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News: Detroit Transit Vision, Texrail Project Map, Funding Colorado Fastracks, HOT Lanes Spreading, Charlotte Streetcar Caution

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.

Twin Cities: Feds Given More Time to Assess SW LRT

Minneapolis Star Tribune

A relatively obscure federal agency has been awarded extra time to weigh in on the proposed Southwest Corridor light-rail line...

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Los Angeles: Transit Tax Measure Loses, Streetcar Wins


Bittersweet news has hit Los Angeles transit advocates over the past two days. First, Measure J, the L.A. County November 6 ballot initiative to extend a sales tax dedicated to transportation projects by 30 years, lost by nearly a half a percentage point, according to the final ballot tally posted Sunday...

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Detroit: Rapid Transit Plans Along Woodward

M Live

It's a transportation project more vast than the M-1 Woodward light rail project. "They're only going to New Center; we're going all the way to Pontiac," said Carmine Polombo, the Director of Transportation Planning with SEMCOG, whose organization is planning the project. ..

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Fort Worth: Texrail Project Interactive Map

Fort Worth Star Telegram

The TEX Rail/Cotton Belt commuter line promises to be the next huge transportation project in North Texas. Sometime in the next month or so, a confidential plan to enlist the help of outside developers to pay for the passenger rail line...

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Denver: RTD Touts New Plan to Fund Fastracks Projects

Denver Post

A plan to produce $277 million to fund a portion of the FasTracks commuter project in the northern suburbs is being advanced by transportation planners in hopes of having some pieces close to running in five years...

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National: Controversial HOT Lanes Spread Nationally

USA Today

Highway lanes that charge cars rising tolls as traffic increases are becoming the future for the USA's clogged urban expressways. A dozen now operate across the nation and another 18 are under development...

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Charlotte: Chamber Leaders Cautious About Streetcar

Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte Chamber, a longtime backer of mass transit, hasn't endorsed the city's $119 million streetcar extension, sparking tension with Mayor Anthony Foxx...

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Norfolk: Virginia Beach Could Opt for Buses Over LRT

Virginian Pilot

Light rail has a power base that can raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. Bus Rapid Transit? It's more likely to raise questions about what it is, exactly...

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Houston: Officials Talking Like U Line Will Continue

Houston Chronicle

There was a lot of gloom and doom about the effect last month's referendum vote would have on transit rail lines in Houston, but none of it is coming from Metropolitan Transit Authority officials...

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National: Three Ways to Move Housing Policy Forward

US News and World Report

Even after a historic boom and bust, it's clear that housing plays a critical role in the well-being of families, communities, and the nation as a whole. So why didn't we hear more about housing during the presidential campaign?..

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International: A Taller Denser Brisbane

Brisbane Times

Brisbane City Council has latched onto a federal government report to justify the push for a taller, denser city outlined in the hotly debated draft City Plan 2012, now before the state government for approval...

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International: How Strong is a Lego Brick?


It's not just children who like to build towers with Lego - the internet is alive with discussion on how many Lego bricks, stacked one on top of the other, it would take to destroy the bottom brick. So what's the answer? ..

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Houston: Exxon's New Sprawl Campus


Anyone who's visited The Woodlands recently has heard the buzz about the big new neighbor moving in. ExxonMobil acquired 385 acres of undeveloped forest just south of The Woodlands a few years ago, and now is busily erecting what will soon become its largest corporate complex worldwide, with 10,000 workers...

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International: No One Likes a City That's Too Smart

Guardian UK

his week London hosts a jamboree of computer geeks, politicians, and urban planners from around the world. At the Urban Age conference, they will discuss the latest whizz idea in high tech, the "smart city"...

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New York: Despite Flood Risk, City Edge Development

New York Times

On the last Sunday in October, with the storm on its way, railroad workers in yellow slickers unrolled a 90-foot-long rubber bladder at the gaping mouth of a tunnel on the West Side of Manhattan...

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