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News: Eugene BRT Gets OK, Using Toll Funds, St. Louis Streetcar Impact, GOP Vs. Cities, Denver TOD Experience, Rethinking Stations

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.

Eugene: LTD Board Approves West BRT

Eugene Register Guard

The Lane Transit District Board voted 5-1 Monday night in support of the controversial proposed west Eugene EmX bus rapid-transit route...

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National: What Should Toll Funding Be Spent On?

New York Times Room for Debate

Should revenue from toll roads be spent on other transportation priorities, like public transit?..

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International: Light Rail Arrives in Mendoza Argentina

International Rail Journal

FULL commercial services began today on the first light rail line in the Argentinean city of Mendoza. The Green Line runs for 12.5km along the alignment of a former heavy-rail line between Mendoza Station and General Gutiérrez in the suburb of Maipú...

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St. Louis: Will Streetcar Extend Loop Development?

St. Louis Today

The success or failure of the $43 million Loop Trolley project will likely be determined outside The Loop. And it will take a lot more than a trolley...

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International: HSR Would Cut Sydney Canberra Flights

Canberra Times

If high-speed rail goes ahead instead of a second Sydney airport being built, airlines will not fly between Sydney and Canberra...

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Atlanta: Keith Parker Selected for MARTA Job

Sacramento Bee

Atlanta's public transit system has named a Texas transportation official as its new chief executive officer and general manager...

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National: Why Republicans Don't Like Cities

New York Times Magazine

A LEADING Republican columnist, trying to re-stoke her candidate's faltering campaign before the first presidential debate, felt so desperate that she advised him to turn to cities...

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Chicago: City Floats Riverwalk Vision

Chicago Tribune

Attempting to create another popular venue like Millennium Park, the city is unveiling a proposed $100 million build-out of the Chicago River riverwalk stretching from State to Lake streets, complete with distinctive names and themes for each of the six blocks...

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Denver: TOD Hit or Miss Along LRT Lines

Denver Post

Since light rail expanded into the south suburbs of Denver more than a decade ago, construction around the rail stops has been hit-and-miss. For some - such as Littleton - the successes of so-called "transit-oriented developments" have started to kick in over the past year or two....

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Research: Rethinking Stations as More Than Points


A well-designed transit station can be a destination in its own right. This article describes how the province of Gelderland revitalized its transit stations to better meet the needs of the traveling public...

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Twin Cities: Upscale Rental Moves to Burbs

Minneapolis Star Tribune

With a rooftop patio, yoga studio, clubroom and Internet cafe, the Parkside Village apartment complex would seem a natural fit for Uptown or the Warehouse District in downtown Minneapolis...

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