8:43 AM, Jun 3, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry both spent two days in April at the Summit of the Americas in Panama, but hotels and transportation for the entire delegation for the conference topped $1.4 million. An estimated total of 3,889 room nights were split between two hotels: the Intercontinental Playa Bonita and the Westin Playa Bonita.
Panama is not a large country (a little smaller than South Carolina in square miles), but still the cost of vehicles for local transportation for the delegation came to an estimated $550,309.
These vans, buses, trucks, sedans and SUVs are in addition to vehicles flown in by the Secret Service for President Obama who uses only the presidential armored vehicles wherever he travels.
After an audit finds Portland inflated its streetcar stats, a legendary loudmouth suddenly clams up.1:33 PM, Dec 16, 2014 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
Portland, Oregon, city commissioner Steve Novick is nothing if not verbose.
8:07 AM, Aug 7, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Vice President Biden's trip to Brazil in mid-June for the USA versus Ghana World Cup game and meetings the following day with the president and vice president of Brazil required rental of vehicles for Biden and his entourage costing over $900,000.
1:16 PM, Jul 30, 2014 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
Casual dining establishment TGI Fridays, you may have heard, is advertising what it bills as “endless” appetizers for a mere $10. Yet if you dine at Fridays here in the District of Columbia, you can expect to spend $11, not $10, on the “endless apps,” once DC’s 10 percent dining tax is included.
6:47 AM, Feb 7, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Documents recently released by the government show that the value of hotels and local transportation contracts for the U.S. delegation to Nelson Mandela's funeral in December were considerably higher than previous estimates. On December 19, we first reported the cost at about $11 million. However, rather than two hotels and one vehicle contractor, additional contracts have been disclosed bringing the total to five hotels and two vehicle contractors.
'Misconduct by Transportation Security Administration workers has increased more than 26%'8:14 AM, Jul 31, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Seems the Transportation Security Administration has a problem. In short, many of the people who frisk you, paw through your luggage, and herd you like cattle through the lines at the airport are stealing on the job. Among other derelictions. And the problem, as CNN reports, is growing:
7:02 AM, Jul 16, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
Despite an admission by the Department of Transportation (DOT) that the Federal-aid Highway Programs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) are "susceptible to significant improper payments," the DOT Inspector General (IG) has terminated an audit initiated in April "due to other higher priority work demands."
From the Scrapbook.May 16, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 33 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
In the midst of the Osama bin Laden news last week occurred one of those quiet cultural transitions that catch The Scrapbook’s attention. We are speaking of the death, in Stamford, Connecticut, of 91-year-old Hubert J. Schlafly Jr.
There’s a reason Washington can’t get Americans out of their cars.Mar 7, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 24 • By FRED BARNES
For most Americans—make that most of mankind—the car is an instrument of mobility, flexibility, and speed. Yet officials in Washington, transportation experts, state and local functionaries, planners, and transit officials are puzzled why their efforts to lure people from their cars continue to fail.
The theory of ‘induced-demand’ fails the road test.Mar 7, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 24 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
In 2008 the Virginia Department of Transportation began work adding a fourth lane to the six-mile stretch of I-95 between the Springfield interchange and the exit for Virginia State Road 123. This is likely of very little consequence to you, but it was a life-changing moment for me: I live not far from State Road 123. And my daily commute along that stretch of I-95 had been slowly killing everything that was once good inside me.
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