Air Travel

People in line at airport security

Holiday Travel Rebounds, Changes Shape

The number of Americans traveling for the winter holidays is expected to come close to pre-pandemic levels, while remote work is leading to more diverse travel schedules.

December 23, 2022 - WJLA

The exterior of a terminal at Orly Airport in France, with a large graphic that reads “Orly Change.”

Paris to Ban Short-Haul Flights to Reduce Emissions

The country of France has been cleared by the European Union to ban specific air travel routes from the Orly Airport near Paris.

December 21, 2022 - Yahoo News

Bus riders wearing masks

U.S. District Judge Ends Federal Mask Mandate on Transit

A Trump-appointed U.S. district judge in Florida voided the Biden administration's mask mandate that applied to plane, train and bus travel. It had just been renewed by the CDC on April 13 and was due to expire on May 3.

April 19, 2022 - The Washington Post

Regional Transit

Remote Workers: The New Supercommuters

Workers who moved away from their jobs during the pandemic are adjusting to longer commutes as employers start asking them to return to the office.

December 29, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

Airplane aisle with seated passengers

Flight-Free Movement Grows in Europe

A burgeoning movement known as 'flight shame' calls on travelers to avoid air travel when possible as a method of fighting climate change.

December 6, 2021 - The Conversation

An image showing a smart phone with information from the World Health Organization about the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Omicron Variant: No Good Science Goes Unpunished

The discovery by South African scientists will enable the world to prepare for the newest coronavirus variant, but it will also cause enormous hardship due to the travel restrictions on flights to/from eight nations in southern Africa.

November 30, 2021 - The New York Times

Air Travel

France to Ban Flights for Trips That Can Be Made by Train

One form of climate action gained major momentum in Europe over the weekend.

April 12, 2021 - Reuters

New York Subway Coronvairus

CDC's New Face Mask Requirement on Transit Takes Effect Tuesday

Travelers will be required to properly wear a face mask when riding all forms of public transportation, e.g., ride-share, bus, train, ferry, or plane. The rule applies to transportation hubs and boarding platforms. Not just any face-covering will do.

February 1, 2021 - Slate

Coronavirus and Transportation

Thanksgiving Air Travel Breaks Pandemic Records

As expected, air travel in the United States reached heights not seen since before the pandemic, but still fell well short of the norm.

December 1, 2020 - The Dallas Morning News

Air Travel

For Coronavirus Aid, Air France Must Stop Competing With Rail

France is proposing a momentous step toward clean transportation.

May 6, 2020 - International Railway Journal

2019 National Planning Conference

No More Large Conferences and Trade Shows This Year

Don’t delude yourself. The likelihood that we attend large conferences and trade shows this year in the same way as before is slim to none.

May 5, 2020 - Iot Times

Energy Use

Study Promotes 'Better Biofuels' by Focusing on Waste Sources

There are many environmental benefits to bioenergy, particularly when the feedstock comes from waste, as opposed to agricultural products that could be used for food. A new study applies life cycle analysis to four types of waste matter.

August 27, 2019 - Daily Energy Insider

Hamburg, Germany

German Greens Want Domestic Air Travel to Be Obsolete by 2035

Alliance 90/The Greens, a political party in Germany, wants the country's domestic travel to shift completely to rail. Achieving that goal will require making air travel more expensive and rail travel cheaper and easier.

July 29, 2019 - Euractiv

Air Travel

French 'EcoTax' Targets Air Travel to Benefit Rail Network

The Minister for Transport called it "part of the answer to climate change" – charging air travelers a modest fee for international trips that originate in France and investing the revenue in greener alternatives such as rail transport.

July 18, 2019 - The Washington Post

Energy Factory II

No Good News for Climate Stabilization From a New Worldwide Energy Report

Last month, the Paris-based International Energy Agency released its annual "Global Energy & CO2 Status Report." Energy consumption grew 2.3 percent with fossil fuels accounting for 70 percent on the increase. CO2 emissions jumped 1.7 percent.

April 5, 2019 - The Washington Post

London Air Pollution

Crisis Response Afforded Aviation Fatalities But Neglected for Automobile Tragedies

The Globe and Mail editorial board points out the obvious hypocrisies of the global response to an aviation tragedy relative to the ongoing tragedies that occur every day as a result of the world's reliance on automobiles.

March 27, 2019 - Globe and Mail

Jiujiang power plant

U.S. Carbon Emissions Increased Last Year After a Three-Year Decline

The sobering news comes from the Rhodium Group, a research firm that tracks CO2 emissions. The preliminary estimate is the third in two months to show an increase in 2018, attributing it to an improved economy and Trump's regulation rollbacks.

January 10, 2019 - The Washington Post

110-10 Interchange

Transportation 2019—Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Some thoughts on what we might have learned in 2018 and what it might mean going forward.

January 3, 2019 - Steven Polzin

Atlanta International Airport

News Roundup: The Power Outage That Shut Down the Atlanta Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the busiest airport in the world, was crippled by a total power outage over the weekend. The airport is now working to catch up before holiday travel peaks.

December 19, 2017 - 11Alive

How Would the Movie Speed Look in Today's Los Angeles?

Twenty years after the movie Speed, which took place on the Big Blue Bus, Metro rail system, and other transit facilities, Keanu Reeves and crew might not recognize L.A.'s current transit system. L.A. County planner Clement Lau surveys the changes.

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