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The State of Alaska has approved herbicide spraying along the Alaska Railroad tracks for the first time in decades, but tribal and environmental groups from Eklutna to Seward are asking the state to reverse its decision, the Anchorage Daily News reports.

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Calling it the right thing to do, Teamsters Canada applauds the announcement from the Conservative government of Stephen Harper to put the clamps on railways flouting safety rules.

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CSX Corporation has obtained its first LEED® green building certification from the U.S. Green Business Council. The LEED® certified building is a newly constructed 22,500-square-foot division headquarters in Florence, S.C., which includes 32 offices, a large conference room, a fitness center and a dispatch center.

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The chairman of the Surface Transportation Board said Canadian National Railway will have to stick to the terms of his agency's original decision on its acquisition of the EJ&E Railway, including funding a rail overpass in Lynwood, Ill., Northwest Indiana Times reports.

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Based on a successful three-month trial run, strong customer satisfaction and solid system performance, Amtrak is making free Wi-Fi a standard service offering for every passenger traveling on its high-speed Acela Express trains operating between Washington, D.C., and Boston and is moving forward with plans to expand it to other routes.

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The State of Pennsylvania has signed off on the final environmental cleanup of the former Lancaster Brickyard dump that's destined to be the new location for Norfolk Southern's rail yard, the Intelligencer Journal reports.

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Tri-City Railroad Co. filed a lawsuit against the Port of Benton in Washington State for refusing to recognize its exclusive rights to use a 16-mile rail line, which caused a significant financial loss to the company, The News Tribune reports. The railroad and the port signed a 30-year agreement in 2002 for the leasing rights of the rail line and parts of the 1171 building located in north Richland, Wash. That agreement to operate and maintain the track gives Tri-City Railroad the exclusive rights of use, said Nicholas D. Kovarik, an attorney for the company.

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Telecommunications companies need to bury thousands of miles of fiber optic cable to meet their customers' needs, the Casper, Wyo., Star-Tribune reports. They could approach tens of thousands of landowners and hundreds of local governments for contracts and permits, or even seek court-ordered condemnation of property, all of which would take years and money with no guarantee of success. Instead, they used a 150-year-old industry in Wyoming: the railroads.

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Construction projects are affecting Rapid service June 4-6 on the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. On the East Side, from 8 p.m. Friday, June 4, through Sunday, June 6, shuttle buses will replace trains between Shaker Square and Green Road eastbound and westbound on the Green Line. Reconstruction of the Attleboro Road grade

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The Central Corridor Project Office in the Twin Cities will recommend a contractor in June for the heavy construction work for the line's eastern seven miles. The Metropolitan Council is expected to make the award June 23.

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