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News: San Antonio Streetcar Plan, Trains Parked In Flood Zone, Judge Backs CAHSR, Bay Area Transit Needs, 66% Yes Not Enough

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.  The Chatter, commentary and opposition articles will be found towards the bottom.
TRANSPORT

San Antonio: Streetcar Plan Approved by TTC

San Antonio Express News


The Texas Transportation Commission approved taking $92 million in state dollars set aside for U.S. 281 and Loop 1604 and putting it toward VIA Metropolitan Transit's downtown streetcar system...

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New Jersey: Trains Put in Flood Zone Despite Warnings

Reuters


New Jersey Transit's struggle to recover from Superstorm Sandy is being compounded by a pre-storm decision to park much of its equipment in two rail yards that forecasters predicted would flood, a move that resulted in damage to one-third of its locomotives and a quarter of its passenger cars...

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International: Kenyans On Board with Nairobi Rail

Christian Science Monitor


In the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, which is wracked by traffic jams ranking among the world's worst, getting in and out of the city is a challenging task. So it is no surprise that riders of its newly launched commuter rail are enthusiastic...

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California: Judge Backs California HSR Over Farmers

USA Today


A judge denied a request Friday from Central Valley farmers who sought to halt work on California's ambitious high-speed rail project, allowing work on the $68 billion project to continue at an aggressive pace...

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Bay Area: More Trains, Second Tube Needed

San Francisco Examiner


In the coming years, BART is going to have a lot more riders than it can handle, which means the transit agency is going to need a lot more money to buy a lot more trains...

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National: Mica to Lose Transportation Post

Orlando Sentinel (via Streetsblog DC) 


U.S. Rep. John Mica, newly elected to his 11th term in Congress, is fighting this week to keep his place within the Republican leadership -- even though the Winter Park legislator is unlikely to stay atop the powerful House transportation committee...

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National: Who Could be Next Transpo Secretary?

Governing


As President Barack Obama begins his transition into a second term, transportation stakeholders and advocates are wondering who he'll tap to join his cabinet as the next transportation secretary...

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Bay Area: Alameda County Tax Measure Loses at 66%

Contra Costa Times


Alameda County's Measure B1 is an apparent loser. It would have increased the county's transportation sales tax to a full 1 cent and made it permanent...

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Research: Funding for New and Small Starts Projects

Government Accountability Office


Local funding exceeded total federal funding contributions for the 25 New Starts projects, accounting for $16.3 billion, or almost half, of $33.8 billion of total project funding (see figure below) from October 2004 through June 2012...

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International: Can East End Ever Rival Silicon Valley

Guardian UK


Is east London's digital revolution really happening or is it just a PR exercise? There is certainly a large news flow...

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Seattle: Sound Transit to Study Ballard Service

Seattle Post Intelligencer


The city of Seattle and Sound Transit will look into new "high-capacity" transit between Seattle and Ballard, under an arrangement the agency's board approved Thursday...

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URBANISM | HOUSING | CITIES | ENVIRONMENT

National: Walkability Driving Developers, Market

Washington Post


Before he moved to his current U Street neighborhood - and to Dupont Circle before that - Doug Rogers knew exactly how long it would take to walk to the Metro, the grocery store, the pharmacy and local restaurants...

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Bay Area: Santa Rosa Station Plan Triggers Tax Lawsuit

Press Democrat


Santa Rosa is being sued over the taxing structure underlying plans to intensify development around the future rail station near Coddingtown mall...

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Australia: Fear of a Second Docklands

The Age


AUSTRALIA'S largest-ever urban renewal project at Fishermans Bend risks becoming ''worse than Docklands'' as the Baillieu government makes compromises in the chase for foreign investors, experts warn...

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International: Myanmar's Yangon Fights Sprawl

The Wall Street Journal (Behind Paywall) 


Long known as the city time forgot, Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, is fighting a battle to modernize its feeble infrastructure and preserve its charming architectural relics without turning the metropolis into a snarling, generic megacity as the Asian country emerges from economic isolation...

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