Latest U.S. Department of Transportation News

US to seek automated braking requirement for heavy trucks

Jun. 11, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — In a reversal from Trump administration policies, U.S. auto safety regulators say they will move to require or set standards for automatic emergency braking systems on new heavy trucks. The Department of Transportation, which includes the National...

US will restore $1B for California's troubled bullet train

Jun. 11, 2021 11:37 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The federal government has reached an agreement to restore nearly $1 billion in funding for California's troubled bullet train, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced. The U.S. Department of Transportation finalized settlement negotiations to restore the...

Engineering firm pleads guilty to bid-rigging, fraud schemes

Jun. 08, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A North Carolina engineering firm has pleaded guilty to conspiracies to rig bids and defraud the N.C. Department of Transportation, and was ordered to pay more than $1 million in restitution and $7 million in fines, the U.S. Department of Justice said. ...

Authorities: 2 dead in small plan crash in central Indiana

Jun. 06, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

DARLINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A single-engine plane that left an Indianapolis flight school crashed Sunday morning in a central Indiana field, killing both people on board, according to Indiana State Police. The plane crashed outside small community of Darlington before...

Buttigieg visits closed Interstate 40 bridge in Tennessee

Jun. 03, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg traveled to Tennessee on Thursday to learn how the closure of the Interstate 40 bridge connecting that state and Arkansas has affected freight movement since it was shut down more than three weeks ago when a...

FAA safety official retires; was criticized over Boeing jet

Jun. 02, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that its top safety official will retire at the end of June. Ali Bahrami had come under sharp criticism from lawmakers and relatives of passengers who died in the crashes of two Boeing 737 Max jets, who accused him of being too cozy with...

Gary airport gets $3.5 million to finish improvements

Jun. 02, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The Gary/Chicago International Airport is receiving a $3.5 million federal grant to finish improvements to a key approach to its main runway, officials say. The U.S. Department of Transportation funding announced Tuesday will complete ongoing...

1 killed, 1 hurt in North Carolina plane crash

Jun. 02, 2021 10:00 AM EDT

PINNACLE, N.C. (AP) — One person was killed and another was seriously injured when a single-engine plane crashed in a hayfield in Stokes County on Tuesday evening, authorities said. The Beechcraft A23 crashed near Almas Lane in Pinnacle with two people on board, the...

Ex-'Tarzan' actor among 7 plane crash victims in Tennessee

May. 30, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) — Investigators on Sunday continued searching for the bodies of seven people believed killed in the crash a day earlier of a small jet into a Tennessee lake, including an actor who portrayed Tarzan in a 1990s television series. Rutherford County Fire...

Buttigieg urges travelers to respect mask mandates on planes

May. 30, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Sunday urged travelers to respect flight attendants and other crew members who enforce federal mask mandates on planes, pledging strict federal enforcement against such abuse at a time of increasingly unruly behavior by...