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Uber, Lyft Drivers Plan Strike for Wednesday

Uber, Lyft Drivers Plan Strike for Wednesday

Drivers for Uber as well as for competitor Lyft plan to go off-line for two hours Wednesday morning just as the rush hour is beginning.
The job action is intended to coincide with Uber’s planned initial public offering on Thursday.
The drivers are protesting what they see as unfair working conditions, including job security and working conditions, and want a limit on how much ride-hailing companies can take as a commission from …

Severe Weekend Storms Delay Over 11,000 Flights Across the Nation

Severe Weekend Storms Delay Over 11,000 Flights Across the Nation

Multiple dangerous and severe storms throughout much of the United States led to massive flight delays and cancellations that continue into the workweek.
The weekend saw almost 11,000 flight delays and 1,005 cancellations and airlines have posted 731 delays and 268 cancellations as of 9:30 a.m. Monday morning, according to FlightStats, a company that monitors such information.
Thunderstorms with damaging winds, floods, hail, and even a few tornadoes moved across the United …

Families of Ethiopian Air Crash to Hold Silent Protest At Boeing Annual Shareholders Meeting

Families of Ethiopian Air Crash to Hold Silent Protest At Boeing Annual Shareholders Meeting

Friends and family of those who perished in the March 10, 2019 crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 plan a silent protest at the Boeing annual meeting of shareholders on April 29.
The meeting is to be held at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
One passenger on the ill-fated flight was Samya Stumo, a health financing analyst, who had been scheduled to fly from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya. …

Amtrak to Offer ‘Share Fares’ Discount Pricing for Group Travel

Amtrak to Offer ‘Share Fares’ Discount Pricing for Group Travel

Amtrak announced a new “Share Fares” group discount program on Wednesday.
The tiered offering will give travelers a discount of 35% when traveling in groups of four and somewhat less in smaller groups.
The first passenger would pay full price, the second gets a 15% discount, the third a 60% discount, and the fourth a 70% discount.
The Share Fares program is available on virtually all Amtrak trains with the exception of the …

Car2Go Pauses Chicago Operations After 100 Cars Go Missing

Car2Go Pauses Chicago Operations After 100 Cars Go Missing

The Chicago police department said that it had arrested 21 people in connection with the disappearance of over 100 vehicles that belong to a car-sharing service.
The cars belong to Car2Go, a car-sharing company owned by Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler. They were rented through the Car2Go app that allows customers to reserve a car, via the app, which can be picked up parked on the street.  When the rental period is over, the …

Alaska Air Flight Diverts After Passenger Lights Up and Gets ‘Belligerent’

Alaska Air Flight Diverts After Passenger Lights Up and Gets ‘Belligerent’

An Alaska Airlines flight en route from San Francisco to Philadelphia diverted to Chicago O’Hare International Airport early Thursday morning after a passenger on board lighted up a cigarette and acted in a “belligerent” manner.
Alaska Flight 1138 landed in Chicago at 4:22 a.m. local time “due to a disruptive passenger on board,” the airline said in a statement.
The passenger in question had lit a cigarette while the flight was in …

Apple Pay Coming to Mass Transit in New York City, Portland, Chicago

Apple Pay Coming to Mass Transit in New York City, Portland, Chicago

Apple announced that Apple Pay will be available on buses, trains, and other forms of mass transit in several major U.S. cities later this year. The list includes New York City, Portland, and Chicago.
The introduction of Apple Pay will allow passengers to pay their fares using their iPhones or Apple Watches.
While Apple Pay will be new to transit systems in the United States, it is already available in multiple cities …