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Beginning November 3 and continuing as long as the weather permits, the MBTA contractor, J.F. White, will be performing necessary track work to replace the deteriorating concrete ties between Plymouth Station and the Rte. 3 Overhead Bridge in Kingston, Mass. During this time Plymouth Station will be closed. Train service will be provided to and from Kingston Station only.

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Just days before an election that could decide the fate of a planned high-speed rail line, state and federal administrators quietly signed a deal to commit the state to spending all $810 million of the federal stimulus cash allocated to the Milwaukee-to-Madison route, transportation officials confirmed Nov. 1, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

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With support from Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad, officials in Ontonagon, Mich., are moving forward with the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region working to preserve the railroad located in Ontonagon, the Daily Mining Gazette reports.

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Work will continue on the new pedestrian underpass at the Santa Clara station. 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. Passengers at the station are boarding the train from a temporary platform. Passengers are asked to observe all posted signs and follow direction from identified ambassadors in the station. The temporary platform will be in use for approximately six months.

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CN and North America Stevedoring Company, LLC (NASCO) will construct of a new multi-modal steel transloading facility in Chicago, the North American hub for steel transportation. NASCO is a division of Quebec Stevedoring Company Ltd. (QSL).




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BART customers will soon have rail service to East Contra Costa County thanks to the eBART extension project, which officially broke ground in a ceremony October 29. eBART, shorthand for east Contra Costa BART extension, is a 10-mile extension from Pittsburg/Bay Point Station to the City of Antioch.

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MBTA General Manager Rich Davey joined Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino to celebrate the $61-million modernization of Copley Station, located on the MBTA's Green Line. Copley Station is now fully accessible and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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MTA NYC Transit said that Stephone Montgomery, a 27-year veteran of the MTA family, has been named to the post of vice president and chief officer for Staten Island Railway by Senior Vice President, Department of Subways, Carmen Bianco. Montgomery, who succeeds John Gaul, has served at MTA Long Island Rail Road and MTA New York City Transit, in several positions during his career in rail, most recently as the Line General Manager for the No. 4 and 5 lines as well as the Grand Central Shuttle at NYC Transit.

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You have to hand it to the Island Corridor Foundation, which owns the 289-kilometre rail corridor on Vancouver Island, for its ambitious plans to resurrect the ailing rail service, according to a column in The Daily News. Graham Bruce, the executive director of the ICF, a coalition of 13 First Nations and local governments formed in 2005 to revitalize the railway system, said that the foundation has made a formal application to Via Rail, operator of the Dayliner service, to begin a new morning southbound train to Victoria that would leave Nanaimo at 6 a.m.

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Funding for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail (PMLR) project will not affect money available for bus service, TriMet points out. In Fiscal Year 2013, TriMet is slated to sell bonds to generate roughly $40 million for its contribution to the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Line. Like a mortgage, these bonds will be paid incrementally over 25 years or so. TriMet's annual payment will be approximately $3.2 million for debt service on the bonds. It is important to stress that this borrowing won't begin until FY13 and has no impact on current service levels.

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