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Veiled by the Kansas debate over cutting state services or raising taxes was a $35-million gem that lawmakers left for BNSF, The Kansas City Star reports. As the Legislature passed a sales tax increase to avoid deep spending cuts, it also cut a deal that will allow BNSF to start work this year on a controversial Johnson County freight hub that has been delayed by the recession.

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The Federal Railroad Administration has set dates and locations of public outreach meetings to solicit input toward the development of the nation's first-ever National Rail. The National Rail Plan will lay out a coordinated vision for future development of our nation's freight and passenger rail networks. A final version of the plan will be released by September 15, 2010.

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RailWorks Corporation promoted Gordon Strilchuk to vice president of signals & communications at its Canadian subsidiary PNR RailWorks Inc., Canada's largest railway contractor. Strilchuk, who leads PNR RailWorks' Signals & Communication division, has more than 35 years of rail system signals and communications experience. He is based in Guelph, Ontario, and reports to Jamey Craig, president of PNR RailWorks.


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Was it an honest mistake? Or a calculated move to minimize the effect of bringing more freight trains on the EJ&E railroad tracks? The Daily Herald asks in an editorial. The true answer may never be known. But we agree with those who say Canadian National Railway, EJ&E's owner, should be held accountable for providing flawed data.

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BART crews are installing the final section of crossover track between Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek, Calif., stations. This work requires that closing the tracks between these two stations beginning 7p.m. Friday, May 28 through the end of service Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day weekend). To accommodate customers, BART will provide a free bus bridge service between Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill (in both directions).


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May 15-16, Caltrain used an on-track truck to spray weed killer along the right-of-way. Weed abatement is necessary to prevent brush fires on and around the train tracks. May 16-20, crews will replace crossties, weld and resurface the tracks between the Bayshore and San Mateo stations.


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The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, elected officials and contractor S3 Tunnel Constructors launched the tunnel-boring machine that will dig the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway.

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In June, Hennepin County, Minn., will launch a nine-month, $200,000 study of the cost and community and environmental impacts of adding more traffic to the St. Louis Park tracks, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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The Union Pacific Railroad bridge spanning Coleto Creek was damaged May 15 as a result of the flooding caused by torrential rainfall, the Victoria, Texas, Advocate reports.

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A Boca Raton, Fla.-based short line and regional railroad company has been selected to restore freight service on the Piedmont & Northern Railway in Gaston County, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said, the Gaston Gazette reports.
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