Transportation

Driverless car industry luring federal safety brass

Driverless car companies are racing to scoop up top federal safety officials to fill out their ranks of advisers and lobbyists — creating worries that the fledgling industry will use its newly acquired influence to shape the coming wave of government regulations. Companies like Uber, Lyft, General Motors and Google’s sibling Waymo have hired a […]

Transportation

Senate panel advances FAA nominee over Democrats’ objections

A Senate committee advanced former Delta Air Lines executive Steve Dickson’s nomination to head the troubled Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday, dismissing Democrats’ concerns about the airline’s response to a whistleblower’s safety warnings under his leadership. The party-line vote of 14-12 sets up final approval in the full Senate for Dickson, who would oversee the […]

Transportation

Tarnished FAA set to get embattled new leader

The Federal Aviation Administration is finally about to get a new leader — a move that ideally would offer a clean break for an agency that has faced months of punishing scrutiny over two deadly crashes of Boeing’s 737 MAX. Instead, incoming Administrator Steve Dickson will enter under a cloud of his own, after his […]

Transportation

Customs airports systems reportedly down nationwide

Several major airports across the United States reported outages of Customs and Border Protection’s computer systems used to process airline passengers, raising the specter of a nationwide outage. JFK International Airport tweeted Friday afternoon that its agents were processing passengers slowly because “Customs systems are down right now nationwide.” Los Angeles International Airport also announced via Twitter that its […]

Transportation

Trump deepens legal war against California, automakers

The Trump administration is opening new fronts in its legal war with California and much of the auto industry over clean air rules, taking steps toward punishing two of the major opponents of the president’s efforts to roll back Obama-era regulations. The administration’s tactics include an expected effort to strip away California’s authority to set […]