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Grand Central’s Retro-Style ‘Big Board’ Being Replaced with High-Tech Departure Display

Grand Central’s Retro-Style ‘Big Board’ Being Replaced with High-Tech Departure Display

Installation of a new departures board as well as gate information displays is underway at Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
The new primary departure display, colloquially known as the “big board” and located on the south side of the concourse directly atop the ticket windows, replaces a board that, despite its retro appearance, is only two decades old. The board displays a train’s destination, departure time, and status messages …

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 …

New York Area Airports Set Record for Passengers at Start of Passover/Easter Holiday Weekend

New York Area Airports Set Record for Passengers at Start of Passover/Easter Holiday Weekend

If you flew at the start of this past weekend, you weren’t alone.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration reported that two airports in the United States, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International, set records for the number of passengers screened at security checkpoints on Thursday, the unofficial start of the Passover/Easter holiday weekend.
LaGuardia Airport saw 59,698 travelers pass through its security checkpoints on Thursday, while Newark Liberty saw 78,811.
The previous record for LaGuardia …

Customs Agent at JFK Stole $100 Bills from Passengers’ Handbags

Customs Agent at JFK Stole $100 Bills from Passengers’ Handbags

A customs agent assigned to John F. Kennedy International Airport was arrested Thursday for taking cash from bags of passengers he was supposed to be inspecting.
Joseph Cialone, who lives in East Meadow, New York, admitted according to the criminal complaint that he stole $100 bills from handbags belonging to arriving international travelers on over 100 occasions in the period from April 2018 to April 2019, according to the complaint.
Cialone, an …

At the 2019 New York Auto Show, Fins Are In

If you walk over to the Cadillac stand at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the storied automaker was reintroducing tailfins.  The visitor is greeted by a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible about 15’ (4.5 m) in the air, with an almost larger-than-life billboard underneath and a selection of older Cadillac model cars on display, all in their glorious tailfin glory.
Tailfins were introduced …

American Airlines Flight 300: More Details Emerge on Flight That Nearly Ended in Disaster

American Airlines Flight 300: More Details Emerge on Flight That Nearly Ended in Disaster

The National Transportation Safety Board said on Wednesday that it is investigating the terrifying takeoff of an American Airlines Airbus A321 from John F. Kennedy International Airport that took place on April 10 of this year.
“NTSB is investigating the April 10, 2019, accident at JFK International Airport,” the agency said in a tweet, adding that the aircraft “experienced a roll during takeoff and hit a runway distance marker with the …

Uber Expands Ride Pass Subscription to New York City, Dallas, Las Vegas

Uber Expands Ride Pass Subscription to New York City, Dallas, Las Vegas

Ride-hailing service Uber said it is expanding its Ride Pass subscription service to New York City, Dallas, Las Vegas, and San Diego.
Ride Pass offers customers protection from surge pricing and a 15% discount on UberX and ExpressPool rides. The service is available in a total of 16 cities including Baltimore, Jacksonville, Nashville, New Orleans, Phoenix, and Seattle.
Subscribers to Ride Pass also get 30 free minutes a day on Jump e-bikes …