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Two critical electrical replacement projects will take place at the BART 24th Street/Mission Station in San Francisco in May. For both projects, equipment removal and installation will occur primarily overnight on weekends during non-revenue hours.

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Colton, Calif., city officials say the long-awaited Colton Crossing project would bring improvements valued around $64 million to the city, but a critical component state transportation officials seek still hasn't been secured, the Redlands Daily Facts reports.

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Boston area MBTA crews will replace signal and communications cables in the Red Line tunnel May 8-9 to repair the damage caused by last week's fire. Up until 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Red Line service between Broadway and Park Street Stations will be replaced by buses. After 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the bus replacement service will be extended to Kendall Station from Broadway.

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The North American Section of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) is holding its Annual General Meeting and mini conference on Monday, May 17, just before the opening reception of the RSSI Exhibition. There is no cost for anyone interested in attending the conference and meeting of the Section.


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The Pacific Rim Railway Company has withdrawn its notice of intent to buy the Keokuk-Hamilton railroad bridge that is used by the Keokuk Junction Railway, the Daily Gate City reports. The notice was filed with the Surface Transportation Board. However, Keokuk Mayor Tom Marion says Craig Burroughs of Pacific Rim Railway Company still is interested in buying the bridge.

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The stalled economy offered Boise, Idaho, one silver lining: $915,349 in lease payments from Union Pacific for storing its idle cars on the city's idle railroad track, the Idaho Statesman reports.

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The three members of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board expressed disappointment with Canadian National Railway Co. officials at last week's hearing regarding discrepancies in the company's reporting of blocked crossings on the Elgin, Eastern & Joliet Railroad, the Barrington, Ill., Courier Review reports. The hearing was held after an independent audit discovered there were 1,457 incidents of railroad crossings being blocked for 10 minutes or more by trains on the EJ&E in November and December 2009. CN reported to the transportation board that there were only 14 incidents.

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Union Pacific will improve part of Illinois' transportation infrastructure with a nearly $22-million investment to its rail line that runs from Dupo to near Fults, Ill. The projects include installing nearly 48 miles of new rail, replacing six switches and renewing the surfaces in 89 road crossings. 

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Los Angeles Metro will hold a public hearing on a draft $3.75-billion budget for Fiscal Year 2010-11 on May 19 at Metro Headquarters next to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. The public can view copies of the budget proposal at Metro.net or request a copy. Metro directors will consider adopting the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010, at their May 27 meeting.

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A First Hill Streetcar route on Broadway was unanimously approved May 3 by the Seattle City Council, The Seattle Times reports. The $130-million line is to open in 2013, connecting the International District/Chinatown light-rail station to the train station on Capitol Hill scheduled to open in 2016. A short loop will pass King Street Station and Pioneer Square.

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