Transportation Report

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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TSA union: Ryan budget returns airport security to pre-9/11 levels

The union that represents Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers is arguing that Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) proposed budget for fiscal 2015 would return airport security to pre-9/11 levels. 

Ryan proposed a $1.014 trillion budget for 2015 this week that he says would help cut $5.1 trillion from the federal deficit over the next decade. 

Ryan’s budget calls for reducing the amount of money that is given to the TSA, among other cuts to transportation-related funding. 

The American Federation of Government Employees union, which represents TSA workers, said Ryan’s proposal would result in more airport security checkpoints being privatized. 

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US more dependent on major foreign oil suppliers

The United States imported 61 percent of its foreign oil from Canada, Mexico and Saudi Arabia in 2013, the most in more than four decades, as overall crude oil imports fell, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said Friday.

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Transportation sector gains 7,900 jobs in March

The transportation sector gained 7,900 jobs in March as the national unemployment rate remained steady at 6.7 percent, according to statistics released by the Department of Labor on Friday.

The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said there were 4,564,600 jobs in transportation in March, compared to 4,556,700 in February.

The jump was part of an overall 192,000 increase in overall jobs in March, the BLS said.

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