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  • 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.

  • The current authorization to spend money from the federal Highway Trust Fund, which finances most aid to states, expires May 31. A Senate vote is expected later this week. Unable to find a politically acceptable solution, Congress has kept the trust fund teetering on the edge of insolvency since 2008. The extension passed by the House would expire July 31, when...

  • 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.

  • OAKLAND, Calif.— Three baggage handlers at Oakland International Airport are accused of using their security clearance to get marijuana-packed suitcases past checkpoints and onto planes as part of a drug smuggling ring involving 11 other people, federal prosecutors said. The group was operating as early as July 2012, according to the complaint.

  • Cathay Pacific flight attendants protest at HK airport Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 6:59 AM ET

    HONG KONG— Several hundred Cathay Pacific flight attendants were camped inside Hong Kong's airport on Tuesday after union members voted for industrial action to protest treatment by the airline. Union member Ada So said about 400 cabin staff had gathered in front of the Cathay check-in desks. Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong's biggest airline, said it has no plans to...

  • 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.

  • LOS ANGELES— A Hawaii- bound jetliner returned safely to Los Angeles on Monday after a cockpit light suggested a fuel valve was open. Hawaiian Airlines Flight 3 was about half an hour over the Pacific Ocean, on its way from Los Angeles International Airport to Honolulu, when a warning light on the Airbus A330 illuminated. The flight, with 290 passengers and 10...

  • Wyoming governor pushes coal ports on Northwest trip Monday, 18 May 2015 | 1:37 PM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Faced with sliding domestic demand for coal, the governor of Wyoming has kept pressing for access to deep-water ports in the Northwest that would allow exports to Asian markets. Jay Inslee in Olympia and plans to meet Tuesday with Oregon Gov. The stakes are high for Wyoming— the nation's leading coal-producing state— to find new markets.

  • NEW YORK— The trains that link global centers of learning, finance and power on the East Coast lumber through tunnels dug just after the Civil War, and cross century-old bridges that sometimes jam when they swing open to let tugboats pass. The railroad's importance became all the more apparent after Amtrak Train 188 derailed Tuesday as it sped around a curve in...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • NEW YORK— Rental car company Hertz said Thursday it is closing about 200 locations in the U.S. as part of a cost-cutting plan. Hertz said the locations being closed are not at airports. The operator of the Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty and Firefly rental car businesses said the moves will save it about $10 million a year.

  • 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.

  • Eighth death confirmed in Amtrak accident Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 12:56 PM ET
    Emergency personnel work the scene of a deadly train wreck, May 12, 2015, where an Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia.

    The Amtrak train that killed at least seven people was hurtling at 106 mph before it ran off the rails along a sharp curve, NTSB said.

  • 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.

  • Spain to offer free, unlimited Wi-Fi in 46 airports Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 7:12 AM ET

    Airport authority AENA says its board has approved a plan that envisions making Spanish airports among Europe's best for fast and free Wi-Fi service for passengers. AENA said in a statement Thursday that faster speeds will be offered, plus a premium service for passengers willing to pay for it. The U.N.' s World Tourism Organization says Spain is the No. 3...

  • STOCKHOLM— The chief executive of Stockholm's public transit company has been caught shoplifting at Hong Kong's international airport. Swedish public radio says Anders Lindstrom on Tuesday was fined the equivalent of 5,000 Swedish kronor by a Hong Kong court after leaving an airport shop last week with a credit card holder that he hadn't paid for.

  • Appearing before the General Assembly's Transportation Committee, Metro-North Railroad President Joseph Giulietti listed numerous reforms taken or underway to improve the system since he became president in February 2014. He said the New Haven Line of Metro-North, which serves Connecticut and New York, had an on-time rate of 92.2 percent in April and...

  • 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.