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  • Philadelphia eyes 27-acre property for airport expansion Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 11:48 AM ET

    PHILADELPHIA— The city is hoping to purchase a 27- acre property on Route 291 in Delaware County as part of a long-range expansion of Philadelphia International Airport. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports an ordinance was introduced in city council paving the way for the city-owned airport to buy International Plaza, which has two office buildings that were...

  • Electrical failure paralyzes Belgian air traffic Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 4:41 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— A power failure at a control center paralyzed most of air traffic in and over Belgium for much of Wednesday and caused chaos at Brussels airport because of delays, detours and cancellations of flights. Planes slowly started flying again by mid-afternoon but by that time, thousands of passengers at Brussels airport had been affected.

  • The plane was inspected and its passengers' luggage was screened as EVA Air Flight 12 sat on the tarmac at the airport, but there was no evidence of a threat, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. The FBI, airport police and the Los Angeles police bomb squad jointly investigated the threat, which came by telephone. In one case, U.S. military jets escorted an Air France...

  • Sinkhole closes runway at big transit hub Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 12:26 PM ET
    Delays and cancellations at DFW Airport on the first day of FAA furloughs were minimal, but the ripple effect from other airports nationwide could affect operations.

    A sinkhole has closed a runway at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, which may delay flights at one of the busiest airports.

  • UPDATE 1-Sinkhole closes runway at DFW airport Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 11:12 AM ET

    May 26- A sinkhole has closed a runway at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, which may delay flights at one of the largest transit hubs in the United States. American Airlines Group Inc, which operates more flights from the airport than any other airline, has seen "no operational impact," according to spokesman David Magaña. The U.S. Federal Aviation...

  • Small business jet rolls partly off runway at Baltimore Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 10:26 AM ET

    BALTIMORE— Aviation officials say a small business jet rolled partly off a runway at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Maryland Aviation Administration spokesman Jonathan Dean says no one was hurt in the incident Tuesday morning. He says the Cessna Citation arrived shortly after 8 a.m. and was traveling from a runway to a...

  • Open skies in Australia: Will it draw carriers? Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 3:19 AM ET

    Australia may be weighing allowing foreign airlines to offer domestic flights, but it isn't clear the skies down under are particularly attractive.

  • NEW YORK, May 25- An Air France flight from Paris was escorted by U.S. fighter jets to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, according to WABC television. Citing an unnamed senior U.S. official, ABC News said the Maryland State Police Fusion Center, which handles intelligence gathering,...

  • LONDON— With its classic red phone booth, pub, and medieval church, Harmondsworth's center looks quintessentially British. Harmondsworth is under threat because London and southeastern England need more airport capacity to meet the growing demands of business travelers and tourists. Heathrow and rival Gatwick, 30 miles south of central London, have offered...

  • WASHINGTON— Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects. It's the 33rd time in more than six years that Congress has resorted to a temporary patch to keep transportation programs going, 12 bills specific to highway and transit...

  • Congress passes 2-month highway, transit aid extension Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 1:46 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congress sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects. It's the 33rd time in more than six years that Congress has resorted to a temporary patch to keep transportation programs going, 12 bills specific to highway and transit...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 22- Union dockworkers at all 29 U.S. West Coast ports have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a contract agreement reached in February with shipping companies and terminal operators to end months of labor strife that snarled trans-Pacific trade. Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union voted 82 percent in favor of the new...

  • How IBM's big data traffic cop can reduce gridlock Friday, 22 May 2015 | 9:59 AM ET
    Traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike

    Harnessing the so-called Internet of Things might help drivers get to their Memorial Day weekend destinations more quickly and safely.

  • The Federal Aviation Administration demonstrated the Data Communications system, called Data Comm, at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport. The system has been used on a trial basis since 2013 at the Newark and Memphis, Tennessee, airports. "With Data Communications, you don't have to call a friend for directions," he said.

  • Low US rail spending sparks safety concerns Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 9:38 PM ET
    Rescue crews and investigators inspect the site of an Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia on May 13, 2015.

    For the size of the U.S. economy, it lags far behind many of the world's most developed countries in spending on rail networks. The New York Times reports.

  • How much will Philadelphia crash cost Amtrak? Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 1:58 PM ET
    Officials meet at the site of a derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia, May 13, 2015.

    If Congress lifts a claims cap, Amtrak could face damages of as much as half a billion dollars from losses related to last week's crash.

  • India's Modi faces dissent over spending shakeup Monday, 18 May 2015 | 8:51 PM ET
    BJP leader Narendra Modi.

    Modi's cuts in federal welfare spending on the poorest of India's 1.25 billion people are coming in for criticism, including from within his cabinet.

  • The high cost of keeping NY rail commuters moving Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 4:40 PM ET
    NJ Transit conductor John Nagle waits for passengers to board the NJ Transit train from New York’s Penn Station to Trenton, N.J., May 13, 2015, in New York.

    Closing one of the train tunnels into Manhattan from New Jersey could cost the economy about $100 million a day, says the Regional Plan Association.

  • 2 trains derail days after deadly Amtrak accident Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 12:11 PM ET
    An Allegheny Valley Railroad (AVR) train lays on its side after derailing on May 14, 2015 in the Hazelwood section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    Two trains slipped off their routes Thursday, two days after a deadly Amtrak accident placed scrutiny on U.S. infrastructure.

  • Caltrans said in the report, released last week, that it would need about $8 billion annually for the next 10 years to reach management and improvement goals for its highway system, but only $2.3 billion annually has been budgeted. Caltrans said it needed the funding for critical infrastructure projects to roadways and bridges planned over the next decade.