Transportation Report

DC Metro Silver Line nears completion

The extension of Washington, D.C. Metrorail subway system toward Dulles International Airport is nearing completion, the Washington Post reports.

The contractors who are building the often-delayed Washington Metro Silver Line are preparing to declare the first half of the capital area subway extension is "substantial complete," according to the report.

The Silver Line was declared complete once before in February, but officials with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) found problems with the railway in several areas and declined to accept it from the construction workers who are building it.

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FAA sex assault tracking requirement offered as amendment

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) is attaching her proposal to require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to keep track of sexual assaults that are committed on airplanes to a bill about airfare advertising that is scheduled to be marked up on Wednesday.

Norton said her measure, which has been dubbed the Protecting Airline Passengers from Sexual Assaults Act, would help close a loophole in sexual assault reporting that occurs because in-flight sexual assaults are often not investigated properly due to murky jurisdiction rules.

Norton said the airline advertising bill that is scheduled to be marked up on Wednesday by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee “provides an opportunity to move this vital legislation to require the FAA to keep real-time statistics and documentation on sexual assaults on airplanes.

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Union to House: Give transit riders a bigger tax break

The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) is pushing lawmakers in the House to follow the Senate’s lead in reviving a tax break for commuters who take public transportation to work.

The Senate Finance Committee voted to restore the amount of their monthly incomes that transit riders are allowed to set aside before taxes for their commutes to work to $250 until 2015 in a broad package of tax reforms that was approved last week.

The transit commuter benefit had been reduced to $125 on Jan. 1 over the objection of public transportation advocates, who argued that a similar tax break for drivers who park in garages was left unchanged. 

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Plaintiffs in GM lawsuit want docs turned over to Congress

Plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit that has been filed against General Motors for its failure to recall cars that had a dangerous safety defect until this year are asking a California judge to force the company to give their lawyers all the documents it has turned over to Congress.

The request is contained in a motion for “expedited discovery” that was filed in the U.S. District Court of Northern California by the plaintiffs in the case of Maciel et al v. General Motors, LLC.

The lawsuit was filed after GM announced in February that it was recalling 1.6 million cars that were older as 2004 that have been found to abruptly shut off or have their airbags disabled if their ignition switches fail.

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