OCTA changes pension plan

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, administrative employees will contribute an average of 2% of their salaries to their pensions. That contribution will increase each year until employees are paying 100% of their employee share by Jan. 1, 2017. The plan will result in an $8.2 million savings to taxpayers over the three-year period.

$474M available for 5th round of TIGER grants

Projects eligible include highways and bridges, public transportation, passenger and freight rail transportation, and marine port infrastructure investments.

Off-duty driver hijacks Capital Metro bus, kills self

The man boarded the bus and then forced the driver and the two passengers off it at gunpoint before getting behind the wheel and heading east. He was found dead of a single gunshot wound.

APTA: More than 35% of U.S. transit buses use alt fuels, hybrid tech

Statistics for early 2011 show that 18.6% of U.S. transit buses used compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and blends. Almost 9% (8.8%) of public transit buses were hybrids and nearly 8% (7.9%) of public transit buses used biodiesel.

Chicago adds interagency signage, wayfinding

Designed to accommodate customers making rail-to-rail connections, as well as bus-to-rail connections.

Chicago advances BRT plans

The announcement is based on a year-long assessment of various BRT alternatives along Ashland and Western avenues. Through the results of this analysis, CTA and CDOT will prioritize BRT for Ashland Avenue to meet the needs of bus riders in this corridor.

COTA passenger struck by stray bullet

Amy Develvis was shot in the head and was in critical condition, but is expected to survive. This is the second time in less than a week that a COTA bus has been shot.

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