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MTA chairman, LIRR union leader sign contract to avert strike; workers get 17% raises

Negotiators worked through Wednesday night into early afternoon Thursday to arrive at a deal to avoid a strike on the nation's busiest commuter rail line, which serves 300,000 daily commuters. The deal would not put "additional pressure" on fares, MTA boss said. BY PETE DONOHUE , JOHN LAUINGER
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MTA buys land to redevelop aging Jamaica Bus Depot

The MTA recently bought up a handful of properties adjacent to the South Jamaica bus depot, which it has been hoping to expand for years, but until the agency can come up with the needed capital funds, construction plans will sit as idle as the buses parked along Merrick Boulevard.
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LIRR deal includes a second raise for conductors: They’ll get $10 per shift in ‘certification pay'

The $10 per-shift bonus will amount to a second raise of about $2.5%, or about $2,100 per year. It is rooted in federal certifications that conductors must earn. BY PETE DONOHUE
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For Drivers on Some City Bus Routes, Requesting the $2.50 Fare Can Be Dangerous

       The crime can seem as innocuous as it is common. Short on cash, a rider slips through the back door of a city bus, skirting the $2.50 fare. But fare evaders, the authorities say, are a dangerous scourge.
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Marching on Washington DC
Lobby Day
Action Center

Citing exploding urban populations, worsening traffic congestion, young people forgoing cars and stressed public transit systems, ATU President Larry Hanley called on the House Transportation Committee to set forth a major urban transportation agenda at the first hearing on the reauthorization of the transportation funding bill. “If you think the petty political trick that caused a traffic jam in New Jersey was bad, wait until you see the traffic jams across America as urban populations burst at the seams,” warned Hanley, calling on Congress to double mass transit funding over the next six years. “Generals fight the last war, legislators appropriate for the last demographic trend and we need to start investing now for the smart public transit that will enable our communities to run.”
 
 
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