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A Next-Generation High-Speed Rail service could be successfully developed in the Northeast with trains operating up to 220 mph on a new two-track corridor resulting in a trip time of about three hours between Washington and Boston, cutting in half or better the current schedules, according to a concept plan released by Amtrak.

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When it comes to the planned multibillion-dollar commuter rail tunnel under the Hudson River, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn't doing much to build bridges, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg says, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. The longtime Democratic senator said the Republican governor has refused to let NJ Transit engineers and professional staff meet with federal transportation officials to break a 30-day construction delay that threatens to scuttle America's largest public works project.

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(The following commentary appeared in The Virginian-Pilot
 September 26, 2010.) The Tide's financial mismanagement will cost Norfolk's citizens millions of dollars more than originally planned. That's hardly news.

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Michigan Tech is working on what it believes is a first-ever collaborative study between the U.S. and the European Union to improve railway education.

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Suffolk, Va., City Council members viewed a proposal to create a combined Amtrak and Hampton Roads Transit station in downtown Suffolk, near the Saratoga neighborhood, the Suffolk News Herald reports. City leaders pinpointed the former site of the Golden Peanut Company, in between Saratoga and Wellons streets, as a suitable location for a train and bus transportation hub. The site still includes the company's abandoned buildings, which feature broken windows, graffiti and at least one tree growing on the roof.

 

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Michel Labrecque, chairman of Montreal's STM Board of directors, said the agency signed the Sustainable Development Charter of Union internationale des transports publics (UITP) in Brussels.

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West Lake Street in Ft. Collins, Colo., will be closed to all traffic at the BNSF railroad tracks west of College Avenue for track repairs and improvements, the Coloradoan reports. The work is scheduled to begin Sept. 28 and continue through Oct. 5, weather permitting. A detour route will be provided to direct through traffic to use College Avenue and Centre Avenue.

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Even in a time of belt-tightening and dreams deferred, a long-sought CTA project is in the works, offering the promise of improved transportation and economic rebirth for poorly served Chicago communities, according to a story by Jon Hilkevitch in the Chicago Tribune.

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The Illinois Department of Transportation has selected Hanson Professional Services of Springfield to evaluate environmental consequences of building a new rail line between St. Louis and Chicago for high-speed passenger trains, the State Journal-Register reports. Hanson will work with the Parsons Transportation Group, a branch of the construction and engineering firm of Parsons Corp., headquartered in Pasadena, Calif.

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As part of the Sound Transit 2 plan approved by Metropolitan Seattle voters in 2008, the agency is starting the formal planning process for mass transit between Northgate and Lynnwood with early scoping. Sound Transit wants to hear from residents because public input received during this early scoping process will help us identify the best way to serve a given community.

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