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Canada to phase out DOT-111 tank cars to ensure rail safety

Canada Transport Minister Lisa Raitt has decided to phase out the 5,000 least crash-resistant DOT-111 tank cars in the country, in response to the recommendations following the Lac-Mégantic train derailment in July 2013.

Eurostar Q1 revenues up 7%

Channel tunnel train operator Eurostar has reported that its sales revenues have increased by 7% to £227m for the first quarter (Q1) of 2014, compared with £213m for the same period in 2013.

Who is Onboard?

Patrick Smith at has ranted on a subject I have ranted on before. There are at minimum two people working in an airline cockpit. Both are pilots. Why do the media pretend there is only one? This isn't a new thing. Ernest Gann started out as a copilot in the... Show More Summary

Another way to game on time performance stats

Found on twitter, Virgin America’s special trick for gaming on time performance statistics.

MH370 Flotsam found on WA coast discounted as wreckage

The ATSB says the flotsam found near Augusta in Western Australia did not come from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. It has however urged the public to continue to report any discoveries of material which could possibly be from the airliner, a Boeing 777 with 239 people on board, which vanished from ATC radars on [...]

Overnight Q Service To Become Local

Broadway line local station riders have good news coming to them as of this December. MTA NYC Transit has announced that trains will now run local in Manhattan during the overnight hours. Here is more: MTA New York City Transit today announced that beginning in December 2014, Q trains will make all local stops in […]

Cities that have #freetransit first are ahead in the game : " “We are frequently asked why we are offering free-of-charge public transport,” the mayor of Tallinn told Citiscope. “It is actually more appropriate to ask why most cities in the world still don’t.”"

MH370 What debris from jet could look like

The former Inspector General of the US Department of Transportation, Mary Schiavo, has tweeted links to photos showing what floating debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 c0uld look like. The images are small on the Boeing technical paper on 777s like the one that vanished with 239 people on board on 8 March [...]

Smarter Growth Means More Planning

South Lake Union by yinzhou1 Danny Westneat had a column last week on the rapid development of South Lake Union and Denny Triangle that elicited a fair amount of eye-rolling from the urbanist set in my Twitter feed. Here’s the nut graf: I’m no Lesser Seattle type. Growth means jobs, and density means a vital city. But […]

Fifth Freedom Under Attack? Italian Government Does a Flip-Flop

An Emirates Boeing 777-300ER - Photo: Emirates In October of 2013, Emirates Airline became the first “Fifth Freedom” carrier to fly between New York City and Milan in Italy. This allowed a stop between New York and Dubai in the Italian city would help to increase services between not only Italy and Dubai, but [...]Show More Summary

A Preview of the Coming Cuts

If you haven’t been following the Proposition 1 discussion obsessively, you might not have a firm idea of what the (now inevitable) Metro cuts will look like. David Lawson’s analysis of the Seattle and Eastside cuts are useful references, amended by the recent slight uptick in projected revenue. South King County’s cuts are equally deep, […]

CA: Cubic Receives $7.5 Million Contract Add-on from Metropolitan Transportation Commission to Expand Clipper Card to Smaller Bay Area Transit Agencies

Cubic Transportation Systems received a $7.5 million add-on contract with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to expand the Clipper card fare payment system to more than a dozen suburban transit agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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