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News: Replacing LaHood, Detroit To Get LRT Funds, Freight Growth Estimate, LA Park Transit Expansion, Rethinking NJ Sprawl

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: LaHood's Possible Replacements, Inluding KBH

The Hill (via @BOR)


Most of the names floated as likely successors to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood are men, though a few women are mentioned as possibilities...

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Detroit: Woodward LRT to Receive $25M

Detroit Free Press


President Barack Obama's Transportation Secretary will visit Detroit late next week with $25 million in new money for the fledgling M-1 Rail project to bring light rail to about 3 miles of Woodward Avenue between downtown and New Center, two people familiar with the decision confirmed today...

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San Antonio: Streetcar Won't Have Property Tax Funds

San Antonio Express News


With an eye toward eventual private investment in San Antonio's first urban rail project, the City Council on Thursday abolished a provision in its streetcar funding plan that would have required downtown property owners to pay $15 million toward it...

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National: FedEx Exec Sees Slow Growth for Freight

Memphis Business Journals


While America has made it out recession, it's not out of the woods yet, a FedEx Corp. executive told transportation officials in Memphis Tuesday...

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International: EU Supports Liege Intermodal Platform

SHD Logistics News


The European Union will support with over €1 million from the TEN-T (Trans-European Transport Network) Programme a series of studies that will lead to the realisation of an intermodal platform at Liège's airport in Belgium in order to seamlessly move freight between road, rail and air...

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URBANISM | HOUSING | CITIES | ENVIRONMENT

Los Angeles: Expanding the Largest Urban National Park

KCET


The Santa Monica Mountains are L.A.'s backyard, but for children of color living in poverty with no access to a car, they may as well be worlds away. Expanding the largest urban national park in the country and creating adequate public transportation to the park will bring this resource to all our children...

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New Jersey: Rethinking Bergen County's Sprawl

The Record


It's one thing to build a convenient, transit-oriented, environmentally friendly community from scratch, in undeveloped open space. But how do you do that in a place like North Jersey - an already mature, built-out, highway-girded, mall-strewn landscape..

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International: Fighting the Decline of High Streets

Guardian UK


2012 was a tough year for town centres and the retail sector. Some multi-national names have disappeared from the high street altogether, and large empty voids have appeared...

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Denver: Commerce City Shaping TOD Plan

Denver Post


A year-long study on how to best use a planned commuter rail station to boost a depressed part of the city started Wednesday night with a community workshop to gather ideas...

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DC: Washington's Boom Financed by You

New York Times


One damp morning this winter, Jim Abdo was looking through architectural renderings at his office in Logan Circle, one of the many leafy Washington neighborhoods anchored by a statue of a long-dead guy riding a horse...

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