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Unitrac Railroad Materials, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Healey Railroad Corporation and a specialty trackwork manufacturer and distributor of new and relay rail, has received a three-year contract to supply special trackwork to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The amount of manufactured trackwork that will be provided by Unitrac under this contract is valued at approximately $7.2 million over the next three years.


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Harsco Corporation said that its Harsco Rail unit has received a new railway ballast tamper order from the Brazilian market, marking another step forward in the company's strategies for expanding its service and product support within emerging market economies. Terms of the order were not disclosed.

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Union Pacific will improve part of Iowa's transportation infrastructure with a $5.5-million investment to its rail line that runs from Missouri Valley to Onawa, Iowa. The project includes removing and installing nearly 48,000 ties. Crews also will spread more than 16,500 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed and renew the roadway surfaces at 42 crossings. The tie replacement part of the project began April 1 and is scheduled to be completed May 1. The crossing surface renewal projects will be completed in mid-June.


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Amtrak is moving ahead aggressively to expand and build out its existing and proven train collision prevention safety technology-commonly known as Positive Train Control-to cover all of the tracks it owns along the Northeast Corridor and on its Michigan Line by the end of 2012, three years ahead of a federal deadline.

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Since the 1800s railroads have relied on a measuring stick and a trusty set of eyeballs to make sure tracks are properly aligned, which is essential to preventing derailments. It might be surprising, but the Chicago Transit Authority still uses that low-tech approach on a daily basis reports Jon Hilkevitch in his column in the Chicago Tribune.

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WES commuter trains are now operating more quietly in Beaverton, Ore. The Federal Railroad Administration has approved TriMet's request to waive certain regulatory requirements relating to WES train horns. For the SW Lombard Ave segment between SW Farmington Road and the Beaverton Transit Center, WES trains will sound a 78-80 decibel bell at each crossing, rather than the current 96-decibel horn.  

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The Appropriations Committee in the Maine legislature split along party lines, with Democrats supporting an $85-million bond package over Republican objections, the Kennebec Journal reports. Just one week after the same committee voted in a unanimous, bipartisan way to approve a supplemental budget, the committee was unable to agree on an acceptable level of borrowing to put before voters in June.

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Successful completion of TieTek's Chapter 11 process requires that all bids for the assets be received by 5:00 CST on Friday, April 16, 2010, according to Robert Fowler, President of VR Mergers & Acquisitions. VR is the Bankruptcy Court-approved broker for TieTek, LLC and its parent companies, TieTek Technologies, Inc., and North American Technologies Group, Inc., which recently filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the federal Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas.

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International, national and regional experts in transportation will gather in Cincinnati to present the latest developments in Urban and Regional Public Transportation at the European-American Chamber of Commerce Conference on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, in Cincinnati. The conference keynote address will be delivered by John D. Porcari, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, U.S. Department of Transportation.

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After a closed session personnel discussion amongst the Board of Directors, the Chairman of the Board of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority Keith Millhouse said that Metrolink has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer John E. Fenton, effective April 16, 2010. Fenton was chosen after a national search conducted by the Board of Directors with assistance from interim Chief Executive Officer Eric Haley. Fenton brings a broad base of experience to the position, both in transportation services and executive management.

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