LaHood Stepping Down as DOT Secretary

By Angela Greiling Keane and Jeff Plungis U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, one of two Republicans to serve in President Barack Obama’s cabinet, said he is stepping down. LaHood, 67, announced his plan in a meeting with top staff at the Transportation Department’s headquarters in Washington, saying he’ll stay for a few months until a successor is … [Read more...]

Turkish Snowstorm Shuts Down Bosphorus Strait

ISTANBUL - A snowstorm that sharply reduced visibility in Turkey's Bosphorus Strait forced maritime authorities to shut the key shipping channel on Tuesday, shipping agent GAC said. Traffic for all northbound and southbound vessels was suspended at 11:45 a.m. (0945 GMT) because of the poor visibility, GAC said in an email. It was the second day of intermittent … [Read more...]

LaHood names new members of Maritime Industry Advisory Panel

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has announced the appointment of 29 members to the new Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC), established to advise the Department on matters relating to marine transportation. “Shifting some of our freight from the highways to open inland waterways is a fuel-efficient, cost-effective way to move … [Read more...]

LaHood: America’s waterways, poised to deliver the goods

The U.S. Department of Transportation has officialy announced launch of the marine highway program, a new initiative that aims to take advantage of the economic and environmental benefits of moving freight over U.S. waterways and domestic seaports.  Secretary Ray Lahood explains on his official blog, Fast Lane, how America's waterways are already "poised to deliver the … [Read more...]

Q & A: Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood on Marine Highways Program

By Wayne McCormick via Update 03/16/2010 Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood was in San Diego on February 5th to speak at a Town Hall meeting with port leaders from around the country at the first ever "National Port Summit". After his speech I had a brief meeting with him to specifically discuss MarAd's "Marine Highway Program" and was … [Read more...]