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Around the World: An Interview with Amelia Rose Earhart

Amelia in command of the Pilatus PC-12NG – Photo: Amelia Rose Earhart On the 2nd of June, 1937, Amelia Earhart began her journey around the world – the one that would end somewhere over the Pacific. On June 26, 2014, Amelia Rose Earhart began her journey around the world to recreate that famous flight. [...]

Is Good Urban Form Slowing Us Down?

There has been a lot of chatter recently on the issue of fast vs slow transit. This week is the perfect time for this discussion as two major United States transit projects of differing stripes opened up; the Metro Silver Line in Washington...Show More Summary

SimpliFlying In The News – July 2014: Aviation Marketing Insights in Wall Street Journal, IBTimes, Tnooz and more

The world was shaken this month when MH17 flight was shot down when flying over a conflict zone in Ukraine. This was the second mega crisis that Malaysia Airlines had to deal with in less than four months. As the investigations go on...Show More Summary

Unofficial: Regional Airbus A330s to be assembled in China

Globalisation becomes less about lowering costs and more about nailing down sales in massive emerging markets

Drawing From Both Bags

When I get to the airport company sent me to in the previous post, there is a NOTAM on the ATIS for fire fighting operations on the edge of the control zone. There's a forest fire. I should have checked NOTAMs during the diversion. I did tell Centre were were headed here, and I hope they would have mentioned it had the airport been actually closed. Show More Summary

IL: Blogger Sues CTA for Documents Related to Ventra Contract

A blogger sued the CTA on Wednesday to obtain copies of the losing bids and other documents related to the transit agency awarding an almost half-billion-dollar contract in 2011 for the new Ventra fare-collection system.

NV: Private Companies Hope to Use Public Bus Stops for Las Vegas Shuttle Services

A downtown Las Vegas startup has big plans to make it easier for workers to get around without a car. But there's a catch -- the company wants to use public bus stops to pick up and drop off passengers, raising questions about whether private companies should be able to profit from public infrastructure.

Ebola outbreak could cause rapid flight and border closures

The Ebola virus outbreak in parts of Africa is a terrible tragedy that has the potential to cause rapid and cascading border closures right around the world. It isn’t near to being that bad at present, but it is worth noting that during concerns about the spread of bird flu, and the SARS crisis early [...]

US: Congress Races to Finish Veterans, Highway Bills

Congress is racing to wrap up legislation addressing chronic problems at the Veterans Affairs Department and a shortfall in highway money ahead of its five-week summer break. Deep divisions cast doubt on any resolution to the surge of immigrants at the border.

CA: Zafar Alikhan Joins Parsons Brinckerhoff

Zafar Alikhan has been named a senior transit and rail manager in the Los Angeles office of Parsons Brinckerhoff.

MD: A New Beginning for Progressive Labor Education & Activism as ATU Acquires National Labor College Campus in Silver Spring

Today marks a rebirth and reinvigorated commitment to education and progressive training for organized labor as the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) expands its long-standing union education and activism program to the newly acquired campus of the former National Labor College.

NY: Beverage, Snack Vending Machines to be Installed in Dozens of LIRR Stations

A Long Island Rail Road plan to install snack and beverage vending machines at most train stations will generate about $2.5 million in new revenue over the next 10 years, officials estimate.

CA: Black BART Workers Find Racist Threats on Lockers, Lawyer Says

A group of African American BART track maintenance workers say they were subjected to racist death threats at work last month -- the latest incident in a continuing pattern of racial discrimination and harassment.

KS: Free Wi-Fi is Now at the Bus Stop in Kansas City

Bus riders in Kansas City, Kan., can now enjoy a free Wi-Fi connection at the 47th Street Transit Center. The Unified Government said Sprint has agreed to provide the service at no cost for at least a year and will then evaluate whether to continue it. Officials said this is the first transit center in the metropolitan area to offer free Wi-Fi.

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