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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.
TRANSPORT

California: Jerry Brown Excited About HSR Funding

Los Angeles Times


"It's a jobs creator, and thank God we got it," Gov. Jerry Brown said of funding for high speed rail, narrowly approved by the Legislature last week...

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California: Vote Reveals Anti-HSR Faultline

Transportation Nation


California Governor Jerry Brown scored a razor-thin legislative victory on Friday when the California State Legislature voted to release initial funding for high-speed rail-a major infrastructure project that he wholeheartedly supports...

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National: LaHood Excited About CA HSR Too

The Hill


Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood sung the praises of California state lawmakers Monday for approving a controversial high-speed railway that has been pushed by the Obama administration. ..

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International: Delhi's BRT Battle Heads to Supreme Court

New York Times


Delhi's experiment with efficient public road transportation, in the form of the Bus Rapid Transit corridor, has devolved into a court battle that pitches the city's wealthy, car-owning minority against the majority of road users...

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National: Lender's Remorse in Highway Deal?

National Journal


After months of congressional wrangling, President Obama signed the $105 billion compromise transportation bill on Friday. And while the road to reauthorization was long and winding, there was one provision that was never really at risk...

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Ohio: Chabot's Shot Could Take Out Other Transit

Cincinnati Enquirer


Critics of Rep. Steve Chabot's proposal to bar federal funds for Cincinnati's streetcar project say it's an overreach that could block money for other initiatives - from bus lanes to ferry ways...

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Toronto: One City Plan Runs Out of Support

The Globe and Mail


TTC chair Karen Stintz is backing away from her controversial tax-for-transit idea to the point that her critics are already pronouncing her OneCity transit vision dead...

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California: HSR Officials Pushed Back on SNCF Proposal

Los Angeles Times


As state officials accelerated their effort to design a high-speed rail system in 2010, they were approached by the renowned French national railway with a suggestion: The project could use the help of an experienced bullet train operator...

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Nashville: No Lack of Opinions on BRT During Forum

Tennessean


Nashville residents got their first chance Monday to weigh in on details of a planned new $175 million bus rapid transit project for the city...

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Atlanta: Does T-SPLOST Pave Way for Economic Future?

Atlanta Journal Constitution


For most metro Atlantans, this month's vote on a transportation tax boils down to whether it will make their commutes faster. But business and economic leaders say the $7.2 billion plan really is about the region's economic future...

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Research: Neighborhood Crime and Mode Choice

TRB TRID


There are considerable environmental and public health benefits if people choose to walk, bicycle, or ride transit, instead of drive...

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URBANISM/HOUSING/CITIES

National: Brooklyn Gentrifies, Some Places Left Behind

New York Times


For much of the past century, Brooklyn was the Rodney Dangerfield of boroughs, known for its blue-collar style, for its funny accent and, of course, for getting no respect...

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National: Town Won't Repay Bonds on Dead Project

New York Times


Residents of Moberly, Mo., got a shock last year when they discovered that their city had guaranteed $39 million in bonds, sold by an independent authority, to help a Chinese company build a plant to make sucralose, an artificial sweetener. ..

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Odessa: Urban Living Trend in Odessa Texas

Odessa American (via @goodyclancy)


Every morning the sounds of cars bustling through downtown and the chimes at the First Christian Church serve as the morning alarm clock for Odessa's handful of downtown dwellers...

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Kansas City: Regained Momentum for Downtown

Kansas City Star


A sense of development momentum has returned to downtown Kansas City after several years of relative dormancy. And if the plans disclosed the past three weeks are successful, more people and activity are on the horizon...

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Twin Cities: Businesses Remain Skeptical

Finance and Commerce


When construction crews working on the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line began using the Midtown Commons parking lot last summer, business owner Jack McCann called his local outreach coordinator, hoping to have them moved...

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San Bernadino: City Promotes TOD Through Overlays

San Bernadino Sun


A rapid-transit bus system moved one step closer to operation Monday after the City Council approved a general plan amendment that creates specific zoning areas surrounding 13 transit stations along the route. ..

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