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Faced with a $30-million budget deficit in the coming fiscal year that is reflective of a long-term unsustainable economic model, Caltrain is urging the California High-Speed Rail Authority to retain the current route between the Central Valley and San Francisco and preserve the opportunity for Caltrain to access funding for improvements that will help secure the operating and financial future of the Peninsula commuter rail service. The high-speed rail authority is soliciting public comment on the Revised Draft Program Environmental Impact Report.

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An 11th-hour clarification in when federal officials need an approved agreement on the Colton , Calif., Crossing railroad overpass has given local and train industry officials four more weeks to work out the details, The Press-Enterprise reports.

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In January, President Obama presented Florida with $1.25 billion in high-speed rail stimulus money for the Orlando to Tampa bullet train. It was about half of the $2.5 billion needed to get the project up and running, but that isn't slowing down the state Department of Transportation and its Florida Rail Enterprise, The Lakeland, Fla., Ledger reports.

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Canadian National Railway is trying to scale back its contribution to the most expensive of the 182 projects it's required to do as part of the 2008 EJ&E takeover, the Daily Herald reports. CN filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals saying it should not have to pay 67 percent of a $40.4 million overpass or underpass at the Ogden Avenue crossing in Aurora, Ill., or 78.5 percent of a $52.5-million overpass or underpass on Lincoln Highway in Lynwood, Ill., as ordered by the Surface Transportation Board.

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With transportation funds running short at every level, regional planners for the North Central Texas Council of Governments are seeking permission to lead an unusual partnership with private investors so they can fast-track a 62-mile rail line known as the Cotton Belt corridor, The Dallas Morning News reports.

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Miami-Dade Transit's Website has a new streamlined look, with a more user-friendly design to make it easier for transit passengers to find the information they are looking for.
 The newly redesigned website at www.miamidade.gov/transit features large color-coded icons for easy navigation to information about MDT's four modes of transportation - Metrobus, Metrorail, Metromover and STS (MDT's paratransit service).

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Kenosha, Wis.-based Powerbrace Corporation has opted to extend its agreement for services in Mexico with The Offshore Group until 2017. Powerbrace initiated operations at The Offshore Group's La Angostura Industrial Park in Saltillo, Coahuila at the beginning of 2005. Today the company occupies a total of 101,195 in three industrial buildings.

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There will be limited Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 service to and from Parkchester station beginning on Saturday, April 10, through early July, 2010, because of ongoing station rehabilitation, MTA New York City Transit officials said.


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Although only two trains, both freight, rumble through Thompson, Conn., each day, officials believe the Providence and Worcester Railroad tracks in the northeast corner could be a huge asset to the area, the Norwich Bulletin reports.

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As construction season begins, crews from the Vermont Rail System are looking to begin projects to improve the safety of the New York & Ogdensburg Railroad, the Watertown Daily Times reports. According to Vermont Rail Vice President Jerome M. Hebda, crews should pick up where they left off last fall in replacing about a mile of 80-pound rail on New York and Ogdensburg Railway line with 100-pound rail between Lisbon and Ogdensburg, N.Y. The project is expected to cost about $125,000.

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