Transport Action Atlantic hosted a successful Annual General Meeting at the CN Pensioner’s Center in Moncton this past Saturday. Though the turnout was smaller than in some years, no doubt thanks to Saturday being one of the few really beautiful spring days we’ve had so far, the discussion among those who attended was engaging and enjoyable.
Our slate of panelists provided some excellent and thought provoking discussion on the topic of how we get to sustainable transportation, covering a wide range of topics that affect communities throughout the Maritimes. Special thanks to our excellent panelists: David Coon (MLA Fredericton South), Greg Turner (Councillor at-large, Moncton), Erica Butler (journalist, Halifax Examiner), Adrian Hetherington (traffic analyst), and Michael Perry (TAA Board member, involved with RuralLynx/Charlotte County transit initiative).
A correspondent from CTV News was on hand to cover the event. You can read the CTV article below, complete with a short video clip including interviews with TAA President Ted Bartlett, TAA Vice President Ashley Morton, and panelist and New Brunswick Green MLA (Fredericton South) David Coon. The CTV report only touches on a few of the day’s topics, as the conversation also covered passenger rail, ferries, local transit, and general issues about how varying levels of government can work together to meet public transportation needs.
Transport Canada has launched a survey to ask Canadians for their views on the future of transportation in Canada, to help develop a long-term agenda for transportation in the country.
Please take a few moments to fill out the survey and share your views on the direction you’d like to see transportation policy go in the future. You can express your support for improved passenger rail in the Maritimes, better rural bus services, or whatever transportation issues you’re concerned about.
In addition to the survey, Canadian Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Marc Garneau will be holding a live Facebook even on June 16 at 6:30pm, and is inviting people to join and share their experiences as a passenger. You can find out more about the event and how to participate HERE.
On March 29, 2015, what should have been a routine flight from Toronto to Halifax became a harrowing ordeal for the 133 passengers and five crew members on board, as the plane made a “hard landing” at the Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) in the midst of a severe winter storm. Despite significant damage to the aircraft, all passengers and crew survived the crash, though 25 people were treated for injuries and no doubt many of the passengers suffered psychological trauma from the event. Now four months after the incident, many questions remain about just what exactly happened on that evening.
The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is investigating the incident, and on June 16, 2015, released a report on the preliminary findings of their investigation. This preliminary report does not yet identify what exactly caused the incident, nor does it assign blame to the crew, the plane, or any other specific combination of factors. It does, however, offer the first details about the final moments of that flight.
As it prepared to land, the aircraft (C-FTJP, an Airbus A320-200) was using a localizer approach to land on runway 5 at YHZ. A localizer approach only provides a pilot with lateral guidance to align their aircraft with the runway; this is less sophisticated than an Instrument Landing System (ILS), which provides precision lateral and vertical guidance to an approaching aircraft. Two of the runways at the Halifax airport have these more advanced systems, but runway 5 does not. As such, the pilots of AC624 were reliant on on-board systems for their vertical position as they prepared for landing. A number of people have called for upgrades to the landing systems at YHZ in the wake of this incident, including former pilots and other aviation experts, who have emphasized that ILS should be standard on all runways at an airport with the type of fog and snow conditions that YHZ receives. Continue reading “Air Canada Flight 624: TSB delivers preliminary investigation report”→