Reconnecting America People * Places * Possibility

News: Encouraging Bike Riding, Civil Engineering The Future, Texas Rail Plan On Track, Delays If Honolulu Switches To BRT, Nashville BRT Road Widening

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.

National: To Encourage Cycling, Cities Forget Helmets

New York Times

ONE spectacular Sunday in Paris last month, I decided to skip museums and shopping to partake of something even more captivating for an environment reporter: Vélib, arguably the most successful bike-sharing program in the world...

Read On

Houston: Civil Engineers Focus on Building Future

Houston Chronicle

The job outlook is promising for civil engineers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of civil engineers is expected to grow 19.4 percent between now and 2020...

Read On

Dallas: Rail Plan Demonstrates Growing Agency Clout

Fort Worth Star Telegram

Many people thought the TEX Rail/Cotton Belt project -- a proposed commuter rail line stretching 62 miles from Fort Worth to Plano -- would never get on track...

Read On

International: High Tech Cars Can't Fix Problem

The Financial

Developing countries need to transition to a low-carbon transport sector now to avoid locking themselves into an unsustainable and costly future, says a new report released by the World Bank...

Read On

Tampa: Streetcar Destination Uncertain

Tampa Tribune

Mayor Bob Buckhorn recently proposed a way to rescue Tampa's streetcar system from its ridership sinkhole: Eliminate fares, even at the cost of losing more than $600,000 in annual revenue...

Read On

New York: Senator Sees Urgency for New Rail Tunnels

Wall Street Journal

Comments by New York Sen. Charles Schumer on Friday created a new sense of urgency around a project to increase railroad service between New Jersey and New York, as upcoming construction in Hudson Yards could seal off the space needed to build the two new tunnels...

Read On

National: How Center Opening Caused Subway Surge

Transportation Nation

It turns out you can have a 19,000 seat NBA Arena, in a crowded residential neighborhood with almost no dedicated parking and still not snarl traffic during a sold out show ... at least for one opening night concert...

Read On

Honolulu: BRT Plan Will Push Back Federal Clock

The Republic

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye says an alternative transit plan introduced by Honolulu mayoral candidate Ben Cayetano would force federal delays for funding and send $1.55 billion in allocated funds back to the federal government...

Read On

Nashville: BRT Plan on a Winding Road

Nashville Tennessean 

Nashville transportation officials on Thursday said that construction of the proposed East-West Connector bus rapid transit project could extend into 2016...

Read On

National: Challenges Preserving Historic Neighborhoods

Washington Post

While restoring and remodeling historic homes is a daunting task, preserving historic neighborhoods facing change likewise can be difficult. Knowing what to do - and what not to do - to both preserve and renovate a historic house is usually informed by well-understood design standards and practices...

Read On

Ann Arbor: Sustainability Goals Shape Corridor Study

Ann Arbor Chronicle

Two projects converged at the most recent planning commission meeting: A draft report of a South State Street corridor study, and next steps toward incorporating the city's new sustainability goals into its master plan...

Read On

Greenville: City Seeks Ways to Stave Off Gentrification

Greenville Online

Three years later, Sylvester Choice still drives through his old neighborhood and the yellow house where he raised his children. He takes the blue minivan down Cleveirvine, so close to Cleveland Park you can watch the softball games..

Read On

National: Donovan - Not Time to Cut Mortgage Tax Break

Wall Street Journal

With the housing market beginning to recover, the U.S. should not make major changes to tax breaks for homeowners, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan says...

Read On

DC: A New Federal District in SW?

Washington City Paper

The Southwest quadrant has some problems. We all know it. Today, the General Services Administration took a step toward fixing it...

Read On