is proposing a new law that explicitly bans the smoking of electronic cigarettes on all domestic and international commercial flights in the U.S....
  • High-speed rail agency ordered to reach more minority businesses

     
    California's bullet train authority was ordered Thursday to expand its outreach to and inclusion of small and disadvantaged businesses, concluding a civil rights complaint filed last year with the U.S. Department of Transportation....
  • Environmental groups lobby Obama administration to adopt 60 mpg fuel standard

     
    Thursday's Automotive X Prize winners showed it was possible for cars to achieve 100-plus miles per gallon. Now a coalition of 19 environmental groups has launched a campaign urging the Obama administration to adopt a 60 mpg fuel standard that......
  • Long tarmac delays for airlines continue to drop

     
    Only one commercial flight was delayed more than three hours on an airport tarmac in August, compared with 66 delayed flights nationwide in the same month last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported Tuesday. Long airline delays have dropped....
  • Rail stall ‘proves need’ for underpass

     
    On the same day that motorists on U.S. Highway 14 in Barrington and passengers on Metra trains were fuming over a freight train blocking the …...
  • Florida gets more high-speed rail money

     
    By William E. Gibson, Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Florida will get an additional $800 million of federal funds to create high-speed rail service between Orlando and Tampa, plus $8 million to plan for a link between Orlando and South Florida....
  • EPA Proposes Nation's First-Ever Emissions, Fuel Efficiency Standards for Trucks and Buses

     
    The Obama administration and federal agencies have proposed the first emissions and fuel-efficiency standards for heavy duty trucks and buses. The proposed rules ??? which come from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic...
  • EPA fuel economy labeling: Is there a better metric than MPG or MPGe?

     
    The U.S. Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency face twin and equally daunting tasks as they revise the fuel economy labels as mandated by the 2007 Energy and Independence Security Act. Not only must they incorporate accurate...
  • Keep ho-ho-holiday travel troubles at bay

    Keep ho-ho-holiday travel troubles at bay
    Ah, the joys of flying over the holidays. Long lines, full-body scans, frisky TSA pat-downs and — for those of you traveling with small children — all-too-frequent meltdowns. Don’t you just love heading to grandma’s house for...