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The Delaware River Port Authority and PATCO have received a nearly perfect review following two days of intense scrutiny by a Federal Transit Administration compliance reviewer. Twenty-two areas of compliance were reviewed and the Authority received perfect scores in 21 of those areas.


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Southeast Beach Drive in Vancouver, Wash., is now officially a train horn quiet zone, city officials said, The Columbian reports. It's the first of nine crossings where various improvements - medians, crossing gates, street closures - may be used to hush the 24-hour call of horns.

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Steve Kamau is tired of "noise pollution" from Union Pacific trains sounding their horns as they ramble through Manteca, Calif., often at speeds in excess of 55 mph, the Manteca Bulletin reports. The Manteca resident has launched a signature gathering effort at the ipetitions.com site aimed at collecting signatures to try and convince the City Council to address the issue.

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Union Pacific is investing more than $9 million to improve the rail line from Milwaukee, Wis., to near Lebanon, Wis. Work on two projects covering more than a 40-mile stretch of railroad track began August 18 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of November. The projects include removing and installing more than 33,000 ties, replacing the surfaces at 57 grade crossings and replacing nearly 24 miles of rail.  


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Canadian Pacific Ltd., Canada's second-largest railway company, plans to announce a major reorganization of its operations in the next two weeks, as part of its ongoing focus to improve efficiency and customer service, according to an internal document obtained by Dow Jones, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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President Barack Obama's push for high-speed passenger trains raises concerns about crowded rails slowing freight carriers like Union Pacific and BNSF, the Omaha World-Herald reports. This year, the administration committed $8 billion out of the $787 billion economic stimulus package and added $2.3 billion in the fiscal 2010 budget as down payments on a high-speed rail program that could cost hundreds of billions of dollars. The plan is to reduce America's dependence on oil, reduce traffic on highways and eliminate harmful exhaust emissions from millions of cars.

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Metra's massive bridge-rebuilding project on the Union Pacific North Line between Chicago and Kenosha, Wis., got off to a rough start August 23 as commuters got tangled in a new train schedule complicated by crew mistakes, the Chicago Tribune reports. Delays and confusion were common complaints as commuters crammed aboard trains, with some riders inadvertently boarding late-running trains that didn't make expected stops.

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The Tri-City Regional Port District will construct an additional 9,600 feet of track for a new rail line at the port's southern harbor near the McKinley Bridge, as part of an overall expansion of the port, the Belleville, Ill., News-Democrat reports.

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With extensive input from the community, Amtrak is carrying out a $460,000 plan to restore and revitalize with trees, shrubs and fencing a section of its right-of-way along the Northeast Corridor in Woodside, Queens, N.Y. Amtrak has hired a Landscape Horticulturist to assist in the selection and planting of approximately 600 new trees and shrubs, which the railroad will warranty and maintain for one year.

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It has been about five months since mudslides pushed trees and soil down the bluffs along the Blackhawk Heights and High Points subdivisions in eastern Iowa, and residents are still trying to find a way to stabilize their properties, The Hawk Eye reports.

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