| May 16, 2014
| 7:18 PM
General Motors Co. has been fined $35 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation for waiting a decade to issue recalls for vehicles with faulty ignition switches that have been linked to 13 deaths.
The fine against the country's biggest car...
| May 7, 2014
| 6:27 PM
Calling a "startling" pattern of spills and fires an "imminent hazard," the U.S. Department of Transportation took another small step Wednesday toward addressing the growing risks of shipping oil by rail from the North Dakota region to both coasts....
| May 9, 2014
| 8:54 AM
Gov. Terry McAuliffe was set to be in Lynchburg Friday morning to thank first responders from last week’s oil train derailment and get briefed on ongoing cleanup efforts, his office says.
A mile-long CSX tanker train carrying Bakken crude from...
| May 9, 2014
| 4:13 PM
Talk about an unsurprising finding: Visitors to remote areas in national parks consider noise from helicopters or planes an unpleasant intrusion. That is the result of a study conducted jointly by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal...
| May 13, 2014
| 10:15 AM
On-time rates in March for airlines dominant in the Chicago region recovered from weather-induced tardiness of January and February, but they were still not stellar.
For example, Chicago-based United Airlines was on time nationwide 79.4 percent of the...
| Apr 15, 2014
The overall "quality" score of the 15 biggest U.S. airlines for 2013 increased enough over their 2012 performance to the best level ever recorded. At least that's what the authors of the annual "Airline Quality Rating" (AQR) scores have to say. In 2013,...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 11:10 AM
California-based Virgin America ranked highest among the nation's top 15 carriers in a study that looked at on-time performances, customer complaints and lost bag rates, among other factors.
The study, known as the Airline Quality Rating report, also...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 10:22 AM
While airfares nationwide were relatively flat last year, the cost of flying out of Chicago's two primary airports cost about 4 percent more than the year before.
Nationally, average fares rose 0.1 percent for the whole year to $381, according to...
| Feb 24, 2014
Statistics are prompting change on the road. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), side-impact car crashes kill at least five small children and leave about 60 with serious injuries...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 1:42 PM
Milton Chaffee, a chief deputy administrator and 12-year employee at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, has been named the agency's new top official.
The MVA manages more than 10 million driver and vehicle records, maintains vehicle inspection...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 12:26 PM
Asiana Airlines has been fined $500,000 for failing to assist passengers and their families following last year's crash in San Francisco, federal transportation officials announced Tuesday, noting that it took up to five days for the airline to contact...