Amtrak struggles with late trains

by Jon Surmacz on February 27, 2007

Amtrak struggles with late trains – With freight traffic soaring in recent years, Amtrak’s never-stellar on-time performance declined to an average of 68 percent last year, down from 74 percent in 2003. When the routes where Amtrak owns the tracks are excluded, the on-time performance last year fell to 61 percent. (AP)

JetBlue halts flights to avoid deja vu — Twelve days after a winter storm plunged JetBlue Airways Corp. into chaos, the upstart carrier took no chances with yesterday’s snowfall, scrubbing more than 65 flights out of its New York base and other cities — including two from Boston — in hopes of escaping a repeat disaster. (The Boston Globe) (Registration required.)

Fitting in a workout on the fly gets easier — If your travels take you to the right place, the airport could turn out to be the place you get your dream workout on the road. (USA Today)

US Airways CEO server 24-hour sentence for drunk driving — The chief executive of US Airways has completed a 24-hour jail sentence for a drunken driving arrest that occurred shortly after his airline’s $9.8 billion bid for Delta Air Lines was rejected, the Maricopa County sheriff said Monday. (AP)

Cuba’s cigar festival underway — Cuba’s annual extravaganza celebrating its world-renowned cigars, which began Monday, could be devoid of star power this year. (AP)

Cramped and old, LAX is losing international flights to newer airports — Economists blame the shift on LAX’s cramped and outdated terminals and lawmakers’ inability to agree on a plan to modernize the airport while other cities have built gleaming new concourses. (The Los Angeles Times) (Registration required.)

Disney sues Anaheim over low-cost housing plan — The Walt Disney Co. is suing the city of Anaheim over a controversial residential project that would add low-cost housing in the city’s resort district. (AP)

Oregon capital gets first airline service since 1993 — For more than a decade, city officials and businesses leaders in Salem, Ore., pined for the return of regular commercial air service to McNary Field — the airport serving Oregon’s capital city. Monday, that wait ended. Delta Air Lines announced that on June 7 it will start flying from Salem to Salt Lake City twice per day. (Salem, Ore. Statesman Journal)

Canada’s travel deficit hit record $7.2 billion in 2006 — Canada’s international travel deficit hit an all-time high of $7.2 billion last year, Statistics Canada said Monday. Spending by Canadians in both the United States and in overseas countries climbed to record levels, while spending by foreign travellers to Canada was down slightly. (CBC News)


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