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News: Right-Size Parking, Transpo Performance Funding, Light Rail & Transit Use Impact, CAHSR Plan Scrutinized, NJ Bergen BRT Plan

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.

Seattle: Right Size Parking Project

King County Metro

Over-building of parking supply leads to increased automobile ownership, vehicle miles traveled, congestion and housing costs. In addition, it presents barriers to smart growth and efficient transit service...

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Chicago: Performance Based Funding for Transpo

CMAP Go To 2040

Since the passage of GO TO 2040, CMAP has advocated that the State of Illinois and regional stakeholders should implement performance-based funding to prioritize transportation projects -- a transparent process that relies on data-driven metrics...

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New Jersey: Don't Take Bets on Bergen LRT Extension

The Record

You Bergen County residents who are waiting for the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to wend its way to your neck of the state, don't hold your collective breathes. Just ask Suzanne Huguley, a Tenafly resident, about it...

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Research: Influences of Light Rail on Transit Use


New rail transits replace busy bus corridors. When employing their ridership bonus, previous studies often choose the city/county/region as control groups, rather than comparable corridors without rail, and hence overstate their impacts...

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San Jose: California Lawmakers Scrutinize HSR Plan

San Jose Mercury News

California officials are using a standard bidding process for their plan to speed construction of the state's $68 billion high-speed rail line, but there are still outstanding questions about the inspection process that the Legislature should investigate, lawmakers heard Tuesday at a hearing on the plan. ..

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Bergen: NJ Transit Will Outline Bergen BRT Plans

Jersey Journal

Bergen County residents can learn Wednesday night about plans to create a new bus system in the county...

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International: Do Light Rail Systems Cut Traffic?

Washington Post

If you're in charge of a city plagued by snarling traffic and endless congestion, one idea is to build a light-rail system for public transportation. More people will ride the trains, leaving fewer cars on the road...

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National: New Cars Out of Reach for Many Americans

Yahoo! Finance

Looking to buy a new car, truck or crossover? You may find it more difficult to stretch the household budget than you expected, according to a new study that finds median-income families in only one major U.S. city actually can afford the typical new vehicle...

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Monterey: Salinas to San Jose Service in 2017

Monterey Herald (via @cruickshank)

Monterey County could eventually link up to San Jose and all the way to Sacramento and the Sierra Nevada foothills under a proposed plan to extend existing intercity passenger rail service to Salinas...

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New Orleans: Residents Urged to Weigh in on Claiborne

Louisiana Weekly

Views about the Claiborne expressway’s future are mixed but a study started by the city last year hopes to move residents toward a consensus by this spring...

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National: Urban Living Raises Emotional Disorder Risk

Scientific American (via @richardflorida)

Our protagonist moves to the big city, seeking a better life. It's a classic-and increasingly common-tale. More than half the world's population now lives in a metropolis, and by 2050 that figure will very likely jump to two thirds...

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Research: Residential Preference Along Hiawatha Line


Light rail transit (LRT) has been touted as an effective way to increase ridership. However, not all residents move to LRT corridors for transit. Using 2011 data collected from the Hiawatha corridor in Minneapolis and control corridors, this study explores the characteristics of station area residents..

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International: Missed Opportunity for Energy Efficiency

Guardian UK

The Scottish government is in danger of missing its opportunity to encourage home owners to place a value on homes with higher levels of energy efficiency. The details of the new land and buildings transaction tax, which will replace stamp duty in Scotland..

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