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Paris airport bus: Thief hides inside suitcase to pilfer passengers' possessions
The Local France
- October 18, 2017

Two thieves were convicted and jailed this week after they used a fairly cunning modus operandi to steal from passengers bound for Paris Beauvais airport. One of the men would hide in a suitcase whilst his accomplice would place him in the luggage compartment of the bus that links Porte Maillot to Paris Beauvais airport, a hub for low-cost airlines to the north of Paris.

Taxi companies want Uber, Lyft to play fair
MV Times
- October 18, 2017

While cabs are regulated, the other transportation companies get a free ride on Island. At an all-Island selectmen’s meeting last Thursday, Michael Mszanski, vice president of Martha’s Vineyard Taxi, made a presentation that he’s promising to take on the road to individual boards. In a nutshell, he’s asking the Island’s towns to help level the playing field for taxi companies that pay license fees, excise taxes, and airport fees and then compete against drivers from Uber and Lyft, who have no such expenses and sometimes arrive on Island just to drive during the busy tourist season and then vanish to other resort towns.

Airlines, airports at odds over fee hike before Congress
USA Today
- October 18, 2017

Airlines are warning that passengers could be charged $2.2 billion more each year to pay for airport construction, under a proposed fee hike Congress is considering. Each aspect of the debate is contested. Airlines assert that if airports want the money, they should collect it themselves, perhaps at the parking garage.

Drive Electric Chicago Program Gets $15 Million Boost
NGT News - Next-Gen Transportation
- October 18, 2017

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced that the city’s Drive Electric Chicago program received a major boost from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s (CMAP) approval of a $15.5 million federal grant for new charging stations and almost 200 electric vehicles (EVs), including six electric buses to serve passengers at the city’s two airports.

New Orleans airport to honor free parking for disabled veterans
- October 18, 2017

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport Deputy Director Michelle Wilcut tells 2 On Your Side, airports accepting Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants from the FAA, must comply with various rules, regulations, federal laws, and grant assurances. To ensure compliance, the airport submitted a veterans parking plan for review. All AIP funding could have been at risk if concurrence had not been received prior to this plan being implemented. Parking is a source of airport revenue and it's subject to FAA revenue review since that money is to be used for aviation purposes. Wilcut says the FAA has asked the airport to track and submit a report on the value of the parking provided under this program.

Sixt Rent-a-Car opens new location at San Diego International Airport
Transportation Today
- October 18, 2017

Luxury rental car service Sixt Rent-a-Car recently announced the opening of a new location at the San Diego International Airport.

TSA chief promises new vision for airport security checkpoints
The Hill
- October 17, 2017

The new head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has promised to unveil a new vision for airport security checkpoints in the coming months, with the goal of improving safety at the public spaces outside of screening areas.

Airport Lyft & Uber pickups get faster. Why?
The SF Gate
- October 17, 2017

Starting last month both Lyft and Uber rolled out something called “Rematch” at four California airports: San Francisco International, Oakland International, Mineta San Jose International and Los Angeles International. This new functionality allows drivers to drop off AND pick up passengers simultaneously at the airport.

No limit on taxi fares under major industry shake-up
Bendigo Advertiser
- October 17, 2017

The taxi industry is set for a massive shake-up, with taxi companies able to set their own prices under the latest set of reforms. Under the reforms, due to be introduced in State Parliament on Wednesday, passengers booking via an app would receive a fare estimate at the time of booking. Drivers will also be required to give fare estimates to anyone who hails a cab from the street.

SA airport offers new curbside shuttle service to downtown
- October 17, 2017

The San Antonio International Airport will provide a new curbside shuttle service to the downtown area, the city's Aviation Department said. Star Shuttle, which was selected by the city through a competitive bidding process, partnered with Texas Self-determination Transportation to operate as SuperShuttle.

Here’s what happens when a key Metro station — National Airport — halts train service
The Washington Post
- October 17, 2017

A partial shutdown of Metro’s Blue and Yellow lines from 7 a.m. Saturday through closing Sunday caught some travelers arriving at Reagan National Airport by surprise. The service disruption also created miles-long traffic jams and a boom in business for ride-hail services. On ride-hailing platforms, prices surged, with too few drivers to accommodate the extra passengers. One Sunday evening Lyft ride, from the airport to the Bloomingdale area of the District, was quoted at more than $43 (a pooled ride would have been just over $26). That compared to a $3 shared ride from downtown to the newly opened Wharf.

Atlanta bullet train could lure millions of air travelers to Chattanooga Airport
The Chattanooga Times Free Press
- October 15, 2017

David Crockett, a high speed train advocate and former Chattanooga city councilman, said attracting fliers from the north Atlanta suburbs to Lovell Field and relieving busy Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport still makes the project viable after a decade-long study.

Man who planted bomb at NC airport 'wanted to fight a war on U.S. soil,' FBI says
Fox News
- October 14, 2017

Michael Christopher Estes, 46, is accused of planting an improvised explosive device that contained ammonium nitrate – a highly flammable chemical compound – nails, oil and shotgun cartridges just outside the North Carolina airport, police said. The homemade bomb, left on a curb outside the airport’s baggage area, was taped to a ticking alarm clock that was set to go off at 6 a.m., the criminal complaint said.

Pensacola airport passengers could have to pay taxi pick-up fee
The Pensacola News Journal
- October 13, 2017

The Pensacola City Council voted Thursday night to pass an ordinance requiring taxis to pay a $2.50 pick-up fee at the airport. A second vote is required before the proposal becomes law. The airport requires taxi drivers to buy a year permit for $240 to operate at the airport, but the state law that went into effect in July only allows an airport to charge "pickup fees consistent with any pickup fees charged to taxicab companies."