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Schumer says 5 airlines agree: No carry-on bag fees

April
19

Sen. Charles Schumer said this morning that five airlines have agreed not to charge passengers fees for carry-on bags the way Spirit Air is about to. He also says he’ll meet with the CEO of Spirit tomorrow to try to get that airline to change its mind.

The airlines that Schumer said have assured him they won’t add such a fee are American, Delta, JetBlue, United and US Air.

He said this all while working a crowd Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, April 19th, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
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Lane closures planned near PIP’s Exit 13 this week

April
19

POST UPDATED AT 1:15 PM WITH NEW INFORMATION FROM THE DOT

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Intermittent right lane closures are planned on the southbound Palisades Interstate Parkway near Exit 13 (Route 202) from Wednesday through Friday either Thursday or Friday, the state Department of Transportation said.

The stoppages are scheduled to occur between 8 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The traffic stoppages will allow crews to pour a new bridge deck.

Drivers are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. Convictions of two or  more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of the driver’s license.

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Monday, April 19th, 2010 at 10:40 am |
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Schumer fights carry-on baggage fees

April
19

OK, we know Sen. Charles Schumer is no stranger to the press. New York’s senior senator has a way of announcing a new idea, and then announcing it again. And again. An idea proposed in Manhattan, for instance, may have more legs if he makes the same announcement the next day in White Plains.

This may have been the case later this morning, when Schumer had arranged to appear at Westchester County Airport to “announce” his proposal to stop airlines from charging fees for carry-on luggage, a new policy at Spirit Air.

Now comes word that he’s made progress Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, April 19th, 2010 at 9:52 am |
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Repair work to close Garden State Parkway exit ramp

April
16

Overnight repairs at the northbound Garden State Parkway exit ramp to Nanuet will continue for the next few weeks.

The state Thruway Authority had expected to complete the work on April 17.

During the resurfacing and guiderail installation, the exit ramp Pascack Road and Old Nyack Turnpike will be closed nightly from 10 p.m. through 5 a.m. from Monday to Thursday; Monday, April 26 to Thursday, April 29; and Monday, May 3, to Wednesday, May 5.

Additionally, the contractor will perform roadway repairs and reestablish ditch lines from 11 p.m., Friday, through 5 a.m., Saturday, and from 11 p.m., April 30, through 5 a.m., May 1.

Electronic message signs and the Thruway’s radio station (530AM) will be activated to inform drivers of the closures.

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Friday, April 16th, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
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Flight problems spreading with volcanic ash

April
16

It’s getting worse in Europe. Thousands of flights have been grounded by volcanic ash that spewed from under an Icelandic glacier this week.

But as the cloud spreads, some areas are opening up Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Friday, April 16th, 2010 at 10:54 am |
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Bus wars: The Back and forth on BxM4C

April
14

Expect a lot of people to come out to save the Manhattan express bus. The BxM4C line now on the chopping block has many supporters.

The hearing starts just about now, and goes until 9 p.m. tonight with a break from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (It’s at the Westchester County Center on Central Avenue and Tarrytown Road in White Plains, right by the Bronx River Parkway.)

It’s that evening session where we’ll see Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
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Rollover slowing N/B Sprain in Greenburgh

April
5

Staff writer Rob Ryser reports this:

GREENBURGH — A rollover accident was delaying traffic on the northbound Sprain Brook Parkway between Jackson Avenue and Route 100B shortly after 7 a.m. today, police said.

Posted by Mike Meaney on Monday, April 5th, 2010 at 7:16 am |
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Private biz: We could run Manhattan express line

March
30

A Brooklyn-based company has concluded that it would be able to run the Manhattan express line slated to be discontinued in June. TransportAzumah and has just sent me an analysis of the BxM4C line, saying it would be “difficult, but feasible” to make the service work as a private enterprise.

Before I get to that, however, I need to own up to an error I’ve written about the time of Westchester County’s hearing on the proposed elimination of that line Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
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Paulin: Give cyclists 3-foot buffer

November
17

In some states, it’s illegal to drive within three feet of a cyclist riding a bicycle on a road. Now State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin wants the same rule passed in New York.

The Scarsdale Democrat is proposing the three-foot rule days after Greenburgh cyclist Merrill Cassell died when he was sideswiped by a bus and fell under it.

I’m looking for people’s thoughts Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
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Columbus Day transportation schedule

October
9

Monday is the observance of Columbus Day.

Here is the holiday schedule for Rockland:
• Tappan ZEExpress buses will operate normal service.
• Coach USA Red and Tan buses will operate all routes, but with fewer trips than normal on express routes 45, 47 and 49 during morning and evening rush hours. Call 201-263-1254 or go to www.coachusa.com/rockland for details.  
• Coach USA Express (Exit 14) buses will operate five fewer trips during the morning and three fewer trips for the evening rush hours. Call 800-631-8405 or go to www.coachusa.com/shortline for details.
• Monsey Trails buses will operate normal service.
• Transport of Rockland (TOR) buses will operate normal service.
• Clarkstown Mini-Trans buses will operate normal service.
• Spring Valley Jitney buses will not operate.
• TRIPS buses will operate limited service.
• Metro-North Railroad trains will operate normal service.
• New Jersey Transit trains on the Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines will operate normal service.
• The Haverstraw-Ossining ferry will operate normal service.
The Rockland County Transit Information Center can be reached at 845-364-3333.

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Friday, October 9th, 2009 at 7:49 am |
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Football train runs smooth but light

September
21

The first-ever Metro-North trains from New Haven through Westchester and to the Meadowlands football games went off without a hitch, although not that many sports fans were on board.

In all, 328 passengers rode the double-decker NJ Transit trains brought onto Metro-North tracks by Metro-North crews.

“It was not a full train, but it’s Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, September 21st, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
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More on texting while driving.

September
14

Some Westchester County legislators were not happy to hear yesterday that the coming state law banning texting while driving is actually weaker than the county’s law — and that the county’s law will be replaced by it.

But that wasn’t the oddest response I got to the articles I wrote about texting and the many other things people do behind the wheel that make other drivers uncomfortable. One somewhat brazen reader related this tale:

“I got pulled over once for using a cell phone and when I went to court I bought Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, September 14th, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
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Schuler’s husband on Larry King Live

September
2

The husband of Diane Schuler, whose wrong-way drive on the Taconic ended with eight people dead, appeared on Larry King Live with his lawyer and sister-in-law last night.

There’s nothing I can say about it, except watch it for yourself here.

Read The Journal News story about it here.

Expect to see more about it Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at 11:54 am |
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Driving while doing things you probably shouldn’t be doing while driving

September
2

This morning on the way to work, I saw a guy putting on his shirt in his convertible. He was stopped on Griffen Avenue at Weaver Street on the New Rochelle-Scarsdale border.

OK, that wasn’t really bad. The guy was stopped, no one was behind him.

But I’ve been talking with people a lot about things we do while driving that are not really condusive to steering and keeping an eye on the road. Eating, shaving, Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at 11:45 am |
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Strange summer on roads continues

September
1

I’ve already talked about how strange and deadly this summer has been on our roads. Well, the oddness continues.

On Aug. 22, we had the Scarsdale guy who chased a man 15 miles from Putnam to Danbury, Conn., after the guy in a pick-up truck allegedly struck his car on I-684. Danbury cops charged the driver of the truck with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

In Rockland, there’s another sad case: A man who is charged with vehicular manslaughter, in addition to driving while intoxicated, because his friend, a passenger in his car, died when he crashed a Ford Mustang on the New York State Thruway.

This follows the summer where a mom was arrested on a DWI charge after her daughter dialed 911 because they’d been in an accident, and where two people were hit with DWI charges for driving the same car. (They switched places before cops got to them, then admitted it.)

And of course, there was the horrific July 26 crash of Long Island mom Diane Schuler on the Taconic, killing Schuler, her daughter and three nieces and three men in an SUV she struck head-on. A toxicology report shows her blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit and she had THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in her system.

Will the strangeness end? Or at least ease up a bit?

Time will tell.

Posted by Ken Valenti on Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
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Khurram SaeedKhurram SaeedKhurram Saeed has been reporting for The Journal News since 2000. He writes about transportation issues in Rockland and has a weekly column called Getting There, which appears Wednesdays. READ MORE


Ken Valenti Ken Valenti Ken Valenti covers trains, planes and automobiles - not to mention buses and ferries - for Westchester and Putnam. He's been a reporter with The Journal News and its forerunners more than 20 years and has covered all four corners of Westchester County. READ MORE


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