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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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Los Angels' Metro will hold four public scoping meetings beginning April 26 for the South Bay Metro Green Line Extension project. These scoping meetings are the first step in the environmental process and Metro is seeking public comments and input for extending rail service farther into the South Bay to improve mobility in southwest Los Angeles County.

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RailComm has been selected to provide the Track Warrant Control system for the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad. RailComm's state-of-the-art Domain Operations Controller train control system will be accessed through a web-enabled Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery model. RailComm's SaaS offering provides a "pay-as-you-go" model, thus eliminating capital equipment procurement constraints.


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CSX Transportation now expects to spend $1.2 billion or more developing and installing the crash avoidance technology known as positive train control, which has been mandated by a 2008 federal law, the Journal of Commerce reports. That is up from roughly $750 million that CSXT previously estimated to put in PTC across its network as required by the end of 2015. Company officials gave the new estimate in an April 14 conference call with Wall Street analysts.

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Norfolk Southern Corporation has expanded its communications with online audiences, distributing information, video and photos on popular social media Web sites. News media, customers, shareholders, bloggers, and other opinion leaders now can keep up to date on Norfolk Southern news and information through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.

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