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The public is invited to a community meeting about the San Bruno, Calif., Grade Separation Project from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 30 at Belle Air School in San Bruno. The meeting will include a presentation on the project, which will elevate the Caltrain tracks above San Bruno, San Mateo and Angus avenues. The project also includes a new elevated train station between San Bruno and San Mateo avenues that will replace the current station, three pedestrian underpasses and a new parking lot with 191 spaces. In addition, Posy Park and the streets and sidewalks in the neighborhood will be improved.


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(The following column, "Don't let this opportunity slip away: Keep Hudson rail tunnel project on track," was written by Martin E. Robins and appeared Sept. 23, 2010, in the Newark, N.J., Star Ledger. Robins is director emeritus of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, was the original project director of Access to the Region's Core from 1994 through 1998.) No one can blame Gov. Chris Christie for his 30-day moratorium on the Access to the Region's Core project, the enormous undertaking to build a new passenger rail tunnel under the Hudson River. But he must do everything in his power not to let this extraordinarily valuable public works project slip away over exaggerated fears of future costs that may never materialize.

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Continuing to emphasize the priority of safety, Washington, D.C., Metro's Customer Service, Operations and Safety Committee has recommended that the full Board of Directors establish a Safety and Security Committee and that the Board also adopt a new mission statement that clearly places safety at the forefront of the transit agency. 

The actions serve to demonstrate the transit agency's commitment to safety as its top priority and address a recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board for increased safety oversight by the Metro Board, which is expected to vote on the recommendations at its regular monthly meeting on Sept. 30. 



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Though the local permitting process for the project seemingly crawls along, officials at CSX Transportation are hopeful that their $100-million plan to expand the company's freight yard behind Union Station will be completed by 2012, the Telegram reports.

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Rotted wood was the only thing holding the rails together, the San Angelo Standard Times reports. Now government entities have secured funds to put in new railroad ties, new railroad crossings, new rails and a new bridge, with construction having already begun near downtown San Angelo, Texas.

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An upgrade to the railway signal system near Rahway, N.J., Station will have a major impact on weekend rail commuters, NJToday reports.


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Adrian Share and Conrad Blankenzee have joined HNTB Corporation to work in the firm's growing high-speed rail practice in Florida. HNTB, in a joint partnership with Wilbur Smith Associates, was selected by the Florida Department of Transportation in March 2010 as the program manager for passenger rail in the state of Florida, primarily the link between Tampa and Orlando.

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The historic Union Depot in St. Paul, Minn., is on the road to restoration, the Star-Tribune reports. The Ramsey County Regional Rail Authority on Sept. 21 approved a $149-million construction contract for the renovation and transformation of the building into a transportation hub. The vote was 6 to 1, with Commissioner Janice Rettman dissenting.

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Harsco Corporation said two follow-on orders in its Harsco Rail track maintenance business group are valued at more than $15 million and that both of them continue Harsco's strong presence in providing specialized rail grinding equipment and services to leading U.S. and international railways.

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Railroad maintenance crews have been a thorn in the side of Pittsburg, Kan., drivers for about a month, blocking some streets for up to a week at a time, The Morning Sun reports. And those drivers could have to wait a few more days before the repair crews have finished their job.



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