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Treated-wood producer Stella-Jones expects more demand for its railway ties in new tracks and upgrades as the economy improves, The Canadian Press reports. Sales of railway ties at Stella-Jones increased 91 per cent in its third quarter to C$84.3 million, chief executive Brian McManus said.

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Restoration of the Columbus and Greenville Railway line in Mississippi could have far-reaching and long-lasting results, not just for the areas it touches directly but also for the entire nation, the Commercial Dispatch reports. As freight volumes and fuel costs increase, shippers will move toward rail and barge, prompting more rail activity.

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Northumberland-Quinte West Member of Parliament Rick Norlock, Peter Delanty, Mayor of Cobourg, and Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, General Counsel and Secretary of VIA Rail Canada, unveiled the design for VIA's enhanced and expanded Cobourg, Ont., passenger rail station. 

Representing an estimated investment of C$9 million, the project will receive C$1 million in funding from the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan. This investment will provide modern, attractive facilities for passengers, with capacity to meet potential future growth.





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The following statement was issued by Amtrak to make clear its position on the Access to the Regions' Core (ARC) tunnel project in New Jersey: "Amtrak is not having formal discussions with NJ TRANSIT regarding a joint tunnel project and has no plans to purchase any NJT work related to the ARC project.

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Following a week of events launching GO Transit's first-ever Passenger Charter, GO riders in the Toronto area are getting a chance to tell their favorite customer service stories with the launch of the new Random Acts of GO-ness program.


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Chicago transit Authority Red Line trains traveling southbound (to 95th/Dan Ryan) temporarily will be unable to stop at the Jarvis, Morse and Loyola stations from 11 p.m. Friday, November 12 until 4 a.m. Monday, November 15, due to tie renewal work. Red Line trains traveling northbound (to Howard) are not affected.


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Tom Judge, who has been Editor of Railway Track & Structures magazine since joining Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation in July 1998, will be retiring effective Dec. 31, 2010. Managing Editor Mischa Wanek-Libman, who has been with the publication nine years, will become Editor of RT&S.

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Worldwide industrial services and engineered products company Harsco Corporation received two new railway equipment orders in China totaling close to $11 million.

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The Chicago Transit Board approved a $1.337-billion budget for 2011 that, through cost-conscious management, maintains current fares and service levels for riders. The proposed budget is $66.7 million, or 5.2 percent, more than the 2010 budget due in part to contractually dictated union wage increases, along with pension and healthcare obligations. These fixed increases will be partially offset by management efficiencies that are expected to save nearly $54 million in 2011.

 

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Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville, David Henderson, Mayor of Brockville, and Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, General Counsel and Secretary of VIA Rail Canada, unveiled the design plans for VIA's new Brockville, Ont., passenger rail station. Representing an estimated investment of C$4.5 million, the project will receive C$3 million in funding from the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan. This investment will provide modern, attractive facilities for passengers, with capacity to meet potential future growth.

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