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Eleven Northeast states from Maine to Maryland, with close support from Amtrak and the Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG), said they submitted a multi-state proposal requesting that the Federal Railroad Administration lead a planning effort to further define the role that intercity and high-speed passenger rail can play in helping improve the region's transportation network, expand capacity, relieve highway and aviation congestion, and stimulate sustainable economic growth along the Northeast Corridor.

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The Board of Directors of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited declared an increase in CP's next quarterly dividend to twenty seven cents ($0.27) Canadian per share on the outstanding Common Shares, from twenty-four and three quarter cents (C$0.2475) per share. The increased dividend is payable on July 26, 2010, to holders of record at the close of business on June 25, 2010, and is an eligible dividend pursuant to subsection 89(14) of the Income Tax Act.

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On May 21 at 10:30 a.m., Long Island Rail Road President Helena Williams joined Babylon Village Mayor Ralph Scordino, State Senator Owen Johnson, State Assemblyman Phil Boyle and Suffolk County Legislator Wayne Horsley at a press conference and groundbreaking ceremony for LIRR's new Babylon Train Wash Facility.


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Pennsylvania has applied for a $1.6-million federal grant from the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program to study possible expansion of rail service between Ohio and New York State through Erie, Governor Edward G. Rendell said. If selected for the federal grant, PennDOT will invest $400,000 in state funds to complete the study.

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Los Angeles-area Metrolink maintenance crews will be performing work along Metrolink's Ventura Line railroad tracks Memorial Day weekend. The track maintenance activities will include the removal and replacement of crossties, rail and concrete panels at the railroad crossing at Lindley Avenue between Parthenia and Napa Streets.

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National Coal Corp. said its wholly-owned subsidiary NC Railroad Inc has sold a shortline railroad that runs between Oneida and Devonia, Tenn., to R.J. Corman Railroad Property LLC for $3 million, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reports.

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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors adopted a $3.8-billion budget for Fiscal Year 2010-11. The spending plan is $47 million less than the current Metro budget but still advances a variety of transportation improvements for the region including a spate of new highway and transit building projects. These are funded largely with federal stimulus funds and the new Measure R transit sales tax.

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A Colton, Calif., railroad overpass meant to unclog a crowded Southern California freight corridor has been approved by a key state panel, ending a two-month logjam that jeopardized the $202-million project, The Press-Enterprise reports. The California Transportation Commission on May 19 unanimously agreed to spend $91 million in state transportation bond money to build the Colton Crossing. The decision also frees $33.8 million in federal stimulus money for the project.

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"The climate change and energy draft legislation ‘The  American Power Act' proposed by Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) undermines investment in one of the most-effective tools consumers use to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and combat climate change - public transportation," says a statement by American Public Transportation Association President William Millar. The current climate change and energy proposal diverts the vast majority of new transportation revenue to areas other than public transit and transportation investment.

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(The following statement s issued by Los Angeles Metro CEO Art Leahy, with quotes from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and MTA Board Chair Ara Najarian.) Today's action by the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approving funding for Positive Train Control is a major victory for our region. PTC is a major safety enhancement for passenger rail service throughout the region.

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