CTA tweaked for pension meetings in Hawaii, Vegas
Pension officials with the Chicago Transit Authority need much more than a Ventra Card for some of the taxpayer-funded travel they’ve been doing in recent years. The CTA’s retirement plan and health care trust spent close to $60,000 since 2010 to travel to places such as Honolulu, New Orleans, San Diego and Las Vegas for pension-related conferences. Chicago Tribune, Aug. 24
Electric bus maker Proterra may have to expand its Greenville factory if Seattle’s transit agency exercises its options under a newly inked contract, Proterra’s chief executive said. CEO Ryan Popple said the deal with King County Metro Transit has the potential to be Proterra’s biggest single piece of business ever. Read more...
New requirement keeps many older users off The Ride A move by the MBTA to crack down on fraud in The Ride, the transit service for the disabled and elderly, has led to a sharp drop in the number of older users, according to figures kept by the transportation authority. Boston Globe, Aug. 23
Reno's transit system facing more riders, funding shortage Responding to the changing face of public transportation and a serious shortage of funding to pay for it, a community panel is forging ahead in a mission to determine transit’s future in the Truckee Meadows.
Reno Gazette-Journal, Aug. 22
Tax revenue surge helps out Chicago-area transit agencies A boost in the six-county sales tax receipts is more than compensating for the operating hit January’s bitter cold caused the Chicago region’s transit agencies and should fuel fatter 2015 transit budgets.
Chicago Sun-Times, Aug. 20
The bullet train that could change everything With Central Japan Railway’s efforts to sell high-speed trains on the U.S. coasts going nowhere, Texas has emerged as the company’s best hope for introducing its wildly successful technology to the American market.
The Texas Tribune, Aug. 18