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Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) is an overwhelmingly popular rail initiative in Northern California, according to an article in The American Surveyor. Measure Q had an amazing 70-percent support of the two-county (Sonoma-Marin) SMART District.

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It wasn't a good day for Caine Hlavaty, who was ticketed for trying to beat the crossing gates -- and an oncoming train -- while riding his bike across the tracks in Elmhurst, the Chicago Tribune reports. Now he was complaining he had missed his bus for work.

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A wall collapsed around 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lee Road Station on the Blue Line of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. The track was not damaged, but pedestrians cannot board there. The station was shut down immediately, and the Blue Line ceased operation. On Saturday and Sunday, RTA operated shuttle buses on the Blue Line, from Shaker Square to the end of the line at the Warrensville-Van Aken Station.

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Work to reconstruct the pavement and track at the Villa Terrace crossing in San Mateo will begin April 16. The crossing will be closed from 8:00 a.m. Friday, April 16, until 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 20.

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The Section of Environmental Analysis at the Surface Transportation Board issued a draft environmental assessment on the proposed abandonment of 233 miles of rail line in the northern Maine counties of Aroostook and Penobscot. The draft review found that the abandonment of this line could divert onto Maine's highways as many as an additional 73,344 truck trips per year, consuming an additional 3.3 million gallons of fuel per year.

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A two-stage borate treatment has been used for years to help increase the life of a crosstie. Stella-Jones recently developed a new single-stage treatment process that allows for less handling of the crossties and reduced costs. 

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The formidable Cooper Tunnel on the Norfolk Southern main line in Mercer County, W. Va., is now open for larger loads, opening another key impediment to the railway's ambitious Heartland Corridor project, the Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports.





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The Orange County, Calif., Transportation Authority has received $357 million from the state for freeway and rail projects, the Orange County Local News Network reported. The California Transportation Commission sold bonds last month to free up the money for OCTA.

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A deal is imminent for a $90-million rail and trucking facility at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport that could bring the region $7 billion in business over the next two decades, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.

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The federal government could be the last to invest in plans to save 241 miles of northern Maine rail lines, but it won't be the first, the Bangor Daily News reports. Joseph C. Szabo, administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, told representatives of 22 northern Maine manufacturers during a meeting April 8 that they must form a public-private partnership with the state and contribute money or other aid to acquire federal funding to save the rail lines.

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