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News: Baltimore Red Line LRT, Storm's Bike Surge, Storm Damage Legacy, Hawaii Rail Politics, Phoenix TOD Value

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.

Baltimore: State Pushes Ahead on Red Line

Baltimore Sun

Even though there's no promise of construction money, the state is pushing ahead to draft blueprints for Baltimore's $2.2 billion Red Line light rail project...

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New York: Sandy Causes a Mini Bike Boom

Transportation Nation

When Sandy's storm surge flooded New York's subway and split the city into its island parts, normal commutes were washed away. City-mandated restrictions prevented cars with fewer than three people from entering Manhattan to try to limit vehicle traffic...

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National: Sandy's Infrastructure Legacy

National Journal

OK, folks. It's election week, and I know a lot of us are ready for it to be over. So let's talk about something that doesn't hinge on election results. How about our long-term infrastructure preparedness?..

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Los Angeles: Pollution Drop Disputed for Railyard

Los Angeles Times

Public health and environmental experts are disputing predictions that air pollution would be significantly reduced if a giant rail yard is built next to schools, parks and hundreds of homes in the Los Angeles harbor area...

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National: NJ Transit Struggles to Find Rail Cars

Business Week

On top of having to fix damaged tracks and an operations center ruined by floodwaters, New Jersey Transit's biggest obstacle to restoring full service for 276,000 daily rail commuters may be finding cars and engines...

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Hawaii: A Newcomer's Introduction to Hawaii Rail Politics

Honolulu Civil Beat

It's been quite a baptism in Hawaii politics for me, moving from California in September and following the action of this pivotal and historic mayor's race in Honolulu...

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Houston: Huge East End Parcel Finds a Buyer

Houston Chronicle

A Buffalo Bayou-front parcel spanning 136 acres just east of downtown has found a buyer. The mostly vacant tract is under contract and expected to close by the end of the year, said Davis Adams of HFF, the commercial real estate firm listing the property. He would not identify the buyer...

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Research: Capitalization Effects of LRT in Phoenix

Journal of Planning Education & Research

Studies have shown that proximity to light rail transit (LRT) stations positively affects property values and that these effects can appear before a system opens for operation. Here, we expand on these questions...

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Research: Spatial Planning and Infrastructure Dev

Journal of Planning Education & Research

There are growing arguments for linking strategic spatial planning to infrastructure development, particularly within developing countries. This article assesses potentials and challenges of these approaches, focusing particularly on an emerging approach in Johannesburg, South Africa...

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Bay Area: City Plea for Railroad Square Funds

North Bay Business Journal

As a 13-year project to transform the historic yet vacant cannery area around a planned downtown commuter-train station reaches a critical point to start construction next year or lose critical funding, the city of Santa Rosa plans to plead its case in Sacramento later this month for the release of redevelopment funds...

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