Report: Chicago transit not serving region’s commuting needs

A task force created by Gov. Pat Quinn concluded that even some major job hubs “can’t be reached in a 90-minute commute” and described planning efforts as “haphazard.”

Q’Straint unveils new retractor at mobility conference

Shows its QRT-360 wheelchair retractor tie-down system at the National Mobility Equipment Dealer’s Association Conference. Officials say it is the first retractor to meet the higher-strength requirements of the WC18 standards.

ROUSH CleanTech hires 37-year Ford veteran

Named Rob Stevens VP of strategy. As Ford’s chief engineer, Stevens directed strategic planning and product development for Ford commercial vehicles, including the new Transit Connect, E-Series vans, and commercial stripped chassis.

AC Transit, SPX upgrade fare collection system

The transit system refitted all 569 of its buses with SPX Genfare’s Fast Fare fareboxes. The “talking” fareboxes interact with passengers using full-color, lighted displays and automatic audio responses, and replace the agency’s more bulky, 14-year old fare collection boxes.

WTS announces Cokie Roberts as 2014 conference keynote

The best-selling author and award-winning journalist will speak at WTS International’s annual conference, which will take place from May 14 to 16 in Portland, Ore.

Rotary Lift unveils new lighting options

Tech Lights, the supplier’s new series of LED shop lights, comes with magnetic mounting clips. Three options are available: the two-post lift kit, the four-post lift kit, and the hand-held single shop light.

London Tube strike causes commuting chaos

Causes long lines at bus stops, packed buses, and thousands of commuters taking to the roads on bikes and on foot. Union rail drivers protesting job losses and plans to close manned ticket offices may stay off the job for two days this week and another two next week.

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