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News: Charlotte Streetcar Funding Battle, Federal Transpo Deadlock, Paying Cincinnati Streetcar Costs, No Raleigh Transit Tax Vote

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

Charlotte: Budget Battle Stops at Streetcar

Charlotte Observer


In Charlotte's budget fight, perhaps the biggest sticking point has been a proposal to spend $119 million on a streetcar through uptown...

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National: Boehner, Reid Fail to Break Deadlock

Reuters


U.S. congressional leaders failed on Tuesday to break a deadlock on a long-stalled transportation funding measure, and Republicans may now have to detach from the bill approval of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline and find another vehicle for that project...

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Fort Lauderdale: Streetcar Plans Get Federal Funds 

Sun Sentinel


Fort Lauderdale's plan to build a visitor-friendly streetcar system to link its shops and downtown buildings will get a major boost this week when U.S. transportation officials dispense an $18-million grant for the first segment of the long-awaited project...

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Cincinnati: Duke Customers Could Face Streetcar Tab

Cincinnati Enquirer


Duke Energy's customers in the city of Cincinnati could end up paying to help relocate the utility's lines for the streetcar, if state regulators allow Duke to recover costs related to mass transit projects...

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Detroit: Feds Say "Not Yet" for M1 Rail Project

Detroit News


Detroit's M-1 streetcar project up Woodward will not get $25 million in federal support as part of a new round of grants, but Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the government will back the project if it overcomes some key hurdles...

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Houston: Developers Fight Cap on Mobility Payments

Houston Chronicle


An advocacy group formed by Houston-area real estate developers threatened Monday to seek help from the Legislature if Metro asks voters to cap the payments that help Harris County and area cities improve roads and bridges...

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Raleigh: Commission Votes Against Transit Tax

Raleigh Public Record


In a 4-to-3 vote along party lines, members of the Wake County Commission Monday turned down a proposal to consider a transit plan and a half-cent sales tax referendum for this November's ballot...

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International: South Korea Opens Automated Metro

Tengri News


With sleek railcars sliding along elevated tracks, South Korea's newest light railway is a smooth ride, and the hope is that it can avoid the fiscal train wreck facing similar projects, AFP reports...

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Tampa: TBARTA Thinks of Merging Two Agencies

Tampa Bay Weekly


The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority is helping two area agencies that provide bus services to conduct a study on whether they should merge, but the authority hasn't taken a position on the issue...

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San Francisco: Market Street Car Ban Urged by Agencies

San Francisco Chronicle


Cars have already been pushed off stretches of Market Street downtown, but they could be banned altogether under a revitalization plan being designed by a collection of city agencies...

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URBANISM/HOUSING/CITIES

National: The American Dream, Phase II

New York Times


"Sprawl ... It's the American dream unfolding before your eyes." That's L. Brooks Patterson's irresistible description of sprawl, proving yet again how masterful the stalwarts of the status quo are at messaging that which they hope to preserve in amber...

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Bay Area: The Cities of the Carquinez

Next American City (SPUR Urbanist)


California's Solano and Contra Costa counties converge at the Carquinez Strait, which connects the Sacramento Bay to the Suisun Bay and Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta. Here, along the strait and just beyond it, 10 cities..

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Pittsburgh: Grant to Boost Development of East Liberty

Pittsburgh Post Gazette


East Liberty got another shot in the arm Tuesday, with the award of a $15 million federal grant to help build a new multimodal transit center that is designed to serve as the cornerstone for more commercial, residential and office development in the growing East End neighborhood...

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Boston: City Looking to Do Parklets Like SF

Boston Globe


The two parking spaces closest to the South End's Wholy Grain cafe are just like thousands of others in Boston: patches of public asphalt hard against the curb, designated for vehicles. By this time next year, they could be a park...

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