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The federal Surface Transportation Board announced today that it would hold a public hearing in Presque Isle, Maine, on July 7, 2010, to allow interested persons to comment on the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd.'s application to abandon 233 miles of line in Aroostook and Penobscot Counties.

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Medina, Ohio, is upgrading seven railroad crossings for the cost of two after Council recently approved a deal with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, local newspapers report. According to the agreement, the utilities commission will cover the city's estimated $400,000 share of installing crossing gates and upgrading warning signals at five railroad crossings at South Court Street between Smith and Lafayette roads; South Elmwood Avenue, West Smith Road between South Elmwood Avenue; and South Huntington Street, Medina Street, and Prospect Street.

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Pennsylvania granted $1 million to build a solar-power field on part of a Superfund site at the Paoli rail yard, as part of a plan for a new transportation facility, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

A train with refrigerated railcars is carrying its first load of Washington cherries to Chicago this summer, thanks to a new central Washington rail facility built to provide faster delivery of perishable products to the Midwest, the Associated Press reports.

Via Rail Canada revealed a contingency plan should a work stoppage occur next week. The plan calls for running a skeleton schedule of train services across Canada if ticketing vendors and maintenance staff go on strike.

Tavares, Fla., City Council members decided to pick up the $84,000 tab remaining to begin work on the $1.3 million project Dora Canal railroad bridge project. The city had already received the majority of the necessary funds from a federal stimulus grant through the state Department of Transport ...

U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr., and NJ TRANSIT Executive Director James Weinstein joined Montclair Mayor Jerry Fried and other officials today to mark the grand opening of the newly reconstructed Upper Montclair Station building, featuring the Upper Montclair Station Restaurant.

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The Maryland Transit Administration said that track repairs on Howard Street would require the Light Rail line to be taken out of service between the Camden Yards and Cultural Center stops between July 5 and July 10. During this time shuttle buses will serve stops between Camden Yards and Cultural Center. 



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Beginning Monday, June 21, the schedule for Amtrak trains operating between Niagara Falls, Albany-Rensselaer and New York will be adjusted to accommodate track work and engineering projects. The temporary schedule changes are designed to ensure Amtrak trains continue to operate without lengthy delays.

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Work to repair the concrete exterior of the railroad bridge in downtown Fredericksburg, Va., will begin next month, local media report. The Virginia Railway Express Operations Board picked the lowest bidder among three competing construction firms to perform the work.

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