Hope Yen

Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Rail Stakeholders Push 15-Year Plan for Northeast Corridor

Sen. Chuck Schumer and DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg hold a decaying piece of a rail tunnel Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg (right) hold a decaying piece of a rail tunnel during a press conference. (Seth Wenig/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — As Congress eyes an infrastructure package, a coalition of transportation agencies and Amtrak on July 14 released a 15-year plan of rail improvements for the congested Northeast Corridor that would boost daily train routes and significantly speed travel on Acela express lines.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
July 14, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

Democrats Push $25 Billion to Electrify School Buses

Buses Vice President Kamala Harris tours Thomas Built Buses April 19 in High Point, N.C. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

Democratic lawmakers are unveiling legislation that would invest $25 billion to convert the nation’s fleet of gasoline- and diesel-powered school buses to electric vehicles, aiming at a component of President Joe Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan to improve children’s health.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
April 21, 2021
Government, Business

Biden Economic Plan to Focus First on Infrastructure This Week

Road construction Contractors work on a portion of Highway 101 under construction in Petaluma, Calif., on March 22. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will lay out the first part of his multitrillion-dollar economic recovery package this week, focusing on rebuilding roads, bridges and other infrastructure, followed by a separate plan later in April addressing child and health care.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
March 29, 2021
Government, Business, Technology

Buttigieg Says Biden Plan Will Usher In New Transportation Era

Pete Buttigieg Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg speaks during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee confirmation hearing on Jan. 21. (Stefani Reynolds/Pool via AP)

WASHINGTON — An infrastructure plan expected soon from President Joe Biden will offer a “once in a century” opportunity to remake transportation in the United States, where cars and highways are no longer king, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said March 18.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
March 19, 2021
Government, Business

Pelosi Pledges Swift Work on Major Infrastructure Package

Nancy Pelosi House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walks from the House floor during the vote on the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill on March 10. (Alex Brandon/AP)

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on March 14 pledged swift work by Congress on a job and infrastructure package that will be “fiscally sound,” but said she isn’t sure whether the next major item on President Joe Biden’s agenda will attract Republican backing.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
March 15, 2021

Pete Buttigieg to Quarantine After Security Agent Gets COVID-19

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg at Union Station in Washington, D.C. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press) Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg at Union Station in Washington, D.C. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will quarantine for 14 days after a member of his security detail tested positive Feb. 8 for the coronavirus.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
February 9, 2021
Government, Logistics

US Postal Service Reports Financial Loss for 11th Year in a Row

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

The beleaguered U.S. Postal Service reported a financial loss Nov. 14 for the 11th straight year, citing declining mail volume and costs of its pension and health care obligations even as it predicted another strong holiday season of package deliveries.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
November 15, 2017
Government, Business, Logistics

Postal Service May Get More Freedom to Raise Stamp Prices

Postal Service Truck André-Pierre du Plessis/Flickr

Regulators appear likely to accept the financially beleaguered Postal Service’s request for more freedom to raise the price of mailing letters. It would be the biggest change in the Postal Service’s pricing system in nearly a half-century, allowing stamp prices to rise beyond the rate of inflation.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
August 9, 2017