Tracks News - In this section you'll find news from cities around the country as well as interviews and general reporting on issues. It might be from a newspaper or a blog, but it counts as news.
Florida: State Voters Favored HSR Plans
Voters in Florida's critical swing Interstate 4 corridor favored the construction of a high-speed railway between Tampa and Orlando that was killed by Florida's Gov. Rick Scott...
International: Taipei Unveils Mega TOD Project
Taipei Main Station is to be the site of a multibillion dollar real estate development featuring hotels, offices, restaurants…
Taiwan's debt-ridden high-speed rail company said Wednesday it had made a profit of nearly Tw$2 billion ($69.44 million) in the six months to June, its first since it began service in 2007. ... Read On
Researchers at the University of California campus at Merced have found that introduction of an urban rail transit system can reduce the level of carbon monoxide pollution and nitrogen oxides in the air.
Suburbanization and planning unit development have encouraged dependence on private automobiles in North America since the 1930s. Neighborhood designs with large-scale blocks, sparse arterial networks, and cul-de-sacs reduce the inclination to walk and the development of transit services. Such automobile-based development tends to cause urban sprawl, increase commuting distance, and reduce land use efficiency. Since transit systems promote the efficient use of resources such as land, fuel, etc., cities are increasingly applying transit-based strategies to enhance urban sustainability. Transit-oriented development (TOD) is now a popular strategy in North America for shaping transit-based spatial structures.
Taiwan has experienced rapid population and economic growth since the end of World War II but has extremely limited land resources. Automobile-based development in recent decades has caused substantial transportation inefficiencies and environmental degradation.