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Southwest Airlines moves into LaGuardia with 14 slots

I don’t think TFA has ever run a purely airline story, but this is the biggest transportation story of the day. It will be felt in the Northeast and throughout the country. It’s another brilliant move from a great company. I salute Southwest.

The Dallas Morning News files the report.

Southwest to buy ATA assets, get New York LaGuardia slots


08:53 PM CST on Tuesday, November 18, 2008


By TERRY MAXON / The Dallas Morning News

Southwest Airlines Co. plans to buy ATA Airlines so it can obtain the bankrupt carrier’s operating slots at New York LaGuardia Airport, the airline confirmed Tuesday evening.


Southwest spokeswoman Beth Harbin said the airline intends to start service out of LaGuardia, assuming the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Indianapolis approves Southwest’s bid of $7.5 million.


“We’re working with ATA Airlines with the conditions and terms of the bid,” Ms. Harbin said. “The intent is not to operate ATA Airlines. The intent is to allow Southwest Airlines to acquire the LaGuardia slots.”


The deal, first reported by Bloomberg News, would give Southwest the control of 14 takeoff and landing slots, sufficient to operate seven round trip flights a day.


Filed under: Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy

High Speed Rail in the Ark-La-Tex

Arkansas lawmaker Steve Harrelson has one of the region’s best legislative, government, and general interest blogs. He also keeps up with regional passenger rail issues. This is the latest entry from Under the Dome.

High Speed Rail in the Ark-La-Tex


David Dean shows possibilities of high speed rail across Arkansas during yesterday’s town hall meeting on rail at Texarkana College. This form of high speed rail, while officials tout it being constructed by private dollars, is far more expensive than the more conventional “high performance rail” and is even higher than constructing interstate-standard highways.    

Here are a few differences:

High Speed Rail    

Cost: $20 – $46 million per mile
Speed: ~220 mph
Floats above the track on magnets
Can’t using existing rail bed – must obtain new land for route
    High Performance Rail    

Cost: $1.3 million per mile
Speed: 80 – 110 mph
Conventional steel wheel rail
Can use existing track, but double tracking needed


Filed under: Passenger Rail Politics, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, Regional USA Passenger Rail

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