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Sound Transit contractors in the Seattle area will adjust light rail track switches on Martin Luther King Jr. Way South the weekend of Sept. 1 8-19. Link trains will be delayed from 5 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday because of the work.

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In as little as seven years, passenger service could return to the Florida East Coast Railway for the first time since 1968. But it's going to take a mountain of cash and political will to make it happen, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

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September 17-19, Washington, D.C., Metro will upgrade its platforms and replace a track switch on the Red, Yellow and Green lines 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, riders can expect delays of up to 30 minutes.

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In anticipation of a hearing on federal rail policy, Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, released a Committee staff report, The Current Financial State of the Class 1 Freight Rail Industry, showing that the largest American freight railroad companies have been earning record profit margins at the expense of their shipper customers. The findings of the report suggest that the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, a 30-year-old law giving railroads the authority to charge many U.S. businesses extraordinarily high shipping rates, needs to be reformed.

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The new parking garage at Tri-Rail's Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Station at Dania Beach, Fla., is scheduled to open for use by Tri-Rail passengers on September 21, 2010. The first covered garage on the corridor, the new facility offers 402 parking spaces, considerably more than the 180 spaces that were previously available at the station.

 


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Axion International said one of the largest railroads in North America has placed the first purchase order under a letter of intent for the ongoing purchase of Recycled Structural Composite (RSC) railroad ties.

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Caltrain Executive Director Mike Scanlon has called on the California High-Speed Rail Authority to refocus the project's environmental impact report on design and construction of an initial phase that could deliver the benefits of high-speed rail to the Peninsula and Caltrain while significantly minimizing or eliminating any adverse impacts on adjacent communities.

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Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. said that it received a contract from the Highways Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to provide engineering services for the construction, testing and commissioning phase of the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL).

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Canadian Pacific Railway has been notified by the Canadian Signals and Communications System Council No. 11 of the I.B.E.W that the Memorandum of Settlement reached in July 2010 by Canadian Pacific and the IBEW has now been ratified by the membership.


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It's a done deal. Virginia Beach, Va., will soon own the old rail line long coveted by some leaders as the ideal spot for a future light-rail project, 
The Virginian-Pilot reports. The City Council on Sept. 14 voted unanimously to spend $40 million to buy a 10.6-mile corridor from railroad giant Norfolk Southern.

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