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The historic Union Depot in St. Paul, Minn., is on the road to restoration, the Star-Tribune reports. The Ramsey County Regional Rail Authority on Sept. 21 approved a $149-million construction contract for the renovation and transformation of the building into a transportation hub. The vote was 6 to 1, with Commissioner Janice Rettman dissenting.

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Harsco Corporation said two follow-on orders in its Harsco Rail track maintenance business group are valued at more than $15 million and that both of them continue Harsco's strong presence in providing specialized rail grinding equipment and services to leading U.S. and international railways.

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Railroad maintenance crews have been a thorn in the side of Pittsburg, Kan., drivers for about a month, blocking some streets for up to a week at a time, The Morning Sun reports. And those drivers could have to wait a few more days before the repair crews have finished their job.



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Mike Cory, CN Rail's senior vice-president in the Western Region, attended the Prince Rupert, B.C., and District Chamber of Commerce lunch to speak about the bright future of Prince Rupert's Port, and made a donation on behalf of CN to the Prince Rupert Heritage Advisory Committee for the Pillsbury House, The Northern View reports.

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While some feel the trains need to blow their horns for safety purposes when traveling through a populated area, others have grown tiresome of hearing the whistle at all times of the day and night and have called upon the city to apply for Quiet Zone status, The Troy Record reports.

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After New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stalled the project over cost concerns, a local lawmaker is suggesting a $2 surcharge on commuter fares to raise funds for a new underground rail tunnel that would traverse the Hudson River, Website njtoday.net reports.

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Recent track improvements will allow Union Pacific to increase the speed of its trains in two eastern Nebraska communities, reducing motorist wait time at crossings. In Columbus, Neb., the speed will increase from 50 mph to 70 mph and in Grand Island the speed will increase from 60 mph to 70 mph. 

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Five years after a federal earmark was announced for repairs to the Virginia Railway Express train station in Fredericksburg, Va., work has begun, the Freelance Star reports. Temporary chain-link fences and orange barrels surrounded the construction zone Sept. 20. The first phase will run until Oct. 15. The entire rehabilitation project will take a year.

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21 September 2010

CSX warned: Fix bridges

CSX Transportation needs to clean up its act when it comes to crumbling railroad bridges, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown told the Lorain, Ohio, Morning Tribune. Citing debris falling from Lorain's 28th Street underpass, Brown wrote to CSXT Chief Executive Officer Michael Ward. He encouraged swift action to ensure falling concrete, wood and screws don't harm pedestrians or the drivers of cars and trucks going under the railroad bridges.

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Patrick Donovan, executive director of the West Virginia Public Port Authority, is resigning and taking a position as director of the National Maritime Enhancement Center at Marshall University, one of four centers of its kind in the United States, The Herald-Dispatch reports. He will be an employee of the Marshall University Research Corporation and housed at the Rahall Transportation Institute.

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