neither Maglev nor Southwest will get you to 30th Street anytime soon.
Only US Airways, Philadelphia's dominant carrier, will fly to those cities. If history holds true, passengers can expect fares, now as low as $59 one-way to Pittsburgh, to creep higher.It was not that long ago that airlines had Pittsburgh at the top of their list for express commuter shuttles to New York City.. and now we may have a hard, or at least expensive, time to get across the state.
Iconic a bit in that it comes on the day Maglev declares bankruptcy.. they say it's a temporary measure. I would bet they are correct since few organizations have the survival skills of the local Maglev folks. They have been at it a long time. They even have continued as Transrapid, the company with the technology they intended to build here, has tried to itself go out of business. Like Maglev here, Transrapid limps along as best I can tell.
But back to the airlines. Seriously, if the relatively minor Airtran-Southwest merger has all that bad news to dump on Pennsylvania... you just have to wonder what will happen whenever the next merger of USAirways happens.
AND.... it's even a bad day for blimps.