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October 21, 2009 |
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's efforts to fast-track the long-stalled Westside subway faced a challenge Tuesday when a bipartisan group of congressional representatives said the current plan is unlikely to bring immediate federal funding to L.A. County. Villaraigosa has been pushing to have the subway completed in 10 years -- more than 15 years earlier than under current estimates. At his urging, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board agreed to submit the subway expansion, as well as a plan to build a light-rail through downtown, as the county's two projects to compete for a share of a national pool of federal funding.
August 15, 2009 |
Arriba , arriba! The economy remains sluggish, but some airlines are expanding services and celebrating at more than 30,000 feet. Virgin America, the 2-year-old airline based in San Francisco, said Tuesday that it would add nonstop flights from California to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. The airline will begin Nov. 18 with two daily nonstops each from Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport. Not to be outdone, JetBlue Airways announced the same day that it would also add daily nonstop service from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale, beginning Nov. 17. JetBlue has run a daily nonstop between Long Beach Airport and Fort Lauderdale since 2003.
April 30, 2009 |
Virgin America, the upstart carrier founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, began flying between Orange County's John Wayne Airport and San Francisco International Airport on Wednesday for as little as $49 one way. The launch of the low-fare service began with a glitzy party on the airport tarmac where celebrities, such as rapper MC Hammer and the cast of reality show "The Real Housewives of Orange County," welcomed passengers on the first flight from San Francisco.
December 15, 2008 |
A jetliner departed Taiwan for China to open a new era of direct air and shipping services with the mainland. The flight from Taipei to Shanghai came after an improvement in relations since President Ma Ying-jeou took office in Taiwan in May and moved to reverse pro-independence policies.
November 22, 2008 |
Nine days after announcing new overseas routes for 2009, Delta Air Lines Inc., the world's biggest carrier, said in a regulatory filing Friday that it planned to reduce future domestic and international capacity because demand for seats had slowed amid the global financial crisis. The Atlanta-based airline said it would give more details about its outlook in early December. Spokeswoman Betsy Talton said Delta still planned to add the 15 new international routes it announced Nov.
November 11, 2008 |
McDonald's Corp., the world's largest restaurant company, posted October sales that beat some analysts' estimates after U.S. consumers, pinched by rising food bills and unemployment, bought double cheeseburgers and other $1 items. Global sales at restaurants open at least 13 months climbed 8.2%, paced by Europe's gain of 9.8% compared with a year earlier. U.S. same-store sales increased 5.3%, the Oak Brook, Ill., company said. The Oct.