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It may not be known how California's $43 billion high-speed rail line will be financed, but officials hosted the groundbreaking of the northern terminus of the proposed line in San Francisco.

 

DART staff briefed the Board of Directors during a August 10 Board meeting armed with a proposed budget for FY 2011 and a revised 20-year financial plan that keeps the Orange Line extension on track and includes an extension of the Blue Line.

ENSCO, Inc., has been awarded the Operations, Maintenance, Instrumentation and Analysis Support contract from the Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Research and Development. The task-order contract, composed of a one-year base period and four one-year options, has a five-year ceiling value of more than $24 million. ENSCO shall perform engineering and operations services to support the development and application of advanced research and technologies for enhanced rail safety. The contract continues ENSCO's longstanding relationship with the FRA. The company has been a major provider of instrumentation, field-testing, engineering analysis as well as research and development services since the 1970's.


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Union Pacific has posted an invitation to bid for work on the CREATE B2 Project. Work includes track roadbed, drainage, bridge and retaining wall construction to add a railroad flyover connection between the Union Pacific line and Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad near Proviso Yard in the near west suburbs of Chicago..

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Atlantic Track and Turnout Co. is expanding its railroad trackwork manufacturing capability by purchasing the capital assets of Mid-South Rail, Memphis, Tenn. Jeff Grissom, president of Mid-South Rail, will retain day-today responsibility as director of engineering for the Memphis plant and will assume new responsibility as director of engineering and manufacturing for Atlantic Track.


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Discussions between Amtrak, East Lyme Selectman Paul Formica, the U.S. Coast Guard and local boaters and marine businesses have resulted in an agreement that balances the use of the Niantic River channel by the marine community and the need to keep the bridge-replacement project moving forward and on schedule.

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Infotech Enterprises Limited said that its wholly owned subsidiary, Infotech Enterprises America Inc., has acquired Wellsco Inc., located in Paragould, Ark. in an all-cash deal. Wellsco is a focused engineering services provider to the U.S. telecommunications industry. Headquartered in Paragould, Wellsco has more than 180 employees located across five offices. It counts some of the largest Telecom companies in the U.S. as long-term customers.

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PennDOT invites the public to take part in a multi-day workshop later in August to discuss improvement plans for the Coatesville train station. The station is located on the Keystone Corridor, which provides high-speed rail service between Harrisburg and Philadelphia.

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Washington, D.C., Metro Board Chairman Peter Benjamin made the following remarks at a joint meeting between the Metro Board of Directors and the National Transportation Safety Board at Metro headquarters on Monday, August 9: 
Safety is the top priority at Metro, for the Board, for Metro management, for all of our staff from top to bottom. This Board intends to ensure that, to the best of our ability, each and every National Transportation Safety Board recommendation to Metro associated with its review of the June 22, 2009 accident is implemented. 



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(The following column by Michael Dresser appeared on The Baltimore Sun Website on August 9, 2010.) Baltimore received a relatively gentle reminder last week of some unfinished business that it can ill afford to ignore. A CSX Transportation freight train derailed last Thursday in the Howard Street tunnel, the scene of the nearly disastrous July 18, 2001, derailment and fire that paralyzed much of downtown for a week. Thirteen cars of a 79-car train left the tracks - 11 of them in the tunnel under Howard Street and two outside the portal at Mount Royal Avenue.

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