Proterra, an electric bus builder, seems primed to bust out. The Greenville, S.C., outfit is the only one in North America with coaches in service. Seven transit agencies across the country operate 39 of them.
Metro is one of 72 grants awarded through the highly competitive TIGER 2014 grant program for which the U.S. Department of Transportation received 797 applications from 49 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
A new study by an international economic organization paints an uncomplimentary portrait of the Chicago area's transportation system, saying it suffers from too many transit agencies and fragmented local governments.
The biggest problems faced by local people with disabilities, their families and caregivers also could be the most expensive to correct -- lack of public transportation and crumbling sidewalks and street crossings.