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Travel Roundup: Radisson Reports Security Breach, De Botton is Heathrow's Writer, Oregon's Low Bids Benefit Amtrak and More

Radisson reports unauthorized guest records, credit-card information accessed -- Federal agents are investigating unauthorized access to computer systems at some Radisson Hotels & Resorts in the United States and Canada. The company said today that the systems were accessed between November 2008 and May 2009, but said the instances were limited. Radisson said that it alerted credit-card companies about the breach but didn't disclose which properties were involved. Radisson has more than 400 locations in 68 countries. [Source: Denver Business Journal]

Alain de Botton is first writer-in-residence at Heathrow Airport -- Author Alain De Botton will spend a week in Heathrow Airport's Terminal Five, where he will have an all-access pass and write a book about the experience. De Botton, who views airports as a miniature world and said airports are about "interconnection, fast travel, the destruction of nature, destruction of the environment, the dreams of consumerism and travel. When he's finished writing the book, Heathrow will give away 10,000 copies. De Botton previously wrote The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, The Architecture of Happiness and Status Anxiety. [Source: BBC News]

Low bids mean more bucks for Amtrak in Oregon -- Contracting bids for federally supported highway projects in Oregon came in so low that state officials may have extra money for other transportation projects, including $35 million to buy Amtrak trains running from Portland to Eugene. Trains used on the route now are owned by Washington state and will be transferred for service to an expanded British Columbia route. Bids for Oregon Transportation Commission projects came in 19 percent lower than expected, saving $43 million. [Source: Associated Press]

Five Indiana bus routes revived with federal grants -- Five unprofitable Indiana bus routes dropped years ago will start up next year because of a $2 million federal grant that will subsidize its expenses. The Federal Transit Administration grant will revive bus service between Indianapolis and Muncie, Columbus, South Bend and Evansville, as well as between Louisville, Ky. and Evansville. The grant was awarded to Miller Transportation of Indianapolis, a bus operator affiliated with Trailways. [Source: Star Press (Muncie, Ind.)]

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