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Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), with co-sponsors Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), introduced the Focusing Resources, Economic Investment and Guidance to Help Transportation Act of 2010 (FREIGHT Act), a landmark bill, leading the charge to transform America's transportation policy and investment by focusing on the freight network that enables goods and commodities to move about and reach their markets. The FREIGHT Act provides a visionary, comprehensive, systemic approach to infrastructure investment that addresses the nation's commerce needs while providing a solid foundation that will also help our nation meet its energy, environmental and safety goals. The bill also calls for the creation of a new National Freight Infrastructure Grants initiative - a competitive, merit-based program with broad eligibility for multimodal freight investment designed to focus funds where they will provide the most public benefit.

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LTK Engineering Services appointed Thomas B. Furmaniak, P.E., vice-president, business development. Furmaniak worked for LTK during the 1970s, after which he held senior management positions with New York City Transit and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and served as Chief Systemwide Engineer for the Athens Metro in Greece.


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 A Federal Transit Administration study estimates the cost of bringing the nation's rail and bus transit systems into a state of good repair at $77.7 billion. In addition, a yearly average of $14.4 billion would be required to maintain the systems.

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The University of Illinois said from Canadian National Railway Company made a new $325,000 donation to the university's Railroad Engineering Program, a gift that renews the company's generous commitment to railroad engineering education.

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Dulles Corridor Metrorail construction is visible all along the 11.7-mile alignment of Phase 1 of the 23-mile extension of Metro's existing Orange Line. By early fall, construction of all five stations between East Falls Church and Reston will be under way. Crews are building aerial bridges to carry tracks across the westbound lanes of I-66 near the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) where the rail extension will tie into the Orange Line. There is ongoing bridge construction at Pimmit Run and Magarity Road. Pile driving activities will continue through September all along the Connector Road as tracks are built at grade level in most areas.

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With the Port Authority of Allegheny County warning of deep service cuts ahead, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell on July 21 threatened to use federal highway money to bail out mass transit systems if lawmakers won't approve higher taxes and fees, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports.

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A railroad consultant predicts that high-speed trains between Hampton Roads, Va., and Washington, D.C., would not only be popular, but also highly profitable - operating at surpluses of up to $1 billion a year, The Virginian-Pilot reports.

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CSX Transportation's plan to expand its freight yard between Shrewsbury and Franklin streets in Worcester, Mass., gained more momentum after the Planning Board last night endorsed a zone change and to street layouts essential to the expansion project modifications, the Telegram & Gazette reports. By a 4-0 vote, the board recommended changing the zoning of roughly three acres along the CSXT railroad tracks to manufacturing-general.

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Beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 23, through Sunday, July 25, the Los Angeles Metro Blue Line Florence Station will be closed due to systems maintenance and track replacement at the Florence Avenue crossing. Metro customers will experience up to 20 minutes delays between the Florence and Firestone stations.

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For the next several weeks BART will run northbound Pittsburg/Bay Point line trains on a single track due to ongoing weekend track work for the Central Contra Costa Crossover Project. Single-tracking will take place on weekends only and the agency expects to complete this work in late September. Single-tracking may result in delays of up to 15 minutes on weekend trains going toward the Pittsburg/Bay Point Station.


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