July 25, 2013
Due to an 11% increase in sales tax revenue, Pierce Transit plans to cancel a 28% cut in service hours that was slated for Sept. 29. The transit system will also forgo eliminating nearly 84 jobs as planned.
July 24, 2013
While operating revenues climbed 11.5% in the last three years, its health care and pension costs rose nearly 35%. Meanwhile, worker salaries have remained roughly flat for more than three years. These expenses are also eating into money budgeted for upgrades to expand service.
April 8, 2013
Because of the agency’s budgetary problems, an APTA review recommended it cut or raise rates on a program that provides free transportation for college students, whose colleges pay an annual fee to participate.
March 18, 2013
In part due to a compromise to pay for part of the costs requested by University of Wisconsin Transportation Services and partly because of a projected increase in the cost of renting services from Madison Metro.
March 14, 2013
The foundation of the $485 million operating budget assumes that the arbitration award for the just-expired contract with the ATU is upheld and TriMet’s offer stands, providing some breathing room and ability to invest in critical infrastructure.
Part of planned move to an open fare payment system would eliminated extra-fare zone charges on dozens of transit routes and there would be some consolidation of zones on regional rail.
March 4, 2013
Operators are not only hoping to replace aging buses and vanpool vehicles, they are also looking for support for bicycle programs, electric vehicle charging stations and dispatch/demand-response software.
February 26, 2013
Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2013 budget proposal would provide an extra $1.8 billion a year for transportation statewide, but requires transit agencies to complete consolidation studies with neighboring agencies to gain a share of the funds.
February 14, 2013
No planned service restoration or cuts. The agency continues to face financial hurdles and uncertainty, but expects some breathing room due to an arbitrator’s selection of management’s labor contract proposal. Additionally, the agency continues to invest in new buses as they are cheaper to maintain and provide a better ride for customers.
February 12, 2013
SEPTA and other systems may get more funding than Gov. Tom Corbett called for in his budget plan. The plan would raise transit funding by $40 million in the first year.
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