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News: Mongolian BRT, More Women Take Transit, Charlotte Streetcar Politics, San Jose Zipcar Project

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.

International: Polluted Mongolian City Turns to BRT


On the streets of Ulan Bator a people renowned for their horse riding skills have to contend every day with ever more Hummers, Land Cruisers and Range Rovers. Mongolia's vast open steppes and deserts stretch for hundreds upon hundreds of kilometres (miles), and it has the lowest population density of any country in the world. But with its economy rocketing on the back of a mining boom the capital is the planet's second most polluted city after Ahvaz in Iran, according to the World Health Organisation, and suffers from dire congestion....

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National: ACS - More Women Take Transit Than Men

Transportation Nation

The latest data from the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census show: Of the people who take public transportation to work, 50.5 percent are women and 49.5 percent are male...

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Twin Cities: Rush Line Buses Roll Forward

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Commuters from north Washington County now are assured of ongoing weekday bus service into downtown St. Paul because of a new agreement with the Metropolitan Council...

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Charlotte: Will Mayor Punish Streetcar's Foes?

Charlotte Observer

The stalemate over the city of Charlotte's capital plan is spilling into the 2013 city elections, with at-large council member Claire Fallon saying she believes Mayor Anthony Foxx, a fellow Democrat, is trying to push her out of office for not backing a streetcar...

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San Jose: City Creates a Pilot Project for Zipcars

San Jose Mercury News

In an attempt to slow global warming and follow through on its green initiative and General Plan goals, the city of San Jose has developed a pilot program to offer car-sharing throughout downtown and into the midtown area. The pilot will last until March 2014...

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Boise: Are City's Trees Bringing More Wildlife

Idaho Statesman

Carl Whiting was working at the Warm Springs Golf Course one morning last year when he noticed he was being followed as he puttered about the grounds in a small utility vehicle...

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DC: H Street Attracts Buyers

North Jersey

"It's been a very difficult and eye-opening journey," said Anthony Davis, 41, a Paterson resident who works for a marketing firm in Manhattan. When he and his then-fiancée bought their second home in the Poconos in the late 1990s, he had envisioned happily whiling away weekends in a park-like setting...

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Denver: Non-Profit Nabs TOD for Low Income Residents

Denver Post

The first chunk of money from Colorado's portion of a massive national settlement with mortgage lenders is helping purchase a low-income housing project near a FasTracks commuter-rail line...

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Los Angeles: Expo Line Draws a Development Rush

KCRW (via @streetsblogSF)

The Expo Line trains are expected to roll into in Santa Monica by 2015. But here at the end of 2012, signs of the line's extension are already popping up all over this city by the sea...

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Vancouver BC: Broadway Transit Plan's Density Issues

Globe and Mail

When rapid transit arrives some time before the end of the decade on Vancouver's busy east-west Broadway corridor, the city says it will be ready with a plan for increased office space and housing all along it...

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San Antonio: VIA's Sleek New Rapid Buses

San Antonio Express News

On an overcast weekday morning, Rogelio Barrientos held on to his cane and stood at a crowded bus stop on Fredericksburg Road, waiting to catch the number 92 bus...

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