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News: Stations Key To Texas HSR, KC Commuter Plans Stall, OKC To Brownsville Rail, Bike & Ped Counting Research, TOD Satisfaction Research

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.

Fort Worth: Locating Stations May Determine HSR Future

Fort Worth Star Telegram

The fate of a proposal to build a high-speed rail line connecting Dallas-Fort Worth to Houston may rest on whether North Texas leaders can agree on where to put a station...

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Kansas City: Commuter Rail Plans Off for Now

Kansas City Star

Jackson County's commuter rail proposal has suddenly stalled out, ending for now County Executive Mike Sanders' hope of having a sales tax election this year to finance his $650 million, multimodal transit plan...

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Texas: TXDOT Wants Opinion on OKC - Brownsville Rail

Dallas Morning News

Yesterday, the Federal Railroad Administration made it official with this entry into the Federal Register: It now wants to know how you feel about a proposed passenger-rail line linking Oklahoma City with Brownsville, or thereabouts, with Dallas and Fort Worth among the proposed stops...

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Toronto: Tunnel Boring for Subway Underway

Progressive Railroading

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) officials and other dignitaries yesterday marked the start of the next stage of tunnel construction for the Toronto-York Spadina Subway extension at the future Highway 407 Station...

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Research: Counting Bikes/Peds for Transpo Planning

Active Living Research

Urban planners, transportation engineers, and other public health professionals need accurate counts of bicyclists and pedestrians to help inform transportation planning and investments that support physical activity, such as walkways and bicycle facilities...

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Twin Cities: Transit Tax Would Double Under Dayton Plan

Minneapolis Star Tribune

To make the math work for his transit plans, Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday proposed raising the metro transit sales tax by a half cent, double the increase he'd sought earlier...

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Research: Satisfaction with TOD from Focus Groups


Transit-oriented development (TOD) is often thought to provide significant benefits for its residents. Using a qualitative approach, this research examines benefits of and concerns about TOD...

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Los Angeles: NRDC Will Sue Port of LA Over Railyard

Los Angeles Times

A $500-million proposed rail yard near the Port of Los Angeles will face a challenge Wednesday from an environmental group that says the plans are a threat to civil rights and public health...

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Santa Monica: $1M to Measure Well Being

Los Angeles Times

Money can't buy happiness, but Santa Monica just won a million dollars to measure it...

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Minneapolis: Ceding Control of Improvement Districts

Finance and Commerce (via Faith C)

Five years after the creation of the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District, city officials are deciding whether other groups should be allowed to follow its lead...

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International: Oulu Funded to Build Euro Model City

Sacramento Bee

The City of Oulu, the capital of Northern Scandinavia, today revealed new plans to build a city district that will serve as a model for environmental design in the northern hemisphere...

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National: California Wants to Lead Green Future

The Economist

IN LOS ANGELES, California's largest city, the natural world is both far away and close...

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International: Cape Town Plans Mini City

ioL News

A multibillion- rand "mini city" could soon spring up 32km from central Cape Town. Six years in the planning, Wescape, the city's biggest urban development project yet, is set to be built near Melkbosstrand on the city's north-western edge and will connect Atlantis to the city...

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Bay Area: Bay Meadows Ready to Development

Bay Area Business Journals

The sound of hammers echoing in the background sounded sweet indeed for developers, city officials and community members who turned out en masse today to christen a San Mateo city park...

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Portland: Nike HQ Nearing Expansion, Possibly TOD?


Nike officials have steadfastly refused to comment about the site of their corporate expansion since a special session of the Legislature convened in December to assure it would remain in Oregon...

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St. Louis: Ways to Redo Metrolink Station Areas

St. Louis Post Dispatch

Studies are underway to recommend how to redevelop the neighborhoods of more than a dozen MetroLink light-rail stations - including two that don't yet exist - to make them more walkable and transit-friendly...

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