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News: CAHSR Blessing, Elecric Freight, TOD Impact On VMT, Light Rail Benefits Research, Berlin's Cheap Rents, Portland Downtown

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.
TRANSPORT

California: HSR Project Given Conditional Blessing

Sacramento Bee


The latest plan for building a California bullet train system got a very conditional blessing Tuesday from a "peer review committee" of transportation experts...

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Los Angeles: An Electric Solution for Freeway Freight

Los Angeles Times


Los Angeles may be one of the first global cities to adopt a new electric freight trucking system, unveiled by electrical engineering giant Siemens Corp. last week at the 26th Electric Vehicle Symposium, or EVS26...

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Report: Danbury Branch Program TOD Planning

TRB TRIS


This report presents an evaluation of transit-oriented development (TOD) opportunities within the Danbury Branch study corridor as a component of the Federal Transit Administration Alternatives Analysis/ Draft Environmental Impact Statement (FTA) prepared for the Connecticut Department of Transportation...

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Research: Effect of TOD on VMT in Carlsbad CA

TRB TRIS


This paper examines the influence of transit-oriented development (TOD) on vehicle miles traveled (VMT). Better knowledge of the performance of TOD can aid communities to pursue efficient development policies and incentivize the public and private sectors to fund pedestrian and transit-oriented projects to spur more development of TODs...

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Research: Economic Benefits of Hudson Bergen Line

TRB TRID


This paper analyzes how newly constructed Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) in New Jersey affects a job opportunity in Environmental Justice (EJ) neighborhoods around HBLR stations...

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Research: Traffic Congestion on Dense Corridors Less

TRB TRID


The study investigated the link between land use, travel behavior, and traffic congestion. Popular wisdom suggests that higher-density development patterns may be beneficial in reducing private vehicle dependency and use, which if true, could hold important implications for urban transportation planning and related goals such as congestion relief, air quality, and sustainability...

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Los Angeles: HSR Chief Seeks Enviro Exemptions

Los Angeles Times


The chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority says in a state Senate hearing that he hopes the initial phase of the construction project through the Central Valley can avoid legal delays...

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National: Rep Price - Obama Doesn't Get Gas Prices

The Hill


Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) alleged Wednesday that President Obama is "tone-deaf" on energy policy, the latest signal that falling gasoline prices won't stop Republican attacks on the White House...

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URBANISM/HOUSING/CITIES

International: History Behind Berlin's Cheap Rents

Next American City


As soon as one begins trying to understand why rents are currently rising so sharply in Berlin, there's one question that immediately and unavoidably comes to mind: Why have the rents historically been so low in the first place?..

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Portland: Is Lloyd District the Next Downtown?

Portland Tribune


That was the vision for the blocks around the Lloyd Center adopted by the City Council when it approved the Central City Plan in 1988. A 2007 analysis shows the area is zoned for nearly 32 million square feet of additional development, including more than 11,000 new housing units...

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