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Senior executives from Kansas City Southern and Norfolk Southern recently made their annual inspection trip across the Meridian Speedway to see the capital improvements that have been made to increase capacity and improve transit over the line from Shreveport, La. to Meridian, Miss., KCS News, the company newsletter, reports.

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Denver's RTD has reached a total $143.8-million agreement with BNSF that will move progress forward on two FasTracks corridors to Arvada/Wheat Ridge and Westminster, Colo., according to a column by Kevin Flynn in InDenver Times. The comprehensive agreement includes $102.7 million for the outright purchase of railroad right-of-way for the Gold Line and several miles of the Northwest Rail FasTracks corridors; a lump sum of $36.9 million in relocation funding for BNSF to move and replace its facilities that are in the way of RTD's projects; up to $4 million in direct reimbursements of BNSF's other costs for additional construction or relocation that may occur incidental to the projects and $200,000 for title insurance, closing costs and escrow fees.

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Metra plans to spend $100 million to install a high-tech system that would keep trains from colliding or prevent a distracted engineer from speeding through a warning signal to slow down or stop, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Repairs to the Fredericksburg, Va., train station could be under way this summer, The Free Lance-Star reports. Virginia Railway Express received permission from its Operations Board to issue an invitation for construction bids to repair the drainage system in the station's railroad bridge.

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Momentum is building for running conventional passenger trains between Norfolk and Richmond, Va., as an interim step to getting high-speed rail, The Virginian-Pilot reports. The budget approved by the Virginia General Assembly last week waives a 30 percent match on state Rail Enhancement Funds, clearing a financial hurdle that will allow construction to begin later this year and for trains to run within three years.

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Los Angeles Metro will be conducting a second round of exploratory drillings March 22-April 7 as part of the planning and environmental analysis for the proposed Crenshaw /LAX Transit Corridor Project.

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Work on a $2.8-million project to add additional signals to the Caltrain signal system took place from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20 between the San Mateo and Redwood City stations.

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Elburn, Ill., Planning Commissioners revisited a past proposal to construct a pedestrian crossing over the railroad tracks between the Metra station and the north side of the village, local newspapers report. They hope the village can pursue the project in the future to reduce risks for people walking across the railway to and from the station and their homes or downtown Elburn.

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The architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has signed a contract with the Moynihan Station Development Corporation to start design work on the first phase of the new Moynihan Station in New York City, the New York Times reports. The project, which was proposed by and later named for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, calls for converting the Beaux-Arts James A. Farley Post Office - across Eighth Avenue from Pennsylvania Station - into a train station.

 

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The Board of Trustees of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is scheduled to meet at March 23.

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