Take the bus: [Chicago] City employees ordered to use public transportation (Chicago Sun-Times)
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has set up new rules that require city employees to ride public transit to meetings or assignments during the work day. The change comes after a crackdown on abuses of the previous reimbursement policy which allowed city employees to be reimbursed for a litany of car related travel costs – including car washes and parking tickets.
In this time were jobs can be tough to come by, one industry is bucking the trend and going on a hiring frenzy. The American Association of Railroads said the industry is looking to hire 15,000 people in 2012 as the railroads continue to prosper. One reason the railroads are doing so good during the recession? They’re a more efficient and affordable way to move goods, especially with rising gas prices. More good news: these aren’t low paying jobs. Salaries can average around $100,000 and many jobs only require a high school diploma.
Can Smart Transportation Apps Curb Greenhouse Gases? (Government Technology)
A new study reveals that wireless technology and traffic apps could lead to a 20% reduction in fuel consumption. As an example, wireless fleet management apps could be used in the trucking industry to improve efficiency an eliminate 9 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.