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A railroad lifeline to hundreds of jobs in Jackson, Vinton and Ross counties in Ohio will be made stronger as a project to improve service, reliability and safety on the City of Jackson-owned line that got the official notice to proceed from the Ohio Rail Development Commission. The notice to proceed has been sent to city officials.

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Preliminary engineering for surface improvements to Tower 55 will begin soon following an April 8 vote to fund the project by the Regional Transportation Council, the Ft. Worth Business Press reports. The at-grade surface improvements for the congested Tower 55 rail yard, widely considered to be the most congested rail yard in the United States, are expected to cost about $95 million. The yard sits at the southwest corner of the intersection of interstates 35-W and 30.

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Portec Rail GroupSheffield, part of Portec Rail Products, Inc., appointed Mark Allen as the Head of Engineering (Rail) U.K.  Allen brings a wealth of specialist experience from within the U.K. rail industry. He joined the Rail industry via the Railtrack U.K. Graduate Training Scheme in 1997 having achieved a degree in civil engineering and engineering management and being previously employed within the civil engineering sector.

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Improvements to Metra's Union Pacific West Line this spring and summer run the gamut from expediting freight trains to stopping pedestrians from zipping around lowered crossing gates, the Daily Herald reports. The joint Metra/Union Pacific project started in 2009 and will finish in 2011, but commuters in DuPage and Kane counties should see some significant changes this year, officials said at a Metra board meeting.

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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff said that Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) of Portland, Ore., will receive $2.4 million in federal research funds to support the development of streetcar components that will be made in the U.S.A. 

TriMet will use the funds to support the development of a domestically-produced streetcar propulsion system, as well as initial work to develop a streetcar that can operate for short distances without power from overhead wires, allowing the potential for streetcar service to be introduced where historic, environmental, or other concerns limit the installation of overhead wires.

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Port officials in Coos Bay, Ore., expect to sign a deal with Union Pacific as soon as next week to take control of the rail line between the North Spit and Coquille, The World reports. Port commissioners approved an agreement that Executive Director Jeffery Bishop has been working on for nearly a year, said spokesman Martin Callery. The deal means rail service can reopen as soon as next year, all the way from Eugene to Coquille -- an important step for southern Coos County shippers.

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The Metropolitan Council and University of Minnesota have reached an interim agreement that will allow construction to proceed this summer on the Central Corridor light rail transit project while fully protecting the university's sensitive research facilities.

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CSX Corporation is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a week-long celebration around its network that includes rail yard clean sweeps, employee engagement and education activities and local beautification projects.

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MTA Long Island Rail Road train service between Babylon and Speonk, N.Y., will be suspended for the weekend of April 24-25 so LIRR workers can restore a stretch of track replaced last year to allow National Grid to conduct an environmental cleanup of the area under the track just west of Bay Shore Station.

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Work to reconstruct the pavement and track at the Caltrain Villa Terrace crossing in San Mateo, Calif., began April 16. The crossing will be closed from 8 a.m. Friday, April 16, until 6 a.m. Tuesday, April 20. The work is part of a 10-week project to rebuild three railroad crossings in the cities of Burlingame and San Mateo. The work at Peninsula Avenue in Burlingame has been completed. After the Villa Terrace crossing has been competed, work will begin on the Bellevue Avenue crossing.

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