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As Pennsylvania lawmakers debate requiring that natural gas drillers compensate communities for any damages to local roads, bridges and water supplies through a state severance tax on their production, they are also proposing that state tax dollars be used to develop infrastructure projects to support the industry, the Scranton times Tribune reports.

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At a special board meeting, the Metrolink Board of Directors authorized its CEO, John E. Fenton, to complete the final terms and conditions to award a $120-million contract to Parsons Transportation Group to manage and integrate Positive Train Control technology on Metrolink's 512-mile system.

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As part of Massachusetts Patrick-Murray Administration's proven commitment to transportation reform and focus on customer service, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray said real-time train location and arrival information is now available for the MBTA's Orange, Red, and Blue Lines. Following the successful release of real-time information for all 187 MBTA bus routes, this program expands the Administration's award-winning open data initiative to hundreds of thousands of daily subway riders.

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On October 4, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is making significant improvements to light rail service since its inception nearly 23 years ago. VTA will operate a new non-stop, faster express light rail service now featuring free WiFi. With the debut of the VTA Commuter Express, customers will enjoy faster and more frequent light rail service with six newly added, peak-hour commute trips from south San Jose, Calif. through downtown to North San Jose.

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Scott R. Bamford, P.E., and Don Jacobs have recently joined Geocomp Corporation, a geo-engineering services firm headquartered in Boxborough, Mass.

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Sound Transit's University Link is moving forward n the Seattle area. At the Capitol Hill Station, more than 40 percent of the excavation for the station box is now complete. A conveyor system is now in place to transpor ...

Due to the ongoing station repair work in New York City at the 207th, 215th, 225th, 238th and 242nd Street stations and the station rehabilitation at Dyckman Street, there will be no No.1 service between 242nd Street and 168th Street for all five weekends in October.

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California is getting a $194-million federal grant to fund planning of a 520-mile high-speed rail line, local media report.

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Marc Laliberté, VIA Rail's President and CEO, spoke on the issues and challenges confronting the passenger rail industry in a speech made in Quebec City to the members of the Ordre des comptables agréés (chartered accountants) du Québec. Laliberté took the opportunity to explain to the 350 convention attendees the context in which VIA operates at the beginning of this 21st century. In particular, he described the strategies his team has implemented to manage VIA's growth, despite the difficulties caused by the economic situation since the end of 2008. He stated that. "VIA must continue to adapt and evolve if it wishes to pursue its growth and remain relevant in the coming years."

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The dedication of a new switchyard in Winchester, Ore., may be a relatively minor event in the nearly 140-year history of train service in Roseburg, but it is notable achievement, according to the News-Review.

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