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News: Senate Transpo Bill, Bogota's BRT Decline, Chicago Bike Share, Fines For Distracted Walking, Marseille's Melting Pot, Schools & Segregation

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.

National: Senate Passes Transportation Bill

Transportation Nation

Years late, and much smaller than once envisioned, the Senate has passed its version of a two-year $109 billion transportation bill by a wide, bi-partisan majority...

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International: Bogota's BRT System in Distress

Associated Press

Bogota's eco-friendly mass transit system has been widely emulated around the globe, so urban planners were dismayed when a protest by frustrated commuters turned into a free-for-all that nearly paralyzed Colombia's capital...

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Chicago: Alta Planning to Oversee Chicago Bike Share

Chicago Sun Times (via @marketurbanism)

An Oregon company that last year hired Mayor Rahm Emanuel's transportation commissioner as a consultant has been chosen to launch a massive program this summer that will offer 3,000 bikes for rental at 300 stations across the city...

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Salt Lake City: Possible Fines for Distracted Walking

Salt Lake Tribune

In response to a rash of TRAX and FrontRunner accidents over the past year, the UTA board is working on an ordinance to ban such things as texting, talking on a cell phone, listening to music with headphones or using other electronics by pedestrians as they cross rail tracks...

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Virginia Beach: Mayor Calls for LRT Referendum

Virginian Pilot

Mayor Will Sessoms wants a referendum - as soon as November - to determine whether the city should pursue light rail, saying he's hearing a groundswell of support for extending The Tide from Norfolk...

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National: Reid Calls on Boehner to Move Bill

The Hill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday morning called on House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to quickly move a Senate transportation authorization bill that the Senate is expected to approve later in the day...

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Hawaii: Mayoral Candidate Releases FTA Emails


Honolulu mayoral candidate Ben Cayetano released five emails Tuesday from the Federal Transit Administration that he maintains reveal deep apprehension about the city's $5.3 billion rail project...

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International: Marseille's Melting Pot

National Geographic

Marseille, a port city since 600 B.C., has offered refuge to wave upon wave of immigrants. The Mediterranean metropolis of more than 850,000 is home to 100,000 foreigners from Algeria, Italy, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, and beyond...

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San Francisco: Chinatown Street Could Get Space 

San Francisco Chronicle (via @spur_urbanist) 

The rush never ceases on Stockton Street, the thoroughfare at the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown. For 20 years, Mable Vogt has seen it all from the two grocery stores she manages at Stockton and Broadway streets...

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New York: NYC Rent Cheaper Than Long Island, Jersey

Wall Street Journal

In what will be a surprise to many New Yorkers, the city isn't the most expensive place in the country to rent a modest two-bedroom apartment, a new report released has found. In fact, it's not even the most expensive rental market in the region...

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Research: How Weather Is Modified by Urban Environ

Climate Change Journal (Abstract) 

This paper discusses the scale at which the weather is experienced and modified by human activities in urban environment. The climates of built-up areas differ from their non-urban counterparts in many aspect...

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Research: Schools & Housing in Metropolitan History

Journal of Urban History (Abstract)

This essay introduces a special section in the Journal of Urban History that explores the interplay between educational policies and housing markets in metropolitan U.S. history during the twentieth century...

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Research: School Policy and Residential Segregation

Journal of Urban History (Abstract)

During the 1920s, elites in southern cities capitalized on rapid population growth to heighten residential segregation through vast school building programs...

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