- U.S. Department of Transportation’s Proposed Budget Invests $74 Billion in Safe, Efficient, and Innovative Transportation Programs – Investments Support President Obama’s Plan to Boost Economic Development and Create an America ‘Built to Last’
Since NTL is part of RITA, the following paragraph is of special importance to us:
Modernizing through Research and Innovation
The Administration’s budget also prioritizes research, innovative programs, and technological solutions to address our transportation challenges and ensure that America remains competitive in the global marketplace. The FY 2013 budget includes more than $1 billion to modernize America’s air-traffic control system and help transition from the radar-based air traffic control system of the past to the more reliable, efficient, satellite-based system of the future, known as NextGen. The budget also proposes to strengthen the role of research and technology in transportation decision-making by moving the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) into a new Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology.
A budget summary document is available at http://www.dot.gov/budget/2013/dot_budget_highlights_fy_2013.pdf
- The Bureau of Transportation Statistics released December airline on-time and tarmac numbers (www.bts.gov – Airlines and Airports, 3rd box on the right side)
- BTS updates its Airline Fuel Cost and Consumption web page with preliminary December data.
- Airlines Post Best December On-Time Record, Lowest December Cancellation Rate in 17 Years No Tarmac Delays Longer than Three Hours on Domestic Flights or Four Hours on International Flights in December (http://www.dot.gov/affairs/2012/dot2412.html).
- DOT Fines Allegiant Air for Violating DOT Airline Disability, Price Advertising Rules
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today fined Allegiant Air $100,000 for violating rules protecting air travelers with disabilities, as well as the Department’s rule for full-fare advertising.
Have a great holiday weekend!