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News: Speeding LA Transit Work, Dulles Rail Solution, Chicago Red Line Replacement, Houston Bike Share, Salt Lake Streetcar Park

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.

California: Bill Would Speed Up Measure R Projects

Land Lines Magazine

An effort moving forward at the California statehouse is intended to make sure Los Angeles area transportation projects are done sooner, and ensure that funding does not dry up any time in the foreseeable future...

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National: BART Defends Service Shutdown to FCC

Computer World

Disrupting mobile phone service is a legitimate tool for law enforcement authorities working against terrorism or other dangerous situations, a mass transit agency has said in defending its own mobile shutdown last August...

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National: LaHood Sees Dulles Solution

The Hill

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Wednesday that a logjam in planning for the proposed extension of Washington, D.C.'s Metrorail to Dulles International Airport will be resolved "pretty quickly."..

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National: Durbin Hints Keystone Will be Part of Deal

Crain's Chicago Business

So, what's it going to take to finally shake a federal transportation funding bill of consequence out of a House and Senate conference committee?..

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Minneapolis: LRT May Be Bottineau Option

Minneapolis Star Tribune

While nothing is set in stone for a proposed transit corridor in the north Hennepin County suburbs, one thing is clear after recent public meetings: people prefer a train to a bus, even though the latter would cost less...

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Chicago: Red Line Replacement Depends on Congress

Chicago Tribune

Setting a timeline for the CTA's No. 1 improvement project - the multibillion-dollar replacement of the Red Line - hinges on negotiations that will begin next week in Congress over a new transportation funding bill, CTA president Forrest Claypool said Wednesday...

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Houston: City Could Set Up Downtown Bike Share

Houston Chronicle (via @nealip)  

Houston's first bike share program will take to city streets Wednesday in an effort officials predict will transform how workers and visitors will travel short distances in the downtown area...

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Eugene: Mom Bikes Where She Needs to Go

Eugene Register Guard (via Matt R)

Pumping a heavy-duty Dutch-made Workcycle Fr8 bicycle from Costco with four bags of groceries loaded on back is something Emily Swenson takes in stride these days...

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National: New L Station Serves Surrounding Jobs

Railway Gazette

Chicago Transit Authority opened its first new L metro station for 18 years on April 30. Located on an existing section of the Yellow Line, Oakton-Skokie station is adjacent to the Illinois Science and Technology Park..

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Salt Lake City: City Council Funds Streetcar Line Park

Salt Lake Tribune

The Salt Lake City Council on Tuesday evening voted to spend $6.9 million on a so-called greenway that would run parallel to a planned trolley line from South Salt Lake to Sugar House...

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