Ferries in Alaska. Rail in Oregon. States Dream Big on Infrastructure Funds.

The infrastructure bill could reshape priorities across the country, jump-starting critical projects that stalled over funding. These are some of the possibilities.

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An Obstacle to Amtrak Expansion That Money Won’t Solve

Amtrak and freight rail companies have long clashed over the use of railroad tracks, a dispute that is now playing out along the Gulf Coast, where the agency is seeking to restore service.

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New York and New Jersey Need an $11B Tunnel. Will Biden Make It Happen?

The transportation secretary said building a new rail link under the Hudson River is critical to the economy far beyond the region.

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A New Kind of Political Spouse Arrives in Washington

From the second gentleman to the first openly gay cabinet husband, a small club of political spouses is challenging conventional ideas of high-powered relationships.

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Biden Stimulus Package Helps Mass Transit Avoid Doomsday Cuts

President Biden’s sweeping stimulus package includes the largest single infusion of federal aid that public transportation has ever received, allowing agencies to scrap plans for draconian cuts.

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Amtrak Wants to Expand Across the Nation. Local Politics Might Intervene.

Extending nationwide service has been an elusive goal for Amtrak. Since 1971 — when the publicly funded, privately operated rail agency was created — routes have largely remained unchanged.

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Elaine Chao’s Mix of Work and Family Drew Early Ethics Scrutiny

An inspector general’s report provided new details of how ethics lawyers at the Transportation Department raised flags starting in 2017 about efforts to promote her family and its shipping business.

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Inspector General’s Report Cites Elaine Chao for Misuse of Office

The report said the Justice Department declined to investigate her promotion of her family’s shipbuilding business while serving as transportation secretary in the Trump administration.

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For Buttigieg, ‘Generational’ Transportation Change May Not Be Easy, Experts Say

The new secretary has stirred excitement among transportation experts, but they warn that deep institutional change is likely to remain difficult.

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Watchdogs Appointed by Trump Pose Dilemma for Biden

Removing inspectors general installed by the former president under a political cloud could have the consequence of further eroding good-government norms.

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While You Weren’t Looking: Revised Airline Policies May Make Flying Better

Four years after a man was dragged from a plane, amended rules regarding involuntary bumping and oversold flights are about to be enacted. And there are more changes to come.

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America Has a GPS Problem

The system is essential but also vulnerable. We need a backup.

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Buttigieg’s Climate Promises: What Could He Actually Do?

The Transportation Department, which holds sway over planes, trains and automobiles, faces limits on how it spends money. Still, here are five possible steps.

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The Business Rules the Trump Administration Is Racing to Finish

From tariffs and trade to the status of Uber drivers, regulators are trying to install new rules or reduce regulations before President-elect Joe Biden takes over.

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Buttigieg Recalls Discrimination Against Gay People, as Biden Celebrates Cabinet’s Diversity

Pete Buttigieg would be the first openly gay cabinet secretary, one of the firsts that President-elect Joe Biden cited in introducing him as his transportation secretary.

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Biden’s Climate Team Begins to Take Shape

The president-elect is expected to pick Gina McCarthy, a former E.P.A. chief, as White House climate coordinator. Jennifer Granholm, a former Michigan governor, is said to be his choice for the Energy Department.

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Biden Taps Pete Buttigieg for Transportation Secretary

Mr. Buttigieg would bring a younger voice to the cabinet and add to its diversity as its first openly gay member.

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U.S. to Limit Service Animals on Planes to Dogs Only

Emotional support animals are considered pets instead of service animals under the new rules, which go into effect next month.

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Alan S. Boyd, Nation’s First Transportation Chief, Dies at 98

Lyndon B. Johnson chose him to lead a new department integrating vast air, sea and land systems. He also led Amtrak and the Illinois Central Railroad.

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A Regulatory Rush by Federal Agencies to Secure Trump’s Legacy

With the president’s re-election in doubt, cabinet departments are scrambling to finish dozens of new rules affecting millions of Americans.

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China Steps Back in Airline Dispute With the Trump Administration

Beijing will allow limited flights by international carriers to resume after the White House threatened to block Chinese passenger jets from flying to the U.S.

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Trump Administration to Block Chinese Airlines From Flying to the U.S.

The decision comes after Chinese regulators effectively prevented American airlines from resuming service to their country at a moment of rising tension.

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Help! My Flight Was Canceled and I Still Can’t Get a Refund

There’s a reason we are deliberately pounding the topic of travel refunds into the ground: It’s a big deal and there’s lots of confusion and contradictory information out there.

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