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  • U.S. Department of Transportation publishes Air Travel Consumer Report - - - September 2020 and 3rd Quarter 2020 Numbers

    U.S. Department of Transportation publishes Air Travel Consumer Report: September 2020 and 3rd Quarter 2020 Numbers | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release: November 25, 2020)

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its November 2020 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on reporting marketing and operating air carrier data compiled for the month of September 2020. The full consumer report and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer . The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency has resulted in significant changes to airline schedules and operations, contributing to airlines’ on-time performance and cancellation statistics in September 2020 and 3rd Quarter 2020. The 10 marketing network carriers reported 345,294 scheduled domestic flights in September 2020 compared to 398,470 flights in A
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Public Comment on Automated Driving System Safety Principles

    U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Public Comment on Automated Driving System Safety Principles | site |



    Publishes an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on ADS safety framework


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration press release: November 19, 2020)

    November 19, 2020 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on the potential development of a framework of principles to govern the safe behavior of automated driving systems (ADS) in the future. The advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) was submitted to the Federal Register on November 19 and is available online here. “This rulemaking will help address legitimate public concerns about safety, security and privacy without hampering innovation in the development of automated driving systems,”
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Denies Exemptions for Cuba Cargo Flights

    U.S. Department of Transportation Denies Exemptions for Cuba Cargo Flights | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation [DOT] press release: November 18, 2020) Effective October 13, DOT suspended the authority of U.S. and foreign carriers to provide charter flights between the United States and Cuba. DOT’s suspension order provided for certain limited exceptions, specifically for “authorized charter flights for emergency medical purposes, search and rescue, and other travel deemed to be in the interest of the United States” (DOT Order 2020-8-4). DOT took this suspension action at the express request of the Department of State, in a letter to DOT from Secretary Pompeo, and DOT’s language as to the permitted exceptions was taken verbatim from Secretary Pompeo’s letter. Two U.S. air taxi operators have requested exemptions from DOT’s Cuba charter suspension order, to operate small-aircraft all-cargo charter flights between Miami a...
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation announces Aer Lingus – Oneworld Application for Antitrust Immunity

    U.S. Department of Transportation announces Aer Lingus – Oneworld Application for Antitrust Immunity | site |


    (November 16, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Transportation published (today) the following information: WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation announces the tentative approval of, and grant of antitrust immunity for, the proposed addition of Aer Lingus to the existing Oneworld alliance. The carriers request antitrust immunity to include Aer Lingus in the existing joint venture including American Airlines, British Airways, OpenSkies, Iberia, and Finnair. Aer Lingus will be integrated into the joint venture’s network planning, pricing, and sales activities. With Aer Lingus’ addition, over time the carriers are expected to expand capacity on some existing routes while introducing services on several new routes, allowing more options for travel to and from Ireland and the rest of Europe. The Department’s review of the applicati...
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation provides Air Travel Consumer Report - - - August 2020 Numbers

    U.S. Department of Transportation provides Air Travel Consumer Report: August 2020 Numbers | site |


    (November 13, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its October 2020 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on reporting marketing and operating air carrier data compiled for the month of August 2020. The full consumer report and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer . The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency has resulted in significant changes to airline schedules and operations, contributing to airlines’ on-time performance and cancellation statistics in August 2020. The 10 marketing network carriers reported 398,470 scheduled domestic flights in August 2020 compared to 370,859 flights in July 2020 and 717,456 flights in August 2019. Of thos
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Provides Update on Forces to Flyers Flight Training Demonstration

    U.S. Department of Transportation Provides Update on Forces to Flyers Flight Training Demonstration | site |


    (November 11, 2020) - - On November 11, 2020 the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today announced that 32 military veterans completed flight training through the Forces to Flyers initiative, earning commercial multi-engine pilot’s licenses. Secretary Chao announced the research initiative in 2017 to determine how to assist veterans transitioning to new careers as pilots. “The Forces to Flyers flight training demonstration has helped America’s veterans transition from military service to find good jobs in the transportation sector,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. The Forces to Flyers participants had the opportunity to receive flight training at four flight schools around the country, starting with the first flight lesson
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Click It or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization

    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Click It or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization | site |




    Ads runs November 9-29 to Remind Americans to Buckle Up, Obey Seat Belt Laws


    (November 9, 2020) - - On November 9, 2020 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published the following information:

    November 9, 2020 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today kicked off the annual Click It or Ticket national seat belt enforcement mobilization, reminding everyone that seat belts save lives.

    “Seat belts save thousands of lives each year, and the Department’s Click It or Ticket initiative is a critical reminder that drivers should wear a seat belt every time they get behind the wheel,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

    Click It or Ticket combines enforcement of state seat belt laws with an $8 million
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  • NTSB Calls for Major Safety Improvements to Small Passenger Vessels

    NTSB Calls for Major Safety Improvements to Small Passenger Vessels

    National Transportation Safety Board Calls for Major Safety Improvements to Small Passenger Vessels | site |



    California Dive Boat Fire Killed 34


    (October 20, 2020) - - On October 20, 2020, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information: WASHINGTON (Oct. 20, 2020) – The National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday called for major safety improvements to small passenger vessels after the investigation of a 2019 California dive boat fire that killed 34. The 75-foot recreational diving vessel, Conception, with 33 passengers and six crew aboard, was anchored in Platts Harbor, off Santa Cruz Island, when it caught fire in the early morning of Sept. 2, 2019. All 33 passengers and one crewmember died of smoke inhalation after they were trapped in the berthing area while a fire raged on the deck above. Both exits from the berthing area led to the fire- and smoke-filled enclosed area above. The NTSB called for all v...
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Expands Eligibility and Provides More Flexibility Under Streamlined Rail Financing Program

    U.S. Department of Transportation Expands Eligibility and Provides More Flexibility Under Streamlined Rail Financing Program, Extends Deadline to Apply for RRIF Express 2.0 | site |



    (October 30, 2020) - - Today, October 30, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information: WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced that it will expand eligibility and provide more flexibility for a pilot program to expedite long-term, low-cost loans for America’s short line and regional railroads. The Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Express (RRIF Express) is aimed at reducing the time and costs associated with securing loans to modernize aging freight and commuter rail infrastructure. In addition to expedited handling of loan requests, the new program could provide loans of up to $150 million for qualified borrowers. “Expanding this financing program will strengthen the short line and regional railr...
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  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces First Marine Highway Project Designation for North Carolina

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces First Marine Highway Project Designation for North Carolina | site |



    October 22, 2020) - - Today, October 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information: WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today announced the designation of the North Carolina Ferry System (NCFS) as a Marine Highway Project, a first for the state of North Carolina. Marine highways are navigable waterways that can be used as alternate options to traditional transportation methods. “This historic designation will enhance the ability of the North Carolina Ferry System to connect communities and promote economic growth with an efficient, effective, and sustainable water-based transportation option,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. Issued as part of MARAD’s America’s Marine Highway Program, the designation will enable the NCFS to apply for federa...
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  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Historic Commercial Space Transportation Reforms

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Historic Commercial Space Transportation Reforms | site |




    (October 15, 2020) - - Today, October 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information: WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today announced the publication of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Streamlined Launch and Reentry Licensing Requirements Final Rule for commercial space transportation launches and reentries. “This historic, comprehensive update to commercial space launch and reentry licensing requirements facilitates greater growth in this industry and helps America to maintain our #1 position in the world,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. This rule modernizes the way FAA regulates and licenses commercial space operations and allows the burgeoning aerospace industry to continue to innovate and grow, while maintaining public safety. D...
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  • Statement from National Transportation Safety Board’s Deputy Director for Regional Operations

    Statement from National Transportation Safety Board’s Deputy Director for Regional Operations | site | (October 5, 2020) - - Today, October 5, 2020, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information: WASHINGTON (Oct. 5, 2020) — The National Transportation Safety Board issued a statement Monday detailing the actions the agency has taken since Friday in its ongoing investigation of the fatal crash of a Socata TBM 700 airplane near Pembroke, New York. “Contrary to some media reporting, the NTSB is, and has been since Friday, actively investigating this crash,” said Tim LeBaron, Deputy Director for Regional Operations in the NTSB’s Office of Aviation Safety. “Our investigation of this crash does not rely solely upon our physical presence at the crash site, in fact, on-scene activities are but one portion of the many necessary to our investigative process.” The NTSB’s working relationship with the FAA facilitated the NTSB Investigator-in-Cha...
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  • Wet Snow Flight Hazards Highlighted in National Transportation Safety Board Safety Alert

    Wet Snow Flight Hazards Highlighted in National Transportation Safety Board Safety Alert | site |




    (September 17, 2020) - - Today, September 17, 2020, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information: ​WASHINGTON (Sept. 17, 2020) — The National Transportation Safety Board issued Safety Alert SA-082 Thursday, highlighting the importance of pilots assessing, understanding and preparing for the risk of wet snow and icing conditions before flight. The “Flight in Snow” safety alert provides guidance to pilots, dispatchers and operators regarding flight during wet snow and icing conditions. Wet snow contains liquid particles on the snowflakes or liquid particles falling amongst the snowflakes compared to dry snow in which there is no liquid. The liquid in wet snow has the potential to compromise flight safety through structural, engine and windshield ice accumulation. “As we go into the fall season with coolin...
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  • U.S. Secretary of Transportation Chao Launches Stop. Trains Can’t. Awareness Campaign

    U.S. Secretary of Transportation Chao Launches Stop. Trains Can’t. Awareness Campaign to Save Lives at Railroad Grade Crossings | site |



    $6.6 million nationwide campaign runs through November 8


    (October 6, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information: WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced the launch today of this year’s Stop. Trains Can’t. public education campaign, which will run through November 8. This national $6.6 million safety campaign will run on radio, digital, and social media, educating drivers not to gamble with their lives at rail grade crossings. The campaign will also target high-risk highway-railway crossings in Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Indiana, Tennessee, and Texas. “So many fatalities at highway-railway crossings are preventable; this campaign aims to raise public awareness and save lives,” said U.S. Secretary of Trans
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  • National Transportation Safety Board  Renews Call for Inward-Facing Cameras in Locomotives

    National Transportation Safety Board Renews Call for Inward-Facing Cameras in Locomotives | site |




    (September 15, 2020) - - Today, September 15, 2020, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information: ​WASHINGTON (Sept. 15, 2020) — The National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday once again called for federal railroad regulators to mandate the use of inward- and outward-facing cameras on train locomotives after investigating an Ohio collision between two CSX Transportation trains. Tuesday’s reiteration of its 2010 camera recommendations came after the board completed its investigation into the Aug. 12, 2019, train collision and derailment near Carey, Ohio. The NTSB investigation found that the westbound train’s engineer was impaired by his use of alcohol at the time of the accident. Although post-accident testing showed the presence of marijuana in his system, NTSB investigators could not determine if his us...
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    U.S. Department of Transportation publishes Air Travel Consumer Report - - - September 2020 and 3rd Quarter 2020 Numbers
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    U.S. Department of Transportation publishes Air Travel Consumer Report: September 2020 and 3rd Quarter 2020 Numbers | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release: November 25, 2020)

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its November 2020 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on reporting marketing and operating air carrier data compiled for the month of September 2020. The full consumer report and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer . The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency has resulted in significant changes to airline schedules and operations, contributing to airlines’ on-time performance and cancellation statistics in September 2020 and 3rd Quarter 2020. The 10 marketing network carriers reported 345,294 scheduled domestic flights in September 2020 compared to 398,470 flights in A
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Public Comment on Automated Driving System Safety Principles
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Public Comment on Automated Driving System Safety Principles | site |



    Publishes an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on ADS safety framework


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration press release: November 19, 2020)

    November 19, 2020 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on the potential development of a framework of principles to govern the safe behavior of automated driving systems (ADS) in the future. The advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) was submitted to the Federal Register on November 19 and is available online here. “This rulemaking will help address legitimate public concerns about safety, security and privacy without hampering innovation in the development of automated driving systems,”
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    11-23-2020, 11:57 PM
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Denies Exemptions for Cuba Cargo Flights
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Denies Exemptions for Cuba Cargo Flights | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation [DOT] press release: November 18, 2020) Effective October 13, DOT suspended the authority of U.S. and foreign carriers to provide charter flights between the United States and Cuba. DOT’s suspension order provided for certain limited exceptions, specifically for “authorized charter flights for emergency medical purposes, search and rescue, and other travel deemed to be in the interest of the United States” (DOT Order 2020-8-4). DOT took this suspension action at the express request of the Department of State, in a letter to DOT from Secretary Pompeo, and DOT’s language as to the permitted exceptions was taken verbatim from Secretary Pompeo’s letter. Two U.S. air taxi operators have requested exemptions from DOT’s Cuba charter suspension order, to operate small-aircraft all-cargo charter flights between Miami a...
    11-21-2020, 01:30 AM
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    U.S. Department of Transportation announces Aer Lingus – Oneworld Application for Antitrust Immunity
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    U.S. Department of Transportation announces Aer Lingus – Oneworld Application for Antitrust Immunity | site |


    (November 16, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Transportation published (today) the following information: WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation announces the tentative approval of, and grant of antitrust immunity for, the proposed addition of Aer Lingus to the existing Oneworld alliance. The carriers request antitrust immunity to include Aer Lingus in the existing joint venture including American Airlines, British Airways, OpenSkies, Iberia, and Finnair. Aer Lingus will be integrated into the joint venture’s network planning, pricing, and sales activities. With Aer Lingus’ addition, over time the carriers are expected to expand capacity on some existing routes while introducing services on several new routes, allowing more options for travel to and from Ireland and the rest of Europe. The Department’s review of the applicati...
    11-17-2020, 03:33 AM
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    U.S. Department of Transportation provides Air Travel Consumer Report - - - August 2020 Numbers
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    U.S. Department of Transportation provides Air Travel Consumer Report: August 2020 Numbers | site |


    (November 13, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its October 2020 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on reporting marketing and operating air carrier data compiled for the month of August 2020. The full consumer report and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer . The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency has resulted in significant changes to airline schedules and operations, contributing to airlines’ on-time performance and cancellation statistics in August 2020. The 10 marketing network carriers reported 398,470 scheduled domestic flights in August 2020 compared to 370,859 flights in July 2020 and 717,456 flights in August 2019. Of thos
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