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Amtrak will continue to operate Virginia Railway Express trains until July 12 at a cost of $335,000. Keolis, the French firm that won the operation contract last fall, has had problems getting its conductor and engineering crews approved to operate the trains. Initially, Keolis had hoped to hire ...
A Barclays Capital analyst said the nation's railroads are likely to report strong earnings in the second quarter as the economy recovers and they keep costs under control, the Associated Press reports. Analyst Gary Chase said growing volumes, improving prices and strict cost con ...
Union Pacific Railroad's North Platte Service Unit, which encompasses most of the 1,067 miles of track Union Pacific operates in Nebraska, has gone more than 200 days without a public grade-crossing collision. The last private-crossing collision occurred in November 2009. "All of ...
BNSF will begin work this month on replacing seven approach spans on the Mississippi River bridge at Burlington, Iowa. Construction of the new approaches will complement a separate construction project that began last year to replace the bridge's swing span with a new lift span over the navigati ...
(The following story appeared on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Website. By Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of General Electric and Wick Moorman, chairman and CEO of Norfolk Southern.) Recent reports indicate that manufacturing in the United States is ready to rebound. Factory or ...

On April 22, Seattle's Sound Transit Board announced its preference for an East Link light rail route that runs on 112th Avenue between Downtown and Bellevue Way. While the Bellevue City Council prefers an alternate route (B7, next to I-405), the 112th Avenue alignment could be Sound Transit's final choice.

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John E. Barrett, P.E., S.E., vice chairman of Bowman, Barrett & Associates (BB&A), was honored with the John Parmer Award from the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI). The award is presented each year to a structural engineer in recognition of outstanding contributions in the field of structural engineering whose distinguished career is acknowledged by peers to be an example of excellence.

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The Canadian federal government will contribute C$600 million to transform Ottawa's transit system, making a switch from buses to light rail with a downtown tunnel through the city's core and 12.5 kilometers (7.75 miles) of light rail between Blair Road and Tunney's Pasture, local media report. Transport Minister John Baird made the long-awaited announcement June 8, matching the funding already promised by the Ontario government.

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said that MTA Chairman Jay H. Walder appointed Susan G. Metzger as senior policy advisor, effective immediately. Dr. Metzger, who is a member of the MTA Board, will advise the MTA on cost-effective ways to improve mobility within and to Orange and Rockland Counties.

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Massachusetts and Worcester, Mass., officials have reached a tentative agreement with CSX Corp. on a $23-million traffic improvement and neighborhood mitigation package that would accompany expansion of the company's freight yards between Shrewsbury and Franklin streets, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports.

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