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TheSurface Transportation Board agreed to postpone action on the proposed abandonment of rail lines in Northern Maine in order to give the parties time to arrive at a mediated solution.

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The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority released a revised draft 2010-2014 Capital Program. The $26.3-billion program reflects a nearly $2-billion reduction as the result of a comprehensive review and a new MTA focus on cost effectiveness and efficiency. The plan will be considered by the MTA Board at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, and if approved will be sent to the State's Capital Program Review Board for its approval. Thanks to last year's rescue legislation, the first two years of the program are funded and the MTA is seeking approval to begin work immediately. The full plan and an executive summary are available online at www.mta.info.

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Union Pacific will improve Nebraska's transportation infrastructure with a $7.5-million investment to improve the rail line that runs from North Platte to O'Fallons, Neb. Work on the nearly 10-mile stretch of railroad track began April 16 and is scheduled to be completed in early May. The project includes removing and installing new rail and more than 23,600 concrete ties. Crews also will spread more than 31,000 tons of rock ballast and renew the roadway surfaces at six crossings.

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A weight on Denton County Transportation Authority officials' shoulders has been lifted as board members approved terms of the corridor agreement with DART, the Denton Record Chronicle reports. The agreement will allow the DCTA's A-train passenger rail to operate in the rail corridor owned by Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

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Recently released budget projections show that electrification is essential to Caltrain's survival. A modern, electric-powered railroad will provide quicker, more frequent service, which will attract more riders and generate more revenue. Revenue is projected to increase 49 percent by 2019, while operating costs remain flat. The commuter railroad, which currently uses diesel-powered trains, is facing budget deficit in the upcoming fiscal year.

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The U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council and the Association of American Railroads will lead a U.S. Commercial Railroad and Infrastructure Mission to the United Arab Emirates from June 20-24. The trade mission will allow U.S. companies in the railway technology, services, operator and infrastructure supply sectors to develop a bi-lateral railroad and trade relationship between the U.S. and the U.A.E.

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TransLink in the Vancouver, B.C., area continues to restructure itself with an eye to cutting costs and becoming more efficient. Beginning in 2009, 96 positions have been eliminated at TransLink or its operating companies, including six executives. On April 16, CEO Ian Jarvis implemented further changes to the executive structure, assigning new responsibilities and changing reporting relationships.

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CSX Transportation and National Gateway officials want people to get all aboard and support a series of projects that will connect East Coast ports to the Midwest using double-stacked trains, the Daily American reports. About nine projects are slated for the Somerset County, Pa., region, according to Richard VanOrnum, a spokesman with National Gateway.

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To fans in the stands, the Twins' new ballpark with all its stone and Kentucky bluegrass looks like it's all wrapped up and done. Behind the scenes, there's still a scramble under way to clean up the real estate titles to the jigsaw patchwork of land the ballpark sits on, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. It's no small job, as Target Field sits in one of the oldest parts of a city known for fuzzy property lines.

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April 25-29, crews will weld and replace cross ties on the tracks between the South San Francisco and San Mateo stations. On April 25, crews resurfaced the tracks between the San Antonio and Sunnyvale stations.


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