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Carmanah Technologies Corporation, Canadian manufacturer of self-contained solar LED Lighting systems for marine, aviation, traffic and off-grid lighting applications worldwide today announced a strategic partnership with Trojan Battery Company, the world's leading manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries. Under the agreement, Carmanah will use Trojan's deep-cycle batteries to provide energy storage for its EverGENTM portfolio of outdoor solar LED lights.

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The Nevada Department of Transportation board has approved a list of projects including funding for the next leg of the V&T Railroad reconstruction, the Nevada Appeal reports. The track now stretches from Virginia City past Eastgate Station where the train crosses Highway 50 and into the upper end of Carson River Canyon to what was the site of Eureka Siding.

 

The V&T project approved this week would use up to $3 million in stimulus funding to continue work on the railroad reconstruction.

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Flip Screen Australia Pty Ltd., a designer and manufacturer of an award-winning line of screening attachments, has appointed Peter Bigwood as president of its United States headquarters, Flip Screen USA. In his new position, Bigwood is responsible for North American sales operations, which includes identifying new market segments and applications, building a sales team, and developing new relationships with dealers and distributors. He will be attending the Association of Equipment Dealers (AED) summit in January 2011, with the goal of establishing new dealer and distributor partnerships

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Connecticut's recently convened contract watchdog board has ordered the state DOT to explain the cost efficiency of its long-running practice of hiring private engineers to inspect state rail and highway bridges, the Stamford Advocate reports. The six-member State Contracting Standards Board voted to require the Department of Transportation to determine if it could complete the work more cheaply by expanding the ranks of in-house inspectors to tackle inspections of rail and highway bridges that private firms are usually hired for, said Gale Mattison, the chairman of the standards board.

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The Metra Board of Directors approved the release of the Chicago-area agency's proposed 2011 Program and Budget book for public hearing and comment. Metra's proposed 2011 budget includes $634.2 million for operations and a $407.5-million capital program. No fare increase is planned in 2011.

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BNSF has selected T.J. Lambrecht Construction and Walsh Construction as the primary civil contractor to construct its new intermodal facility southwest of Kansas City in Edgerton, Kan.

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After years of fits and starts, the U.S. Transportation Department awarded Fort Worth, Texas, a $34 million grant Friday to upgrade the Tower 55 rail intersection near downtown, the Star Telegram reports. Tower 55 is one of the most congested rail intersections in the country. Fort Worth officials had been pushing for years to secure the funding to construct a new north-south rail line there.

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U.S. Senators Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins and Representative Mike Michaud announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $10,546,436 to the Maine Department of Transportation to repair and improve the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway (MMA) line in Aroostook and northern Penobscot counties. The funding is being made available through the second round of grants from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called Senators Snowe and Collins and Rep. Michaud this morning to inform them of the DOT's decision.

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U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter announced that $16,500,000 in federal grant funding would be coming to Niagara Falls, N.Y., to revitalize the Niagara Falls Customhouse, which will soon be known as the Niagara Falls International Railway Station. The funding comes from the Department of Transportation's competitive TIGER grant program, which was enacted as part of the stimulus bill.

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A new Amtrak station is open near Orlando for the more than 244,000 annual Amtrak Auto Train passengers. At about 10,000 square feet, the station in Sanford seats 600 passengers and is about four times larger than its predecessor. Thomas Carper, chairman of the Amtrak Board of Directors, joined local, state and federal officials for the celebration. The original depot, constructed in 1971 and renovated in 1995, was not large enough to accommodate growing demand for the Auto Train, which just reported a year-to-year ridership increase of nearly five percent - despite the economic recession.

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