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News: Austin HSR Dreams, Smart Streetcar Plans, Transit Riders Regional Connection, Penn. Transpo Gas Tax, Smart Growth & Environmental Justice

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.

Austin: City Could Be on the High Speed Rail Future

KUT News

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell has promised a public vote on an urban rail system before he leaves office. Considering Austin was just ranked the fourth worst U.S. city for traffic congestion, that news could make for a lot of happy commuters...

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Charlotte: Atlanta Mayor - Streetcar a Smart Investment

Charlotte Observer

With the Charlotte City Council deadlocked over whether to build 2.5 miles of a streetcar line, Mayor Anthony Foxx invited Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to speak to council members Thursday about his decision to support a new east-west streetcar in Atlanta...

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Maryland: Purple Line Design Could Stop

Transportation Nation

Local officials are asking Maryland's Department of Transportation not to divert funding from the Purple Line, the proposed light rail line that would connect Montgomery and Prince George's counties...

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Atlanta:  Riders Have Stronger Connection to Region

Atlanta Journal Constitution (via @streetsblognet)

Living across from an Atlanta MARTA station, Matt Duncan likes to ride the train to downtown or hop a bus to Buckhead or Inman Park. More than a way to get around, these transit lines help him feel more a part of metro Atlanta life...

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Seattle: NPR Talks to Sound Transit's Joni Earl

KUOW Seattle (via Seattle Transit Blog) 

Sound Transit has been under fire lately for poor budgeting, rider shortages and even for train interruptions due to mud slides...

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Seattle: Transportation Jolt, Tunnel Wakeup Call

Seattle Met

The anti-Seattle, anti-tunnel fangs came out yesterday in the state senate Transportation Committee. As state Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond and WSDOT tunnel project director Linea Laird were giving the committee a briefing on the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project, several senators..

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International: What Germans Expect from UK Run Rail

Guardian UK

German commuters are in luck: they will soon enjoy the opportunity to experience a rail route run by a British operator...

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Penn: State Considers Gas Tax for Transportation

Next American City

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett this week proposed a 25-cent tax increase on gasoline over the next five years, joining a group of at least 13 state governments that have turned to tax increases as a potential means to pay for transportation projects...

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Blogosphere: Smart Growth and Environmental Justice


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released a first-of-its kind report showing how low-income, minority and tribal communities can apply smart growth land use and development strategies to create healthy communities, spur economic growth and protect the environment...

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Blogosphere: Mecca Redevelopment Sparks Concerns


An Ottoman-era portico in Mecca's Grand Mosque has become the latest battleground in a conflict between those who want to preserve the city's architectural heritage and Saudi authorities pushing for redevelopment...

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International: Magnified Unrest is China's Urban Risk

Wall Street Journal

China's new leaders seem to be placing their hopes for economic growth on urbanization. They see an upsurge in demand for a whole range of services - from housing to schooling and health care as the rural population is increasingly pulled into the urban economy...

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Provo: BYU Approves High Rise Student Buildings


In the midst of major changes on Brigham Young University's campus, city leaders moved forward with one of two proposed high-rise student-housing developments this week...

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