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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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Hugh Fuller has joined HNTB Corporation as the Northwest railway practice manager and brings more than 30 years of experience in the transportation and railway engineering fields. He has managed or designed more than a dozen light rail, streetcar and commuter rail projects, making him one of the leading railway engineers in the United States.


 

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Michael T. McNamara, P.E., was recently named a senior associate at Gannett Fleming, an international planning, design, and construction management firm. Based in the firm's Valley Forge, Pa., office, McNamara serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems, a division of Gannett Fleming specializing in transit and railroad track, signal, communication and electric traction design. He resides in Voorhees, N.J.


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On Feb.1, President Obama proposed $1.82 billion in funding for 27 major transit construction projects that will create jobs and increase transportation options throughout the United States.

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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said that the Federal Transit Administration has again provided a strong rating to the Central Subway Project, Phase 2 SFMTA's Third Street Light Rail Project. The Project has received a positive review as part of the FTA's New Starts program with a Medium-High project justification rating and Medium-High overall rating.

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