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Anyone who has ever rifled through pockets or purse looking for a lost item will connect immediately with a public-art sculpture dedicated by Metro Arts in Transit (AIT) at the MetroLink Station and MetroBus Transfer Center on St. Charles Rock Road in Pagedale. The sculpture - titled Honey, Where's My Metro Pass - portrays that experience in a whimsical presentation of oversized coins, keys, a crumpled receipt and a lip balm that could have been spilled along the MetroLink platform by a frazzled passenger.

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Iowa Department of Transportation officials believe they will be successful in their second attempt to obtain a passenger railway from Iowa City to Chicago, the Daily Iowan reports. After taking in feedback from last year's denied application, the department is adding a new project to gain funding from the Federal Railroad Administration. The application is due Aug. 6.

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This month, Denver's Regional Transportation District is marking the 10 years since the Southwest Light Rail Line opened. Banners will be on display this month at a half-a-dozen key light rail stations and transit centers, and information will be on the RTD and FasTracks websites.

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Construction of a new platform, lights and retaining wall will begin at the Round Lake, Ill., Metra station July 15, 2010 and continue until October 1. Work will begin on the east end of the platform. During the first phase of construction, commuters must board trains from the western portion of the platform.


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Union Pacific has been named a 2010 Best Diversity Company by Diversity Careers in Engineering and Information Technology. The magazine honored Union Pacific for its support of minorities and women, attention to work/life balance and supplier diversity commitment based on feedback from its readers and website visitors.


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Norfolk Southern is reinforcing a retaining wall along W.Va. 100 with steel I-beams and concrete, the Morgantown, W. Va., Dominion Post reports.

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On July 12, Superior Judge William Morse extended until July 16 an order preventing the Alaska Railroad from spraying weed killers on a section of track until the state's high court can review the state-issued permit, local media report. Previously, state regulators had given the railroad permission to spray herbicide for 30 miles along a 90-mile stretch of track from Indian to Seward, south of Anchorage.

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A newly created and first-of-its-kind graduate-level track of study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Engineering will educate engineers and safety, health and environmental professionals across industries in the best practices to prevent expans ...

Gladstone, Mich., City Commission approved plans by the Canadian National Railway Company (CN) to submit the pre-application paperwork for a Tiger II Grant, the Escanaba Daily Press reports. A public hearing was held Monday, which brought forth various comments and suggestions about CN's Gladstone rail yard and its plans for the grant, if received.

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The Redevelopment Commission voted to chip in $10,000 to look into alternative routes for the South Shore Line if the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District can get federal grant money for the study, the News-Dispatch reports. The money will help fund a proposed $1 million study of potential realignments of the South Shore Line. NICTD has said the agency and Michigan City would split the $200,000 local portion of the study funding, with the federal government providing the rest.

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