Sen. Jeff Flake says Amtrak should not be giving away free trips while receiving U.S. subsidies.
The next president will ride around Washington in an updated model of the secure presidential limousine, according to a contract posted by the General Services Administration.
The new limo will replace the model of "The Beast" first unveiled during President Obama's inauguration, and is slated to debut during the 2017 swearing-in.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday that U.S. officials "do not have enough information to comment on the cause" of the Malayasia Airlines flight that has been missing since Friday evening.
U.S. officials have traveled to Vietnam, where the Malayasia Air flight was last detected by air traffic controllers, to assist in the search for remnants of the plane, which was carrying 239 passengers.
Carney said Monday that "the United States government is in communication…across...agencies…and with international partners to provide any appropriate assistance in the investigation.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Monday said he expects a tough fight in Congress this year over funding for infrastructure.
Foxx and President Obama are pushing Congress to enact a four-year $302 billion road and transit appropriations bill before current funding runs out in August or September.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called for an investigation into General Motors (GM) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) failure to report a major defect in cars.
“Repeated failure to detect and stop this potentially lethal defect shows that federal safety watchdogs need a wake up,” Blumenthal said Sunday. “An investigation is clearly warranted to establish why the safety watchdogs failed to act.”
“We don't believe Malaysia Airlines anymore,” one relative said.
Public transportation systems in the U.S. reached their highest ridership levels since 1956 last year with 10.7 billion people taking transit trips, according to statistics released Monday by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
The figure is a 1.1 percent increase over transit ridership in 2012, and a 37.2 jump over the number travelers that were carried in 1995, the association said.
APTA President Michael Melaniphy said the increase in transit use was a seismic shift in the way Americans are getting themselves around.
Lawmakers in the Republican-led House will get a chance to take aim at President Obama’s $90.9 billion request for the Department of Transportation’s 2015 budget this week.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday titled “Oversight of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Implementation of MAP-21 and Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request for Surface Transportation.”
Officials from the DOT, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and National Highway Traffic Safety are scheduled to testify before the panel.
Tony Blinken said FBI and NTSB experts are being made available to aid the investigation.