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News: Drilling for Transpo Funds, Connecticut Busway, Light Rail Vision in Burbs, Sustainability Summit, Saving Farms

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.  The Chatter, commentary and opposition articles will be found towards the bottom.

National: The User Pays

National Journal Experts

The House Republicans are making infrastructure the backbone of their own jobs proposal, a foil to President Obama's jobs package. They are offering a long-term (and long overdue) highway bill that would be paid for by expanded domestic drilling...

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Research: Political Relevance of Tuscan Wine  

Society and Space

This paper investigates the philosophical and political assumptions supporting the commonly held view of 'place identity', exemplarily represented by the Tuscany region in Italy and its wine...

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San Francisco: Muni and Mayor Collide Over Deficit

San Francisco Bay Citizen

Edward D. Reiskin, the new chief of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, has begun to make progress with the nearly impossible project of winning over the city's embittered transit riders...

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Connecticut: Feds Sign Final Busway Agreement

Connecticut Mirror

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and a top federal transit official signed off at an elaborate ceremony today on the last and biggest piece of funding for the New Britain-to-Hartford busway, a symbolic project for a new governor impatient to invest in public infrastructure...

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Twin Cities: LRT Vision Takes Shape in Burbs

Twin Cities Finance and Commerce

Almost two years into the early planning for a commuter light rail transit (LRT) line running from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie, suburban cities along the line are looking through time to see what types of land development should occur alongside the tracks...

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International: Clever Karlsruhe

For several years, the mass rapid transit (MRT) system in the German city of Karlsruhe and its surrounding region has been the subject of an interesting transportation initiative. Continuous expansion of its network, with constantly increasingly passenger numbers, has proved the "Karlsruhe Model" to be a success...

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St. Louis: Region to Hold First Sustainability Summit

St. Louis Business Journals

Mayor Francis Slay said today he will convene St. Louis' inaugural citywide sustainability summit Dec. 6-7 to engage the community in developing a plan to enhance the city's quality of life, encourage best environmental practices, boost economic development and jobs initiatives and generate long-term savings...

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Bay Area: Morgan Hill Tries to Save Farms

Morgan Hill Times

The long-awaited environmental study of the city's southeast quadrant - a patchwork of small farms, orchards and sports fields - will have to wait even longer as the city determines what's the best way to preserve east Morgan Hill's trademark idyllic aura...

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