Public Transit

DC Metro Silver Line nears completion

The extension of Washington, D.C. Metrorail subway system toward Dulles International Airport is nearing completion, the Washington Post reports.

The contractors who are building the often-delayed Washington Metro Silver Line are preparing to declare the first half of the capital area subway extension is "substantial complete," according to the report.

The Silver Line was declared complete once before in February, but officials with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) found problems with the railway in several areas and declined to accept it from the construction workers who are building it.

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Union to House: Give transit riders a bigger tax break

The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) is pushing lawmakers in the House to follow the Senate’s lead in reviving a tax break for commuters who take public transportation to work.

The Senate Finance Committee voted to restore the amount of their monthly incomes that transit riders are allowed to set aside before taxes for their commutes to work to $250 until 2015 in a broad package of tax reforms that was approved last week.

The transit commuter benefit had been reduced to $125 on Jan. 1 over the objection of public transportation advocates, who argued that a similar tax break for drivers who park in garages was left unchanged. 

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NTSB: Chicago train derailment caused $9M in damage

The derailment of a Chicago subway train at O'Hare International Airport last month caused $9.1 million worth of damage, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The NTSB released the finding in its preliminary report on the March 24 crash on a train on the Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line at the subway station for O'Hare Airport.

The accident involved a train entering the station too fast and running through a stopper at the end of the tracks. The train eventually came to rest halfway up an escalator that leads to the airport terminal.

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Chicago CTA changes scheduling rules after O’Hare crash

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is changing its scheduling rules for subway drivers after a recent derailment at O’Hare International Airport, the agency announced Friday.

A train on Chicago’s “L” derailed at the O’Hare Airport on March 24 in an early morning accident that has been attributed to driver fatigue. The train left the tracks and ended up halfway up an escalator that leads to the airport terminal. 

The CTA said Friday that it was capping the number of hours its operators could be driving trains at 12 hours in a 14-hour period and requiring that they get at least 10 hours between shifts.

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Senate committee revives transit tax break

The Senate Finance Committee voted to revive a tax break for commuters who take public transportation to work in a package of tax break extensions that was approved on Thursday.

The bill restores the amount of their monthly incomes that transit riders are allowed to set aside before taxes for their commutes to work to $240 until 2015.

The commuter benefit had been reduced to $125 on Jan. 1 over the objection of public transit advocates, who argued that a similar tax break for drivers who park in garages was left unchanged.

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Chicago's CTA: ‘We anticipate restoring service’ this weekend

The agency that operates the Chicago “L” subway system said Friday that it anticipates restoring service to O’Hare International Airport this weekend.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has suspended service on its Blue Line to O’Hare since Monday, after a train derailed at the station and caused widespread damage.

The agency tweeted Friday, “service still suspended O'Hare–Rosemont, free & frequent shuttles available. We anticipate restoring svc this weekend.”

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Video shows Chicago train derailment

A video that appears to capture the dramatic derailment of a subway train at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport has been posted to YouTube.

The Chicago "L" transit system's Blue Line train derailed Monday at the station that is located at O'Hare, which is the second busiest airport in the U.S.

The video shows apparent security footage of the train entering the airport station at a high speed and crashing into an escalator that leads up to the airport.

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Chicago train operator may have ‘dozed off’

Investigators believe the operator of a subway train that derailed at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Monday fell asleep at the controls, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Chicago “L” train blew through a bumper at the end of the tracks at the station for O’Hare, which is the second busiest airport in the U.S.

The train ended up halfway up an escalator leading to the airport terminal.

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