DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation says Iowa may make immediate use of $9 million in Federal Highway Administration emergency relief funds to repair roads damaged by...
HONOLULU (AP) — A rail contractor whistleblower says the U.S. Department of Transportation's inspector general has inquired about his claims.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Leaders of California's high-speed rail project told the Trump administration Monday its plans to take back $2.5 billion in federal money and withhold another $1 billion...
Hawaiian seeks additional flights to Tokyo’s Haneda airport
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines wants to more than double its daily service from Tokyo's Haneda airport to Hawaii.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the airline applied to the U.S....
Trump wants California to pay back billions for bullet train
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it plans to cancel $929 million awarded to California's high-speed rail project and wants the state to return an additional...
Feds requiring regional response teams to oil train wrecks
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal transportation officials are requiring railroads to establish regional response teams along oil train routes following a series of fiery derailments.
The new rule announced Thursday is aimed at having crews and equipment ready in the event of an accident. It applies to oil trains in continuous blocks of 20 or more loaded tank cars and those having 35 loaded tank cars.
Drone tests to rise in Nevada skies under pilot FAA program
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The skies around Nevada's largest cities are about to see more drone aircraft, after federal agencies picked the state for testing remote-controlled vehicles in urban airspace.
The Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation announced Jan. 15 that the Nevada UAS Test Site Smart Silver State program will oversee testing in Reno, with additional testing in suburban Henderson near Las Vegas and the Colorado River resort city of Laughlin.
Rauner OKs safety enforcement for underground gas tanks
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved plans for enhanced safety at underground natural gas storage facilities.
The Republican signed legislation Friday which authorizes the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to implement federal regulations for minimum safety standards.
The Natural Resources Department and the Illinois Commerce Commission will work with the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to monitor tank safety.
Plan to make roads wider, safer in Ohio county home to Amish
MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Work to widen roads and make other safety improvements is planned in an area of Ohio's Amish country plagued by crashes resulting in injuries, according to federal and state officials.
The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Ohio Department of Transportation said they are teaming up on the $14 million project in northeastern Ohio's Geauga County.
The Latest: US senator wants new look at oil trains rule
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's miscalculation of safety benefits of electronic brakes for oil trains (all times local):
Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley says the U.S. Department of Transportation should conduct a new cost-benefit analysis of a canceled rule that would have required better brakes for trains hauling explosive fuels.
Metra getting $2 million for safety technology
WASHINGTON (AP) — A suburban Chicago commuter rail agency will get more than $2 million from the federal government to implement a computerized system that will make train travel safer for passengers and rail workers.
In a news release, Democratic U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois say that the funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation will allow Metra to implement what is called Positive Train Control safety technology on its railroads.
Nenana Native Association gets $9M grant for bridge project
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Nenana Native Association has been awarded a $9.1 million grant to complete a long-awaited bridge project in the Alaska town of Nenana.
$14.4 million awarded for bus rapid transit in Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City officials plan to build a rapid transit bus line with a $14.4 million federal grant.
The U.S. Department of Transportation funds will pay for an 8-mile bus line that will connect downtown Oklahoma City with regional medical and commercial centers on the city's northwest side. Rapid transit bus service is expected to begin in 2023.
Iowa city receives federal grant for $9.5M street project
MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) — A federal grant will help pay for the largest construction project ever in an eastern Iowa city, where officials plan to spend about $9.5 million on sewer lines, new sidewalks and other improvements to a key street.
Yavapai County gets $25M in federal funds for road project
CAMP VERDE, Ariz. (AP) — Yavapai County has been awarded $25 million in grant funding to help build a bridge over the Verde River.
The county says the project will reduce emergency response times, increase tourism and relieve traffic congestion.
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the funding Tuesday.
Indiana getting $40 million to improve 2 sections of I-65
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Todd Young says Indiana will receive two federal grants totaling $40 million to increase the capacity of sections of Interstate 65 in south central and north central Indiana.
Young says the two $20 million grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation will upgrade 4 miles of I-65 southwest of Columbus and 6 miles north of Lebanon.
State Ports Authority getting $25M to expand Greer facility
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The State Ports Authority is getting a $25 million federal grant to help expand the inland port in Greer.
The Post and Courier reports Friday that the grant is administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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Senators: 2 Mississippi roads get $38M in federal grants
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two Mississippi roads are getting federal grants for improvements.
U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith announced Thursday that the U.S. Department of Transportation is allotting $25 million toward the long-delayed widening of Mississippi 19 in Neshoba County. Another $13 million will go to improve Holly Springs Road in DeSoto County.
W.Va. to receive federal funding to build Corridor H stretch
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More work is ahead for Corridor H in West Virginia.
Gov. Jim Justice says in a news release the state will receive a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation toward building 10 miles along the four-lane expressway in Tucker County.
The road is among the last uncompleted sections of the Appalachian highway system proposed more than 50 years ago in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.
2 Southern California rail transit projects receive US funds
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced approximately $180 million in funding for two Southern California rail transit projects.
The department's Federal Transit Administration said Wednesday that an extension of Los Angeles' Purple Line subway will receive $100 million and the San Diego Mid-Coast Light Rail project will receive about $80 million in fiscal year 2018 funds.
Kansas pilot receives Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A yearning to soar through life on his own terms nudged Rex Russell into a career off the ground.
Most of his march has followed a unique beat, some 5,400 hours of it pushing pedals and riding on air thousands of feet above ground.
"I just like doing things different than everybody else," said the 85-year-old pilot from Mentor.
After graduating Canton High School in 1950, the young Russell got busy amassing a timeline packed with cherished experiences.
American Airlines seeks to end flight from Charlotte to Cuba
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — American Airlines wants to move its flight to Havana from Charlotte, North Carolina, to its main Latin American hub at Miami International Airport.
Citing an airline statement, The Charlotte Observer reports the change, if approved, would allow the airline to offer six daily flights from Miami to Havana.
$5M from feds to help rural bus service in Maine
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Bus systems in the state of Maine, especially those in rural areas, will receive more than $5 million for a battery of improvements.
The U.S. Department of Transportation says the grants will modernize and improve bus service in the state. The money is part of more than $366 million in grants that is headed to bus systems around the country.
Mississippi Choctaw tribe receives grant to buy buses
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is receiving federal money to replace some buses.
The tribe is getting $857,700.
The money is part of a $366 million grant program announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport gets $2.7 million grant
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved a $2.7 million grant to rehabilitate a taxiway at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport.
The funds will be used to reconstruct 1,300 feet of taxiway pavement which has reached the end of its life. Airport officials say the improvement will result in more efficient transit times and savings on fuel costs.
Standing Rock Sioux considers Lake Oahe bridge idea
FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is seeking a $6.7 million grant to research building a bridge across the Missouri River's Lake Oahe.
The tribe has applied for a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation that's for projects with a significant local or regional impact, the Bismarck Tribune reported .
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Grant will help buy electric buses for central Vermont
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A grant of almost $410,000 will be used to buy electric buses that will be used by Green Mountain Transit in the Montpelier area.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation received the grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to buy the vehicles.
The Low or No Emission Program provides state and local funds to purchase low-emission transit buses and necessary infrastructure updates needed to electrify them.
Idaho to receive $90M to expand I-84
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho will receive more than $90 million in federal grant money to help expand Interstate 84.
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and other top transportation officials announced the approval of the grant on Wednesday. The grant will be used to fund the expansion of a 2.8 mile stretch along I-84 in Canyon County.
Feds give Arizona airports $8.3M in infrastructure grants
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Five Arizona airports have been awarded more than $8 million infrastructure grants from the Federal Aviation Administration.
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the grants Monday.
The airports that will receive funds are Chandler Municipal Airport, Scottsdale Municipal Airport, Glendale Municipal Airport, Eloy Municipal Airport and Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport.
Southern Maine gets more than $2M to add electric buses
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Transportation is slated to get more than $2 million in federal money to help pay for electric buses in the Portland area.
The transportation department worked with other organizations, including Greater Portland Metro, to submit a proposal for the grant. The money is coming through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Low Or No Emission Discretion Grant Program.
Utah city wins federal funds to buy electric buses, chargers
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah will receive $2.3 million in federal funds as part of a project to roll out more public transportation that is propelled by low- or no-emissions systems.
The funding for the advanced bus project comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation. More than 50 projects in numerous states will share in more than $84 million.
Funds secured for safety upgrades to commuter rail system
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's commuter rail system has secured $60 million for safety upgrades required by the federal government.
The Rio Metro Regional Transit District secured enough funds for the safety upgrades after the state's congressional delegation announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a $29.4 million grant to the Rail Runner Express.
The district expects to have a new safety system known as positive train control installed by the end of 2020.
Big Island raises matching funds to continue air service
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Air service at a small airport on the Big Island will continue this year after officials and community partners raised the amount required in matching funds.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — More than $4 million in infrastructure grants have been awarded to Bishop International Airport in Flint.
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the funding from the Federal Aviation Administration for taxiway construction, rehabilitation and lighting.
The grants are part of more than $3 billion in Airport Improvement Program funding this year for projects across the nation.
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A Maine shipyard located in the state's mid-coast region is receiving more than $650,000 in federal money to make improvements.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins says the money is going to Front Street Shipyard in Belfast from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration's Small Shipyard Grant Program.
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — The federal government has approved a recommendation for a new airline carrier at the Prescott Municipal Airport.
The Prescott City Council and an airport advisory committee had recommended a commercial air-carrier proposal from Skywest Airlines, operating as United Express.
The city announced this week that the U.S. Department of Transportation approved it. The length of the contract is two years.
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — Federal officials say human error caused a natural gas pipeline explosion that killed two men and left two others seriously injured in northern Illinois last year.
Sauk Valley Media reports that workers operating a tiling plow ruptured the high-pressure pipeline, causing the Dec. 5 explosion near Nachusa, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) west of Chicago. The workers were installing drainage tile.
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — A carrier affiliated with United Airlines has been recommended as the new carrier at the Prescott Municipal Airport.
The Daily Courier reports that the Prescott City Council and an airport advisory committee on Tuesday recommended a commercial air-carrier proposal from SkyWest Airlines, operating as United Express.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The federal government is injecting $2 million to help patch up flood-damaged roads in Michigan's western Upper Peninsula.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration announced the emergency relief funds that will reimburse the state for initial repairs.
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is asking the federal government for help paying for repairs to flood-damaged roads in the Upper Peninsula and says road damage is expected to exceed $28.7 million.
The Michigan Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it's submitted a notice of intent to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration requesting emergency relief funds for use in Houghton, Menominee, and Gogebic counties.
Hawaii, Japan airlines seek OK to coordinate flights
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines have submitted paperwork seeking to join forces to potentially bring hundreds of thousands of more people to Hawaii.
ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine says it has won an award of about $14 million from the federal government to launch a new center about improving infrastructure.
The award for as much as $14.2 million over five years is from the U.S. Department of Transportation. UMaine will use it to create the Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A metropolitan Detroit road whose crumbling condition is a social media joke is getting a $98 million fix.
The Ann Arbor News reports that the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the money for the Mound Road Industrial Corridor Technology and Innovation Project. It targets the eight-lane, 30-year-old thoroughfare between M-59 and Interstate 696.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is receiving a $45 million federal grant to help build a fixed, four-lane toll bridge that will replace a tunnel and movable bridge in the southeastern end of the state.
Gov. John Bel Edwards says the U.S. Department of Transportation approved the grant application for the bridge replacement in Belle Chasse.
ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine will receive significant federal funding to further research into advancing transportation research and technology.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A plan to widen a section of Interstate 25 between Colorado Springs and Denver has received a federal funding boost of $65 million.
The Gazette reports the funding for the project was recently awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Infrastructure for Rebuilding America program.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's South Side will see $132 million in federal funding to separate rail lines in an effort to alleviate train congestion in the area.