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  • Dannel P. Malloy on Tuesday announced the formation of a nonpartisan group that will spend the next several months coming up with options to fund his proposed 30- year, $100 billion overhaul of Connecticut's transportation system. The Democrat said the Governor's Transportation Finance Panel will recommend transportation financing options to him by the...

  • MEXICO CITY, March 31- Mexico is trying to get Chinese state-run companies involved in the construction of a new $11 billion airport as it seeks to make up for a tainted rail tender that soured relations with Beijing, a source with knowledge of the government plan said. Mexico announced in September it would build the new Mexico City airport to relieve congestion...

  • FAIRBANKS, Alaska— Police in Fairbanks, Alaska, say a 21- year-old man drove a stolen forklift more than 3 miles while intoxicated to retrieve a truck he crashed. Matt Soden says just before 6 a.m. Monday, Aleksandr Glushko of Delta Junction drove off a road in a pickup and crashed into pipe stacked in a company yard. An Alaska Railroad worker spotted the forklift...

  • Transportation strike in Argentina shuts down country Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 7:39 AM ET

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina— Transportation unions brought Argentina to a standstill on Tuesday with a one-day national strike to protest income tax rates and high inflation they say is eroding their earnings. Even drivers with their own cars had a hard time getting into the capital because members of the Socialist Workers party blocked the principal routes...

  • But 14 states, mainly west of the Mississippi River, now have speed limits of 75, 80, even 85 mph in part of Texas. "It's a recipe for disaster," said James Perham, president of Extreme Transportation Corp., an automobile-hauling company near San Diego that filed a complaint with regulators about Michelin tires after seven blowouts caused an estimated $20,000 to...

  • HELSINKI— Swedish ferry operator Stena Line says it has converted one of its ships to enable it to run on methanol, testing the potential of the environmentally friendly fuel for the shipping industry. The company said the Stena Germanica re-entered service on March 26 to operate between Kiel, Germany, and Goteborg, on Sweden's southwestern coast, after a...

  • BANGKOK— The head of Thailand's ruling junta may use extraordinary constitutional powers to expedite safety improvements in the aviation sector, which is facing international sanctions, the country's transport minister said Monday. The International Civil Aviation Organization this month designated Thailand's air safety standards as a cause for...

  • *New railways target Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo. Oil discoveries in Kenya and Uganda and gas finds in Tanzania have turned east Africa into an exploration hotspot for oil firms but transport infrastructure in those countries has suffered from decades of under-investment. Sitta said the railway network would meet the huge demand for the transportation of...

  • BEIJING, March 30- An early investor in Chinese carpooling app Dida Pinche said he has held talks with U.S. ride-hailing app Uber Technologies Inc to help grow Dida in a market 99 percent controlled by Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache. Andy Zhang, chief financial officer of Dida investor Bitauto Holdings Ltd, told Reuters late last week that he met with Uber Chief...

  • Air crash payouts: How they work Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 1:12 AM ET
    Debris of the Germanwings Airbus A320 at the crash site in the French Alps.

    In the wake of Tuesday's plane crash, Lufthansa may already be offering settlements to the families of the 150 passengers who were killed.

  • OFFICIALS WITH CANADA'S TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD SAY AIR CANADA FLIGHT THAT SKIDDED OFF HALIFAX RUNWAY EARLY SUNDAY HAD HIT ANTENNA ARRAY BEFORE LANDING, LANDING GEAR CAME OFF.

  • WARSAW, Poland— Poland's state airline LOT says it has ordered at least two authorized crew members in the cockpit at all times on all flights, effective immediately. LOT said it introduced the measure Friday night, on a recommendation to all airlines from the European Aviation Safety Agency. The decision comes in reaction to the crash of a Germanwings Airbus...

  • European air authority recommends 2 crew in cockpit Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 7:37 AM ET

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark— The European Union's aviation safety agency recommended Friday that airlines always have two people in the cockpit of a flying aircraft after it emerged that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 had apparently locked himself in alone to crash the plane. Before the recommendation, Lufthansa said it would move to the two-person rule "as...

  • AMSTERDAM, March 27- Power had been restored at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport after a major outage hit the Dutch capital and surroundings on Friday morning, an airport spokeswoman said.

  • AMSTERDAM, March 27- A major power outage hit large parts of Amsterdam and the surrounding province of North Holland on Friday, prompting the cancellation of all flights to and from the city's Schiphol airport. The outage was caused by a "technical fault" at a substation in the Amsterdam suburb of Diemen, it said on its Twitter feed. Frankfurt airport operator...

  • AMSTERDAM— Trains, trams and planes ground to a temporary halt Friday in and around Amsterdam as a huge power outage hit the Dutch capital and surrounding towns. TenneT said the cause was an outage at a high-voltage power station in the town of Diemen, just outside Amsterdam. The national railroad service said that no trains were running in and around Amsterdam.

  • ALL FLIGHTS TO SCHIPHOL AIRPORT DIVERTING TO OTHER REGIONAL AIRPORTS- SPOKESWOMAN.

  • AMSTERDAM AIRPORT SCHIPHOL CANCELS FLIGHTS AFTER MAJOR POWER OUTAGE- AIRPORT SPOKESWOMAN.

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico is preparing to welcome the world's two largest cruise ships for the first time next year. The executive director of the island's Tourism Company says Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas will bring an estimated 60,000 passengers to San Juan in 2016. Next year's visits are expected to generate an estimated...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— The commissioner of Connecticut's Transportation Department is outlining priorities in the governor's 30- year plan to overhaul highways, bridges and rail lines. Commissioner James Redeker says the plan for railways includes upgrading Civil War-era tracks and ties and a bridge over the Connecticut River that he describes as the biggest...