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U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Enhanced Protections for Air Travelers, Actions to Promote Airline Competition

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

Announces executive actions to provide refunds for baggage delays, more accurate on-time performance information, and more transparency in booking flights with online travel services.  From the U.S. Department of Transportation


Creating Age-Friendly Cities

Categories: Elderly,Environment,Great Britain,Housing/Homelessness,Science/Technology,Transportation,Urban Issues

By 2050 89% of the UK’s population will live in cities and 24% will be over 65.  This report examines how housing, outdoor spaces, and transportation can be made more age-friendly.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities for the First Half (Jan-Jun) of 2016

Categories: Births/Deaths,Headlines,Statistics,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

Projects that an estimated 17,700 people died in U.S. traffic accidents in the first half of 2016, an increase of 10.4% over the comparable time period in 2015.  The fact sheet points to the additional miles traveled, during a period of reduced gas prices, as a cause for the increase.  From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Revolution Now: The Future Arrives for Five Clean Energy Technologies: 2016 Update

Categories: Energy,Science/Technology,Transportation

Latest annual report on the move toward clean energy technologies, which highlights the development wind turbines, solar technologies, electric vehicles, and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).  From the Energy Department


European Communities and Certain Member States: Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft

Categories: European Union,Foreign Trade/Investment,Manufacturing,Transportation,Treaties

Ruling by a compliance panel of the World Trade Organization that the European Union and several European countries illegally subsidized airplane manufacturer Airbus to the extent of $22 billion over more than a decade and had failed to comply with orders to cease such subsidies.  Considered the most expensive dispute in international trade history.  From the World Trade Organization


National Port Strategy Assessment: Reducing Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases at U.S. Ports

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Transportation,Virginia Issues

Examines current and future emissions from various diesel sources operating in port areas and explores the potential of a range of available strategies to reduce emissions from ships, trucks, locomotives, and cargo-handling equipment.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


Freight Facts and Figures 2015

Categories: Business/Economics,Environment,Statistics,Transportation

Covers the volume and value of freight flows in the U.S., the condition and performance of the freight network, and the safety, energy, and environmental implications of freight transportation. From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.


Passenger Travel Facts and Figures 2016

Categories: Business/Economics,Environment,Statistics,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

Covers characteristics and trends of personal travel in the U.S., the network over which such travel takes place, and related economic, safety, and environmental aspects of passenger travel.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics


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