Co. behind Chicago transit fare payment has lowest consumer rating

One of the companies behind the Chicago Transit Authority’s Ventra open payment fare pass and debit card received an “F” rating from the Better Business Bureau. The rating was based on nearly 100 complaints in the last three years.

NJ Transit finds more Sandy railcar damage

Three hundred and forty-two railcars and locomotives were actually damaged by the Superstorm and the cost of the storm to the agency has risen to $450 million. Originally, 323 pieces of equipment were reported as damaged and the cost of the storm was thought to be $400 million.

Montreal advocates want cheaper transit for the poor

Anti-poverty groups campaigned for cheaper fares for the impoverished and won support from a local leader, who called for a new fare category for the poor. However, the Société de Transport de Montréal said it could not afford to pay the approximate $33 million need annually to fund such a program.

Valley Metro releases new ‘Notes’ music video

“ValleyMetro.org” is an upbeat song by indie, funk rock band Black Carl, of Tempe. The song demonstrates the ease of using Valley Metro’s website, ValleyMetro.org, to navigate the public transit system. The song is brought to life with an animated music video that portrays the adventures of a princess traveling to new exciting places by way of light rail demonstrating the practicality of the website.

Indiana's House Committee passes mass transit bill

More than 8,000 Hoosiers have signed petitions, encouraging lawmakers to authorize the referendum to place mass transit on the ballot so local voters can decide on how to fund an expanded transit system.

TriMet unveils FY14 budget outlook

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.

APTA begins Early Career Program

A brand new national program dedicated to providing public and private sector public transportation professionals early in their careers with the skills, knowledge, insights, and networks needed to grow and succeed.

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