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Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 08/09/2012

Virginians can review long-range transportation plan

A Thursday afternoon session at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington provides an opportunity to review and comment on Virginia’s transportation program through 2035.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:22 AM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia, Transportation News | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 12/08/2011

Traffic deaths decline to record lows

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Thursday released updated highway traffic fatality numbers for last year showing more deaths than originally calculated but still the lowest number on record.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  11:58 AM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transportation News

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 11/29/2011

Study: Hands-free or not, cellphone use while driving is dangerous

Though drivers tend to think otherwise, there is no evidence that using a hands-free cellphone device behind the wheel is any safer, according to a report compiled for the Swedish government.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  03:00 PM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transportation News

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 08/20/2011

NYC subway clerk thwarts suicide

A New York City subway clerk thwarted a suicide attempt at his Manhattan station by cutting the power to the tracks as a train approached.

By Associated Press  |  12:42 PM ET, 08/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transportation News

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 08/17/2011

D.C., Md. and Va. to receive millions in transportation grants

The District, Maryland and Virginia will receive almost $14 million for projects from the Federal Highway Administration in awards announced Wednesday by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  12:38 PM ET, 08/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 07/25/2011

Air defense exercise above Washington

The scream of F-16s in the skies above Washington overnight Monday will be an exercise designed to help maintain the nation’s air defense network.

By Washington Post Editors  |  05:31 PM ET, 07/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transportation News | Tags:  Falcon Virgo

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 07/18/2011

Carmageddon aftermath: Bicycle races, planking and more

Carmageddon came and went, yet somehow Los Angeles is still standing. The much-hyped event, which closed a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 405 in Los Angeles and was expected to cause major traffic problems, occurred without incident. Here’s a look back at the traffic nightmare that wasn’t.

By Mark Berman  |  02:39 PM ET, 07/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transportation News

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 07/15/2011

‘Carmageddon’: A primer

The looming “Carmageddon” may wreak havoc on traffic in Los Angeles this weekend. What does it all mean? Why does it matter? We try to answer these questions.

By Mark Berman  |  02:13 PM ET, 07/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transportation News

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 07/14/2011

Carmageddon looms for Los Angeles

A 10-mile stretch of freeway is shutting down in Los Angeles this weekend, and the anticipated traffic chaos is being dubbed “Carmageddon.”

By Mark Berman  |  02:14 PM ET, 07/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transportation News

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 07/14/2011

Washington state to install electric vehicle charging stations along interstate

Transportation officials announced a new initiative to place electric vehicle charging stations at key intervals along the West Coast’s busiest highway — a development that should allow drivers to cruise the 580 miles from the southern border of Oregon all the way to Canada by the end of the year.

By Phuong Lee and Associated Press  |  09:26 AM ET, 07/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 07/12/2011

Truck spills 14 million bees, honey on Idaho highway

Cleanup crews in Idaho have finished clearing honey and an estimated 14 million bees after a delivery truck overturned on a highway.

By Associated Press  |  01:12 PM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 05/19/2011

Take a pony on a train? Why not?

A train operator says a customer attempted to board a train in Wales with his pony.

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:45 AM ET, 05/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 04/22/2011

Cabbie drives pair across county — for $5,000

A New York City cab driver has racked up the fare of a lifetime.

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Posted at 07:14 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Today’s transportation roundup

Highway work zone safety is the theme of the week as area departments of transportation recognize National Work Zone Awareness Week.

By Washington Post Editors  |  07:14 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Transportation News, Aviation

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 04/04/2011

DOT to audit worker purchases

The U.S. Transportation Department’s inspector general said it is auditing purchases by employees after finding more than $150,000 in possible fraudulent transactions on government-issued cards.

By Bloomberg News  |  02:06 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 01/31/2011

GAO: Rail safety data flawed

Information contained in the Federal Transit Administration's Rail Accident Database is inaccurate and flawed, the Government Accountability Office said today, leading to an understanding of the state of rail safety by top officials that doesn't match the facts on the...

By Luke Rosiak  |  04:22 PM ET, 01/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/22/2011

Transportation policy fest in D.C.

It's the transportation equivalent of Lollapalooza. Ten thousand people with an interest in transportation -- from journalists to government officials and academics -- are descending on Washington next week for the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board, a division of the nonprofit National Research Council.

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 01/20/2011

LaHood: Still fighting distracted driving

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who has been criticized by highway safety advocates for his focus on distracted driving, said he'll keep the issue at the top of his safety agenda. "We will not be deterred by false choices about...

By Bloomberg News  |  12:53 PM ET, 01/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 01/19/2011

A campaign for transportation funding

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is taking its case for federal funding to the public. AASHTO Executive Director John Horsely and other transportation leaders kicked of a six-week social media campaign Wednesday at Union Station to generate public response about the country's transportation needs.

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:50 AM ET, 01/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 01/07/2011

Motorcycle show next week

If it looks like the city is being inundated by motorcycles next week, that's exactly what's happening. The International Motorcycle Show will roar into town, packing the Washington Convention Center from Jan. 14-16.

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:15 PM ET, 01/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transportation News

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 01/05/2011

Coffee spill leads to hijacking alert

TORONTO -- A pilot's spilled coffee accidentally triggered a hijacking alert and caused a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany, to make an unscheduled stop in Canada.

By Associated Press  |  10:01 AM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 01/04/2011

CDC: Seat belt use reaches 85%

ATLANTA -- Nearly six in seven U.S. adults now wear seat belts, an increase in driver safety that health officials say has helped cut motor vehicle deaths and injuries. About 85 percent of adults said they wear seat belts in...

By Associated Press  |  12:28 PM ET, 01/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transportation News

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 12/30/2010

Virginia traffic deaths decline

Traffic fatalities in Virginia will set a record low in 2010, according to commonwealth data. As of Thursday, morning 715 traffic deaths had been reported statewide, compared to 750 in the same period last year and 1,026 in 2007, which set a record high, state officials said

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:27 PM ET, 12/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 12/30/2010

Insurance co. tracks, rewards drivers

Slamming on the brakes? Doing 100 mph on the highway? Maybe you won't -- if your car insurance company is watching you. Allstate has launched a voluntary program that uses a device installed in a car to reward safe and...

By Becky Yerak and Chicago Tribune  |  11:25 AM ET, 12/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transportation News, Transportation News

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 12/30/2010

5 new subway lines in Beijing

Beijing has opened five new subway lines extending to the city's suburban areas that officials hope will help ease chronic traffic congestion.

By Associated Press  |  10:35 AM ET, 12/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 12/28/2010

Travelers stuck on JFK tarmac

NEW YORK -- Passengers on three flights arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport have spent hours on the tarmac waiting to disembark.

By Associated Press and Staff Reports  |  02:09 PM ET, 12/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 12/28/2010

Snowed in? Ask @CoryBooker for help.

Post staff writer Nikita Stewart reports that she's been following Newark Mayor Cory Booker on Twitter (@CoryBooker). Booker has become a hero to some for his up-to-the-minute tweets and quick response with a shovel. One user even tweeted that he...

By Michael Bolden  |  01:54 PM ET, 12/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transportation News

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 12/23/2010

Beijing to cap new car registrations

BEIJING -- China's capital plans to sharply limit new vehicle registrations to try to ease massive traffic jams that are rapidly turning Beijing's streets into parking lots. The city will only allow 240,000 vehicles to be registered next year, said Zhou Zhengyu, vice secretary general of the Beijing city government. The figure is equal to a little more than one-third of the total number of new cars put on the capital's streets this year. Traffic jams in Beijing have worsened recently, with the city dithering over how to clear up the smoggy congestion while still allowing the Communist country's burgeoning middle class the automobiles they crave.

By Associated Press  |  01:01 PM ET, 12/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 12/22/2010

London tube workers plan strike

London Underground workers will hold a 24-hour strike the day after Christmas following the collapse of talks aimed at resolving a dispute over pay and working conditions, Transport for London said Wednesday. Representatives for the union Aslef walked out of talks today with London Underground and ACAS, the U.K.'s state-funded mediator, TfL said in an e-mailed statement. "Nothing changed at this morning's meeting and therefore the strike will go ahead," Aslef General Secretary Keith Norman said in a statement on the union's Web site.

By Bloomberg News  |  12:38 PM ET, 12/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 12/22/2010

NJ gets extension for tunnel bill

TRENTON, N.J. -- The U.S. Transportation Department has granted New Jersey an extension of just over two weeks to pay back the $271 million it owes for a scrapped rail tunnel to New York City.The extension was granted in a letter dated Monday to Patton Boggs, the D.C. law firm that New Jersey Transit hired to fight the debt. Patton Boggs had requested the extension in response to a Nov. 24 letter demanding full repayment within 30 days.Gov. Chris Christie killed the $8.7 billion tunnel project in October because of possible cost overruns. The Federal Transit Authority then demanded repayment of federal money already spent on the project.

By Associated Press  |  11:32 AM ET, 12/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 12/20/2010

Gas demand may begin long decline

NEW YORK -- The world's biggest gas-guzzling nation has limits after all.After seven decades of mostly uninterrupted growth, U.S. gasoline demand is at the start of a long-term decline. By 2030, Americans will burn at least 20 percent less gasoline...

By Jonathan Fahey and Associated Press  |  05:12 PM ET, 12/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:54 AM ET, 12/17/2010

Snow hits travel in Europe hard

Washingtonians may have had problems on the roads after snow moved through the region Thursday, but travelers in Europe are facing widespread problems due to a winter storm. Heavy overnight snowfall grounded about 450 flights and caused major delays at German airports Friday, forced schools to close, left highways clogged with traffic and caused scores of accidents that killed at least two people.

By Associated Press  |  07:54 AM ET, 12/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Midwest snow causes travel chaos

A powerful storm that unleashed snow and strong winds across the upper Midwest left behind dangerously cold temperatures, promising a new set of challenges for people working to dig out. The weekend storm closed major highways in several states and canceled more than 1,600 flights in Chicago and collapsed the roof of the Minnesota Vikings' stadium. Officials said plunging temperatures and winds could make clearing roads even more difficult and could lead to a slow morning commute, even in places where the storm had passed. With the wind chill, temperatures in some areas were expected to be well below zero.

By Sophia Tareen and Associated Press  |  11:54 AM ET, 12/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Megabus adds new cities this week

Megabus will add new destinations from Washington beginning Wednesday. The 10 locations are Boston; Buffalo; Hampton, Va.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Pittsburgh; Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; Charlotte; Richmond; and Toronto. The pickup/drop-off location in Washington is still at H and 10th streets...

By Washington Post Staff Writers  |  10:32 AM ET, 12/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 12/09/2010

NJ Transit hires Patton Boggs

New Jersey is expected to take another step to fight a $271 million bill for the scuttled Hudson River rail tunnel. New Jersey Transit's board of directors on Thursday is set to consider whether to hire D.C. law firm Patton Boggs. The firm would be paid $485 per hour to challenge the Federal Transit Administration's tab.

By Associated Press and Staff Reports  |  03:25 PM ET, 12/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 12/09/2010

Minority firms seeks rail delay

A group of minority business owners demanded Wednesday that the federal government withhold more than $3 billion in funding for California's bullet train project while they investigate claims of unfair contracting practices by high-speed rail officials. Associated Professionals and Contractors filed an administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation alleging that small firms, many of which are owned by minorities, were largely excluded in the bidding process for design and engineering contracts worth millions of dollars.

By Associated Press and Staff Reports  |  09:31 AM ET, 12/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 12/06/2010

A wild chase of a stolen dump truck

Police in Ohio say a 50-mile pursuit of a stolen dump truck had officers dodging bricks hurled from its window and dodging the truck itself when it suddenly went into reverse.Police cruiser video shows the truck striking police cars and...

By Associated Press  |  09:35 AM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 12/06/2010

Spain may extend emergency decree

MADRID -- Spain's prime minister says he may extend an emergency decree his government implemented to end a 24-hour air traffic controllers strike despite flights returning to normal after a weekend of travel chaos. The measure threatens jail time for...

By Associated Press  |  09:25 AM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 12/03/2010

DOT proposes rear-visibility rules

Rearview cameras could become more common in future cars and trucks under rules proposed by the government Friday to address concerns about drivers unintentionally backing over children. The new requirements from the Transportation Department are intended to improve rear visibility in cars by the 2014 model year. Most carmakers would comply by installing rear-mounted video cameras and in-vehicle displays. The government estimated that video systems would add about $200 to the cost of each new vehicle.

By Associated Press and Staff Reports  |  02:20 PM ET, 12/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 11/29/2010

N.J. has 30 days to pay tunnel bill

New Jersey owes the federal government $271.1 million for canceling a rail tunnel connecting New Jersey and New York.An invoice from the Federal Transit Administration's chief financial officer to NJ Transit's executive director was sent Nov. 24 and is due within 30 days. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the correspondence on Monday.

By Associated Press and Staff Reports  |  12:45 PM ET, 11/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 11/11/2010

NTSB to investigate cruise ship fire

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the fire that occurred in the engine room of the Carnival Splendor, federal officials said Thursday. The fire broke out on Monday while the ship was cruising in the Pacific Ocean. The ship,...

By Michael Bolden  |  02:36 PM ET, 11/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 11/11/2010

Chrysler, GM recall vehicles

General Motors Co will recall 13,780 Cadillac DTS and Buick Lucerne luxury sedans because of possible power steering fluid leaks that could cause a loss of steering or an engine fire. GM said in a notice to U.S. safety regulators that it investigated reports in late August of two fires in vehicles. GM determined that a power steering fluid line could leak because of wear. The problem, which affects cars for model years 2010 and 2011, is that the starter or alternator cable could rub against the power steering return line and wear it thin, according to a notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website dated Wednesday.

By Washington Post Wire Services  |  10:33 AM ET, 11/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 11/09/2010

N.J. gets bill for scrapped tunnel

NJ Transit owes the federal government $271 million for the Hudson River rail tunnel that Gov. Chris Christie scrapped last month. The Federal Transit Administration on Monday sent the railroad the bill, saying interest and penalty charges will be added. The Record newspaper reported the FTA also said it would launch a "complete audit" of the project to determine how much federal funds still have not been spent.

By The Associated Press and Staff Reports  |  10:22 AM ET, 11/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 10/29/2010

A disappointing year for transit

Transit agencies nationwide have raised fares, cut service and jobs, and are not seeing as much revenue coming in, a transit official said Thursday night, but the long-term trends are good for building new systems.

By Michael Bolden  |  10:52 AM ET, 10/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 10/28/2010

DOT makes high-speed grants official

High-speed rail between Charlotte, N.C., and Washington moved closer to reality Thursday after the Department of Transportation awarded $68 million to help fund studies and preliminary engineering for the Southeast corridor. According to the DOT, the long-term vision would enable trains to travel at 110 miles per hour along the corridor and reduce travel time between Washington and Richmond by one third.

By Michael Bolden  |  10:48 AM ET, 10/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 10/28/2010

Driverless vans complete road trip

Across Eastern Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan and the Gobi Desert -- it certainly was a long way to go without getting lost. Four driverless electric vans successfully ended an 8,000-mile test drive from Italy to China -- a modern-day version of Marco Polo's journey around the world -- with their arrival at the Shanghai Expo on Thursday. The vehicles, equipped with four solar-powered laser scanners and seven video cameras that work together to detect and avoid obstacles, are part of an experiment aimed at improving road safety and advancing automotive technology.

By Michael Bolden  |  08:48 AM ET, 10/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 10/27/2010

N.J. governor kills rail tunnel

The nation's biggest public-works project, a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River, was canceled Wednesday when the governor of New Jersey announced that his state didn't have the money to pay its share of the almost $9 billion cost. Gov. Christopher Christie, a Republican, who came into office last year promising fiscal restraint, said New Jersey couldn't afford the construction overruns. He previously rejected any gasoline tax increase to pay for the project.

By Michael Bolden  |  03:25 PM ET, 10/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 10/27/2010

Trains get OK to silence whistles

Trains crossing Forest Glen Road just north of the Capital Beltway in Silver Spring will no longer be required to blow their whistles as of Monday, when the area becomes the first in Maryland designated as a "Quiet Zone." Nearby residents fought for the designation for 10 years, saying they needed noise relief.

By Michael Bolden  |  02:53 PM ET, 10/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 10/25/2010

The Chevy Volt -- unplugged

The Chevy Volt, which has become an automotive rock star in the world of green vehicles, is on a 12-city U.S. tour this fall, giving American s a chance to take a close-up look at the car, which has an electric-only driving range of 25 to 50 miles miles. The Volt rolls into Washington this weekend, with a couple of different opportunities for public test drives. The first is on Friday, at the site of the former Washington Convention Center, at 11th and H streets NW, in City City parking lot A. The event is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To reserve a drive time, e-mail voltunpluggeddc@gmail.com. The Volt will also be available for test drives from 8 a.m. to 5 .m. Saturday at the same location.

By Michael Bolden  |  09:05 AM ET, 10/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 10/22/2010

Are you a traffic ticket magnet?

If you drive a Mercedes-Benz SL Class convertible or a Toyota Camry-Solara Coupe or a Scion TC, don't be surprised to find yourself squarely in the sights of a police officer's radar gun. Certain cars -- or is it their drivers? -- seem to attract the attention of law enforcement officials, according to a study by Quality Planning, a San Francisco firm that verifies policyholder information for auto insurers.

By Michael Bolden  |  01:15 PM ET, 10/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 10/22/2010

Red Top cabs get credit card machines

Don't have cash when you jump into a Red Top Cab? No problem! Almost one-third of Red Top Cab's 350-taxi fleet in Arlington has been outfitted with credit card machines that are customer operated, said Charlie King, vice president of the company. He said the entire Arlington-based fleet should have the machines by the Thanksgiving holiday.

By Christy Goodman  |  12:05 PM ET, 10/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 10/22/2010

L.A. braces for Obama motorcade

Los Angeles drivers are bracing for something that Washington residents are familiar with: gridlock due to a presidential motorcade. President Obama is arriving for a Democratic rally that starts at 2:15 p.m. EDT. Police and the local media have been warning about delays when four major streets around the University of Southern California will be shut for several hours Friday before and after the campus rally.

By Michael Bolden  |  11:58 AM ET, 10/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 10/20/2010

Real Transformers in the works

The Transformers may be gone from Washington -- but not forgotten. And now two Maryland companies are involved in a program to bring one to real life. On Tuesday, Pratt & Whitney's Rocketdyne division in Los Angeles announced it had been awarded $1 million to design a propulsion system for a flying Humvee. AAI Corp. of Hunt Valley, Md., and Lockheed Martin Corp. of Bethesda, the nation's largest defense company, are listed as the program's prime contractors.

By Michael Bolden  |  08:02 AM ET, 10/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 10/15/2010

Drilling world's longest rail tunnel

Miners watch as the drill machine 'Sissi' breaks through rock. (Christian Hartmann / Reuters) The world's longest railroad tunnel moved a step closer to completion as Swiss drilling crews sliced across the final 6 feet of rock in a ceremony...

By Michael Bolden  |  08:41 AM ET, 10/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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