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Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff told business and transit stakeholders gathered in Boston that the Obama Administration is committed to keeping the nation's transit systems efficient and maintained and asked for a similar commitment from them.

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During the regular meeting, the Cleveland Regional Transportation Authority Board adopted 10 resolutions, including: 2010-35, Authorizing a $150,000 contract with Standard Contracting and Engineering Inc. of Brook Park to install upgraded ADA ramps and sidewalks at the Flats-East Bank Rapid Station on the Waterfront Line, the West 98-Cudell Rapid Station on the Red Line, the Parma Transit Center, the North Coast Rapid Station eastbound platform on the Waterfront Line, the West Third Street Rapid Station eastbound platform on the Waterfront Line, and the Euclid Park-N-Ride lot. The bid is 49 percent lower than the engineer's estimate.


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Industry has proposed an agreement that, with government assistance, might keep rail service in Grand Forks, B.C., said Mayor Brian Taylor. A group of shippers that use the railway, including Pacific Abrasives and Interfor, contacted Omnitrax, which owns the Kettle Falls International Railroad, the Grand Forks Gazette reports.

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America's railroads honored the industry's safety achievements and celebrated railroads with the best employee safety records at the annual E.H. Harriman Awards. According to the Association of American Railroads (AAR), 2009 was the safest year ever for railroads, with significant milestones achieved across the board in reduced train accidents, employee casualties and grade crossing collisions

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Cattron Group InternationalTM, a leading global manufacturer of remote control products and professional services for the industrial, mining, commercial mobile and railroad markets, has contracted with TTechTrain SA de CV to represent the company in Mexico. They will handle all brands for the Industrial and Rail markets. Andres Duncan and Susana Duncan, along with their colleagues, have a combined experience of 86 years providing service to the railroad industry in the Americas.


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Barix AG said that NJ TRANSIT has standardized on Barix Audio over IP equipment for IP-based distribution of public address (PA) announcements at rail and bus stations across the state. ...

TriMet, elected officials and project partners in the Portland, Ore., area broke ground on a new MAX station that has been in the works since 1997. The future Civic Drive Station will be the 85th along the entire 52-mile MAX system. The Civic Drive Station is located along the MAX Blue Line tracks at Civic Drive in Gresham.

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), Congressman Michael Capuano and Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone said there is now an agreement on a new preferred site for a maintenance and storage facility needed for the Green Line extension to Somerville and Medford.

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Veiled by the Kansas debate over cutting state services or raising taxes was a $35-million gem that lawmakers left for BNSF, The Kansas City Star reports. As the Legislature passed a sales tax increase to avoid deep spending cuts, it also cut a deal that will allow BNSF to start work this year on a controversial Johnson County freight hub that has been delayed by the recession.

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The Federal Railroad Administration has set dates and locations of public outreach meetings to solicit input toward the development of the nation's first-ever National Rail. The National Rail Plan will lay out a coordinated vision for future development of our nation's freight and passenger rail networks. A final version of the plan will be released by September 15, 2010.

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