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Governor Quinn Signs Bill to Reduce Transportation Costs for Illinois Businesses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katelyn Tye   
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 09:53

New Law Modifies Truck Weight Limits to Increase Efficiency on Short Trips

EAST ALTON – August 22, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to help reduce fuel and equipment costs for trucking companies throughout Illinois. The new law allows the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to issue permits for loads that previously exceeded size and weight restrictions for travel on state highways if specific conditions are met.

“This law will significantly cut transportation costs for companies throughout Illinois to help them grow their businesses and put more people to work,” Governor Quinn said. “Common sense laws like this will help us continue to strengthen Illinois’ position as the nation’s inland port.”

Sponsored by Sen. William Haine (D-Alton) and Rep. Daniel Beiser (D-Alton), Senate Bill 42 applies to “divisible” loads that previously had to be broken down into separate shipments to meet the standard truck weight limit of 80,000 pounds. Examples include sand, dirt, gravel, stone, logs, scrap metal, fuel, milk and garbage.

The new law means IDOT can issue the necessary permits for a truck hauling a load in excess of 80,000 pounds if it is traveling less than five miles and will not negatively impact pavement conditions along its route. In evaluating whether a load must be split in to another load, IDOT also must consider the safety of other motorists and the effects on economic development in the surrounding community.

Any vehicle load found by IDOT to be non-divisible still must comply with the state’s established size and weight requirements.

“The Illinois Department of Transportation is committed to maintaining a safe, reliable system of highways while helping to improve the state’s business climate. This law allows us to do both,” Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider said. “We constantly are achieving new records in motorist safety. This bill ensures that progress continues.”

The new law goes into effect immediately.

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Braley Announces Over $600,000 for Iowa Airports PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kira Ayish   
Friday, 19 August 2011 08:15

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) announced $606,824 in grant money for the Waterloo Regional Airport and the Maquoketa Municipal Airport.

The Waterloo Regional Airport has been awarded $518,580 to purchase new snow removal equipment.  The Maquoketa Municipal Airport has been awarded $88,244 to acquire land needed to extend the runway to allow the airport to meet runway safety area and runway protection zone standards.

“This grant money will help these airports ensure the safety of passengers and employees,” Braley said. “Whether traveling for business or family vacation, Iowans rely on their community airports to be safe, secure and reliable. It’s critical we give Iowa’s airports the tools they need to provide the safest and most efficient service to their customers.”

These federal grants are awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and distributed through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Trucking Industry Operate More Efficiently PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Mason   
Friday, 12 August 2011 00:06

Law Will Improve Access to Up-to-Date Truck Route Information

CHICAGO – August 11, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to help the trucking industry operate more efficiently in Illinois. The new law requires local governments to provide the most up-to-date truck route information for the Illinois Department of Transportation to post online.

“Today’s action marks another important step we have taken to improve Illinois’ business climate,” Governor Quinn said. “Helping businesses operate more efficiently helps them create jobs and keep our economy moving forward.”

House Bill 1377, sponsored by Rep. Michael Zalewski (D-Summit) and Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago), requires local units of government to report their designated truck route network or lack of truck routes to the Illinois Department of Transportation. The information will then be posted online at http://www.dot.state.il.us/.

“This law will make it easier for trucks drivers to pick routes that comply with local ordinances and provide the most efficient way to transport goods,” Sen. Raoul said. “A more productive and efficient transportation industry will help ease congestion and minimize wear on roads throughout Illinois.”

Because global positioning systems for passenger cars do not contain the correct data required by truck drivers, the law instructs the Secretary of State to create a brochure illustrating distinctions between different types of GPS devices, and make the brochure available at all SOS facilities where an applicant may obtain or renew a commercial driver’s license (CDL).

“Illinois roadways host hundreds of thousands of motorists and truckers, and we know that by providing motor carrier operators with more information on local truck routes and applicable GPS devices, trucking industry productivity will be enhanced significantly,” said Acting Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider. “We are proud to be involved with this legislation, and look forward to its positive impact statewide.”

The law goes into effect Jan. 1.

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Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Protect Volunteer Drivers Who Transport Seniors PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katelyn Tye   
Thursday, 11 August 2011 23:31

New Law Strengthens Transportation Options for Seniors

CHICAGO – August, 9, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to protect volunteer drivers from being denied auto coverage or paying extra for car insurance premiums simply because the driver is a volunteer driver. House Bill 1378 also prohibits insurers from imposing a surcharge on or increasing the rate for a vehicle policy solely due to the fact one or more of the vehicle’s drivers is a volunteer driver.

“Many seniors rely on others when they need to go to the grocery store, pick up prescriptions or visit the doctor, and it is important that their volunteer drivers have the insurance coverage they need,” said Governor Quinn. “This legislation clears hurdles for the volunteer drivers who are helping our seniors maintain their independence.”

Illinois is home to more than 2 million adults ages 60 and older. Through the Department on Aging, the state administers programs to assist the most vulnerable seniors in remaining independent. With more seniors relying on transportation services to remain active and independent, a number of alternative transportation programs for seniors have been established in Illinois.

One such program is the Independent Transportation Network America (ITN), a public-private partnership with 16 affiliates in 12 states. The ITN service allows seniors who are unable or no longer wish to drive to donate their cars to ITN in exchange for rides from volunteers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Many ITN volunteer drivers use their own vehicles to transport or run errands for seniors. 

Volunteer drivers must verify that they hold the proper liability insurance, but differing policies among insurers have in some cases limited the number of available drivers; HB 1378 removes an impediment to the operation of nationally-affiliated transportation networks.

This legislation will help expand the pool of volunteer drivers for organizations operating in the City of Chicago and the counties of Bureau, Henderson, Henry, Knox, LaSalle, McDonough, Mercer, Putnam, Rock Island and Warren. While insurers in these areas may not refuse or impose a surcharge based solely upon volunteer driver status, HB 1378 does not prevent the insurer from considering factors other than volunteer status when issuing policies or setting rates for volunteer drivers.

House Bill 1378, sponsored by Rep. Joseph Lyons (D-Chicago) and Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Cicero), goes into effect immediately.

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ALLEGIANT REPORTS JULY 2011 TRAFFIC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jordan McGee   
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 11:58

Las Vegas, August 5, 2011/ GLOBENEWSWIRE -- Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ:ALGT) today reported preliminary passenger traffic results for July 2011.

Scheduled Service

                                            July 2011 July 2010 Change

Passengers                     639,789        601,401             5.2%

Revenue passenger miles (000)                    581,106        553,102             5.1%

Available seat miles (000)                          622,970        627,466          (0.7)%

Load factor                         93.3%           88.1%          5.2 pts

Departures                     4,657            4,704          (1.0)%

Average stage length (miles)                        886               890          (0.4)%

Total System*

                                                July 2011 July 2010 Change

Passengers                     672,727        629,689             6.8%

Revenue passenger miles (000)                    605,331        571,048             6.0%

Available seat miles (000)                          663,055        661,443             0.2%

Load factor                         91.3%           86.3%          5.0 pts

Departures                     5,206            5,149             1.1%

Average stage length (miles)                        847               861          (1.5)%                        

*Total system includes scheduled service, fixed fee contract and non-revenue flying.

Preliminary Financial Results

                                                                                          Change

June 2011 actual year-over-year

scheduled revenue per ASM (PRASM) change                                  24.7%

June 2011 actual year-over year

scheduled total revenue per ASM (TRASM) change                          18.9%

 

July 2011 estimated year-over-year PRASM change                     23.7 to 24.1%

July 2011 estimated year-over-year TRASM change                    19.8 to 20.2%

 

July 2011 estimated average fuel cost per gallon – system                       $3.17

July 2011 estimated average fuel cost per gallon – scheduled                 $3.34

Guidance

 

Capacity guidance, subject to revision

Year over Year Growth

 

Departures

ASMs

August 2011

 

 

Scheduled

(12)%

(9)%

 

 

 

3rd Quarter 2011

 

 

System

(5) to (1)%

(5) to (1)%

Scheduled

(8) to (4)%

(5) to (1)%

 

 

 

4th Quarter 2011

 

 

System

+4 to 8%

+5 to 9%

Scheduled

+1 to 5%

+4 to 8%

 

 

 

 

 

ASMs – Available seat miles

About the Company
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations such as Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix-Mesa, Orlando, Fla., and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.  Through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, the company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline offering air travel both on a stand-alone basis and bundled with hotel rooms, rental cars and other travel-related services.  In 2010, Allegiant was ranked number one for low-cost carriers in Aviation Week’s Top Performing Airline study and ranked 25 on FORTUNE magazine’s Fastest-Growing Companies list.  ALGT/G

Note: This news release was accurate at the date of issuance. However, information contained in the release may have changed. If you plan to use the information contained herein for any purpose, verification of its continued accuracy is your responsibility.

For further information please visit the company’s investor website: http://ir.allegiant.com

Reference to the Company's website above does not constitute incorporation of any of the information thereon into this news release.

Under the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, statements in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are only estimates or predictions based on our management's beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to our management. Forward-looking statements include our statements regarding future departure and capacity growth. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts and can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as the words “guidance”, "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "estimate,” “project,” “hope” or similar expressions.

Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Important risk factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements generally may be found in our periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov.

Any forward-looking statements are based on information available to us today and we undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of future events, new information or otherwise.

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