Transportation Report

NTSB: Chicago train derailment caused $9M in damage

The derailment of a Chicago subway train at O'Hare International Airport last month caused $9.1 million worth of damage, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The NTSB released the finding in its preliminary report on the March 24 crash on a train on the Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line at the subway station for O'Hare Airport.

The accident involved a train entering the station too fast and running through a stopper at the end of the tracks. The train eventually came to rest halfway up an escalator that leads to the airport terminal.


Virgin America voted best airline

Virgin America Airlines has been voted the best U.S. airline for customer service, CNN reports.

The rankings are compiled by the Airline Quality Rating group, which conducts a statistical analysis of airline performance ever year.

Virgin America topped the list for the second consecutive year, according to the report.

The airline had an on-time performance rate of 82.5 percent in 2013, and it also led the industry in baggage handling.


David Wildstein meets with feds on bridge scandal

Former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official David Wildstein who resigned in the wake of the George Washington Bridge scandal, met with federal prosecutors last week, according to Main Justice.

Several people familiar with the investigation told the legal blog that Wildstein was “camped at the U.S. Attorney’s office” in Newark for several days last week. 



Week ahead: Lawmakers turn their sights toward Mars

A week after focusing on General Motors handling of recalls on over a million of its cars, lawmakers will turn their attention to space this week.

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Wednesday about NASA’s “exploration strategy, international cooperation in space, and commercial space efforts.”

The hearing, which will be chaired by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), will be titled “From Here to Mars.”