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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.

Reno: City to Get Rapid Bus Line

Fox Reno

Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff today announced that the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County received a $5.1 million grant to purchase new hybrid-electric buses and build a new fueling station...

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Pennsylvania: Rendell - Bill Should 'Do No Harm'

Transportation Nation

Transit backers have given up on a comprehensive highway bill this go-around, hoping instead that whatever passes Congress this year lays the table for 2013. And, they say, whatever comes in 2013 must put public transportation on equal footing with roads...

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San Francisco: Clipper Card Glitch Costs Riders

San Francisco Examiner

An untold number of transit passengers in the East Bay have been hit with extra fees due to a glitch in the Clipper card system that was not noticed by regional officials for a month...

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Twin Cities: Central Corridor 50% Done

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Just as the Metropolitan Council declared construction of the Central Corridor light-rail line to be halfway finished on Monday, significant highway closings connected with the project are just around the bend...

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National: Do Subway Networks Evolve the Same Way?

Scientific American

No two subway systems have the same design. New York City's haphazard rail system differs markedly from the highly organized Moscow Metro (above), or the tangled spaghetti of Tokyo's subway network...

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Missoula: Changes Coming to Local Bus Routes


Buses won't run out to the former Frenchtown pulp mill, but they will roll on a 15-minute schedule from downtown Missoula to Southgate Mall...

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National: Housing Markets Change/Suburban Goes Urban

USA Today

Townhouses and single-family homes are sprouting on old industrial sites in the heart of Southern California cities. In Florida, developers are coveting foreclosed golf courses in urban centers to put up new subdivisions...

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Salt Lake City: $400M Investment in Sugar House

KSL News Radio

The Sugar House business district is on the cusp of major changes, thanks to big development projects either under way or coming soon. The private investment projected for the next five years is big, too: $400 million...

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Eugene: Residents Weigh in on UGB Expansion

Eugene Register Guard

Eugene residents went to bat Monday in support of a proposal to add industrial land to the city, but ideas to expand the city's urban growth boundary for residential homes drew a mixed response...

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Research: Intersection of Place and the Economy

Brookings Institution

Recent and ongoing policy efforts to increase spatial efficiency at the metropolitan, local, and neighborhood level have focused on interventions such as place-based affordable housing, transit-oriented development, and livability programs...

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International: When Sustainability Becomes a Duty

Guardian UK

The head of Schneider Electric's Smart Cities initiative explains why efficiency and technology are key to making cities more liveable...

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