Smart Growth News – December 28, 2012

Today’s stories:

State’s electric-car owners face $100 fee in lieu of gas tax
The Columbian (WA) – December 25, 2012
Owners of electric cars in Washington state don’t pay for gasoline or gas taxes, but they’re soon going to be hit with a $100 fee to own the battery-operated cars.

Memphis-to-Little Rock high-speed rail to be studied
Memphis Commercial Appeal (TN) – December 22, 2012
The State of Arkansas will study the possibility of high-speed trains traveling up to 200 mph between Memphis and Little Rock and Texarkana, reports the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Pittsburgh properties reassessed higher than those in suburbs
Pittsburgh Post Gazette (PA) – December 22, 2012
Reassessment of Pittsburgh properties far outpaced those in Allegheny County as a whole, according to the latest certified numbers released Friday by the county.

Urban planners to unveil long-term framework for Detroit
Michigan Live – December 21, 2012
Urban planners have been crafting maps and strategies for months, and the framework they’ve come up with in long-term component of the Detroit Works Project is set to be revealed on Jan. 9.

Commission calls for increasing WI gas tax
WXOW – December 22, 2012
A citizen commission says state officials should raise the gas tax, impose mileage-based fees and increase registration and driver’s license fees to cover Wisconsin’s transportation needs.

Cuyahoga Land Bank searches for alternatives
WKSU Public Radio (OH) – December 26, 2012
The Cuyahoga County Land Bank is looking for alternatives now that a federal pipeline of cheap properties is drying up.

High-Speed Rail Land Use Will Become An Issue In The Central Valley
Huffington Post – December 26, 2012
Real estate attorneys are seizing a monumental opportunity as California lumbers ahead with its high-speed rail plans in the central San Joaquin Valley.

Oregon Nears Completion of Latest VMT Pilot
Governing – December 27, 2012
Oregon Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer earlier this month introduced legislation that orders the Treasury Department to study ways the federal government could tax motorists on a per-mile basis, as opposed to the current per-gallon gas tax.