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The Mississippi Senate last week approved $15 million in matching funds toward the reconstruction of a 90-mile stretch of the former Columbus and Greenville Railway line, The Commercial Dispatch reports. The North Central Mississippi Railroad Authority won't receive the $15 million, howev ...

ENSCO, Inc. announced that it has received an initial $7.8-million contract for a self-propelled Track Geometry Vehicle. The contract was awarded by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA or Metro). The TGV will be a diesel powered rail vehicle specifically designed to inspect WMATA tracks in order to ensure track safety on the complete WMATA system. Delivery of the vehicle is scheduled for March 2012. ENSCO has teamed with Plasser American for this effort, which will supply the base vehicle.

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Stella-Jones Inc. has completed the acquisition of Tangent Rail Corporation, a provider of wood crosstie supply chain services to the railroad industry. This acquisition expands Stella-Jones' capabilities within the U.S. railway tie market and provides the company with coal tar distillation operations. Stella-Jones' North American wood treating infrastructure now consists of 19 facilities, 11 of which are located in the United States.

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Indiana Southern Railroad, a RailAmerica Inc. property, has been contracted by the Perry County Port Authority in Tell City, Ind., to provide management services for the Hoosier Southern Railroad. ISRR will be responsible for leading all aspects of the rail operations of HOS - managing safety and training programs; directing sales, marketing and industrial development efforts; handling purchasing; and managing the bulk storage facility - while reporting to the Port Authority.

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The Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) released its 2009 Annual Report today, with audited financial statements showing earnings of $13.9 million on total revenues of $169.4 million.

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Illinois Secretary of Transportation Gary Hannig will meet April 1with Union Pacific officials in Omaha, Neb., to talk about using the freight company's rail line for high-speed trains heading from Joliet to St. Louis, the Joliet, Ill., Herald reports.

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Public transportation systems are facing unprecedented funding challenges due to widespread declining state and local revenues, and have been forced to take a number of critical actions including: raising fares, cutting service, and laying off employees, according to a new survey released today by the American Public Transportation Association.

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MTA Metro-North Railroad has fully activated Train Time TM system-wide, providing access to train schedules and on-time status on smart phone devices as well as computer screens for a total of 96 stations.

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A joint Worcester, Mass., City Council committee has asked CSX Corp. officials if they can modify plans to double the size of their freight terminal to address increased truck traffic concerns on lower Grafton Street and the planned closing of Putnam Lane, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports.

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The PATCO escalators at Westmont and 15th/Locust are out of service during the week of March 29. The time that the equipment is out of service for annual inspection and maintenance will be minimized as much as possible. Customers who need an escalator are encouraged to use alternate stations or an elevator (15th/Locust).

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