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News: California HSR Business Plan, Open Rail Data, Paying For Transpo Bill, City With Most Global Clout, Housing Affordability & Density

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.

California: State Updates HSR Business Plan


California officials on Monday unveiled a major overhaul of a controversial plan to build a high-speed rail system in the state, slashing the cost by some $30 billion, to $68.4 billion, and addressing other criticisms of the massive project...

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Boston: 40% in Survey Want to Bail Out MBTA

Boston Globe

A state bailout of the cash-strapped MBTA won the backing of 40 percent of Massachusetts voters surveyed in a new Boston Globe poll, outstripping those who said they would categorically oppose an infusion of aid...

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International: Student Beats Pros With Open Rail Data

Guardian UK

How useful is open government data really? How much can you use to build things that make a difference to people's lives? It turns out that some of the most useful is the least dramatic. Recently, the Association of Train Operating Companies opened up its own data vaults to the world. ..

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National: Paying for a Transportation Bill

National Journal Transportation Experts Blog

Last week was a high-drama in Washington as lawmakers ticked down to the final days before the federal highway authority was set to expire. They extended it. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief. Congress went home for two weeks...

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National: Congress Could Slash Dev Tax Credits

Twin Cities Finance & Commerce

Popular tax credits used in development are on chopping block. Developers in Minnesota and around the country are watching closely to see if Congress closes the nation's budget deficit and delivers tax cuts by ending subsidies they have used to build housing and workplaces...

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National: Servers Crash Under Weight of 1940 Census


Embarrassed by a computer system that crumbled under public demand, the National Archives and Records Administration said Monday that it's working to add more servers for the release of 1940 Census records. For more users the wait to see records on family members from the Great Depression era will go on for a while longer...

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National: Metro to Spend $750K to Save MLK Tree

Houston Chronicle

In 1980, when the Metropolitan Transit Authority was two years old and a world away from laying light rail tracks, activists called upon the Houston City Council to erect a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the esplanade of MLK Blvd. at Old Spanish Trail...

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National: New York Beats London w Most Global Clout


New York ranks first as a global business center in a worldwide survey of cities, the fourth such recognition of its influence in the past five months. London, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong trail New York on the Global Cities Index, released today by Bloomberg Rankings. ..

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Vancouver CA: No Housing Affordability w/o Density

Vancouver Sun

Vancouver is a victim of its own success. Its remarkable natural beauty, resilient economy and geographic location continue to attract newcomers to the city from within Canada and abroad. And there's no sign that this influx of new residents will slow over the next 30 years...

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