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Philip Shucet, Hampton Road Transit president and CEO, said, " I carefully reviewed the verbatim transcript from the May 19, 2009, Virginia Beach, Va., City Council meeting, it is clear to me that HRT committed with certainty that no local City funds would be used to fund the Alternatives Analysis and Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Though our policy is clear that federal grants are locally matched by a partner city, the firm recorded commitment made by HRT is compelling. We will honor that commitment for this particular local match requirement. It's the right thing to do, especially in this case where Virginia Beach supported acquiring the federal funding with the specific understanding that a city match was not necessary. As such, HRT withdraws its request that the Virginia Beach City Council supply the local match.

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With an eye toward enhancing customer and employee security, MTA New York City Transit is set to begin a project that will put advanced video surveillance equipment onboard four cars of a 10-car subway train that will be in operation along the lettered lines through early 2011. This train will also be used to pilot a new handhold configuration and rush-hour flip up seats, though the seating feature will not be put into use at this time.

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Having been largely shut out of federal high-speed rail funding, New York transportation officials are turning their attention to a handful of rail projects that did win federal support - including the first tangible piece of the long-sought high-speed passenger rail corridor across upstate New York, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports.

 

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Federal stimulus grants could have redrawn the map of freight rail lines throughout the Rockford, Ill., area and truck routes around Rochelle, Ill., GateHouse News Service reports. Instead, after the $108-million requests were rejected last week, it's back to the drawing board.



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Federal Signal Corporation said that it has amended its definitive arrangement agreement with Sirit Inc. (TSX: SI), a global provider of radio frequency identification technology. Under the terms of the amendment, Federal Signal will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Sirit for cash consideration of C$0.43 per share by way of a court approved plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act, an increase of C$0.13 per share or 43 percent over the original cash consideration. The transaction has a total equity value of approximately C$72 million (US $69 million).

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Amtrak awarded the Dana B. Kenyon Company a $25-million contract for the construction of a maintenance facility located in Hialeah, Fla., near Miami. Construction will begin this spring and will be completed in February 2011.

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Amtrak has asked seven architectural and real estate firms to submit proposals to redevelop a key part of Chicago's Union Station and plans to select a winning proposal by the end of May, the Chicago Tribune reports. The firms include the Chicago office of architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Chicago developer U.S. Equities Realty and the Chicago office of Jones Lang LaSalle, which currently manages Union Station for Amtrak.

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A key Illinois General Assembly committee votes on SB2571 Feb. 23, which would create the Illinois High Speed Rail Authority. The Authority would be charged with designing, financing, building and operating a high speed rail network on speeds up to 220 mph using new infrastructure. Responsibility for upgrades to 110 mph would remain the responsibility of the Illinois Department of Transportation.


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Drivers will spend less time waiting for trains to pass as Union Pacific increases the speed of its trains on the rail line that parallels Loop 529 in Rosenberg, Texas. The train speed limit will increase from 10 miles per hour to 40 mph on nearly three miles of track that crosses Junker and Scott Roads.

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Employees of the Huron & Eastern Railway Company voted in favor of union representation by the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. After the votes had been counted, an overwhelming majority of Huron & Eastern employees chose to be represented by the Allied Federation, which already represents more than 7,000 members of the BMWED/IBT.


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