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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.

National: House GOP Floats 18 Month Bill

Transportation Nation

House Republican leaders have arrived at an 18-month highway bill they hope can replace a much broader five-year bill that faltered earlier this month, according to lawmakers and aides...

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Denver: Longmont Wants the Train

Daily Camera

Faced with what it called a trio of bad FasTracks options, the council held its nose to choose one -- in one case, literally. "I make the motion for Option 2," Councilwoman Sarah Levison said through a pinched nose, to laughter from the council chamber. ..

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Toronto: City Staff Call Subway Model Unworkable

Toronto Star

City staff have concluded that Mayor Rob Ford's plan to build the Sheppard subway extension is not viable - a crushing blow that has sent the mayor scrambling to develop a new plan ahead of a crucial city council vote March 15...

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Twin Cities: Minnesotans Support SW LRT

KSTP Minneapolis

Three Twin Cities Chambers of Commerce released the results of a poll Tuesday that they say shows statewide support for a light rail line in the southwest metro...

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New York: State Against Transit on Tappan Zee

Transportation Nation

If Rockland and Westchester Counties want mass transit over the new Tappan Zee Bridge, they can pay for it. That seems to be the message behind a strongly-worded email just sent out by the New York State Thruway Authority...

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Sacramento: City Votes to Move Forward w Streetcars

Sacramento Bee

City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward with a plan to bring a modern, electric version of the single car "trolleys" to connect neighborhoods in the central city and make getting around town easier for residents, workers and visitors...

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Houston: Rep Jackson Lee Vows Texas HSR

Houston Chronicle

Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee pledged Wednesday to make her state's decades-old dream to build a high-speed rail system come true, despite fiscal constraints and partisan gridlock in the nation's capital...

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Research: Climate Adaptation in Dutch Urban Areas

Regional Environmental Change Journal

Climate change is associated with various risks, such as flooding and heat stress. So far, most research has concentrated on the identification and quantification of these risks as well as the development of adaptation measures...

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Research: Political Fragment & Budget Incrementalism 

Papers in Regional Science

This paper tests for the impact of political fragmentation on the volatility of public expenditures. Two different empirical strategies are implemented using the per capita operating expenditures of 90 French local jurisdictions (the départements) for an 8-year period. ..

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National: Housing Crisis Hits Poor Renters Hard

Miller McCune

Since the American housing crisis began five years ago, policymakers have devoted the bulk of their attention to the bubble's most visible victims, homeowners who've lost their houses to foreclosure, or who look like they may any day now...

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National: Katz - Economic Structure Will Save the City

Wired Magazine

Bruce Katz sees the future of our cities a little differently than his fellow urbanists. Katz, the founding director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, believes optimizing economic structure, not urban form, is the key to revitalizing depressed cities and strengthening thriving ones...

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New Jersey: 100 Acre Waterfront Development

The Jersey Journal

Over 8,000 residential units and 1 million square feet of office space are just some of the proposed features of Bayfront, a transit village set for 100 acres of chromium-tainted land along Route 440 in Jersey City...

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Chicago: Rahm Unveils City Economic Growth Plan

Chicago Tribune

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's first economic growth plan gives an unvarnished assessment of the area's weaknesses and maps out lofty goals for revitalization, but the heavy lifting remains to be done, observers said...

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