Bloomberg Backs a Solar Lamp

BY Melanie Grayce West

A trendy solar-powered lamp will soon brighten more homes and classrooms in Africa, thanks to a low-interest loan from the foundation of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg Philanthropies is scheduled Tuesday to announce a $5 million deal with LittleSun GmbH, the German company that makes Little Sun, a hand-held solar-powered lamp created… READ MORE »

Jesuit USF Set to Honor Norman Mineta, Cosponsor of Freedom of Choice Act

BY Matthew Archbold

University of San Francisco (USF) announced that it will give an honorary degree at commencement to Norman Mineta, a past U.S. transportation secretary, congressman, and cosponsor of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which was one of the most pro-abortion bills ever introduced in Congress. In addition to receiving an honorary degree, Mineta will also… READ MORE »

Eno to Host Event, Release New Paper on Public Private Partnerships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Pamela Shepherd Senior Director, Eno Center for Transportation (202) 879-4705 pshepherdenotransorg  (pshepherdenotransorg)   Washington, D.C. – The Eno Center for Transportation (Eno) will hold a press event at 9:00 am on Tuesday, April 29, to release the Eno paper Partnership Financing: Improving Transportation Infrastructure Through Public Private Partnerships. The working group was created… READ MORE »

Eastern Air Lines Faces Long Odds for Takeoff

BY Harriet Baskas

Eastern Air Lines may one day return to the skies. Plans are under way to bring back the iconic Miami-based carrier, which operated from the 1920s until 1991. In January, Eastern Air Lines Group filed its initial application with the U.S. Department of Transportation. The company, which acquired the old Eastern name and logo in… READ MORE »

More problems for beleaguered Silver Line as head of long-delayed rail project resigns

BY Lori Aratani and Dana Hedgpeth

Just months before Metro’s new Silver Line is scheduled to open, the agency building the rail line received more troubling news Wednesday about the project, which already is late and over budget. The head of the project is resigning, and the agency’s board acknowledged that attempts to fix a key component of the new line… READ MORE »

Report suggests Port of Seattle consolidate, CEO won’t rule it out

BY CHRIS DANIELS

SEATTLE – A recently discovered report suggests the Port of Seattle’s marine operations are well below capacity, and it needs major improvements to stay competitive. The report was obtained by KING 5 after a Public Disclosure Request to the Port of Seattle. It was conducted by Kirkland Based Mercator International for a terminal operator. To… READ MORE »

Congress is giving states the transportation blues

BY Joan Lowy

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: the government’s Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay needed… READ MORE »

CAPA’s Airlines in Transition: limits on ownership, legal knots, labour and long haul

At CAPA’s Airlines in Transition 2014 conference in Dublin, the opening session included high profile industry figures debating a key area of airline industry transformation (or not): national ownership controls. The panel included IAG CEO Willie Walsh, Norwegian Air Shuttle CEO Bjorn Kjos, AirAsia co-founder and Dublin Aerospace Chairman Conor McCarthy, European Commission Director Aviation… READ MORE »

TRB Executive Director Robert E. Skinner to retire in January 2015

BY Staff

.Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Director Robert E. Skinner announced this week that he plans to retire in January 2015. Skinner has worked with the National Academies, TRB’s parent organization, for three decades and with TRB since 1983. He has held his position as executive director since 1994. The National Academies will appoint a search… READ MORE »

Obama Administration Faces Tough Sell On Transportation Spending

BY Martin Di Caro

The federal fund that pays for the upkeep of the nation’s roads, bridges and intercity passenger rail systems is heading toward insolvency in late summer. The highway trust fund distributes about $50 billion annually to maintain and rebuild crumbling bridges and pothole pocked roadways among other aging transportation infrastructure. The debate over how to replenish… READ MORE »