Category: Travel

MTA Brings Back Virtual Testimony for Board Meetings — With a Catch

The MTA will no longer require in-person testimony at its board meetings beginning Monday, with public speakers once again allowed to rail remotely against the transit agency  — although not in real time. The option for members of the public and MTA officials to participate remotely reverses the agency’s return to pre-pandemic traditions in July, […]

Georgia experiences $11M increase in airport income

The economic impact of Georgia’s airports increased by more than 18% over nearly a decade, data shows. Travis Vallin, the vice president of aviation construction planning firm Jviation, presented the data Wednesday to the General Assembly’s Joint Study Committee on Airport Infrastructure & Improvements. Data collected before the COVID-19 pandemic shows the economic benefits from […]

Georgia to spend $5.8M in pandemic relief to support tourism

Georgia will spend $5.8 million in federal COVID-19 relief to help bolster the state’s tourism industry, Gov. Brian Kemp announced this week. Kemp said the funding, being given to Explore Georgia, the tourism division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), would help the industry rebound. “This funding will help Georgia’s travel and hospitality industry […]

Domestic visitors pacing Florida tourism industry’s recovery

Domestic travel to Florida between April and June was expected to spike significantly compared with the same quarter-span in 2020, when a mid-March-through-May “non-essential business” lockdown devastated the Sunshine State’s $90 billion tourist and hospitality industry. But more than doubling April-June 2020 domestic visitation, while also inducing an eightfold increase in International travelers, was far […]

MTA Planning to Cut Subway Operator Training Time to Curb Trip Cancelations

To combat service-crippling crew shortages in the subway, the MTA plans to accelerate the training of new train operators, taking a month off the onboarding process, THE CITY has learned. New York City Transit intends to trim training currently required of new train operators that can take up to eight months, a move that will […]

Charlotte airport could generate up to $3.3B with private lease

Charlotte could cash in on $3.3 billion by leasing Charlotte Douglas International Airport, according to a new study. Libertarian think tank the Reason Foundation said in its report Charlotte could use the revenue created by leasing the airport to a private company to address its critical needs. Government airport owners are not allowed to receive any of […]

An entire generation of Americans has no idea how easy air travel used to be

During the mid-1990s I traveled between Dayton, Ohio, and Washington, D.C., twice a month during the school year as half of a commuting couple. I could leave Dayton by 5:15 p.m., drive nearly 80 miles to the Columbus airport during rush hour, park my car in the economy lot, and still get to my gate […]

Unvaccinated Chicago students who travel out of state should stay out of school at least 7 days

Parents of unvaccinated children should “reconsider” travel plans they had for the long holiday weekend — and kids who leave the state shouldn’t come to classes for at least seven days, Chicago Public Schools leaders said late Thursday. The district is urging local families to follow travel recommendations from the city’s health department and the […]

Internal Memo Shows Trump Administration Expects Drastic Drop in Demand for U.S. Visas for Years to Come

The Trump administration is predicting years of dramatically reduced international demand for U.S. visas, and planning for drastic budget cuts to visa services worldwide as a result, according to an internal memo seen by ProPublica. The projections made by the U.S. State Department in a memo signed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday […]

Texas expands travel restrictions, launches pop-up hospital as coronavirus spreads

“Texas expands travel restrictions, launches pop-up hospital as coronavirus spreads” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday ratcheted up travel restrictions into Texas during the new coronavirus pandemic […]