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2009-04-01 09:00:00

Implementation Begins with Transportation Department and Set to Expand to Utilities SCHAUMBURG, Ill., April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The city of Mesa, Arizona selected the Public Service Group of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) to implement Azteca System's Cityworks(TM) as their computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) in the MesaTransportation Department. Motorola's Public Service Group and Azteca Systems, through its Cityworks asset management solution, will ensure that the right...

2008-08-06 06:00:31

By Bill Hensel Jr., Houston Chronicle Aug. 6--The Transportation Department and the nation's airlines, including Continental, are squaring off over a department plan to auction takeoff and landing slots at New York City-area airports. The department believes the auction would lead to greater competition and better service for passengers. The airlines argue the extra flights would add to congestion at the airports. The department said Tuesday it will auction one slot in September at...

2008-06-20 00:00:19

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration's plan to ease nationwide flight delays through an experiment with New York airspace drew fierce resistance in Congress, with lawmakers joining airline officials predicting it will only make matters worse.The Transportation Department came under withering criticism at a Wednesday hearing of a House Transportation subcommittee into the government's plan to combat delays by auctioning off some flight slots at New York's three...

2006-05-03 18:06:59

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prospects of cementing a landmark agreement this year to further open up transatlantic air service hit severe turbulence on Wednesday over revised U.S. plans to give foreign investors in domestic airlines more say in how those businesses are run. The tentative accord struck by U.S. and EU negotiators months ago hinges on timely completion of last November's Transportation Department proposal to ease long-standing limits on foreign investment. The United States...

2006-05-03 18:05:42

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prospects of cementing a landmark agreement this year to further open up transatlantic air service hit severe turbulence on Wednesday over revised U.S. plans to give foreign investors in domestic airlines more say in how those businesses are run. The tentative accord struck by U.S. and EU negotiators months ago hinges on timely completion of last November's Transportation Department proposal to ease long-standing limits on foreign investment. The United States...

2006-03-16 16:48:46

By John Crawley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amtrak, under pressure to cut costs and reform its business practices, will reevaluate its 15 long-distance trains this year and could restructure that service, the railroad's board chairman said on Thursday. David Laney also told reporters in an interview after a Senate hearing the board probably will not name a new Amtrak president before mid-May but could consider someone from the airline industry to replace David Gunn. Gunn, an experienced...

2006-03-06 18:45:00

By John Crawley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Deaths from crashes involving large trucks on U.S. roads could hit a six-year high when the first figures for 2005 are released this spring, according to the Transportation Department's preliminary estimates. The agency projected in budget documents that deaths could rise by 116 from the previous year to 5,306. The last time deaths from truck crashes topped 5,300 was in 1999 at 5,380. Deaths from truck-related crashes went up for a second-straight year...

2006-02-27 18:55:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Consumer, labor and safety groups sought on Monday to overturn a revised U.S. regulation on rest rules for truckers that permitted them to drive longer, saying the government continues to ignore driver health. Public Citizen said the Transportation Department (DOT) standard that took effect in October is virtually identical to the one unveiled by the DOT in 2003 and struck down by a federal appeals court the next year. "That (DOT) chose in both rules to expand driving...

2005-12-15 16:35:45

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan proposal introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would slow attempts by the Bush administration to ease rules that restrict foreign ownership in domestic airlines, congressional officials said on Thursday. The bill proposed by Rep. James Oberstar, a Minnesota Democrat, and Frank LoBiondo, a New Jersey Republican, would prohibit the Transportation Department from issuing a final decision on its plan to relax ownership limits for one year. In...

2005-09-07 12:44:38

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Big U.S. and foreign airlines operating to and from the United States would be required to provide medical oxygen to passengers who need it, according to a federal regulation proposed on Wednesday. Airlines are not required to provide the service and many carriers opt not to do so, the Transportation Department said. Those that do provide respiratory devices generally charge a fee, which can be expensive. One study cited by the agency showed that supplemental...