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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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At its regular meeting June 22, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Board considered several resolutions, including:

• Authorizing a $140,000 change to the design of the Buckeye-Woodhill light-rail station. The new design will offer a canopy and a series of ramps on each side of the tracks, instead of elevators/escalators. RTA will also look at the cost of heated sidewalks, to keep the ramps safe in snow and ice.

Authorizing agreements with the City of Cleveland that will allow federal funds to flow through RTA to the City of Cleveland to plan an intermodal transportation facility on the Lakefront, near Dock 32.


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Union Pacific will improve Nebraska's transportation infrastructure with a more than $20 million investment to improve the rail line that runs from west of Grand Island, Neb., to Gibbon, Neb. Work on the nearly 25-mile stretch of railroad track began June 20 and is scheduled to be completed in late July.

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For weeks, a giant yellow and blue truss has been in place along the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) near Route 123 where the trains will move from the Connector Road to the northwest side of Route 123. That truss weighs about 366 tons and is now being used to lift huge concrete segments into place to make the spans between piers that will create the aerial bridges for support tracks across Tysons Corner. Those piers have been built along Route 123 and in the middle of the Dulles Connector Road.  

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The federal Surface Transportation Board announced today that it would hold a public hearing in Presque Isle, Maine, on July 7, 2010, to allow interested persons to comment on the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd.'s application to abandon 233 miles of line in Aroostook and Penobscot Counties.

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