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News: Vancouver BRT Plans, LaHood On Obama Rail Effort, NY Bike Lane Anxiety, Siemens Sees US Growth, Tampa LRT Vote Set, Converting Office Space To Homes

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.
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Vancouver WA: Backers want to Move Project Forward

Columbian


Supporters of bus rapid transit made a renewed push for the system Tuesday night, undeterred by a November vote that left the proposal without a clear path forward for local funding...

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National: Ray LaHood Defends Obama's Rail Strategy

Politico


Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood mounted a forceful defense Tuesday of President Barack Obama's investment in the country's long-neglected passenger rail service, making what may have been one of his final speeches as a member of the Cabinet...

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New York: Anxiety Over Future of Bike Lanes

New York Times


During Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's tenure, New York City has become a cycling haven, with sprawling lanes across each borough and a bike-share program set to begin this spring. ..

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National: Siemens CEO Looks to US for Growth (video)

Fox Business Channel


Siemens USA CEO Eric Spiegel on efforts to boost U.S. economic growth and job creation...

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Tampa: Next Vote Set for Tampa Bay LRT Plan

Railway Age


Voters in Pinellas County, Fla., likely will vote in November 2014 on a proposed sales tax to pay for a Tampa Bay regional light rail transit (LRT) system, and bus improvements...

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Indianapolis: Central Indiana Transit Bill Goes to House

Indianapolis Star


Legislation that could lead to improved mass transit in Central Indiana gained momentum Wednesday in the Indiana House...

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URBANISM | HOUSING | CITIES | ENVIRONMENT

Blogosphere: Is Converting Office to Homes Good?

Guardian UK


The government is proposing to allow offices to be converted to homes without the need for planning permission. In principle, these proposals are to be welcomed...

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Blogosphere: TOD and Transit Report Roundup

ULI


The past few months have produced a bonanza of reports about transit and transit-oriented development (TOD):..

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Seattle: Council Shelves Vulcan's SLU Towers

Seattle Times


The Seattle City Council has quietly shelved a proposal that would let Paul Allen's Vulcan real-estate firm build 24-story towers near Lake Union...

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