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Ara Najarian, Board chairman, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said: "Los Angeles County received a double dose of good news June 4 from Washington, which I find very encouraging. Senator Barbara Boxer said that the Obama Administration is accelerating consideration of the subway extension project to Westwood by having the Federal Transit Administration weigh our bid for federal funding for the entire nine-mile segment rather than break it up in three phases. That's significant because it means when federal funding is secured we can build the entire project at once, which would greatly accelerate the completion schedule and help reduce costs because we beat inflation.

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Amtrak expects to award a contract next month to knock down two former stations north of the current rail station in Rensselaer, N.Y., the Albany Times-Union reported.

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SEPTA General Manager Joseph M. Casey urged Pennsylvania lawmakers to resolve the state's transit funding crisis, highlighting the critical infrastructure repairs that would be left undone without a solution.

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(This column by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) appeared at RollCall.com.) America has the greatest freight rail network in the world. Our system is the most efficient of its kind and essentially relies on no subsidies from the federal government. More than a century ago, America's railroads ushered in the great advancements in industry that sparked America's emergence as an economic power on the world stage. America's railroads revolutionized transportation, gave promise to freedom of movement and made business more efficient.

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The Connecticut Department of Transportation plans to apply for $400 million to $500 million in federal grants this summer to upgrade the New Haven to Springfield rail line, the Hartford Courant reports. Should the project receive funding, it would be a potential bonanza for central Connecticut residents who use I-91 to commute to Fairfield County or New York City.

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It turns out that you can fight CSX railroad - with a little help from your friends, according to an editorial in the St. Petersburg Times. CSX, which owns tracks crisscrossing Pinellas County, has a reputation for being difficult for local governments and neighborhoods to work with. Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard ran smack into that reputation for recalcitrance when he tried to get the company to change its plans for repairing railroad crossings downtown.

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Work begins Monday on a massive logging project that will remove some 10,000 trees along Union Pacific's right of way through the center of Winter Park, Colo., Sky-Hi News reports. On June 1, Winter Park Town Council approved a contract with Willow Creek Logging for the removal of trees within the 200-foot wide right of way, stretching from Kings Crossing to Moffat Tunnel.

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Frankfort and Mokena, Ill., could become quiet zones for passing trains, but it's likely to take months before residents get relief from the locomotives' blaring horns, The Herald News reports. The Federal Railroad Administration agreed in a letter to allow the villages to go ahead with plans to make the necessary railroad crossing safety upgrades needed before trains on the Canadian National Railway line can be prohibited from sounding their horns. The upgrades may take until next spring to complete, Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland said.

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Building on a policy shift announced earlier this year by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the Federal Transit Administration today asked for public comment on how to change the way major transit project proposals seeking federal funding are rated and evaluated.

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Infrastructure Ontario has released a request for qualifications to pre-qualify and shortlist project teams to design, build, finance and maintain a new maintenance and storage facility for new light rail vehicles that will operate on the Sheppard East Light Rail Transit and Scarborough LRT projects. The maintenance and storage facility will be constructed on the corner of Sheppard Avenue and Conlins Road in Scarborough.

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