Latest U.S. Department of Transportation News

Passengers walk through tunnel after Boston subway problem

Jan. 27, 2023 08:53 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — More than 100 passengers had to be escorted on foot through a Boston subway tunnel on Thursday night when three trains became stuck because of a signal problem, officials said. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority suspended Green Line service between Kenmore...

US investigating December flight cancellations at Southwest

Jan. 25, 2023 20:30 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The U.S. Transportation Department said Wednesday it is investigating whether Southwest Airlines deceived customers by knowingly scheduling more flights in late December than it realistically could handle. The department said that scheduling too many flights would be...

Light at the end of the tunnel: Grand Central annex opens

Jan. 25, 2023 18:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — For decades, work on a massive rail project has been grinding 15 stories below the shuffling footsteps of millions of New Yorkers and beneath the East Hudson River and Manhattan skyscrapers. After years of delays and massive cost overruns, the enormously expensive...

Officials: $78 million grant to aid safety on dangerous road

Jan. 23, 2023 17:56 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal and city officials say a new $78 million federal grant will be used to make major safety improvements along a Philadelphia boulevard called one of the most dangerous in the city. The U.S. Department of Transportation grant will be used to modernize and...

NC tops 50K EVs; Triad’s electric vehicle pace trails state

Jan. 23, 2023 00:14 AM EST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has accelerated past the 50,000 mark for electric vehicle registrations, but EV saturation in the Triad continues to lag behind the state as a whole. Through October, 51,500 plug-in vehicles were registered in the state, according to the...

US fines Virgin Atlantic $1 million for flights over Iraq

Jan. 18, 2023 12:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Transportation Department has fined British airline Virgin Atlantic up to $1.05 million for flying over restricted airspace in Iraq while operating flights in a partnership with Delta Air Lines. The federal agency said the flights occurred between...

Officials: 18-month project to snarl busiest Nevada highway

Jan. 17, 2023 15:10 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — An 18-month-long construction project starting Tuesday will snarl traffic on Interstate 15 while crews raise and widen a key interchange serving the Las Vegas Strip, transportation officials said. The $305 million project has been dubbed “Dropicana” by the...

Buttigieg finds himself in the spotlight for better or worse

Jan. 16, 2023 19:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's transportation secretary usually holds one of the most public-facing roles in any presidential administration. A core aspect of the Cabinet job is to travel the country, doling out millions of public dollars and attending ribbon-cutting ceremonies for new bridges...

Flight delayed or canceled? Experts share some advice

Jan. 11, 2023 13:56 PM EST

Thousands of travelers were stranded at U.S. airports Wednesday due to an hours-long computer outage. More than 1,100 U.S. flights were canceled and nearly 8,000 flights were delayed as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the tracking site FlightAware. Even though the...

Southwest starts on reputation repair after cancellations

Jan. 05, 2023 19:55 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — With its flights running on a roughly normal schedule, Southwest Airlines is now turning its attention to repairing its damaged reputation after it canceled 15,000 flights around Christmas and left holiday travelers stranded. CEO Robert Jordan said Thursday that...