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Patriot Rail is on board to operate the restored Piedmont & Northern rail corridor in Gaston County, N.C., for at least five years, according to an agreement signed last week with the N.C. Department of Transportation, the Gaston Gazette reports. The Boca-Raton, Fla.-based short line and regional railroad company should restore freight service in the next 45 days on four miles of track upgraded in late 2009 between Gastonia and Ranlo. Another nine miles of the state-owned P&N corridor from Ranlo to Mount Holly should be upgraded by spring 2011.

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Deputy Managing Director for Emergency Management MaryAnn E. Tierney and SEPTA General Manager Joseph M. Casey said that SEPTA alerts are now offered through ReadyNotifyPA, the City of Philadelphia's emergency text and e-mail alert system. The new alerts will provide SEPTA riders with another avenue to receive real-time information on delays and service interruptions. The announcement came during a press conference on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 in SEPTA's Control Center.

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Metro Blue Line passengers in the Los Angeles area will experience travel delays of up to 40 minutes for the next two weekends beginning this Friday night, August 13, due to construction of the Expo light rail line, which will connect with the Metro Blue Line in downtown Los Angeles. Special Metro Bus bridge service will parallel the train route during the construction work.

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Vossloh has concluded with Trafikverket, the Swedish infrastructure authority, a framework agreement for supplying a new type of in-sleeper actuation system for switches and crossings over a period of 10 years, including an option for five more years. The total contract value is above €100 million (about $128 million). Fully integrated into the sleeper, the system chosen by Trafikverket is a customized version of the Easyswitch actuation system previously developed by Vossloh Cogifer.

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Miami-Dade Transit continues its progress on the construction of the AirportLink Metrorail extension and will now be connecting the first section of the guideway to the new Miami International Airport Metrorail Station.  Several roads will be closed in the next week to accommodate work.


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  Patriot Rail Corp., a privately-held short line and regional freight railroad holding company, has agreed in principle to purchase the shortline railroad assets of Weyerhaeuser Company. The acquisition is subject to certain closing conditions, including Patriot's due diligence an ...

 

It may not be known how California's $43 billion high-speed rail line will be financed, but officials hosted the groundbreaking of the northern terminus of the proposed line in San Francisco.

 

DART staff briefed the Board of Directors during a August 10 Board meeting armed with a proposed budget for FY 2011 and a revised 20-year financial plan that keeps the Orange Line extension on track and includes an extension of the Blue Line.

ENSCO, Inc., has been awarded the Operations, Maintenance, Instrumentation and Analysis Support contract from the Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Research and Development. The task-order contract, composed of a one-year base period and four one-year options, has a five-year ceiling value of more than $24 million. ENSCO shall perform engineering and operations services to support the development and application of advanced research and technologies for enhanced rail safety. The contract continues ENSCO's longstanding relationship with the FRA. The company has been a major provider of instrumentation, field-testing, engineering analysis as well as research and development services since the 1970's.


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Union Pacific has posted an invitation to bid for work on the CREATE B2 Project. Work includes track roadbed, drainage, bridge and retaining wall construction to add a railroad flyover connection between the Union Pacific line and Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad near Proviso Yard in the near west suburbs of Chicago..

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