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U.S. Department of Transportation

Surge in traffic deaths outpaces increase in travel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Traffic deaths surged about 8 percent in the first nine months of last year, continuing an alarming upward spiral that may be partially explained by more Americans on the roads due to the economic recovery, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates released Friday. The sharp …

Gov’t announces new steps to protect airline consumers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying they want to boost competition in the airline industry, Obama administration officials issued new regulations Tuesday aimed at providing passengers with more information to compare the performance of air carriers and the cost of flights. The Department of Transportation also said it was proposing that airlines …

Chance of “transportation Armageddon”? 25 percent says study

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Lengthy environmental studies could increase the likelihood that the 106-year-old rail tunnel between New Jersey and New York City would have to close for repairs before a new tunnel is built, a situation one lawmaker has referred to previously as a “transportation Armageddon,” a study released …

Airline complaints rise even as more planes arrive on time

DALLAS (AP) — More flights are arriving on time and airlines are losing fewer bags, yet more consumers are complaining about air travel. Traveler complaints jumped 34 percent last year, to the highest level since 2000. The top frustration is problem flights including cancelations and delays, which is unchanged in …

Airlines dodge legislation aimed at curbing excessive fees

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel has approved an aviation policy bill Wednesday after a partisan fight over whether airlines are unfairly gouging consumers with fees for basic services like checked bags, seat assignments and ticket changes. The Senate commerce committee approved by a voice vote a bill to continue …