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News: Twin Cities Transit Tax, CAHSR Lawsuit Dropped, Austin Urban Rail Push, Florida Transpo Budget, Science Of Cities, Florida SunRail TOD Opportunity

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.  The Chatter, commentary and opposition articles will be found towards the bottom.

Twin Cities: Transit Tax Reaction Mixed

Pioneer Press

As Minnesota and Twin Cities leaders ponder how to keep the transit infrastructure competitive with the likes of Denver and Phoenix, they're faced with the tricky reality that light-rail systems come with billion-dollar price tags -- give or take a few million...

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California: Valley Landowners Drop HSR Lawsuit

Fresno Bee

A collection of landowners whose properties are in the path of proposed high-speed trains in Madera and Fresno counties have dropped their lawsuit against the California High-Speed Rail Authority...

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Austin: Push for Urban Rail Picks Up Again

Austin American Statesman

After slamming the brakes last year on planning for the long-envisioned urban rail system in Austin, city leaders in recent months have rejuvenated efforts to bring a plan to voters by next year...

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Oregon: Clackamas Board Splits on LRT Ballot Measure


Up until Thursday night, the process to place two light rail measures on the May special election ballot proceeded smoothly...

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Florida: State Transportation Budget Lax

Tampa Tribune

Gov. Rick Scott's recommendation last week to raise state transportation funding by 11 percent raised some eyebrows, but perhaps a more notable figure is one that isn't found anywhere in his proposed budget...

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Orlando: "Neighborhoods" Planned for Daytona Infield

Orlando Sentinel

The proposed redevelopment is expected to enhance the fan experience at the 54-year-old track with the addition of new and improved entrances, social neighborhoods, improved seating and the addition of more restrooms and concessions...

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National: Sim City for Real: A Science of Cities

New York Times

THE notion of a "science of cities" seems contradictory. Science is a realm of grand theory and precise measurement, while cities are messy agglomerations of people and human foible...

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Research: Political Orientations Across Muni Borders

Urban Affairs Review Journal

Establishing democratic governance in city-regions would be facilitated if citizens had a political orientation that exceeded the borders of their own municipalities...

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Research: Transit Governance and Political Capacity

Urban Affairs Review Journal

The policy actions of senior levels of government can often be important catalysts to collective action for metropolitan governance...

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Chicago: Can the Chicago River Be Saved?


The desolate stretch of territory alongside the South Branch of the Chicago River is littered with the shed husks of the city's industrial past...

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Orlando: SunRail Station Could Mean Building Boom

News Journal

The road to DeLand's train station leads through a mostly empty area, with just a handful of homes, a couple of industrial businesses and a solitary bar, but the Volusia County Council might soon open the door to make it one of the busiest areas in West Volusia...

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