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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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Kansas City Southern said that its Mexican subsidiary, Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. estimates that, if there are no new complications, its Nuevo Laredo gateway will be reopened for service sometime the weekend of July24-25 with the Anahuac Bridge repairs under way and expected to be in service by then. With the anticipated restoration of service, all current service embargoes imposed on July 3 are expected to be lifted early the week of July 25.

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Pandrol USA has been awarded the contract to supply captive fastenings for the concrete tie to wood tie change out on the MBTA's Old Colony Line in the Boston area. 


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Norfolk Southern is about to clear the final hurdle needed to begin work on its Rossville intermodal terminal, where cargo containers will be transferred between trucks and trains, The Memphis Daily News reports. The Norfolk, Va.-based railroad, which is preparing to formally break ground on the massive $112-million project, will unveil the federally mandated environmental assessment that was recently approved in preparation for the facility.

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