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(The following editorial by Mike Norman appeared in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.) Time for a Fort Worth streetcar update -- or, as I call it, the local obsession that won't go away.

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Public support for rail service from Pittsfield, N.Y., to New York City is gaining steam, according to a survey of potential riders who expressed strong interest in the idea, the Berkshire Eagle reports.

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September 24-26, Metro in the Washington, D.C., area will install new crossties, upgrade its track and trim weeds on the Orange, Blue, Yellow and Green lines to improve long-term reliability and service. As a result of this work, which is critical to maintain the railroad in a state of good repair, riders can expect delays of up to 30 minutes. 



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MTA Long Island Bus will provide bus and van service in place of four Long Island Rail Road trains at three Port Washington Branch stations in the early morning of Saturday, September 25, in order to allow overnight track inspections. LIRR customers will be able to transfer between trains and buses/vans at the Great Neck Station, and should allow up to 30 minutes of additional travel time in either direction.

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Due to bridge repair work in the Rail Runner corridor, the #502 train from Belen (8:50am) and the #505 train from Santa Fe (11:20am) will be cancelled, Sunday, September 26, between 8:50 am and 1:00 p.m. The two later trains will still run on their normal Sunday Schedule

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National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman appeared before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee to discuss the final report and safety recommendations from the NTSB's investigation into the fatal June 2009 collision of two Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) trains on the Red Line in Washington, D.C.

 

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The Metropolitan Council awarded Aldridge/Collisys, a joint venture, an $87.9-million systems contract to build the traction-power substations and overhead contact system for the Central Corridor LRT Project.  Aldridge/Collisys also will construct the communications system, train-to-wayside communications, radio, public address system and train control system with control centers, wayside signals and remotely controlled power-operated switches.

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The public is invited to a community meeting about the San Bruno, Calif., Grade Separation Project from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 30 at Belle Air School in San Bruno. The meeting will include a presentation on the project, which will elevate the Caltrain tracks above San Bruno, San Mateo and Angus avenues. The project also includes a new elevated train station between San Bruno and San Mateo avenues that will replace the current station, three pedestrian underpasses and a new parking lot with 191 spaces. In addition, Posy Park and the streets and sidewalks in the neighborhood will be improved.


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(The following column, "Don't let this opportunity slip away: Keep Hudson rail tunnel project on track," was written by Martin E. Robins and appeared Sept. 23, 2010, in the Newark, N.J., Star Ledger. Robins is director emeritus of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, was the original project director of Access to the Region's Core from 1994 through 1998.) No one can blame Gov. Chris Christie for his 30-day moratorium on the Access to the Region's Core project, the enormous undertaking to build a new passenger rail tunnel under the Hudson River. But he must do everything in his power not to let this extraordinarily valuable public works project slip away over exaggerated fears of future costs that may never materialize.

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Continuing to emphasize the priority of safety, Washington, D.C., Metro's Customer Service, Operations and Safety Committee has recommended that the full Board of Directors establish a Safety and Security Committee and that the Board also adopt a new mission statement that clearly places safety at the forefront of the transit agency. 

The actions serve to demonstrate the transit agency's commitment to safety as its top priority and address a recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board for increased safety oversight by the Metro Board, which is expected to vote on the recommendations at its regular monthly meeting on Sept. 30. 



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