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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.


Atlanta: Tax Rejection Could Impact City Credit Rating

The Hill 

The rejection of an $8 billion transportation tax in Atlanta last week could negatively impact the city's credit rating, according to a report from a key financial rating agency....

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Midwest: Regional Approach Drives Growth


If you want to understand the global economy, look at an aerial photo of the world at night. It is, quite literally, enlightening: Unlike typical maps, delineated by so many politically drawn boundaries and pastel tones, the world after dark sheds light on what unites us, beyond the city or suburb or state in which we live....

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San Francisco: Parking Plan Message - Transit First

San Francisco Chronicle 

San Francisco's aggressive plan to install thousands more parking meters and to expand the hours they operate has an overarching goal of making the streets friendlier for transit, cycling and walking....

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Research: Rules For Avoiding People On The Bus

Science Newsroom (H/T Muni Diaries

You're on the bus, and one of the only free seats is next to you. How, and why, do you stop another passenger sitting there? New research reveals the tactics commuters use to avoid each other, a practice the paper, published in Symbolic Interaction describes as 'nonsocial transient behavior.'...

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Paris: Metro Survey Confirms Parisians Act Like Jerks 

Atlantic Cities 

If you've ever wondered why Parisians often look grumpy or poker-faced on the Metro, a survey commissioned recently by Paris transport bosses could help explain why. The study, published this summer by city transport authority RATP (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens), found that the French capital's network is blighted by an epidemic of the sort of rude behavior that would put anyone's back up....

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Los Angeles: Supervisors Put Sales Tax Vote On Ballot 


The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to put a proposed 30-year sales tax extension for transportation projects on the November ballot.....

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New York: Remembering Bike Revolt 25 Years Ago 


Twenty-five summers ago, something remarkable unfolded on the streets of New York City: Bicyclists by the hundreds and even thousands took to the avenues in a series of tumultuous demonstrations - part protest and part celebration - that galvanized bike activism and transformed cycling here and in cities across the country....

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North Carolina: Planning For Foot Traffic 

Plan Charlotte 

The N.C. Department of Transportation has been at the forefront of a local and state effort to encourage residents to exercise more often.  Through a grant program, the department has provided $3.4 million to N.C. towns seeking pedestrian plans that increase walkability and safety for residents since 2004....

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National: 50% Of Adults Lack For Physical Activity 

New Public Health 

The August Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vital Signs monthly report on health indicators focuses on adult walking and finds that 62 percent of U.S. adults get their physical activity by walking at least once for ten minutes or more per week, up from 56 percent n the 2005. However, close to 50 percent of adults don't get enough physical activity to improve their health, the report finds....

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National: NHTSA Report Examines Pedestrian Deaths 


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported last December that while overall traffic fatalities in the United States dropped in 2010, pedestrian deaths rose higher - up four percent in 2010 over 2009. Yesterday, the agency released some more detailed statistics about those crashes [PDF], but the report includes scarcely any data or analysis about the underlying causes of pedestrian deaths....

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