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Dr. Gridlock Archive: Transportation Politics

DDOT proposes new tour bus regs

With intercity buses like DC2NY and BoltBus increasingly popular--and often pulling their hulking frames to the side of the road in pedestrian meccas like Chinatown--the District Department of Transportation is proposing modifying regulations governing them, as well as sightseeing buses.

By Luke Rosiak  | March 11, 2011; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Commuter Bus, Transportation Politics  
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Did TSA really screen all air cargo?

The Transportation Security Administration says it screened all air cargo--but a government auditor said there's no way the TSA can know that. It's the second time this month the GAO has dinged the TSA for over-hyping itself and keeping shoddy records.

By Luke Rosiak  | March 11, 2011; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Airlines, Airports, Transportation Politics  
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GAO: Airport screening math lacking

Some cost assumptions made by the Transportation Security Administration comparing private-sector and federal screeners at airports weren't sound in January 2009--and the problem still hasn't been entirely resolved, the General Accountability Office told Congress.

By Luke Rosiak  | March 10, 2011; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Airports, Transportation Politics  
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Md. Sen.: Repeal ethanol tax credit

A bill introduced Wednesday by senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) would kill a 45-cent per gallon tax credit to blenders of ethanol--generally, oil companies--in a move that could recover $6 billion for federal coffers. A Government Accountability Office report describing the tax credit as "largely unneeded today to ensure demand for domestic ethanol production."

By Luke Rosiak  | March 9, 2011; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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GAO: Taxpayers pay for trucking

Moving freight via truck shifts far more of the costs onto taxpayers than does other modes of shipping, according to an analysis by the government's financial watchdog.

By Luke Rosiak  | March 1, 2011; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Hybrids can stay in HOV lanes

The Virginia General Assembly may have just approved Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's plan for spending $3 billion to advance 900 transportation projects, but the legislative action I get asked about is the same as it is every year: Yes, the assembly voted to extend the exemption that allows solo drivers in carpool lanes as long as their driving a hybrid with Virginia's clean fuel tags.

By Robert Thomson  | February 28, 2011; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting, Transportation Politics, Virginia  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, hybrids  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Judge indicates Metro can't afford raises, Luke Rosiak , February 18, 2011
Gray team: WMATA subsidy use illegal, Luke Rosiak , February 15, 2011
Lawmakers request Dulles rail audits, Kafia A. Hosh , February 15, 2011
How would Metro cut service?, Robert Thomson , February 14, 2011
Metro eyes 12am weekend closures, Luke Rosiak , February 11, 2011
Metro to study streetcar integration, Luke Rosiak , February 10, 2011
Metro discusses security, freedom, Robert Thomson , February 10, 2011
Amtrak ridership increases steadily, Luke Rosiak , February 10, 2011
Bag checks are on Metro agenda, Robert Thomson , February 9, 2011
Arlington drops HOT lanes lawsuit, Christy Goodman , February 8, 2011
FAA fund declines; fees could result, Luke Rosiak , February 7, 2011
Bill to combine NoVa agencies tabled, Jennifer Buske , February 1, 2011
Md. gas tax increase proposed, Associated Press , February 1, 2011
Smart computers vs stupid commutes, Luke Rosiak , January 27, 2011
Riders council to request search halt, Robert Thomson , January 26, 2011
Metro could consider sponsored names, Ann Scott Tyson , January 13, 2011
TSA tip: thermos bomb threat, Luke Rosiak , January 13, 2011
Airport stripping charges dropped, Associated Press , January 10, 2011
Halt inspections, riders' council says, Robert Thomson , January 6, 2011
Metro can't sell the searches, Robert Thomson , January 4, 2011
Reader questions on Metro bag checks, Robert Thomson , December 21, 2010
ACLU: 'Deep concern' on Metro checks, Robert Thomson , December 21, 2010
Bag checks a 'necessary evil'?, Robert Thomson , December 21, 2010
First transit TV makes debut, Luke Rosiak , December 20, 2010
Bag the Metro searches, Robert Thomson , December 16, 2010
Dems seek VDOT funds for BRAC, Washington Post Editors , December 14, 2010
Rally planned for high-speed rail, Associated Press and Staff Reports , December 13, 2010
D.C. transportation after Gabe Klein, Robert Thomson , December 8, 2010
DDOT director to host online chat today, Luke Rosiak , December 3, 2010
Residents argue against Metro tax , Christy Goodman , December 2, 2010
D.C. mayor: Raise Metro parking fees, Luke Rosiak , November 23, 2010
Bike-lane tension extends beyond area, Luke Rosiak , November 22, 2010
DOD to probe Mark Center move, Christy Goodman , November 17, 2010
Lessons on biking from the Dutch, Luke Rosiak , November 16, 2010
Electric car charging station unveiled, Luke Rosiak , November 16, 2010
Distracted driving victims spotlighted, Luke Rosiak , November 16, 2010
Holiday security campaign announced, Derek Kravitz , November 15, 2010
Leaders tout BRAC plans at Ft. Belvoir, Luke Rosiak , November 4, 2010
Company organizing to extend benefit, Luke Rosiak , November 1, 2010
NoVa officials discuss streetcar needs, Michael Bolden , October 29, 2010
A disappointing year for transit, Michael Bolden , October 29, 2010
DOT makes high-speed grants official, Michael Bolden , October 28, 2010
Mikulski ad criticizes Metro, Michael Bolden , October 27, 2010
Drivers keep licenses despite violations, Michael Bolden , October 26, 2010
Tysons Metro tunnel breaks through, Derek Kravitz , October 25, 2010
Tax for Potomac Yard station targeted, Christy Goodman , October 25, 2010
What's ahead for D.C. transportation, Robert Thomson , October 21, 2010
Virginia to raise some speed limits, Michael Bolden , October 20, 2010
Forum tonight on D.C.'s future, Robert Thomson , October 20, 2010
Annapolis considers speed cameras, Michael Bolden , October 19, 2010
DDOT hosts Rock Creek meeting, Michael Bolden , October 19, 2010
Bike riders settle with NYC, Michael Bolden , October 19, 2010
New funding could save rail tunnel, Michael Bolden , October 18, 2010
High-speed rail in East? Not so fast., Michael Bolden , October 18, 2010
VDOT names new officials , Michael Bolden , October 15, 2010
Md. plan on review in Pr. George's , Michael Bolden , October 13, 2010
Hearing on TheBus routes, Michael Bolden , October 11, 2010
A special place for buses, Michael Bolden , October 11, 2010
Va. Metro board plan rejected, Anita Kumar , October 8, 2010
N.J. governor blocks transit tunnel, Michael Bolden , October 7, 2010
N.Y. transit riders take another hit, Michael Bolden , October 7, 2010
Telework as alternative commute touted, Luke Rosiak , October 7, 2010
NTSB: Transportation fatalities fall, Michael Bolden , October 6, 2010
Transportation in trouble, Michael Bolden , October 4, 2010
Govt. seeks 62 mpg goal, Michael Bolden , October 1, 2010
Transportation plan to be discussed, Michael Bolden , October 1, 2010
Should cellphones carry warnings?, Michael Bolden , September 21, 2010
DOT extends trucker texting ban, Michael Bolden , September 21, 2010
Lawmakers ask for MWAA probe, Derek Kravitz , September 17, 2010
Hundreds cry foul at BRAC town hall, Derek Kravitz , September 16, 2010
Senators hammer Washington airports, Derek Kravitz , September 16, 2010
Meeting on Phase 2 of Dulles Metro, Michael Bolden , September 14, 2010
Fairfax goes after texting drivers, Michael Bolden , September 13, 2010
Snelling re-elected as airports chairman, Derek Kravitz , September 3, 2010
Connolly samples commutes, Michael Bolden , August 31, 2010
Video contest fights distracted driving, Michael Bolden , August 25, 2010
Audit: Va. should track transp. recs., Michael Bolden , August 24, 2010
Fairfax HOV ramps to open for all, Derek Kravitz , August 23, 2010
Ehrlich pledges to restore road money, Michael Bolden , August 20, 2010
U-Md. to receive transportation grant, Michael Bolden , August 19, 2010
Feds consider bus safety belts, Michael Bolden , August 16, 2010
NTSB, Metro board meeting under way, Michael Bolden , August 9, 2010
Area delegation to meet with NTSB head, Luke Rosiak , July 28, 2010
Distracted driving summit planned, Michael Bolden , July 27, 2010
Family: What good will this do?, Michael Bolden , July 27, 2010
Red Line crash meeting Tuesday, Michael Bolden , July 26, 2010
Md. town issues 1,100 red-light fines, Michael Bolden , July 23, 2010
A boost for pilot experience?, Michael Bolden , July 22, 2010
Congressional panels OK Metro cash, Michael Bolden , July 22, 2010
U.S. transit agencies need billions, Michael Bolden , July 21, 2010
District adding mobile speed cams, Michael Bolden , July 20, 2010
Red-light fines get real in Arlington, Michael Bolden , July 20, 2010
Bill seeks to cut highway runoff, Michael Bolden , July 19, 2010
Va. sets high-speed rail hearings, Michael Bolden , July 19, 2010
NTSB confirms date for crash hearing, Michael Bolden , July 14, 2010
High-speed rail hearings begin, Michael Bolden , July 12, 2010
Ehrlich pledges improved MARC service, Michael Bolden , July 8, 2010
New cellphone restrictions in Delaware, Michael Bolden , July 6, 2010
Group developing car for blind drivers, Michael Bolden , July 2, 2010
Metro signs off on agreement with Va. , Michael Bolden , July 1, 2010
New distracted driving PSA, Michael Bolden , June 30, 2010
Keep paying D.C. meters at night, Robert Thomson , June 29, 2010
Overhead wires bill passes D.C. council, Michael Bolden , June 29, 2010
Va. officials to take transportation tour, Michael Bolden , June 29, 2010
D.C. lifts some parking meter rules, Michael Bolden , June 25, 2010
Metro to Va.: Renew pledge for cash, Michael Bolden , June 24, 2010
Metro official on DOT rail safety panel, Michael Bolden , June 23, 2010
Senior drivers weigh in on study, Michael Bolden , June 22, 2010
NTSB statement on Red Line crash, Michael Bolden , June 22, 2010
Penn. Ave. bike lanes open Tuesday, Michael Bolden , June 21, 2010
Dirty trains in NYC? What about Metro?, Michael Bolden , June 21, 2010
'Slug drivers' being ticketed in D.C., Michael Bolden , June 17, 2010
Va. board adopts transportation plan, Michael Bolden , June 16, 2010
Loudoun approves transportation plan, Michael Bolden , June 16, 2010
Distracted driving laws get good marks, Michael Bolden , June 15, 2010
Delays in anti-fatigue rules criticized, Michael Bolden , June 10, 2010
VRE crafts contingency plan , Michael Bolden , June 10, 2010
I-66 spot widening to start, Robert Thomson , June 8, 2010
More cash for bumped passengers?, Michael Bolden , June 2, 2010
Depending on escalators, Robert Thomson , June 2, 2010
 
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