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Amtrak Deploys Cleaner Diesel-Electric Locomotives on Pacific Surfliner Routes

Amtrak Deploys Cleaner Diesel-Electric Locomotives on Pacific Surfliner Routes

Amtrak announced it has placed new diesel-electric locomotives into service on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner routes.
The railroad acquired Siemens Charger locomotives for service between San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Luis Obispo.
The Siemens Charger is a family of diesel-electric passenger locomotives manufactured by Siemens Mobility specifically for the North American market. The Charger is the first passenger locomotive to receive Tier 4 emissions certification from the Environmental Protection …

Synagogue Shooting in California, 1 Dead, 3 Injured

Synagogue Shooting in California, 1 Dead, 3 Injured

A gunman walked into a synagogue in the San Diego area and opened fire on the congregation, authorities said.
One person was killed and three were injured in the attack.
The shooting took place at the Chabad of Poway on Chabad Way in Poway, where approximately 100 people were present.
The city’s mayor, Steve Vaus, called the shooting a “hate crime” given what the shooter reportedly said as he entered the synagogue.
Police later …

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 …

Delta Inaugurates Non-Stop Service to Ontario, California

Delta Inaugurates Non-Stop Service to Ontario, California

Delta Air Lines inaugurated non-stop service to Ontario, California, from its Atlanta hub on Monday.
Flight 996 arrived from Atlanta in the Inland Empire at 10 a.m. local time.  The return flight departed for Atlanta at 11:09 a.m.
A second non-stop flight to Ontario is slated to start on June 17.
Delta is operating the new service with Boeing 737-800 and -900 aircraft.
Ontario is located in southwestern San Bernardino County, in the western …

Disney Moves to Ban Smoking at Florida and California Parks

Disney Moves to Ban Smoking at Florida and California Parks

Disney said it will ban smoking and larger strollers inside its theme park properties starting May 1.
The ban will include Walt Disney World and Disneyland as well as the company’s water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and Downtown Disney.
Smoking is already restricted in its parks and, in recent years, Disney has reduced the number of areas where smoking was permitted.
“As we expand our offerings, we will continue to …

United Airlines Adds 18 New Routes from Denver, L.A., N.Y., San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

United Airlines Adds 18 New Routes from Denver, L.A., N.Y., San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

United Airlines announced the addition of 18 new routes from a list of cities that includes Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
The Chicago-based airline inaugurated service from Denver to Brownsville, Texas; Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Florida; Pensacola; Santa Rosa, California; Sarasota; and West Palm Beach earlier in March. It also added service from Cleveland to Tampa, and from Los Angeles to Redding, California.
United said that it …

Southwest Airlines to Begin Service to Hawaii

Southwest Airlines to Begin Service to Hawaii

Southwest Airlines, which announced plans last May to offer service to Hawaii for the first time, said that the first flights will take place on March 17, 2019.
The inaugural flights will be Oakland, California to Honolulu on the 17th and from Oakland to Maui on April 7.
The airline will then launch service from San Jose to Honolulu on May 5 and from San Jose to Kahului on May 26.
In addition …