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News: LaHood To Stay At DOT, Inaugural Bike Lane, NYC's Expensize School Buses, Detroit To Begin Streetcar Construction, Oregon HSR Study

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.
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National: Boxer - Mayor V Good Transpo Sec Candidate

The Hill


Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa would make a "terrific" replacement for Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood...

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South Bend: Could City See A Streetcar?

South Bend Tribune


Residents and visitors may soon be able to hop on an urban people mover such as a rapid transit bus, rubber-tire trolley or streetcar and travel between Eddy Street Commons, downtown and Ignition Park...

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DC: Bike Lane on Pennsylvania Ave Gets Presidential

Transportation Nation


Monday's inauguration went off without any serious hitches. Sure, there's some Tuesday morning quarterbacking. It turned out that Beyoncé lip-synched the national anthem...

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Blogosphere: LaHood Will Stay a Bit Longer

Bloomberg


U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he will stay on for an indefinite period in President Barack Obama's second term...

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Blogosphere: Why NYC Busing is So Expensive

Transportation Nation


In his showdown with striking school bus workers, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has repeatedly cited what seems like an astronomical figure: yellow bus service costs, on average, $6900 per child a year...

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St. Petersburg: LRT Referendum for Transit Agency 

Tampa Tribune


The Pinellas County Transit Authority board will vote Wednesday on whether to move forward with a proposed one cent transit sales tax referendum that could fund light rail, among other transit enhancements...

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Detroit: M1 Construction Begins This Year

Crain's Detroit


Construction should begin this summer on a Woodward Avenue streetcar project in Detroit now that the U.S. Department of Transportation has committed $25 million to the $137 million-to-$140 million private-public effort known as M1 Rail...

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Oregon: State Studies High Speed Rail Routes

Eugene Register Guard


Picture this in 20 years: You step onto a train on tracks between the north- and southbound Interstate 5 lanes in Eugene and rocket to Portland in less than an hour...

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San Francisco: BART Could Go to Voters for Funding

SF Examiner


BART passengers can already expect to pay more for fares and parking in the near future, but for the transit agency to meet its colossal long-range needs regional voters likely will need to approve tax increases...

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International: Indian Cities Could Impose Congestion Fee

Telegraph India


The urban development ministry today issued an advisory to all state governments to introduce congestion tax in cities, taking a step towards what Singapore and London have done in a bid to reduce road traffic...

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URBANISM | HOUSING | CITIES | ENVIRONMENT

Hercules: Freeway Adjacent Lot Not Suitable for New Urb

San Jose Mercury News


The new owner of ill-fated Market Hall is throwing cold water at the notion that the 6.62-acre tract in the crook of a freeway onramp might become a signature New Urbanist mixed-use project. ..

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Hercules: Freeway Adjacent Lot Not Suitable for New Urb

San Jose Mercury News


The new owner of ill-fated Market Hall is throwing cold water at the notion that the 6.62-acre tract in the crook of a freeway onramp might become a signature New Urbanist mixed-use project. ..

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Chattanooga: Is Internet Like Electricity, Water? 

Governing


Chattanooga, Tenn. (pop 167,000), has leapt to the forefront of American cities with ultra high-speed broadband service and has accomplished the feat in a surprisingly old-fashioned way: the city's municipally-owned electric utility provides the service...

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Toronto: Downtown Pop Growth Booming Over Suburbs

National Post


Toronto has reached a "substantial turning point" after five years of massive growth in the downtown core, says a new report that also raises questions about whether the localized condo and employment boom will be sustainable in the decades ahead...

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National: Booming Toronto Likely to Feel Growing Pains

Wall Street Journal


Could Canada's biggest city become a victim of its own success? A condo boom has changed Toronto's skyline and drawn legions of highly skilled young people to the city's core...

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Pittsburgh: City Seeks to Expand Riverfront Access

New York Times


Pittsburgh exists for three reasons: the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio. In the 20th century, the banks of those rivers were controlled by industrial behemoths...

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International: Kabul's Sanitation Issues, Pollution Real

New York Times


It's long been a given that the air pollution in this city gets horrific: on average even worse than Beijing's infamous haze, by one measure...

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International: Soccer Changing Lives in Indian Slums

BBC (via @RCRC2012)


Mr Gastler, 30, is from a middle-class family in Edina, Minnesota, but for the moment, he has swapped his comforts for the dust and grime of Indian slums. He divides his time between Ranchi, the capital of the eastern state of Jharkhand, and the western city of Mumbai...

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