Posts Tagged ‘transportation’

Bland pushing for ExpressJet as new airline for Meridian

MERIDIAN — Meridian Mayor Percy Bland wants Georgia-based ExpressJet to be the new air carrier for Meridian Regional Airport. The recommendation now goes to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Bland was assisted in his selection by a panel of seven community members who studied the proposals. ExpressJet was one of two airlines to submit bids […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: Farewell to the orange and blue of Southwest Airlines

As we reported previously, Southwest Airlines has left Jackson for greener pastures. Most of us in Jackson are probably sorry to see those orange and blue planes fly away and not return, because it’s bound to limit our travel options, potentially increase costs, and generally take away some measure of convenience.  A great airport is […] [...]

MDOT finds bad bridge near school, re-posts weight limit

TISHOMINGO COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has identified yet another aging bridge — this one near a school — and has re-posted its weight limit. MDOT recently evaluated the posted weight limit of Bridge No. 2.3 on State Route 172 during a routine bridge inspection. It was determined that due to the […] [...]

Drawbridge to be closed as modernization project nears completion

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is nearing completion of the $8.2-million I-110 Drawbridge Rehabilitation Project, providing modernized mechanical, electrical and interior components on the bridge. In order to complete the project, closures of I-110 will be required to conduct work at the center of the drawbridge. To minimize delays for the travelling […] [...]

Aviation marketers give their prescription for Jackson airport

by Published: June 13,2014

Tags: Business, JACKSON, Mississippi, transportation

A pair of New York commercial aviation marketing specialists shared their thoughts on how executives at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport can strengthen the airport’s role as Central Mississippi’s main aviation draw. Rocco Cipriano, president of Westchester-N.Y.-based Aviation Marketing, said a good first step is to break down the kinds of travel for which fliers […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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