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Sep 7, 2011

Analysis: Obama pitch on roads an uphill prospect

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s call to boost transportation spending will be a hard sell to a divided Congress, which must urgently address near-term infrastructure needs to simply save jobs, not create them.

Obama will promote in a speech on Thursday more robust investment in road and bridge construction as part of a comprehensive agenda to upgrade infrastructure and revive a stalled economy defined by 9.1 percent unemployment.

Aug 31, 2011

Obama pushes transport bills, says jobs at stake

WASHINGTON, Aug 31 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
urged Congress on Wednesday to quickly pass multibillion-dollar
temporary funding bills for aviation and highway projects,
saying inaction would needlessly cost jobs.

Obama said it would be “inexcusable” for lawmakers to not
act immediately on those measures when they return from their
summer recess next week.

Aug 31, 2011

Obama to urge approval of stop-gap air, road bills

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will urge Congress on Wednesday to approve stop-gap aviation and transportation infrastructure legislation to temporarily maintain funding for airport and road construction projects and preserve jobs in a tough economy.

Obama wants Congress not to repeat the type of partisan fight over temporary funding that shut down airport construction programs for two weeks in July. That disruption also resulted in losing $400 million in aviation-related tax revenue that helps pay for those programs.

Aug 29, 2011

US Airlines restart after Irene,face financial hit

WASHINGTON/ATLANTA, Aug 29 (Reuters) – U.S. airlines
scrambled to put their operations back together in the U.S.
Northeast on Monday following Hurricane Irene and braced for a
financial hit from extensive storm-related cancellations.

By scratching more than 12,000 flights from Friday to
Sunday, carriers hoped to optimize their ability to restart
schedules after the storm and avoid disruptions heading into
Labor Day, the last big weekend of peak summer travel.

Aug 29, 2011

Airlines, rail, struggle in storm-struck East

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Airline, rail and other transportation and shipping networks along the storm-battered East Coast struggled to resume operations on Sunday but most would not return to normal until Tuesday at the earliest.

Flooding, wind damage and power outages from Hurricane Irene and related logistics impeded efforts to get the biggest systems back on line for tens of millions of people, especially in New York where the subway and area airports were closed.

Aug 28, 2011

Some flights resume in East, rail service halted

WASHINGTON, Aug 28 (Reuters) – U.S. airlines resumed
limited operations on Sunday at some East Coast airports while
New York air and subway service remained closed as the city
assessed the impact of Hurricane Irene.

Other regional transportation infrastructure came back to
life along the mid-Atlantic with tunnels and bridges reopening
and major highways operating close to normal although wind
advisories remained in effect. Many secondary roads were
blocked by fallen trees, downed power lines and
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Aug 28, 2011

Airlines abandon Northeast, N.Y. closes subways

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Flight cancellations blamed on Hurricane Irene topped 10,000 on Saturday and rail and transit systems in New York and other eastern cities initiated sweeping storm-related shutdowns and slowdowns.

Tens of millions of air travelers, train passengers and subway and bus riders scrambled to adjust their routines, work commutes and vacations as transportation networks gradually scaled back operations.

Aug 27, 2011

Irene closes NY subways; airlines abandon Northeast

WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (Reuters) – U.S. airline, rail and
transit systems in New York and other eastern cities initiated
sweeping weekend shutdowns and slowdowns on Saturday as
Hurricane Irene bore down on the region.

Tens of millions of air travelers, train passengers and
subway and bus riders scrambled to adjust their routines, work
commutes and vacations as transportation networks gradually
scale back operations to minimize disruptions.

Aug 27, 2011

Irene prompts airline, rail, transit shutdowns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. airline, rail and transit systems in New York and other eastern cities initiated sweeping weekend shutdowns and slowdowns on Saturday as Hurricane Irene bore down on the region.

Tens of millions of air travelers, train passengers and subway and bus riders scrambled to adjust their routines, work commutes and vacations as transportation networks gradually scale back operations to minimize disruptions.

Aug 26, 2011

Air travel braces for East Coast storm shutdown

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Airlines canceled more than 3,000 weekend flights as Hurricane Irene swept up the East Coast toward New York, forcing carriers to move planes to safer territory and disrupting service at the busiest U.S. hub.

As authorities prepared for ferocious winds, torrential rain and flooding, major U.S. carriers advised passengers to reconsider travel plans and moved planes away from airports from Washington to Boston.