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August 20-22, Washington, D.C., Metro will upgrade its track, platforms and bridges on the Red, Blue and Yellow lines to improve reliability and service. As a result of this crucial work, which is critical to maintain the railroad in a state of good repair, riders can expect delays of up to 30 minutes. 



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Sound Transit celebrated breaking ground on the first phase of construction of a new Sounder commuter train station in Edmonds, Wash. The transit hub, scheduled to open next spring, will replace a temporary structure south of the Amtrak station with a new east platform, passenger shelter, re-paved parking area, upgraded lighting and secured storage for bicycles.

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Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley announced the formation of a new O'Hare Express Blue Ribbon Committee to undertake a comprehensive study for express train service between O'Hare International Airport and downtown Chicago.

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City said underpinning for the Corbin Building and the foundation for the Fulton Street Transit Center are complete. This marks a major milestone in the $1.4-billion project that will connect five subway stations and 10 subway lines, improving access for over 300,000 daily customers that pass through this major transit hub in lower Manhattan. The overall project, funded primarily with federal funds, remains on schedule and will be completed in 2014.

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Commuters in Boston's MBTA subway system will notice scientific equipment and researchers with electronic monitoring devices throughout the system August 20 -27, while the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues a scientific study of airflow throughout the underground portion of the subway system. The first portion of the study was conducted in December.

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CSX Transportation wants to raise a portion of the Keystone Viaduct on the Great Allegheny Passage at Sand Patch so its double-decker train cars can clear the structure, the Somerset, Pa., Daily American reports. The Somerset County commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding Tuesday with CSXT that outlines all the improvements the railroad will need to make for the project. The agreement also lists who will be responsible for construction, closure of the trail and when the actual work is being performed.

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The Dow Chemical Company will introduce the TRAXSYSTM Rail Boot System in North America and present its extensive rail technologies portfolio at the AREMA Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, 2010. Dow experts will be on hand at booth #130/128 to discuss how the Company's offerings can advance rail transport safety and extend the working life of tracks, platforms and equipment 

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Portland, Ore., TriMet riders have a new way to receive real-time arrival information for buses and MAX: text message. This arrival information option, one of the first in the nation, is useful for mobile phone users who have text message service plans but not more expensive mobile web service plans.

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Los Angeles is known for its vibrant car culture - and for all the problems that come along with it, such as air pollution and congestion, according to the South Los Angeles Report. Twelve transit projects are under way to provide relief for commuters. But transit officials say that may take up to three decades to complete, according to the South Los Angeles Report. Thousands of labor union members gathered in front of downtown City Hall on Friday to show their support for a plan that would speed up construction of the transit projects and create much-needed jobs.

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A major upgrade could be on the way for the railroad crossing where one Springfield, Ohio, High School student was killed and another seriously injured while walking to school right before the holiday break in December 2009, FOX Toledo News reports. They were both struck by a train while walking to school. Fifteen-year-old Cody Brown was killed. His friend, 16-year-old Brianna Mullinger, survived but lost her leg.

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