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Nathan Hurst covers transportation as a staff writer for CQ Roll Call. He previously wrote about Congress and the White House for the Washington bureau of The Detroit News, and before that was a business reporter for the News following stints covering crime and business at The Seattle Times and The Boston Globe, as well as several smaller publications in New Hampshire.
Born in Ohio, Nathan grew up in southwest Virginia and New Hampshire before graduating with a degree in print and multimedia journalism from Emerson College in Boston. He lives on Capitol Hill.
Updated, May 17, 3:31 p.m. | The notion of passing a major infrastructure bill through the House and Senate without earmarks seemed, at first, unthinkable.
Senators writing a six-year surface transportation bill are planning to keep status quo spending levels and skip an administration proposal to boost public transit programs and update the nationís aging infrastructure.
Bike sharing systems would be among the winners under draft legislation extending a laundry list of tax incentives that Senate tax writers approved last week.
Public transit advocates were blindsided when House Republicans introduced a five-year highway bill two years ago that proposed eliminating the Highway Trust Fundís transit account.
Critics of the Obama administrationís bailout of the domestic auto industry are questioning whether regulators may have ignored safety defects in General Motors Co. vehicles while the carmaker was under taxpayer ownership.
The recall of about 1.7 million General Motors Co. vehicles for ignition switch defects linked to 13 deaths has renewed congressional scrutiny of the federal agency charged with regulating highway safety.
In addition to worrying road builders, state highway officials and transit agencies, House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Campís tax overhaul plan has struck a nerve with airport operators.
House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Campís proposed tax overhaul got high marks last week from federal transportation leaders for committing to prop up the ailing Highway Trust Fund, but it is drawing criticism from state and local officials who depend on municipal bonds to finance infrastructure projects.
As cycling to work becomes more popular, it also is getting more dangerous ó and a lawmaker is proposing to address the problem by dedicating new funding for construction of infrastructure for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Bicyclists and pedestrians are joining forces with public health advocates in their bid for a larger share of federal transportation infrastructure.
Two weeks ago, automaker Chrysler Group LLC sued parts manufacturer LKQ Corp., seeking damages for what it alleges was infringement on 10 patents for the design of car repair parts.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is continuing the Obama administrationís programs aimed at helping automakers develop more fuel-efficient vehicles.
The dispute about Norwegian Air Serviceís request to expand service to the United States piggybacks on the fight by American air carriers and their pilots to deny funding in fiscal 2014 spending legislation for a U.S. Customs and Border Protection preclearance facility at Abu Dhabiís international airport.
U.S.-based airlines and their pilots are waging a new battle against a foreign carrier they contend is taking advantage of provisions in international law to unfairly compete on American routes.
Florida Republican John L. Mica bristles at the idea of Amtrak partnering with master chefs to upgrade meals on its long-haul trains at a time when the passenger railroad continues to lose tens of millions of dollars a year on its food services.
Aircraft manufacturers, airlines and pilot groups are hoping congressional action will help speed up Federal Aviation Administration certification processes for aircraft, operators and repair stations, all severely backlogged as tight budgets have kept staffing thin.
A small provision in last yearís Federal Aviation Administration authorization threatens to complicate government issuance of airmanís certificates to commercial airline pilots.
The model for fixing the federal transportation funding shortfall may lie just across the Potomac River.
The architect of a new mileage-based tax system in Oregon says his state has figured out how to assuage privacy fears, paving the way for serious consideration of the plan as a replacement for the gas tax.
The airline industryís attention will turn to Montreal later this month, where European environmental regulators and a host of skeptical nations ó including the United States ó will square off at the United Nations civil aviation armís triennial meeting over how to control jet aircraft emissions.
Forging an agreement on aviation emissions wonít be the only U.S. objective at the upcoming International Civil Aviation Organization meeting in Montreal; diplomats will also be pushing for Taiwanís entry into the United Nations organization as an observer.
With time running out before the current authorization of federal railroad programs expires at the end of September, it looks increasingly likely that lawmakers will postpone new rail legislation until next year and roll it into a bigger surface transportation bill.
Postponing action on a rail authorization until Congress takes up broader surface transportation legislation next year may provide Amtrak supporters with a tantalizing opportunity to solve their long-term funding problem.
In addition to focusing attention on mechanical concerns about the freight trains that haul crude oil to refineries, the Lac-Mťgantic, Quebec, train crash is reviving debate about allowing rural cargo railroads to operate trains with just one professional on board.
The freight train derailment and explosion that flattened a tiny Quebec town earlier this month has renewed scrutiny of a widely used type of oil tanker cars that has been a concern by safety watchdogs for years.