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Airport Ground Transportation Association

Here Comes The Sun: Tiny Oregon Airport Braces For Eclipse
- August 18, 2017

From around the world, travelers are descending on Madras by plane and by car, by RV and with tents strapped to rooftops. So desirable is the airport as an eclipse viewing spot that from the 18th to the 21st arrival to the airport by air is available only to pilots who made a reservation to land weeks earlier.

Pittsburgh International Airport considers abandoning $1B terminal's landside building, tram
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
- August 18, 2017

One option being considered is discontinuing the use of the $1 billion terminal’s landside building. If selected, such a move likely would mean the demise of the automated tram. “Part of the challenge is how to design an airport that’s not going to be here for the next three to five years but for the next 25 years. How much parking do we need with Uber and ride sharing? That was never on the radar in the early 1990s,” stated county Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Proterra lands first airport customer for its electric buses
Greenville Online
- August 18, 2017

The company announced Friday that the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., Airport will buy four of its long-range electric buses and related charging infrastructure. Proterra, based in California, has its primary production facility in Greenville.

Active Shooter Emergency Response – Lessons Learned
Aviation Pros
- August 17, 2017

An excellent 82-page report available here provides considerable detail on the sequence of events and response, but in summary, the root of much of the problem was poor communications and coordination among the various agencies involved, preceded in large part by inadequate training and practice sessions.

Tips for riding SMART train before service begins Aug. 25
The Press Democrat
- August 17, 2017

Full train service begins Aug. 25, with the first southbound train scheduled to depart the Sonoma County Airport station at 12:49 p.m.

Raleigh-Durham Airport Taps Proterra To Deliver North Carolina's First Electric Airport Passenger Bus Fleet
Cision PR Newswire
- August 17, 2017

RDU selected Proterra as its battery-electric bus provider citing the company's sustainability, performance and operational cost-savings excellence. This purchase marks Proterra's first airport customer and the first airport electric bus deployment in the Carolinas.

'Challenges' with current cab provider: Sudbury Airport
CBC News
- August 17, 2017

The airport in Sudbury, Ont., is taking steps to address complaints about taxi pickup service. The airport confirms it has received complaints from travelers flying in to Sudbury who have been unable to get a cab.

Vauxhall has made a van for businesspeople
Motoring Research
- August 17, 2017

Next month at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, two posh Vauxhall Vivaro business vans will be revealed – the Tourer Elite and Combi Plus.

How protesting taxi drivers drove us to Uber
Herald Sun
- August 16, 2017

Uber wouldn’t be as popular as it is if the standard of service from taxi drivers was better. I am sympathetic towards the cabbies who have spent their life savings on expensive licences, but too many of them outsource to foreign workers who don’t know our cities and aren’t invested in the work.

Mountain Rides hears criticism, ideas for future of airport route
Idaho Mountain Express
- August 16, 2017

Mountain Rides asked for ideas and opinions about its bus service to Friedman Memorial Airport, and received a bevy of both at a meeting last week. The purpose was to garner solutions for the airport service, which started last winter but will need $35,000 to $45,000 in private subsidy to survive.

To Save Money on Flights, Look to Smaller Airports
New York Times
- August 16, 2017

There are options for the seasoned budget traveler: smaller and sometimes more out-of-the-way airports that can save you a decent chunk of change and a fair amount of grief.

Melbourne taxis warn of more Uber protests at Tullamarine Airport
ABC News
- August 15, 2017

Taxi drivers are threatening to hold more protests at Melbourne Airport, after about 150 taxi drivers blockaded the main entrance overnight to protest against Uber winning the right to offer rides from the airport.

Miami International Airport gets bonanza in federal grants
Miami Today
- August 15, 2017

The Federal Aviation Administration awarded this week over $36 million in infrastructure grants to Miami International Airport to reconstruct and rehabilitate taxiways to improve the safety and efficiency of airport operations.

Taxi business at Logan is down 10% since Uber, Lyft began picking up fares
The Boston Globe
- August 14, 2017

Cab drivers have seen a 10 percent reduction in the number of rides at the airport since February, when the ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft were first allowed to pick up passengers, according to the Massachusetts Port Authority.