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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will conduct five station area and maintenance facility-planning workshops in late March as part of the environmental review process for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project.

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Lagging sales tax receipts resulting in lower long-term revenue forecasts in the 13 member cities are prompting Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to review all expenses including operations, administration and future capital projects, officials said.

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Sparks have been flying along Yuba-Sutter railroad tracks near Marysville, Calif., in the last few days, the Appeal-Democrat reports. Loram Maintenance of Way Inc. wrapped up its periodic grinding of area Union Pacific rails March 22 after smoothing nearly 100 miles of local tracks. The routine maintenance eliminates cracks caused by typical train traffic.

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Work to upgrade the electrical system at the Mineola Intermodal Center will make it necessary to close the four-level parking facility on the weekend of March 27 and 28. The seven Long Island Bus routes will still operate as will Long Island Rail Road train service at the Mineola station. However, shutting off the electricity so the system upgrades can be done will affect the lights, LIRR ticket selling machine in the Center's pedestrian overpass, electronic signs and elevators serving the Center's overpass.

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who leads the second-largest U.S. city, said his plan to accelerate public-transit construction with a mix of local funding and federal aid can be used elsewhere as well, Bloomberg reports.

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The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority passed five resolutions at its recent meeting, including: To commit $45,500 for Standard Contracting and Engineering Inc. to reconstruct the sidewalks and entrance to the West 25th Street station to meet ADA regulations. The firm is also working on replacing the station stairs. The station will be closed for one week during April or May, but it will be open for the Indians home opener on April 12. RTA will give a two-week notice before closing the station. About 80 percent of the work is being done with federal funds.

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Metro in Washington, D.C., has increased the speeds of Red Line trains between the Friendship Heights and Bethesda Metrorail stations as track maintenance personnel continue to replace rail and rail fasteners during the overnight hours when the system is closed. 

Inbound Red Line trains traveling in the direction of Glenmont are operating at normal speeds, up to 59 mph. Outbound trains traveling in the direction of Shady Grove between Friendship Heights and Bethesda are operating at 35 to 40 mph. Metro anticipates having trains return to their normal speeds by next week. 



 

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On March 22, Capital Metro marked a momentous milestone as the transit agency welcomed its first passengers on Capital MetroRail, the first modern passenger rail system in Central Texas.

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Governor Deval Patrick and Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Jeffrey Mullan appointed Richard A. Davey as MassDOT's new Rail and Transit Administrator.

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A slew of west Vancouver, Wash., railroad construction projects appear to be on the fast-track to begin construction this spring, The Columbian reports.

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