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Renovations to Minnesota's historic Union Depot in Saint Paul can now begin thanks to a signed agreement between the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority for $35 million, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.

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TriMet's MAX Blue Line trains have begun two weeks of testing at the new Civic Drive Station in Gresham, Ore. The trains will briefly stop at the station, simulating revenue service, but no passengers will be able to board or exit the train. 

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Canada's two largest railways need to be monitored by a federal watchdog to keep their duopoly powers in check, says a former rail executive who is leading the charge for disgruntled shippers, the Toronto Globe and Mail reports.

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The village of Mundelein, Ill., would like to reduce the noise of train horns, the Chicago Tribune reports. Board members recently hired Lisle, Ill.-based Patrick Engineering Inc., who will develop  a plan that will look into the establishment of what's known as a Federal Railroad Administration  train horn quiet zone.

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As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's historic Massachusetts Works program to promote job growth and long-term economic recovery, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray joined Boston Mayor Thomas Menino Nov. 15 to break ground on the $13.5-million Yawkey Commuter Rail Station reconstruction project, a key public transportation component of the $450-million Fenway Center development.

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A tunnel dedicated exclusively to light rail and a network of fast ferries are recommended to link South Hampton Roads and the Peninsula in a draft plan for expanding public transit in Hampton Roads, the Virginian-Pilot
 reports. Other ideas include streetcars, bus rapid transit and commuter rail.

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Maryland has canceled the bidding on a contract to take over the operations of the MARC Camden and Brunswick lines from CSX Transportation, saying its bid solicitation had failed to generate sufficient competition for the work, The Baltimore Sun reports.

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L.B. Foster Company is extending its previously announced cash tender offer, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Foster Thomas Company, for all outstanding shares of common stock of Portec Rail Products, Inc., until 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on December 15, 2010. The tender offer was previously set to expire at midnight, New York City Time on November 15, 2010.


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As part of the Santa Clara, Calif., Station improvement project, work will continue on the new pedestrian underpass. The underpass will connect the north- and southbound platforms, allowing two trains to pass through the station at the same time and improving safety for pedestrians in the station.

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Mohave County, Ariz., Supervisors unanimously approved general plan amendments that allow a large-scale proposed 1200MW solar project to go head despite opposition from railroad officials, Havasu News reports. The vote came down after BNSF officials pleaded with supervisors for a continuance citing safety concerns surrounding Needle Mountain Power's Sterling Solar Generating Facility, slotted to set up shop northwest of the Interstate 40 and State Route 95 interchange.

 

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