Department of Transportation News

Overall U.S. Traffic Is Down 16% for Year

Travel on all U.S. roads and streets for 2020 is down by 264.2 billion vehicle miles, or 16.6%, according to the Department of Transportation. For June traffic was down 36.5 billion vehicle miles, or 13.0%, compared with June 2019. Travel …

U.S. Permits Startup Nuro to Deploy Up to 5,000 Driverless Delivery Vehicles

In a first-of-its-kind approval by U.S. regulators, a federal agency on Thursday gave permission for autonomous vehicle startup Nuro Inc. over the next two years to deploy up to 5,000 low-speed electric delivery vehicles without human controls like mirrors and …

U.S. Agency Calls for Better Safety Metrics for Autonomous Cars

Autonomous vehicle manufacturers need a better yardstick to show that their products are safe, said Derek Kan, under secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation. The metrics that are most widely used by self-driving car developers — miles …

Big Increase in Pedestrian Fatalities in Hawaii

The state Department of Transportation says pedestrian fatalities have increased by 525 percent from the same time last year. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported 25 pedestrians have died as of Sept. 13 this year compared with four deaths last year in …

New York’s Senators Call for Probe of FAA Approval of Doors-Off Flights

New York’s senators are calling for a probe into how “doors-off” helicopter sightseeing flights and the tight harness systems were ever approved by the Federal Aviation Administration in the first place. U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand made the …

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 …