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The U.S. rail manufacturing industry stands to undergo considerable growth in the coming years as Amtrak upgrades its railcars and adds high-speed trains and as lawmakers consider a transportation bill that calls for significantly greater investments in public transit, including rail, according to a new study by Duke University prepared for the Apollo Alliance. Illinois, which is home to 23 rail-manufacturing facilities and is planning its own high-speed rail network, would reap major benefits from such a bill.

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The county has received bids from 14 architectural firms on the $1.2-million downtown transit depot that officials hope is a hub for Greyhound bus and Amtrak railway services in the next few years, local media report. County staff members will spend the next couple of weeks reviewing the projects and ranking the top four or five candidates before presenting them to the commission, said Judy Halaas, county purchasing technical coordinator.

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CSX Transportation officials told the Albany Times-Union editorial board June 23 that adding passenger trains traveling 110 mph to CSX tracks would cut the amount of freight traffic the railroad could handle.

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June 25-27, Washington, D. C., Metro will make upgrades to the track on the Blue Line to improve reliability and service. As a result of this crucial work aimed at keeping the railroad in a state of good repair, riders can expect delays of up to 30 minutes.


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TriMet in Portland, Ore., has begun work to improve safety, security and fare compliance at the Gresham Central MAX station. Over the next two months, crews will be installing railing, lighting and signage around the platforms to improve visibility, make the platform a fare zone and help make the overall environment safer. With the station platform as a fare zone, passengers will be required to have valid fare before boarding, making it easier to check fares at the station.

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America's growing economy moves more and more freight on rails and Ohio is increasingly one of the critical links to keep those goods rolling. Already nearing completion of its Heartland Corridor between Chicago, Columbus and the Port of Norfolk, Va., Norfolk Southern is extending the corridor's reach to Cincinnati.

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As part of their review of agency finances, DART officials are reviewing funding strategies for capital projects scheduled beyond the current 37-mile light rail expansion. The projected shortfall in sales tax revenue will result in the indefinite delay in the third section of the Orange Line, from Irving to Terminal A at DFW Airport, the second Downtown Dallas alignment and the Blue Line extension from Ledbetter Station to the UNT Dallas campus, officials said.

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Services that impact the lives of many are often the subject of public scrutiny, as they well should be, the Mid-Region Council of Governments said in a press release. However, it's also important to separate fact from fiction. And, since you, the taxpayer are helping fund this service, we think it's your right to know the truth.

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Norfolk, Va., Moose Lodge 39 on Kempsville Road was knocked down to make way for The Tide light rail project, The Virginian-Pilot reports. The giant jaws of a piece of heavy machinery tore away at the building piece by piece this morning shortly after 10 a.m.

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The Port Authority Board of Commissioners approved the first major construction contracts - totaling more than $100 million - for the iconic Santiago Calatrava-designed Transit Hall and Oculus portions of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub.

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