Transportation

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Government charts a new course on nautical maps

By Jesse Yow
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Newsworthy | The government is sailing into uncharted waters, tossing out the paper nautical charts it has produced for mariners for more than 150 years. The National…

Support for in-air electronics taking off

Support for in-air electronics taking off

By Rob Holmes
Posted

Transportation | Travelers may be able to keep their e-readers, laptops, or smartphones on during takeoff and landing as early as 2014 if the Federal Aviation Administration…

Pilots lighten up with new technology

Pilots lighten up with new technology

By Rob Holmes
Posted

Transportation | To boost safety and cut costs, airlines are starting to replace the traditional pilot flight bag, chock full of heavy manuals, charts, and checklists, with…

Roadways replace runways for emergency landings

By Rob Holmes
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Transportation | As more and more public-use airports close each year, U.S. pilots are left with fewer options for emergency landings. As a result, pilot John Pederson landed…

Deeper ports, wider horizons

By Rob Holmes
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Transportation | East Coast ports are scrambling to prepare infrastructure and deepen channels to serve massive “New Panamax” size container ships that are about 250 feet…

‘Positive Train Control’ is a slow train coming

By Rob Holmes
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Transportation | Rail companies are asking Congress for a five-year extension to a 2015 deadline to set up new accident-prevention technology, citing the expensive and…

Government may ground latest airline merger

By Rob Holmes
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Transportation | American Airlines and US Airways announced in February their intended merger, which would create the world’s biggest airline. But the U.S. Department of…

Not quite ‘beam me up,’ but close enough

By Angela Lu
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Technology | LOS ANGELES—As California’s $68 billion high speed rail project faces roadblocks and delays, billionaire Elon Musk of Tesla Motors and SpaceX fame has…

Midday Roundup: Third GOP senator supports same-sex marriage

By Leigh Jones
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Newsworthy | Republican values? Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska became the third Republican senator to buck the party’s position on traditional values, posting a message…

Millennials strain America’s love affair with cars

By Tiffany Owens
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Culture | Millennials are less likely to buy and use a car than their baby-boomer parents, the US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) concluded earlier this…

Obama nominates rising star thin on transportation experience

By Warren Cole Smith
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Politics | CHARLOTTE, N.C.—President Barack Obama today nominated Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as his new transportation secretary. If confirmed by the Senate, Foxx…

Bad traffic forms good citizens

Bad traffic forms good citizens

By D.C. Innes
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Transportation | It's summertime, and the living is easy, but not if you're trying to make your way by car through a small tourist town. You just want to get from the village…

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