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Hillsborough County transit officials will decide in July whether to include a light rail link to Tampa International Airport in the first phase of a new transit system.

Recent reports indicate that manufacturing in the United States is ready to rebound. Factory orders in certain sectors are showing their sharpest uptick in almost five years.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is preparing additional service changes for the fall and winter, including trims to rush-hour service on several popular buses and the No. 7 train, even as New Yorkers are bracing for the loss of two subway lines and dozens of bus routes in less than a w ...

Vietnamese legislators rejected a proposed bullet train over its $56 billion cost - the assembly's first rejection of a major proposal submitted by the all-powerful Communist government, the Associated Press reports.

The first tentative steps toward building an ore haul railway to the James Bay Lowlands began this past winter, Northern Ontario Business reports. Helicopters moved drills into place as geologists tested frozen riverbanks north of Nakina, taking core samples to determine where bridges can be built to haul ore from a chromite open pit in the Far North's ‘Ring of Fire' exploration camp.

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Elected officials closed of a $100-million deal with CSX Corp. to launch commuter rail service to the South Coast and increase service for Central Massachusetts commuters, the Telegram and Gazette reports. The agreement, announced by the governor and other officials, allows the state to buy more than 30 miles of track from Taunton to the Fall River and New Bedford area, which is crucial to passenger service.

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BART has completed the Final Program Environmental Impact Report (FPEIR) for an extension between the Dublin/Pleasanton Station and the City of Livermore, Calif. The FPEIR consists of a "Response to Comments" (Volume 2), which publishes BART's replies to public comments about the project together with the previously issued Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (Volume 1). Both volumes of the FPEIR are now available.


 

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(The following statement was issued by Association of American Railroads President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger in response to the Teamsters Rail Conference employee survey titled "High Alert 2") "Feedback from rail employees can be useful in improving worker communication and training techniques. However, it is important to keep this subjective survey in context: This is not a study or report on railroad security. It is an unscientific survey of the perceptions of a small percentage of the freight railroad workforce about security.

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Alaska Railroad Corp. has received a permit from state regulators to spray the herbicide AquaMaster (key ingredient Glyphosate) and Agri-Dex, a substance to help spread it, along 30 miles of track between Seward and Indian, Seward City News reports. The railroad has not used chemical weed control for the past 26 years due to widespread public opposition and an inability to obtain the needed permits. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation permit is for two years. But earlier this month six Alaska environmental groups and the Native Village of Eklutna intervened to delay DEC from activating the permit. The groups are hoping that the agency will reverse its decision altogether.

 

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Backers of a proposed $400-million Detroit River rail tunnel announced June 17 they have launched the first steps toward construction, The Windsor Star reports. CP Railway, Borealis Infrastructure and the Windsor Port Authority have joined together to work on building a new double-stack high-clearance tunnel to replace the existing rail freight tunnel constructed in 1909. --> ...
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