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Legislation introduced by Congresswoman Laura Richardson (D-Calif.) helps underscore the growing recognition of the need to increase federal support for freight infrastructure.

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Joint Rail Conference 2011 is a multidisciplinary North American railroad conference encompassing all aspects of rail transportation and engineering research. The conference is a cooperative effort of the six co-sponsoring organizations and will be held March 16-18, 2011 at the Pueblo Convention Center in Pueblo, Colo.

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Amtrak has begun work to improve Union Station in Chicago and relieve some Amtrak passenger overcrowding by nearly doubling the seating in its general passenger lounges, increasing the number of public rest rooms and by providing air conditioning in the Great Hall for the first time since the early 1960s. The $40-million project is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.

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Steel Dynamics, Inc., said that Standard Strength rail produced at its Columbia City, Ind., mill has been tested and approved by four U.S.-based Class 1 railroads and by Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation). The Class 1 railroads include BNSF, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern, and the Union Pacific.

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U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Commissioner James Simpson, New Jersey Department of Transportation, Richard Larrabee, director of port commerce, Port of New York and New Jersey, Clarence W. Gooden, executive vice president of sales and marketing and chief commercial officer, CSX Transportation will be among the New Jersey, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and CSXT officials who will celebrate the opening of the Liberty Corridor Freightway, a major public-private project that paves the way for growth by providing improved access to the Port of New York and New Jersey. This engineering milestone will expedite freight traffic between inland markets and the Port by increasing train capacity and improving service levels.


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Mass. Lt. Gov. Tim Murray said $320,000 in technical assistance grants is coming to 15 communities across Southeastern Massachusetts to help them plan for the growth associated with the South Coast Rail project, local media report. The funding announcement, the third round of these grants, comes about a year after the state released the South Coast Rail Economic Development and Land Use Corridor Plan, which estimated that commuter rail could generate about $500 million in new economic activity annually.

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As Pennsylvania lawmakers debate requiring that natural gas drillers compensate communities for any damages to local roads, bridges and water supplies through a state severance tax on their production, they are also proposing that state tax dollars be used to develop infrastructure projects to support the industry, the Scranton times Tribune reports.

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At a special board meeting, the Metrolink Board of Directors authorized its CEO, John E. Fenton, to complete the final terms and conditions to award a $120-million contract to Parsons Transportation Group to manage and integrate Positive Train Control technology on Metrolink's 512-mile system.

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As part of Massachusetts Patrick-Murray Administration's proven commitment to transportation reform and focus on customer service, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray said real-time train location and arrival information is now available for the MBTA's Orange, Red, and Blue Lines. Following the successful release of real-time information for all 187 MBTA bus routes, this program expands the Administration's award-winning open data initiative to hundreds of thousands of daily subway riders.

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On October 4, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is making significant improvements to light rail service since its inception nearly 23 years ago. VTA will operate a new non-stop, faster express light rail service now featuring free WiFi. With the debut of the VTA Commuter Express, customers will enjoy faster and more frequent light rail service with six newly added, peak-hour commute trips from south San Jose, Calif. through downtown to North San Jose.

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