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The Federal Railroad Administration will soon begin accepting grant applications for the deployment of positive train control collision avoidance systems and complementary advanced technologies under a new $50-million Rail Safety Technology Program, FRA Administrator Joseph Szabo said.

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Lake Zurich, Ill., officials have formalized the land exchange with Canadian National Railway as part of plans to build a 270-foot communications tower, the Daily Herald reports. Construction is under way on the tower, which will be used to monitor rail traffic. The negotiations were to replace the original tower site near downtown.

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SEPTA issued the following statement: The rejection by the U.S. Department of Transportation of Pennsylvania's planned funding of highway and public transit will create a deep and long lasting effect on many major SEPTA projects.

 

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Canadian Pacific Railway Limited appointed Edmond (Ed) Harris to the position of executive vice president and chief operations officer. Reporting to CP President and Chief Executive Officer Fred Green, Harris will join the company with responsibility for all aspects of railroad operations, safety, customer service, engineering and mechanical services in both Canada and the U.S.

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Railroad and local transportation officials have less than two days to save a $202-million train overpass proposed in Colton, Calif., but have not announced any breakthroughs and remain guarded regarding if an acceptable deal can be reached, The Press-Enterprise reports.

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Banyan Rail Services Inc. said that its wholly-owned subsidiary, The Wood Energy Group, Inc., has completed the construction of a railroad tie-grinding facility in Shreveport, La. Wood Energy, one of the nation's largest railroad tie reclamation/energy generation companies, reclaims railroad ties for Class 1, regional and shortline railroads and then disposes of the ties to either the energy co-generation or landscape markets.

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A track work program in the Queens Village area and grade crossing renewals during the weekends of April 10-11 and April 17-18 will mean no train service on the Long Island Rail Road Hempstead Branch and train service frequency will be reduced on the Port Jefferson/Huntington Branch. Customers should consider taking trains from South Shore LIRR stations (Babylon, Long Beach and West Hempstead Branches) in order to avoid delays during the two weekends.

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Unitrac Railroad Materials, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Healey Railroad Corporation and a specialty trackwork manufacturer and distributor of new and relay rail, has received a three-year contract to supply special trackwork to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The amount of manufactured trackwork that will be provided by Unitrac under this contract is valued at approximately $7.2 million over the next three years.


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Harsco Corporation said that its Harsco Rail unit has received a new railway ballast tamper order from the Brazilian market, marking another step forward in the company's strategies for expanding its service and product support within emerging market economies. Terms of the order were not disclosed.

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Union Pacific will improve part of Iowa's transportation infrastructure with a $5.5-million investment to its rail line that runs from Missouri Valley to Onawa, Iowa. The project includes removing and installing nearly 48,000 ties. Crews also will spread more than 16,500 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed and renew the roadway surfaces at 42 crossings. The tie replacement part of the project began April 1 and is scheduled to be completed May 1. The crossing surface renewal projects will be completed in mid-June.


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