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A brick-and-glass state office building on the banks of Lake Monona, just a few blocks from the Wisconsin Capitol and the rest of downtown Madison, shows no outward sign that it has become the focal point of one of the most heated - and unexpected - debates to divide this state's Democrats and Republicans in a crucial election year, the Stateline reports.

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Citing a 1921 agreement, city leaders in Martinsburg, W.Va., have asked CSX Transportation to help make repairs to deteriorating walls and abutments around the North Queen Street underpass bridge, The Herald-Mail reports.

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Thunder, lightning and hail from a fast-moving storm filled the late afternoon skies over Barre, Mass., and provided an appropriate prelude to the chorus of complaints the Board of Health would hear from abutters and neighbors of Wildwood Reload on South Barre Road, the Worcester News Telegram reports.

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New Jersey is temporarily shutting down all new work and suspending additional contract bids on an $8.7-billion railway tunnel to New York because federal officials say the project may go as much as a billion dollars over budget - money New Jersey doesn't have, The Star-Ledger reports.

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Japan said it's ready to loan California money to help pay for a planned high-speed railroad as trainmakers compete to work on a project that will cost at least $40 billion, according to Bloomberg. The state-owned Japan Bank for International Cooperation is prepared to lend funds, Japan's Transport Minister Seiji Maehara told reporters in Tokyo after meeting with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He declined to comment on the size of the possible loan.

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As soon as early next year, the amount of freight rail traffic on the main line that runs through Pottstown, Pa., is likely to increase, the Mercury reports. Also likely to increase is the amount of tractor-trailer traffic in the vicinity of the former Bethlehem Steel plant off Industrial Highway and South Keim Street.

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New Long Island Rail Road timetables in effect September 13, 2010 will contain schedule adjustments for some trains as well as the elimination of other trains. The new schedules implement the second phase of budget-related cuts in LIRR service that were approved by the MTA Board in March. These service reductions along with those implemented last May 17 were required as part of the effort to close the MTA's $900-million budget gap. The service reductions will save approximately $950,000 this year and $3.8-million annually starting in 2011. However, the LIRR will be monitoring the changes in the new timetable and will make schedule adjustments, as necessary, based on additional ridership and possible crowding on trains.


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TriMet's MAX Green Line in Portland, Ore., turned one on September 12, with 6.1 million trips taken on the line during its first year. The Green Line is the agency's fifth MAX line to be built, and added a new alignment in downtown Portland along the Portland Transit Mall and new tracks between Gateway Transit Center and Clackamas Town Center.

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 Illinois' ongoing financial crisis could thwart plans to expand the Metra line that runs through McHenry County, Ill., the Northwest Herald reports. About $29 million in federal funding has been earmarked to pay for the next step in improving the Union Pacific Northwest line and three other commuter rail projects. But unless the state can match those funds dollar for dollar, Metra will lose access to the money.

 

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Triangle Transit still likes the idea, but there aren't many cheerleaders left for a proposal to run high-speed passenger trains through the Norfolk Southern freight yard along the west side of Capital Boulevard, the Raleigh, N.C., News and Observer reports. Norfolk Southern blasted that notion last week in a 17-page letter to the state Department of Transportation.

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