Smart Growth News – January 15, 2013

Sandy amendments target federal transit benefits, spending
Government Executive – January 14,2013
A Republican lawmaker is offering two amendments to the Sandy storm relief bill that would directly affect federal employees.

Fight for the Housing Trust Fund
New York Times Magazine – January 12, 2013
Despite the Obama administration’s best efforts, the lack of affordable housing remains one of America’s most vexing problems.

Is Transit Oriented Development D.C.’s New Black?
Globe St – January 14, 2013
Another day, another transit-oriented transaction in the DC area. This time it was TIAA-CREF’s sale of the Air Rights Center in Bethesda, MD, to MRP Realty and Rockpoint Group, which announced the purchase of the three-building complex and development site on Friday.

Transit group: Large majorities support public transportation
The Hill – January 14, 2013
More than three-fourths of Americans support increasing funding for public transportation systems, the American Public Transportation Association said Monday.

Would More Drivers Use Mass Transit if It Mimicked Private Cars?
Atlantic Cities – January 15, 2013
Personal Rapid Transit is probably best described as a hybrid between the private car and public transit, with some more familiar elements of the taxi and elevator thrown in.

Local News

Detroit to get ‘a trainload’ of federal money this week for Woodward Light Rail project (MI) – January 15, 2013
A big week for Detroit, with the auto show and return of Red Wings hockey, has reportedly got even bigger.

Austin-area residents push for improving local aesthetics, walkability
Community Impact News (TX) – January 14, 2013
Adding sidewalks, improving upkeep of commercial corridors, and preserving local character and green spaces are among the changes residents want to see in Garrison Park, Westgate and South Manchaca neighborhoods.

Charlotte Transit chief touts rail, expansion
Charlotte Business Journal (NC) – January 14, 2013
Charlotte’s top transit executive says the five-year-old light-rail line has directly led to an additional $18.8 million in tax revenue along the corridor.