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Floodlights glared deep in a century-old tunnel under an Appalachian hillside. An excavator poked at the arched ceiling like a pterodactyl, the Hampton Roads Pilot reports. Chunks of sandstone shattered and fell thunderously into an empty rail car.

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Starting in mid-June, contractors will add a second set of tracks to a 2-mile stretch of the coastal railway through Carlsbad, Calif., the North County Times reports. Having a double set of tracks will provide new passing points for trains and reduce delays for both local Coaster commuter trains and Amtrak long-distance trains, John Eschenbach, senior project manager for Amtrak, said.

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SEPTA General Manager Joseph M. Casey was joined by a host of local officials and dignitaries on April 29 to celebrate the completion of rehabilitation work at the North Philadelphia Station on the Broad Street Line.

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RailComm has provided a wireless remote control yard system at CSX Transportation's Avon Yard in Indianapolis. The RailComm Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) System provides remote control to several GETS HydraSwitch machines. RailComm's DOC® system is configured to control all switches individually as well as provide eNtrance eXit (NX) routing functionality. 


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British Columbia's TransLink delivered significant, promised expansion in road and transit infrastructure and services in 2009 to Metro Vancouver, while also dealing with softer revenues to successfully reduce the size of its forecast deficit. Metro Vancouver's transportation authority prioritized, ensuring that services and efficiency worked together to produce value-for-money for customers and taxpayers.

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(The following editorial appeared in the Fort Worth, Texas, Star Telegram.) America's railroads have a good track record when it comes to hauling toxic inhalants. Accidents are extremely rare even though volume is extremely high -- trains hauled 72,000 tank cars of such dangerous cargo in 2008.

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PennDOT says moving freight by rail eases congestion on highways, saves fuel costs and, with some enhancements to the current lines, the state could improve upon its position as an important crossroads for the rest of the country, the Beaver County Times reports. A PennDOT study released earlier this month outlines what officials hope will be the future of the rail industry-freight and passenger-and spells out what needs to happen to achieve the goals the report sets for 2035. And while the report makes it clear that many of the goals must be achieved by both sides of the industry, it sets a few priorities for specific improvements that will help improve freight rail in the state.

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Six months ago, the biggest day in Dallas Area Rapid Transit history turned into one of its worst when thousands of football fans found themselves stranded at rail stations in Dallas waiting to get to or from the Texas-Oklahoma game. Many fans vowed never to ride the rails again, The Dallas Morning News reports.

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Freight traffic could resume on the Upper Hudson River Railroad as soon as next year, as a northern Warren County business seeks to get its product to market more cheaply, the Post Star reports. Barton Mines would use trains to transport product from its North River mines to markets right now, if it could, said Chuck Barton, chief operating officer of the company.

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(The following column by Sens. Jeff Wentworth and Wendy Davis and Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon appeared May 3, 2010, in the Houston Chronicle. State legislator Wentworth is a Republican from San Antonio, Davis is a Democrat from Fort Worth, and McClendon is a Democrat from San Antonio.) Transportation advocates won a hard-fought victory during the 2009 legislative session by securing $182 million in financing for the Texas Railroad Relocation and Improvement Fund, created by the voters through a constitutional amendment passed in 2005 but never funded. Sadly, the state's transportation bureaucracy at the Texas Department of Transportation is using a budgetary shell game to thwart the will of the Legislature and steal this victory from the public.

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