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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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Medina, Ohio, is upgrading seven railroad crossings for the cost of two after Council recently approved a deal with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, local newspapers report. According to the agreement, the utilities commission will cover the city's estimated $400,000 share of installing crossing gates and upgrading warning signals at five railroad crossings at South Court Street between Smith and Lafayette roads; South Elmwood Avenue, West Smith Road between South Elmwood Avenue; and South Huntington Street, Medina Street, and Prospect Street.

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Pennsylvania granted $1 million to build a solar-power field on part of a Superfund site at the Paoli rail yard, as part of a plan for a new transportation facility, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

A train with refrigerated railcars is carrying its first load of Washington cherries to Chicago this summer, thanks to a new central Washington rail facility built to provide faster delivery of perishable products to the Midwest, the Associated Press reports.

Via Rail Canada revealed a contingency plan should a work stoppage occur next week. The plan calls for running a skeleton schedule of train services across Canada if ticketing vendors and maintenance staff go on strike.

Tavares, Fla., City Council members decided to pick up the $84,000 tab remaining to begin work on the $1.3 million project Dora Canal railroad bridge project. The city had already received the majority of the necessary funds from a federal stimulus grant through the state Department of Transport ...
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