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News: LaHood Future Unclear, Twin Cities LRT Intrigue, San Antonio Streetcar Money, Cars Replace China Bikes

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.
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National: Observers Unclear on LaHood's Future

The Hill


Transportation observers are unclear of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's future in President Obama's second term. LaHood said publicly as early as October 2011 that he planned to step down if Obama was reelected, as the president was on Tuesday night...

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Twin Cities: Corporate Intrigue on the SW LRT Line

Finance and Commerce (via @mzstrat)


Large businesses meeting privately about transit investments. If the Southwest Light Rail Transit line comes to fruition, a pair of stations could land within a mile of Comcast Corp.'s Minnetonka call center, northwest of Highways 612 and 169...

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San Antonio: Washing State Money for the Streetcar

San Antonio Express News


Local transportation officials might have found a way to avoid a legal battle over the hotly debated use of transportation sales tax revenue to build VIA Metropolitan Transit's downtown streetcar system...

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Vancouver: Plan B for LRT/BRT Looking Likely

Columbian


A day after voters rejected a sales tax increase to help pay for light rail, at least one group offered its answer to an inevitable question. Now what?..

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International: Cars Replacing Bikes in China

Edmonton Journal


The bicycles that once ruled China's streets have largely been replaced by cars and electric scooters. So many Chinese citizens have purchased cars that traffic jams now are common in major cities. The country's recently built toll highways are also now heavily travelled...

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International: LRT Plans for Kazakhstan

The Financial


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development believes that modern urban transport is crucial for cities and also for whole countries as they strive to develop modern economies...

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URBANISM | HOUSING | CITIES | ENVIRONMENT

Research: Complexity of Land Use and Travel Behavior

TRB TRID


Characteristics of the built environment, such as the mixture of land uses, transportation infrastructure, and neighborhood design, have often been associated with reduced automobile use and increased walking and transit use...

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Nashville: US 70 Development Incorperates TOD

Tenneseean


A mixed-use project centered around nearly 400 upscale apartments in Lebanon is under way, with the eventual goal to tie it all into existing commuter rail, which includes a new train stop...

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Vancouver BC: Mayor Says Mixed Income Housing Key

Vancouver Sun


It was the proximity of family and a job offer her husband just couldn't refuse that ultimately convinced American lawyer and new mom April Mackoff to trade in her home in Washington D.C. for British Columbia's West Coast seven months ago...

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National: Transit Villages Raise Air Quality Questions

Patriot News


Transit-oriented development - the clustering of homes, shops and services around transit hubs like rail stations and bus terminals - is intended to promote a more healthful lifestyle...

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