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The federal agency in charge of $8 billion in economic stimulus spending on high-speed-rail projects doesn't have the staff or expertise to properly oversee the money, government investigators and congressional critics say. USA Today reports that the Federal Railroad Administration, whose main job until now had been keeping freight and passenger railroads safe, awarded the high-speed-rail grants in January -- months later than planned.

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The Maryland Transit Administration advises the public of an upcoming Amtrak project on the Northeast Corridor between New Carrollton and Baltimore that will impact MARC Train Penn line riders. This major track work project, replacing the crossties on the northbound track, will require Penn Line schedule changes approximately every 4-5 weeks for the next six months.
 

 

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Allowing the rail link between Aroostook County and the rest of the state to disappear would be economically devastating to the region. But, with limited resources, the state isn't in a good position to operate a financially troubled rail line, according to an editorial in the Bangor Daily News.

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Kansas City Southern said that it has acquired the Puerta Mexico intermodal facility at Toluca in the State of Mexico. Later this month, Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (KCSM) will add direct train service from Lazaro Cardenas to Puerta Mexico, providing Mexico City import and export shippers with a service alternative featuring improved consistency and reliability and better transit times.

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Union Pacific will improve Seattle's transportation infrastructure with a $5.7-million investment to enhance its track from Seattle to Fife, Wash. Running generally parallel to Interstate 5, this section of Union Pacific track is critical to the movement of goods in Washington and helps keep local and regional economies competitive. The project is under way and will continue through the middle of 2010.


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North Shore construction work in Pittsburgh will cause much of the intersection of Allegheny Avenue and Reedsdale Street to close through Friday, April 2, 2010. The closing is due to the ongoing construction of the North Shore Connector light rail project. February's inclement weather resulted in an extension of construction in the area.


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A $133-million federal stimulus project to build a railroad "flyover" at the Metra, Amtrak and freight tracks in Englewood on Chicago's south side will untie a knot in the nation's rail system and make way for high-speed rail, government and rail officials said Friday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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CSX Transportation has agreed to take soil samples from under a bridge it owns in south central Kentucky to test for any contamination from peeling paint flakes, local media report. A group of concerned citizens in Barren County said their own tests of the soil showed high levels of lead. The group's leader, David Garvin, told The Daily News in Bowling Green that CSX had previously been ignoring the concerns.


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Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced funding for 191 new Recovery Act transit projects in 42 states and Puerto Rico that will help transform the nation's infrastructure and support thousands of jobs across the country. In making the over $600 million in new awards, the Federal Transit Administration met an aggressive deadline to award 100 percent of its Recovery Act transit formula dollars by March 5.

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U.S. Senator Susan Collins of Maine, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured a commitment from U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to work with her, state, and local officials in an effort to keep the important Maine, Montreal & Atlantic Railway operating in Northern Maine. Secretary LaHood pledged to send the Federal Railroad Administrator to Maine to work on a plan to keep the railway operating.

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