Reconnecting America People * Places * Possibility

News: Swiss LRT Lessons, Texas HSR, Miwaukee Streetcar Plans, Detroit Rapid Bus, Unfinished Fed Transpo Work

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.

Salt Lake City: Lawmakers to Study LRT in Switzerland

Salt Lake Tribune

Four Utah legislators and five officials of the Utah Transit Authority just returned from a five-day trip to Switzerland to learn about light-rail transportation to and around ski resorts...

Read On

Houston: Texas HSR Gains Momentum

Impact News

Plans for a high-speed rail line connecting Houston with the Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin regions are slowly gaining momentum as local and state agencies, both public and private, explore options on how best to build a potential line...

Read On

Milwaukee: Streetcar Route Change Could Shave Costs

Milwaukee Business Journals (Paywall) 

City of Milwaukee officials are exploring a new route for the controversial downtown streetcar that they expect will significantly cut the utility relocation costs that are a rallying point for opponents of the project...

Read On

Detroit: Rapid Bus System Could be Ready in Two Years

Detorit Free Press

Metro Detroit could run sleek, new rapid-transit buses along major roads like Woodward and Gratiot in as little as two years if state lawmakers approve a regional management agency to oversee ..

Read On

National: Congress Has Unfinished Business on Transpo

The Hill

After almost three years of delay, Congress recently passed a new surface transportation authorization bill, called Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century or MAP-21...

Read On

National: Acela More Cannonball Than Bullet

Philadelphia Enquirer

When John Adams traveled between Boston and Philadelphia in 1776, it took him two weeks. On Amtrak's Acela today, the trip is about five hours...

Read On

Atlanta: Should Region Follow in Portland's Footsteps

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Raised in Florida suburbs, J'ena SanCartier and Philip Losasso know Atlanta well - as the traffic jam they dreaded on their way to somewhere else...

Read On

National: Unleash Our Kids


When Lenore Skenazy was growing up in Wilmette, Ill., in the 1960s, she routinely walked the four blocks between her home and her kindergarten all by herself. She knew to stay safe near traffic and not go anywhere with a stranger...

Read On

Portland: Land Supply for Industry Needs Bolstering


Manufacturing and Portland have been good friends over the last four decades. Employment and wages in that sector grew at a substantially faster rate here than in most metropolitan regions nationally...

Read On

Dallas: Irving's Hopes Riding High on LRT

Dallas Morning News (Paywall) 

When DART's Orange Line finally opens to riders next week, the light-rail trains will also carry Irving's hopes for its economic future and DART's biggest chance to prove mass transit's worth to car-loving North Texans...

Read On

International: Rio Mayor - How to Build City of Future


I strongly believe being mayor is the public post in which you have the greatest opportunity to change peoples' lives for the better...

Read On

Los Angeles: Culver City Evolves

Los Angeles Times

The return of light-rail service is speeding Culver City's evolution. But some big real estate developments in the pipeline are threatened by the loss of redevelopment funds...

Read On