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The City of New Bedford and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) have set up an informal design competition for a new station off Route 18 to be known as Whale's Tooth. The multi-modal station will be built as part of the South Coast Rail project and may host a new local and intercity bus terminal. Mayor Scott W. Lang and Kristina Egan, Director of South Coast Rail, MassDOT, made the announcement in New Bedford City Hall.

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Norfolk Southern Corporation has issued its third annual sustainability report, available for the first time exclusively on the company's environmental website, Footprints, at footprints.nscorp.com. The 2010 sustainability report describes Norfolk Southern's plans to achieve its new greenhouse gas emission reduction goal and tracks initiatives in responsible economic, environmental, and social performance.

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Hampton Roads Transit, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and the Williamsburg Area Transit Authority invite the public to two meetings on the region's long-range transit vision plan.

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The Canada Line in Vancouver, B.C., will undergo guideway maintenance on the nights of Sunday, Nov. 21, Monday, Nov. 22 and Tuesday, Nov. 23 from 11:30 p.m. until the close of service.


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FreightCar America, Inc., would begin production of 162 heavy-duty steel ballast cars for an undisclosed customer within a few months. This is a specialty car type with which FreightCar America has had significant experience since 2007. The 110-ton capacity cars feature automatic doors with a remote control and solar-powered activation system. This provides for additional productivity and operator safety during the unloading process.


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Construction by the Central Corridor Project in the Twin Cities is anticipated to begin in the next week for the West Bank. While the area has already seen construction near Washington and Cedar Avenue by utility companies preparing for Central Corridor, during the week of November 22, official Central Corridor Project construction will begin.

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Washington, D.C., Metro will temporarily close the L'Enfant Plaza Metrorail station entrance at 9th and D Sts., S.W., Nov. 26 through Dec. 8, due to a rehabilitation project in the promenade area adjacent to the station entrance. The entrance at 9th and D Sts. will reopen on Dec. 9. 

The entrances at 7th St. and Maryland Ave, S.W. and 7th and D St. S.W. will remain open. 




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Work will continue on the new pedestrian underpass at the Santa Clara, Calif., station. The underpass will connect the north- and southbound platforms, allowing two trains to pass through the station at the same time and improving safety for pedestrians in the station. Passengers at the station are boarding the train from a temporary platform that will be in use for approximately six months. The work is part of an 18-month station improvement project that will add a new wider, longer center-boarding platform and extend the southern platform 150 feet.


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Standing 12 stories tall, Houma's old steel train bridge that crosses the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is an iconic fixture to those who grew up here, The Daily Comet reports. They remember the trains crossing the bridge in the 1970s and 80s or climbing atop the huge rust-covered structure following its permanent closure in 1991. After this year, however, the lift bridge will once again operate over the Intracoastal Waterway, though this time in Freeport, Texas.

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Steve Noonan has been named an assistant vice president in the Newark, N.J., office of Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization. In his new position, Noonan will manage PB's Northeast Rail Vehicle Group, responsible for vehicle and system technical inputs to planning and engineering projects, as well as management and administration of vehicle engineering and inspection support.

 

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