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Hawaii visitors, tourism spending up

Tourists are returning to Hawaii and the state is seeing numbers close to pre-pandemic counts, according to the latest report from the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. Tourists spent $1.6 million while visiting the islands in April, a 21% increase over the $1.32 billion spent in April 2019, according to the report. Spending by U.S. […]

Washingtonians invited to online open house for 509 expressway

This Memorial Day Weekend – the unofficial start of summer that typically sees droves of Americans hit the road for vacation plans – Washingtonians won’t have to leave their homes to learn more about the State Route 509 Completion Project in south King County, Washington. That’s because the public is invited to attend the Washington […]

ParkConneCT to offer free fares to beaches, state parks this summer

Fare-free and additional bus services will once again be offered in Connecticut this summer, Gov. Ned Lamont said. The governor announced the ParkConneCT program, a pilot program last summer, will provide no fare shuttle and enhanced transit services to state parks and beaches. The program opens Saturday and runs through Labor Day weekend. “Our state parks […]

Survey suggests high summer travel; Virginia tourism industry worried about gas prices

A survey from the tech company GasBuddy found more Americans are planning to travel this summer, but the Virginia tourism industry is still concerned that the steady increase of gas prices could still cause issues. “Against a backdrop of gas prices that have continued to set new records ahead of Memorial Day, Americans have been resilient in […]

Washington youth will soon ride ferries free, costing the state $2M

Washingtonians 18 and under soon won’t have to pay to use public transit, including the ferry system. Implementing that policy – part of the “Move Ahead Washington” transportation package passed by the state Legislature earlier this year – will take some work, the Washington State Transportation Commission learned. That includes dealing with the fact that […]

More New Yorkers Ignoring Subway and Bus Mask Mandate as Riders, Experts Debate Value

Mask compliance among subway and bus riders has sunk to its lowest level since early in the pandemic, the MTA’s most recent figures show, as commuters increasingly ignore the transit agency’s mandate to cover up amid mixed messages all around. Just 64% of subway riders covered their faces correctly between April 4-15 — the lowest […]

BNSF changes controversial attendance policy

Montana’s largest railroad company is making changes to a controversial new employee attendance policy after receiving pushback from railroaders and unions. But even with the changes, labor officials remain unimpressed and said BNSF Railway’s new policies could lead to unsafe working conditions on the railroad. Railroaders already lead chaotic work lives — one day they […]

Colorado Democrats ask for federal funding for Front Range rail

Colorado’s Democratic U.S. representatives sent a letter to federal officials requesting funding for the Front Range rail project that has been in the works for years. The letter, sent to the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration, was spearheaded by Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., and was co-signed by fellow Reps. Ed Perlmutter, Jason […]

Taxpayers should not foot the bill for Amtrak’s Gulf Coast rail service

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) should have a decision very soon on whether they will start new Amtrak rail service in the Gulf Coast from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Mobile, Alabama. This would mark the first return of Amtrak’s passenger service to this part of the country since Hurricane Katrina hit the area in 2005. […]

Flight attendants sue Alaska Airlines alleging religious discrimination

A pair of flight attendants are suing Alaska Airlines, claiming they were discriminated against because of their religious beliefs when they were fired. The controversy began when Lacey Smith and Marli Brown posted in a community forum about the “Equality Act,” a controversial LGBTQ bill. Smith and Brown say Alaska Airlines announced its support for […]