Europe's aviation center is shifting south as the ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano continues to force one of the biggest travel disruptions in history. The New York Times writes "several airports in southern Europe — notably Madrid, Athens and Rome — continued to serve as impromptu hubs for the rest of the Continent on Tuesday … ."
Because Kenya’s gourmet vegetable and cut-flower industry exports mainly to Europe, and because the cloud of volcanic ash has grounded flights to much of northern Europe since Thursday, its horticultural business has been waylaid as never before....If farmers in Africa’s Great Rift Valley ever doubted that they were intricately tied into the global ec
European authorities began easing six days of severe flight restrictions on Tuesday, but a new ash cloud, reported to be spreading south from the erupting volcano in Iceland, threatened to thwart part of the effort to end the Continent’s worst aviation crisis....The chaos has now lasted twice as long as the three-day closing of American airspace after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
WE HAVE received more than four dozen e-mails from Martin Engel since the beginning of March, sometimes two in a day. He is as predictable as sunrise and as tireless as a plow horse in dispensing commentary on the California High Speed Rail Authority....It's not exactly what the 80-year-old Menlo Park resident had in mind for his golden years, but this has become personal. The projected route will run within 200 feet of his house...."This is not a field of study by choice," he said. "I don't even want to know what I know now. But I don't have a choice.
Plans under review by the Transportation Authority of Marin could result in a ballot measure this fall calling for a $10 hike in vehicle fees, and county transit officials informally agreed Monday that some of that money should be used to increase transportation services for seniors. A "senior mobility program" covering a wide range of improvements benefiting transit for the elderly is even more important than providing area shuttle service, said Supervisor Steve Kinsey, who also serves as head of the Transportat
Despite doubling the cost of riding public transportation since 1997, the Bay Area’s 28 transit systems collectively face a $25 billion projected shortfall in the next quarter-century, leaving the future of nearly every agency in question. Unpredictable revenue sources, unsustainable cost structures and underpriced auto alternatives are the driving forces behind the dismal outlook for public transit, according to the latest annual report from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the region’s lead transit planning group.
Passengers could bear some of the financial burden as San Francisco International Airport wrestles with how to offset an $896 million tab for improvement projects...Taxi drivers will be charged more per trip if they commute to and from the airport to surrounding cities such as Burlingame or Millbrae, a fee that could be transferred to the rider.
The report rightly points to endemic land-use and auto-centric development problems in the Bay Area that make transit less attractive for many than driving: "The Bay Area's transit system operates under the difficult combination of unpredictable revenue sources and unsustainable cost structure on the one hand, and underpriced auto alternatives and insufficiently transit-supportive land uses on the other."
A new ash clouded appeared headed toward the United Kingdom, increasing the uncertainty about the return of air traffic to certain parts of the British Isles on Tuesday, the organization that controls air traffic in the area said....The traffic control body had said at 3:30 p.m. London time that Scottish airspace would reopen Tuesday morning and that restrictions over England and Wales, including the London area, might be lifted later in the day.
Europe's ash-filled skies have cracked open slightly to allow more stranded travelers to fly home, but aviation authorities warned Monday that the reprieve could prove temporary with the Icelandic volcano still erupting....British officials said enough grit and dust had dispersed over Northern Ireland, Scotland and north England for airspace over that region to reopen Tuesday morning, after five days of almost continuous shutdown.