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September 30, 2014
Despite the competing issues of Ebola, the Islamic State and a White House intruder, the Obama administration is still pushing its economic development agenda. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has been one of that agenda’s most visible advocates in recent weeks.
Foxx visited Kansas City, Mo., on Monday to award a $1.2 million Ladder of Opportunity grant to the city’s bus system.
September 29, 2014
Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta gave an update Monday of the FAA’s efforts to recover from the fire which knocked out the Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Ill., on Friday.
Huerta said in a speech at the annual conference of the Air Traffic Control Association that on Sunday controllers managed about 60 percent of typical traffic at O’Hare airport and “we are trying to reach as close to normal operations as quickly as possible.”
This week, by strange coincidence, the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) holds its 59th annual conference at the National Harbor center near Washington just after the Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control center in Aurora, Ill., was shut by a fire set by a technician working for a FAA contractor. Full story
September 26, 2014
John Pistole, head of the Transportation Security Administration, announced Friday that the agency was moving to expand its TSA Pre-Check system by soliciting bids from private-sector companies that could do screening of would-be domestic air travelers.
The TSA PreCheck program allows 600,000 domestic passengers who are deemed to be low risks for terrorism to get expedited screening at airports. Full story
Hollywood studios won permission Thursday from the Federal Aviation Administration to use drones when filming movies. Next, will it be real estate agents who get to use drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), to help sell homes?
This week on The Container, we reported on the role of toll lanes in the North Carolina Senate race where donors to the campaign of Republican Thom Tillis could benefit from a new exit being built as part of a project near Charlotte.
Tillis is challenging first-term Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan, as the GOP aims for at least 51 seats.
September 25, 2014
In Jesse Jackson’s stump speech when he ran for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination were the memorable lines about the working poor: “They work hard every day. I know, I live amongst them. They catch the early bus.”
In a speech Thursday at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx spoke up for those who catch the early bus — and the late bus, too, as he announced a $25 million grant to the city to purchase 50 new buses. Full story
The top regulator for oil by rail shipments is stepping down.
Cynthia Quarterman, the administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), has been on the job since November of 2009.
Her agency has come under intense scrutiny with the boom in shipments of Bakken crude oil by rail from North Dakota and a series of accidents, which raised fears about safety of the cities and towns through that the oil shipments are passing.
September 24, 2014
Charlotte, N.C., TV station WCNC is reporting that donors to Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis’s campaign could profit from a new exit on Interstate 77, which will serve a property called Augustalee in Cornelius, N.C.
The exit will be part of a project, which Tillis, speaker of the North Carolina House, supports to add toll lanes to I-77 to reduce traffic congestion.
The National Transportation Safety Board Wednesday recommended more thorough safety briefings after an increase in the number of railroad and mass transit maintenance workers killed in accidents in the last four years. There were 15 such fatalities last year.
In one case last year, a worker was electrocuted in Harpursville, N.Y., when a non-insulated aerial lift came in contact with electrical lines. Other maintenance workers were killed by passing trains, one was killed by a mudslide and another died of heat stroke on a hot summer day.
September 23, 2014
The National Association of Manufacturers renewed its call Tuesday for more infrastructure spending, issuing a report saying that “infrastructure spending has been on a decade-long decline” and that “when measured in proportion to GDP, the downward trajectory of infrastructure investment becomes even more stark and worrisome.”
With a natural gas boom underway in shale formations such as the Marcellus in Pennsylvania and neighboring states, the Energy Information Administration projects a 56 percent increase in domestic natural gas production from 2012 to 2040.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wants to use some of that abundant and relatively cheap natural gas to power container ships.
President Barack Obama will lead a UN Security Council meeting Wednesday to discuss what UN member nations can do to track and deter the growing number of foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq.
Some of those fighters carry European passports and therefore, under the visa waiver program (VWP), could board a commercial flight from Paris, for example, and enter the United States without the interview and scrutiny required to obtain a visa. Full story