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In January, President Obama announced that Maine was awarded $35 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority. On July 7, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that the U.S. Department of Transportation and the State of Maine have finalized a grant agreement allowing work to begin on the rehabilitation and expansion of the popular state-supported Downeaster Amtrak intercity passenger service.

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Intergraph Corp., a provider of engineering and geospatial software, has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Hexagon AB, a measurement technology company, in a transaction valued at approximately $2.125 billion. Upon closing of the transaction, Intergraph will operate as a separate Hexagon division under the Intergraph name and branding.


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Bentley Systems, Incorporated has acquired a minority interest in Charlotte, N.C.-based BLUERIDGE Analytics , Inc., provider of SITEOPS, site-design-optimization technology that utilizes cloud computing to save substantial time and cost while improving land development outcomes. SITEOPS, a patented web-based application, empowers civil engineering professionals, real estate developers and land planners to quickly perform site configuration simulations, produce preliminary cost estimates, optimize site designs, and reduce overall costs.

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With temperatures expected to reach the upper-90s or higher through this week, Philadelphia's SEPTA is taking a number of steps to prevent heat-related disruptions to customers. SEPTA officials are monitoring the system for potential infrastructure-related issues that can be caused by excessive heat, such as sagging overhead power lines and track buckling. To help prevent these problems, SEPTA is slightly reducing the maximum speeds for some trains. This adjustment also reduces the amount of electricity needed to run the trains, which helps cut down SEPTA's overall draw on the region's power system. In addition to this effort, SEPTA is taking all possible measures to minimize energy consumption at its maintenance facilities, offices and stations.

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Slowly, mass transit is taking hold in a city synonymous with the car. Now a light-rail line is finally coming to the affluent and traffic-choked Westside after years of local resistance, and at least some urban-style development is likely to follow, the New York Times reports.

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Results from a recent online survey administered to Northstar Commuter Rail customers and the general public found that 79 percent of respondents support government funding to extend rail service to St. Cloud, Minn..

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Starting July 12, nearly two-dozen weekday trains on the Metra BNSF Line between Chicago and Aurora, Ill., will see minor schedule changes to accommodate a major construction project and/or to make the schedules more reliable. In most cases, the trains will have slightly later or, in a few instances, slightly earlier departure times from some or all stations. Some of the changes will result in a slightly longer overall trip, but in other cases the total run time will not be affected.

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Nearly two decades after the Chicago and North Western Railroad closed up shop in Chadron, Neb., a new railroad company is bringing the Chadron rail-yards, and the railroad roundhouse back to life, the Chadron Record reports. And principals in the new company say they see tremendous potential for niche railroad services in the community, based on the community's location near a main BNSF rail line, and the presence of a roundhouse that can handle repair and refurbishing of large railroad equipment.

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East County residents will be riding eBART before they know it. eBART is the 10-mile BART extension eastward from the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART Station to a station near Hillcrest Avenue. Construction begins this fall and will coincide with the widening of State Highway 4. eBART and Highway 4 will finish together in 2015, offering faster travel time on both the highway and the train.


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