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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.
TRANSPORT

New Jersey: Sandy's Impact on Transit Largest in History

Transportation Nation


At an emotional hearing today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, senators representing storm-damaged states described the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy...

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National: Amtrak Defends Reorganization Plans

USA Today


Amtrak continues to rely on government subsidies but served more travelers in the past year than ever before and posted record ticket revenues, its leader told lawmakers Wednesday...

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International: Green Light for New Rapid Transit Lines

Indian Express


Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath on Thursday announced that two new regional rapid transit system (RRTS) corridors - Delhi-Bahadurgarh-Rohtak-Hisar and Delhi-Shahdara-Baraut - will be built to improve connectivity between Delhi and states such as Haryana and UP...

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Los Angeles: LRT Plan Stirs Distrust in South LA 

New York Times


The story of major transit projects in the 20th century here was the story of black neighborhoods carved into pieces. One freeway after another forced families from their homes in South Los Angeles, the core of the region's black community...

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National: Energy Production Fee to Pay for Transport?

Politico


With pencils being sharpened on a debt deal, all eyes are on the gas tax as a possible savior for transportation spending. But another option that may cause lawmakers less heartburn is being obscured by the gas tax dust: linking energy production with infrastructure spending...

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International: East Africa Pushes for New Transit Network

Alternet


Mariam Kandege, 24, a worker at a fruit canning factory in the sprawling city of Dar es Salaam, wakes at 5 a.m. and hurries from her rented room in the Kimara suburb to a bus terminal, joining the scramble to get a seat on a daladala, a privately owned minibus, which quickly joins the bumper to bumper traffic jam into town...

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Twin Cities: Ideas to Raise $20B for Transport

Minneapolis Star Tribune


Higher local sales taxes, gas taxes and vehicle fees are being pushed by Gov. Mark Dayton's task force on transportation and could help shape the debate on highway and transit funding as DFLers take control of the Legislature next year...

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URBANISM | HOUSING | CITIES | ENVIRONMENT

New York: 1st Day w/o Violent Crime in Recent Memory

BBC News (via Eliza H)


The city police department's chief spokesman said that Monday was the most bloodshed-free 24-hour period in recent history...

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Utah: Envision Utah Focusing on Rail Stations for Growth

Davis Clipper


When the regional planning organization Envision Utah performed its first community-wide study more than 15 years ago, it found that most people wanted growth along the Wasatch Front to be more of the same Р single family homes on large lots...

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