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The Board and staff of the NEW METRO in Houston expressed their appreciation to U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn for their strong support and significant efforts to secure another $150 million for the North and Southeast Corridor light- rail lines, as the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY2011 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill July 22.

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New Lenox, Ill., took the first step to establish quiet zones along the Canadian National tracks, the Southtown Star reports. At the July 26 village board meeting, trustees approved hiring Christopher Burke Engineering to study what improvements are necessary to qualify for a quiet zone and the costs involved. The firm's fee will not exceed $11,000.

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Representatives of the National Gateway will discuss a broad range of environmental, business and economic benefits with legislators, business representatives and government officials this week at the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Legislative Summit 2010. The NCSL Legislative Summit, a major public policy conference featuring thousands of state lawmakers and legislative staff, is being held from July 25-28 in Lexington, Ken.

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Sen. Dick Durbin said July 23 that giving the Union Pacific Railroad $98.3 million in federal money for track improvements without an agreement in place to allow high-speed passenger rail is still a good idea, The Springfield, Ill., State Journal-Register reports.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that the Denver Union Station project will receive just over $300 million in federal loans through an unprecedented and historic innovative financing arrangement using the Department of Transportation's Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) Program and the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) Program. The project is funded with a unique financing structure and for the first time combines credit assistance from both programs.

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Can two rail agencies share a set of new tunnels under the Hudson River to midtown Manhattan and save billions of dollars, instead of building separate tubes under the Hudson River? asks the Asbury Park, N.J., Press.

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Excavators are eating into a slope above BNSF's main line in the Fruit Valley neighborhood, the Columbian reports. The work is to prepare the site for a 3.2-mile-long set of bypass tracks designed to help ease a railroad chokepoint in Vancouver, Wash. The new line will run along the east side of the BNSF main line from downtown Vancouver all the way to the Fruit Valley Road overpass.

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More than a century ago, gangs of burly men would lay railroad ties at a snail's pace, driving them in with sledgehammers, the Lansing, Mich., State Journal reports. Today, the work proceeds more quickly with large hydraulic machines, but still not fast enough to avoid causing headaches for motorists facing traffic backups and detours.

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In 1985, a young and energetic Mississippi State University forest products professor began testing a new treatment on railroad crossties, the Starkville, Miss., Daily News reports. At the time, Terry Amburgey had little notion that his experiment would change railroad infrastructure almost 25 years later.

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Kansas City Southern reported that its Mexican subsidiary, Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (KCSM) has worked throughout the weekend on the Anahuac Bridge and re-opened the bridge at 5:55 p.m. on Saturday, July 24. KCSM began running trains on the re-opened line immediately.

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