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The Section of Environmental Analysis at the Surface Transportation Board issued a draft environmental assessment on the proposed abandonment of 233 miles of rail line in the northern Maine counties of Aroostook and Penobscot. The draft review found that the abandonment of this line could divert onto Maine's highways as many as an additional 73,344 truck trips per year, consuming an additional 3.3 million gallons of fuel per year.

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A two-stage borate treatment has been used for years to help increase the life of a crosstie. Stella-Jones recently developed a new single-stage treatment process that allows for less handling of the crossties and reduced costs. 

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The formidable Cooper Tunnel on the Norfolk Southern main line in Mercer County, W. Va., is now open for larger loads, opening another key impediment to the railway's ambitious Heartland Corridor project, the Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports.





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The Orange County, Calif., Transportation Authority has received $357 million from the state for freeway and rail projects, the Orange County Local News Network reported. The California Transportation Commission sold bonds last month to free up the money for OCTA.

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A deal is imminent for a $90-million rail and trucking facility at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport that could bring the region $7 billion in business over the next two decades, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.

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The federal government could be the last to invest in plans to save 241 miles of northern Maine rail lines, but it won't be the first, the Bangor Daily News reports. Joseph C. Szabo, administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, told representatives of 22 northern Maine manufacturers during a meeting April 8 that they must form a public-private partnership with the state and contribute money or other aid to acquire federal funding to save the rail lines.

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A new parking garage on the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension at the Atlantic station will open to the public Friday, April 16, with a total of 266 free parking spaces for Metro patrons that use the light rail line to commute.

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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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