TWU International Clips

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Air Clips
  • The TWU Veterans Committee will once again support Operation Military Embrace’s annual “Operation Free PX” drive, which collects clothing, household items and funds for wounded warriors recovering at San Antonio Military Medical Center in Texas
  • Jeff Smisek, the embattled CEO of United Continental, stepped down from his post on Tuesday amid a long-simmering federal probe into his relationship with the Port Authority. Also covered in Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, Washington Post, NY Times, Politico, and Asbury Park Press.
  • “The dedicated, hard-working employees at United deserve better than the questionable leadership Jeff Smisek provided,” said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “We look forward to working with new CEO Oscar Munoz, who we hope will respect the good people at United and provided them the tools to put their airline back on top."
  • Tales from the beat: This and that from the past 25 years- Terry Maxon of Dallas Morning News
  • Southwest is adding a lot of seats but managing to fill almost all of them
  • Southwest Airlines said its passenger traffic in August increased 7.5 percent as the airline continued to add capacity to its network with more flights from Dallas Love Field
  • The Delta Air Lines lawsuit over its Dallas Love Field flights will live on — because it changed its original filing.
  • After a long string of new records for load factors, Southwest Airlines said Monday that August loads were a little bit lower than a year earlier.
  • American Airlines says it will leave the downtown Tempe building next year, relocating the remaining 500 workers still using the facility to other in-state locations at the end of 2016. 
Rail Clips
  • Amtrak passenger service that runs on tracks owned by freight rail companies may be curtailed unless Congress extends a Dec. 31 deadline to implement a safety system that was mandated seven years ago
  • American Airlines says it will leave the downtown Tempe building next year, relocating the remaining 500 workers still using the facility to other in-state locations at the end of 2016. 
Transit and Transportation Clips
  • Arias' experience, and others like it, have raised concerns that app-based ride service Uber and its main rival, Lyft, aren't doing enough to meet the needs of passengers in wheelchairs.
  • BART service across the bay resumed normally Tuesday as repairs that shut down the Transbay Tube over the weekend were completed in time for the busy morning commute, officials said.
  • SF- The reaction to Supervisor Scott Wiener’s Subway Master Plan so far has been jubilant.
  • On Long Island, a potential school bus strike is looming over dozens of school districts. ABC 7 broadcast.
  • NYC -In an effort to control speeding around schools, the city Department of Transportation will finish the installation of 140 speed cameras Wednesday, just in time for the start of classes and about two months ahead of schedule, authorities said. Also in Staten Island Advance.
  • As transit, traffic and ticket plans baffle both Philadelphia residents and visitors alike, SEPTA continues its effort to make transportation as simple as possible while Pope Francis is in town Sept. 26-27.
  • Manhattan’s subways are packed to bursting. In 2014, riders entered Manhattan turnstiles over 3 million times on the average weekday – more than all the rest of the boroughs combined. The top 12 busiest subway stations in New York City are all in Manhattan.
  • The Department of Transportation has updated its Highway Trust Fund ticker to say that the federal government is now projected to run out of money for infrastructure projects in June 2016, six months later than previously expected.  
  • Congress is returning to Washington on Tuesday to face a pair of looming transportation deadlines that have bedeviled lawmakers for most of the year. 
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