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.
Fort Worth: Rail Supporters Seek Special Tax District
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Private developers who want to build a commuter rail line from southwest Fort Worth to Plano will ask state lawmakers for a special tax district to collect money off the route in 13 cities, officials briefed on the plan say...
International: China to Boost Urban Transport
China pledged measures to ease traffic congestion with a goal of public transport…
Developers and planners in Montgomery and Prince George's counties are already factoring a light rail link between Bethesda and New Carrollton into their business and growth plans even though a 16-mile Purple Line has yet to win highly competitive construction money... Read On
Since 1978, the rail station at New Carrollton has been a transportation hub of increasing importance. For Prince George's County, it's the transit hub, hosting some 25 local bus routes, inter-city buses, Amtrak and MARC trains, and the Orange Line. Sometime early in the next decade, it will also be home to the Purple Line... Read On
I don't like using the term "transit oriented development" or TOD, even though it is always on the tongue of planners, elected officials, and enlightened developers. For one, it's not "transit" or "transit oriented development" per se that matters, it's the integration of transportation and land use...Read On
Many people in the mid-Atlantic region probably know this small suburban town as a train stop on the way to or from Union Station in Washington. But with Amtrak and Maryland commuter train stops, a Washington Metrorail station, buses and major highways nearby, New Carrollton seems to have everything a far-sighted developer could want... Read On
When Maryland officials promote plans to build a $1.68 billion Purple Line between Bethesda and New Carrollton, they often tout the power of light rail lines to transform older, struggling areas into thriving new hubs of transit-focused development. ... Read On
The train station is the nucleus. Around it, high-rise buildings with a mix of apartments, offices and shops form a bustling urban center. People use public transportation more and their cars less. They stroll on wide sidewalks past storefronts, greenery and public art. ..... Read On