Run them out of town on a rail
The buzz this week? Not only is Amtrak going to raise its fares, but now it is also going to break off the Northeast Corridor from the rest of Amtrak. The plan was voted on by the Amtrak board behind closed doors on September 22. In a telephone interview from his Dallas law office, Amtrak Chairman David Laney told the Associated Press that Amtrak would create a Northeast Corridor subsidiary funded by both federal and state government. State governments would now need to fund the maintenance and upkeep of the aging rails and infrastructure. Please tell us, Mr. Mineta, wouldn't it make more sense to develop a national rail trust fund (based on freight and passenger rail usage) similar to the dedicated funding systems currently in place for aviation and highways in the US? The question is not rhetorical, Mr. Mineta. We would like an answer. Read more about Amtrak and the Acela at www.savecornwellsheights.com.
Can you say -- Bond, Airport Bond...
Also this week, American Airlines sold close to 500 million dollarsin airport bonds to build a new 1.1 billion dollar terminal at JFK. JetBlue who also has plans to expand service at JFK and Newark (EWR) has announced introductory $25 fares one way to Boston from JFK, started service from EWR to 5 destinations in Florida (October 5th), and to San Juan by the end of the year. In fact, JetBlue surpassed Delta this year with the most flights between Florida and New York City with nearly 27 percent of the market, according to a September 30 report by Citigroup. My oh my... all this new activity at the NY/NJ Metro airports? I'm sure the FAA will carefully consider the impact all of this new activity will have on the birds flying in and out of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge- just like they did recently at PHL. Can't wait to see the long anticipated DEIS from the FAA for the NY/NJ/PHL Airspace Redesign due this fall. You can read more about the redesign at the NJCAAN website.
American Airlines' James Bond
Dallas Morming News - October 3, 2005
Ris has made carrier's case through 9-11, Wright battle
Not many people outside the Washington Beltway know Will Ris. But he can call on his cellphone in the middle of the night and get the House majority leader to come to the door. He did just that in 2001. It was after midnight on a cool and rainy evening, just two days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The nation's carriers were working desperately to avoid an industry collapse and secure congressional approval of a $15 billion rescue package. "The Capitol was locked, and Tom DeLay went and let him in," recalled an airline lobbyist. That put Mr. Ris, chief lobbyist for Fort Worth-based American Airlines Inc., in a familiar place – at the political fulcrum of aviation policy.
Jet Blue's Neeleman Makes Fortune
Mormon-News: September 30, 2001
Source : A Smokeless Herb - fortune.com - September 28, 2001
He worked at Southwest after Kellerher bought Salt Lake City's Morris Air, the airline that Neeleman co-founded with June Morris. He has managed to meet and persuade a variety of people to support his business, including Barger, who turned around Continentals' Newark operations, A-list investors Weston Presidio Capital, J.P. Morgan Partners and Soros Private Equity Partners, who gave him $160 million to get started and even New York Senator Charles Schumer, who helped him secure slots at JFK..
Lawmakers review Teterboro plan- northjersey.com