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Patriot Rail Corp. said it has executed a long-term license and operating agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to commence rail service on the Piedmont and Northern Railway in Gaston County, North Carolina. Under the 20-year agreement, Patriot will be responsible for operating, maintaining and marketing freight rail service on the P&N.

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Dec. 3-5, Metro in Washington, D.C., will upgrade its track and stations to improve long-term reliability and service. As a result of this crucial work, which is critical to maintain the railroad in a state of good repair, trains on the Red and Orange lines will be single-tracking, and riders should expect their trips to take up to 30 minutes longer than usual. 



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Progress Rail Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., has announced its acquisition of C&S Signaling LLC, a signaling business serving the railroad industry, based in Crestwood, Kentucky. The acquisition strengthens Progress Rail's position in g ...

URS Corporation, as part of a team with Mott MacDonald and Grimshaw, has been awarded a contract by High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd. to provide engineering design services for the development of a proposed high-speed rail line between Birmingham and Manchester in the U.K.

 

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The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) presented its Triennial Capital Expenditures Plan outlining the estimated C$1.9 billion in expenditures planned for 2011-2013 and their effects on subsequent years. Such investments are needed to replace or upgrade equipment and infrastructure that already have or will reach the end of their service life in the next few years, including métro railcars and a number of buses, among others.

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Agreements between Huron Central Railway and the federal and provincial governments are being finalized, paving the way for infrastructure improvements along the rail line, the Sault Star reports. Sault Ste. Marie CAO Joe Fratesi said Huron Central will sign separate agreements with the federal and provincial governments that will see C$15 million from each level of government flow for the upgrades.

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In December, Metro in Washington, D.C., will conduct major track work on all the Red, Blue, Orange and Yellow lines to help maintain the rail system in a state of good repair and help improve service reliability. All weekend projects will impact travel times. 

Metro will not conduct any track maintenance work during the Christmas and New Year's holiday weekends. 



 

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Fourth Street in downtown St. Paul is reopened to traffic after crews substantially completed utility relocation and road construction the day before Thanksgiving. In December, crews will finish installing pavers, lights, traffic signals and pole foundations for the overhead system of wires that will power the light-rail trains.

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Work will continue on the new pedestrian underpass at the Santa Clara 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. The temporary platform will be in use for approximately six months.

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has deployed the SightLogix® video intrusion detection system to provide perimeter security and prevent vandalism at the transit system's Northwest Rail Operations Facility (NWROF).  

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