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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.

Toronto: Operating Agreement Reached for LRT

Mass Transit Magazine

Metrolinx and the Toronto Transit Commission have reached an agreement on the operations and maintenance of Toronto's four new provincially-funded light rail transit (LRT) lines...

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Honolulu: Local Officials Boosted by FTA Report

Business Journals

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation officials said Thursday that an independent review of their financial plan by the Federal Transit Administration is proof that it is "reasonable and able withstand and successfully address risks" of building and operating the city's elevated-rail project...

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Twin Cities: A Streetcar Corridor in Minneapolis?

Minneapolis Star Tribune

The idea of establishing a streetcar or "enhanced bus" corridor along Nicollet Avenue through downtown Minneapolis and up Central Avenue NE. is drawing residents to open houses where city planners are asking for opinions...

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San Francisco: Squabbles Block Clipper on AirBART

San Francisco Chronicle

The 787,000 people who ride the AirBART bus from the Oakland Coliseum BART Station to the nearby Oakland International Airport each year can't pay with the convenient Clipper card...

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National: No Talk of Cities in the Debates

New York Times City Room

For all the thousands of words that poured out of President Obama and Mitt Romney in their debate Wednesday night, neither man could find room for a word that applies to more Americans than just about any other: cities...

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Los Angeles: Land Transformation in Real Estate Coming

Press Enterprise

As California's residential real estate industry leaders heard predictions for 1.3 percent growth in 2013 in Anaheim yesterday, a panel of commercial developers who gathered in Ontario told the local chapter of the Urban Land Institute that blueprints are being unfurled for major new home projects...

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San Francisco: City's Affordable Housing Proposition

Next American City

Want to find affordably housing in San Francisco? Good luck. The 47-square-mile peninsula has some of the highest home purchase and rental prices in the country...

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International: M&M Byproduct Creates Blue Honey

NBC News/Reuters

Bees at a cluster of apiaries in northeastern France have been producing honey in mysterious shades of blue and green, alarming their keepers who now believe residue from containers of M&M's candy processed at a nearby biogas plant is the cause...

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Fremont: City Hires PR Firm to Promote Tech Image

San Jose Mercury News

City of Fremont has entered an agreement with a South Bay public relations firm to promote the city as a first-class, business-friendly Silicon Valley town...

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International: North Korea's Pyongyang, Internal Oz 

The Daily Record

From here, Pyongyang can seem like a dream. At what passes for rush hour on a Wednesday morning, there are few sounds in Kaesong's main traffic circle but the gentle squeak of bicycles and a tinny loudspeaker blaring anthems to Kim Jong Un, the baby-faced ruler who took power after his father's December death..

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Durham: City May Package Zoning, Utility Decisions

Herald Sun

Developers could see their forum-shopping opportunities to choose between city or county zoning review dry up if a legal move urged by City Manager Tom Bonfield and his staff gains approval...

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