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The $1.25-billion FY 2011 budget and updated 20-year financial plan approved by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board of Directors supports the doubling of DART Rail to 90 miles. The FY 2010 budget was $1.6 billion. The decrease is primarily due to a lower capital budget, largely the result of the completion of the Green Line this December.

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The Chicago Transit Authority is preparing the next phase of its move toward an open fare payment system that could introduce the use of contactless credit cards, debit cards and prepaid cards to ride the system.  CTA is issuing a Request for Proposal today on the design, implementation, and operation of an open fare collection system.

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A long-term commitment is needed to help freight and passenger rail accommodate future U.S. economic and population growth. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced these findings of a new report, Moving Forward: A Progress Report, that updates the U.S. Department of Transportation's efforts to develop a first-ever comprehensive National Rail Plan (NRP).

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Transportation experts will take a closer look at realigning the railroad through North Pole, Alaska, thanks to nearly $1 million in federal funding announced Sept. 27, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports.

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Long Island Rail Road customers are advised that during two weekends in the fall - October 23-24 and November 6-7 - there will be extremely limited LIRR service, especially between Jamaica Station and Penn Station, as the LIRR cuts over to a modern signal and switching control system at Jamaica, N.Y. As a result of the extremely limited service, the LIRR advises that only customers traveling for essential business - such as first responders (police, fire) and service employees with no other alternatives - should use the LIRR during these two weekends. Customers traveling for recreational purposes during this period should consider travel on the Port Washington Branch or other travel alternatives.

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The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will host a Design Build Contract Information Forum for the BART Silicon Valley Project at the San Jose Convention Center, Thursday, September 30, 2010.

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Washington, D.C., Metro will close two Blue and Orange Line stations and there will be no Blue or 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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What do you get for 30 million bucks? To start, Huron Central Railway has "probably" agreed to operate its line between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury until the end of its lease with CP Rail in 2017, "possibly" longer, said Tony Martin, the Sault's MP, Sault This Week reports.

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New York Governor David A. Paterson announced approval of more than $42 million in funding for 34 rail and port capital improvement projects in New York State. Grants from the Renew and Rebuild New York Transportation Bond Act of 2005 and the Governor's Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program will fund these infrastructure investments and security improvements, bringing with them economic development and job creation and retention opportunities across the State.

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A Next-Generation High-Speed Rail service could be successfully developed in the Northeast with trains operating up to 220 mph on a new two-track corridor resulting in a trip time of about three hours between Washington and Boston, cutting in half or better the current schedules, according to a concept plan released by Amtrak.

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