Latest U.S. Department of Transportation News

Flights canceled, at least 2 dead as ice storm freezes US

Jan. 31, 2023 20:43 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Winter weather brought ice to a wide swath of the United States on Tuesday, canceling more than 1,700 flights nationwide and snarling highways. At least two people died on slick roads in Texas and two law officers in the state were seriously injured, including a deputy who...

Should federal grants favor highway repair over expansion?

Jan. 29, 2023 10:39 AM EST

Arizona officials refer to a notoriously congested stretch of desert highway through tribal land as the Wild Horse Pass Corridor, a label that's less about horses than the bustling casino by the same name located just north of where the interstate constricts to four lanes. With the...

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...