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In January, President Obama announced that North Carolina was awarded $545 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to continue its development of high-speed intercity rail. On July12, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation and the State of North Carolina have finalized a grant agreement for $20.3 million, the first installment of the $545 million awarded to the state.

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U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said that the City of Albuquerque has been awarded a $6.72-million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The city will use the funding to construct a Rail Runner station on Montaño between 2nd Street and Edith Blvd.

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As part of BART's system-wide Earthquake Safety Program, the agency will begin strengthening structures at the Concord and Daley City stations to withstand future earthquakes.

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Job creation has become a key argument for rail advocates, including Ohio Secretary of Transportation Jolene Molitoris, who got their chance July 12 at the Dayton Rotary Club to rebut an earlier presentation by state Sen. Jon Husted, the Dayton Daily News reported.

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(Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, wrote the following opinion for the Brunswick, Maine, Times Record.) A report recently released by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials analyzed our nation's freight system. The report found that if we do not maintain, much less improve, our nation's system of moving freight, millions of jobs and our nation's long-term economic health would be put at risk. Unfortunately, we have a potential economic crisis brewing right here in Maine on this very topic.

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Though it was difficult, James Cowhey did manage to contain his emotions Monday, the Intelligencer Journal reports.

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From Saturday, July 10, to Friday, July 16, crews will continue a project that will improve the rail crossings at Mary and Sunnyvale avenues in Sunnyvale, Calif. Crews will grade and trench the site and make wiring modifications in the signal houses. The work is part of a VTA project to improve safety at eight crossings in Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto.

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Kansas City Southern issueda service advisory July 11 reporting hat while Kansas City Southern de Mexicoresumed most operations over the weekend, its main line between Laredo andMonterrey remained closed due to "high waters and floating debris"left by Hurricane Alex, which made landfall June 30.

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David Obedoza, formerCaltrain signal and communications manager, RailPros, Inc., in its Los Angelesoffice. Obedoza will serve as a key member of the firm's expanding signal andcommunications design and construction management division.
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Los Angeles Metro has begun to replace 20 aging traction power substations and electrical support systems on the Metro Blue Line with a grant of $71 million provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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