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A study of possible high-speed, intercity rail for Colorado has found that lines between Fort Collins and Pueblo and between Denver International Airport and Eagle County have the best "operating and cost-benefit results" of the options evaluated, The Denver Post reports.

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Major work on the new rail station at Puritas Avenue and West 150th Street in Cleveland will shut down rail service for about two hours in the middle of the day on Monday, March 29. Rush hours are not expected to be affected. Shuttle buses will replace rail service between Hopkins Airport and the West Park Station. The exact time of the two-hour shutdown will not be known until Monday, but it will be between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.


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As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's transportation reform agenda to strengthen customer service, newly appointed MBTA General Manager Richard Davey said a customer convenience for Orange Line riders providing for the first time wireless telephone services along the entire Orange Line underground corridor.  Orange Line customers in Boston can use their wireless devices from end to end of the Orange Line, including 19 stations.

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Vossloh AG is acquiring the permanent-way segment of Saargummi Deutschland GmbH and thus buttressing its Fastening Systems business unit. Located in Wadern-Büschfeld in Germany's Saarland, the segment is a leading supplier of highly elastic intermediate layers and pads for rail fastening systems. The addition will mean an extension to the Vossloh business unit's vertical production processes plus the acquisition of highly specific expertise in the processing of synthetic and natural rubbers. Following the takeover by Vossloh the permanent-way segment of Saargummi Deutschland GmbH will continue to operate at the Wadern-Büschfeld location.


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Work on a $2.8-million project to add additional signals to the Caltrain signal system will take place from 11:30 p.m. to 8 a.m., Saturday, April 3 between the San Carlos and Atherton stations.

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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors approved the terms for the Funding Transfer and Master Cooperative Agreements between the agency and Foothill Extension Construction Authority, setting the stage for construction to begin on the first new rail project funded by Measure R.

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A major construction project using $13 million in federal stimulus funds will allow BART to offer Pittsburg/Bay Point line customers more empty seats and better on-time service. However, to provide these amenities, BART will have to temporarily shut down the trackway between Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill stations twice.

 

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Environmental approvals for the proposed $4-billion DesertXpress high-speed rail project between Las Vegas and Southern California are taking longer than expected, but executives with the project said March 25 they expect construction to begin this year, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

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(This column by Bob Riley, Haley Barbour, Ed Rendell, Phil Bredesen and Bob McDonnell was published March 26, 2010, by The Washington Post. Bob Riley, a Republican, is governor of Alabama. Haley Barbour, a Republican, is governor of Mississippi. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, is governor of Pennsylvania. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, is governor of Tennessee. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, is governor of Virginia.) At the White House jobs summit in December, President Obama told dozens of corporate leaders that he is looking for "every demonstrably good idea" to put Americans back to work.

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The plan to electrify Caltrain will achieve a major milestone pending certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report and Project Adoption on April 1 by the Board of Directors. Approval by the board completes the environmental process for the Caltrain Electrification Program, a major element of the plans to modernize the Peninsula rail system, and positions the railroad to seek federal and state funding.

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