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Norfolk Southern is clearing land for a planned intermodal train terminal even as attorneys for Montgomery County try to block the project's state funding, the Roanoke Times reports. A demolition contractor leveled a house Jan. 18 and a barn Jan. 19. One more house, vacant like the first to go down, is scheduled to be razed, as well. A silo visible from U.S. 460/11 will come down later this month, according to heavy equipment operator Randy Dickenson.

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BNSF employees in the greater Seattle area have cleared at least five mudslides the week of Jan. 18 after El Niño showered heavy rains on the area, the railroad's employee newsletter reports. At one area, between Seattle and Everett, Wash., on the Scenic Subdivision, crews were working to clear tracks after three separate mudslides in the same area brought commuter traffic to a halt.

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A group of farmers from Rathwell, Man., Canada, and the surrounding area are hoping to purchase a shortline railway to keep their grain shipments on track, the Central Plains Herald Leader reports. Harold Purkess, a retired farmer from Holland, who is interim president of River Hills Railroad Inc., said the organization is made up of a group of farmers and interested individuals who are investing in the project and preserving their rail line.

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BNSF Railway Company announced a planned 2010 capital commitment program of $2.4 billion, which is expected to be approximately $240 million lower than 2009 due to fewer expected locomotive acquisitions in 2010. BNSF currently expects to spend about $2.1 billion for track, signal systems, structures, and freight cars, and to upgrade technologies, including the unfunded mandate for positive train control. The Company also anticipates acquiring approximately 170 locomotives at a cost of about $320 million. 


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An Alaska Railroad bridge crew will complete a new pedestrian bridge connected to the outside of the new bridge that was constructed in 2007/2008 over Billion Slough at Alaska Railroad milepost 227.9. This federally funded project includes construction of a new pedestrian walkway to replace the existing Chase Trail Bridge nearby.

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There will be no train service along the Long Beach Branch January 23-24 and January 30-31 due to the installation of two new MTA Long Island Rail Road bridges over Powell Creek and Hog Island Channel. Buses will serve LIRR customers between Long Beach and Valley Stream on both weekends. Regular weekday train service will not be affected by the project.

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BART has received the Federal Transit Administration's letter asking for further analysis of the Oakland Airport Connector project's impact on minority communities under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Over the past decade, BART has diligently worked with the FTA to meet all its requirements and as a result, the FTA has consistently signed off on every aspect of the Oakland Airport Connector (OAC). In fact, as recently as December, the FTA informed BART it had approved the project for what's called "pre-award authority" to continue advancing the project. It also invited BART to complete the steps to secure award of $25 million in federal New Starts funding and award of $70 million in Stimulus funds. At the time, there was no mention that additional documentation was needed.

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Throughout the President's Day Holiday weekend, Metro in the District of Columbia area will close the Rosslyn Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange Lines and the Arlington Cemetery Metrorail station on the Blue Line from 10 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12 to closing, Monday, Feb. 15, while it undertakes a major track rehabilitation project. Normal service will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 5 a.m. 



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David K. Maas, P.E., assistant vice president, will lead TranSystems' consulting services to support rail industry clients with the implementation of Positive Train Control. He will direct program management and technical support services including GIS mapping and track database management services involving data capture, data extraction and data validation services for track database systems to support PTC implementation; program management services for commercial power installation applications for wayside equipment; and related technical assistance and consulting services to support the rail industry in the implementation of Positive Train Control.

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Hampton Roads, Va., Transit welcomed the call for a public audit of the light rail project as a significant step toward ensuring accountability of The Tide's management and oversight, the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot reports.

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