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News: KC Streetcar Tax, Central Corridor Dev Funds, BRT & TOD Planning Model, LRT TOD Impact

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: Federal Funds on Track for M1 Transit

Detroit News

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said federal funding for Michigan transportation efforts is on track, but the state must complete action on a regional transit authority...

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Kansas City: Downtown Taxes Self for Streetcar

Kansas City Star

After two decades of false starts and failures, Kansas City finally has voter-approved funding to get on track with fixed-rail transit...

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Winnipeg: Rapid Transit Corridor Gets Phase 2 Funds

Canadian Broadcasting Company (via David M)

Funding to complete the second phase of Winnipeg's Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor has been announced...

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Salt Lake City: New Trax Lines Short of Projections

Salt Lake Tribune

The new West Valley City and Mid-Jordan TRAX lines are still carrying far fewer riders now - 16 months after they opened - than projections estimated they would attract when they began operation...

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Boston: T's Urban Ring Plan Reviving?

Mission Hill Gazette

A study proposing to link the MBTA's Blue and Silver lines in the long-delayed Urban Ring transit project is scheduled to start in January. It was announced during a Dec. 3 Urban Ring community advisory committee (CAC) meeting, held in the Boston Redevelopment Authority's (BRA) board room at City Hall...

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Philadelphia: SEPTA to Close Rail Bridge

Philadelphia Inquirer

SEPTA plans to close the 3,175-foot-long bridge that carries Norristown High-Speed Line trains over the Schuylkill, the first in what could be a cascade of cutbacks caused by a lack of money, the agency said Thursday...

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International: Time to Tear Up Lutyens Dehli?

New York Times

Wednesday marked the 101st year since New Delhi was designed on a radial plan by Sir Edwin Lutyens, and for many historians and urban planners, it's time to eliminate this elite zone..

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Twin Cities: Central Corridor Gets Development Funds

Pioneer Press

The Metropolitan Council is awarding $4.9 million to proposed development projects along the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line in St. Paul, including the Central Exchange, City Limits, Old Home Plaza, Prior Crossing and Rayette Lofts sites. ..

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Research: Coordinated BRT and TOD Planning Model


Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) has been increasingly regarded as a cost-effective mode of transportation. In order for BRT ridership to be sustainable, the planning of BRT stations must be coordinated with transit oriented development (TOD)...

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Research: Rediscovering Light Rail, Impacts on TOD


Light Rail Transit (LRT) has been promoted to North American cities as a means for encouraging real estate development in the vicinity transit stops, and, due to its real and perceived advantages over buses, LRT is also seen by public transportation providers as an opportunity to increase public transportation's modal share...

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Portland: South Waterfront Gets Affordable Housing


Frederica Pippin, a retired Army veteran, says she feels "like a 5-year-old on Christmas" about moving Saturday into Gray's Landing, the first affordable rental housing development in the South Waterfront...

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Seattle: Advocates Oppose South Lake Union Towers

Seattle Times

Neighborhood critics of the mayor's proposal for much taller buildings in South Lake Union told the Seattle City Council on Thursday they're not merely trying to protect their own views, and they're willing to compromise, allowing 160-foot towers near the lake...

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Bay Area: Low Carbon Oasis Planned Near Salt Flats


Vacant industrial land near salt marshes and a derelict rail bridge seem like an odd setting for the beginnings of a lifestyle revolution in scenic California, but planners in the San Francisco Bay suburb of Newark view it as just that...

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