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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said $32 million from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program will go to construct a multi-modal transportation station in downtown Joliet. The new transportation center is expected to create 650 jobs, laying the groundwork for future transit-oriented development in downtown Joliet.


 

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The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the City of Vancouver Nov. 3 will celebrate completion of the first of four projects to help make passenger rail a more viable alternative for travelers up and down the I-5 corridor. The $11-million Vancouver Rail - Rail Bypass and W. 39th Street Bridge project built a two-lane vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian bridge that takes W. 39th Street up over seven sets of railroad tracks in the Vancouver rail yard.

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Brown, Orange and southbound Green Line trains will be temporarily rerouted in the Loop from 4 a.m. Saturday, November 6, until approximately 8 p.m. Sunday, November 7, as Chicago Transit Authority crews install a new signal control facility at Van Buren and Wabash. The work is part of CTA's continuing efforts to upgrade the signal and train control systems in the Loop.

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People who support rail transportation, both freight and passenger, must feel like they've been on a roll this month--finally. They've worked long and hard, and they deserve some good news, according to and editorial in the Ft. Worth Star Telegram.

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The Dexter government of Nova Scotia will provide C$3.5 million to keep Cape Breton's railway running until at least next September, the Chronicle-Herald reports. The subsidy is an extension of a five-year, C$10-million deal the previous Tory government struck with RailAmerica, owner-operator of Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway. That deal expired March 31. The new deal is retroactive to that date and will keep the railroad operating until Sept. 30. --> ...

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the distribution of $2.5 billion for high-speed rail projects nationwide, and the American Public Transportation Association released the results of a large travel survey which shows that nearly two-thirds of adults (62 percent) said they would definitely or probably use high-speed rail service for leisure or business travel if it were an option. The survey, among 24, 711 adults, was conducted for APTA by Synovate.  
 

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Washington State has been awarded $31 million in federal money for railroad projects in the state, the Seattle Times reports. More than $18.2 million will go to seismically retrofit King Street Station in Seattle and its clock tower, as well as restore the station's main hall and other upgrades at the station. The project is a partnership with the state, Amtrak, the city of Seattle, Sound Transit and BNSF.

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As part of the Vision for the New England High Speed and Intercity Rail Network, Governor Patrick and members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation announced more than $160 million in federal funding for rail expansion in the Commonwealth, including a $32.5-million grant to support the design phase of the Boston South Station expansion project.

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Parsons is pleased to announce that the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, the governing board of Metrolink, recently awarded Parsons a $120-million contract to design, procure, and install Positive Train Control technology on Metrolink's 512-mile regional commuter rail system.

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A $4.9-million federal grant will rehabilitate the Nebraska NorthWestern railroad line from Chadron, Neb., to Dakota Junction and the tracks in the Chadron rail yard, the Chadron Record reports. That will lower shipping costs and improve market access for ag producers and increase employment and business for the region, according to Jack Nielsen, president of the railroad.It will also advance the shortline railroad's business plan by 20 years.

 

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