Transportation Archives

Feds take the wheel before driverless cars hit the market

Driverless Direction

The federal government got into the debate over driverless vehicles Tuesday, proposing new regulations and model legislation aimed at smoothing the development of the high-tech cars and heading off a state-by-state patchwork of laws for them. Arizona transportation officials said Tuesday they could not comment on the new rules until they have had a chance… Read More →

Phoenix Sky Harbor to close one of three runways

Sky Harbor

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will close its north runway (Runway 8/26) Thursday Oct. 6 through Sunday Nov. 6 for several construction and maintenance projects. The north runway is one of three at Phoenix Sky Harbor. Arrival and departure delays of up to 30 minutes are possible during peak travel times: 7:30 a.m. – 10… Read More →

New rideshare app launches in Phoenix

rideshare app

Valley residents looking for either immediate or pre-scheduled transportation in a cab, a rideshare or a wheelchair-accessible vehicle can now do it all from one new mobile app. Glendale-based Total Transit, the parent company of Discount Cab, launched Discount Ride, a new app providing passengers with the widest variety of vehicle, scheduling and payment options in Arizona.… Read More →

Deborah Ostreicher: Most Influential Women in Arizona

Deborah Ostreicher

Deborah Ostreicher, assistant aviation director, City of Phoenix Prior to her current position, Ostreicher lived and worked overseas in corporate responsibility, computers and media. Advice: “Support, don’t compete with, other women. Surround yourself with the smartest people you can find — men and women. You will not only get the job done, but you’ll learn a… Read More →

Drivers on most-traveled roads in Arizona to get new, improved freeways

most-traveled roads

Drivers will temporarily encounter construction delays but ultimately end with longer, wider freeways and other improvements to some of the most traveled roads in Arizona under a five-year plan from the Arizona Department of Transportation. Building the South Mountain Freeway in the southeast Valley and improving roads near Tucson, Scottsdale, Wickenburg, northern Arizona and along… Read More →

Uber offers free rides to help cancer patients

Uber Pitch

Want to help raise money for cancer patients while receiving a free ride from Uber to your destination? Starting June 30 and running through Dec. 31, anyone who downloads the Uber app and uses the new user promo code, GIVEHOPE, will receive their first ride with Uber for free (up to $15), with an additional… Read More →

Escape the heat, 7 San Diego getaway ideas

San Diego

Most Arizonans have at least one summer-reprieve escape. A five-hour drive is a minor price to pay for a break from the Valley’s toasting temps. This summer, try setting your sights on nearby, Carlsbad, Calif. Just a few hours from the sizzle, Hilton’s Cape Rey resort is much more than simply a hideaway from the… Read More →

18 retail shops coming to Sky Harbor Airport

Sky Harbor

The Phoenix City Council approved the first phase of new retail contracts in Sky Harbor International Airport’s Terminal 4, which will bring two spa locations, several tech stores, and an assortment of the local, regional and national products customers have been requesting. Contracts were awarded to Lagardere TR and Partners, LLC, Avila Retail Development and Management… Read More →

Tucson official says airports need more input on TSA staffing

Rep. Martha McSally, R-Tucson, and Tucson International Airport President Bonnie Allin speak after a hearing on problems with Transportation Security Administration performance at airport security checkpoints. (Photo by Emily Zentner/Cronkite News)

Wait times at Tucson International Airport security checkpoints have grown steadily even as the number of passengers has fallen, an executive of the airport told a House panel Thursday. Tucson Airport Authority President and CEO Bonnie Allin said a large part of the problem comes from a shortage of Transportation Security Administration staff during peak… Read More →

Travel Reminders from Sky Harbor Airport

Sky Harbor

The 100 degree temperature mark has been surpassed and anticipation is building for summer travel. The Memorial Day holiday will kick-off the official start to the busy summer travel season at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and America’s Friendliest Airport is offering the following tips for your summer getaways: Give Yourself Plenty of Time: The… Read More →

Ak-Chin Regional Airport completes upgrades

ak-chin regional airport

The Ak-Chin Regional Airport, owned and operated Ak-Chin Indian Community, finished electrical upgrades to the facility, which include placing runway edge lights, utilizing the airport beacon and installing an automated weather observing system (AWOS). The runway edge lights run the entire length of the 4750 foot runway allowing the airport to be open 24 hours a… Read More →

Sky Harbor Airport sets mark for busiest month

PHX Sunset

America’s Friendliest Airport® continues to break passenger traffic records.  Coming off of a banner year in 2015 with more than 44 million travelers served, March, which is typically Phoenix Sky Harbor’s busiest month, topped the charts with a 1.5 percent increase from last March. Nearly 4.3 million passengers traveled through Phoenix Sky Harbor in March… Read More →

Salt River Community bans texting while driving

texting

On Wednesday the Young River People’s Council, a branch of the Office of Congressional and Legislative affairs for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community government, initiated and passed an ordinance that would prohibit texting while driving on tribal land. “This is great accomplish to know that we are the first community in Indian country to… Read More →

Phoenix Final Four countdown clock debuts

Dan Lewis, Co-Chair of the Phoenix Final Four, JoAn Scott, Managing Director of the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship, Debbie Johnson, Co-Chair of the Phoenix Final Four, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Phoenix Vice Mayor Kate Gallego, Phoenix City Councilman Jim Waring, Tempe Vice Mayor Corey Woods, and Dawn Rogers, Executive Director and CEO of the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee.

With 345 days and counting until the tip-off of the 2017 NCAA Final Four, the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee (PLOC), Governor Doug Ducey, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, several other elected officials from the Phoenix Metropolitan area unveiled the official countdown clock Thursday at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The clock will mark the days, hours and minutes until… Read More →