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(The following editorial appeared in the Badger-Herald) The signing of the Pacific Railway Act by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862 is lauded as a defining moment in America's history. Connecting the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, the transcontinental railroad represented the epoch of westward expansion.

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A divided City Council approved spending an additional $934,000 in taxpayer money to purchase a small office building on York Street in Norfolk, Va., that officials say would cause a safety issue when light rail opens in May, The Virginian-Pilot
 reports. However, some council members say Hampton Roads Transit, not the city, should be responsible for purchasing the building. The transportation agency is constructing the city's light-rail line.

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November 12-14, Washington, D.C., Metro will upgrade its platforms, rail bridges, install new crossties and new track 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, trains on all lines will be single-tracking and riders should expect their trips to take up to 30 minutes longer than usual. 



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Crews for Seattle's Sound Transit are performing utility work along South Tacoma Way and at the intersection of South 26th and A Streets. This work, in preparation for the new track for the D-to-M Streets project, is expected to continue through early December. 

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A $32.5-million state investment in 38 rail projects in 28 counties will upgrade and add capacity, stimulate local economies and provide as many as 2,500 jobs, Pennsylvania Governor Edward  Rendell announced at a York, Pa., manufacturing and distribution facility.

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Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, Neil Ellis, Mayor of Belleville, Ont., and Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, General Counsel and Secretary of VIA Rail Canada, unveiled the design plans for VIA's new Belleville passenger rail station.

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With a $32-million grant in hand, Joliet, Ill., officials are hopeful that a new transportation center will put the city on the map as a regional transportation hub, the Chicago Tribune reports. Joliet officials recently learned of the state grant, which came just one week after the city was turned down for a federal grant for the project. The state grant, announced Oct. 28, will allow for the construction of a transportation center immediately south of Union Station.

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Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.), who is expected to chair the House Highways Subcommittee of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee in the next Congress in 2011, is quoted by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that high-speed rail funds being returned to Washington by Ohio and Wisconsin most likely will be recycled to high-speed rail projects elsewhere.

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Classic fall weather has settled in over the Philadelphia region, adding a touch of beauty to SEPTA riders' commutes as trees trade in their drab green summer leaves for colorful mixes of yellows, oranges and reds.

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The Port of Quincy, Wash., recently held a Rural Freight Mobility Summit. More than 70 agricultural, food processing, railroad, trucking, ocean cargo, economic development, warehousing and distribution leaders attended the summit, which primarily focused on freight mobility and transportation issues (intermodal, distribution, rail and trucking issues) impacting perishable shippers in North Central Washington and the Columbia Basin of Washington State.

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