| July 29, 2015, 5:48 p.m.
The House Wednesday sent a three-month extension of highway and transit programs to the Senate by a 385-34 vote, just days before current authorization expires.
| July 29, 2015, 3:15 p.m.
The U.S. government is spending $110 million a year operating several hundred unused buildings for Afghanistan’s government, CQ has learned.
| July 28, 2015, 1:19 p.m.
Congress’ ability to make broad auto safety policy changes in the 114th Congress could largely depend on whether both chambers can agree to a long-term highway bill.
| July 15, 2015, 1:20 p.m.
Lawmakers’ disagreement over how to fund the nation’s highway and transit systems has left federal transportation accounts living hand to mouth.
| July 15, 2015, 12:49 p.m.
Every day, American families get in their vehicles and drive. Whether it’s dropping the kids off at school, commuting to work or going to the supermarket, we rely on our highways, bridges and roads to get us where we need to go.
| July 7, 2015, 5:26 p.m.
Medium- and heavy-duty fleet trucks would have to meet stricter fuel efficiency standards under a proposal by federal environmental and highway regulators, part of the Obama administration’s effort to reduce climate-warming pollution across the economy.
| July 7, 2015, 3:03 p.m.
One hundred and seventeen — that is the most recent death toll figure from General Motors Co.’s faulty ignition switches. The figure represents a disturbing increase from GM’s original estimate of 13 deaths.
| July 7, 2015, 1:41 p.m.
Drivers nationwide could find themselves sharing the roads with longer double-trailer trucks under a proposal making its way through Congress.
| June 24, 2015, 2:38 p.m.
In the 1950s, it was a Republican president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, who looked into the future and understood that if the United States was to continue to grow and modernize, it needed a strong federal transportation infrastructure. And under his watch he urged the states to work with the federal government to upgrade our roads and bridges, and overcome the “appalling inadequacies” of the nation’s highway network with a federal focus on building a national system of interstate highways.
| June 17, 2015, 3:13 p.m.
The National Transportation Safety Board is still examining the cellphone of the engineer involved in a deadly Amtrak accident last month, but as the agency tries to determine the cause of the deadly crash it has concluded that the driver wasn’t talking or texting at the time.
| June 17, 2015, 3:11 p.m.
Congress’ upcoming deadline for railroads to implement a complex safety upgrade carries a new gravity after the deadly derailment of an Amtrak train on May 12 that killed eight and injured more than 200 in Philadelphia.
| June 12, 2015, 12:34 p.m.
Pass by a bus stop in downtown Los Angeles and you’ll see the faces of those waiting to use public transportation are diverse. Women, seniors, college students, African-Americans and Latinos take various forms of public transportation to get to work, school or even just to get connected to society.
| June 3, 2015, 2:17 p.m.
Congress has an example of what’s at stake for transit funding at its doorstep. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority faced a $50 million cut in its federal funding next fiscal year under a House proposal, though planned Wednesday floor action had the final number in flux.
| June 3, 2015, 2:16 p.m.
Step into the office of a member of Congress to talk about transportation and you’ll probably get an earful about the size and scope of federal transit programs. Democrats generally want more investment. Some Republicans question whether the federal government should even be involved.
| May 20, 2015, 4:36 p.m.
The problem Congress faces in paying for new highways and other transportation projects is that the Highway Trust Fund, which for decades has financed road and transit spending, is running out of revenue.
| May 20, 2015, 4:31 p.m.
A big argument against raising the gasoline tax to provide more money for transportation projects is that the gas tax, by its nature, affects low- and middle-income people more than it does the wealthy.
| May 13, 2015, 6:05 p.m.
The Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia Tuesday that killed at least seven people and injured hundreds quickly rippled back to Washington, where lawmakers and regulators have been trying to find the right response to a spate of rail accidents in recent years and House appropriators were slated Wednesday to set spending levels for transportation, including Amtrak.
| May 13, 2015, 6:03 p.m.
The House Appropriations Committee marked up the fiscal 2016 Transportation-HUD appropriations bill Wednesday with panel members addressing the deadly Amtrak derailment the night before.
| April 27, 2015, 5 a.m.
In 2013, 47 people were killed in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, when a runaway oil train derailed and exploded.
| April 22, 2015, 6:04 p.m.
With Congress starting work on reauthorizing highway and transit programs, several lawmakers from both parties want the government to give more attention to the movement of freight on the nation’s highways, rails and waterways because of its importance to the economy. And since there’s no agreement on how to replenish the Highway Trust Fund, which has mostly paid for road and rail projects for decades, these lawmakers want the new investments in freight infrastructure to have their own dedicated revenue stream.