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When it comes to attention-grabbing covers, the title "Great Rail Disasters" with an illustration of a train wreck is tough to beat for creating a sense of danger and drama, Ted Jackovics wrote in the Tampa, Fla., Tribune website. Inside, the 44-page American Dream Coalition report focuses on "foolish investments" and "pork barrel spending" in a critique of rail as a passenger transportation alternative.

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(The following column by U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) appeared on the Williamson Daily News website on January 23, 2010. He represents West Virginia's 3rd District.)

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When the workers laboring to raise the roof of the old Cooper Tunnel on the Norfolk Southern main line in Mercer County, W.Va., see daylight, it's about time to call it a day, the Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports. NS is on the home stretch of the Heartland Corridor project that started in the fall of 2007 and is on track to be finished later this summer. When it's done, the Heartland Corridor will enable NS to move double-stacked freight cars from Lambert's Point (near Hampton Roads, Va.) on the Atlantic coast all the way to Chicago on the Lake Michigan shore.

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Mayor Richard M. Daley and Chicago Transit Authority President Richard L. Rodriguez announced a significant development in the agency's ongoing effort to enhance safety and security on its rail and bus system. With the installation of cameras at 24 Green Line stations, the CTA's rail system now has 1,657 cameras at 73 rail stations.

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Two bridge projects that were put on hold about two months ago are back on track, The Medina County, Ohio, Gazette reports. Bob Sullivan, spokesman for CSX Transportation, said the company is working to secure funding to proceed with work on the bridges over the tracks at Rivers Corners Road in Homer Township and at Pawnee Road on the border of Homer and Harrisville townships. The project includes rebuilding the bridge at Rivers Corners to allow for taller, double-stack trains to pass underneath, and demolishing the bridge at Pawnee and vacating the road with a detour at Simcox Road.

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North Shore construction work will cause much of the intersection of Allegheny Avenue and Reedsdale Street in Pittsburgh to close starting Jan. 25. The closing is due to the ongoing construction of the North Shore Connector light rail project. The intersection is scheduled to remain partially closed through Feb. 10.


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Work on Caltrain's Grade Crossing Improvement Program, which will enhance safety at 25 grade crossings in San Mateo County, will continue at the following locations: Main Street, Redwood City, Jan. 24-25; Watkins Avenue, Atherton, Jan. 24-25; Fair Oaks Avenue, Atherton, Jan. 25-28; and Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park, Jan. 24 - 25 Throughout the project area, at least one lane of the impacted street will remain open. Flagmen will direct traffic and pedestrians around the construction.

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Axion International Holdings, Inc., a next-generation technology company utilizing recycled plastic for high-load industrial products, said that demolition has begun of the current structures at the Ft. Eustis Army Transportation Corp. military base in Virginia in order to replace those spans with two new railroad bridges made almost entirely from Axion's 100-percent recycled plastic structural products.


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Illinois DOT I setting up the first ever business exchange with Chicago area small businesses to connect small disadvantaged businesses (DBEs), many minority- and women-owned enterprises, with the CREATE partners and the rail industry to explore opportunities for near-term and future business partnerships.

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Frankfort, Ill., trustees this week hired an engineering firm to design safety devices at the village's Canadian National Railway crossings, the Chicago Tribune reports. The $14,000 contract was awarded to Hamilton Consulting Engineers to plan and supervise construction of safety features, such as lights and crossing gates, at the street-level railroad crossings in Frankfort, Trustee Dick Trevarthan said. Six of the crossings are public and one is privately owned.

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