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Qantas lobs non-stop 744s in ski holiday fight with Air Canada

Qantas is doing something this January that many customers have wished for in the past, and flying non-stop between Sydney and Vancouver. The six ski specials will be in its refurbished Boeing 747-400s, and while Air Canada does 777-200LRs non-stop all the time, anyone who has flown on a partly loaded 744 versus the noiser [...]

Is the Pel-Air cover-up going to drag on forever?

It isn’t known when the  Transport Safety Board of Canada’s review of the how the ATSB handled its botched accident investigation into the 2009 Pel-Air crash will be released, but some sort of struggle to prevent it being made public has been going on behind the scenes for months. That crash, which seriously injured one [...]

Where Do You Buy Your Photography Equipment From?

Morant's Curve In these days of always-on Internet, there are so many choices available to the smart consumer. It's hard to know where to go for the best prices on camera equipment. Here I'll present a few of the places I look. Please...Show More Summary

A New Day of Transit Sleuthing

…and think about things I need to get done, one thought resounds as I hack away on the light rail. The air conditioning blowing on a hot day like this is nice, the thought of the 190+ blog entries that sit in my queue incomplete because...Show More Summary

Video: Southwest Airlines Paints a Boeing 737

After watching this video my first thought was, “holy cow that is a lot of blue.” When I first saw the leaked photos of the new Southwest Airlines’ livery I was not a fan. After seeing full photos of the new livery, it has started to grow on me, but I wouldn’t say that [...] The post Video: Southwest Airlines Paints a Boeing 737 appeared first on

SDOT: Improvements at 1st/Denny to speed QA, Magnolia, Ballard routes

SDOT Blog announced more upcoming transit improvements around 1st/Denny. They will: Add a signal phase that allows left turns to Denny from northbound 1st Avenue’s right-side bus lane. This will allow outbound Magnolia routes and Ballard expresses to use the bus lane all the way to the intersection instead of merging into the often congested general-purpose lanes […]

P3s Can Make CNG Projects a Reality

Public-private partnerships offer transit agencies the ability to benefit from a CNG program promptly, even when immediate funding to pay the up-front costs of the CNG infrastructure may be unavailable.

NY: Subway Tunnel Damaged by Sandy Restored to Service

Trains will once again roll through a New York subway tunnel that was severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy, taking in 27 million gallons of water.

IL: International Study Critiques Chicago Transit

A new study by an international economic organization paints an uncomplimentary portrait of the Chicago area's transportation system, saying it suffers from too many transit agencies and fragmented local governments.

FL: Reporter's 6-Mile Trip Takes 96 Minutes

With the Bay Town Trolley recently under new management, I decided to take the trolley to work to experience the ride and talk to passengers.

SC: Triennial Review of Coast RTA Shows Compliance in Six Areas, Deficiencies in 11

The FTA is expected to release its triennial review of Coast RTA later this month that will show inadequate financial and maintenance planning, and retaining useless buses so long, Coast may have to pay the feds back part of its contribution...

OH: Ohio State Plan Uses Shuttles to Curb Traffic

Ohio State University is planning an overhaul of its transit system to move more parking to the edges of campus and reduce traffic near academic buildings.

CT: Norwich Report: Disabled Need Improved Public Transportation

The biggest problems faced by local people with disabilities, their families and caregivers also could be the most expensive to correct -- lack of public transportation and crumbling sidewalks and street crossings.

WI: Long-Range Transportation Planning Underway in Janesville Area

Long-range transportation planning is the work of the Janesville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, a far reaching group that includes representation from Rock County, the cities of Janesville and Milton and the towns of Harmony, La Prairie, Janesvi

TX: Metro 'Flex Zones' to Receive More Study

Sweeping changes to Houston's bus system are on pace for approval later this month, though some features of the new routes and schedules will be a work in progress.

CA: Roads, Transit Handle 49ers Crowd Relatively Well

There's no fast and easy way to get 70,799 people in and out of any stadium, but the 49ers gave it their best try Sunday night for their first regular-season game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

NY: MTA Bus and Train Fares to Rise Monday

Commuters will start paying more this week to board buses and trains operated by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which is raising fares Monday morning for the first time in four years.

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