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Huron Central Railway in Canada is once again facing a deadline for an essential capital investment for track improvements needed to keep the line operating beyond August of this year, Sault This Week reports. Mario Brault, president of Huron Central, said from his Montreal headquarters that if the federal and Ontario governments do not announce funding assistance by the end of March at the very latest, the regional short line rail company operating between the Sault and Sudbury would be forced to shut down this August.

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RailComm has been selected to provide the GCOR dispatch system for Genesee and Wyoming's New York and Pennsylvania and Ohio Central railroads. RailComm's state-of-the-art Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) train control system will be accessed through a web-enabled Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery model. RailComm's SaaS offering provides a "pay-as-you-go" model, thus eliminating capital equipment procurement constraints. Through this SaaS delivery model, the railroads can be remotely dispatched by G&W anywhere an Internet connection is available. Therefore, it is possible to relocate the dispatchers to alternative locations as required. Additionally, railroad management can log in from an office, home or even from a hotel and directly view dispatching activity and management reports. 


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Steel Dynamics, Inc., said the company has begun commercial production of Standard Strength rails that meet all current AREMA specifications. The Structural & Rail Division at Columbia City, Ind., produces this rail in lengths up to 240 feet and is capable of producing 300,000 tons of rail per year.

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Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton has ordered an investigation into Hampton Roads Transit's business practices and light-rail project, The Virginian-Pilot reports.

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Philip Shucet, Hampton Road Transit president and CEO, said, " I carefully reviewed the verbatim transcript from the May 19, 2009, Virginia Beach, Va., City Council meeting, it is clear to me that HRT committed with certainty that no local City funds would be used to fund the Alternatives Analysis and Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Though our policy is clear that federal grants are locally matched by a partner city, the firm recorded commitment made by HRT is compelling. We will honor that commitment for this particular local match requirement. It's the right thing to do, especially in this case where Virginia Beach supported acquiring the federal funding with the specific understanding that a city match was not necessary. As such, HRT withdraws its request that the Virginia Beach City Council supply the local match.

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With an eye toward enhancing customer and employee security, MTA New York City Transit is set to begin a project that will put advanced video surveillance equipment onboard four cars of a 10-car subway train that will be in operation along the lettered lines through early 2011. This train will also be used to pilot a new handhold configuration and rush-hour flip up seats, though the seating feature will not be put into use at this time.

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Having been largely shut out of federal high-speed rail funding, New York transportation officials are turning their attention to a handful of rail projects that did win federal support - including the first tangible piece of the long-sought high-speed passenger rail corridor across upstate New York, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports.

 

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Federal stimulus grants could have redrawn the map of freight rail lines throughout the Rockford, Ill., area and truck routes around Rochelle, Ill., GateHouse News Service reports. Instead, after the $108-million requests were rejected last week, it's back to the drawing board.



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Federal Signal Corporation said that it has amended its definitive arrangement agreement with Sirit Inc. (TSX: SI), a global provider of radio frequency identification technology. Under the terms of the amendment, Federal Signal will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Sirit for cash consideration of C$0.43 per share by way of a court approved plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act, an increase of C$0.13 per share or 43 percent over the original cash consideration. The transaction has a total equity value of approximately C$72 million (US $69 million).

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Amtrak awarded the Dana B. Kenyon Company a $25-million contract for the construction of a maintenance facility located in Hialeah, Fla., near Miami. Construction will begin this spring and will be completed in February 2011.

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