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News: Salt Lake Streetcar, LRT & Columbia Crossing, Caltrain Tax Plan, Vancouver Mayors Reject Transit Taxes

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.

Salt Lake City: Davis Trax/Streetcar Under Study Again

Salt Lake Tribune

Imagine a streetcar or TRAX line running through Bountiful, Woods Cross and North Salt Lake that ties into the existing TRAX system near the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City...

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Vancouver WA: LRT Defining Part of CRC Bridge


Light rail is built into the definition of the multi-billion dollar I-5 Columbia River Crossing project, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation...

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Hawaii: Court Upholds Oahu Rail Contract

Business Week

A state appeals court is upholding Honolulu's handling of a half-billion dollar contract for the construction of a commuter rail line...

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International: Court Upholds Dehli BRT

Daily Mail

Much to the delight of the Delhi government, the Delhi High Court on Thursday rejected a plea demanding scrapping of the 5.8-km Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor in south Delhi...

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San Francisco: Caltrain Tax Plan Gains Steam

SF Examiner

Encouraging signs of support for sales tax ballot measures in San Mateo County could help provide Caltrain with a long-sought dedicated funding mechanism...

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Vancouver: Mayors Turn Down Property Taxes for Transit

Vancouver Sun

Metro Vancouver mayors voted Thursday to reject a proposed temporary increase in property taxes to pay for expanded transit. Instead, they gave the B.C. government an ultimatum to come up with new ways to pay for TransLink by February or face cuts to transit services...

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National: Cycle Hire, A New Model

New York Times Green

Municipal bike sharing has rolled into dozens of American cities, from Washington to Oklahoma City to San Francisco. Now a Massachusetts start-up called Zagster aims to take the idea of bicycles on demand and deliver it to university and corporate campuses, apartment complexes, hotels and resorts...

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Charlotte: LRT Hopeful Biz Could be Pushed by Garage

WSOC TV Charlotte

After growing business for years, it seems Nona's Sweets could be soured by the Lynx Blue Line extension. "We are devastated that the light rail is putting a parking deck where we currently are," said Dominica Clementi with Nona's Sweets...

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Bay Area: Walnut Creek TOD Project Moves Forward

Contra Costa Times

After eight years of wrangling, the City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to move the BART Transit Village apartment-and-retail project toward its first construction phase...

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National: Transport Norms Being Revised for City Dev

Wall Street Journal Live Mint

The urban development ministry is revising guidelines to promote transit-oriented development of cities, which will involve development of a robust public transport system before urban centres are allowed to permit taller buildings and mixed-land usage, said Sudhir Krishna, urban development secretary...

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Twin Cities: Met Council Revising Look Into Future

Minneapolis Star Tribune

When the Metropolitan Council last assembled a framework for how the seven-county Twin Cities region could sustain its projected development and population 30 years into the future...

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San Francisco: Transbay Tower Plans Get OK

San Francisco Chronicle

Plans for the soaring, 1,070-foot-tall Transbay Tower received their final approvals from the Planning Commission Thursday, clearing the way for construction of what will become the city's tallest building...

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National: How Experts Would Fix Cities? Special Report 

Business Week

The world has become increasingly urban-more than 50 percent of the globe's population now live in cities. How can we make them more sustainable, efficient, and prosperous?..

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