Department of Transportation/Transportation Department (DOT)
- Homepage: http://www.dot.gov/
January 2011: 'The Department of Transportation doesn’t require airlines to compensate passengers for damages when flights are delayed or canceled, according to the Aviation Consumer Protection Division. Each carrier spells out how it handles canceled flights in a “contract of carriage,” which can be found on the airline’s Web site. Print this out before you head to the airport, so when issues arise you will have the pertinent pages on hand for reference and even show to an airline employee who may not be familiar with the details.'http://travel.nytimes.com/2011/01/30/travel/30prac-flightrights.html
July 2008: '"It is, sometimes, a weird idea" to weigh lives against other costs, acknowledged Jack Wells, chief economist for the U.S. Department of Transportation. "But, if you think about it, people behave that way all the time. . . . We could eliminate a lot of the [highway] fatalities by imposing a 10-mile-per-hour speed limit." But, he said, society implicitly tolerates greater highway deaths in return for the economic benefits of faster travel.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/18/AR2008071803235.html
June 2008: "The Transportation Department made its own fuel-economy proposals public almost two months ago; they were based on the assumption that gasoline would range from $2.26 per gallon in 2016 to $2.51 per gallon in 2030, and set a maximum average standard of 35 miles per gallon in 2020."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/25/washington/25epa.html
June 2008: "The Transportation Department negotiated a limit of 82 to 83 operations per hour at Newark Liberty International Airport and the same at Kennedy, and then imposed caps to keep the number from creeping up again, although peak-hour operations were higher last summer. The third major New York airport, La Guardia, is limited to 75 takeoffs and landings per hour. The caps at Newark Airport take effect on Friday."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/19/nyregion/19airports.html
June 2008: "The Transportation Department published rules for truck drivers in 2003 that took effect in early 2004, but a court threw them out in July of that year. The department put a new rule in place in August 2005, but parts of that rule were tossed out by a court last year."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/11/business/11pilots.html
March 2008: "Much of the language from Mr. Thompson’s bill was incorporated into the F.A.A.’s budget reauthorization that was approved by the House last September but is pending in the Senate. The United States Department of Transportation also has formed a task force that is formulating its own recommendations on how airlines should deal with planes stranded on the tarmac."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/26/nyregion/26passenger.html
July 2006: The Bush administration is following Congress's lead — but in a quieter way that is likely to undermine states even more. Its strategy to block California limits on greenhouse-gas emissions from cars (which 10 other states plan to adopt) is a case in point. Since 1967, California has been allowed to set its own automotive pollution limits, subject to limited review by the Environmental Protection Agency. But this spring, the Department of Transportation stepped in by inserting into its new fuel-economy standards for light trucks a statement that the exclusive federal authority to set fuel-economy standards bars California's emissions limits, because car manufacturers might comply with emission limits by increasing fuel efficiency. The car industry will surely use this to reinforce its position in court that California cannot set greenhouse-gas limits.http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/05/opinion/05mendelson.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Organization Mar 1, 2005 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Federal Highway Administration (FHA) Organization Jul 14, 2006 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) Organization Feb 27, 2005 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Organization Dec 26, 2006 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Organization May 4, 2005 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Organization Jun 14, 2005 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Organization May 4, 2005 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Organization Oct 4, 2011 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Organization Oct 24, 2005 Owned by (partial or full, past or present) US Federal Government - Executive Branch Organization Aug 4, 2004 Organization Executive (past or present) Elaine L. Chao Person Nov 7, 2005 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Senator Elizabeth Dole Esq., MA Person Feb 24, 2006 Organization Executive (past or present) Kip Hawley Esq. Person Sep 26, 2006 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Rep. Ray LaHood Person Feb 18, 2010 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Rep. Norman Yoshiro Mineta Person Aug 4, 2004
Articles and Resources
Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jun 20, 2011 A Little Clarity in the Fuzzy World of Airline Fees
QUOTE: one thing is clear from my conversations with business travelers, travel managers, air travel analysts and even government officials. They’re all looking for some consensus on how to define the [airline] fees, how to disclose them, and how to account and budget for them.
New York Times Mar 16, 2011 Panel: Don't treat fliers like terrorists
QUOTE: If implemented, the recommendations could shorten wait times at security checkpoints and allow the Transportation Security Administration to screen passengers based on risk...Right now, "everyone who checks in is treated as a potential terrorist," said Tom Ridge... The group called it a "one-size-fits-all solution" in which children and the elderly can be pulled aside for extra screening.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jan 30, 2011 How to Fight Back When Your Flight is Cancelled
QUOTE: While flight delays and cancellations are unavoidable during bad weather, some of the related service issues are not.... It’s not just enough to know your rights. You need to be persistent and use everything at your disposal, from social media to the fine print in ticket rules.
New York Times Oct 26, 2009 Sidewalks become battlegrounds
QUOTE: The nation's crumbling sidewalks have disabled residents taking their wheelchairs to the streets, a potentially dangerous practice that has cash-strapped cities and disability-rights advocates at odds over how to fix the problem.
USA TODAY Oct 01, 2009 Senator’s Aid After Affair Raises Flags Over Ethics
QUOTE: Several experts say those activities [of Senator John Ensign] may have violated an ethics law that bars senior aides from lobbying the Senate for a year after leaving their posts.
New York Times Sep 27, 2009 Truckers Insist on Keeping Computers in the Cab: Driven to Distraction
QUOTE: The issues raised by truckers [on in-cab computers] show the challenges facing advocates for tougher distracted-driving laws, given that so many Americans have grown accustomed to talking and texting behind the wheel.
New York Times Sep 19, 2009 Planes to nowhere? Congress plans to increase small-town airline subsidies
QUOTE: opponents call the program [Essential Air Service] wasteful spending, noting that much of the money provides service to areas with fewer than 30 passengers a day.
Los Angeles Times Aug 21, 2009 The Deadly Cost of Swooping In to Save a Life (Fatal Flights A Perilous Rush to Profit
QUOTE: Yet as crashes and deaths have mounted [in medical helicopter accidents], top executives at the Federal Aviation Administration and its parent agency, the U.S. Transportation Department, have acted as partners with the industry, issuing reams of voluntary safety advisories with little follow-up. The FAA has sent poorly trained inspectors to monitor operators and used fines and penalties as only a last resort.
Washington Post Aug 17, 2009 One Person’s Boondoggle, Another’s Necessity
QUOTE: Those [certain] proposals for spending federal stimulus money were all criticized... But they have something else in common, too. They are popular locally. And they underscore a truth that has been evident since the New Deal: sometimes the boondoggle is in the eye of the beholder
New York Times Aug 09, 2009 Airspace Above Hudson a Highway With Few Signs
QUOTE: Over the years, the air above the Hudson River, from the estuary’s surface to an altitude of 1,100 feet, and the business at the heart of it — helicopters conducting tours — has not escaped calls for greater government control.
New York Times Jul 15, 2009 Amtrak accused of hindering stimulus oversight
QUOTE: Amtrak managers have improperly interfered with oversight of the railroad's $1.3 billion in economic stimulus funding, according to an independent report by a former federal prosecutor.
USA TODAY Jul 13, 2009 Tiny Airports Get Big Cut of Stimulus Cash: Small, Rural Airports Get Big Payouts While Safety Violations at Major National Airports Get Little Attention
QUOTE: taxpayers may be surprised to find "that airports they never heard of in communities they will never visit are getting some of the maximum stimulus grants," says Michael Grabell of the non-profit journalism group ProPublica.
CBS News Apr 08, 2009 Security-Clearance Checks For OPM Allegedly Falsified
QUOTE: Half a dozen investigators conducting security-clearance checks for the federal government have been accused of lying in the reports they submitted to the Office of Personnel Management...
Washington Post Apr 03, 2009 Airline passengers revolt against hours spent on the tarmac
QUOTE: If you're stranded on a plane for more than three hours, should the airline be required to make sure you have food, water, and clean bathrooms? Or should it take you back to the terminal?
Christian Science Monitor Jul 19, 2008 Cosmic Markdown: EPA Says Life Is Worth Less (Green)
QUOTE: Now, for the first time, the EPA has used this little-known process to devalue life, something that environmentalists say could set a scary precedent, making it seem that lifesaving pollution reductions are not worth the cost. "By reducing the value of human life, which is really a devious way of cooking the books, the perceived benefits of cleaning up the air seem less," said Frank O'Donnell of the District-based group Clean Air Watch. "That has the effect of weakening the case for pollution cleanup."
Washington Post Jul 12, 2008 Decisions Shut Door on Bush Clean-Air Steps
QUOTE: In the morning, a federal appeals court struck down the cornerstone of the administration’s strategy to control industrial air pollution by agreeing with arguments by the utility industry that the E.P.A. had exceeded its authority when it established the Clean Air Interstate Rule in 2005. The court, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, said the rule, which set new requirements for major pollutants, had “fatal flaws.”
New York Times Jun 25, 2008 White House Refused to Open Pollutants E-Mail
QUOTE: The White House in December refused to accept the Environmental Protection Agency’s conclusion that greenhouse gases are pollutants that must be controlled, telling agency officials that an e-mail message containing the document would not be opened, senior E.P.A. officials said last week. The document, which ended up in e-mail limbo, without official status, was the E.P.A.’s answer to a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that required it to determine whether greenhouse gases represent a danger to health or the environment, the officials said.
New York Times Jun 19, 2008 Democrats Vow to Block Airport-Slot Sale
QUOTE: Democrats said on Wednesday that congestion at New York-area airports was a result of Republican mismanagement and that the Bush administration’s plans to auction scarce landing slots at Kennedy and Newark Airports would be a blow to the public and the airlines. They promised to block the plan.
New York Times Jun 11, 2008 Safety Board Determines Pilot Fatigue Caused Skid
QUOTE: The crew had flown more than eight hours, and made five landings, in “challenging conditions,” the board found, and had been on duty more than 14 hours. The pilots had been awake more than 16 hours. The captain was experienced but his first officer was new at the airline, probably adding to the captain’s workload, investigators said. And the crew members could be heard referring to their own tiredness on the cockpit voice recorder.
New York Times Apr 25, 2008 Texas Coverup Is Latest FAA Black Eye: Controllers' Errors Were Pinned on Pilots
QUOTE: Federal Aviation Administration managers covered up mistakes by air traffic controllers at a Texas facility, making it more difficult for authorities to detect safety hazards in some of the nation's busiest airspace...
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