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News: MTA's Rat Problem, Ft. Worth Rail Plan, Toledo's Better Bus Station, Streetcar Economic Boost, Disney & Anaheim Streetcar, CAHSR Lawsuit Dismissed

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.

New York: Box Tunnel Pact Reserves Space for Future

Railway Age

Amtrak has reached tentative agreement with private developers in Manhattan to construct an 800-foot-long box tunnel on site at the 26-acre Hudson Yards development site on Manhattan's West Side...

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New York: MTA Works on Rat Problem

Wall Street Journal

Locked in endless struggle with the rodents that infest the subway, transit officials have tried poison and deadly traps...

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International: How Beeching Got it Wrong on Railways

Guardian UK

As rail companies struggle to meet growing demand, the legacy of 1960s cuts has been to hold back revitalisation of the network..

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Fort Worth: T Officials Work on Master Rail Plan

Fort Worth Star Telegram

When Fort Worth officials fired the city's transit board members last month, the short-term goal was to get the TEX Rail commuter rail project back on track to meet its scheduled 2016 opening...

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Toledo: Building a Better Bus Station Downtown

Toledo Blade

The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority's bus loop in downtown Toledo has major drawbacks...

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St. Louis: Could Streetcars Give City a $1.2B Boost

St. Louis Post Dispatch

As much as a people-mover, the proposed St. Louis streetcar project is touted as a vehicle of economic growth between downtown and the Central West End...

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Denver: I-225 Light Rail Extension Breaks Ground

Denver Post

The Regional Transportation District and Kiewit Infrastructure Co. held a ceremony Friday morning in Aurora that celebrated the start of construction for the Interstate 225 light-rail extension...

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Atlanta: Streetcar Project Faces Scrutiny

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Unclear lines of authority, management turnover at MARTA and friction between key sponsors could threaten the progress of Atlanta's $93 million streetcar project, a consulting firm hired by the Federal Transit Administration said in its reports to the agency...

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Anaheim: Disney Expansion Reason for Streetcar

Voice of the OC

During questioning by Orange County Transportation Authority directors Thursday morning, Anaheim City Councilwoman Kris Murray acknowledged what insiders have been saying for months about the city's planned streetcar project: A major reason for the transit line is to allow expansion of the Disneyland Resort...

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San Jose: Peninsula Cities Lose Bid to Halt HSR

San Jose Mercury News

Atherton, Menlo Park and Palo Alto lost a bid to block the California high-speed rail line along the Caltrain corridor south of San Francisco after a judge dismissed a five-year-old lawsuit...

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National: Building Infrastructure


IN 1969 Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon; the Boeing 747 took its maiden flight and the states of Indiana and Kentucky set their sights on building a new crossing over the Ohio river...

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Los Angeles: Creating Public Space with Local Beer


After a year of residence across the pond in the United Kingdom for graduate work, I understood what a vibrant pub culture can add to the local community flavor, and lamented that Los Angeles never possessed a space in its own imagination for beer and pubs as part of public life...

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International: Hard Landing for China's Local Govs

Wall Street Journal

China's use of land sales to fund local governments is no longer on such solid ground, according to a top legislator...

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National: Laser Scanners Gain Traction in Construction

Journal of Commerce

Software used in the construction industry is becoming more sophisticated, with speed and capabilities that couldn't even be imagined as recently as a few years ago...

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Memphis: South Main's New Life

Memphis Daily News

The history of the South Main Historic Arts District is as colorful as its present-day users, an alternating rhythm of sorts in Memphis' songbook...

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Vancouver: Surrey A Farming Powerhouse Outside City

Vancouver Sun

By 2040, The city's population is expected to match Vancouver's. In this weekly series, The Sun examines how Surrey is managing its rapid growth..

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Twin Cities: Two Towers Will Change Face of Downtown

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Two luxury high-rise apartment buildings - the first in decades - will soon brighten the downtown Minneapolis skyline...

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Detroit: Dan Gilbert Leads Remake of Detroit

Detroit Free Press

The local business community is driving a renaissance downtown by buying rundown and abandoned buildings, filling them with employees, attracting new businesses and creating the infrastructure to support startups...

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Sacramento: Arena Subsidy Could Spur Revival

Sacramento Bee

A few weeks ago I addressed an audience of more than 300 senior citizens, many of them quite hostile to the idea of a public subsidy to finance a downtown arena for the Kings...

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Modesto: Face of Neighborhood Stabilization Program 

Modesto Bee

For better or for worse, Modesto became the face of the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program, which pumped nearly $50 million into Stanislaus County to help local governments with the foreclosure crisis and provide affordable housing...

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Boston: Humming As Appeal of Life in City Booms

Boston Globe

The century's first decade has brought a historic surge of newcomers to the city, most settling downtown. They carry fresh expectations - and pose real challenges...

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St. Petersburg: Tropicana Field Next Focus for Redev

Tampa Bay Times

Thirty years ago, St. Petersburg took a leap of civic faith when it leveled a low-income neighborhood to attract a baseball team...

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China: Preserving Beijing's City Moats

China Global Times

Thinking back to his childhood, 58-year-old Beijinger Xue Jianmin recalls that the Jishuitan section of the northern city moat in today's Xicheng district was an idyllic scene filled with fun...

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