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Daily News Briefs for January 29, 2015

Brent Spence Funding Plan: Will It Be Enough? Questions on I-77 Project Financing Tolls Proposed for Texas I-35 New Chairman & New Gift Ban at PA Turnpike Silicon Valley Express Lanes Project......

AASHTO Posts Videos of Winter Briefing Keynote Speeches

An announcement from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

Transportation Commission Approves Houston P3 Project

This is the text of a news release from the Texas Department of Transportation (Houston).

TxDOT Selects Lane-Abrams JV for SH 360 Corridor Improvements Project

This is the text of a news release from the Texas Department of Transportation (Austin).

Qantas: Has it broken free of the need for protection?

Opinion By coincidence, yesterday’s strong return to viability by Qantas came on the same day as a Productivity Commission report refuting its special pleadings over restricting foreign competitors. It might well be the right time for Qantas to stop bleating about the claimed end-of-the-line geographical disadvantages of its network, or the cost advantages of its [...]

Qantas beats consensus with strong profit rebound but no dividend

Qantas has posted an underlying profit before tax of $367 million for its first half results to 31 December, beating expectations of between $300-350 million but the dividend drought continues. These are the headline results posted to the ASX this morning. It is just over a year since Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce was refused [...]

Savings not safety drives Australia to merge civil military ATC

  An ABC report says the long overdue merger of civil and military air traffic control is at last firmly committed to by Government. This could save many lives, rather than just the money that is mentioned as driving the decision. The danger spots in the current system, long identified and studied in considerable detail [...]

AirServices Australia grilled over integrity and competency issues

While media attention was understandably diverted elsewhere in Senate Estimates hearings yesterday,  AirServices Australia was given a grilling that raised some very serious safety, competency and integrity issues. The only way to appreciate what transpired, short of being there, would be to watch a high quality YouTube, or set of same, conveying the hearing [...]

Was MH370?s flight south ‘spoofed’ as it really flew north?

One of the most careful dissenting voices in the MH370 mystery is US science writer Jeff Wise, who has today published a study of tractor work on a patch of earth in Kazakhstan that matches the dimensions of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER. However Mr Wise doesn’t back the conclusion that this is where [...]

MH370 search finds man made objects, none from jet

Also overlooked in the Senate Estimates treasure trove last night was news that the MH370 search being run by Australia, has found what appear to be man made objects as large as shipping containers. The ATSB crash investigator directing the search operations, Peter Foley said eight such level two objects had been detected by sonar [...]

Tiny Fiji Airways banks huge profit and rewards employees

Fiji Airways has only seven jets, three A330-200 wide bodies and four single aisle Boeing 737s, but has just shamed its much larger Australian and NZ peer airlines with massive profits and worker bonuses. On top of that the man who was in charge as CEO, Stefan Pichler, has been snatched from his rich and [...]

Qantas versus Growth revives aviation-trade policy issues

Commentary With airline activity continuing to surge in China and the Middle East it might be time to replace the tyranny of distance arguments about Qantas ‘protection’ with a discussion about the tyranny of growth. And with Qantas possibly outlining firm plans to begin expanding its fleet at its first half year financial results briefings [...]

IL Tollway's January Contract Awards Exceed $175M

A small business and 23 D/M/WBE subs are among the firms receiving work

JENSEN HUGHES Brand Launches After Historic Merger

The merger of Rolf Jensen & Associates (The RJA Group) and Hughes Associates on 27 June 2014 has created a new company name - JENSEN HUGHES - for what is now the largest and most experienced specialty engineering consulting firm in the world.

Alstom to deliver Citadis X05 trams for Sydney's CBD Light Rail

French rail manufacturer Alstom has been assigned to deliver and commission 30 coupled Citadis X05 trams for Sydney's $2.1bn CBD and South East Light Rail project.

First freight train completes round trip from China to Spain

The first freight train linking China and Spain has completed a round trip on the world’s longest railway line.

Network Rail to award new contingent labour contracts

UK rail infrastructure operator Network Rail is set to award a series of contracts worth £450m to a number of contingent labour suppliers for providing work force over the next five years.

Halogen-free Cables and Wires

This white paper contains in-depth information and specifications about SAB Bröckskes' range of halogen-free cables and wires.

Speakers Announced for Major Global Wi-Fi on Trains Conference

The full brochure and running order for this year's global get-together, the Wi-Fi on Trains Conference - Train Communications Systems 2015, is now available.  

Network Innovation on the Move

In response to the growing demands for anywhere, anytime communications by organizations and consumers in almost every industry, today's networks, both wired and wireless, are evolving dramatically.

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