Transportation

Smartphones to blame for increase in auto crashes and pedestrian deaths; insurance costs impacted

Apr 26th, 2017 | By
teen texting and driving

  Press Release BOISE  – Distracted driving is a dangerous behavior that should be avoided, but recent studies and data point to startling increases in auto crashes as well as pedestrian deaths, which are the highest in 20 years. Insurers note that while various forms of distraction are contributing factors to these increases, smartphone use
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Hurdle cleared — Siphon Road/I-15 interchange closer to reality with passage of transportation funding bill

Apr 13th, 2017 | By

By Josh Friesen POCATELLO – Tuesday’s passage of the Idaho Legislature’s $320 million transportation funding plan means an Interstate 15/Siphon Road interchange is closer than ever at getting the green light. “We are absolutely thrilled,” said Bannock County Commissioner Evan Frasure, a former state legislator who also served as chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee
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Airlines often oversell flights, end up bumping passengers

Apr 10th, 2017 | By
A planned $75 million solar farm on 120 acres outside the Pocatello Regional Airport has been canceled. Developers said the required environmental review would take too long to meet power-supply agreement dates.
Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal

By David Keonig ,  AP Airlines Writer United Airlines booted 3,765 passengers off flights last year just because it sold more tickets than there were seats on the plane, but none of those got as much attention as the man who was dragged off a plane in Chicago over the weekend. Video posted on Facebook showed
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Airlines expect 4 percent rise in passengers this spring

Mar 20th, 2017 | By
A planned $75 million solar farm on 120 acres outside the Pocatello Regional Airport has been canceled. Developers said the required environmental review would take too long to meet power-supply agreement dates.
Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal

By David Koenig/AP Airlines Writer DALLAS (AP) — Coming off another highly profitable year in 2016, U.S. airlines expect traffic this spring to increase 4 percent over last year, and they are adding seats to handle the crush. The trade group Airlines for America forecast Monday that a record 145 million U.S. passengers will fly
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Old funding methods considered for new Idaho road projects

Mar 13th, 2017 | By
DOUG LINDLEY/IDAHO STATE JOURNAL

   Idaho drivers are among the luckiest in terms of low licensing fees, insurance costs and other car related expenses.

By Kimberlee Kruesi/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers are gearing up to spend the final few weeks of the legislative session focused on transportation funding, including a key tool the Legislature hasn’t leveraged since 2005. Last week, Republican state Sen. Bert Brackett, of Rogerson, introduced legislation to allow the state to borrow $300
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2 sweeping transportation funding bills introduced in Idaho

Mar 13th, 2017 | By
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By Kimberlee Kruesi/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two sweeping transportation funding proposals were introduced in the Idaho Legislature on Friday, providing a first look at what legislative leaders will spend their time doing in the final weeks of the session. However, the proposals introduced in the Senate are unlikely to be passed without facing
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Most American buyers not ready for driverless cars

Mar 8th, 2017 | By
DOUG LINDLEY/IDAHO STATE JOURNAL

   Idaho drivers are among the luckiest in terms of low licensing fees, insurance costs and other car related expenses.

Press Release BOISE – Despite the prospect that autonomous vehicles will be safer, more efficient, and more convenient than their human-driven counterparts, three in four U.S. drivers (78%) say they aren’t confident of sharing the road with driverless vehicles. Not yet, at least. Findings in the new AAA survey mirror those from a similar 2016
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Idaho pump prices back in the top 10

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By
Bobby Thompson, of St. Joseph, Mo., fills is gas tank at the Shop $ Hop at County Line Road and the Belt Highway Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 in St. Joseph, Mo. Retail gasoline prices rose less than a penny to a national average of $3.53 per gallon on Friday, Feb. 17, according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. A gallon of regular is 15 cents higher than it was a month ago and about 38 cents more than a year ago. (AP Photo/St. Joseph News-Press, Todd Weddle)

Press Release BOISE –  National average gas prices have remained fairly flat for the last 29 days, but Idaho isn’t sharing in the good news. Local supply issues recently pushed Gem State pump prices into the nation’s top ten. Idaho’s average price today is $2.44, up seven cents in the past month and fourteen cents
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Blaine County introduces program to promote purchase of electric vehicles

Feb 28th, 2017 | By
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By Corey Taule/For the Journal There are many reasons to like electric vehicles (EVs): They generate no tailpipe emissions, improving air quality, and are powered entirely by electricity, reducing the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. EVs are easier to maintain (no oil to change). And EV owners have been known to speak lovingly about the
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Drivers see higher premiums after not-at-fault crashes

Feb 13th, 2017 | By

By Jennifer C. Kerr/Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Most drivers don’t expect to be hit with a rate hike on their auto insurance after a car accident that wasn’t their fault. But a consumer group says it happens, and it’s a problem. The Washington-based Consumer Federation of America says it found rate hikes on annual
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