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  • ALBANY, N.Y.— New York Sen. Charles Schumer is asking federal regulators to set a strict standard for the volatility of crude oil shipped by rail to help reduce destruction from accidents like a fiery derailment in West Virginia last month. Schumer says Wednesday he's particularly concerned about oil from the Bakken Shale formation in North Dakota and Montana...

  • Senator Bill Nelson on Wednesday asked three federal agencies to investigate Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc following a report Sunday on "60 Minutes" that some of its wood flooring products had dangerous levels of formaldehyde. Nelson, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, sent a letter asking the...

  • ICYMI: Uber's first acquisition  Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 11:24 AM ET

    In case you missed it, Uber will close a deal for its first acquisition ever of deCarta.

  • TOKYO, March 4- Uber Technologies Inc is reviewing its ride sharing service in the southern Japanese city of Fukuoka after the transport ministry said it had banned the pilot project, citing potential legal concerns. Uber's month-old Fukuoka service pays drivers who use cars registered for personal use to ferry around passengers, a business model that...

  • Singapore police investigating man posing as Uber driver Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 12:49 AM ET

    SINGAPORE— Singapore police say they are investigating reports of a man who allegedly cheated and overcharged unsuspecting passengers while posing as a driver for mobile app-based transportation company Uber. One man recounted a March 1 incident on his Facebook page by saying the meter jumped 40 Singapore dollars in just three minutes, and that the total...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— Electric-car maker Tesla Motors on Tuesday offered to make some compromises to help state lawmakers pass legislation this year allowing direct sales to Connecticut consumers. To further limit the impact of the legislation, Tesla said it would agree to language restricting direct sales to manufacturers with an established presence in...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine needs to consider borrowing money and reallocating resources to find an additional $70 million annually to ensure the safety of the state's bridges and prevent significant long-term costs, transportation officials told lawmakers Tuesday. The Maine Department of Transportation currently dedicates about $70 million annually for...

  • Taxi prices plunge: Is Uber to blame?  Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 10:02 AM ET

    According to figures compiled from New York Taxi and Limousine Commission data, the average price of a medallion has plummeted by nearly a quarter of its value since its all-time high in April of 2013. Is Uber crushing yellow cabs, with Meera Joshi, NYC TLC CEO and chair.

  • SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb.— The Scottsbluff airport has joined airports in Kearney and North Platte in recommending new, one-year agreements with Great Lakes Airlines for government-subsidized flights. All three airports had initially selected Beachwood, Ohio- based Aerodynamics Inc., but in January the Transportation Department said Aerodynamics did not...

  • Daylight saving time bill springs forward Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 7:01 AM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— A Senate committee advanced legislation Tuesday that would eliminate daylight saving time in Alaska and allow for consideration of another time zone in the state. It would also direct the governor to ask the U.S. Department of Transportation to consider moving part or all of Alaska to Pacific time. Anna MacKinnon, R- Eagle River, originally...

  • RUTHERFORD, N.J.— If New Jersey continues its decades-old pattern of borrowing money to fund transportation infrastructure projects, it will jeopardize its ability to do the same in the future, a legislator told a group of business leaders Tuesday. Assembly Transportation Committee chairman John Wisniewski said the state must identify a dedicated source of...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Prospective Ohio drivers would see added training requirements and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles would be allowed to accept credit and debit cards under a state transportation budget that easily cleared the Ohio House on Tuesday. The $7 billion, two-year spending blueprint lays out priorities for Ohio highway, road, bridge and public safety...

  • "These vulnerabilities have potential to compromise the safety and efficiency of the national airspace system, which the traveling public relies on each and every day," Senator Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, and Senator John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, wrote to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The FAA has weak controls "intended to prevent, limit,...

  • One area of weakness is the ability to prevent and detect unauthorized access to the vast network of computer and communications systems the FAA uses to process and track flights around the world, the report said. The FAA relies on more than 100 of these air traffic systems to direct planes. —Security weaknesses identified by the FAA weren't always addressed in a...

  • BOSTON— The company that operates the state's commuter rail system has been fined more than $434,000 after nearly two-thirds of the trains were late or canceled during the heavy snowfalls that pounded the region last month, transit officials said Monday. Keolis Commuter Services had an on-time performance rate of roughly 35 percent, the Massachusetts Bay...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— Connecticut is the latest state to grapple with how to regulate Uber and other ride-hailing services being embraced by the public but angering the long-established taxi and livery industry. Drivers for Uber, however, urged the General Assembly's Transportation Committee on Monday to craft rules that allow them to continue operating in...

  • OMAHA, Neb.— The crowd at this year's Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting is likely to top 40,000 as the company marks 50 years of Warren Buffett's leadership. Berkshire investors routinely fill Omaha's downtown arena and overflow rooms at the conference center and a hotel across the street for the meeting. Not long before the arena doors open at 7 a.m. on May 2, a...

  • HIGHLIGHTS-Warren Buffett's letter to investors Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 12:27 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 28- Warren Buffett released his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders on Saturday, written with his usual mix of business facts, common-sense advice and showmanship. On lodging for the May 2 annual meeting in Omaha:. Airbnb's services may be especially helpful to shareholders who expect to spend only a single night in Omaha and are aware...

  • ATLANTA— Georgia lawmakers may eliminate a tax break for airlines buying jet fuel at the world's busiest airport, setting up a face-off with one of the state's largest employers, Atlanta- based Delta Airlines. Earl Ehrhart would remove the break for all airlines, updating his original proposal to end only Delta's. Ehrhart still bristled this week at the...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 27- Striking truckers lifted their blockade of dozens of highways in Brazil after police began fining and arresting protesters, though strike organizers said they had no plans to end their stoppage now in its 10th day. Brazil is the world's No. 2 soy producer and a top global supplier. Silos at Paranagua, Brazil's second-largest soy export port, now...