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Wabtec Corporation has acquired Xorail LLC, a leading provider of signal engineering and design services, for $40 million in cash. The company is based in Jacksonville, Fla., and has annual sales of about $40 million. Wabtec expects the transaction to be accretive in the first year.

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Beginning April 3, 2010, GO Transit is making several system-wide train and bus service changes to bring schedules in line with actual travel trip times and to meet the needs of our growing ridership across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

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The South Shore commuter railroad plans to temporarily bus mid-day passengers between South Bend, Ind., and Carroll Ave. in Michigan City, Ind., on March 31 and April 1.  South Shore maintenance crews will be replacing railroad ties.

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A number of projects vital to SEPTA and its riders will become budget casualties if the federal government does not approve a plan to provide dedicated funding for transportation in Pennsylvania, according to Fiscal Year 2011 budget projections. The Federal Highway Administration is currently reviewing Pennsylvania's application to convert Interstate 80 to a toll highway. This is a key component of Act 44, the state law enacted in 2007 to create a dedicated source for transportation funding throughout the Commonwealth.

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Improvements by Pan Am Southern to the rail route from Mechanicville, N.Y., to Ayer, Mass., in the last year have increased capacity and speeds on the line and have the company looking at further opportunities in New England, including the Fitchburg area, the Worcester Telegram reports.

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Where there's a will there isn't always a way, if the way in question is a railway, said Toms Mills in a column in the Sault Star. Both the federal and provincial governments are apparently solidly behind providing money for infrastructure improvements to keep the shortline railway operating between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury. Sault Star But though signals are showing green, the money is stalled on a siding somewhere. Squabbling over what program will be the funding vehicle, or whether the province will sign on to a federal cost-sharing infrastructure scheme, seems to be holding things up.

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Persistence is paying off in a big way for Levelland, Texas, suggests the dust flying above a 300-acre tract on the south side of Highway 114 east of the city, the Lubbock Avalanche Journal reports. Construction is in the early phases of the Levelland Industrial Rail Park, which already has two companies signed on the dotted line on a site that's expected to attract $100 million in capital improvements and 1,000 new jobs to the Hockley County seat.

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Norfolk Southern will break ground on its Greencastle, Pa., intermodal rail facility this summer despite news coming from Capitol Hill, a spokesman said, the Herald-Mail reports. The mix of proposed legislation and funding denials that is troubling company executives and local legislators has yet to slow the Greencastle project, said Rudy Husband, director of public relations for Norfolk Southern.

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"News of the 46-percent cost overruns of the light rail project in Norfolk has some people wanting to throw out the baby with the bath water. We shouldn't," said Gene Waters, a former Chesapeake City Council member, light rail committee chairman and an HRT commissioner. "I personally observed the hard work, integrity and dedication of both commissioners and staff at Hampton Roads Transit. After discovering the cost overruns, I'm sure it was very difficult for Norfolk's HRT representative, Councilman Randy Wright and others to request the resignation of then-HRT chief Michael Townes.

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Long touted as a "green" project that will reduce pollution, Norfolk Southern's proposed truck-to-rail terminal in western Fayette County could pose a threat to the source of Memphis' drinking water, The Commercial Appeal reported.

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