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News: LA Line Gets Fed ROD, Miami Airport Rail Connection, Honolulu Design OK, Cutting Stops To Speed Service

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.  The Chatter, commentary and opposition articles will be found towards the bottom.

Los Angeles: Crenshaw Line Gets ROD from FTA

Daily Breeze

The Federal Transit Administration issued its final approval of plans for a $1.72 billion transit line along Crenshaw Boulevard, running from the Green Line near Los Angeles International Airport to the Expo Line, it was announced today...

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Miami: New Rail Connection to Miami Airport

Transportation Nation

For close to three years, Miami-Dade Transit workers have been banging out 2.4 miles of track. And now AirportLink Metrorail - a rail connection to Miami International Airport - is slated to be finished this spring...

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Hawaii: FTA Approves Honolulu Final Design

Progressive Railroading

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has accepted the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation's transit-rail project for final design, which is the last phase of the project's development before the agency can execute a Full Funding Grant Agreement with the FTA, Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle announced...

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National: Will Transportation Bill Be Forever Extension?

National Journal Transportation Experts

The countdown has begun to the Jan. 31 deadline when the current authorization for the Federal Aviation Administration expires. At the last check, lawmakers were no closer to a resolution on their disagreements than they were in September...

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San Francisco: Eliminate Stops to Speed Service?

The Bay Citizen (via Streetsblog SF) 

Nick Rougley, a student housing coordinator at the Art Institute of San Francisco, commutes every day from the Fillmore to Civic Center. Sometimes he takes the 5-Fulton Muni bus for the mile-long trip...

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Denver: Louisville's Preservation Incentives

Boulder Daily Camera

The city approved a novel program Tuesday night that offers a $10,000 "signing bonus" and $75,000 in flexible grants to commercial property owners who agree to preserve their historic buildings...

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Raleigh: City OKs Train Station Site

Raleigh News and Observer

A vacant manufacturing building in downtown's warehouse district should serve as the home for a new train station, City Council members unanimously voted Tuesday...

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Toronto: Will Region Look at Aerial Ropeways?

Toronto Star (via @halbur)

Mayor Rob Ford seems to favour tunneling transit underground in Toronto. But a growing number of international cities, including some in Canada, are casting their eyes to the sky at an unconventional mode that's cheaper, cleaner and quicker to build than subways and light rail...

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Vancouver: Cambie Corridor Puts City to the Test

Globe and Mail

For all its charms - its seaside and mountain views, greenery and fresh air - Vancouver remains a decidedly suburban city. It's traditionally been much more about CPR land transformed into residential enclaves than the right blend of high-density, mixed use and transit access that defines urbanism...

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Austin: 208 Acre Mixed Use Development Planned

Austin American Statesman

With 208 acres of rolling, city-owned land as a backdrop, Austin officials announced Wednesday that the city would be creating a mixed-income, mixed-use, environmentally friendly development in a hardscrabble slice of far East Austin...

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