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News: Heated Bike Lanes, Bike Share Demographics, St. Paul Streetcar Concept, New Orleans Streetcar Revival

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.

International: Dutch Cities Consider Heating Bike Lanes

BBC (via @urbandata) 

Towns in the Netherlands are considering a proposal to heat cycle lanes to encourage greater use of bicycles in winter. The scheme proposes to use geo-thermal energy to prevent ice forming...

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Denver: Bike Share Membership 90% White

Transportation Nation

Denver's bike share users are overwhelmingly white. "Our demographic profile is nothing to be proud of , and we know that," said Parry Burnap, executive director of Denver's bike share program...

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Twin Cities: St. Paul Puts Streetcars in Sights

Twin Cities Finance and Commerce

Light rail and buses aren't the only transit options getting attention in St. Paul. While there are no immediate plans to start ripping up streets, city leaders in September began working with consultants from San Francisco-based Nelson\Nygaard to generate a list of viable streetcar corridors and estimates of how much it would cost to make the concepts a reality...

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New Orleans: A Streetcar Revival in the City


New Orleans, once crisscrossed by sprawling streetcar lines, is embracing anew the rumbling reminder of the city's storied and elegant past by restoring old lines and seeking to build new ones...

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Salt Lake City: UTA Airport Trax Launches in April

Progressive Railroading

Yesterday, the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) announced the new TRAX light-rail line connecting downtown Salt Lake City to the Salt Lake International Airport will open on April 14, 2013...

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Cincinnati: Passenger Rail Plan Advances

Progressive Railroading

Cincinnati-area passenger-rail proponents got a boost last week with the announcement of two approvals that will help set the stage for the introduction of an operational passenger-rail system as early as 2016...

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New Jersey: Another LRT Stop Could Aid Development

New Jersey Biz

As federal and state officials today announced $400,000 in federal funding to study an expansion of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, a New Jersey real estate executive said the potential for development around new train stations is limitless...

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National: Cities Turning into Vast Data Factories

The Economist

IN 1995 GEORGE GILDER, an American writer, declared that "cities are leftover baggage from the industrial era." Electronic communications would become so easy and universal that people and businesses would have no need to be near one another...

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