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News: FTA Praise For Detroit, Charlotte Rail Benefits, Intercity Bus Boom, CAHSR Land Buys OKd, Low-Income Seniors & Rats

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.

Detroit: LaHood - M1 Has Followed the Rules

Detroit Free Press

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood this morning praised Detroit leaders and Michigan lawmakers for creating a regional transit authority and raising funds to build a 3.3-mile light-rail project along the city's Woodward Avenue corridor...

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Charlotte: Flowers Touts TOD, Rail Expansion

Charlotte Business Journals

Charlotte's top transit executive says the five-year-old light-rail line has directly led to an additional $18.8 million in tax revenue along the corridor. Carolyn Flowers, chief executive of the Charlotte Area Transit System, cited transit-oriented development..

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National: Discount Bus Lines Building Empires

International Business Times (via @drgrist)

France has tested a commercial train that can travel as fast as 357 miles per hour (575 kilometers per hour). Japan's building a "floating" train that can reach speeds of more than 310 mph (500 kph) while levitating above the track...

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California: CAHSR Authority Allowed to Purchase Land

Fresno Bee

The state's Public Works Board on Monday cleared the way for the California High-Speed Rail Authority to begin negotiating for property in Fresno and Madera counties needed for high-speed train tracks...

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National: Regulators Likely to Approve Zipcar Deal


When car rental giant Avis announced in early January that it planned to buy Zipcar, hipsters across the United States gnashed their teeth in unison...

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National: Is TOD DC's New Black?

Globe St.

Another day, another transit-oriented transaction in the DC area. This time it was TIAA-CREF's sale of the Air Rights Center in Bethesda, MD, to MRP Realty and Rockpoint Group, which announced the purchase of the three-building complex and development site on Friday...

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Vancouver: NIMBYs Reject Neighborhood Evolution

Vancouver Sun

In Coquitlam, residents claimed a proposed affordable housing development for seniors would increase crime, drug dealing, noise and rats...

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Seattle: Rising Sea Levels Put N'hoods Under Water

Seattle Post Intelligencer

By the year 2050, expect parts of Seattle neighborhoods to be under water, said James Rufo Hill, a climatologist with Seattle Public Utilities...

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