China to have 1,700 km of urban rail lines by 2015 – Xinhua

“Urban rail transportation would play an increasingly important role in public transportation in Chinese cities, said an official.

Fifteen major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, have planned the construction of more than 60 urban rail lines recently, Liu Shijin, vice director of Development Research Center of the State Council, said at a forum on urbanization and rail transportation here on Friday.”

SOURCE: XinhuaChina to have 1,700 km of urban rail lines by 2015_

As cash slows, developers face challenges – The National Newspaper

“As sales of new homes and villas slow to a near-halt, developers are struggling with a situation that would have been unthinkable just a year ago: no cash flow.” – UAE

SOURCE: The National Newspaper – As cash slows, developers face challenges

Mayor shelves £3.5bn London transport plans – The Guardian

The Guardian reports that “London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, has shelved £3.5bn of transport schemes in the capital, including the Thames Gateway bridge, and announced a multibillion-pound cost-cutting drive.” –

SOURCE – The Guardian – Mayor shelves £3.5bn London transport plans

Rooftop garden growing along with costs

“Premier Campbell shows off new Vancouver Convention Centre’s unique rooftop garden Thursday: $883M centre originally budgetted at $495M” – The Province

SOURCE: The Province – Rooftop garden growing along with costs.

NY cracks down on urban truck and bus pollution – Newsday.com

Newsday reports that “New York is launching a statewide program to crack down on truckers and bus drivers who violate laws intended to reduce health problems from diesel fumes.”

SOURCE: Newsday.com – NY cracks down on urban truck and bus pollution

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