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  • Safe rail transport of hazardous materials is critical

    Kudos to the Chicago Tribune for the investigative feature story about the number of Bakken crude oil trains running through our region on a weekly basis ("40 crude oil trains a week; Documents show rolling pipelines of flammable liquid often traverse...
  • Southwest gets hefty fines for advertising $59 fares that didn't exist

    The fares advertised by Southwest Airlines sounded too good to be true: $59 for flights from Atlanta to Los Angeles, Chicago or New York. But when would-be fliers tried to book the fares, they found no seats available on those routes. The U.S....
  • Code share? Who cares? DOT -- so its proposed rule seeks transparency

    Code share? Who cares? DOT -- so its proposed rule seeks transparency
    Airline code shares may not be something most fliers care about, but the U.S. Department of Transportation thinks they should. It has proposed a new rule that would require airlines and ticket agents to clearly display the information on their websites....
  • Delaware bridge could reopen to traffic around Labor Day

    A major highway through Wilmington, Del. — shut because supports for a bridge it traverses are tilting — could have some lanes reopened around Labor Day, state transportation officials said. The stretch of Interstate 495, which connects...
  • Failure Of Century-Old Rail Bridge Inexcusable

    Failure Of Century-Old Rail Bridge Inexcusable
    This is insane. We replace baseball stadiums after a couple of decades, but a failing 118-year-old rail bridge on the vital Northeast Corridor is still in service? The Walk Bridge, a movable bridge over the Norwalk River, opened 271 times in 2013 and...
  • To repair the Highway Trust Fund, raise the fuel tax

    In 1993, Bill Clinton was president, "Seinfeld" was on TV and a cellphone was the size of a brick. It was also the last time Congress raised the federal gasoline tax, which pays for roads, bridges and public transit. Over two decades, the cost of building...
  • Report: Chronic fatigue still problem at air traffic towers

    Report: Chronic fatigue still problem at air traffic towers
    Chronic fatigue at airport towers and government radar facilities that direct planes is still a major threat to safety, three years after a “sleeping controllers’’ scandal spurred the Federal Aviation Administration to focus on evening...
  • FAA restricts drone and model aircraft within 5 miles of airports

    FAA restricts drone and model aircraft within 5 miles of airports
    The Federal Aviation Administration restricted the unauthorized use of model aircraft and small drones near airports in a new interpretation of existing federal rules that was released Monday. The administration cited recent "reckless use of unmanned...
  • Talk about the 'sleeper' issue of our time!

    This month has brought ample evidence of the power of sleep to affect us in both positive and negative ways, and demonstrated why we need to start treating sleep as the vital health, safety and social issue that it is. I've been evangelizing about the...
  • State is moving to prevent spills of oil shipped by trains

    State is moving to prevent spills of oil shipped by trains
    Although most people think of oil spills in California as potential beachfront disasters, there is new anxiety in Sacramento about the surge of crude oil now coming through the state each day by train. Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers want to avoid the...
  • Mid-Year Agenda Update: Infrastructure, Poverty And Hartford

    It's been six months since The Courant published its wish list for this year in the editorial series Agenda 2014 (on http://www.courant.com/opinion). Here is a mid-year update. Infrastructure Citing infrastructure-related accidents on the state's rail...
  • How did Ricin become the poison of choice for incompetent schemers?

     How did Ricin become the poison of choice for incompetent schemers?
    In April, a 30-year-old man in Oklahoma was charged with soliciting the murder of his pregnant girlfriend. According to court documents, it was actually the fetus he wanted to kill, but if his girlfriend died as collateral damage, he was "OK with" that....