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  • VANCOUVER, Jan 20- Alaska can use an existing British Columbia ferry terminal for several more years if Canada enforces an order blocking so-called "Buy America" purchasing rules from being applied to its reconstruction, a state official said on Tuesday. A $15 million plan to overhaul the Prince Rupert ferry terminal, which is located in Canada, has escalated...

  • Trains to La Guardia Airport may finally come Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 1:34 PM ET
    LaGuardia Airport, New York City

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed the first mass transit link to an airfield long lamented for its isolated location in Queens, the NYT reports.

  • NEW YORK— Authorities say a passenger jet at John F. Kennedy Airport was given the all clear following a bomb threat. Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo says Delta Air Lines Flight 468 from San Francisco to New York with 171 passengers landed at JFK Airport just after 7:40 p.m. Monday. Delta spokeswoman Lindsay McDuff said another airline received the...

  • VANCOUVER, Jan 19- The Canadian government signed an order on Monday blocking the United States from applying controversial "Buy America" purchasing rules on the demolition and reconstruction of a ferry terminal that is located on Canada's Pacific Coast but operated by Alaska's Department of Transportation. The state of Alaska has refused to waive the...

  • LOS ANGELES— A labor dispute between dockworkers at the West Coast's sea ports and their employers didn't take a day off for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The Pacific Maritime Association, which represents terminal operators and ocean-going shipping lines, accuses members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union of purposely slowing work to...

  • NEW YORK— JetBlue says one of its planes aborted a takeoff at Kennedy International Airport when another aircraft suddenly crossed the runway. JetBlue spokesman Rick Clark says Flight 1295 to Austin, Texas, was cleared for takeoff on Saturday evening and rolling down the tarmac at full speed when the pilot was forced to put on the brakes. The JetBlue plane...

  • Musk to build Hyperloop track, likely in Texas Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 3:17 PM ET
    ET3 Hyperloop concept

    Elon Musk will build a test track for a high-speed Hyperloop transportation system, most likely in Texas, he tweeted on Thursday.

  • Workers demanding raise hike rally at LaGuardia Airport Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 2:10 PM ET

    NEW YORK— About 150 New York City airport workers have rallied outside LaGuardia Airport to demand higher wages. Thursday's rally was organized by union officials from Service Employees International Union Local 32 BJ. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey moved last year to raise hourly wages for some airport contractors and vendors by February 1 and...

  • Despite low gas prices, gas tax hike appears unlikely Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 3:25 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The new Republican-controlled Congress is facing an old problem: where to find the money for highway and transit programs. With gasoline prices at their lowest in years when the new Congress convened, there had been talk that it might be time to raise federal gas and diesel taxes, which haven't budged in more than 20 years. "I don't know of any support for...

  • United Airlines says it will 'insource' airport jobs too Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 5:09 PM ET

    CHICAGO— United Airlines, which is considering outsourcing up to 2,000 airport jobs, now says that after talking with union leaders it will bring back other jobs that had been turned over to contractors. Roitman said the airline industry "had a relatively good year in 2014," and United had its best results since the 2010 merger with Continental Airlines.

  • London-bound flight returns to Newark due to smoke report Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 11:44 AM ET

    NEWARK, N.J.— A United Airlines flight from New Jersey to London has returned to Newark Liberty International Airport after reports of possible smoke in the cabin. The plane was carrying 84 passengers and 13 crew members and was bound for Heathrow Airport. Spokeswoman Jennifer Dohm says the flight was canceled and maintenance crews were examining the aircraft.

  • Minot denies loan, pushes parking contractor for schedule Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 8:57 AM ET

    MINOT, N.D.— The Minot City Council has rejected a request for a $1.2 million loan from the developers of two downtown parking ramps and instead given the prime contractor a week to submit a revised cost and construction schedule for the troubled project. The project has remained stalled as Cypress Development works to get more financing for a project that...

  • Jan 13- Negotiators for shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast on Tuesday said they would no longer assign crews to load and unload cargo ships overnight at the massive Los Angeles and Long Beach docks. The move comes a day after the Pacific Maritime Association said the region's five largest ports, including Los Angeles and Long...

  • Jan 13- Negotiators for shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast on Tuesday said they would no longer assign crews to load and unload cargo ships overnight at the massive Los Angeles and Long Beach docks. The move comes a day after the Pacific Maritime Association said the region's five largest ports, including Los Angeles and Long...

  • CHICAGO— United Airlines is considering cutting up to 2,000 jobs at 28 airports around the country and hiring a contractor to do the work. He said United was discussing the matter with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which represents the affected workers. United Continental Holdings Inc. earned $1.12 billion in the first...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 12- Cargo traffic at several of the biggest U.S. West Coast ports has slowed to near gridlock, negotiators for shipping lines and terminal operators for 29 ports said on Monday as contract talks with the dockworkers' union remain strained. The Pacific Maritime Association said that five of the region's largest ports, including the massive Los...

  • Jan 12- United Airlines is assessing whether to outsource jobs at airports around the country in a cost-cutting effort that could impact some 2,000 workers. The Chicago- based carrier informed employees Monday that jobs up for review included baggage handlers and gate and customer service agents at 28 airports that are not hubs, ranging from Atlanta to...

  • United Airlines may outsource 2,000 airport jobs Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 6:09 PM ET
    A United Airlines jet at San Francisco International Airport.

    United Airlines is assessing whether to outsource jobs at airports around the country in a cost-cutting effort.

  • Rick Snyder signed laws Monday to spend $1.3 billion a year more to mend deteriorating roads and other transportation infrastructure, contingent on Michigan voters increasing the state sales tax to 7 percent in May. If the constitutional amendment is approved, school funding would rise by $300 million a year, aid to local governments by $95 million.

  • WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.— Donald Trump, no stranger to noisy publicity, is complaining again about the roar of jets in a $100 million lawsuit over air traffic he says is purposely being directed to fly over his ritzy Palm Beach club. Trump filed the suit against Palm Beach County last week, claiming his history of conflict with Palm Beach International Airport has led...