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Conductor Claude Robinson stands on the Amtrak Acela platform at Union Station in Washington, D.C.

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Conductor Claude Robinson stands on the Amtrak Acela platform at Union Station in Washington, D.C.

Amtrak Responds to Mica Beef With Food Efficiency Plan

Given where the news fits into the magnitude of events in Washington, the press-release headline “Amtrak Commits to End Food and Beverage Losses” could be translated as “Titanic’s Band Promises Fresher Music Selection on Future Cruises.” Unless you’re Rep. John...

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Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, right, speaks after being introduced by President Barack Obama as the nominee for Secretary of Transportation at the White House, next to outgoing Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, left, on April 29, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, right, speaks after being introduced by President Barack Obama as the nominee for Secretary of Transportation at the White House, next to outgoing Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, left, on April 29, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Low-Key Mr. Foxx Goes to Washington

Anthony Foxx, whose nomination as Transportation Secretary has slid under the radar as picks for the labor and commerce departments get more scrutiny, will get his moment in Washington at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee. Foxx, 42,...

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Retired Rep. Bud Shuster, right, congratulates his son, Bill, after Bill clinched the Republican nomination to fill Shuster's 9th District congressional seat in this file photo.

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Retired Rep. Bud Shuster, right, congratulates his son, Bill, after Bill clinched the Republican nomination to fill Shuster's 9th District congressional seat in this file photo.

Transportation’s Gavel-Passing: Recalling Gentlemen’s Old Days

It was a back-to-the-future moment. Rep. Bill Shuster, the Pennsylvania Republican taking over the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, received the gavel in a packed room that featured his 81-year-old father, Bud, who presided over the panel for six years...

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Passengers walk beneath an Amtrak sign at Union Station in Washington.

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Passengers walk beneath an Amtrak sign at Union Station in Washington.

Amtrak’s Rough Ride Renewed

Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman had hoped for an easier ride in 2013 after Florida Republican John Mica had to relinquish the chairmanship of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Mica, who was term-limited out of the post, took great pleasure...

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A Transportation Security Administration officer demonstrates how to walk through the ProVision Millimeter Wave advanced imaging technology machine at the TSA Systems Integration Facility in Arlington, Virginia.

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A Transportation Security Administration officer demonstrates how to walk through the ProVision Millimeter Wave advanced imaging technology machine at the TSA Systems Integration Facility in Arlington, Virginia.

TSA’s Hearing Boycott `Sad:’ Mica

True to its word, the Transportation Security Administration followed through on its pledge to boycott today’s House transportation hearing about the agency’s impact on commercial air travel, evoking strong words if not subpoena threats from committee leaders. Committee Chairman John...

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Union Station in Washington.

Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Union Station in Washington.

Amtrak CEO Running on Lame-Duck House Chairman’s Borrowed Time

Rep. John Mica may not be able to yank the Transportation Security Administration’s chain during his final month as chairman of the House transportation committee. But he’s still got Amtrak. Mica, the Florida Republican who ceded his bid to remain...

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TSA employees demonstrate an advanced image technology (AIT) millimeter wave scanner using new Automated Target Recognition software at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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TSA employees demonstrate an advanced image technology (AIT) millimeter wave scanner using new Automated Target Recognition software at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada.

TSA to Mica: You Have No Jurisdiction

House Republicans haven’t tired of working over one of their favorite punching bags, the Transportation Security Administration, holding more than two dozen hearings in 2011 and 2012. Agency Administrator John Pistole now is drawing the line. Pistole not only sent word today that...

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