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News: Detroit Regional Transit Needs, Bus-Only Lanes In Chicago, NY Taxi App Quits, BRT & TOD In Twin Cities

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. 

Detroit: LaHood - Regional Organization Desired

Railway Age

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visited Detroit Monday with a suggestion that a Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority might be better equipped to land federal funding for transportation projects, including assistance with a much-debated streetcar project...

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National: Is DC's Economic Future Tied to Cars?

Transportation Nation

For the thousands of commuters who spend too much of their lives sitting in traffic on the Washington area's hopelessly congested roads, the future may not look much better than the present...

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International: How HSR Disaster Exposed Corruption

New Yorker (via Wonkblog)

On the morning of July 23, 2011, passengers hurried across Beijing South Station at the final call to board bullet train D301, heading south on the world's largest, fastest, and newest high-speed railway, the Harmony Express. It was bound for Fuzhou, fourteen hundred miles away...

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Chicago: Bus Only Lanes Part of CTA Plan

Chicago Tribune

CTA super-express buses that will operate on 21-mile stretches of Ashland and Western avenues will have the benefit of using full-time bus-only lanes, under a still-evolving concept the transit agency and the city will present this week at three open houses, starting Tuesday...

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New York: Uber App Shut Down After Six Weeks in NYC 

New York Times

Six weeks after its debut inside yellow cabs roiled New York's taxi industry, a cab-hailing app company said Tuesday that it would shut down the service, citing "obstacles and roadblocks" placed before it by the city...

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Norfolk: Poll - Virginia Beach Residents Would Vote LRT

Virginian Pilot

A majority of city residents support extending light rail from Norfolk and would approve a non-binding referendum in support of that, according to poll results released Wednesday...

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Twin Cities: Planners Expect BRT to Bring Development

Pioneer Press

The new Cedar Avenue Bus Rapid Transit line will bring development opportunities for Apple Valley, city planners say...

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Los Angeles: TOD Center in LA, Auto Dealership Anchor


In today's news of the ironic, and weird, an L.A. car dealer is developing a mixed-use "town center" adjacent to a future light rail station that will be anchored by their auto showrooms. The twist - they want to get people out of their cars...

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Los Angeles: SEC Launches San Bernadino Investigation

Los Angeles Times

The federal agency says the action does not mean securities laws were broken in the bankrupt city. The city attorney vows cooperation with the probe...

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Ogden: Land Deal Would Remove Blight with 7-11

Ogden Standard

A deal that will give $100,000 to a local developer to demolish a set of blighted buildings and replace them with a 7-Eleven has been approved by the city council...

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New York: Untangling the Grand Centeral Snarl

Wall Street Journal

A pedestrian halo suspended in the sky between two office towers. An elevated glass walkway with seasonal grasses. A pedestrian plaza with sidewalk cafes and retail...

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