Category Archives: Transportation

Uber background checks don’t meet Orange Beach standards – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

January 30, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – A major concern about Uber for officials on Pleasure Island concerns background checks used by the ridesharing company.

Both the cities of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores listed other concerns such as a business license, vehicle inspections and insurance. Items required of and received by 13 taxi franchises in Gulf Shores and 32 in Orange Beach.

via Uber background checks don’t meet Orange Beach standards – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Uber cries ‘uncle’ in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

January 30, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – Officials from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have voiced several concerns about the ridesharing service Uber operating in the coastal towns.

On Jan. 22 Uber cried “uncle” and emailed past customers telling them the service would no longer be available in the two towns. Both towns are looking for ways to have Uber drivers and the company adhere to the same rules for current taxi companies.

via Uber cries ‘uncle’ in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Amtrak plans ‘inspection train’ as it considers Gulf Coast servi – FOX10 News | WALA

January 30, 2016

Amtrak and the Southern Rail Commission are planning a tour next month that will stop in 14 cities — including Mobile and Pensacola.

They’re calling it an “inspection train,” and the trip will allow Amtrak leaders and elected officials to examine the condition of the tracks and bridges as they consider a restoration of service between New Orleans and Orlando.

via Amtrak plans ‘inspection train’ as it considers Gulf Coast servi – FOX10 News | WALA.

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FOX10 Investigation: Uber pulls out of Gulf Shores and Orange Be – FOX10 News | WALA

January 25, 2016

FOX10 is looking closer into Uber’s decision to pull its drivers out of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

As we’ve reported, Uber drivers will no longer operate in South Baldwin County after city leaders asked the ride sharing company to suspend its services.

This is a follow up to a special investigation we brought you in November called “Who’s Watching Uber.”

During the investigation, we discovered drivers were operating in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach illegally and at least one vehicle was operating without a safety inspection.

“Not too long after your first story, we reached out to Uber to try and get them to get the proper licensing, which they have not done,” said Gulf Shores Director of Recreation and Cultural Affairs Grant Brown. “So we sent them a cease and desist letter to stop operating.”

via FOX10 Investigation: Uber pulls out of Gulf Shores and Orange Be – FOX10 News | WALA.

Uber halts service in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach – LagniappeLagniappe

January 22, 2016

Ride-hailing company Uber announced it will cease operations in coastal Alabama at midnight on Saturday.

In a statement released this afternoon, Uber representatives said the company’s riders and driver partners will no longer be able to use the ride-hailing app in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach as of midnight because city officials have effectively banned their use.

via Uber halts service in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach – LagniappeLagniappe.

Uber banned in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach | AL.com

January 22, 2016

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have been vocally against the ride-sharing service Uber, and as of Jan. 22, the Uber app will be inaccessible to residents of both cities.

“Since Uber came to the Gulf Coast in June, we have been welcomed by riders like you who rely on safe transportation our driver-partners provide. But the mayors and city councils of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores have ordered Uber to cease operations and to no longer provide safe, reliable rides to Alabama Gulf Coast residents and visitors,” Uber released in a statement.

via Uber banned in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach | AL.com.

Byrne hopes 2016 brings final timeline for I-10 bridge – FOX10 News | WALA

December 29, 2015

Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne believes 2016 could be a breakthrough year for plans to build the 1-10 bridge to reduce the frequent traffic backups through the Wallace tunnels.

Byrne says the August visit to Mobile of Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx was a huge step in getting the I-10 Bridge project out of low gear.  He said it gave Foxx the information he needed to prioritize the bridge as a “project of national significance”.

via Byrne hopes 2016 brings final timeline for I-10 bridge – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Survey seeks ideas for alleviating traffic woes in Orange Beach, – FOX10 News | WALA

December 10, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - Time is running out for residents and visitors to voice their opinions about transportation solutions directed at alleviating roadway congestion and parking within Orange Beach and surrounding areas. Those interested in participating can visit ALGulfCoast.com to complete the short, three-minute online survey. The public survey will close on December 15, 2015.

via Survey seeks ideas for alleviating traffic woes in Orange Beach, – FOX10 News | WALA.

6 Days Left to Voice Concerns on Traffic Congestion in Orange Beach – WPMI – LOCAL 15

December 09, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) Residents in Orange Beach have six days left to voice their opinions about transportation solutions to get rid of congestion and parking within Orange Beach and surrounding areas.

CLICK HERE to submit your concerns. The public survey will close December 15, 2015.

via 6 Days Left to Voice Concerns on Traffic Congestion in Orange Beach – WPMI – LOCAL 15.

Gulf Coast residents may see passenger train service again – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

December 02, 2015

There’s a push to bring passenger train travel back to Pensacola.

The Southern Rail Commission is starting talks with cities across four states.  They have invited mayors from cities across the Gulf Coast to their quarterly meeting to talk about the issue.

It’s scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, at the Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel in Mobile, Alabama.

The commission’s mission is to improve rail service in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.  It’s bringing Florida onboard in its latest effort.

via Gulf Coast residents may see passenger train service again – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

The Sky is the Limit with Gulf Shores Airport Expansion

November 21, 2015

“Aviation is the fastest growing industry in the world,” and just at the right time, it seems, a multi-million dollar airport expansion is underway at Jack Edwards National Airport in Gulf Shores.

“We don’t have the population to justify a large airline, but we do have a big demand for regional service,” according to airport manager Scott Fuller.

via The Sky is the Limit with Gulf Shores Airport Expansion.

New bridge, road route would benefit Gulf Shores Business and Aviation Park – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

November 19, 2015

GULF SHORES — When and if the newly proposed and badly needed north-south road and bridge does reach all the way to the beach, it will no doubt help with traffic in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

But until the final connection is made – and that could be a few years – Gulf Shores officials are excited about the possibilities the route offers for its nascent Business and Aviation Park near Jack Edwards National Airport.

via New bridge, road route would benefit Gulf Shores Business and Aviation Park – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Orange Beach unveils proposed route of $28 million bridge – LagniappeLagniappe

November 12, 2015

According to recent surveys conducted on behalf of Baldwin County’s coastal residents and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), the remedying of traffic woes in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach should be a top priority for state and local officials.

On ALDOT’s list of the state’s 20 busiest two-lane roads, Canal Road — with a daily average of 15,510 vehicles — ranks 18th. Coincidentally, in an unrelated, informal survey, Orange Beach residents listed traffic improvements as their second priority in a list of 10. A new bridge — either over the Intracoastal Waterway or Wolf Bay — was the second priority in a separate list.

via Orange Beach unveils proposed route of $28 million bridge – LagniappeLagniappe.

Will new span be a bridge to nowhere? – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

November 05, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL — Not everyone is tickled about plans for a new span over the Intracoastal Waterway between Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.A one-man protest sprang up near the area where the bridge is likely to land south of the waterway in the days following the announcement.

via Will new span be a bridge to nowhere? – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

New Baldwin Road Runs Through the Middle of Gulf Shores House

October 23, 2015

The only way to describe the property and home of Tony and Pat Diliberto is unique. “Well, we’ve done a lot of work on it,” says Pat as she invites us inside. “We’ve put our heart and soul into it. Most of it Mr. D’s design.”

The walls hold the history of the family. “Everything got a story, everything came from somewhere,” says Tony. “I’m a Bama fan you can see.”

via New Baldwin Road Runs Through the Middle of Gulf Shores House.

New Bridge, Road to be Built in Orange Beach

October 22, 2015

Already being changed with the construction of a travel plaza, the intersection of Foley Beach Express and County Road 8 will soon be the starting point of a new road that will cut through forest and farmland as it heads south to the Intracoastal waterway.

“We expect to take that to contract by the middle of the year,” says Alabama Department of Transportation director, John Cooper.

via New Bridge, Road to be Built in Orange Beach.

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