Chicago Transit president proposes $1.39B budget

The budget reflects a new, tentative labor agreement with the Amalgamated Transit Union Locals #241 and #308, which represent CTA bus and rail operators. The four-year tentative agreement slows the rate of growth in health care spending and emphasizes preventative care, among changes shaving approximately $50 million off the 2013 budget deficit.

Public transportation users save $9,798 annually

Monthly Transit Savings Report examines how an individual in a two-person household can save money by taking public transportation and living with one less car.

New Sound Transit service has underwhelming start

The new commuter rail service to and from Lakewood saw an average of 237 passengers at two new stops in the first 17 days of revenue service. The operator predicted 380 to 530 daily boardings within the first two years of operation.

Calif. VTA may extend light rail

Would add 1.6 miles of track and be implemented in two phases based on funding availability.

Rail ticketing app a hit with MBTA riders

Commuters have downloaded the transit system’s new mobile ticketing app 6,000 times in the three days after it was launched.

Amtrak, VIA Rail partner to add seats for Thanksgiving travel

VIA Rail is providing 10 coach cars and two dome cars on the New York state-supported Adirondack service operating between Albany-Rensselaer and Montreal. This will allow some Amtrak equipment used on that route to be reassigned, adding about 300 seats to trains operating on the Northeast Corridor.

FRA, rail industry fights electronic device distraction

Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C. Szabo joined Union Pacific, senior railroad industry leaders and labor officials at a kick-off event to highlight the dangers of using electronic devices on the job.

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