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On behalf of the Honorable John Baird, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Dean Del Mastro, Member of Parliament for Peterborough and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and Fred Green, Canadian Pacific President and CEO, recognized the 125th anniversary of one the most significant moments in Canadian history, the driving of the Last Spike, which completed the country's first transcontinental railway.

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Work will continue this week 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.

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In the TwinCities area, the Northstar Corridor Development Authority (NCDA) Executive Committee, after careful review of the Federal Transit Administration's required technical analysis, decided to recommend to the Authority that the federal application for the extension be placed on hold.

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Improvements supporting future high-speed rail on the Chicago-St. Louis corridor north of Springfield, Ill., will cause the daily Amtrak Lincoln Service trains to originate and terminate in Bloomington/Normal from Nov. 15 through Nov. 23 and from Nov. 30 through Dec. 10. This work on the Chicago-St. Louis route will also cause the Chicago-San Antonio Amtrak Texas Eagle to detour without other scheduled stops between Chicago and St. Louis. Alternate transportation will be provided in most cases.

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The Washington, D.C., Metro Board Finance and Administration Committee on Nov. 4 reviewed Metro's preliminary FY2012-FY2017 Capital Improvement Program (CIP), which commits at least $1.18-billion to address National Transportation Safety Board recommendations over the next seven years and prioritizes safety and state of good repair projects. 



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BNSF promoted Greg Fox to executive vice president, Operations, reporting to Carl Ice, president and chief operating officer. Operations functions reporting to Fox include Engineering; Mechanical; Transportation; Safety, Training and Operations Support; and Resource Protection. Fox will also serve as a member of BNSF's Executive Team.

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The Chicago Transit Authority is reminding customers that from 4 a.m. Saturday, November 6 through approximately 8 p.m. Sunday, November 7, Brown, Orange and southbound Green Line trains will be temporarily rerouted in the Loop as CTA crews install a new signal control facility at Van Buren and Wabash. The work is part of CTA's continuing efforts to upgrade the signal and train control systems in the Loop. During these hours, trains will be flagged through the intersection by crews on the tracks as the signal controls will not operate automatically.


 

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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has told contractors on the high-speed rail line between Madison and Milwaukee to stop work on the federally funded project "for a few days," in the wake of rail opponent Scott Walker's victory in the governor's race, Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi said Nov. 4, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

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The Northwest Indiana Commuter Transit District is asking for the public's help in finding the parties responsible for more than $100,000 in thefts of copper from the South Shore commuter rail line's properties, the Northwest Indiana Times reports. According to Transit Police Chief Robert Byrd, the thefts have occurred over the last several months with the most recent taking place the night of Nov. 2 at the Gary, Ind., Metro Center.

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Canadian Pacific rail tracks in Airdrie, Alta., Canada, continue to be upgraded as Veterans Boulevard closes Nov. 8 and 9 for a 48-hour period, local media report. The closure, unanimously approved by City council Nov. 1, is part of a railway renewal program from Edmonton to Calgary that occurs every three to four years to maintain the railroad between Airdrie and Crossfield.

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