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Hampton Roads, Va., Transit said that the final cost to complete construction of The Tide light rail system will be $338.3 million and that passenger service will begin in May 2011. The new figure comes after a six-month review by HRT and its financial advisor to identify costs not fully accounted for in previously released budgets, including the additional time required to design project changes and then complete construction.

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After a month-long delay, work is under way again to replace a portion of the BNSF bridge over the Mississippi River at Burlington. Iowa, only now the project will be shifted 75 feet east. After discovering debris on the riverbed that prevented the contractor from drilling a foundation for a new pier, construction was halted while the U.S. Coast Guard reassessed relocating the navigation channel, The Hawk Eye reports.

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New York City Transit's Far Rockaway-bound platforms at Beach 60th Street and Beach 36th Street are next in line to be closed as part of ongoing rehabilitations of stations in the Rockaways. These platforms will be closed for approximately four months beginning at 5 a.m. on Monday, February 22.

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The Heartland Corridor double-stack rail project is on schedule to be completed by summer 2010 said a Norfolk Southern marketing representative speaking at the February lunch meeting of the Hampton Roads Foreign Commerce Club according to the Port of Virginia Website

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The Maine state legislature is now involved in the effort to save 240 miles of railroad tracks in Aroostook and Northern Penobscot Counties from being abandoned, according to local media. Representative Ken Theriault has introduced a bill that would put a $20 million bond issue to voters to buy the rail line owned by Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway.

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Amtrak said that the replacement of the Niantic River Bridge would begin March 1. Town officials are making preparations by closing a section of the boardwalk, The Day reports. The eastern portion, which begins at the wooden boardwalk section and continues to the bridge area, will be closed until further notice.

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Virginia Railway Express is expected to award a $2.5 million contract Feb. 19 to a firm that will study the environmental impact of extending the commuter rail line to Gainesville and Haymarket, Va., local media report.

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On Feb. 16, a four-level parking structure opened at Whitby, Ont., GO Station offering customers 1,400 covered parking spaces and increasing the total to over 3,000 parking spots at the station.

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The downtown Tulsa, Okla., area is now a quiet zone for train horns, officials said. The "quiet zone," or Downtown Sealed Corridor Project, which consists of five extended railroad crossings, requires railroad operators to not blow their horns in designated downtown areas except in emergency instances, the Tulsa World reports.

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If efforts to re-establish passenger rail service in Hardin County, Ken., were a children's story, it would be titled, "The Little Engine that Couldn't." 

Regardless of how tall that hill may be, though, two recent developments have given at least some steam to the possibility, local newsppers report.

 

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