Reconnecting America People * Places * Possibility

News: LA Port Freight Rail EIR, LaHood: Sequestration 'Dumb', Passenger Rail Renaissance, Fighting Sprawl

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.

International: $1.28B Loan for Phase 1 of UAE Rail

Railway Technology

Etihad Rail has received a $1.28bn loan to build the first phase of the UAE's $11bn national railway network...

Read On

Los Angeles: LA Port Issues Final Environmental Report

Progressive Railroading

The Port of Los Angeles has released a Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for BNSF Railway Co.'s proposed Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) project...

Read On

National: LaHood Thinks Sequester is a Bad Idea

The Hill

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood derided the looming sequestration cuts as a "dumb idea" that "will not work" and said they would undermine the nation's transportation system...

Read On

Blogosphere: Sequester Would Cut New Starts $100M

DC Streetsblog

The consequences of the near-certain sequester for aviation have been well publicized by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's recent media blitz, but less well-known are the effects for surface transportation...

Read On

National: Strengthening Commitment to Passenger Rail


American passenger rail is in the midst of a renaissance. Ridership on Amtrak-the primary U.S. carrier-is now at record levels and growing fast...

Read On

Tampa: Pinellas Moves Forwards with LRT Vote

Tampa Tribune

A plan for a massive expansion of Pinellas County's transit system, including a light-rail network, is headed to the ballot...

Read On

National: Time to Renew Fight Against Sprawl

Hartford Courant

In March of 2003, the demographer Myron Orfield warned that Connecticut, despite its wealth, was not on a path for healthy growth...

Read On

Florida: City Examines Urban Design Post Trayvon Martin

Transportation Nation

Last year the shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin thrust Sanford to the center of international attention - and spurred a conversation about how urban design and public space shape civic behavior...

Read On