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BART has received FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff's letter stating that the FTA has rejected BART's plan to meet the FTA's standards of full compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. This letter cites no substantive deficiencies in BART's latest draft action plan to correct Title VI deficiencies identified in a December 2009 audit. Instead, the basis of the FTA Administrator's rejection rests solely on the fact that BART's plan contains a timetable with an end date beyond September 30, 2010-the deadline for awarding stimulus fund grants.

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When railroads were first stretching their tentacles across vast new parts of this country, each new expanse of track was bought with Herculean human labor, the Racine, Wis., Journal-Times reports. No longer. Maintaining and replacing the rails still requires manpower, but far less of it. Mechanization has replaced much of what the gandy dancer and the sledgehammer achieved.

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A and C Line customers headed downtown from six stations in Washington Heights and Harlem will benefit from a new pilot project testing the delivery of next train arrival information similar to that now in service along the L line and recently deployed in several Bronx stations on the 6.

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If the convention center was a colossal and contentious public project, wait until you see Nashville Mayor Karl Dean's next undertaking: a multi-year, multibillion-dollar effort to renovate Middle Tennessee's mass transportation system, the Tennessean reports. The payback to residents of the greater Nashville area, Dean says, will be a mass transit system to rival that of Denver, Charlotte and Austin.

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Rather than choosing between North Tampa to Downtown and Downtown to West Shore corridors to launch Tampa's first light rail route, local planners may combine them in a funding proposal to federal officials later this year, the Tribune reports. And plans for the initial northern terminus for a light rail line could be extended to the northeast beyond Skipper Road to the vicinity of Cross Creek, just beyond Interstate 75, to make the project more attractive to potential federal investments.

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A proposed 3.3-mile rail spur linking the Omya quarry on Foote Street in Middlebury, Vt., with the main line west of the Otter Creek can now proceed to final design and property acquisition, as the Federal Highway Administration has determined the estimated $34.3-million project could meet federal environmental standards, the Addison County Independent reports.

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When passenger rail service returns to the Treasure Coast, travelers still will be expected to rely upon their cars, the Indian River, Fla., Press Journal reports.

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Proposed changes to Scottsbluff, Neb., city intersections could put establishing a quiet zone throughout the community on the fast track, the Star-Herald reports. City Manager Rick Kuckkahn told the Scottsbluff City Council that a current plan "could completely silence the town (of train horns)."

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A morning swig from a plastic milk jug, the refrigerator where it was kept and the spoon used to shovel that first bite of breakfast - the journey these everyday items take from raw materials to finished products started at local railroad yards, according to the Redlands, Calif., Daily Facts.

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On Feb. 5, MPR President Bill Kling appeared on his radio network in an attempt to justify his lawsuit against the Metropolitan Council over the Central Corridor light-rail transit project.

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