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The Belt Railway Company of Chicago is now a subscriber to e-RAILSAFE ShortLine, a unique workforce management service from e-VERIFILE.COM Inc. that assists shortline and regional railroad operators with workplace safety/security management.

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Work to raise the historic Santa Fe Depot -- the first step in its renovation for use as an Amtrak Depot -- should begin this spring n Ft. Madison, Iowa, the Hawkeye reports. Mayor Steve Ireland has worked four years to make the project a reality, and hopes renovations will be complete by next spring.

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CN plans to establish a new $100-million CN Calgary Logistics Park in Conrich, located in Rocky View County north east of Calgary. The 680-acre park is planned to include a state-of-the-art intermodal terminal with room for customers to co-locate with CN and custom build their facility in place. The Logistics Park will be designed to include a multi commodity transload and warehouse facility, an automotive compound, and a liquid/bulk transload and distribution facility. The site is strategically located a few miles east of the Calgary Airport, on Twp Road 250/ McKnight Boulevard, providing fluid access to Stoney Trail and other major roadways.

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The first phase of the Santa Clara, Calif., Valley Transportation Authority's (VTA) BART Extension to Silicon Valley has been given an overall project rating of "medium" in the Federal Transit Administration New Starts Annual Report for Federal Fiscal Year 2011, which was released Feb. 3.

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MTA New York City Transit officials said that real-time train arrival message screens are now operational and being tested in the Buhre Avenue and Middletown Road stations on the 6 line.

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After a few days on the job, new Hampton Roads, Va., Transit leader Philip Shucet said he's working to correct poor project management practices on Norfolk's beleaguered light-rail construction and eliminate a culture of fear that has gripped the agency, The Virginian-Pilot reports. Both have contributed to the spiraling cost overruns and schedule delays on the light-rail project that has cast a pall over the transit agency.

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Kansas has received a grant to develop a business plan for an expanded Amtrak passenger rail service south from Newton to Oklahoma City - but no money to actually develop the line, The Hutchinson News reports. The $250,000 award from the $8 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail program also must be locally matched, which is not a foregone conclusion with the fiscal crisis facing the state, officials acknowledged.

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Norfolk Southern hasn't laid down any of the track that will connect its main line to the proposed $112-million intermodal terminal in Rossville, Tenn., but the company is laying down a foundation to keep the project on target to open in two years, The Daily News reports.

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An early state plan to improve two busy railroad crossings has sparked questions about who should pay for the project, even though no one knows the exact price tag yet, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports. The improvements are planned for crossings at Mockingbird Lane near Illinois Route 162 and Cargill Road at Country Place Lane. Both are in eastern Granite City about a quarter-mile apart.

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Throughout the Presidents Day Holiday weekend, the Rosslyn Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange lines in the Washington, D.C., area will be closed and the Arlington Cemetery Metrorail station on the Blue Line (station closes at 7 p.m. nightly during the winter months) will also be closed from 10 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12 to closing, Monday, Feb. 15, while Metro undertakes a major track rehabilitation project. Normal service will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 5 a.m.

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