Department Of Transportation
SEATTLE — Two environmental groups are asking the U.S. Department of Transportation to immediately ban shipments of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars, citing recent explosive oil train wrecks and the department's own findings that those accidents pose an "imminent hazard."
Disclosures from railroads about volatile oil shipments from the Northern Plains show dozens of the trains passing weekly through Illinois and the Midwest and up to 19 a week reaching Washington state on the West Coast.
HELENA — Montana became the only state in the nation that does not ban at least some drivers from texting when a new law took effect in South Carolina this week.
WASHINGTON — Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they're needed and if so, who should pay.
Federal regulators are further tightening testing requirements for companies that transport oil by rail after a spate of explosions caused by crude train derailments in the U.S. and Canada.
HELENA — Some Montana lawmakers are questioning Missoula’s practice of charging $309 for permits to move megaloads of oil refinery equipment through the city.
HELENA — Since 1998, U.S. Sen. Max Baucus has helped pass three highway bills that have brought more than $4 billion in federal highway funds to Montana.
Even as a fresh winter storm blew into town Tuesday afternoon, Bill Kemp was talking about cleaning up after the freezing rain, heavy snows and high winds of last week.
Driving home from classes at Montana State University Billings on Oct. 11, Corey Buchan arrived to find two wrecked cars on his front lawn.
HELENA — The state Transportation Department intends to arm 35 officers from its Motor Carrier Services Division, a move that drew opposition from the lobbyist for Montana’s trucking industry.
WASHINGTON — For commercial truck drivers such as Charles Ryser, when the wheels aren’t turning, you aren’t earning.
Eastern Montana towns dependent on federal Essential Air Service flights to Billings are lining up behind an East Coast airline to replace departing Silver Airways.
Early Sunday morning a pickup truck veered off a road near Browning, killing five people – all between the ages of 17 and 29.
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock signed the Legislature's main budget bill Friday — but not after first using his line-item-veto authority to strike a small portion of the spending.
Rimrock Stages, deemed an “imminent hazard” by a federal agency, has been shut down.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is scheduled to appear in Glacier National Park on Monday to make an announcement on transit funding.
MISSOULA — Buffeted by a frigid winter in northern Alberta and still suffering from transport delays in Montana and Idaho, Imperial Oil of Canada has raised the estimate of initial costs for its Kearl oil sands project by $2 billion.
After a lengthy public hearing Monday night, the Billings City Council approved a special review that will allow the expansion of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd at 1108 24th St. W.
A West End church's expansion plans will be the subject of a special review request before the Billings City Council on Monday night.
HELENA — Gov.-elect Steve Bullock on Thursday appointed two more department directors — Mike Tooley to head the state Department of Transportation and John Tubbs to lead the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.