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News: LaHood's Future, UTA Opens Front Runner, Columbia Pike Streetcar, CA HSR Brawl, TOAH Fund Honored

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: LaHood Talks About Staying

Politico


Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood looks like he'll be sticking around DOT into President Barack Obama's second term...

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Utah: UTA Marks the Opening of the Front Runner

Progressive Railroading


The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) will host a celebration tomorrow for the Dec. 10 opening of the new FrontRunner South commuter-rail line between Salt Lake City and Provo...

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Virginia: Columbia Pike Streetcar Options Mulled

Washington Post


While Arlington County awaits word on whether it will receive federal transit funds for the planned Columbia Pike streetcar, elected officials have been weighing their options on who will manage the project and the size and type of streetcars they prefer...

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Virginia: Pentagon Streetcar Study Will Cost More

Washington Business Journal


Arlington County's dream of a Crystal City to Pentagon City streetcar line, and Alexandria's decision to defer its role in a Route 1 streetcar study, will cost Arlington's commercial and industrial taxpayers an additional $664,000...

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California: Tax Backers Look to Change 66% Law

Los Angeles Times


L.A. County's transit tax missed the two-thirds approval needed to pass by less than 1 percentage point. Some blame Proposition 13 for creating too high a threshold...

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St. Louis: Rethinking Highways in the City 

St. Louis Public Radio


The creation of the new I-70 bridge over the Mississippi just north of downtown has created renewed interest in a plan to remove the part of I-70 that currently runs through downtown...

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National: CA HSR Brawl Hits the House Floor

Politico


What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but what happens in California is never so shy. Or so it seems in the case of a homegrown, Golden State partisan brawl over high-speed rail that has spilled onto the House floor and into year-end budget negotiations...

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Ottawa: City Digs in for Light Rail Line

Globe and Mail


After years of debate and delays, the City of Ottawa unveiled final plans for a $2.1-billion light rail "Confederation Line" that will run underground through the city's downtown core...

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URBANISM | HOUSING | CITIES | ENVIRONMENT

International: Asian Cities' Air Quality Getting Worse

New York Times


Air pollution has worsened markedly in Asian cities in recent years and presents a growing threat to human health, according to experts at a conference that began on Wednesday...

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Bay Area: TOAH Fund Receives EPA Honorable Mention

EPA


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today recognized the Bay Area Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing Fund (TOAH) as an honorable mention recipient of the 2012 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement in the category of Programs and Policies for TOAH's work to provide financing for affordable housing development and community services throughout the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area...

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Philadelphia: New Zoning Code Already Facing Revisions

Philadelphia Enquirer


The ink on Philadelphia's zoning reform has barely dried, but Council nonetheless held an epic committee hearing Tuesday to debate changes to a code that took four years to write...

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Minneapolis: Developers Weigh in on SW LRT

Twin Cities Finance and Commerce


Input could help shape station plans, alignment. Hopkins officials had a sense the site chosen for the Southwest Light Rail Transit line's Blake Road Station might have problems...

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