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News: How To Rebuild, Plan B For LA Measure J, Vote Rejection Imperils LRT Project, Proximity & Productivity, Road Capacity Impacts

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.

National: How to Rebuild Trust, Infrastructure


Over the course of this campaign, commentators on both sides of the political divide seemed to agree on one point: this was a campaign about nothing. Barack Obama's supporters wanted him to lay out a detailed and ambitious agenda for his second term...

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Los Angeles: Mayor Has Plan B for Measure J

Los Angeles Times

With a county transit tax measure he backed teetering between failure and approval, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Wednesday he will go "back to the toolbox" if necessary to accelerate several projects, including a subway to the Westside...

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Vancouver: LRT Defeat Jeopardizes Bistate Bridge

Railway Age

Voters in Clark County, Wash., on Tuesday rejected a proposed 0.1% sales tax to extend light rail transit across the Columbia River from Oregon-and that rejection could jeopardize a multimodal bridge designed to address bistate transportation...

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National: NY MTA's Service Map Guru

Transportation Nation

If you looked at the MTA's website in the days following Hurricane Sandy, you probably saw a subway map (pdf) that wasn't what most straphangers were used to. To protect New York City's subway system, all transit shut down in advance of the storm...

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National: More Gridlock for Transportation?


Many with a stake in federal infrastructure spending had a reason to celebrate on election night: Democrats kept the keys to the White House...

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Vancouver: Washington Lawmakers Ask for New CRC


The plan to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Columbia River must be overhauled and should exclude light rail, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, said Thursday. She was joined by nine other Republican officials from Southwest Washington, who are all calling for a redesign of the project...

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Twin Cities: New Ramsey Station Opens, Expensive

Minneapolis Star Tribune

A new rail station that opens next Wednesday in Ramsey could give the Northstar Commuter line the ridership boost it needs for an eventual extension to St. Cloud, an Anoka County official says...

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Alabama: Proximity Makes Us More Productive

Yes, internet and telecom tools such as Skype and instant messaging have made it easier to do business with someone on the other side of the country - or the planet - without ever meeting them in person...

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Research: Capacity, Economic Systems, Land Use


This research report is based on 100 detailed case studies that document the long-term, before and after economic impacts of a variety of highway capacity investments, mainly from around the United States...

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Austin: Council Considers New Rules for East Riverside

Austin American Statesman

At its western end, Riverside Drive runs along parkland, Lady Bird Lake and the hike and bike trail. But as it winds through Southeast Austin, scenic views are eclipsed by strip malls and sprawling parking lots...

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