Gov.'s budget proposes $169M cut in Chicago transit funding

The proposed cuts represent a 45% decrease in CTA state funding or a $130 million cut; a 60% decrease in Metra state funding or a $20.8 million cut; a 41% decrease in Pace state funding or a $10 million cut; and a 15% decrease in ADA paratransit state funding or $8.5 million cut.

Reasonable modification rule to improve accessibility introduced

The Final Rule applies to public entities providing fixed route, dial-a-ride and complementary paratransit services. It establishes that an individual’s disability cannot preclude a public transportation entity from providing full access to its service except where doing so would fundamentally alter the service.

San Mateo County Transit District names Hartnett as new transit head

Jim Hartnett replaces Michael J. Scanlon, who is retiring after a distinguished career in the transit industry, which includes running the District for more than 15 years.

L.A. Metro taps Denver transit chief to lead agency

Phil Washington replaces Art Leahy, who announced in January that he would step down in April.

D.C. Metro hires firms to rebuild image

The firms, O’Neill and Associates, whose roster includes the former managing director of the NTSB, and Hill + Knowlton Strategies, which has previously done work for the transit agency,  will assist the agency.

San Francisco kicks off free rides program for seniors, people with disabilities

Following unanimous approval by the SFMTA board in January, the SFMTA has worked tirelessly to meet the city’s demand for this program. In just over one month, the SFMTA has processed more than 38,000 applications for the Free Muni program expansion.

Record 10.8 billion trips taken on public transit in 2014

Annual public transit ridership, the highest number in 58 years, increased even when gas prices declined by 42.9 cents in the fourth quarter.

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