Today’s Headlines

  • Bus factory made famous by Obama’s stimulus is now laying off workers (NYT)
  • Illinois works both sides of the high-speed rail equation (Trib)
  • LaHood promises to deliver federal transit aid to help Chicago win the 2016 Olympics (WLS-TV)
  • U.S. DOT strengthens drug-testing rules for commercial license holders (Morning News)

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Study: Free Transit Helps Local Businesses

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A new study finds that commuters with access to free public transportation don't drive any less — but they do take more leisure and shopping trips than those who have to pay their own fare, which could help provide local economies with the cash they need to provide a broader range of social services over time.