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AC Transit, union reach agreement

Bus| December 31, 2013
Heads off a threatened strike that that had been twice averted. Provides for a wage increase of 9.5% that will be phased in over the three years of the contract. The agency and union also agreed on a flat monthly contribution of $120 per employee during the life of the contract.

Commuter tax benefit set to be cut nearly in half

Bus| December 31, 2013
Starting Jan. 1, the monthly amount that commuters can set aside before taxes to spend on public transportation is to drop from $245 to $130. It could be months before transit riders see their benefits restored to the current level, according to advocates.
Rail| December 31, 2013

Bombardier to modernize London Underground signaling

New contract will see signaling modernized on 40% of the network, allowing more trains to run more often and more reliably.
Bus| December 31, 2013

Transit reliability could stimulate ridership, reduce congestion

The report, which analyzes the D.C. Metro system, proposes that greater reliability of transit schedules could motivate more people to leave their vehicles at home and ride the bus.
Bus| December 30, 2013

Transit targeted in Russian bombings

A suspected suicide bombing hit a trolleybus in the city of Volgograd, killing at least 14 people. This comes on the heels of yesterday’s explosion at Volgograd’s main rail station — a major transit point for people traveling to Sochi — which killed 17 people and injured 35.
Bus| December 30, 2013

Wichita Transit considering switch to natural gas

The city is beginning a multiyear plan to replace its fleet, while at the same time working through a community-based process to decide the scope and future of the bus program, which advocates say will run out of money in a little more than a year without new funding.
Bus| December 30, 2013

MARTA arrests 7 suspects for fare card fraud

Computer hackers had bypassed Breeze card security features to make counterfeit cards. The personal information of legitimate Breeze fare card holders was not compromised.
Government Issues| December 30, 2013

L.A. operator ordered to cease operations

FMCSA found John Andrew Ciego, which does business as “Its Good Promotion,” was endangering the traveling public by failing to ensure the safety of its vehicles and drivers.
Bus| December 27, 2013

Illinois transit works to keep buses germ free

Decatur's transit bus fleet is cleaned at night using a strong disinfectant and hand sanitizers and wipes are provided to drivers.
Bus| December 26, 2013

Man who stole N.Y. bus paroled

Darius McCollum has become a celebrity for escapades that began at age 15, when he piloted an E train six stops from 34th Street to the World Trade Center without any passengers noticing.

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