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On April 21, BNSF introduced its new Memphis Intermodal Facility to customers, community and state leaders during the facility's grand opening ceremony. BNSF's Memphis Intermodal Facility is now fully operational after a $200-million expansion and rebuilding.

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The Association of American Railroads said that Charles Keltner, a BNSF employee from Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded this year's John H. Chafee Environmental Excellence Award. U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) also was honored with the Congressional Chafee Award, which each year goes to a member of Congress who demonstrates dedication to the environment.

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Amtrak testified April 21 before a Senate committee that "the security of our system is our top priority" and its efforts are focused on defeating or deterring the most dangerous and likely terror tactics, incl ...

The Chicago Transit Authority is advising customers that trains traveling on the Orange Line between Midway and the Loop are operating at no more than 35 mph while repairs are made to the signaling system along the rail line. CTA has a thorough maintenance and safety system in place and while performing inspections along the Orange Line, a potential defect with a component of the signaling system was discovered.

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Negotiations have begun with CN on the possibility of producers and investors acquiring the rail line from Lyalta to Oyen, Alta., the Drumheller Mail reports. The group, operating under the name Badlands Rail Company, has made an offer to CN.

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The Union Pacific is closing the Ridgely Tower in Springfield, Ill., one of the last manually operated rail switching towers in Illinois, The State Journal-Register reports. The tower, south of Sangamon Avenue and west of 16th Street, controls rail traffic along the Union Pacific/Amtrak line between St. Louis and Chicago and the Springfield to Peoria line of the Illinois and Midland Railroad. One of five operators sits in the tower around-the-clock to control rail traffic using a series of levers.

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The Ann Arbor, Mich., Transportation Authority (AATA) board of directors took another step forward this evening in the process of exploring the possibility of countywide public transit. The board voted 6-1 to approve conducting contract negotiations with planning consultant Steer Davies Gleave (SDG) to develop a transit master plan for Washtenaw County.

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The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) said that four new elevators in Henri-Bourassa station will become operational April 26. These additional elevators will raise the number of stations accessible to the mobility-impaired to six on the métro's Orange line, after Montmorency, de la Concorde, Cartier, Berri-UQAM and Lionel-Groulx. Bonaventure station is also equipped with elevators allowing access to both train platforms from the fare collection booth, as the station does not have an entrance building directly from the street.

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Customers can expect lengthy delays of up to 40 minutes April 23-25 as old track components are replaced on the Red, Blue and Orange lines in the Washington, D.C., area, causing inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track on portions of the rail system. 

Riders planning to take the Red, Blue and Orange lines to area sports events and activities this weekend should add up to 40 minutes to their travel times.

 

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Sound Transit contractors will finish installing light rail track switch heaters April 23-25 on the main tracks near the Link light rail Operations and Maintenance Facility. Link trains will be delayed starting Friday, April 23 at 10 p.m. through the start of service Monday morning at 5 a.m.


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