Squeaky Wheels

  • Green Line leads to higher rents in low-income neighborhood in St. Paul Lavenna Ransom never thought moving back to the St. Paul, Minn., neighborhood known as Frogtown would be so hard. "When the [Green Line] train went in, I thought it was going to be better, the commute was going to be better," said Ransom, who now lives on the city’s East Side. "Then we started getting notices. I had a friend who lived down the street, she said, 'My rent’s going up, how about yours?'" TwinCities.com, Oct. 21
  • Rail operator urges commuters to eat breakfast A Portuguese commuter rail operator has launched a campaign urging its passengers to eat breakfast to try to reduce train delays caused by passengers fainting during the morning rush hour. Forty-six passengers fainted on the company's trains during the first half of the year. IOL, Oct. 19

Business Update

  • Bombardier is cutting its Canadian workforce by another 2,000 people as it trims its global staffing level by almost 10%, or 7,500 people. Two-thirds of the global positions will be in transportation and nearly 2,500 in aerospace. Read more...

Turning Points

  • Illinois funding problems squeezing transit systems
    Al Stanek, general manager of CityLink in Peoria, Ill., since early 2015, has been in the transit industry much longer, but the situation confronting agencies across the state is new for him. "I’ve been in this business for a 40-year career, and I’ve never seen anything like this,” Stanek said last week. Journal Star, Oct. 23
  • Why 318 NJ Transit workers got an extra $20,000 last year
    More than 300 NJ Transit employees received checks for at least $20,000 last year after the agency agreed to new contracts with some of its unions, records show. The money was paid retroactively for raises the union members would have received during the five years they worked without a new agreement. NJ.com, Oct. 18

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