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The Puget Sound region's largest public agencies will host a Regional Contracting Forum on March 30 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle. Each year, more than 1,000 people attend this annual networking and information-gathering event. This year the Forum will include one-on-one interactive sessions between prime and subcontractors for construction and architectural and engineering services, and agency buyers and vendors. The Forum also serves as a "one-stop" location for business owners seeking to do business with government agencies to ask questions that will help them navigate the public competitive bidding process successfully.

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Construction work at several sites, including the new Puritas Rapid station, will affect West Side rail service, say officials of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. On Feb. 20-21, all West Side Red Line train service between Tower City and Hopkins International Airport will be replaced with shuttle buses.


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As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's commitment to building a more customer-friendly transportation system, Massachusetts Governor Patrick said that real-time arrival information will be available on MBTA's Fitchburg Commuter Rail line beginning February 11.

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For a dollar a year, Lyndhurst, N.J., officials said the two dilapidated train stations in town will soon be reverted to the town's control. It could lead to refurbishment of the stations and allow the leasing of space in them. Officials said the move would augment mass transit ridership, give individuals with disabilities greater access to the trains and bring more traffic to Lyndhurst's business districts, the Bergen Record reports.

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Construction of a rail line from Clarksville-Montgomery Business Park in Tennessee to Commerce Park across Guthrie Highway is part of the infrastructure for the Hemlock Semiconductor plant is being built there, the Leaf Chronicle reports. As the project progressed, it became clear that construction would require a wider right-of-way in some sections because more slope was needed to the new rail bed and work continued without consent from the new property owner, FWJR Partnership.

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Maine transportation officials say they've taken new steps to resolve the potential abandonment of about 240 miles of railroad track in Aroostook and Penobscot Counties, after the track's owner indicated it plans to file a notice of abandonment in about the next two weeks, according to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

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The Obama administration's recent decision to award $38.5 million in high speed rail funds to New Jersey is the first step towards a stronger, faster rail system that will reduce congestion, oil use, and carbon emissions, but there is much still to be done, local media report. That was the message that New Brunswick's Mayor Jim Cahill and New Jersey Public Interest Research Group Program Associate Rebecca Alper made clear when they gathered at New Brunswick Train Station to release "The Right Track," a new research report from NJPIRG.

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Iowa Gov. Chet Culver met with Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Joseph Szabo in an effort to get funding for Iowa rail projects back on track, especially a proposed passenger rail routes from Chicago to Iowa City and Chicago to Dubuque, the Mason City Globe Gazette reports.

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The Jackson County, Miss., Port Authority will provide $35,000 for a study on creating a rail line linking east-central Mississippi to coastal ports, the Hattiesburg American reports. The Regional Railroad Authority of East Mississippi would oversee about 45 miles of track from Waynesboro to Lucedale, where existing lines serve port facilities in Pascagoula and Mobile.

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Isanti, Minn., is moving forward with the Isanti Rail Industrial Park development process, the Isanti County News reports. During a recent Isanti City Council meeting, it authorized city engineer Bolton & Menk, Inc. to provide professional engineering services for the preparation of a conceptual layout and facility plan for the Isanti Rail Industrial Park.



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