Archive Transportation: Leisure

  • BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan— A Turkish cargo plane crashed Monday in a residential area just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, destroying half of a village and killing at least 37 people in the plane and on the ground, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. The Boeing 747 crashed at 7:40 a.m. local time while approaching Manas airport, south of the capital,...

  • LUCKNOW, India— The international airport in the northern Indian city of Lucknow was shut down Saturday due to a radar problem that officials said could take up to two days to fix. The airport was shut at around 4 p.m., and all flights to and from Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state, were canceled, leaving hundreds of stranded passengers seething.

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— President Barack Obama's administration scaled back new safety measures for the sprawling network of fuel pipelines that crisscross the United States on Friday, following oil industry complaints that proposed changes would cost companies billions of dollars. Documents show the pipeline repair criteria was altered to give companies more...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 13- BlackRock Inc CEO Larry Fink seems optimistic about the potential for a $1 trillion infrastructure plan under the new administration of U.S. "Within the U.S. alone, markets are anticipating up to $1 trillion of domestic infrastructure investments over the next few years," he said on a call discussing the company's 2016 earnings with analysts on...

  • The FAA has been working on new contingency plans since a fire at control facility in the Chicago area in 2014 led to widespread flight cancellations and delays for more than two weeks, according to a report by the Department of Transportation's inspector general. The FAA has yet to develop new plans for lower-altitude flights and planes in the immediate...

  • LAS VEGAS— There's a new thrill on the streets of downtown Las Vegas, where high- and low-rollers alike are climbing aboard what officials call the first driverless electric shuttle operating on a public U.S. street. The oval-shaped shuttle began running Tuesday as part of a 10- day pilot program, carrying up to 12 passengers for free along a short stretch of the...

  • WASHINGTON— Traffic deaths surged about 8 percent in the first nine months of last year, continuing an alarming upward spiral that may be partially explained by more Americans on the roads due to the economic recovery, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates released Friday. The sharp increase comes as drivers are putting more...

  • LONDON, Jan 13- Japanese carmaker Nissan said it will conduct its first European real-world trials of self-driving cars in London, choosing Britain just months after it said it would build two new models in the country despite concerns over Brexit. The government has said it wants to encourage the development and testing of autonomous driving technology in...

  • SAO PAULO, Jan 12- The Brazilian government is drafting a decree to allow 100 percent foreign ownership of local airlines, a Transportation Ministry spokesperson said on Thursday, a move that could attract investors to a recession-beaten industry. Newspaper Valor Econômico, citing three unnamed aides to President Michel Temer, earlier on Thursday reported...

  • LANSING, Mich.— The GOP-led Michigan Legislature commenced a new two-year term Wednesday, and Republicans wasted no time in proposing major tax cuts as new leaders took the helm of the House. Jack Brandenburg was collecting signatures in the Senate for a proposal to eliminate the 4.25 percent income tax over five years. Republicans have the same legislative...

  • WASHINGTON— The Latest on activities in Congress:. Marco Rubio is frustrated with how Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state handled his confirmation hearing. Rubio's opinion could prove pivotal when the Senate Foreign Relations Committee votes on Tillerson's nomination.

  • *Services in neighboring Abu Dhabi still halted. DUBAI, Jan 11- Ride-hailing service Uber signed an agreement with Dubai's transport authorities on Wednesday to become fully regulated after a series of clashes over pricing and availability. Under the deal between Uber and the Roads and Transport Authority, Uber will be able to use 14,000 vehicles through its...

  • WASHINGTON— The incoming Trump administration is looking to "unleash the potential" of private investors to boost the national transportation networks that underpin the U.S. economy, the president-elect's pick for transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, told lawmakers Wednesday. She was labor secretary during George W. Bush's administration and deputy...

  • DETROIT, Jan 10- Ford Motor Co on Tuesday confirmed that it would be less profitable in 2017 than last year, even as cross town rival General Motors Co on the same day gave a much more upbeat forecast that surpassed Wall Street expectations. GM, the largest U.S. automaker, said it expected 2017 earnings per share in a range of $6 to $6.50. Ford on Tuesday declared a...

  • Jerry Brown's administration says it wants to prioritize maintenance on existing infrastructure and make major new investments on highways and local roads. Jerry Brown's fiscally restrained budget, while Democrats want more spending on social welfare programs. Brown is proposing more than $3 billion in cuts as California faces uncertainty about...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— The cost of policing the Dakota Access pipeline protests in North Dakota has surpassed $22 million— an amount that would fund the state Treasury Department for two decades and $5 million more than the state set aside last year. Jeff Delzer, R- Underwood, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. A large encampment in southern North Dakota...

  • NEW DELHI, Jan 10- India's fuel demand in 2016 grew at its highest pace in at least 16 years as low oil prices for most of the year boosted demand for gasoline and aviation fuels. State polls in India in five states in February and March are likely to send thousands of voters criss-crossing vast distances, boosting gasoline demand throughout the first quarter of...

  • DETROIT, Jan 9- General Motors Co Chief Executive Mary Barra says often that the auto industry will change more during the next decade than it has in the past half-century, as she highlights how GM will keep up. In 2016, it has invested nearly $1 billion to buy a self-driving car technology startup, Cruise Automation; invested $500 million into ride services...

  • The government is due to get commitments from banks over the next two weeks for a $3 billion loan to back the $35 billion airport project, while the exhibition center is estimated to require total financing of around $7 billion, they said. The $3 billion loan for the airport expansion is split between a $2 billion conventional tranche and a $1 billion- equivalent,...

  • The 24- hour strike is due to end at 6 p.m., but Transport for London said service wasn't expected to get back to normal until Tuesday morning. "This action has been forced on us by savage cuts to jobs that have reduced London Underground to an under-staffed death trap at a time of heightened security and safety alert," said Mick Cash, general secretary of the Rail,...