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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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Work on a $2.8-million project to add additional signals to the Caltrain signal system will take place from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., Monday, March 15-19 between the San Mateo and Redwood City stations.

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The federal Surface Transportation Board today will hold a public hearing this spring in Maine on the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway's application to abandon 233 miles of rail line in ...

An international expert on transit systems provided the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Board of Directors with a verbal assessment of the transit agency so that the Board could use that analysis during the transition to an interim and then permanent general manager.





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The U.S. 80 bridge over the Mississippi River at Vicksburg, Miss., remained in "fair-to-good" condition in 2009 - so says an early version of the 80-year-old structure's annual inspection report, according to the Vicksburg Post. Prepared by Baton Rouge-based G.E.C., the report comes to the same conclusion as the previous two assessments.

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Four alternatives for state-sponsored passenger rail service between Kansas City, Oklahoma City and Fort Worth are detailed in a study released today by Amtrak and the Kansas Department of Transportation.  Start-up costs of the alternatives, which are in 2009 dollars and based on 100 percent on-time performance, range from $156 million to $479 million and the annual operating support range from $3.2 million to $8 million. Annual ridership estimates of the four alternatives range from 65,900 to 174,000.

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Track maintenance on Washington, D.C., Metro's Red and Blue lines March 12-14 will cause inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track. Customers should add 30 minutes to their trips.

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The city of Virginia Beach, Va., proposed $40-million deal to buy an old rail corridor for a possible light rail project could cost more because a federal agency is asking questions about the land's value, The Virginian-Pilot
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