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Transport: Extending Pittsburgh Light Rail, Vienna Auto Use Just 27%, Fall Of China's Rail Ministry, Rail Vs. Air Market Share, Denver West Line Ready


Pittsburgh Considers Light Rail to the North 



A year after opening the North Shore Connector, elected officials are talking with engineers about again extending Port Authority of Allegheny County's light-rail system.


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Auto Use in Vienna, Austria Drops 10 Percentage Points to 27% 

Austrian Times


According to a survey of the Traffic Club Austria (VCÖ), the car is becoming less important to Viennese residents. In return, users of public transport and pedestrians have increased.


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Does Fall of China's Rail Ministry Signal New Future for Nation 

New Yorker


It is the end of an era, or so we are told. Just four months after the Communist Party expelled Liu Zhijun-the stupendously ambitious (and libidinous) former Minister of Railways-the kingdom over which he reigned has fallen as well.


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Envisioning a Transportation Revolution Beyond Widgets 



Recently, the National Academy of Sciences issued a massive report analyzing how to cut U.S. gasoline use in half by 2030, and beyond that, how to reduce transportation emissions 80 percent by 2050.


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Even w Poor Infrastructure, Rail Share Beats Air in Many Corridors 

Better Institutions


Via Seattle Transit Blog, bringing this to my attention in the context of the Seattle-Portland pair, here's a great chart from the Federal Railroad Administration comparing the market share of rail vs. air in eight major city-pairs connected by rail


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Long Beach Transit, Please Go Electric 

LA Streetsblog


Long Beach Transit (LBT) is considering two common, albeit game-changing RFPs (depending on their decisions): to purchase new buses that fit within the so-called alternative fuel sectors-that is, hybrid, CNG, or electric.


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Denver's West Light Rail Line Ready to Roll 

Denver Post, via: Planetizen


A trial run of the soon-to-be-opened West Rail Line on Wednesday revealed few problems and generated plenty of high hopes that it will make life easier for commuters in the west metro corridor.


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FTA Has Approved ROD for Fort Mason Streetcar 

Market Street Railway


The National Park Service and cooperating agency project partners, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Federal Transit Administration have announced the approved Record of Decision (ROD) for the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Extension of Muni's historic streetcar service to Fort Mason Center.


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Sim City Will Continue to Mislead on Transit 

Human Transit


Ian Miles Cheong updates us on the struggles of Electronic Arts to get the new SimCity right.


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Streetfacts: Bike Lanes Not Just for Big Cities 



Welcome to the first of five shorts in a new batch quick vignettes we're calling Streetfacts. With Streetfacts we're attempting to enlighten our leaders and make the general public aware of trends going on in transportation and addressing costly "bad practices"


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