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News: Honolulu Fed Funding, $353M Passenger Railcar Purchase, Barriers To Passenger Rail, Tolling Federal Highways, Austin Auto-Ped Fatalities

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: AASHTO Gets a New Executive Director


Frederick "Bud" Wright, a former executive director of the Federal Highway Administration, will lead the association that represents state transportation departments...

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Hawaii: Feds to Sign Grant Agreement for Rail Soon

Honolulu Star Advertiser

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation will sign a full-funding grant agreement with the Federal Transit Administration to provide $1.55 billion for the Oahu rail project, Hawaii's congressional delegation announced today...

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National: $352M for New Passenger Railcars

ENews Park Forest

Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Ann L. Schneider and leaders from Sumitomo Corporation of America (SCOA) to announce that Illinois-based Nippon Sharyo has been awarded a $352 million contract from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)...

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Research: Barriers to Passenger Rail

Transportation Reviews Journal

Research has shown that even when rail travel is the most cost-effective mode of transport for a particular journey, many travellers will still choose other modes...

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National: Time for Tolling on Federal Highways?

National Journal Transportation Experts

As long as we're touching sacred cows--I refer to the previous post on the gas tax--let's talk about tolling on interstate highways. Is it time to revisit this question?..

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Dallas: Ideas for Expanding Streetcar is Brewing

Dallas Morning News

Bringing back the streetcar as viable transportation is something near and dear to many in Dallas, particularly in and around downtown...

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Austin: Auto-Ped Deaths Reach Record High

Austin American Statesman

With six weeks still to go, 2012 ranks as the deadliest year for pedestrians and cyclists in Austin history. Austin has posted 28 auto-pedestrian fatalities and three auto-cyclist fatalities this year..

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National: Mayor's Warn of Fiscal Cliff Toll on Cities


The so-called fiscal cliff looming on Jan. 1 will increase taxes on just about all Americans and hamper an array of federal programs. But its effect will be particularly crippling for American cities...

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Ottawa: Freeze Urban Boundary, Planners Say

Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa has room for so many new houses that there is no need to expand its suburban development boundary, its planning chief wrote Monday in a private memo to city councillors...

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International: Belfast Renaissance Marred by Motorways

Irish Times

The new Northern Ireland Part III: In Belfast, they call it the "Shatterzone". The resonant term sums up the immense damage done to the fabric of tight urban neighbourhoods by motorways and feeder routes hacked through by roads engineers as they refashioned the city to cater for a motorised society...

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International: Transit Corridors Fuel Condo Demand

Vancouver Sun

The number of sales may be down in multi-family developments, but buyers are still keen on new homes in highrises near transit lines, Colliers International's most recent residential real estate report for Metro Vancouver found...

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International: Reclaiming the City for Street Vendors

The Hindu (via @tirpakma)

The streets of every city in the country are not only home to tens of thousands of working poor and destitute men and women, they are also vibrant hubs of livelihood for impoverished people; and reliable sites for cheap and affordable retail...

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