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Rethinking I-205 MAX service

An occasional Portland Transport commenter and longtime reader, Nick Schillaci is a world traveler, who has been a foreigner on transit on every continent. He holds a humble BS in Planning and Public Policy from a little-known University of Oregon program, and has been a TriMet rider for decades. Show More Summary

New Web, Mobile Apps Estimate Cost Savings with Propane

PERC debuts three multi-platform cost calculators to help producers, landscape contractors, and fleet managers calculate ROI with propane.

Southwest’s Social Care Team Gets a New Home

Wall-mounted screens in the new Southwest Airlines Listening Center Airlines in the modern world seem to use social media one of two ways. Either as an effective marketing tool with no ability to handle any customer service functions, or as a customer service tool with little-to-no ability to market effectively. There are a rare [...]Show More Summary

Recommended Camera Settings For Railfans

I've been asked to post some of my common camera settings for various situations. I'm happy to share that, and I hope you will look at them in reference to your own settings. Review There are really three basic settings that you want...Show More Summary

Peer Pressure

As I fly from one airport to another I speak to numerous air traffic controllers. Let's say I depart Grande Prairie (I think they're almost finished the runway upgrade) for Calgary. I would call Grand Prairie Radio, who would ask me to monitor the clearance delivery frequency. Show More Summary

Cathay Pacific’s 40 years Sydney link beat the odds

No-one who knew the early Cathay Pacific would have foreseen 40 years unbroken non-stop flying between Hong Kong and Sydney since this day in 1974. At the start of the lasting jet age in the late 50s CX had no jets and flew the route via several stops in a Lockheed Electra, and was driven [...]

Making BRT faster

No, I’m not talking about travel speeds.  As Portland currently has no BRT, there’s nothing to make faster (other than existing local bus service, over which any decent BRT would be an improvement). Instead, I’m talking about rolling out BRT faster. Show More Summary

TriMet Unveils Siemens Redesigned S70

Siemens S70 vehicle redesigned to improve rider experience, train operation and maintenance.

Do We Have a Choice?

This really irks me... "I absolutely believe in choice," said Wendy Danks, director of marketing for the Builders Association of the Twin Cities. And she thinks consumers will choose to buy what they have bought in the past. The advantages...Show More Summary

My Railfan Five Challenge

Eric Gagnon over at the excellent Trackside Treasure blog threw down the gauntlet and challenged myself and three other bloggers to share five photos from our railfan journeys.Unlike Eric, I haven't been a railfan for most of my life. Show More Summary

Migratory Birds

I learned to use a GPS receiver for air navigation when I was working in the north. Many of the airplanes in the fleet had three line text GPS units. Some had none, but even that nascent technology was so useful, compared to the NDBShow More Summary

New Qantas suites for A330 business flyers hard to leave?

Another make-most-of-us-envious premium airline product story, this time from Qantas, and even between Melbourne and Sydney

Alstom to supply Citadis trams for Strasbourg Transport Company

French train manufacturer Alstom has signed a framework agreement with Strasbourg’s Communauté des Transports Strasbourgeois (CTS) for the delivery of 50 Citadis trams.

The Mars Comet is nearly there: Be glad it isn’t nearly here

With the hard core or nucleus of the Australian discovered comet variously estimated at between 500 to 5000 metres at its widest, it's packing an immense potentially planet changing amount of kinetic energy.

Future Rail: Issue 20

In this issue: A new Tube for London, Arup’s vision for rail transport in 2050, Samsung’s tech offering to rail operators, what rail operators can learn from airport security, China’s push for international high-speed projects and m...

UIC report reveals railway accidents in Europe increased in 2013

The International Union of Railways (UIC) 2014 annual report has revealed that the number of railway fatalities had increased on European railway networks in 2013.

Alstom Metropolis Trains

Manufactured by Alstom, the Metropolis trains are flexible and reliable high-tech rolling stock, which will serve 22 major cities, including New York, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam, London, Chennai and Singapore.

Seattle’s Proposed Linkage Fee

This Monday, the Seattle City Council is set to vote on a housing “linkage fee” — a tax on development to fund low-income housing. Given that it got all five votes out of committee, passage seems reasonably certain. As a member of team density, I’m supposed to hate this proposal. It does have its problems, […]

Alstom completes delivery of SuperVia trains

French train manufacturer Alstom has delivered the last train as part of an order for ten trains from SuperVia, a Brazilian rail operator led by Odebrecht TransPort.

Vote No on Seattle Citizen Petition 1 (New Monorail Agency)

It’s not very often that Seattle Transit Blog recommends rejection of a proposal to devote more resources to transit. Indeed, some board members voted for one or more of the monorail’s previous measures. However, the latest incarnation, “Seattle Citizen Petition 1,” attempts to address a real transportation need with a measure that is redundant, technically flawed, […]

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