department of transportation

A black plume rises over East Palestine, Ohio, as a result of a controlled detonation of a portion of the derailed Norfolk Southern trains, on Feb. 6, 2023. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced a package of reforms to improve safety on Feb. 21 — two days after he warned Norfolk Southern to fulfill its promises to clean up the mess and help the town recover. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
Feb 21, 2023

Buttigieg urges safety changes after fiery Ohio derailment

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg wants freight railroads to immediately act to improve safety while regulators try to strengthen safety rules after a fiery derailment in Ohio.

May 9, 2018

Hogan’s plan to widen B-W Parkway hits federal roadblock

Gov. Larry Hogan's plan to ease commute times on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway is being clogged, at least temporarily, by congestion of the federal government kind.

Mar 28, 2016

Transportation bill skips ahead

A bill Democratic legislators say is meant to promote transparency in transportation funding took an ironic turn Monday when the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee voted on a bill that is scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday.

Oct 12, 2015

Federal agency to supervise DC Metro safety

WASHINGTON — The Department of Transportation says Washington’s subway system will be under direct federal supervision because of safety lapses. Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a letter posted Friday on the department’s website that Federal Transit Administration officials could intervene when safety concerns arise on Metro. Day-to-day operations would continue under Metro, a state-le[...]

Sep 9, 2014

Maryland gets $10M to widen road at Fort Meade

The Maryland Department of Transportation will receive $10 million in federal money to widen a road at Fort Meade to reduce traffic congestion.

Jul 14, 2014

New safety effort on College Park road

Following several fatal accidents involving pedestrians along U.S. 1 in College Park, officials of the University of Maryland, the State Highway Administration and Prince George’s County and the mayor of College Park on Monday unveiled several safety measures and a public education campaign to enhance pedestrian safety along College Park’s “Main Street.”

Airlines, airfare
May 8, 2014

Airlines ask Congress to roll back airfare rule

Airlines tried and failed to block a federal rule making them tell passengers up front the full cost of airfare, including government taxes and fees. So they're trying another route, asking Congress to do what the Obama administration and the courts refused to do: roll back the law.

Apr 30, 2014

Airline service declines to smaller airports, GAO says

A government watchdog confirmed Wednesday what airline passengers are finding when they try to book a flight: Service to communities of all sizes is declining, but especially to small and medium-size airports.

United Airlines
Apr 7, 2014

Air travel: Late flights are up, complaints down

A big drop in customer complaints helped U.S. airlines post their best ratings ever, even though more flights were late and more bags were mishandled, according to a report released Monday by university researchers.

James T. Smith Jr.
Jan 31, 2014

Smith ices $500,000 campaign account

It looks like there will be no winners this election year when it comes to James T. Smith Jr.'s sizable campaign war chest.

Dec 26, 2013

Delta to honor extremely cheap mistake fares

NEW YORK — Some lucky fliers capitalized on a computer glitch Thursday and scored some really cheap flights on Delta Air Lines. From about 10 a.m. to noon ET, certain Delta fares on the airline’s own website and other airfare booking sites were showing up incorrectly, offering some savvy bargain hunters incredible deals. A roundtrip […]

Aug 5, 2013

State pledges another $400M toward building of Purple Line

Maryland officials said Monday they plan to spend $650 million on transportation projects in Montgomery County, including new money for the light rail Purple Line and the first significant expenditure on the Corridor Cities Transitway bus rapid transit system.

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