Transportation Report

GM: Recalls cost $1.3 billion

General Motors said Thursday that its recall of more than two million of its vehicles is expected to cost $1.3 billion. 

The company made the announcement as it said it was adding another fix to its prior recalls of the ignition switch and power steering mechanism of its older models like the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion. 

GM has come under fire from lawmakers and regulators for allegedly delaying an issue of the recalls on purpose for cars that are in some cases as old as a decade because it did not want to pay for repairs. 


DOT chief launches bus tour to push for transport funding

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is launching a national bus tour to push lawmakers to approve a new round of road and transit funding.

The bus tour comes as lawmakers face a Sept. 30 deadline to approve new transportation fuding before the current legislation expires. Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has projected that the transportation department’s Highway Trust Fund will go bankrupt as early as August without congressional action.

The DOT said Foxx will travel to eight states next week to “make the case for a robust multiyear federal investment as proposed by the Obama administration that will address the current shortfall and meet the country’s future needs, all without adding to the deficit.” 


Senate readies transportation funding proposal

Lawmakers in the Senate are preparing to make a “major” announcement about transportation funding on Thursday as lawmakers race to beat a deadline for a bankruptcy in the pool of money that is used to pay for road transit projects.  

The announcement will come from the top lawmakers on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

The lawmakers “will make a major announcement regarding the reauthorization of the transportation bill, entitled Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21)” on Thursday morning, the panel announced.


Unions want 'thorough investigation' of Norwegian airline

A pair of unions for U.S. airline employees are calling for a "thorough investigation" of Norwegian Airlines bid to gain access to airports in the U.S. and European Union.

Norwegian Air is attempting to gain access to airports that are covered under the U.S. and European Union’s “Open Skies” agreement by registering its airplanes in Ireland, which is a member of the EU.

The Scandinavian company says it will be able to offer transatlantic flights for as low as $150 each way if its effort is approved by the Department of Transportation.