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Silicon Valley takes up electric car challenge

Commuter Cars Corp., based in Spokane, Wash., last year started selling its Tango T600, an ultra-narrow, two-seat electric car that claims actor George Clooney among its customers.

Oregon might tax motorists per mile driven, not per gallon

The mileage-fee project was designed by engineers at Oregon State University. The system works by using a Global Positioning System in a car to determine the number of miles traveled inside and outside of Oregon and at what times, which could lead to peak-driving-time fees. When the car pulls into a service station, a radio transmitter sends the data to a reader in a gas pump. The mileage fee is added to the bill, and the gas tax is subtracted.

Is Montana ready for commuter rail service? You can participate in the discussion this Thursday and Friday.

If the stars align for promoters of rail service in the Missoula and Bitterroot valleys, as many as 1,500 commuters may someday travel those tracks in air-conditioned, diesel-powered coaches to stations along the line and a downtown terminal.

SkyWest to again offer S.L.-Yellowstone flights

SkyWest Airlines will again offer seasonal service from Salt Lake City to West Yellowstone, Mont., beginning June 8. Full Story: http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,635208573,00.html

Montana train group pushes for north-south ‘feeder service’ that would ferry people from Billings, Bozeman, Helena and Great Falls up to Shelby, where they could catch Amtrak’s Empire Builder.

Given the high cost of fuel for cars and airplanes, Green said, and the relatively low cost of diesel, "I think somebody could make some good money" on the feeder service.

Big Sky Airlines has high hopes. Company hopes Boise will boost business by 30%. SkyWest wins air battle for West Yellowstone

Many of the passengers currently making the Boise-to-Walla Walla run are Washington state business executives who need to be in Boise frequently.

United bringing Chicago flight to Missoula this summer

“What’s exciting about this is it offers people a whole new hub with Chicago,” he said. “You can go anywhere in the world out of there. It’s a big deal.”

Panel To Explore Light Rail Option -Missoula To Darby, 6/15-16, Missoula, Montana

“Efficient transportation is going to be the thing that helps preserve Missoula, Montana, as the place we love.”

Delta to add new direct flights from Atlanta, GA to Bozeman,MT and Calgary, Alberta

The new flights are in response to "strong passenger demand for convenient service" to the two cities, said Bob Cortelyou, a Delta vice president.

Big Sky Airlines Begins Walla Walla – Boise Service

Big Sky Airlines serves 20 cities in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.