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MTA New York City Transit officials said that real-time train arrival countdown clocks or message screens are now operational and being tested at several stations along the 2 3 lines in Brooklyn. Funded by the 2000 - 2004 MTA Capital Program, the PA/CIS system is now in the process of being activated for customer use at stations along the IRT or numbered lines (123456) system-wide. PA/CIS offers subway customers audio and visual train arrival information. The expansion of the screens to Brooklyn follows the successful rollout of similar message boards at eleven stations in the Bronx along the Pelham 6 line.

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Planning for a proposed pedestrian railway underpass at Goshen College in Goshen, Ind., is back on after it recently hit a slowdown, local media report.

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When some of Amtrak's taller, double-decker trains pass underneath the 1917 railroad overpass on Courthouse Road in Fredericksburg, Va., the clearance is extremely tight, the Fredricksburg Free Lance-Star reports The distance between the train and the bridge can be measured in inches, said Rob Shackelford, Virginia Department of Transportation area construction engineer.

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Due to scheduled bridge maintenance that will be performed between Morton Grove and Golf, Ill., on April 17, Metra Milwaukee District North Line train #2627 passengers will be bused from Morton Grove to Golf. Passengers will detrain at Morton Grove and board a bus that will bring them to waiting equipment at the Golf Station. Train #2627 is scheduled to depart Chicago at 12:25 a.m. and arrive Morton Grove at 12:55 a.m. and Golf at 12:58 a.m.


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Parsons Brinckerhoff is expanding its operations in Canada and will co-locate with Balfour Beatty Capital, which opened its Balfour Beatty Capital-Canada office in 2009 in Toronto. Both companies are part of Balfour Beatty plc. Parsons Brinckerhoff, founded in New York City in 1885, is the professional services division of Balfour Beatty. Balfour Beatty Capital, headquartered in Pennsylvania, is a developer, sponsor and operator of public infrastructure projects.

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Gary Newgard and Mary Schofield Nowee have been named senior supervising architects in the San Francisco office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, planning, engineering and program/construction management organization.

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The Sound Transit Board's Capital Committee reached consensus on a recommendation to the full Sound Transit Board to modify the East Link preferred alternative alignment. East Link is the 14-mile light rail extension between East King County and Seattle. Stations are planned for Rainier Avenue in Seattle, Mercer Island, Bellevue and Overlake in Redmond with service starting in 2020/2021.

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12 April 2010

Of railroad bondage

A bond issue, which must be approved by voters, isn't the best way to keep a railroad in business, according to an editorial in the Bangor Daily News. But given that the railroad owners have threatened to abandon the northern Maine line and that lawmakers are set to end their annual session, agreeing on a bond package that includes funds for the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway is the best readily available way to preserve the transportation link.

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Teamsters Canada Rail Conference - Maintenance of Way Employees Division (TCRC-MWED) and Canadian Pacific reached a tentative three-year contract. The Memorandum of Settlement will be sent to the union membership for ratification.


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The city of Spokane Valley, Wash., is using state grant money to protect a handful of drivers from their own impatience, The Spokesman-Review reports. Too many drivers have been weaving around railroad crossing arms after they've been lowered at Park Road just south of Trent Avenue. The result is a dangerous situation for them and for train crews.

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