Transportation

Transportation

GM fights government to retain tax credit for electric cars

WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation's largest automaker contends with the political fallout triggered by its plans to shutter several U.S. factories and shed thousands of workers.

Survey seeks views of motorists, commuters

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois officials want to hear about your experiences rolling down the highways or riding the rails of a commuter train.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is conducting an online survey through the University of Illinois at Springfield to guide it as it plans the state's transportation future.

Thousands salute Bush funeral train on final Texas ride

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Thousands waved and cheered along the route as funeral train No. 4141 — for the 41st president — carried George H.W. Bush's remains to their final resting place on Thursday, his last journey as a week of national remembrance took on a decidedly personal feel in an emotional home state farewell.

I-74 crash: 'A great loss for our school'

CHAMPAIGN — Going forward, they'll pray.

After a bus carrying the Normal West High School freshman girls' basketball team they'd just played hours earlier was involved in a horrific crash that left two people dead Wednesday night, a handful of Champaign Central Maroons players discussed praying for their opponents and for their own safety before they travel for games.

Man arrested after threat to blow up bus

CHICAGO (AP) — Police arrested a man on a Greyhound bus stopped on a Chicago expressway after he threatened to blow up the vehicle.

Illinois State Police said they received a call that a man was threatening to blow up the bus. The bus was headed to Chicago from Milwaukee.

The arrest took place Wednesday afternoon on the Kennedy Expressway.

Google's robotic spinoff launches ride-hailing service

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's self-driving car spinoff is finally ready to try to profit from its nearly decade-old technology.

Waymo is introducing a small-scale ride-hailing service in the Phoenix area that will include a human behind the wheel in case the robotic vehicles malfunction.

Trump meets with German automakers amid trade tensions

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump met Tuesday with executives from Germany's big automakers amid U.S.-European trade tensions focused on car exports and the threat of tariffs.

Police may have used Tesla Autopilot to stop speeding car

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — The California Highway Patrol says it may have used the Autopilot system of a Tesla to stop the car after its driver fell asleep.

Grants from VW deal to buy cleaner transit engines

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois officials have allocated the first grants to buy cleaner-burning engines from an emissions lawsuit settlement Volkswagen reached with federal officials.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that $19 million will finance cleaner-burning public-transit trains and buses.

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