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The Government Center T station has the charm of a bomb shelter - and that's its most winsome feature, the Boston Herald reports. Impressions only get worse up close.

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Is a proposed passenger train line from Minneapolis to Duluth on course for a $700 million derailment? Or is it merely headed toward a $300,000 detour that could delay plans a year? The Minneapolis Star Tribune asks.

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The nation's top official in charge of helping minorities with big dreams but often little cash visited BART to look at the innovative ways the transit agency gives small business owners a leg up in a down economy.

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The MTA Long Island Rail Road will provide bus service in place of early-morning trains on the Ronkonkoma Branch on Saturday, October 9, as track inspections are made by the Sperry Rail Car. Customers on four eastbound and four westbound early-morning trains between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma will be affected. Customers should expect up to 36 minutes additional travel time.


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Legislation introduced by Congresswoman Laura Richardson (D-Calif.) helps underscore the growing recognition of the need to increase federal support for freight infrastructure.

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Joint Rail Conference 2011 is a multidisciplinary North American railroad conference encompassing all aspects of rail transportation and engineering research. The conference is a cooperative effort of the six co-sponsoring organizations and will be held March 16-18, 2011 at the Pueblo Convention Center in Pueblo, Colo.

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Amtrak has begun work to improve Union Station in Chicago and relieve some Amtrak passenger overcrowding by nearly doubling the seating in its general passenger lounges, increasing the number of public rest rooms and by providing air conditioning in the Great Hall for the first time since the early 1960s. The $40-million project is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.

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Steel Dynamics, Inc., said that Standard Strength rail produced at its Columbia City, Ind., mill has been tested and approved by four U.S.-based Class 1 railroads and by Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation). The Class 1 railroads include BNSF, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern, and the Union Pacific.

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U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Commissioner James Simpson, New Jersey Department of Transportation, Richard Larrabee, director of port commerce, Port of New York and New Jersey, Clarence W. Gooden, executive vice president of sales and marketing and chief commercial officer, CSX Transportation will be among the New Jersey, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and CSXT officials who will celebrate the opening of the Liberty Corridor Freightway, a major public-private project that paves the way for growth by providing improved access to the Port of New York and New Jersey. This engineering milestone will expedite freight traffic between inland markets and the Port by increasing train capacity and improving service levels.


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Mass. Lt. Gov. Tim Murray said $320,000 in technical assistance grants is coming to 15 communities across Southeastern Massachusetts to help them plan for the growth associated with the South Coast Rail project, local media report. The funding announcement, the third round of these grants, comes about a year after the state released the South Coast Rail Economic Development and Land Use Corridor Plan, which estimated that commuter rail could generate about $500 million in new economic activity annually.

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