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Daniel C. Vock

Daniel C. Vock

Daniel C. Vock is a States Newsroom Washington correspondent.

Feds expand Pell Grant program for prisoners working on college degrees

By: - August 30, 2021

WASHINGTON—Prison inmates around the U.S. are getting the chance to do something that was almost unheard of a generation ago: pursue a college degree while behind bars and with financial support from the federal government. Inmates in 42 states, including Virginia, and Washington, D.C., can now get federal grants to work with colleges and universities […]

With ‘Amtrak Joe’ in the White House, states hope for a passenger rail renaissance

By: - April 30, 2021

Stu Nicholson has been trying for decades without success to get Amtrak —or any other passenger rail service — to come to Columbus, Ohio. As director of All Aboard Ohio, a passenger rail advocacy group, Nicholson helped explore possibilities, like creating a new route from Chicago to Pittsburgh, with Columbus in the middle. But for […]

D.C.‘s Metro system skirts disaster, but will suburban commuters return in the same numbers?

By: - March 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — Metro is finally catching a break, and it’s a plus for workers in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs poised to start heading back to the office once they’re vaccinated. The $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package signed by President Joe Biden last week ends — for now — the prospect that the bus and […]

Buttigieg to inherit a crumbling network of roads, subways and rails at DOT

By: - December 29, 2020

Pete Buttigieg as the incoming pick for U.S. transportation secretary would take office at a time when both state and local officials are deeply frustrated that not enough is being done to maintain and improve the country’s transportation networks. But nobody seems to be able to solve the problem. For example, two presidents have vowed […]

COVID-19 pushes Postal Service’s finances to the brink

By: - April 17, 2020

WASHINGTON — Millions of Americans are relying on the U.S. Postal Service for key supplies while they isolate themselves to slow the spread of COVID-19. But the Postal Service itself faces uncertain times ahead, as the economic fallout of the pandemic and hostility from the Trump administration threaten to hobble it. “At a time when […]