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Metro: Track Defect Deleted From Inspection Report

A technician “erroneously” deleted information from a July inspection report about a serious track defect that caused a train to derail Aug. 6, Metro said in an investigation report released to the public on Friday.

Shortcut for Budget Reconciliation Mulled by GOP Leaders

GOP leaders are considering an abbreviated form of the powerful budget reconciliation process this year, giving them the leeway to focus on other pressing matters while still issuing a prod to the president on the health care law.

House Sends Three-Month Highway Bill to Senate

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.

Exclusive: U.S. Spends Scores of Millions Annually on Unused Afghan Buildings

The U.S. government is spending $110 million a year operating several hundred unused buildings for Afghanistan’s government, CQ has learned.

Will Congress Roll Over on Auto Safety? Major Changes Attached to Senate Highway Bill in Limbo

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.

What's In Store for the Broken Highway Trust Fund?

Lawmakers’ disagreement over how to fund the nation’s highway and transit systems has left federal transportation accounts living hand to mouth.

A Sensible Long-Term Fix for the Highway Trust Fund | Commentary

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.

Trucking Industry Faces Stricter Fuel Efficiency Standards

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.

Let Consumers Help Repair the Auto Industry | Commentary

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.

Truckers Push Efficiency in Case for Longer Trailers

Drivers nationwide could find themselves sharing the roads with longer double-trailer trucks under a proposal making its way through Congress.

Time for Congress to Focus Seriously on Transportation and Infrastructure | Commentary

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.

Amtrak Engineer's Cellphone Examined

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.

Rail Industry Faces Daunting Task Ahead of Deadline

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.

Transportation Matters to the Latino Community | Commentary

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.

Local Lawmakers Want Metro Funds Restored

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.

Mass Transit Loved by Locals, but Tough for Feds

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.

Motorists' Efficiency Might Drive Taxes Up

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.

Carper Looks for Bipartisan Solution to Gas Tax

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.

Amtrak Crash Puts Spotlight on Washington

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.

Appropriators Raise Safety at Transportation-HUD Markup

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.

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