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The final round of public meetings for the Metra SouthEast Service Alternatives Analysis study in northeastern Illinois are set for Sept. 22 and Sept. 28. The meetings are an opportunity for the public to provide feedback on the proposed Locally Preferred Alternative identified in the SouthEast Service Alternatives Analysis Study. The proposed 33-mile SouthEast Service is a new transportation line that would link close to 20 communities in the south Suburban Cook and Will counties. Meetings are open to the general public and are ADA accessible.

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Washington, D.C., Metro will close two Blue and Orange Line stations and there will be no Blue and Orange Line service at the Metro Center Metrorail station during the three-day Columbus Day Holiday Weekend from 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8, to closing on Monday, Oct. 11, as the agency undertakes a major rehabilitation and rebuilding project to improve safety, to comply with a recommendation made by the National Transportation Safety Board and maintain service reliability and a state of good repair.

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A summit bringing together parties from all sides of the North Charleston commercial rail debate was always likely to be somewhat contentious, the Charleston Regional Business Journal reports. But an economic impact study released by a public-private partnership could ratchet up tensions ahead of the Sept. 9 meeting of the Review and Oversight Commission on the State Ports Authority.

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The Metropolitan Transportation Commission voted 6-2 to allocate all $20 million of this year's state transportation improvement funding to the Oakland, Calif., Airport Connector (OAC) project.

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Virginia Beach, Va., city officials said that they've struck a last-minute compromise with the state to complete a $40-million deal to buy an old rail line for a possible light rail project, The Virginian-Pilot reports. The city expects to close on the 10.6-mile corridor owned by Norfolk Southern later this month.

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The historic Rock Island Lines' depot in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, should be restored as the city's train station - if Chicago-to-Des Moines passenger railroad service is re-established - a new report recommends, according to the Des Moines Register.

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The Sacramento, Calif., Regional Transit District re-opened the 12th and I light rail station on schedule on September 7, 2010. RT temporarily closed the 12th and I light rail station in downtown Sacramento on August 2 to perform station improvements as part of the Alkali Flat/La Valentina and 12th & I Light Rail Station Improvement Project.

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Colmar USA, Inc., said that its first Hi-Rail machine T7000 has been sold to the Toronto Transit Commission, their first North American customer. The introduction of Hi-Rail machinery in North America complements the scrap metal equipment line that has been Colmar USA's primary product since it was established in 2002.

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In one of the largest railroad engineering project in the past century, Norfolk Southern raised the height of 28 tunnels in the Appalachian Mountains to open the Heartland Corridor, the fastest, most-direct route for double-stacked freight from the Port of Virginia to Chicago.

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Steel on steel plus speed equals noise. No doubt about it - sometimes a ride on BART can be noisy. If you've ever tried to hold a conversation going through the Transbay Tube, you know it can be difficult to hear.

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