Archive of: Transportation

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Corps has $210 million plan for Nome port expansion March Issue 1 2015

Corps has $210 million plan for Nome port expansion

An expansion plan for the Port of Nome is starting to take shape. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District released a draft feasibility report Feb. 20 that outlines what it sees as a reasonable Arctic deep-draft port.

March Issue 1 2015

Midwest utility offers proposal to shore up Railbelt grid

A Midwest utility company hopes to help Alaska fix its strained Railbelt electric transmission system. Xcel Energy Inc. representatives presented to the House and Senate Energy committees on Feb. 19 about ways the company could facilitate private investment in new power lines for the region.

FAA releases draft rules for unmanned aircraft systems February Issue 4 2015

FAA releases draft rules for unmanned aircraft systems

Unmanned aircraft operators were given an outline for flight standards Feb. 15 when the Federal Aviation Administration released its proposed rules for drone flights. The draft regulations are a major step towards integrating widespread commercial use of unmanned aircraft in the national airspace.

Railroad cuts PTC ask, aims to finance remaining need February Issue 3 2015

Railroad cuts PTC ask, aims to finance remaining need

The Alaska Railroad Corp. is using some strategic financing to cut its fiscal year 2016 capital request to $18 million as it looks for ways to finance Positive Train Control. Before the legislative session, the railroad was preparing to ask the Legislature for $53.5 million over three years, with a $21.8 million request for the 2016 fiscal year.

Alaska Air Group has 5th straight record year, profit up 49% February Issue 1 2015

Alaska Air Group has 5th straight record year, profit up 49%

Quarterly or yearly, record-breaking profits are officially old hat at Alaska Air Group Inc. During a Jan. 22 call with investors, executives of the parent to Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air reported a record full-year profit of $571 million in 2014 and a fourth quarter record profit of $125 million.

January Issue 3 2015

Walker fires DOT commish after road report

Gov. Bill Walker fired Alaska Transportation Commissioner Pat Kemp Jan. 12 after he urged Walker to move forward with the Knik Arm bridge and the Juneau access road projects, or face repaying up to $98.6 million to the federal government. Walker spokeswoman Grace Jang wrote in a statement to the Juneau Empire that the governor wants department commissioners aligned with his priorities.

Breaking News 2015

FAA releases draft unmanned aircraft rules