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Railroad officials have imposed slower speeds on Amtrak trains traveling through portions of western Kansas because of deteriorating track conditions, The Hutchinson News reports. The slowdown, which could become permanent, has added about 45 minutes to the run from La Junta, Colo., to Hutchinson, Kan. Without a significant influx of spending on the line, the miles of slowdown are expected to increase with time.

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Nomad Digital Limited, a provider of train-to-shore data connectivity solutions, is to support Alstom's contract with Angel & Southeastern in the United Kingdom, in conjunction with Nexala, to supply a remote condition based monitoring system, on Southeastern's Networkers. The contract has been awarded for the design, supply and installation of the system for the Alstom Class 465/2, 465/9 and Class 466 fleets, totalling 93 units.

 

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To start an upgrade to the Woodhill station in Cleveland's Buckeye neighborhood, and to continue work on the new East 55th Station, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority will temporarily replace trains with buses along the entire Blue and Green lines this weekend. --> ...

Last week's flooding at the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth, Minn., caused as much as $175,000 in damage to pumps and other electrical equipment in the lower level of the polar exhibit, zoo officials say, according to the Duluth News-Tribune. A culvert that was under repair got blocked under a BNSF bridge downstream from the zoo, and water backed up Kingsbury Creek during a heavy rain Aug. 18.

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The Metropolitan Council in the Twin Cities awarded the second heavy construction contract for the Central Corridor light rail transit Project to Ames Construction/C.S.McCrossan and gave Siemens Transportation Systems Inc. the contract to build 41 light-rail vehicles.

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On Monday, August 30, SEPTA Route 101 and 102 Trolleys will return to normal service after several extensive federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act construction projects conclude. For nearly a year, SEPTA replaced regular trolley service with shuttle buses along portions of the line.

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The Port of Coos Bay, Ore., received a $7.8-million state grant for rehabilitation of the Coos Bay rail line, The Oregonian reports. The Connect Oregon grant was announced in Reedsport by Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

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August 27-29, the Washington, D.C., Metro will upgrade its track and platforms and trim weeds on the Red, Blue and Green lines to improve long-term reliability and service. As a result of this crucial work, which is critical to maintain the railroad in a state of good repair, riders can expect delays of up to 30 minutes

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Oldcastle Precast provided 980 track feet of its StarTrack® railroad-crossing system for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority's four light rail grade-crossing rehabilitation projects in Cleveland, Ohio. Oldcastle Precast provided design and production of the 99 precast concrete rail crossing segments, known as the StarTrack® System, as well as 16 precast, tapered approach slabs to upgrade the four light rail crossing areas. The installation work performed at each location had to be completed within a 54-hour time frame to minimize train schedule interruption.

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The St. Louis Metro's Board of Commissioners selected John Nations as its new president and CEO.

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