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News: Tempe-Mesa Streetcar Link, Mexico HSR Proposal, People-Friendly Transit, Beijing Smog Fight, Dearborn TOD Input

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.

Blogosphere: Unions Want a Transpo Funding Defender

The Hill

Transportation unions are urging President Obama to appoint a staunch defender of federal road and transit funding to replace outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood...

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Blogosphere: Rockefeller Wants NTSB Chief  

The Hill

The chairman of the Senate committee that has to approve Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's replacement is touting National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairwoman Deborah Hersman for the job...

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Phoenix: A Streetcar to Link Tempe and Mesa

Arizona Republic

Evidently, a streetcar linking Mesa and Tempe is desired. Representatives of Tempe, Mesa, Arizona State University and Valley Metro, the regional transportation agency, have agreed to conduct an early financial analysis of the project, according to minutes of a meeting held Jan. 7...

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Houston: Uptown Takes Transit Into Its Own Hands

Culturemap Houston

With METRORail's University and Uptown lines indefinitely stalled - development held up locally by the transit authority's recent bond referendum and obstructed on a federal scale by U.S. Rep. John Culberson - the Uptown Houston Management District has long understood that it must take matters of public transportation into its own hands...

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International: Mexico to Build HSR Line

Daiji World

Mexico's federal government and officials from the central state of Queretaro have signed an agreement to build a high-speed rail system, an official said...

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International: Singapore to Double Size of Metro Network

Railway Gazette (via @ttpolitic)

Land Transport Authority has announ­ced plans to expand the island's metro network from the current 178 km to about 360 km by 2030, putting 80% of households within a 10 min walk of a station. The Land Transport Masterplan 2013 includes the construction of two new lines and extension of another three...

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Hartford: People Friendly Transit Can Help US Cities

Hartford Courant

I am haunted by early 20th-century images on hand-colored postcards. In the pleasing, panoramic, pastel-colored street scenes I see many streetcars, buses and automobiles as well as many, many pedestrians...

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International: Beijing Emergency Steps to Fight Smog

New York Times (via @tdechant)

The Beijing government put in place emergency measures on Wednesday to try to combat thick smog that has encased the city, which the Communist Party has hailed as a showcase capital, in brown and gray soot...

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Austin: Should Lobby Help Write Zoning Code?

Austin American Statesman

As Austin begins rewriting its land-development code - the document that dictates what can be built and where, and how much paperwork is required - city leaders are clashing over how much influence paid lobbyists should be have in the process...

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Detroit: Dearborn Looking for TOD Input

Press and Guide

The city is taking comments on two visions for how the area around the new train station might eventually look. Both plans call for creating a mix of residential and commercial development and public spaces in the area between the new station and Oakwood Avenue to the west...

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International: Rage Over Land Rights Loss in Vietnam

Times Standard

Faced with a group of farmers refusing to give up their land for a housing project, the Communist Party officials negotiating the deal devised a solution:..

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