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Archive Transportation: Leisure

  • Hailing a cab, NYC Taxi

    Ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft have been so disruptive to New York City's taxi industry, they are causing lenders to fail.

  • NEW YORK— Ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft have been so disruptive to New York City's taxi industry, they are causing lenders to fail. This is just like the subprime loan crisis, "said Keith Leggett, a credit union analyst and former senior economist at the American Bankers Association. LOMTO Federal Credit Union, which was founded by taxi drivers in 1936 for...

  • The Transportation Department said Friday that 79.1 percent of flights on the 12 largest U.S. airlines arrived on time in May, down from 83.4 percent in May 2016. Hawaiian Airlines had the best rating, followed by a closely bunched group of Delta, Alaska, SkyWest and United. The Transportation Department logged 1,262 consumer complaints about the U.S. airlines, up...

  • WASHINGTON, July 14- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a revised directive to airlines around the world in response to requests that it clarify aviation security measures scheduled to begin taking effect next week, the agency said on Friday. "This clarifying update will strengthen global aviation security and is a testament to our shared...

  • SEATTLE— A robot named Tracey greeted passengers at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, providing tips to get them smoothly through security checkpoints. CEO Paul McManus says it is a demonstration model, but future versions could recognize when a traveler is wearing sunglasses or a hat and ask them to take it off before the security checkpoint.

  • Hyperloop One, the Los-Angeles- based company developing the technology, is gearing up to send a 28- foot-long pod gliding across a set of tracks in a test run in Nevada in the next few weeks, spokeswoman Marcy Simon said. In 2013, he suggested sending pods with passengers through giant vacuum tubes between Los Angeles and San Francisco. As it gears up for that...

  • ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y.— A Roman Catholic bishop is offering prayers to New York- area commuters facing what's been billed as a "Summer of Hell." Long Island Bishop John Barres is posting daily one-minute spiritual messages on a video-blog. The Diocese of Rockville Centre says the bishop is aware that commuters are facing challenges getting to and from New York City...

  • Hyperloop One, the Los-Angeles- based company developing the technology, is gearing up to send a 28- foot-long pod hurtling down a set of tracks in a test run in Nevada in the next few weeks, spokeswoman Marcy Simon said. In 2013, he suggested sending pods with passengers through giant vacuum tubes between Los Angeles and San Francisco. As it gears up for that...

  • WASHINGTON, July 13- The White House plan to cut transportation spending, privatize air traffic control and scrap long-distance train service is facing strong resistance in Congress. A House of Representatives Appropriations Committee panel this week approved $17.8 billion in discretionary spending, $1.5 billion above the White House request.

  • The FCC first approved 1 GHz of spectrum in 1995 for motor vehicles to use radar that allowed for the introduction of collision avoidance and adaptive cruise control systems that are credited with preventing tens of thousands of crashes annually. Thursday's decision expands the band that vehicle radars can operate to 5 GHz of spectrum and will improve lane...

  • DETROIT, July 12- Autotech Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, said it had raised $120 million from automotive companies and financial investors for a fund that will invest in startups working on transportation services and digital vehicle technology. The new Autotech Ventures fund comes as vehicle manufacturers and suppliers are scouring the...

  • The Air Canada A320 from Toronto was cleared to land on a runway at the airport just before midnight on Friday, the FAA said in a statement. Along with the FAA, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident. "An air traffic controller sent the Air Canada jet around," the FAA said.

  • Before bashing the airlines, consider how business trips have improved

    Gone is the golden age of flying. Today's business travelers have many complaints about airline services. But cheer up, fellow frequent flyers, here are some improvements to celebrate.

  • Many of today's beleaguered passengers regard the mid-20th century as the heyday of air travel.

    Flying for business or leisure is less glamorous these days. But some old-school in-flight perks can be found — if you search hard enough.

  • Before releashing your furor on unpleasant flight experiences, consider these three improvements

    Gone are the golden age of flying. Today's business travelers have many complaints about airline services. But cheer up, fellow frequent flyers, here are some improvements to celebrate.

  • *COSCO Shipping making offer with Shanghai Port. COSCO Shipping is offering HK $78.67 for each OOIL share, a premium of 37.8 percent over OOIL's closing price of HK $57.10 on its last trading date, the companies said in filings with the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges on Sunday. OOIL's controlling shareholders had on Friday agreed to sell their 68.7...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 7- The shortage of housing in California's Silicon Valley has gotten so severe that Facebook Inc on Friday proposed taking homebuilding into its own hands for the first time with a plan to construct 1,500 units near its headquarters. "The problem with Silicon Valley is you don't have enough supply to keep up with the demand," said Sam Khater,...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 7- A U.S. judge on Friday ruled that Alphabet Inc's self-driving car unit Waymo must disclose documents to attorneys representing Uber Technologies Inc about Waymo's partnership with Lyft Inc, saying the information could be important in Waymo's lawsuit accusing Uber of stealing some of its trade secrets. Waymo claimed in a lawsuit...

  • SAO PAULO, July 7- Residents in Brazil's Amazon region blocked on Friday a key way for the transport of Brazilian grains to northern ports in a protest over increased protections for the rainforest, grains industry groups said on Friday. The road is used to transport soy and corn from center-west Brazil to northern exporting ports. The protesters are angered...

  • BRASILIA, July 5- The Brazilian government plans to auction two blocks of airports to private companies and then privatize state-owned airport operator Infraero through an initial public offering, Transportation Minister Maurício Quintella told Reuters on Wednesday. A decision on the Infraero process should be reached by the end of this month, Quintella...