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News: Detroit to Ditch LRT, Nashville Bus Option, Northeast HSR, TIGER III Grants, State DOT Accountability, LA Fare Hike Audit

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.

Detroit: Region to Ditch LRT for BRT

Detroit News


A recent audit by the Federal Transit Administration found that Metro failed to adequately research the effects of certain key fare hikes and service cuts on customers. They also criticized Metro for failing to reach out to non-English-speakers and for cutting corners on environmental assessments...

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Nashville: Study Says Rapid Buses Best Option

Tennessean


Nashville should get started quickly on a $136 million plan for a bus rapid transit system running from East Nashville to White Bridge Road, a group of mass transit leaders agreed today...

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National: Will Mica's HSR Plan Fly?

CNN


How fast can high-speed trains come to the Northeast corridor? Not fast enough for Republican Rep. John Mica of Florida. The chairman of the House Transportation Committee recently came out with a proposal to create a high-speed rail line..

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National: TIGER III Project List

Transportation Issues Daily


A number of TIGER III grant announcements are leaking out in advance of the official USDOT announcement. USDOT is required by law to notify Senate and House Appropriations Committee Members three days prior to a USDOT announcement...

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Blogosphere: No Accountability for State DOTs

DC Streetsblog


Complete a project on-time and on-budget. Or blow deadlines, run into setback after costly setback, only to return to the funding source with outstretched hands...

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National: House to Hold Hearing on CA HSR

The Hill


House Republicans will follow up on a confrontation with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood over President Obama's high-speed rail initiatives with a hearing Thursday to look at what it calls the "skyrocketing costs" of the biggest railway in the proposal...

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Los Angeles: Federal Audit of LA Fare Hikes

Southern California Public Radio


A recent audit by the Federal Transit Administration found that Metro failed to adequately research the effects of certain key fare hikes and service cuts on customers. They also criticized Metro for failing to reach out to non-English-speakers and for cutting corners on environmental assessments...

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Charlotte: Commuter Rail Funding Discussed

Charlotte Observer


Before nearly 150 Charlotte area government leaders, a regional rail task force Tuesday unveiled details of a $452 million plan to provide dual commuter and freight service from southern Iredell County to Charlotte by 2018...

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Twin Cities: Ford Plant Sits on 122 Prime Acres

Minneapolis Star Tribune


The future of St. Paul's Ford plant lies largely in the soil beneath it. After 86 years of pumping out vehicles -- most recently the Ford Ranger truck -- the sprawling Twin Cities Assembly Plant will close by year's end, prompting the inevitable question from anxious neighbors, public servants and business folks alike...

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Oregon: Oregon Iron Works MAX Finalist

Oregonian


Oregon Iron Works Inc. is a finalist to become a subcontractor helping manufacture MAX trains for TriMet's Portland-Milwaukie light-rail project, the company confirmed Tuesday...

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