Department of Transportation News

10 U.S.-Designated Autonomous Vehicle Testing Sites

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently designated 10 “proving grounds” to encourage safe testing of automated vehicle technologies. “The designated proving grounds will collectively form a Community of Practice around safe testing and deployment,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. …

Four Critical Defects Found in Latest Oil Train Inspections in New York

State and federal inspectors found four critical defects and 42 non-critical ones in the latest round of oil train and track inspections across New York state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the targeted inspections of tank cars and tracks are critical …

Washington Sues Contactor Building $3.1B Seattle Tunnel

Washington is suing the contractor building the $3.1 billion tunnel replacement project for Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct. In a statement late Friday afternoon, the Department of Transportation says it filed the lawsuit against Seattle Tunnel Partners in King County Superior …

New Mexico Traffic Deaths Up 20% This Year

A government report shows that traffic deaths in New Mexico have increased about 20 percent this year. According to preliminary figures from the Department of Transportation, 204 people have died in traffic accidents from January through July. That’s up from …

Ex-Alaska Worker Charged With Workers’ Comp Fraud

A former Alaska state employee and his supposed masseuse are accused of worker’s compensation fraud. Scott A. Groom and Laurayne K. Fischer are charged with 93 counts including perjury, theft and falsification of business records. The two are currently living …

Montana Lawmakers Want Pipeline Study Finished

Two U.S. senators from Montana are urging federal safety regulators to wrap up a yearlong study into whether oil spills into rivers, lakes and other water bodies across the U.S. have resulted from inadequately buried pipelines. The Department of Transportation …

U.S. Transportation Department Proposes Black Boxes in All Cars

Devices that record crash-related data would be required in all new cars and light trucks under a U.S. Department of Transportation proposal made on Friday to broaden their growing use in the United States. The proposed rule, which may stir …

Road Tests of ‘Talking’ Cars Underway

Nearly 3,000 cars, trucks and buses that can “talk” began traveling the streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan today as part of a year-long safety pilot project by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The vehicles are equipped with “connected” Wi-Fi technology …

Safety Regulators Recommend Brake Override on All New Cars

U.S. auto safety regulators on Thursday announced a proposal that would require brake override systems on all new passenger cars and trucks, likely by the 2015 model year. The U.S. Department of Transportation safety regulation arm in a 98-page proposal …

Feds Seek Limit on Vehicle Electronics to Curb Distracted Driving

The Obama administration wants automakers to put limits on vehicle technologies that permit texting and cellphone calling when a car is moving, as part of a broader effort to stop driving behaviors that could be distracting and cause crashes. U.S. …