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METRO Briefs

Posted on May 3, 2007

New CTA chief makes customer service 'top priority'
CHICAGO — Ron Huberman officially took over Tuesday as president of Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), succeeding Frank Kruesi. Huberman addressed an audience of CTA managers and reporters shortly after his appointment and said he will bring the same "performance management system" he employed at City Hall to the CTA. To read the full story, click here. Gov. intervenes in Calif. bus driver strike
LOS ANGELES — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger intervened on Monday to prevent a strike over bus driver wages at the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). The governor appointed a three-member panel to investigate the dispute between OCTA and Teamsters Local 952, which represents about 1,400 bus drivers, mechanics and other workers. To read the full story, click here. Minneapolis transit ramping up bus security
Metro Transit of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., plans to add five times more police presence on city routes and buy new surveillance cameras for 240 buses. The agency will spend $2.4 million on this security improvement to reassure passengers following two homicides and a third violent attack on buses since early March. To read the full story, click here.

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