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News: LA Expo Line Challenge, Private Florida HSR, 1940s SF Transit Travelogue, Art & Neighborhoods, Bike Safety In Numbers

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.


California: Supreme Court Will Hear Expo Line Challenge


The California State Supreme Court will hear the case of Neighbors for Smart Rail (NFSR), a coalition of Westside homeowners, community groups and businesses, against Phase II of the Expo Line.  NFSR alleges that the environmental documents for the line were improperly compared because it based traffic on future projections instead of the current status on the street....

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Florida: Private HSR Project To Link Miami, Orlando


A Miami real estate and transportation company announced Wednesday that it plans to go ahead with a $1 billion project to build a privately run passenger train service between Miami and Orlando to begin operations by the end of 2014....

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Switzerland: Tram Operator Testing Supercapacitor


Seems hybrid technology is showing up everywhere nowadays, and the latest appearance is in Geneva, Switzerland where railway researchers are testing the use of supercapacitors as onboard tram batteries....

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Brazil: Court Bans LRT In World Cup Host City

Washington Post 

A federal court has banned the construction of a planned light-rail system in a World Cup host city in Brazil....

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Memphis: Gas Tax Hike Could Fund Transit Operations

Daily News 

If Memphis voters approve a gas tax increase on the Nov. 6 ballot, the Memphis Area Transit Authority will have what it has for years said it lacks to provide better service - a dedicated source of continuing funding....

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San Francisco: 1940 Travelogue Shows Transit History

Market Street Railway Blog 

Another great travelogue posted to the web. San Francisco, 1940. Well worth watching all the way through. Streetcars, Bay Bridge trains, cable cars, oh my!...

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Chicago: Revitalizing Neighborhood Through Art 

Urban Land 

About eight miles (12.8 km) from Chicago's Loop, in a dilapidated brick house in a down-on-its-luck South Side neighborhood, an experiment is taking shape....

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Seattle: University May Build TOD Over LRT Station 

Seattle Times 

The University of Washington may build transit-oriented apartments, shops or office space above an underground light rail station planned in Seattle's University District....

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International: For Bike Riders, Safety In Numbers 

Raise The Hammer 

A new fact sheet by the European Cyclists' Federation titled Safety In Numbers [PDF] demonstrates that higher rates of bicycle use result in lower numbers of casualties. The reason is that cycling is safer for each cyclist when more people do it....

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International: If The World's Population Lived Like... 

Per Square Mile 

Shortly after I started Per Square Mile, I produced an infographic that showed how big a city would have to be to house the world's 7 billion people. There was a wrinkle, though-the city's limits changed drastically depending on which real city it was modeled after. If we all lived like New Yorkers, for example, 7 billion people could fit into Texas. If we lived like Houstonians, though, we'd occupy much of the conterminous United States....

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