Transportation Infrastructure


  • NEW YORK, Sept 16- The U.S. federal government has rejected most of a $511 million loan request for the renewal of New York state's Tappan Zee Bridge, dealing a blow to one of governor Andrew Cuomo's most prominent infrastructure projects just weeks ahead of state elections.

  • Detroit airport gets $5 million grant for taxiway Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 2:21 AM ET

    ROMULUS, Mich.— Detroit Metropolitan Airport has been awarded a $5 million federal grant to renovate its taxiway. Michigan's two U.S. senators announced the grant from the U.S. Transportation Department on Monday. The Detroit News reports the airport in Romulus is the 18th busiest airport in North America in terms of total passenger traffic.

  • Atlanta airport closing runway for maintenance Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 6:42 PM ET

    ATLANTA— Atlanta airport officials say they're closing the northernmost runway until mid-October for maintenance. The airport's general manager Miguel Southwell says the runway's pavement is at the end of its life span and the work is expected to be done by Oct. 15.

  • Rice cooker prompts airport terminal closure Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 3:29 PM ET

    ATLANTA— Atlanta police say a disassembled rice cooker prompted a partial terminal closure and investigation at the world's busiest airport. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport spokesman Reese McCranie has said the departure area of the international terminal was cordoned off while police and the FBI investigated Monday afternoon.

  • Vermont rail upgrade grant rejected by feds Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— A Vermont Transportation Agency official said Monday he was disappointed the state didn't get a federal grant that would have helped complete an upgrade to the rail system between Rutland and Burlington, but officials remain committed to restoring passenger rail service to the route.

  • South Africa seizes $9.3 million at airport Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 9:56 AM ET

    JOHANNESBURG— Authorities in South Africa say they have seized $9.3 million in cash from two Nigerians and an Israeli who arrived at Lanseria, an airport in the Johannesburg area. Travelers arriving in South Africa with more than $2,300 are subject to stringent checks.

  • Siemens to build trains in US for private railway Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 5:58 PM ET
    At the Siemens plant in Sacramento, Calif., Michael Cahill of Siemens and Myles Tobin of All Aboard Florida tour a locomotive under construction.

    Plans are advancing for a private high-speed luxury railway in Florida by the end of 2016.

  • State gets $12M for fixing stretch of SD railway Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 11:52 AM ET

    The South Dakota Department of Transportation said Tuesday it has received $12 million in federal funding, which completes the estimated $28 million budget for the project.

  • Plane lands in Texas after loss of cabin pressure Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas— A plane has landed safely in Austin, Texas, after losing cabin pressure 20 miles away from the airport. KVUE-TV reports that 76 people were on board a Delta Airlines subsidiary plane that took off from Austin and was headed to Los Angeles. The plane returned to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport just before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

  • Conn. wins $8.2 million to upgrade freight rail Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    HARTFORD, Conn.— Eastern Connecticut will receive an $8.2 million federal grant to upgrade freight rail that officials say will spur economic development and drive more traffic through the port of New London.

  • Deal: Agreement to deepen Ga. harbor almost ready Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 1:16 PM ET

    Nathan Deal said Tuesday he expects an agreement with the federal government to be finalized later this month allowing Georgia to spend $266 million of its own money upfront to start deepening the busy shipping channel to the Port of Savannah.

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 9- Mexican construction companies, including Grupo Ica and billionaire Carlos Slim's Grupo Carso, have formed a consortium to bid on contracts to build a new airport for Mexico City, construction industry group CMIC said on Tuesday.

  • London's Luton airport reopens after alert Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    LONDON— The passenger terminal at Luton Airport near London has been evacuated and flights suspended for several hours after a suspicious package was found. Budget airline EasyJet said five flights scheduled to land at Luton had been diverted to Stansted and Birmingham airports, and several flights had been canceled as a result of the security scare.

  • DUBAI, Sept 8- Dubai will spend $32 billion on expanding its second airport to handle over 200 million people annually next decade, roughly triple the current level of passenger traffic through the emirate, airport authorities said on Monday.

  • Dubai pushes ahead on world's biggest airport plan Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 5:35 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Dubai's ruler has endorsed a $32 billion expansion plan for the city's second airport that aims to make it the world's biggest, the emirate's airport operator said Monday in the latest sign that the Middle East's brash commercial hub is determined to move on from its 2009 financial crisis.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 5- A San Francisco Superior Court judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit brought by environmental groups against Kinder Morgan's Richmond, California, rail terminal, which quietly began unloading crude oil from trains this year, saying the plaintiffs waited too long to file their complaint.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 5- China shares rose for a sixth straight day, with port stocks leading Friday's gains thanks to Chinese government's plans to support the shipping industry. Ningbo Port surged the maximum allowed 10 percent and Tianjin Port Holdings rose 2.8 percent after China published a set of guidelines to support and develop its shipping industry.

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 4- Mexico is likely to pick an experienced, foreign construction company, working in partnership with local firms, to build a new $9 billion international airport in Mexico City, Telecoms and Transport Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said on Thursday.

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 4- Mexico is likely to pick an experienced, foreign construction company, working in partnership with local firms, to build a $9 billion Mexico City airport, Telecoms and Transport Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said on Thursday.