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San Jose's Airport has to Run Like a Business (Editorial)

The discussion of airport challenges that began at a San Jose City Council study session Monday was sobering. There's no obvious remedy for the falloff in business that has resulted from shifts in travel patterns and the economic sinkhole of this recession. The airport doesn't and shouldn't get subsidies from the city. It has to make the bond payments for its badly needed, nearly complete $1.3 billion renovation and keep operating.

Cities Not on Track with Calif High-Speed Rail

Mayor Art Brown spent years pushing for a commuter train station combined with nearby housing in his community. But as townhouses are being finished around the $14 million Metrolink station, he's facing the prospect that California's high-speed rail line may plow right through his beloved project...That a successful effort to get car-dependent Californians to embrace mass transit could be derailed by another transportation project may strike some as ironic.

San Jose Airport Study Session Ends in Frustration

Unless San Jose officials make some painful choices in the coming year, the city's airport risks "failure," aviation director Bill Sherry told the City Council Monday during a special study session on the airport's mounting financial challenges. Not only is Mineta San Jose International Airport grappling with a weak economy and steep declines in passengers and flights, it also faces a $32 million debt payment on its $1.3 billion renovation.

Iconic Self-Anchored Suspension Span Begins to Rise From the Bay

Lift, place, slide. Sounds simple enough, unless you’re talking about erecting a series of ultra-heavy deck sections for the self-anchored suspension span (SAS) that will complete the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. In February, crews from American Bridge/Fluor began the tricky job of lifting, placing and sliding (photos 1 - 3) the first deck sections for the SAS. 

LaHood Touts Safety, Recovery, Rail in Washington Briefing Remarks

During a year that saw $48 billion delivered to transportation projects via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the recall of hundreds of thousands of Toyotas for safety issues, the announcement of $8 billion in high speed rail grants, and this week's two-day shutdown of the Highway Trust Fund, the U.S. Department of Transportation has been busy and on the job, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told AASHTO's Washington Briefing on Wednesday morning.

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