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News from around the Industry

This page will have an assortment of news items that may be of general interest to members of the AGTA as well as people who follow the activities at airports and around the ground transportation industry. Click the link to the right of each news item to view the complete article and its original source. Have an item you think should be here? Send links to articles to the AGTA.

As La Guardia Is Overhauled, the Check-In Line Starts at the Highway

Date: August 27, 2016 \ Source: The New York Times

Synopsis: The most ambitious airport project in the country, an eight-year, $8 billion plan to turn La Guardia into a first-class travel hub, has barely begun, but social media has already been flooded with tales and images of taxis and buses mired in traffic jams, unable to get anywhere near terminals to pick up and drop off passengers.

FRAPORT: Onward journeys at a glance

Date: August 11, 2016 \ Source: eTN Global Travel and Industry News

Synopsis: The new displays at Frankfurt Airport allow passengers and visitors to get the information they need for their onward journey at a glance – including departures from the airport’s railway stations, bus schedules, the latest highway traffic information, and available car and bike-sharing options.

Syracuse Taxi Companies Protest Airport 'Monopoly'

Date: August 3, 2016 \ Source: Time Warner Cable News

Synopsis: Independent taxi drivers, owners and managers took to City Hall on Wednesday morning to protest what they call the lack of a free market in the local taxi industry.

Tear gas attack on 27 Chinese tourists in Paris, robbed by gang aboard airport bus

Date: August 3, 2016 \ Source: South China Morning Post

Synopsis: Twenty-seven Chinese tourists were assaulted on Tuesday by half a dozen men as they boarded a bus that was to take them to Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, a French police source said.

Taxi companies ask Palm Springs to reconsider Uber at airport

Date: August 3, 2016 \ Source: The Desert Sun

Synopsis: Local taxi companies are asking Palm Springs City Council members to take one more look at the potential ramifications of allowing ride sharing companies to operate out of Palm Springs International Airport before voting on the issue next week.

£2 million Glasgow Airport Express bus fleet takes off

Date: July 21, 2016 \ Source: FirstGroup

Synopsis: The new Glasgow Airport Express fleet, which links the Airport with the city centre, entered operation July 21, 2106. The service is operated by First Glasgow, Scotland’s largest bus operator, which has invested £2.1 million in 10 state-of-the-art vehicles and re-branded the service that will transport passengers to their destination in both comfort and style.

Port Columbus fliers have more choices to get to airport

Date: May 16, 2016 \ Source: Columbus Dispatch

Synopsis: The number of ways fliers can arrive at or leave the airport has exploded. The Central Ohio Transit Authority started running its AirConnect circulator bus line this month, and the app-based car services Uber and Lyft regularly pick up and drop off at the airport.

Blueprint calls for direct trains from Delaware to airport

Date: May 11, 2016 \ Source: Delaware Online

Synopsis: An early proposal to build a passenger rail line south from Philadelphia International Airport to the Chester, Pennsylvania, area could make getting to the airport easier for Delaware travelers.

Make passengers pay almost $20 just to enter a taxi, proposal says

Date: May 5, 2016 \ Source: Herald Sun

Synopsis: TAXI passengers could be slugged about $30 for a 3km inner-city Melbourne trip under a new pricing proposal. A taxi-fare shake-up has recommended passengers be stung almost $20 just to get in cabs in peak times for pre-booked trips.

Executive Express purchases Lakes Express

Date: April 27, 2016 \ Source: Pinelakes Echo Journal

Synopsis: Executive Express, a St. Cloud-based shuttle service specializing in transporting customers to and from the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, purchased Lakes Express, a Brainerd-based shuttle service, last week.

AGTA Director Details the North American Airport TNC Experience at the Australian Taxi Industry's Annual Meeting

Date: April 12, 2016 \ Source: AGTA Executive Director Dr. Mundy

Synopsis: Dr. Mundy reviewed the North American airport experience with Uber and other TNCs and their implications for the Australian taxi industry at their annual meeting.

FL: Tampa International Airport's New Train Will be Named SkyConnect

Date: April 8, 2016 \ Source: Masstransitmag.com

Synopsis: The new automated people mover train coming to Tampa International Airport will be dubbed SkyConnect. The train is part of a $1 billion first phase of the airport's master plan upgrade and renovations, expected to wrap up in late 2017.

Before you leave: Find the best way to get to the airport

Date: April 7, 2016 \ Source: Courierpostonline.com

Synopsis: Transportation options abound to the major area airports from southern New Jersey. From taxis and shuttles to public transportation and car services, there are plenty of choices across the region.

GO Airport Express: Passengers Prefer Paper over Mobile for Boarding

Date: April 6, 2016 \ Source: PRNewswire.com

Synopsis: Technology makes many aspects of traveling easier but most people still prefer to present a printed boarding pass when checking in at airline gates, according to surveys conducted by GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based ground transportation service and GO Airport Shuttle, an international transportation provider.

Road Worrier: RDU Airport parking gets complicated

Date: April 5, 2016 \ Source: newsobserver.com

Synopsis: RDU has overhauled its parking nomenclature and raised most of its parking rates. The first changes took effect Monday. The second part – an online system that will offer discounts to travelers willing to pay for their parking in advance – is scheduled to go live on May 1.

Rideshare companies receive steady business at Chicago airports

Date: March. 31, 2016 \ Source: Redeyechicago.com

Synopsis: Generally speaking, Uber and Lyft are cheaper alternatives to taking a taxi, although taking the rideshare service during times of surge pricing may price out to be the same or even more expensive than a cab.But while Uber and Lyft may be a more affordable and technologically savvy transportation option, taxicabs are still in the game—even though many cab drivers complain they’ve lost business to Uber and Lyft at the airports.

Revised airport policy for taxis, shuttles approved

Date: March. 15, 2016 \ Source: Duluth News Tribune

Synopsis: For the first time, hotel and other shuttles and limousines serving Duluth International Airport require permits — also at $200 per vehicle. The policy only applies to passenger pickups. Drop-offs can be done at curbside by anyone at no charge.

E-Hail Pickup Fees Reduced at San Diego Intl Airport

Date: Feb. 12, 2016 \ Source: Transportation Reviews

Synopsis: The San Diego International Airport has recently reduced the mandated airport pickup fees for ride-sharing companies which includes Uber and Lyft.

Phoenix Sky Harbor proposes new airport pickup fees

Date: Feb. 10, 2016 \ Source: http://www.abc15.com

Synopsis: Phoenix officials have unveiled their final proposal on what to charge ground transportation companies that drop off and pick up passengers at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, and those cost increases could be passed along to riders. The fees would apply to services like Super Shuttle, Uber and Lyft, as well as taxis and limousines. Some of these companies are being asked to pay for the first time for each airport trip they make.

Local board advocates full rail to airport

Date: Feb. 2, 2016 \ Source: Scoop Independent News

Synopsis: Auckland Transport has been tasked by a council steering group to investigate rail options to Auckland Airport, including a choice between heavy or light rail. Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board Chair Lemauga Lydia Sosene says heavy rail is a must.

St. John's airport discussing Metrobus service to terminal

Date: Feb. 1, 2016 \ Source: CBC News

Synopsis: The new runway landing system at St. John's International Airport is up and running to make landings easier, now travel to the terminal might get a little easier as well. St. John's International Airport Authority President and CEO Keith Collins said Friday that his staff are in discussions with Metrobus about starting service to the airport terminal.

New Airport Parking Service Coming Along Steadily

Date: Jan.20, 2016 \ Source: Saskatoonhomepage.ca

Synopsis: A new "JetSet" parking and shuttle service is in the works that would allow Saskatoon airport users to park remotely, and wait in a heated building until a dedicated bus comes to bring them to the airport.

Airport Taxi and Hotel Shuttle Fees - Airport to reconsider new taxi fees

Date: Jan.18, 2016 \ Source: Fox 21 KQDS

Synopsis: A new permit fee on taxis might hit the brakes at the Duluth International Airport. Taxi companies want to see a change in the new fees applied to them this year.

Airport increasing parking fees for first time in 14 years

Date: Jan.15, 2016 \ Source: Memphis Business Journal

Synopsis: To help fund a $114 million terminal modernization project, Memphis International Airport is raising parking prices for the first time in 14 years.

Taxi drivers who discriminate at LAX face immediate airport ban

Date: Jan.14, 2016 \ Source: Daily Breeze

Synopsis: Taxi drivers who refuse service at Los Angeles International Airport for discriminatory reasons would be immediately banned at the airport under “zero-tolerance” rules approved by the airport commission Thursday. The tougher rules were sparked by a complaint in September by former Major League Baseball player Doug Glanville, who said he was refused a ride by a taxi driver at LAX because he is black.

New premium airport parking option unveiled

Date: Jan.8, 2016 \ Source: Deseret News

Synopsis: Utah's largest airport officially launched a new service aimed specifically at business travelers. On Friday, airport officials announced the introduction of premium reserved parking as an option for business travelers in the existing garage.

New Zealand Wellington Airport cracks down on Uber to 'level playing field'

Date: Dec. 15, 2015 \ Source: TVNZ

Synopsis: Wellington Airport Communications Manager Briarley Laban said the company was "working on the licensing process with Uber to ensure a level playing field for all taxi operators. The Uber drivers when picking up airport passengers need to fall under the same registration, licensing and customer service standards required by all operators at the airport whether they are part of a taxi company, an individual operator or shuttles," Ms Laban said.

New Zealand Wellington Airport cracks down on Uber to 'level playing field'

Date: Dec. 15, 2015 \ Source: TVNZ

Synopsis: Wellington Airport Communications Manager Briarley Laban said the company was "working on the licensing process with Uber to ensure a level playing field for all taxi operators. The Uber drivers when picking up airport passengers need to fall under the same registration, licensing and customer service standards required by all operators at the airport whether they are part of a taxi company, an individual operator or shuttles," Ms Laban said.

More people in fewer cars

Date: Dec. 8, 2015 \ Source: Uber Newsroom

Synopsis: Uber helps use today’s existing infrastructure more efficiently at no extra cost by getting more butts into the backseats of fewer cars. uberPOOL, uberHOP, and uberCOMMUTE Pilot are new services through Uber that are currently being piloted in select US cities.

TSA Security Awareness Message

Date: Nov. 23, 2015 \ Source: Transportation Security Administration

Synopsis: The TSA has issued a statement concerning the increased level of awareness the transportation industry is taking in light of the recent events in Europe. The following awareness message was sent to all Highway & Motor Carrier (HMC) Transportation Industry Stakeholders:
With the recent events and elevated threat level in Europe, and in the face of the busiest holiday travel season in the United States, this Security Awareness Message was prepared by the TSA Surface Division for security awareness across all surface transportation modes. While there is no actionable intelligence in any particular surface mode of transportation, the information provided is to raise the level of security awareness across the surface transportation landscape. Thank you for your continued support in the name of security.
Ken Ward
Transportation Security Administration

The Uber Airport Rules for 11 Major Cities in the U.S.

Date: Nov. 15, 2015 \ Source: Lifehacker

Synopsis: "Uber is a convenient way to get around most cities, but airport rides can be tricky. It’s possible to use Uber for dropping off and picking up at airports in some cities, but there are rules and drawbacks to be aware of. Travel + Leisure lays them out."

Violent start to Ottawa Airport Taxi protest

Date: Nov. 13, 2015 \ Source: Ottowa Sun

Synopsis: "About 30 Unifor members stormed the Coventry Rd. dispatch centre Friday morning in an attempt to persuade the office workers to band with Airport Taxi drivers and their fight against what they call unfair fee increases."

Day of Action’ by Ottawa taxi drivers

Date: Nov. 13, 2015 \ Source: CTV News Ottawa

Synopsis: "The call centre at Coventry Connections was allegedly damaged by disgruntled airport taxi drivers Friday morning as the dispute with their dispatcher reached its third month."

RTA to change airport shuttle plan to attract bidders

Date: Nov. 3, 2015 \ Source: The Detroit News

Synopsis: "Is public subsidized airport bus service arranged by the public transit agency ever an easy or efficient solution?"

Metro abandons plan to eliminate 5A bus to Dulles

Date: Nov. 3, 2015 \ Source: The Washington Post

Synopsis: "Is public subsidized airport bus service arranged by the public transit agency ever an easy or efficient solution?"

November Edition of AIR Magazine

Date: Nov. 3, 2015 \ Source: Airport Industry Review

Synopsis: "The world of airport art, passenger data collection, a breakthrough in biometric security and much more!"

Passengers prefer discounts over comfort says GO Airport Express survey

Date: Oct. 27, 2015 \ Source: Travel Daily News

Synopsis: "Almost 50 percent of flyers would opt for credit toward their next ticket purchase according to surveys conducted by GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based ground transportation service and GO Airport Shuttle, an international transportation provider."

Uber Granted Access to Airports in 'Compromise' Worth $48 Million

Date: Oct. 26, 2015 \ Source: DNA Info.

Synopsis: "Uber, Lyft and Sidecar were granted access to Chicago's O'Hare and Midway Airports, McCormick Place and Navy Pier in a deal valued at $48 million in new revenue by Budget Director Alexandra Holt."

Two months in, airport cabbie dispute has become a sombre affair

Date: Oct. 9, 2015 \ Source: The Ottowa Citizen

Synopsis: "The mass demonstrations and loud horn-honking outside the Ottawa International Airport may be over, but a dispute between more than 200 Ottawa taxi drivers and their dispatcher is entering its third month with no end in sight."

Airport taxi dispute turns violent during blockade of Airport Parkway

Date: Sept. 9, 2015 \ Source: The Ottowa Citizen

Synopsis: "Locked-out airport fleet taxi drivers turned violent Tuesday afternoon with an attack on the vehicle of another cab driver during an attempt to block the Airport Parkway at the Uplands Drive overpass."

Melbourne Airport parking fees set to take off again

Date: July 3, 2014 \ Source: Herald Sun

Synopsis: "This is an older article, but worth the read. If you think North American airport parking rates are high, read the following article from Melbourne, Australia. When short term parking fees can run to $29 for two hours, it's time to take ground transportation."

Cheapflights.ca Gets You to and From the Airport

Date: October 14, 2015 \ Source: Market Wired

Synopsis: "Forget the Cab (or Even Uber) -- Check Out the Best Alternatives for Getting to and From the Airport in 12 Major Cities"

Airport taxi union wants judge to lift some protest restrictions

Date: October 13, 2015 \ Source: CBC News

Synopsis: "The union representing airport taxi drivers wants rules about trespassing and noise put in place using an August court order to be loosened."

Groome Transportation Honored at 2015 Buscon Expo.

Date: October 1, 2015 \ Source: The Propane Education and Research Council

Synopsis: "At this year’s BusCon Expo in Indianapolis, the Propane Education & Research Council partnered with METRO Magazine to recognize five top transit fleets for their use of clean, domestic propane autogas. Groome Transportation, Historic Tours of America, Inter-County Public Transportation Authority, LeeTran, and VIA Metropolitan Transit were each presented a “Top User of Propane Autogas” award."

Pearson airport express trains 90 per cent empty

Date: September 23, 2015 \ Source: The Globe and Mail

Synopsis: "The Ontario government’s new airport express train is running 90 per cent empty, with ridership slumping since its launch in June."

Shuttle Service Takes Off

Date: September 18, 2015 \ Source: Payson Roundup

Synopsis: "In just under two years in business, the Payson Airport Shuttle has expanded from one van and a few trips to the Valley each week to three vans and four trips a day. Payson Airport Shuttle offers door-to-door transportation from Payson to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport."

Airport limo, taxi drivers want Uber, Lyft on level playing field

Date: September 4, 2015 \ Source: The Tampa Tribune

Executive Director's Comment: "We once more see Uber attempting to use the old and completely discarded arguments that they are a technology company and thus should not have to conform to any ground transportation requirements of the airport. Tampa officials are right in demanding that Uber be required to meet the same safety and insurance standards as other ground transportation companies serving the airport."

Google’s Driverless Cars Run Into Problem: Cars With Drivers

Date: September 1, 2015 \ Source: The New York Times

Synopsis: Researchers in the fledgling field of autonomous vehicles say that one of the biggest challenges facing automated cars is blending them into a world in which humans don’t behave by the book.

Need a Taxi to the Airport? Options Expanding Beyond Uber

Date: August 10, 2015 \ Source: The New York Times

Synopsis: New ride-sharing alternatives — such as Via, Bandwagon, Tripda and RideWith — are springing up in major cities and at airports. At the same time, established car services like Uber and Lyft are continuing to expand to more corners of the world while adding bells and whistles like Starbucks rewards points, free beach bags and on-demand water taxis.

Ladies-only parking spaces introduced at Frankfurt airport that are ‘bigger, nicer and close to the terminals’ spark sexism row in Germany

Date: July 30, 2015 \ Source: Daily Mail.com

Synopsis: – Frankfurt airport has caused controversy after it painted a section of its car park pink and designated it entirely for the use of women.

FlightCar will rent your car in return for free airport parking

Date: July 29, 2015 \ Source: The Chicago Tribune

Synopsis: FlightCar wants to rent out your car while you travel — and it hopes to lure you with free airport parking, a car wash and, if it rents your car, a bit of cash. The company, which is to cars what Airbnb is to property, operates at airports in 16 cities including Chicago.

Men in Bigger Hurry than Women to Get to the Airport

Date: June 4, 2015 \ Source: PR Newswire

Synopsis: – At 75 percent, more men than women prefer to arrive early for their flights, with 69 percent of women answering they did so.

SuperShuttle launches in Salt Lake City

Date: June 1, 2015 \ Source: PR Newswire

Synopsis: SuperShuttle, the largest shared-ride airport shuttle service in North America, begins service in Salt Lake City June 2, 2015.

Scott Duffy named Head of Sales for Don Brown Bus Sales

Date: April 15, 2015 \ Source: Don Brown Bus Sales

Synopsis: – Don Brown Bus Sales, the largest, full service, stocking bus dealer in the Northeastern United States, has named Scott Duffy as its new Director of Sales.

Chianello: Airport sign skirmish takes flight

Date: April 13, 2015 \ Source: Ottawa Citizen

Synopsis: It will be difficult to come up with signage rules that will strike a balance between competitive fairness for companies and useful information for drivers, all while protecting against visual pollution. But allowing a single company to have an exemption at the Macdonald Cartier International Airport isn’t the way to start the discussion.

Newark airport climbs on the 'Bandwagon' taxi sharing app

Date: April 8, 2015 \ Source: NJ.com

Synopsis: "The ride sharing app Bandwagon has arrived at Newark Liberty International, allowing travelers who want a cab from the airport to share a ride -- and the fare -- with someone else going their way."

SFO develops GPS tracking system to collect fees from Uber, Lyft

Date: March 17, 2015 \ Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal

Synopsis: "San Francisco International Airport has created a GPS technology platform to track on-demand ride services such as Uber Technologies and Lyft."

Union Pearson Express test ride: A first look at Toronto's downtown-airport train

Date: March 10, 2015 \ Source: National Post

Synopsis: "Reporters on Monday got to preview Toronto’s new UP Express, the train that will soon shuttle air travelers between Union Station and Pearson Airport in 25 minutes."

Multi-cultural toilets' for Barcelona airport's taxi drivers

Date: February 28, 2015 \ Source: NEWS.GNOM.ES

Synopsis: "A RISE in the number of foreign taxi drivers at Barcelona’s El Prat airport has led to ‘multi-cultural toilets’ being installed in Terminals 1 and 2. Is this the future of taxi holding lots in North America?"

Airport taxi incentive program to be launched

Date: February 20, 2015 \ Source: KUSI

Synopsis: "San Diego County Friday will launch a program designed to give owners of older taxi cabs serving San Diego's airport incentives to switch from gasoline engines to hybrid or alternative-fuel vehicles. "

New Hawaiian Air terminal already delayed one year

Date: February 19, 2015 \ Source: Hawaii News Now

Synopsis: "Various large projects are scheduled to last another four years at HNL, costing $800 million that's part of $2.7 billion being spent to modernize airports across the state."

Calgary International Airport opens new taxi-staging facility

Date: January 28, 2015 \ Source: Calgary Herald

Synopsis: "The Calgary Airport Authority has unveiled a new $1.8 million building aimed at giving taxi drivers a place to rest and relax in between customer pickups."

Level the Playing Field for Vehicles for Hire

Date: January 26, 2015 \ Source: The Florida Taxicab Association

Synopsis: "The Florida Taxicab Association sent this letter to Palm Beach County Commissioners regarding upcoming hearings that will focus on policies governing ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft operating in the County:"