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Wright County, Iowa, Economic Development Director Dennis Bowman and Hamilton County Supervisor Doug Bailey talked to the Wright County Board of Supervisors about a proposed 280-acre business park in Hamilton County with access to the Canadian National Railway, the Belmond Independent reports.

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A Clinton County, Ohio, railroad crossing has been called "a dire safety hazard" and a "very dangerous intersection" by current and former railroad safety advocates, as well as by one Ohio foundation that works to make the nation's railways safer, the News Journal reports.

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The BART website (www.bart.gov) went live with new trip planning functions, including bicycle directions and station area points of interest that use the Google Maps API. In addition to walking and driving directions, visitors now can get bicycling directions between BART and any address using the BART QuickPlanner. They can also get more information about points of interest near BART stations, including directions, using the Neighborhood Map tab on any station page.

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The North Dakota Public Service Commission is working to arrange a meeting with BNSF, the City of Bismarck and Fraine Barracks after residents close to the barracks crossing complained the work to make the crossing private is taking too long, the Bismarck Tribune reports.

The train whistles are still blowing and some residents are frustrated that construction and legal work are taking so long after the commission signed its order May 19. The order doesn't make Fraine Barracks a private crossing by default, but it does make the crossing private once certain conditions have been met.

BNSF is working with the city to hash out a contract that will detail what maintenance the city is responsible for and what liabilities it will have once the crossing is private. The city is unable to start construction until the agreement is signed. City officials would not say Wednesday how long they've been working on the contract or when they received it. City Attorney Charles Whitman would not say what liabilities the city would be forced to take on through the contract. But in an e-mail to PSC staff, City Administrator Bill Wocken said it "indemnifies the railroad from almost all real or imagined events."

The commissioners set a tentative meeting with the three parties for Aug. 24.

Commission Chairman Kevin Cramer questioned whether BNSF was unhappy with the agreement and "stonewalling the process."

BNSF's attorney during the hearing, Stephen Plambeck, said, "No I don't think that what's going on at all." Rather, he said, the agreement was simply still being worked out.

BNSF did not appeal the commission's order, but Commissioner Tony Clark questioned, "how formally that opportunity was presented to them." Cramer said the company is sufficiently legally represented to be informed of the process.

Regardless of what is causing the hold-up, nearby residents want the whistles to stop.

"They're (BNSF) just dragging their feet on this and a lot of people in western Bismarck are upset," said Highland Acres resident Jim Christianson. "The agreement was signed over two months ago, and the needed improvements could be completed in less than a week."

Wocken said the contract has taken longer to work out than the city desired.

"To say we have not achieved any real progress at this point would be very close to correct, as the whistles keep blowing," Wocken said in his email to PSC staff. "We have not lost our resolve to continue to work of this process, but it is very slow going."

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In 1935, Cyrus Holland founded Holland Co, now Holland LP, to supply railroad car snubbers to the industry. Today, Holland is celebrating 75 years in the railroad supply business.

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Construction of an enormous railroad overpass in Colton, Calif., remains on a scheduled late 2011 start, as officials finalize details of a design agreement, The Press-Enterprise reports. Members of San Bernardino Associated Governments are poised to agree to the contract for design of the Colton Crossing at the agency's monthly meeting.

 

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This month, SEPTA will undertake a grade crossing renewal project along the Media/Elwyn Regional Rail Line temporarily closing local roadways to traffic in Delaware County. On Thursday, August 5, through Tuesday, August 10, Amosland Road will be closed between Franklin and Highland Avenues near the Morton Regional Rail train station. Trains at Moylan-Rose Valley, Wallingford, Swarthmore, and Morton-Rutledge Stations will change boarding location during this time.

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Lisa Stabler, former AVP, Quality & Reliability Engineering at BNSF, joined TTCI's senior management team as VP of Operations and Training. Stabler will provide officer level oversight to TTCI's Operations and Facilities program, the Safety, Health, and Environmental program and to the Security and Emergency Response Training Center.


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Beginning August 1, 2010 and ending October 1, BART will be installing new energy-efficient lighting fixtures and intelligent lighting system components in the North Berkeley Station. The improvements will greatly enhance station lighting levels. The work will be performed outside of commute hours, whenever possible, to minimize inconvenience. One unused AC Transit bus stop will be used for the contractor's trailer. No buses will be re-routed or relocated during construction.

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Amtrak has added special stops in Michigan City, Ind., on three Wolverine Service trains during selected Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, through November 8. This is in response to the construction-related shut down of South Shore Line commuter rail service east of Gary, Ind., on those dates.

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