The week ahead: Organizers hope Olympic transportation systems are set to go

Comparisons are being drawn to the last time the Summer Olympics were held in the United States - the 1996 Games in Atlanta - when organizers were criticized for hiring bus drivers who were unfamiliar with the city.

The London Olympics' transportation trial is happening against a backdrop of a U.S. presidential campaign in which Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s management of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City has been at the forefront.

Romney is widely given credit for successfully managing the Olympics after they were plagued with early management problems. The city’s transportation network largely met expectations. Romney will be in London for the Olympics' opening ceremonies.

On this side of the Atlantic, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will meet in Washington to review the status of plans for the International Space Station now that it has been completed for more than a year. Officials with the committee said the panel will “examine research progress, the potential for scientific breakthroughs and any impediments to maximizing the utilization of this orbiting national laboratory.”

Additionally, members of the National Transportation Safety Board will travel this week to Oshkosh, Wis., for the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual AirVenture convention. Organizers call the event, which runs from Monday to July 29, “the world’s greatest aviation celebration.”