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The CREATE Program partners are pleased to announce that the Chicago area's Metra Board of Directors has approved the final design contract for the 63rd and State Improvement Project (CREATE Project P1, Englewood Flyover). TranSystems Corp. was awarded the $5.65-million contract. The flyover will carry the north-south Metra Rock Island commuter rail line over the east-west Norfolk Southern/Amtrak line (a federally designated High Speed Rail Corridor), eliminating conflict between 68 Metra Rock Island trains and approximately 60 freight and Amtrak trains that presently cross at grade each day. --> ...

TransLink's Board of Directors has chosen to go with organizational and regional experience in its choice of a new leader for the organization by appointing one of TransLink's original executives, Ian Jarvis, as the transportation authority's new Chief Executive Officer. The Board appointed Jarvis interim CEO last November and, according to Chair Dale Parker, the decision to forego an executive search for a permanent replacement for Tom Prendergast was based on Jarvis' ‘deep and long experience' in the organization and the strong endorsement he received within TransLink and from its stakeholders.

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Helping more people get to work and stimulating job growth and economic development are the goals of a 30-year long-range plan unanimously approved Feb. 12 by the St. Louis Metro Transit Board of Commissioners. Called "Moving Transit Forward," the plan for the future of transit in the region presents the results of nearly a year of in-depth study by Metro officials and staff from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWGCG), the region's planning agency.

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BART has received FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff's letter stating that the FTA has rejected BART's plan to meet the FTA's standards of full compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. This letter cites no substantive deficiencies in BART's latest draft action plan to correct Title VI deficiencies identified in a December 2009 audit. Instead, the basis of the FTA Administrator's rejection rests solely on the fact that BART's plan contains a timetable with an end date beyond September 30, 2010-the deadline for awarding stimulus fund grants.

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When railroads were first stretching their tentacles across vast new parts of this country, each new expanse of track was bought with Herculean human labor, the Racine, Wis., Journal-Times reports. No longer. Maintaining and replacing the rails still requires manpower, but far less of it. Mechanization has replaced much of what the gandy dancer and the sledgehammer achieved.

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A and C Line customers headed downtown from six stations in Washington Heights and Harlem will benefit from a new pilot project testing the delivery of next train arrival information similar to that now in service along the L line and recently deployed in several Bronx stations on the 6.

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If the convention center was a colossal and contentious public project, wait until you see Nashville Mayor Karl Dean's next undertaking: a multi-year, multibillion-dollar effort to renovate Middle Tennessee's mass transportation system, the Tennessean reports. The payback to residents of the greater Nashville area, Dean says, will be a mass transit system to rival that of Denver, Charlotte and Austin.

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Rather than choosing between North Tampa to Downtown and Downtown to West Shore corridors to launch Tampa's first light rail route, local planners may combine them in a funding proposal to federal officials later this year, the Tribune reports. And plans for the initial northern terminus for a light rail line could be extended to the northeast beyond Skipper Road to the vicinity of Cross Creek, just beyond Interstate 75, to make the project more attractive to potential federal investments.

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A proposed 3.3-mile rail spur linking the Omya quarry on Foote Street in Middlebury, Vt., with the main line west of the Otter Creek can now proceed to final design and property acquisition, as the Federal Highway Administration has determined the estimated $34.3-million project could meet federal environmental standards, the Addison County Independent reports.

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When passenger rail service returns to the Treasure Coast, travelers still will be expected to rely upon their cars, the Indian River, Fla., Press Journal reports.

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