Tuesday, December 24, 2013
The Boeing 747 once ruled the skies as the largest and most popular passenger airplane. But more and more airlines are moving away from the Jumbo Jet. Economics reporter Carolyn Adolph at member station KUOW in Seattle, explains the history of the 747 and why the "Queen of the Skies" is stepping down from its throne.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Earlier this month, Boeing machinists in Seattle refused a new contract. Now, Boeing is looking for a new location to build the 777x, a place where unions have less of a foothold. Washington State is still lobbying to keep 777x production at home. But Aviation Industry Analyst Scott Hamilton explains why the state expects a lot of outside competition and what this means for American labor overall.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Authorities now say a 5-foot airplane part that's believed to be from one of the jets that struck the World Trade Center is from a wing.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
With Boeing's 787 Dreamliner planes still grounded around the world, analysts are asking how much money the company stands to lose. Carol Hymowitz has been covering Boeing for Bloomberg News, where she's the editor-at-large.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Today an emergency landing of a Japanese flight has grounded the All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner Aircrafts. Clive Irving, senior consulting editor at Condé Nast Traveler, explores the problems facing Boeing going forward.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
By Adam Dawson : It's A Free Country blogger
Salivating over the Solyndra scandal? Read the rest of the government-money menu first.
TN MOVING STORIES: Ray LaHood Talks Transpo on The Takeaway, Made in America's Unintended Consequences
Friday, February 17, 2012
By Kate Hinds
Top stories on TN:
Adele Has It All: 6 Grammys…And a Great Bike (link)
Study: Teen Driving Deaths Up After 8 Years of Decline (link)
House Transpo Bill Stalled In a Frenzy of Fingerpointing (link)
Houston Loop Project Moves to Next Phase (link)
Feds Pitch First-Ever Distracted Driving Guidelines For Automakers (link)
Boehner: ‘Fundamental Change’ Means This Bill Stays in GOP Territory (link)
U.S. DOT head Ray LaHood talked about the deadlocked transportation bill on The Takeaway.
Enforcer buses: by early next year San Francisco's entire fleet of 819 buses will be equipped with forward-facing cameras that take pictures of cars traveling or parked in the bus and transit-only lanes. (Atlantic Cities)
Opinion: the transpo bill is a backlash against the Obama Administration's "cluelessness about the difference between national transportation policy and urban transport policy." (Politico)
The unintended consequences of "Made in America:" Boeing -- a U.S. airplane manufacturer -- is selling its planes to foreign airlines, which are then taking over routes previously pioneered by U.S. carriers. (Washington Post)
Nevada --where Google test-drives its robotic cars -- is becoming the first state to create a licensing system for self-driving cars. (NPR)
Any consumer savings from the payroll tax cut will probably be erased by higher gas prices. (Marketplace)
A routine repair project on a California highway went awry -- and has turned into a full-fledged scandal. (Los Angeles Times)
High-speed taxiways -- designed to get jets off runways faster -- are coming to Newark airport. (Asbury Park Press)
Bike share is coming to Austin's SXSW. (Bike World News)
Want one of the wooden benches NYC is phasing out of the subway system? It can be yours for a mere $650. (New York Daily News)
TN MOVING STORIES: Transpo Legislation Stalled, Boston T Eyeing Fare Hike, FedEx Driver Saw Linsanity Coming
Thursday, February 16, 2012
By Kate Hinds
Top stories on TN:
NYPD Defends Role in Investigating Traffic Deaths (Link)
NYPD Issued Almost 50,000 Bicycle Tickets in 2011 (Link)
Transit Tax Deduction Amendment Doesn’t Make Payroll Deal (Link)
Final Irene-Damaged Road in New York is Fixed (Link)
SF Ferries Prepare for Crunch From Bridge Closure (Link)
New York Wants $2 Billion From Feds for Tappan Zee Bridge (Link)
Report: Boehner is Delaying Transpo Vote (Link)
Why is transportation legislation stalled in both the House and the Senate? TN's Todd Zwillich explains on The Takeaway.
Ray LaHood says President Obama's transportation spending plan is necessary, because "America is one big pothole right now." (Los Angeles Times)
BP's oil slick is spilling into a New Orleans courtroom: testimony in a lawsuit over the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe is scheduled to begin at the end of the month. (NPR)
Boston's transit advisory board is proposing a 25 percent, across-the-board fare hike as an alternative to steep service cuts. (Boston Globe)
Detroit's mayor will propose ending bus service between 1 and 4 a.m. citywide and reducing service times and lengthen waits between buses on dozens of routes. (Detroit Free Press)
DC's Metro and three equipment makers have admitted liability in the deadliest train crash in the transit authority’s history, according to court filings. (Washington Post)
Toyota has revved up its sales to U.S. rental car agencies. (Marketplace)
West Virginia's House is mulling Complete Streets legislation. (AP via West Virginia Gazette)
If the global climate continues its warming trend, Manhattan could see a drastic uptick of so-called 100-year floods, or those with storm surges around 6.5 feet, according to a new MIT study. (Atlantic Cities)
How dreamy is Boeing's new Dreamliner? One passenger: "It's half-and-half. I half like it, and I'm half disappointed." (Wall Street Journal)
A FedEx driver -- and statistics hobbyist -- predicted the rise of Jeremy Lin two years ago. (Wall Street Journal)
Thursday, January 05, 2012
Wichita, Kansas has been known as the "Air Capitol of the World" since the 1920s. Building aircrafts for the army and for the jet-set, the city is to airplanes what Detroit is to cars. But, after September 11th, new orders plummeted, and Wichita-based manufacturers cut over 15,000 jobs between 2001 and 2004. The latest blow to the industrial city came on Wednesday when Boeing announced plans to close its Defense, Space and Security facility.
TN MOVING STORIES: NYC Mayor Backing #7 Subway to Secaucus Plan, BP Profits Triple, BRT to Michigan?
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
By Kate Hinds
Top stories on TN:
Mitt Romney is making President Obama's support for two high-end green car companies a campaign issue. (Link)
The first Mexican truck has crossed the US border. (Link)
Formula 1 racing is coming to NJ. (Link)
But: is NY making its own "ARC mistake" by killing transit on the bridge? (Second Avenue Sagas)
And: the lack of transit drew criticism at a Tappan Zee public comment session. (Journal News)
Real-time bus arrival information will come to Staten Island by the end of the year. (Staten Island Advance)
A Maryland panel recommended a gas tax hike, fare increases and an end to transit raids to fund state transportation projects. (Baltimore Sun)
The NY Post reports that Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be announcing plans to move forward on extending the No. 7 subway to New Jersey.
The Port Authority will raise the Bayonne Bridge by 2016. (NorthJersey.com)
Michigan's governor wants to jump start a regional transit system in Detroit with bus rapid transit. (Detroit Free Press)
NYC taxi update: the city will crackdown on the $350 no-honking-except-in-an-emergency rule (WNYC). And the Taxi and Limousine Commission is surveying passengers about their cab rides (NY Daily News).
Boeing's Dreamliner made its maiden voyage after a three-year delay. (Guardian)
18 months after the massive oil spill in the Gulf, BP stages a comeback: company profits have tripled. (Marketplace)
Reporters complain about the Acela, continue to ride it. (Politico)
TN MOVING STORIES: Boeing Delivers New Plane, Atlanta's Transpo System Needs Billions, and LA Stadium Plan Heavy on Parking, Light on Transit
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
By Kate Hinds
Top stories on TN:
FEMA disaster reimbursements -- on hold due to Congressional inaction -- are affecting Montana residents hit hard by flooding. (Link)
Obama administration officials continue to push for transportation spending, despite unpromising signs from lawmakers. (Link)
The train tracks under the New York's East River that support hundreds of Long Island Railroad cars daily will be replaced due to "significant water drainage issues." (WNYC)
The transportation plan for a proposed 72,000-seat football stadium in downtown Los Angeles is heavy on the parking, fuzzy on the public transit details. (Los Angeles Times)
Even if Atlanta's transportation referendum passes, its transit system will still face $2.3 billion in unfunded maintenance needs over the next decade. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
The Dreamliner takes flight: Boeing delivered its first new aircraft in over a decade. (Marketplace)
Urban bicyclists may be inhaling twice as much soot as pedestrians. (Los Angeles Times)
New York State is getting nearly $150 million in federal transportation funding to upgrade Amtrak's passenger service in the Albany area. (AP via Wall Street Journal)
New York's MTA is putting nine more properties on the block, including a mostly empty building in downtown Brooklyn. (Wall Street Journal)
The NYPD rolled out "Total Impact," a policing strategy designed to combat a spike in subway crime. (NY Daily News)
'Shovel-ready' jobs -- a term the president has avoided this time around - actually take a fair amount of time. (Politico)
About 30 percent of the natural gas produced in North Dakota is flared off as waste, an amount that no other oil field in the rest of the country comes close to. (NY Times)
New York City Council held hearings on bills that would change procedures for installing bike lanes. (Streetsblog)
Friday, September 16, 2011
Not even 24 hours into his term as congressman from New York's 9th Congressional District and Bob Turner has already drawn the ire of at least one local political official.
Queens Assemblyman Rory Lancman just sent out an official statement on Congressman Turner's vote to block the National Labor Relations Board from challenging a new Boeing facility in North Carolina, which critics say was moved in retaliation against unionized workers.
"My new Congressman's honeymoon ended when his first vote in Washington was to undermine basic worker protections and enable companies to outsource American jobs overseas," Lancman said in the statement.
As David Freedlander over at Politicker noted, Lancman had wanted the job, but Queens party boss Congressman Joesph Crowley gave it to the now-defeated David Weprin. If the 9th Congressional District exists in 2012, Lancman could be a Democratic challenger gunning for Turner's job.
TN MOVING STORIES: Ethanol Subsidies Survive Senate Vote -- Metro Transit Can Now Go To Seattle Mariners Games
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
By Kate Hinds
Following a court ruling, Seattle's Metro can now begin providing public transit service to sporting events. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
Toronto's mayor is interested in selling naming rights to subway stations, bridges, and highways in order to raise badly-needed revenue. (The Globe and Mail)
Bus-only lanes are coming to LA's Wilshire Boulevard. (Los Angeles Times)
Members of the French parliament are pressuring Air France to place a large order with the French plane-maker Airbus over US company Boeing. (Marketplace)
A new US DOT distracted driving ad features characters from the Disney movie 'Cars 2." Because only bad guys drive distracted.
Ethanol subsidies survived a Senate vote. (NPR)
So many people are using Montreal's bike lanes that the lanes are reaching capacity. (Montreal Gazette)
Las Vegas is using Krispy Kremes to try to lure drivers out of their cars and onto buses. (Las Vegas Sun)
Anthony Weiner's car isn't registered. (NY Daily News)
Lose your NYC MetroCard? Now you can file a claim online. (TransitBlogger)
Friday, August 13, 2010
It's was a wonderful piece of reporting this week in the Middle Seat column of the Wall Street Journal: a review of DOT data, yielding what amounts to an MPG rating for the airlines. Alaska came out on top, with a bit of luck (like being West Coast-based) and some good practices (like shutting down engines quickly at the gate). The worst guzzlers turn out to the three biggest U.S. carriers.
But here's the big question: would information like this -- that getting you from LAX to JFK sucks around 10 gallons more fuel on Delta than it does on JetBlue on average -- cause you to change who you buy your ticket from? Let us know in the comments.
Monday, August 09, 2010
Boeing now has more cancellations than new orders in 2010 for Dreamliner (AP)
Tribune puts out list of Chicago's 10 worst transportation blunders.
Cost will be highest hurdle for high-speed rail (Philly Inquirer, four part series)
State and local money done, Denver looks to feds to finish "T-REX" rail and road project (Denver Post)
Good takes a look at San Francisco's new parking pricing system, designed by Adam Smith.
And the New York Times over the weekend looks at how Clayton County Georgia and other localities, facing budget shortfalls, have axed public transit entirely....and how red light cameras are becoming an issue in the 2010 elections.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
U.S. DOT says study showing its tough new tarmac delays rule leads to more cancellations is "premature" (AP)
Rendell wants higher license and registration fee, three-cent hike in the gas tax to close PA's funding gap. Unhappy state GOP wants bonds. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Nun ticketing sparks concern about Holland Tunnel traffic enforcement (DNAinfo) while cop gets slapped with assault charges and reckless driving for driving the wrong way, hitting a cyclist, and leaving the scene (Gotham Gazette)