O’Hare’s problems surmountable — if city will face up to them

BY Jon Hilkevitch

O’Hare International Airport doesn’t need to replicate Singapore’s Changi Airport to become world-class. But its landlord — the city of Chicago — should recognize that O’Hare has problems. “O’Hare’s terminals are cramped. You really notice it when you discover there is nowhere to sit, nowhere to read, nowhere to eat the sandwich you just purchased,” said… READ MORE »

New flight paths angering residents in Phoenix, other cities

BY Terry Tang

PHOENIX (AP) – Steve Dreiseszun says he cannot sit in his backyard or read a story to his son without a sense of dread. For the past several months, he and other residents in a Phoenix neighborhood of historic homes have been jolted – sometimes out of their sleep – by the sound of airplanes… READ MORE »

How Self-Driving Cars Work: The Nuts and Bolts Behind Google’s Autonomous Car Program

BY Bryan Clark

Being able to commute back and forth to work while sleeping, eating, playing Trivia Crack or catching up on your favorite blogs in Feedly is a concept that is equally appealing and seemingly far-off and too futuristic to actually happen. When Google announced their autonomous car project in 2008, visions of Minority Report began to swirl in… READ MORE »

Virginia’s Beltway Express Lanes See Increased Use, Could Soon Make Money

BY Martin Di Caro

The private sector firm that operates the 495 Express Lanes along the Beltway in Northern Virginia is down more than $230 million on its investment in the two and a half years since the highway opened, but company officials say toll revenues are beginning to consistently exceed operating costs, a sign the project is winning… READ MORE »

Megabus has some issues. Does it matter?

Big, blue double-decker buses roll in and out of Cincinnati every day mostly full of passengers – further proof that cash is king in the new world of non-business travel in the U.S. Dirt cheap tickets and limited-stop service to places like Chicago ensure coach operator Megabuscontinues to thrive here – despite multiple problems in the… READ MORE »

Rail regulation, PTC, surface transportation reauthorization top rail industry’s 2015 legislative agenda

BY Julie Sneider

January brought the start of a new session of Congress — the 114th — which now is under Republican control after Democrats lost their Senate majority in the 2014 midterm elections. One obvious question on the mind of rail lobbyists is how much this new Congress will actually accomplish, given that the 113th session went down… READ MORE »

Obama’s highway plan not expected to go far but funding idea might

BY Reynolds Hutchins

WASHINGTON — Like his past surface transportation budgets, President Obama’s most recent ambitious plan to boost funding won’t likely go far, but his proposal to tap more dollars for highway, roads and bridges through corporate tax reform has a shot, expert say. Through his fiscal 2016 budget proposal, Obama wants to spend $478 billion on… READ MORE »

Bipartisan bill could break highway funding gridlock

BY Deirdre Shesgreen

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of lawmakers is working on legislation supporters say would solve one of Washington’s most vexing problems: how to pay for the nation’s massive infrastructure needs without raising taxes. The legislation is still a work in progress. But the broad outlines call for giving U.S. corporations a tax break on profits… READ MORE »

Obama leaves out gas tax in call for ‘bipartisan infrastructure plan’

President Obama called for Congress to pass a “bipartisan infrastructure plan” in his State of the Union address but stopped short of calling for an increase in the federal gas tax to help pay for it. “21st century businesses need 21st century infrastructure  —  modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains and the fastest Internet. Democrats… READ MORE »

Despite low gas prices, gas tax hike appears unlikely

WASHINGTON — The new Republican-controlled Congress is facing an old problem: where to find the money for highway and transit programs. With gasoline prices at their lowest in years when the new Congress convened, there had been talk that it might be time to raise federal gas and diesel taxes, which haven’t budged in more… READ MORE »