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U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $2 Billion for High-Speed Intercity Rail Projects to Grow Jobs, Boost U.S. Manufacturing and Transform Travel in America

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced $2 billion in high-speed rail awards providing an unprecedented investment to speed up trains in the Northeast Corridor, expand service in the Midwest and provide new, state-of-the-art locomotives and rail cars as part of the Administration’s plan to transform travel in America.

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces Expansion of Successful Small Business Bonding Education Program

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that small and disadvantaged businesses will be better positioned to compete for large government contracts as the result of an expansion of the Department of Transportation’s successful bonding education program. The Secretary made the announcement at the department’s Second Annual Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Department of Transportation Expands Airline Passenger Protections

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced new airline passenger protections that will require airlines to reimburse passengers for bag fees if their bags are lost, provide consumers involuntarily bumped from flights with greater compensation, expand the current ban on lengthy tarmac delays, and disclose hidden fees.  The rulemaking finalized today builds on passenger protections issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation in December 2009, which prohibited U.S. airlines operating domestic flights from permitting an aircraft to remain on the tarmac for more than three hours, with exceptions for safety, security and air traffic control related-reasons.  The rule also required U.S. airlines to provide basic services such as access to lavatories and water in the event of extended tarmac delays.