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Posted on July 30, 2008

  

 

Seattle to vote on $17.9B transit plan

SEATTLE — Sound Transit board members are sending a transit-only plan to voters that includes a .5 percent sales tax increase one year after a plan that combined roads and transit failed. For the full story, click here.

Highway fund may borrow from mass transit

WASHINGTON — Since a decrease in driving is rapidly depleting the Highway Trust Fund, the Secretary of Transportation has suggested that the fund borrow from the mass transit account, which has recently seen a spike in revenue, due to high gas prices. For the full story, click here.

Northern California cancels rail tax measure

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — In order to save another proposed tax that would fund a Sonoma-Marin county commuter train, the Santa Rosa City Council rejected a city sales tax that would balance next year’s budget. For the full story, click here.

 

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Honolulu lawmakers discuss funding options to complete light rail project

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Texas' DCTA launches free fare promotion to boost transportation options

University of North Texas students will now have the option to park at MedPark Station and take the Colorado Express shuttle directly to the campus, or ride the A-train to the Downtown Denton Transit Center and board Denton Connect Routes directly to the campus, amongst other benefits for customers.

Amtrak taps AECOM to improve Penn Station passenger concourse

In partnership with Network Rail, they will conduct an independent review of the interaction, coordination, and collaboration between the railroads’ various passenger concourses within Penn Station and provide recommendations to improve the design, functionality, communications, and coordination at this critical station.

MBTA cancels controversial commuter rail Wi-Fi plan

The proposal had triggered strong backlash from suburban residents and municipal leaders, who complained the towers were too tall, too intrusive, and that the MBTA had not provided enough notice of the project.

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