Transportation

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) is a standards setting body which publishes specifications, test protocols and guidelines which are used in highway design and construction throughout the United States. Despite its name, the association represents not only highways but air, rail, water, and public transportation as well.
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  • IndyCar driver Wickens taken to hospital after crash
    Omnisport

    IndyCar driver Wickens taken to hospital after crash

    Wickens was "awake and alert," but has been taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.

  • Is the Airbus 380 the future of air travel or a relic of the past?
    Washington Post

    Is the Airbus 380 the future of air travel or a relic of the past?

    It was designed to become the grande dame of aviation, an enormous modern plane that could seat 544 passengers — 853 if you squeezed people in — on two decks, replacing the venerable Boeing 747 with a new standard of luxury in flight. Just 11 years later — almost a nanosecond in the life of a commercial airplane — two Airbus 380s can't find a home and are about to be broken up and sold for parts. The A380 may still be the future of aviation — Airbus makes that argument — or it may be the relic of an era from which aviation has spun forward with startling speed. If you live in a big city, which is pretty much any city that is home to two or more major professional sports franchises, it's a safe bet you're in a hub for at least one airline, and maybe several.

  • Drivers face £100 fine for going 1mph over speed limit after police urge end to 'buffer zone'
    The Telegraph

    Drivers face £100 fine for going 1mph over speed limit after police urge end to 'buffer zone'

    Drivers face £100 fine for going 1mph over speed limit after police urge end to 'buffer zone'

  • Classic vehicles draw car enthusiasts to Aurora
    Chicago Tribune

    Classic vehicles draw car enthusiasts to Aurora

    Mary Stearns of Aurora and her husband of 49 years William admit they are vintage car fans and decided to check some out Sunday morning. “My brother has a '32 Ford, and when I met my husband he had a copper '57 Chevy,” Mary Stearns recalled. “There were my husband's blue eyes and that copper color. I think all our lives we've been enthusiasts.” The historic LaSalle Street in Aurora took a trip back in time Sunday as the Friends of LaSalle Street Historic Auto Row and American Legion Post 84 offered their 10th-annual Car Show. For several hours, visitors were allowed to view historic cars ranging from Model T automobiles all the way to more modern classic stock cars. American Legion Post Commander

  • 2018 Volkswagen Golf R: Everything's standard, including the thrills
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    2018 Volkswagen Golf R: Everything's standard, including the thrills

    The 2018 Volkswagen Golf R is a sizzling hot hatch that, for all the world, appears to be an unassuming compact four-door family hatchback. Compared to such rear-wing-wearing showoffs as the Honda Civic Type R, Ford Focus RS and Subaru WRX STI, Golf R is downright discreet. Powering every Golf R is a 292-hp turbocharged four-banger that dishes up a robust 280 lb.-ft. of torque at a very accessible 1,800 rpm. Poked by a heavy right foot, that engine -- sending power to all four wheels thanks to R's standard 4motion all-wheel drive -- will have this guy greeting 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, regardless whether that enthusiasm is managed by the six-speed manual we had or the new-for-2018 seven-speed Direct Shift Gearbox automatic that's optional.

  • Fabled 'Little Red' prototype Shelby Mustang discovered!
    AutoClassics

    Fabled 'Little Red' prototype Shelby Mustang discovered!

    One of two pivotal Experimental cars built by Shelby has been found in a Texas field, 50 years after it disappeared – and the owner had no idea what he owned...

  • America's truck drivers have to ace this test before controlling a 26,000-pound vehicle on the open road — see if you can pass it
    Business Insider

    America's truck drivers have to ace this test before controlling a 26,000-pound vehicle on the open road — see if you can pass it

    Not just anyone can control a vehicle that can be up to 80,000 pounds. Before long-haul truckers can start working, they need a commercial driver's license. One requirement for that is passing the CDL exam. There are several classes of the license, including A, B, and C. Class A, the most common, allows the holder to drive a truck and a trailer weighing more than 26,001 pounds. You can also get a variety of endorsements to transport hazardous materials or double or triple trailers. The exam varies from state to state, but certain questions on safety and sharing the road with others are the same. Here are 15 questions from a sample CDL exam, provided from Driving-Tests.org's database of previous

  • Bay Bridge sideshow leads to arrest
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Bay Bridge sideshow leads to arrest

    One person was in custody Sunday after multiple cars engaged in a sideshow on the Bay Bridge that temporarily brought the morning traffic to a halt, according to the California Highway Patrol. In a video of the event taken by a bystander around 10:45 a.m., three cars were spinning doughnuts around each other on the bridge. One of the cars became disabled during the sideshow and the driver was then arrested for reckless driving and “exhibition of speed,” according to the CHP. Two of the cars escaped the scene before officers arrived, said CHP spokesman Vu Williams. Multiple cars suspected of being involved in the sideshow were stopped as they exited the Bay Bridge, Williams said. One driver was

  • Cleanup continues at train derailment site
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Cleanup continues at train derailment site

    DEPOSIT, N.Y. (AP) — Workers are cleaning up after a train derailment along the Delaware River spilled diesel fuel into the water. No one was hurt when the New York Susquehanna and Western Railroad train went off the rails last Thursday. Authorities say two empty cars went into the river when the 63-car train derailed around 2 a.m. on Aug. 9 in the Delaware County town of Deposit. The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation says a contractor has excavated soil contaminated by spilled diesel fuel and about 65 tons of soil will be removed this week and sent to a landfill. Authorities say heavy rain and flooding caused a section of the rail bed to erode at a culvert overpass.

  • Me & My Car: Unique backstory on '90 Chrysler TC by Maserati
    MercuryNews.com

    Me & My Car: Unique backstory on '90 Chrysler TC by Maserati

    Chrysler has long been a roller-coaster company with multiple good and bad times. In the late 1970s, it was rumored the company's chairman of the board and president didn't even talk to each other and that the company was in financial difficulty. Across town in Detroit, there was another conflict between Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca, Ford Motor's president. Apparently, egos clashed and Iacocca was fired in 1978. A few months later the fired Ford executive became the CEO of the nearly bankrupt Chrysler, agreed to a salary of $1 a year, and good things started happening at Chrysler. The “K Car” and the minivan were introduced, and by the mid-1980s, the company was selling lots of cars and minivans

  • No fair, say Uber drivers slapped with SFO tickets
    San Francisco Chronicle

    No fair, say Uber drivers slapped with SFO tickets

    It happens over and over, he says. Uber emails him about a ticket he received from SFO for a violation, such as not displaying the Uber logo. The $100 fine, a big chunk of his daily earnings, is subtracted from his wages with no way to appeal. That's the situation reported by Mustafa Ayubi of San Ramon — and plenty of other Uber drivers. San Francisco International Airport requires Uber and Lyft to pay any traffic tickets incurred by their drivers, relieving the airport of the hassle of tracking down payments and guaranteeing it will get the money. Lyft covers the cost of tickets. Uber pays the tickets and deducts them from drivers' earnings. Many drivers say that deprives them of due process.