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After four months of construction, Sound Transit will open an expanded, upgraded parking lot at 5th St. SW and 9th Ave SW in Puyallup, Wash., for Sounder riders on Oct. 4. Just minutes from the Puyallup Sounder station, the lot, which opened for Puyallup Fair attendees earlier this month, adds 219 parking spaces to 364 slots currently provided at the station's main lot and 182 spaces at two lots leased by Sound Transit. Drainage, new lighting, and environmentally sustainable rain gardens were also added.

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In February, U.S. DOT announced that the CREATE Program would receive $100 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to complete five projects. Work on the first of those five projects began in July. The Broadview/LaGrange signalization (Projects B4/B5) will install a new bi-directional computerized Traffic Control System (TCS) along a seven-mile segment of the Indiana Harbor Belt. This project will upgrade 21 hand-thrown switches to power switches. The TIGER grant funded $11.7 million of the $13.7 million project. The remainder of the funds was contributed by the freight railroads.

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Plans for a large transportation hub just east of Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., that will serve the region's rail, bus and taxi passengers won unanimous approval from the City Council on Sept. 28, the Orange County Register reports.

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The $1.25-billion FY 2011 budget and updated 20-year financial plan approved by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board of Directors supports the doubling of DART Rail to 90 miles. The FY 2010 budget was $1.6 billion. The decrease is primarily due to a lower capital budget, largely the result of the completion of the Green Line this December.

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The Chicago Transit Authority is preparing the next phase of its move toward an open fare payment system that could introduce the use of contactless credit cards, debit cards and prepaid cards to ride the system.  CTA is issuing a Request for Proposal today on the design, implementation, and operation of an open fare collection system.

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A long-term commitment is needed to help freight and passenger rail accommodate future U.S. economic and population growth. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced these findings of a new report, Moving Forward: A Progress Report, that updates the U.S. Department of Transportation's efforts to develop a first-ever comprehensive National Rail Plan (NRP).

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Transportation experts will take a closer look at realigning the railroad through North Pole, Alaska, thanks to nearly $1 million in federal funding announced Sept. 27, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports.

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Long Island Rail Road customers are advised that during two weekends in the fall - October 23-24 and November 6-7 - there will be extremely limited LIRR service, especially between Jamaica Station and Penn Station, as the LIRR cuts over to a modern signal and switching control system at Jamaica, N.Y. As a result of the extremely limited service, the LIRR advises that only customers traveling for essential business - such as first responders (police, fire) and service employees with no other alternatives - should use the LIRR during these two weekends. Customers traveling for recreational purposes during this period should consider travel on the Port Washington Branch or other travel alternatives.

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The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will host a Design Build Contract Information Forum for the BART Silicon Valley Project at the San Jose Convention Center, Thursday, September 30, 2010.

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Washington, D.C., Metro will close two Blue and Orange Line stations and there will be no Blue or Orange Line service at the Metro Center Metrorail station during the three-day Columbus Day Holiday Weekend from 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8, to closing on Monday, Oct. 11, as the agency undertakes a major rehabilitation and rebuilding project to improve safety, to comply with a recommendation made by the National Transportation Safety Board and maintain service reliability and a state of good repair.

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