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Airlines rapidly change cockpit rules after Germanwings crash

European airlines are reported as rapidly adopting the US rule which prevents any pilot being left alone in a cockpit in the aftermath of the Germanwings disaster. Australia’s airlines are likely to adopt the same change in cockpit management very soon, although there is no statement to that effect from Qantas or Virgin Australia at [...]

PA: Video Captures Group Attack at SEPTA Station

Police are looking for the group of young people who attacked a man waiting for a train at a Broad Street Line subway station. Surveillance video of the incident, released by Philadelphia police on Monday, shows several young men approach...Show More Summary

Germaman wings co-pilot deliberately crashed jet

The public prosecutor in Marseilles has confirmed that the young and comparatively inexperienced co-pilot  of the Germanwings A320 that crashed in the southern French alps on Tuesday took control of the jet after the captain left the cockpit and then flew it into a mountain killing all 150 people on board. The prosecutor M Brice [...]

Cockpit security has been turned inside out by Germanwings crash

Cockpit security used to be about keeping the baddies out of them. From today it is also going to be about preventing a rogue pilot from being alone within them. This terrible new reality has forced itself on airlines and regulators because of reports that one of the Germanwings pilots left and was then locked [...]

Damaged Malaysia Airlines A330 is limping home

The Malaysia Airlines A330 that was stranded at Melbourne Airport for 10 days after a severe hard landing is ‘limping’ home. Plane Talking reader Will Lanting picked it up on Flightradar24 this morning as MAS5160 crossing Lake Eyre on its way to Darwin. Will (@WillLanting) thinks it may be making the trip with its wheels [...]

Sweating the Assets

The Fredericton train station, May 2003 Railways are notoriously frugal. They will "sweat the assets" (as Greg McDonnell says), but when they are done with an asset, it is usually discarded with little or no remorse. As an example, the...Show More Summary

First Hill Streetcar Testing Has Begun

On Friday SDOT showed off the first completed streetcar for the First Hill line. The streetcar made a one block trip from the maintenance facility to 8th & Lane. Also, SDOT’s Rail Transit Manager Ethan Ethan Melone provided a tour of the facility, which begins at the 5:55 mark of the video. Hit the break […]

Great Eight Open Thread

The Great Eight in the NCAA tourney are now set, the Final Four will be decided by Sunday. Time for another Open Thread. Oregon Business encourages greater private-sector (and public/private) participation in transit. The populationShow More Summary

SimpliLeader: Sanjiv Kapoor, COO at SpiceJet, on Branding, Social Media, & How the Airline is Being Turned Around

As part of our SimpliLeader series, through which we showcase the best minds in aviation, we met the Chief Operating Officer of SpiceJet, Sanjiv Kapoor. Sanjiv has been at the forefront [...] The post SimpliLeader: Sanjiv Kapoor, COO...Show More Summary

Germanwings aftermath is more about pilot heart attacks than madmen

The original main reason for some airlines adopting a two-people-in-a-cockpit-at-all-times rule wasn’t as much about terrorist threats but medical emergencies. That rationale has been largely overlooked in discussions of the aftermath of this week’s Germanwings crash in France, which is now a criminal rather than technical investigation. Show More Summary

Spokane Moving Forward: Cheney And West Plains

[This is the second in a promised series covering Spokane Moving Forward, the Spokane Transit Authority’s proposed ten-year plan to improve transit in the Spokane region, which will go to an areawide ballot in April. Previously I discussed the proposed Central City Line.] 16 miles southwest of Spokane lies Cheney, a town of about 10,000 permanent […]

MD: Four Injured After Crash Involving MTA Bus

March 27--Four people were transported to Baltimore Washington Medical Center after a Maryland Transit Administration bus and a vehicle collided in Glen Burnie around 6:30 p.m., officials said. Lt. Cliff Kooser, a county fire department spokesman, said those injured in the incident on Ritchie Highway westbound at Americana Circle had minor injuries. Show More Summary

PA: Charleroi Bus Rider Seeks Expanded Transit Services to Rostraver

March 27--Weekend transit service to the Rostraver retail shopping area could be extended later into the evening, although that would likely be considered as part of an overall plan for updating service in the Mon Valley. That was the...Show More Summary

WA: House Transportation Committee Urged to Raise Gas Tax, Vehicle Fees During Hearing

March 27--OLYMPIA -- A steady stream of business leaders and local government officials urged a House panel to raise the gasoline tax and several other vehicle fees and spend the projected $15 billion on roads, bridges, mass transitShow More Summary

GA: Proposed Transit Routes in West Chatham Get Chilly Reception in Pooler

March 27--South Florida researchers introducing a proposal to extend Chatham Area Transit service to the west side of the county got a chilly reception from area residents attending a workshop in Pooler this week. On Wednesday, mostShow More Summary

NY: Port Authority Bus Accident Kills One; Leads to Extensive Delays

March 26--A bus accident at Port Authority resulted in at least one fatality, according to media reports. The Port Authority said there are "significant delays," and New Jersey Transit is cross-honoring any bus tickets for passengers who can take the train. Show More Summary

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