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BART crews are installing two new crossover tracks between Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek stations. This work requires that the agency close the tracks between these two stations on two weekends: March 26-28 and May 28-30 (Memorial Day weekend). To accommodate customers, BART will provide a free bus bridge service between Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill (in both directions) during both weekends. BART suggests that customers allow up to 20 additional minutes for the bus detour.


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Three decades is a long time to wait for a train. So Los Angeles is asking the federal government for help in borrowing $9 billion to speed construction of 12 new mass-transit rail lines, The Wall Street Journal reports. With Washington's backing, city officials say they could make a dramatic improvement to public transportation in just 10 years -- including a dreamy-sounding Subway to the Sea -- after decades of stalled attempts to equip the sprawling metro area with a comprehensive public-transportation system.

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Montana state officials have accepted the results of a study sponsored by the city of Whitefish of an underground diesel plume caused by spills at BNSF's locomotive fueling station in Whitefish, a Superfund site, the Whitefish Pilot reports. Using $50,000 in state grant money obtained by the city, Roger Noble and Applied Water Consulting, of Kalispell, investigated the extent of the contamination in Whitefish's Railway District and a neighborhood east of the middle school.

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St. Louis 
Metro and the Sierra Club, along with the American Lung Association in Missouri, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and other clean air advocates, will participate in a National Clean Air Day event at the Civic Center MetroLink Station March 16. Participants will distribute "I Heart Clean Air" postcards and a sweet treat as a "thank you" to Metro riders for helping to keep the air clean by choosing transit.
 


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Maine Gov. John Baldacci provided the details of a $79-million bond proposal that includes money to save northern Maine's last major rail line and to fund transportation projects across the state, the Bangor Daily News reports. Pitching the bond package as a type of stimulus measure, Baldacci said the additional state borrowing would create or protect thousands of jobs in the state while investing in much-needed highway and infrastructure projects.

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The Chicago Transit Board approved a revenue-generating contract to place additional Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) at rail stations and employee facilities. The ATM contract will generate a total of at least $1.3 million over the next five years. This is in addition to the $4.7 million contract announced at last month's Board meeting.

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Colo Railroad Builders, a leading provider of railroad construction and maintenance services to shortline and Class 1 railroads, has added three new offices, one in Kansas and two in Texas.

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Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) is celebrating its 125th year as a New York City-based international engineering giant. In 1885, William Barclay Parsons established a consulting engineering practice at 22 William Street in Lower Manhattan. Since then, PB has continued to play leading roles on transportation, power, buildings, and environmental projects throughout the world. Today, the firm is a strategic consulting, planning, engineering and program/construction management organization with approximately 14,000 employees in 150 offices on six continents.

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Shovels will start digging for the Central Corridor LRT line in August east of the Capitol where work will begin on Robert and 12th streets north of Interstate 94, the Central Corridor Project Office said today. Utility relocations in this area will be done concurrently with LRT construction.

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On March 22, Central Texans will have a new way to commute as Capital Metro opens its passenger rail line, Capital MetroRail. Capital Metro said that it will begin passenger service on the 32-mile Red Line from Leander to Downtown Austin and will offer free fares the first week of service. There will be nine trips in the morning (six southbound and three northbound trips) and 10 trips in the afternoon (six northbound and four southbound trips). The first train will leave Leander Station at 5:25 a.m.

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