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News: NOLA Streetcar Extension, TIFIA & States, Siemens & VW Trolley Trucks, Modifying Infra Buy America Laws, Traffic Noise Vs. Song Birds, Healthy City Living

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.

New York: Is It Safe to Cross?

New York Times

On a Friday afternoon last month, Martha Atwater went to buy cookies at a bagel shop on Atlantic Avenue and Clinton Street in Brooklyn and was struck by a Honda sport utility vehicle that careered onto the sidewalk as she was leaving...

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New Orleans: Rampart Extension to Open in 2015

Louisiana Weekly

Work will begin next year on a $71 million North Rampart streetcar extension, linked to the new Loyola Ave. line and funded by a sales-tax bond, New Orleans Regional Transit Authority leaders said at a public meeting Wednesday...

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National: TIFIA Program Limited Use for Most States

Bond Buyer (Paywall)

The Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act has been touted by many as a crucial funding source for major projects, but most states have never used the program and say it has little value for them...

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International: Siemens, VW Team for Trolley Trucks


Siemens AG (SIE), Europe's largest engineering company, formed a partnership with Volkswagen AG (VOW)'s Scania unit to develop trucks powered by electricity from overhead or via road surfaces, like tram systems...

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National: Let's Talk About 'Buy America'

National Journal Transpo Experts Blog

It's that time of year again. House Democrats convened a press conference last week introducing legislation to expand the "Buy America" requirements for infrastructure investments...

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Pittsburgh: Aging Sewers Affecting Urban Watersheds

Science Daily

Aging sewer systems are spilling a considerable amount of nitrogen into urban watersheds, diminishing both the quality of water and ecosystems' habitats...

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Corpus Christi: Potential in Older Neighborhoods

Corpus Christi Daily Caller (via SGA) 

Grocery stores, high-rise apartments and retail shops are the ingredients needed to draw people back to the oldest part of Corpus Christi, city planners say...

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International: Traffic Noise Driving Songbirds to Limit


The rising level of noise in urban areas may be preventing some species of songbirds from setting up home in developed areas, a study has concluded...

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New York: Williamsburg Transformation, Better or Worse

New York Times

"Gut Renovation" is a documentary that tells a familiar tale. It chronicles buildings torn down, communities elbowed out, and new residents ushered in as a tidal wave of gentrification swept through Williamsburg, Brooklyn...

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National: Making Cities More Conducive to Healthy Living

Seattle Post Intelligencer

Health experts have long insisted that improving our public health requires improving the environment we live in...

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Houston: High Rise Apartments Aimed at Young/Urban

Houston Chronicle

Developers have started work in the southern end of downtown on a high-rise apartment building designed to attract single renters in their 20s and 30s seeking an urban living experience...

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International: Hugo Chavez' Development Strategies

Guardian UK

What form of democracy does effective development require? Now the pageantry of Hugo Chávez's funeral is over, and as Venezuela prepares for elections, this is an important question...

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