MARTA begins looking into possible rail in Clayton County

BY Cailin O'Brien

JONESBORO — Norfolk Southern has been cooperating with MARTA to look into the possibility of laying rail in Clayton County. “We have an agreement with them now where they are studying the corridor looking at how MARTA can fit on the corridor side by side with them,” MARTA CEO Keith Parker told county commissioners and… READ MORE »

Let’s Forget Driverless Cars and Make Trains Sexy

BY Fiona Zublin

Imagine your very own air-conditioned pod that drives you to the office, leaving you free to sleep, work, text, put on lipstick or just gaze out the window. That’s the dream of the driverless car, a dream that’s loomed ever larger in the consumer imagination, as Google and other would-be automotive revolutionaries make noise about eliminating… READ MORE »

Chris Christie’s Political Ambitions Confront Need for U.S. Tunnel Aid

BY Jeff Plungis

Governor Chris Christie’s effort to win the Republican presidential nomination could be at odds with a looming New Jersey transportation crisis that may force him to seek billions of dollars in federal money for a new rail tunnel. A rash of recent delays on New Jersey Transit trains has revived talks on Gateway, a $16… READ MORE »

Air traffic control may be better private

BY Jacob Pramuk

Privatizing air traffic control could spur crucial updates to U.S. flight-monitoring systems, one transportation policy analyst said Monday. A glitch at a Washington, D.C., area control center led to hundreds of flight delays and cancellations over the weekend. The problem—which is now resolved—has fueled calls to take some Federal Aviation Administration duties out of government… READ MORE »

Freeways to tollways? Why you may be paying more on highways

Aug. 17–The year is 2025 and Florida’s highways are in disarray. The government’s requirement that all cars get at least 54.4 miles-per-gallon has dried up gas tax funding. Population growth means more cars on congested highways. And beat up highways at that as the daily wear and tear chews up asphalt. The answer? Goodbye freeways… READ MORE »

‘Flypocalypse’ sparks worries about new air traffic control system

BY Keith Liang

A highly touted piece of air traffic control equipment that is part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s move to a satellite-based airplane navigation system failed on Saturday, resulting in thousands of flights in the Washington, D.C. area being delayed or canceled. The troubled system, known as En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM), is supposed to help… READ MORE »

FAA Software Upgrade Fails, Triggering Travel Nightmare

BY Kris Hudson

U.S. airlines and airports along the East Coast returned to normal, albeit busy, operations on Sunday, a day after problems at a Federal Aviation Administration air-traffic-control center in Virginia led to cancellations of 476 flights. To continue reading, click here.

With limited funds, DOH faces criticism, calls for improved efficiency

BY Jeremiah Shelor

CLARKSBURG — As highway projects are underway throughout West Virginia, the state Division of Highways has faced criticism from the public and elected representatives over the condition of the state’s roads. With a queue of projects on their to-do list, DOH officials have pointed to a limited funding stream that hasn’t kept up with the… READ MORE »

Why Nobody Wants to Pay for Fixing the U.S. Transportation System

BY Bob Bowman

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has come up with a six-year transportation bill, the Comprehensive Transportation and Consumer Protection Act of 2015. That’s not to be confused with the DRIVE (Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy) Act, which came out of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Ideally,… READ MORE »

For airlines, a turbulent summer in DC

BY Keith Liang

Regulators and lawmakers are increasingly taking aim at airlines, as allegations of misconduct swirl and complaints from passengers pile up following a series of mergers in the U.S. aviation industry. In the last month alone, the Justice Department revealed it is investigating potential collusion among airlines to keep airfares artificially high and Congress raided the… READ MORE »