Posts Tagged ‘U.S. Department of Transportation’

Board selects SeaPort Airlines to replace Silver Airways

TUPELO — The Tupelo Airport Authority Board has chosen Portland, Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines for local passenger service. If approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation, SeaPort will replace Silver Airways, which in April announced it was leaving Greenville, Hattiesburg, Meridian, Tupelo and Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Greenville and Muscle Shoals, Alabama, also are recommending SeaPort. Tom […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Silver Airways ordered to continue service

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Transportation has ordered Silver Airways to remain in Meridian, Hattiesburg and Tupelo until a replacement airline is found. Transportation officials made a similar announcement last week for Greenville. It announced the order for the other three airports yesterday. Silver Airways began service to those airports in October 2012, […] [...]

Silver Airways discontinuing service at four state airports

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Regional carrier Silver Airways is pulling out of four airports in Mississippi — Greenville, Hattiesburg, Meridian and Tupelo — and Muscle Shoals, Ala. Silver began providing connections service to those areas in October 2012, stepping into the void when Delta Air Lines announced in 2011 that it intended to drop 24 routes […] [...]

Silver Airways service woes impacting air travel numbers

TUPELO — Commercial air service is no longer a convenient or reliable option for many in Tupelo. And the numbers reflect it. Last year, enplanements — the airline industry’s term for boardings — in Tupelo reached 5,661, a 31 percent drop from a year earlier and the lowest total in at least 28 years at […] [...]

Federal safety regulators shut down bus companies

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Federal bus safety regulators announced that they have shut down 52 companies in what they describe as a major nationwide crackdown on unsafe carriers. Affected companies in Mississippi are Carbo Limo of Oxford, LLC, and CC Rider Coach. Here is a state-by-state list of 49 companies that were shut down by the […] [...]

Ribbon to be cut on new multi-use transportation center

NATCHEZ — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Natchez Regional Transit Center. The ceremony will be held Nov. 15 beginning at 10 a.m. on the corner of Wood Avenue and North Shields Lane in Natchez. MDOT partnered with Federal Transit Administration and the city of Natchez to […] [...]

Port lands $14M grant from USDOT for improvements

PASCAGOULA — Officials at the Port of Pascagoula say a $14-million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will be part of a $44-million improvement project that will create a more efficient rail connection into the port The Mississippi Press reports that the $14- million federal “TIGER” grant will be combined with $10 million from […] [...]

Sequester could ground commercial air services statewide

Air travelers accustomed to catching Silver Airways flights out of Hattiesburg, Meridian, Greenville and Tupelo may soon have to rethink their travel plans. As with a series of other disruptions occurring at airports large and small around the country, the culprit is the federal budget sequester, an onslaught of across-the-board cuts brought about by the […] [...]

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