Posts Tagged ‘transportation’

Jackson airport’s regional draw, role in feeder system seen as strengths after Southwest loss

Southwest Airlines’ final take off from Jackson- Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport in Jackson Saturday left local passengers without the option of a low-cost, no-frills carrier they have relied on for 17 years. For the airport, the departure left marketing and revenue challenges to overcome. To start, executives at Mississippi’s largest airport must confront the […] [...]

USDOT: State ranks 10th in nation in bad bridges

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A recent report of the 2013 National Bridge Inventory by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) indicates that motorists travel over the state’s 2,274 structurally compromised bridges approximately 1.2 million times every day. The data shows that of the 17,044 bridges in Mississippi, over 13 percent are in need of replacement. The […] [...]

Corinth welcomes Caterpillar stockholders

by Published: June 11,2014

Tags: agriculture, Business, Mississippi, transportation

CORINTH, Mississippi — Caterpillar’s annual meeting of stockholders is taking place Wednesday in Corinth. Peoria, Illinois-based Caterpillar Inc. has had a presence in Corinth for 32 years. Caterpillar spokeswoman Rachel Potts says the company has tried in recent years to hold stockholder meetings in places where the company has facilities. Recent shareholders meetings have been […] [...]

Delta State alum David Abney credits ‘willingness to do more than asked’ for his rise to CEO at UPS

by Published: June 11,2014

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi, ORION, transportation, UPS

It takes a lot of right turns to go from the Mississippi Delta to the top executive suite at United Parcel Service’s Sandy Springs, Ga., headquarters. Right turns are among the top commandments handed to new drivers for the world’s largest package delivery service. They constitute the safest and fastest way to go from Point […] [...]

Air service to Orlando could be on the horizon

Direct service from Jackson-Medgar Evers International Airport to Orlando could resume after Southwest Airlines’ departure  if airport officials receive a U.S. Department of Transportation grant they say they are confident of getting. The grant is the same one by which the airport gained service to New York City. The direct service to Orlando ceases with […] [...]

Vaya con Dios Southwest — last flight departed Jackson Saturday night

Southwest Airlines’ 7:05 p.m. Saturday flight to Houston’s Hobby International Airport brought to a close Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International’s 17-year relationship with the Dallas-based carrier.   The elimination also marks the airline’s first severing of service to a second-tier market serving a population of over 500,000 people. The only other two service closings occurred in Denver […] [...]

USM gets big check to build new pedestrian pathway

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi’s plan to build a new pedestrian pathway on the Hattiesburg campus has received a major boost on after Southern District Highway Commissioner Tom King presented a check for $683,560 to the university. Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett accepted the check provided by the Mississippi Department of Transportation […] [...]

MDOT to shut down Coast interstate for repairs

HARRISON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation will shut down Interstate 110 for several nights in June to finish work on the drawbridge. Interstate 110 is a north-to-south connector running from Interstate 10 to U.S. Highway 90 in Biloxi. Transportation officials say in a news release that the work to modernize the mechanical, electrical […] [...]

Survey finds seat belt usage declining as fatalities rise

JACKSON — New data from the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety shows the observed belt usage rate is at 74.4 percent. That’s compared to 83 percent in 2012, officials said yesterday in a news release. Fatalities also increased last year. In 2013, 613 people died from traffic accidents in Mississippi, a 5.3 percent increase from […] [...]

Port officials find replacement tenant for Chiquita

GULFPORT — McDermott International will finish and spool pipe for oil and natural gas drillers at the Port of Gulfport, creating 100 jobs. The company said yesterday that it will lease space on the port’s East Pier for 10 years, with options for another 30 years. If the port gets environmental approvals from the U.S. […] [...]

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