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Contractor crews will begin working this fall on elements of the western three miles of the 11-mile Central Corridor LRT Project. In September, they will begin prep work to retrofit the Washington Avenue bridge to accommodate light-rail trains by reconstructing the bridge piers. In December, they will start work to tie in the Central Corridor line from the Hiawatha LRT line just west of the Cedar-Riverside Station to Pleasant Street on the East Bank. The bulk of the Civil West contract work, though, will start in spring 2011.

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On May 17 at 11 a.m. at the Puyallup Fair "Red Lot," Sound Transit will break ground on a project to expand parking for commuters using the Sounder Puyallup, Wash., station. Developed in partnership with the City of Puyallup and the Puyallup Fair & Events Center and funded by a combination of local and federal monies, the project will create 219 permanent satellite park-and-ride spaces at the lot located at 5th St. SW and 7th Ave SW.

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Li Rose Cheng, a Senior System Software Engineer at Portec RailProducts Inc. subsidiary Salient Systems Inc. since 1997, has been promoted to Vice President, Business Development-Asia, with responsibility for all facets of Salient's business in Mainland China, Hong Kong and the Pacific Rim. Her duti ...

NJ TRANSIT Executive Director James Weinstein said the agency has expanded its online service DepartureVisionTM to New York Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal, making access to real-time train departures available at all of its rail stations.

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Buses will replace train service for Long Island Rail Road customers traveling between Long Beach and Valley Stream the weekend of May 15-16 as work is completed on the construction of two new railroad bridges over Powell Creek and Hog Island Channel. The $24.5-million project, which is funded through the MTA Capital Budget and federal grants, began in March and is wrapping up as planned in time to accommodate the weekend beach crowds expected in Long Beach beginning Memorial Day weekend.

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Washington State will do a detailed traffic study of its plan to route passenger trains traveling up to 79 miles an hour through South Tacoma, Lakewood and DuPont, despite previously calling such a study unnecessary, the News Tribune reports. The Washington State Department of Transportation said that it's required to conduct the assessment as a condition for using federal stimulus money to pay for the $91-million rail project.

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A Louisiana House committee took the first steps toward setting up a means to establish train or light rail services in regions of the state, the New Orelans Times Picayune reports. The Committee on Transportation, Highways and Public Works gave unanimous support to House Bill 1410 by Rep. Michael Jackson, I-Baton Rouge, a longtime proponent of rail and mass transit. The bill now heads to the House floor for debate.

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Steady growth across the Triangle near Raleigh, N.C., will make traffic worse over the next decade, and thousands of students and workers will be eager to park the car and catch a train, the News & Observer reports. That's the forecast in a new report on demand for commuter trains that would run every 40 minutes during the morning and afternoon rush hours. Now the area will have to see whether taxpayers, elected leaders and commuters buy into the idea.

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Société de transport de Montréal (STM) informed clients that Côte-Sainte-Catherine métro station must be closed temporarily so it may carry out major repairs. Access to the station will remain closed to clients at all times from May 17 to August 22 inclusively.

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Signaling its most forceful objection yet - and perhaps protracted court battles - Union Pacific has notified the California high-speed rail authority that it will fight the state's newest plans to run bullet trains from the South Bay to the Central Valley, including along Monterey Highway in San Jose, the Mercury News reports.

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