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The completion of BNSF Railway's Chihuahuita Connection represents a "win-win" for the railroad, the Chihuahuita neighborhood, the City of El Paso, Texas, and rail customers using the El Paso/Juarez border gateway.

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority released its 2011 preliminary budget and proposed four-year financial plan for 2011-2014. The proposed plan reflects unprecedented internal cost cutting initiatives undertaken in response to a $900-million shortfall for 2010 resulting from cuts to state assistance and dramatic downturns in tax revenue. These shortfalls amount to more than $2.5 billion over the plan period.

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With intelligence indicating that Al Qaeda and associated movements continue to express interest in attacking U.S. mass transit systems, especially passenger rail and subway systems, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a redacted version of a classified report on "explosives detection technologies [that] are available or in development that could help secure passenger rail systems," according to the Homeland Security Today Website.

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The state could buy 233 miles of northern Maine freight rail tracks slated for abandonment within several weeks if it and track owner Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway agree on a price, officials said July 28, according to the Bangor Daily News. The railway and Maine Department of Transportation are working to find common ground between DOT's argument that the tracks and other equipment are worth $18.1 million and MMA's contention that they should fetch $26.2 million as a whole or $23.7 million if broken into smaller pieces or parcels.

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The Spanish fixed-track material manufacturer, Talleres Alegria, invested in a new induction heating installation for increasing its competitiveness in the high-speed turnout market.

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The Greenville and Western Railway Company has begun a track upgrade and maintenance project in Williamston, N.C., local media report. The project is expected to be completed by Aug. 15 and involves:

--Construction of two retaining walls and roadbed stabilization near Gossett Drive;

--Replacement of bridge timbers on the rail-highway overpass at Gossett Drive;

--Installation of new ties south of Gossett Drive;

--Installation of 1/4-mile of new and heavier-duty rail between the north end of the concrete bridge behind Mineral Springs Park to just south of Prince Street; and

--The rebuilding of the Prince Street rail-highway grade crossing.

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Barrington, Ill., and other communities and entities appealing aspects of Canadian National Railway's purchase of the Elgin, Eastern and Joliet Railway filed final briefs with the U.S. Court of Appeals last week, the Barrington Courier Review reports. CN also filed briefs, appealing certain aspects of the conditions for purchase set by the federal government.

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September 18-21, 2011, marks the dates for Railway Interchange 2011, as Minneapolis hosts the first North American event combining the technical conferences of AREMA (American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association) and CMA (Coordinated Mechanical Associations), as well as the exhibits of RSI (Railway Supply Institute), REMSA (Railway Engineering & Maintenance Suppliers Association), and RSSI (Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc.).

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Clean-up work on the upper reach of the Whitefish River will have a completely different look this year, as BNSF continues to remove sediments contaminated by diesel spilled at the railroad's locomotive refueling station, the Whitefish Pilot reports.

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Transportation officials in Norfolk, Va., are working to make sure people are safe when the Light Rail starts running, local media report. Preventing a crash between a Light Rail train and a vehicle is what the city of Norfolk and HRT wants to work to prevent before the trains roll across the tracks.

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