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News: Neglected SF Transit Maintenance, Paris City Gardens App, Modernizing Caltrain, Louisiana Super Region

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.

San Francisco: Agency Has Neglected Maintenance

SF Weekly

In early 2011, Dorian Maxwell decided he'd rather not set foot on a Muni bus. That's a decision thousands of fellow San Franciscans make every day - but in Maxwell's case, it loomed larger. He was a bus driver...

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National: City Gardens App Finds Green Space

Fast Company (via @walkanomics)

Paris is a city of more than 400 gardens, and CityGardens is a smartphone app born from a walk in one of those parks. While out on a family gathering at the Buttes Chaumonts park in Paris, app co-founder Philippe Pujau says he had a spark of inspiration. ..

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Santa Monica: City Resets Parking Meter System

New York Times (via Streetsblog LA)

It is a ritual known by tourists and residents alike: circling the blocks looking for an open parking spot and noticing that the meter still has plenty of time left on it? Why, what a lucky day...

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Bay Area: Modernizing Caltrain Could Boost Economy


A study released Tuesday by the Bay Area Council says electrifying Caltrain from Santa Clara County up to San Francisco could deliver as much as $2.5 billion in economic benefits, including 9,600 new jobs in the Bay Area...

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Louisiana: Rail Could Bind LA Super Region

The Advocate

Passenger rail service between Baton Rouge and New Orleans could be a significant piece of glue binding the state's two major economic engines, say economic development officials...

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Chicago: CTA Makes Ticket Deal with Groupon

VC Star

Chicago's transit agency will receive nearly $2 million in upfront cash from Groupon in a deal announced Wednesday to offer three-day passes on the daily bargain website...

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International: Are Tories Backtracking on HSR?

Daily Mail UK

Senior ministers are backing away from plans for a controversial high speed rail link between London and Birmingham, it was claimed yesterday. The connection, which aims to cut the journey time between the two cities to less than 50 minutes, was given the go-ahead in January...

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National: Apple Draws Fire in Dropping Transit Directions

Transportation Nation

Early adopting gadget lovers tend to love transit, but for once, they feel left behind by Apple. The tech giant rolled out a slew of new products and features on Monday including a new operating system for iPhones and iPads...

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Las Vegas: Vision for Downtown Ambitious, Needed

Las Vegas Weekly

As a journalist my job is to be skeptical, and given the incessant flimflammery in Las Vegas, I think I was entitled to be extra wary of the Tony Hsieh-Zappos-Downtown craze...

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Oakland: Army Base Redevelopment Clears Hurdle

Contra Costa Times (via inFOCUS)

A plan to redevelop Oakland's long-shuttered Army Base cleared a crucial hurdle Tuesday on its way to a final vote next week, but city negotiators say they will continue to work to ensure that the nearly $1 billion development will maximize job opportunities for city residents...

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DC: The Apartment Iceberg on the Horizon

Washington City Paper

It's not news by now that developers and landlords are on edge about the wave of new housing stock that will hit next year, after a long drought (that graph at right pretty much sums up the situation). They're just getting even more strident about it...

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International: Urge Rio on Population & Consumption

BBC News

More than 100 science academies around the world have called on world leaders to take action on population and consumption at the Rio+20 summit. They say past failures on these issues threaten the natural world and prospects for future generations...

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International: Melbourne to Expand Growth Boundaries

Property Observer

Melbourne's urban growth boundary will extend outwards over the next 20 years to incorporate six new fringe suburbs and provide new homes for up to 100,000 people...

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Twin Cities: Six Projects on Transit Line Get Loans

Minnesota Post

Hennepin County commissioners approved more than $2 million in loans for six development projects along transit corridors. The board members, meeting as the Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, approved loans Tuesday for Transit-Oriented Development funding for four projects in Minneapolis, one in Richfield and one in Hopkins...

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