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Transport: Oregon Wants Light Rail Or No Bridge, VMT Of Rural Vs Urban Drivers, NOLA Streetcar Expansion Plans, First BRT Corridor In Rio

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Oregon Will Kill CRC If It Doesn't Include Light Rail 

Seattle Times

 

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's office says a proposed $3.4 billion Columbia River bridge will die if Washington state tries to remove light rail from the project.


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Ground Broken on Bike Access to Gold Line Stations 

The Source

 

One of the primary hurdles facing any rail transit project is the ability for people to easily reach the stations.


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Arlington County to Move Forward w/o Federal Funding 

Washington Post

 

Federal officials turned down Arlington County's application for a national transportation program that could have expedited approval for a much sought streetcar project because authorities doubted the system could be built for the estimated $250?million.


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VMT for Rural Drivers is about Same as Urban Drivers 

Transportation Issues Daily

 

Almost everyone believes rural drivers would be unfairly hurt if required to pay a vehicle miles traveled tax.


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Study Reviews Need for Trains in Rio Grande Valley 

Brownsville Herald

 

Brownsville hasn't seen passenger rail service for more than 40 years, though bringing it back would probably be economically beneficial to the city and region.


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No Surprise, Drivers Don't Want to Pay Higher Gas Taxes 

DC Streetsblog

 

Just last month, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave US infrastructure another dismal grade and every media outlet and lawmaker in the country, it seemed, bellyached about how we need to invest more.


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New Orleans Lays Out Streetcar Expansion Plans 

New Orleans Times Picayune

 

The city's top transportation official on Tuesday outlined an ambitious proposal for expanding the city's streetcar system over the next decade, though it remains open to revisions and amounts to no more than a wish list without new federal grants or tax revenues.


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Private Groups Could Take More Denver Road Building 

Denver Post

 

The same type of deal allowing a private firm to take over maintenance of US 36 and toll collection in the managed lanes on the highway between Denver and Boulder could be struck for other heavily traveled roads in the metro area state transportation officials say.


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First BRT Corridor in Rio Opens 

The City Fix

 

In anticipation of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, host city Rio de Janeiro is hard at work expanding and improving its transportation infrastructure.


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Bellevue City Council Approves Light Rail Route 

Seattle Times

 

The Bellevue City Council took a historic step Monday night, endorsing a route for Link light rail trains more than four years after voters approved higher sales taxes to build three suburban lines.


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