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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.

International: Polluted Mongolian City Turns to BRT


On the streets of Ulan Bator a people renowned for their horse riding skills have to contend every day with ever more Hummers, Land Cruisers and Range Rovers...

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Bay Area: BART Looks to Raise Parking Fees

San Francisco Chronicle

With BART carrying record loads and parking lots filling fast at more and more stations, the transit system is considering whether it's time to boost parking charges, perhaps tripling them, and adjusting them by station based on demand...

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Twin Cities: First BRT System Nears Completion

Twin Cities Finance and Commerce

South metro officials say system spurs development in area. William Branning, the chair of the Dakota County Regional Rail Authority, remembers Cedar Avenue as a fairly deserted place, with few businesses and a single bus that ran just once a day...

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Charlotte: Foxx Could Cut Streetcar for Capital Plan

Charlotte Observer

In an effort to break a six-month stalemate over the city's capital budget, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx proposed two new spending plans Monday - including one that eliminates $119 million for a streetcar...

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National: Ten Minute Walks a Stretch for Most Americans

Huffington Post

Despite all the news reports on the health benefits of walking and biking, most Americans do not walk, bike, or engage in other forms of active transportation, a new study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine finds...

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National: How Does Transit Affect the Economy

Transportation Nation

"Trying to market a city without transit is like trying to sell a cell phone without a camera." That was one of the take-home messages from a speaker at an urban planning conference earlier this year, according to my friend who was there...

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Connecticut: Governor Announces Panel to Address TOD

Middletown Press

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced plans Monday to create a new interagency work group to address the state's transit-oriented development needs...

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International: Moscow's Elevator Rescue Team

The New Yorker (via @urbanphoto)

When Yuri Kuzmin gets a call that someone is stuck in an elevator in the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Apartments, one of Stalin's "Seven Sisters," the wedding-cake-shaped buildings that punctuate the Moscow skyline, the first thing that the longtime onsite mechanic does is curse...

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Bay Area: Council Ready to Tackle Transit Village

San Mateo Daily Journal

With more than 25 hours of public hearings under its belt, the San Carlos Planning Commission last month agreed the environmental review of the proposed Transit Village is complete even if several members didn't care for its conclusions...

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Detroit: Vast Land Deal Divides City

New York Times

John Hantz says he has a dream: to purchase 140 acres of derelict land in the heart of Detroit and turn it into the world's "largest urban farm."..

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Santa Monica: City to Consider Slowing Development

Santa Monica Patch

The volume of requests to develop property in Santa Monica, now and in the past 2½ years, is more than City Hall anticipated, says Planning Director David Martin...

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