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News: Transit Ridership Surges, Baltimore Red Line EIS OK, Death Of Cottonbelt Line, Ann Arbor's Transit-Supportive Density, DC Joint Development

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.

National: Transit Surges as Americans Return to Work


The number of Americans commuting by public transportation rose to the second highest level on record last year, as more people returned to work, according to an annual survey released by the leading U.S. transit association on Monday...

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Baltimore: FTA Approves Final EIS for Red Line

Progressive Railroading

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) signed off on the Baltimore Red Line's Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), making the first major expansion of the Baltimore region's transit network since the early 1990s...

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Dallas: Cottonbelt Line Dies a Sloppy Death

Fort Worth Star Telegram

Tuesday's Fort Worth City Council vote killed plans to join a proposed extension of commuter rail service to Richardson and Plano...

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Ann Arbor: City Has Enough Density for HC Transit

Ann Arbor

Roger Hewitt says he's heard the argument that Ann Arbor is too small to be talking about bigger-city transit options like light rail, streetcars and bus rapid transit...

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San Diego: Sprinter LRT Celebrates Five Years


The Sprinter light rail from Oceanside to Escondido in North County celebrates its fifth anniversary this week. Ridership still lags behind initial projections, but as the economy improves, it's on the increase...

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Phoenix: Tempe Streetcar Misses Small Starts Quals

Arizona Republic

Tempe is revamping its plans for the Valley's first modern streetcar after learning that the city will not receive federal funding for a route that would have extended south on Mill Avenue from downtown toward U.S. 60...

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Tampa: Transit Supporters Ready for Another Fight

Tampa Tribune

The people want more and better ways to get around town, but in 2010 they soundly rejected a plan to make that happen with light rail, bus and road improvements...

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DC: Metro Considers Development Partners at 11 Stops 

Washington Post

New real estate projects are popping up on private property around Metro stations in the Washington area, and the transit agency has decided it wants to get in on the act...

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Hartford: What is Driving Sprawl? The Feds

Hartford Courant

When this page began looking at the adverse effects of sprawl development several years ago and encouraging smart growth as an antidote, our editorialists were accused of "telling people where to live."..

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International: China Wants to Control Megacity Size

Grey smog returned to Beijing again over the past two days and forced residents to wear masks outdoors. Polluting weather has hit the Chinese capital frequently since the beginning of the year...

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Middletown: How Much is Too Much for Section 8

Middletown Journal

Middletown had a total of 774 Section 8 housing vouchers at the end of 1999 and over a six-year span more than doubled that number, according to city records...

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Phoenix: Babying Downtown Phoenix's Growth

Arizona Republic

The headline read "9 worst recession ghost towns in America." It was 3 a.m., and I was wide awake, surfing for anything that might bore me back to sleep. This Fiscal Times online "list" feature offered possibilities...

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Sacramento: South Sac Econ Development Strategy

Sacramento Business Journal

The North Franklin District Business Association in south Sacramento is developing its own community economic development strategy...

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Vancouver BC: Densification is Price Paid for Transit

Vancouver Sun

Kelly SinoskiThe new $1.4-billion Evergreen Line is expected to pose a threat to Coquitlam's stock of affordable housing after it slashes through older neighbourhoods like Burquitlam that have many rental homes...

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Montreal: Urban Shift Reshaping the City

Montreal Gazette

Montreal will be a much greyer city 20 years from now, and the aging of our populace will influence everything from home design to urban architecture to public transportation...

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San Antonio: Hacking for Civic Good at SXSW

San Antonio Express News

At the end of SXSW Interactive Festival's rainy first day, the focus fixed on a burgeoning movement that pairs two partners who normally are at odds: governments and hackers...

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