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News: Amtrak Privatization, Texas Money For Roads, Manchester City Tram-Pions, Virginia Gas Tax Plan, LaHood Was Right For Job

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.
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National: Mica Revives Amtrak Privatization Plan

The Hill


Former House Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) is aiming at of his favorite targets when he led the panel, Amtrak, with legislation to end its "monopoly" on rail service...

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Dallas: TXDOT Wants State Infrastructure Fund for Roads

Dallas Morning News


Texas Department of Transportation officials once again sounded the siren Tuesday on the state's transportation funding woes, reiterating at the first meeting of this session's House Transportation Committee that the agency needs a $4 billion-a-year infusion...

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International: We Are the Tram-Pions! New Stop at Ethiad

Manchester Evening News


Their season may be in danger of careering off the tracks - but regardless of whether they retain their Premier League title Roberto Mancini and some of his City stars can claim to be the undisputed tram-pions...

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Virginia: Governor Ready to Compromise on Gas Tax

Transportation Nation


For the first time Gov. McDonnell says he is willing to compromise on his plan to eliminate the state's gas tax, an idea Senate Democrats are unhappy with because it would shift transportation funding to general revenues...

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Maryland: Study Casts Doubt on County BRT Project

Washington Post (via @ttpolitic)


A 160-mile system of express bus lanes, recommended last year by a Montgomery County task force to help ease some of the nation's worst traffic, is not practical because it would not attract sufficient ridership, a new study concludes...

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National: Ray LaHood Was the Right Man for the Job

Reuters


Urbanists were excited by President Obama's election in 2008, as it heralded the first time in a century that a president would come from a major city. And Obama was not just a resident of Chicago, he had worked as a community organizer...

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URBANISM | HOUSING | CITIES | ENVIRONMENT

Bay Area: Leaders Considering Merging Region

San Jose Mercury News


Hundreds of business and political leaders gathered in San Jose to consider the advantages of merging the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley into a single region, sharing everything from city dumps to water treatment plants as communities sprawl across borders...

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Pittsburgh: New TOD in the Works for East Liberty

Pittsburgh Post Gazette


After bringing big developments such as Whole Foods and Target to East Liberty, a local developer is switching gears, with plans for more than 360 apartments and 50,000 square feet of retail in a project designed to work in concert with a new $52 million transit center...

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Blogosphere: Stamford's Not So TOD

Systemic Failure


Stamford has Connecticut's busiest station on the New Haven Line. And it has lots of pre-war development. Naturally, this presents opportunities for transit-oriented development, right?..

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