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2009-08-21 12:32:00

SEATTLE, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alaska Airlines today renewed its request that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) open up its ongoing review of Virgin America's current and prospective citizenship status to public scrutiny and comment. Alaska's filing this morning follows two petitions earlier this year by the carrier requesting a public inquiry into whether Virgin America, founded by the British Virgin Group, complies with U.S. foreign ownership and control...

2009-07-16 15:04:00

WASHINGTON, July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) National Transportation Policy Project (NTPP) applauds Chairman James Oberstar and Members of the U.S. House of Representative's Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee for recognizing that the nation's transportation policies and programs are in need of reform. The Surface Transportation Authorization Act of 2009 (STAA), which is currently under consideration by the Committee, represents an...

2009-06-18 13:25:00

American Society of Civil Engineers Commends Oberstar for Commitment to Infrastructure Renewal WASHINGTON, June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congestion costs the American economy $78.2 billion a year. The number of deficient bridges in urban areas is on the rise. Nearly half of American households still do not have access to bus or rail transit. These are just some of the challenges that must be addressed in the 2009 surface transportation authorization bill. The American Society of Civil...

2009-05-08 11:12:00

ARLINGTON, Va., May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Transportation would undergo major program restructuring under the next surface transportation authorization, according to a handwritten outline of the bill being circulated by House Transportation Chairman James Oberstar (D-Minn.) and obtained by BNA's Daily Report for Executives. The two-page outline offers a glimpse of Oberstar's vision for what he has repeatedly called a "transformational" authorization proposal that is expected to...

2009-02-04 16:08:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) today released the following statement in response to comments by House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman James Oberstar discussing proposed legislation to study the effects of airline alliances and antitrust immunity (ATI): Continental would be pleased to participate in Chairman Oberstar's proposed study. However, any further delay in the review of the current ATI applications perpetuates the competitive...

2008-09-24 03:00:20

By Stossel, John Unless the government watches closely, the airlines will kill you. That seems to be what many reporters and politicians believe. "The result of inspection failures and enforcement failure [by the Federal Aviation Administration] has meant that aircraft have flown unsafe, un-airworthy and at risk of lives," says Representative James Oberstar, chairman of the House Transportation Committee. "The FAA has clearly displayed a dangerous and cavalier lack of regard for tough...

2008-09-23 15:00:23

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The head of the nation's leading passenger rights organization today urged Congressman James Oberstar (DFL-MN) to give relief to stranded airline passengers as part of emergency legislation re-authorizing the Federal Aviation Administration. The bill, under the jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure which Oberstar chairs, gives the airlines $500 million in taxpayer-funded "war insurance," but doesn't contain an...

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