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Portec Rail Products, Inc., said that it has increased its expansion into China as the company recently received new customer orders for its Fault Detection and Friction Management product groups from China. Portec Rail has had a steadilygrowing presence in China for its Friction Management products, and has now penetrated the Chinese market with its Fault Detection product group.

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East Bay Congressman John Garamendi (D.Calif.) toured BART to see how a new construction project, using $13 million in federal stimulus money, is putting thousands of people to work and will ultimately provide more seating, more trains and improved on-time performance for BART commuters riding between Pleasant Hill, Oakland and San Francisco.

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Amtrak says it is ready for an exciting 2010 with major projects and new initiatives that will benefit passengers, increase service, rebuild infrastructure, and put America's railroad at the center of intercity and high-speed passenger rail development and expansion.

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When Hampton Roads Transit's board meets in special session Jan. 11 to discuss the future of embattled President Michael Townes, the members cannot immediately fire him, The Virginian-Pilot reports. Townes' contract requires that he be given 30 days notice of a vote to terminate his employment. That notice was given Dec. 28, when four board members wrote him demanding that he resign or they would introduce a resolution to dismiss him at the Jan. 28 board meeting.

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Denver's Regional Transportation District -- in the wake of a fatal commuter rail crash in Los Angeles -- is installing $3 million in safety technology, The Denver Post reports. The Automatic Train Stop technology, or ATS, is designed to prevent trains from going through a red signal, the cause of the 2008 Los Angeles accident in which 25 people were killed.

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The very foundation of the Burlington, Iowa, railroad bridge project over the Mississippi River may have to be shifted before significant work can continue on-site for increasing the navigation channel by constructing a lift-span, the Burlington Hawkeye reports. In drilling foundations for a new pier on the east side of the span to support the new lift-span, contractors encountered large rocks and sheet metal that prevented them from finding bedrock and securing the foundations.

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Unitrac has been named a key supplier and valuable partner in the CSX Transportation supply chain. The company has been identified as a key supplier that goes that extra mile by providing quality products and timely deliveries.


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The American Public Transportation Association has launched the Center for High-Speed Rail to advance and promote high-speed rail in the United States. The Website for the Center for High-Speed Rail is www.highspeedrailonline.org .

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With the extension and a new method for painting the bridge, Gadsden, Ala., officials think the project will be completed before the grant expires in September, the Gadsden Times reports. The city received a grant for $500,000 from the Federal Railroad Administration in 2005 for the CSX Transportation Railroad Bridge coating project, but the appropriation was reduced because of across-the-board rescissions by the Federal Highway Administration.

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Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad has acquired a short-line between Towanda and Monroeton in northeastern Pennsylvania. RBMN, which currently operates more than 300 miles of railroad in Eastern Pennsylvania, purchased the assets of the approximately six-mile Towanda-Monroeton Shippers Lifeline Railroad Inc. from former owner, Joseph Zadrusky of Scranton, on Dec. 30, 2009. The line is approximately 40 miles north of RBMN's current terminus in Mehoopany, Pa. RBMN will be able to connect its two properties by working with Lehigh Railway L.L.C., which leases a Norfolk Southern line that connects to the Towanda-Monroeton line in Towanda. The line will become part of the RBMN system.

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