Transportation

State high court declines appeal of Kings Co. rail case

The California Supreme Court will not consider an appeal of a Kings County high-speed rail case.(AP) — The California Supreme Court decided Wednesday not to consider an appeal of a case brought by opponents of the state's $68 billion bullet train project, clearing the way for construction to proceed.

Alaska Airlines adds Fresno-to-Seattle flight

Alaska Airlines announced it has added a third daily flight to Seattle from Fresno Yosemite International Airport.

Visalia dumps Great Lakes Airlines for Seaport

Portland-based SeaPort Airlines plans to fly the 9-passener Cessna Caravan out of Visalia.The Visalia City Council last week decided to wave goodbye to Great Lakes Airlines and welcome SeaPort Airlines to serve Visalia through the federally subsidized Essential Air Service (EAS).

Workshop to discuss high-speed rail jobs

The California High-Speed Rail Authority will host a job workshop in Fresno Sept. 26 to promote construction positions needed to build the rail project in the Central Valley.

BNSF to kill Fresno-Chicago freight rail service

BNSF will end intermodal rail service out of its Fresno rail yard starting in December.Railroad operator BNSF announced it is ending its intermodal rail service out of Fresno, discontinuing weekly service to Chicago effective Dec. 8.

uberX cuts Fresno prices by 17%

Ride-sharing service Uber announced it is permanently cutting prices for the Fresno area by 17 percent. The reduced prices are expected to take effect today. 

Report: Visalia tops state for safe driving

Downtown VisaliaVisalia once again topped the state in terms of driver safety, according to a new report by Allstate Insurance Company.

Rail board awards $71M construction management contract

The California High-Speed Rail Authority awarded a $71.86 million contract to ARCADIS U.S., Inc. to manage construction of the rail from Fresno toward Bakersfield.

Feds approve Fresno-Bakersfield rail section

A federal board Monday approved environmental documents for the Fresno-to-Bakersfield section of California's high-speed rail line.

Oil boom and housing bust alter US spending trends 


(AP) — Consumer spending has soared since the Great Recession ended five years ago in U.S. states with oil and gas drilling booms and has lagged in states hit especially hard by the housing bust.