Businessman's Bid to End Helicopter Ban, Sell Rides to Metro North Commuters Fails

He wanted to use helicopters because of the Metro-North power failure.

Thursday, Oct 3, 2013  |  Updated 12:34 PM CDT
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City Grounds Plan to Sell Metro North Commuters Helicopter Rides

A Connecticut businessman who wants to sell helicopter rides to commuters frustrated with the Metro North railroad delays has failed to get the idea off the ground.

The Advocate of Stamford reports that Ray Leavitt said his company, EvoLux Transportation, wants to persuade Stamford officials to revise ordinances and lift a ban on helicopter landings in the city in light of an electric cable failure that has complicated train travel plans for residents who commute to New York City for work. There are currently only exceptions for emergency medical trips and VIP visits.

“A Major Power Failure has disrupted Metro North's New Haven Rail Line between the CT coast line and NYC until approximately October 14th. And you know what that means... The highways are a parking lot!! It will take you close to 3 hours to commute each way... OR you could share a helicopter through Evo-Lux.com and get there in 15 minutes!!,” the company posted on its Web site.

“Don't get stuck in traffic! Highways are more congested than ever and you need a smart "Sky-Limo" alternative. Avoid the stress, rise above it all, and enjoy a scenic helicopter flight to and from the city at a fraction of the time and cost!,” the company wrote.

But local public safety officials on Monday rejected his efforts to expedite approval of a temporary helipad to capitalize on Metro-North's disruption.

EvoLux has been promoting a limited-time offer of $300 a seat each way between Connecticut and heliports in New York City.

Train service on the New Haven Line has been slowed since an electric cable failed. Full service is expected by Tuesday.

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