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Public transportation systems are facing unprecedented funding challenges due to widespread declining state and local revenues, and have been forced to take a number of critical actions including: raising fares, cutting service, and laying off employees, according to a new survey released today by the American Public Transportation Association.

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MTA Metro-North Railroad has fully activated Train Time TM system-wide, providing access to train schedules and on-time status on smart phone devices as well as computer screens for a total of 96 stations.

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A joint Worcester, Mass., City Council committee has asked CSX Corp. officials if they can modify plans to double the size of their freight terminal to address increased truck traffic concerns on lower Grafton Street and the planned closing of Putnam Lane, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports.

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The PATCO escalators at Westmont and 15th/Locust are out of service during the week of March 29. The time that the equipment is out of service for annual inspection and maintenance will be minimized as much as possible. Customers who need an escalator are encouraged to use alternate stations or an elevator (15th/Locust).

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Starting Monday, April 5, 2010, crews will begin building a concession kiosk at the concourse level of the Downtown Berkeley Station.  Construction will be limited to the fenced area of the. 


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The Metropolitan Council voted to authorize the regional administrator to award and execute a contract with the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, Graham Construction Services, out of seven bidders for advanced traffic improvements in Minneapolis at a cost of $3.6 million. 

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CN said it has sold a key section of track west of Toronto Union Station to Metrolinx for C$168 million. Metrolinx is the Ontario government Crown Corporation responsible for delivering an integrated, multi-modal transportation network in the Greater Toronto Area, from York and Durham regions through Toronto, the regions of Peel and Halton and the city of Hamilton. GO Transit, the operating division of Metrolinx, provides commuter rail and bus services in the GTA.


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The Rail Safety Technology Program is a newly authorized program under the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA) (Pub. L.  110-432; October 16, 2008). The program authorizes the Department of Transportation to provide grants to passenger and freight rail carriers, railroad suppliers and state and local governments for projects that have a public benefit of improved railroad safety and efficiency. The program makes available $50,000,000 in Federal funds.

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Alabama-based Boatright Companiesrecently promoted Alison Potts Shirley to serve as president for Boatright Vegetation Management, LLC. Shirley will assume overall responsibility for this original Boatright company, including overseeing daily operations for company activities in more than 20 states, managing the bid process with railroads, handling all railroad contracts and serving as the leader for relationship management with railroad customers.

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The Rio Metro Regional Transit District has selected Santa Fe-based solar company Positive Energy for the development of photovoltaic energy systems at two more Rail Runner train stations.

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