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Commuters in Boston's MBTA subway system will notice scientific equipment and researchers with electronic monitoring devices throughout the system August 20 -27, while the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues a scientific study of airflow throughout the underground portion of the subway system. The first portion of the study was conducted in December.

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CSX Transportation wants to raise a portion of the Keystone Viaduct on the Great Allegheny Passage at Sand Patch so its double-decker train cars can clear the structure, the Somerset, Pa., Daily American reports. The Somerset County commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding Tuesday with CSXT that outlines all the improvements the railroad will need to make for the project. The agreement also lists who will be responsible for construction, closure of the trail and when the actual work is being performed.

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The Dow Chemical Company will introduce the TRAXSYSTM Rail Boot System in North America and present its extensive rail technologies portfolio at the AREMA Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, 2010. Dow experts will be on hand at booth #130/128 to discuss how the Company's offerings can advance rail transport safety and extend the working life of tracks, platforms and equipment 

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Portland, Ore., TriMet riders have a new way to receive real-time arrival information for buses and MAX: text message. This arrival information option, one of the first in the nation, is useful for mobile phone users who have text message service plans but not more expensive mobile web service plans.

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Los Angeles is known for its vibrant car culture - and for all the problems that come along with it, such as air pollution and congestion, according to the South Los Angeles Report. Twelve transit projects are under way to provide relief for commuters. But transit officials say that may take up to three decades to complete, according to the South Los Angeles Report. Thousands of labor union members gathered in front of downtown City Hall on Friday to show their support for a plan that would speed up construction of the transit projects and create much-needed jobs.

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A major upgrade could be on the way for the railroad crossing where one Springfield, Ohio, High School student was killed and another seriously injured while walking to school right before the holiday break in December 2009, FOX Toledo News reports. They were both struck by a train while walking to school. Fifteen-year-old Cody Brown was killed. His friend, 16-year-old Brianna Mullinger, survived but lost her leg.

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The 2011 Joint Rail conference, which will be held in Pueblo, Colo., March 16-18, with the theme "Shared Corridors, Shared Interests" has issued a call for papers. The 2011 JRC is jointly sponsored by ASME, ASCE, IEEE, AREMA and TRB. Abstracts for proposed technical papers are now being accepted on the conference website, http://www.asmeconferences.org/JRC2011


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Lake Zurich, Ill., trustees approved an agreement with Ciorba Group Consulting Engineers in the amount of $126,221 for Phase I analysis for noise mitigation measures along the Elgin, Eastern and Joliet Railroad at Monday's meeting, Pioneer Press reports.

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Heavy rain swept through Duluth, Minn., the week of August 9, taking with it part of an old concrete culvert in West Duluth, the Duluth News Tribune reports. 

That, in turn, created a sinkhole over Kingsbury Creek that swallowed a section of the BNSF railroad near the Willard Munger Inn.



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The Connecticut Bond Commission is expected to approve $260 million to help pay for the improvements needed for high-speed trains running through the state and western Massachusetts, local media report.

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