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  • PHILADELPHIA— Amtrak trains began rolling on the busy Northeast Corridor early Monday, the first time in almost a week following a deadly crash in Philadelphia, and officials vowed to have safer trains and tracks while investigators worked to determine the cause of the derailment. The first northbound train, scheduled to leave Philadelphia at 5:53 a.m., was...

  • On zero emissions, he reiterated that Nissan is banking on electric cars, rather than other zero-emissions technologies, for the near-term future. Nissan makes the Leaf electric car. Ghosn said Nissan sees autonomous vehicles as adding to driving pleasure, and a totally driver-less car is not at the center of the automaker's plans.

  • YOKOHAMA, Japan— The CEO of Nissan Motor Co. says the automaker will have vehicles packed with autonomous driving technology by 2020 but whether people will be able to drive them on roads is up to government regulators. Many of the world's automakers, and companies outside the auto industry such as Google, are working on technologies that allow cars to navigate...

  • Amtrak ordered to take rail safety steps after crash Sunday, 17 May 2015 | 6:46 AM ET
    Men walk towards the site of a derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia, May 13, 2015.

    Amtrak must take immediate steps to improve the safety of its busiest route after a derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight passengers and sent more than 200 to hospitals.

  • MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.— The latest version of Google's self-driving car— a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel— will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giant's mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years. This prototype is the first vehicle built from scratch...

  • Menendez said he hoped the crash would serve as a reminder to Congress of the need for infrastructure improvements. They noted that while Congress is fighting over whether to allocate $1.4 billion to Amtrak, China is spending $128 billion on its rail systems this year. Two other Democratic U.S. senators and rail safety advocates, Charles Schumer of New York and...

  • House GOP plans 2-month extension of highway funds Friday, 15 May 2015 | 4:22 PM ET

    Republicans from both chambers said they expected Congress to approve the legislation next week. White House spokesman Eric Schultz charged that it would be a "dereliction of responsibility" for lawmakers to return to their districts without approving the legislation. As a result, Congress has approved a series of short-term extensions— most recently, one...

  • Open skies debate   Friday, 15 May 2015 | 2:56 PM ET
    Open skies debate

    Foreign carriers want to fly domestic U.S. flights, with CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • Charles Schumer launched another push to get Congress to pay for train safety technology and infrastructure improvements in the wake of the derailment. "It's also important for Congress to assess and understand the related safety and infrastructure policies currently in place in order to determine what next steps may be necessary," he said.

  • PHILADELPHIA— Transportation safety board: Amtrak engineer cooperative in interview but can't recall crash.

  • DETROIT, May 15- Google Inc's self-driving cars will begin testing on public roads this summer, but they will have steering wheels and brakes, which is not what the company described a year ago. When the Internet search company announced a year ago that it planned to build a fleet of self-driving cars, project director Chris Urmson said the prototypes "won't have a...

  • Google self-driving cars for the summer   Friday, 15 May 2015 | 1:46 PM ET
    Google self-driving cars for the summer

    The first autonomous vehicle Google has made will begin driving on public roads in northern California this summer, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • DETROIT, May 15- Google Inc's self-driving cars will begin testing on public roads this summer, but it turns out they will have steering wheels and brakes, which is not what the company envisioned a year ago. When the Internet search company announced a year ago that it planned to build a fleet of self-driving cars, project director Chris Urmson said the prototypes "...

  • Charlie Baker again appealed to the Legislature to support key elements of his proposed overhaul of the struggling Boston- area transit system, warning that "marginal changes" would do little to improve it. In a letter to House and Senate members released by the administration Friday, Baker and Lt. Karyn Polito urged lawmakers to embrace his call for a financial...

  • NEW YORK— Carl Icahn is joining the parade of investors in startups, hitching a $100 million ride with the ride-hailing service Lyft. Icahn owns stakes in Apple, Yahoo, Netflix, Hertz, Gannett and eBay, among many other publicly traded companies. In March, the company raised $530 million and valued itself at $2.5 billion.

  • Around the world in a solar powered plane   Friday, 15 May 2015 | 10:27 AM ET
    Around the world in a solar powered plane

    The Solar Impulse 2 is a solar powered plane, preparing for the toughest part of its journey around the world. André Borschberg, Solar Impulse co-founder, co-pilot and CEO, Skype's "Squawk on the Street" from China.

  • Icahn invests $100 million in Lyft   Friday, 15 May 2015 | 10:03 AM ET
    Icahn invests $100 million in Lyft

    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is happy to announce his firm is investing in Lyft.

  • The National Transportation Safety Board says the engineer of the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia has told investigators he has no recollection of the trip from the time the train went through a commuter rail station about 3 miles from the curve where it crashed. The derailment of the Washington- to- New York train killed eight people.

  • So I look forward to putting at least $350 million, $400 million of general fund dollars into the' 16 budget for transportation, "said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Al Pscholka, R- Stevensville. His counterpart in the Senate, Appropriations Chairman Dave Hildenbrand, R- Lowell, also predicted a "significant investment" above the $3.7 billion going to the...

  • MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.— The latest version of Google's self-driving car— a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel— will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giant's mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years. This prototype is the first vehicle built from scratch...