Transportation headlines, Monday, October 31

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the library’s blog.

Pass this bill: Why Congress must put people back to work rebuilding our country (U.S. DOT Fast Lane Blog)

This week, the U.S. Senate will have the opportunity to vote on the transportation component of President Obama’s American Jobs Act. If Congress passes the president’s transportation plan, the United States will make an immediate investment in construction jobs upgrading 150,000 miles of road, laying or maintaining 4,000 miles of track and restoring 150 miles of runways. If they don’t, we won’t.

New California bullet train plan to be released tomorrow (San Francisco Business Times)

California’s bullet train architects will release an updated business plan tomorrow that they say “comprehensively addresses the future of this project.” The Nov. 1 publication starts a 60-day public comment period, which includes public meetings to be scheduled in November and December.

As use dwindles, calls grow for local control of Ontario Airport (Los Angeles Times)

After three decades of steady growth, L.A./Ontario International Airport lost a third of its 7.2 million annual passengers between 2007 and 2010. Can local control help shore up sagging revenue?

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  1. The world has become so globalized that you can’t think in terms of multiple airports flying direct anymore.

    Airlines are feeling tighter pinches due to rising fuel prices as much as we all do. When jet fuel prices were cheap, they were able to fly direct to alternative airports.

    But with rising fuel prices, flights to alternative airports were cut and instead, airlines began to re-analyze how best they could keep the planes full to maximize per-passenger-seat cost in times of dwindling profits from higher fuel prices.

    With that in mind, they began to re-shuffle their flights into the major hubs and created global partnerships and alliances.

    In that aspect, Ontario Airport cannot provide what LAX has: it’s a hub for all three of the major global airline alliances – oneworld, Star Alliance, and Skyteam.

    LAX has major presence of domestic carriers like American (oneworld), United (Star Alliance), and Delta (Skyteam) who all fly to LAX so people can make connections to/from their international global alliance partners.

    LAX offers flights across the world with British Airways, Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific, LAN and Qantas which are American’s international oneworld counterparts.

    United has their Star Alliance partners like All Nippon Airways, Asiana, Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, and Lufthansa into LAX.

    And of course so does Delta with their Skyteam counterparts like Air France, China Airlines Korean Air, Aeroflot and Aeromexico.

    Airlines like American, United, and Delta make additional money by flying connecting passengers from these global alliance counterparts. Obviously, in times of rising fuel costs, they’re not going to waste their precious aircraft flying half empty to alternative airports. They’re better off filling up the seats by bringing additional passengers from international carriers.
    That’s the major factor why Ontario is dwindling while LAX is growing.

    • Hi Average Joe;

      Both the Mayor and Metro are still pushing for 30/10 — since re-named America Fast Forward — and the Mayor mentioned it prominently at the news conference Friday for the FTA Grants to Metro.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

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