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Recent track improvements will allow Union Pacific to increase the speed of its trains in two eastern Nebraska communities, reducing motorist wait time at crossings. In Columbus, Neb., the speed will increase from 50 mph to 70 mph and in Grand Island the speed will increase from 60 mph to 70 mph. 

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Five years after a federal earmark was announced for repairs to the Virginia Railway Express train station in Fredericksburg, Va., work has begun, the Freelance Star reports. Temporary chain-link fences and orange barrels surrounded the construction zone Sept. 20. The first phase will run until Oct. 15. The entire rehabilitation project will take a year.

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21 September 2010

CSX warned: Fix bridges

CSX Transportation needs to clean up its act when it comes to crumbling railroad bridges, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown told the Lorain, Ohio, Morning Tribune. Citing debris falling from Lorain's 28th Street underpass, Brown wrote to CSXT Chief Executive Officer Michael Ward. He encouraged swift action to ensure falling concrete, wood and screws don't harm pedestrians or the drivers of cars and trucks going under the railroad bridges.

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Patrick Donovan, executive director of the West Virginia Public Port Authority, is resigning and taking a position as director of the National Maritime Enhancement Center at Marshall University, one of four centers of its kind in the United States, The Herald-Dispatch reports. He will be an employee of the Marshall University Research Corporation and housed at the Rahall Transportation Institute.

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Swiss manufacturer, Amberg Technologies has now delivered 288 GRP track-surveying systems to China, where they are being used for precise construction of their massive high-speed rail program. The Amberg Slab Track surveying system includes the GRP 1000 survey trolley powered by the Amberg Rail-Slab Track software application module.

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Metra's new Union Pacific North schedule to accommodate bridge replacement work will begin Sunday, Sept. 26. The schedule has been adjusted to address issues that arose after the August 22 schedule change. That change was made due to a major project to rebuild 22 aging bridges on the north side of Chicago, which will require inbound and outbound trains to share a single track in the construction zone.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said $750,000 in grants for Georgia and $250,000 in grants for Kansas will further develop their high-speed rail programs. The Georgia grants, from the Federal Railroad Administration's High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) program, come in three portions: $250,000 to develop an interstate rail network compact with neighboring states; $250,000 for an Atlanta to Birmingham, Ala., feasibility study; and, $250,000 for a Macon, Ga., to Jacksonville, Fla., feasibility study.

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Local, state and federal officials recently celebrated the launch of a $1.1-billion high-speed rail project in Illinois, the first in the nation, reports the Alton, Ill., Telegraph. The contingent touted fast, safe travel, more efficient transport of freight and reduced need for foreign oil and less pollution with the forthcoming high-speed rail system.

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In a world of functional but mundane MBTA entrances, the portal for inbound travelers at Copley Square is one of a kind: a filigreed framework of flowers and curlicues in cast iron, at once classically inspired and reminiscent of the Art Nouveau kiosks that distinguish the Metro in Paris, the Boston Globe reports.

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Grade work on the driveway of the old Southern Railway Depot in downtown Cleveland, Tenn., is well under way. Once the exterior work is completed, restoration of the building will begin, the Cleveland Daily Banner reports.

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