Feds release $12M in Hurricane Sandy relief for N.J., Conn.

New Jersey will use $10 million to help maintain essential traffic flow and repair sections of highway necessary to prevent further damage. Connecticut will use $2 million for general emergency federal aid highway repairs.

Chicago transit systems seeing boost in ridership

The Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace accommodated more than 443.5 million passengers on the region’s rail and bus system, a 3.2% increase above last year and the highest reported ridership through August in the last 10 years.

SEPTA defends shutdowns for Hurricane

Agency needed to shut down the service temporarily because of public safety concerns as well as for the safety of its employees, GM said.

Up and running, N.Y. MTA offering free transit

To encourage the use of public transit as the region slowly recovers from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, NYC Subway and Bus network, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad, and Access-a-Ride services will be free for Thursday and Friday.

Alstom awarded 2 MBTA fleet modernization contracts

Worth a combined value of approximately $220 million, the contracts will be executed at Alstom’s rolling stock manufacturing facility in Hornell, N.Y. Both projects are scheduled to begin immediately.

TriMet ups security, fare enforcement

A new K-9 team was certified to join the TriMet Transit Police Division, bringing the force to 62 officers including four full-time K-9 explosives teams. Additionally, six new fare enforcers start work, joining two others hired earlier this year, which brings the fare enforcement team to the full-time equivalent of 26.

U.S. DOT releases $17M in Hurricane Sandy emergency relief

Represents 100% of the state-requested funds — $10 million from New York, $3 million from Rhode Island and $4 million from North Carolina. Requests from these states are the first to arrive at the U.S. DOT and represent the first installment of federal-aid highway funds to help repair roads, bridges and tunnels in these two states.

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