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Residents of the St. Louis region will have one last opportunity to help shape the next 30 years of public transit by attending the final round of public workshops that begin on January 19, 2010. Metro will present a draft of the "Moving Transit Forward" plan that will address the region's short-range, mid-range and long-range transit needs at the January meetings. The draft incorporates suggestions from the public collected during 18 workshops held in October and December.

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The Alaska Railroad is inviting the public to a series of open house to provide an opportunity to review and comment on a proposed Program of Projects for 2010. The open houses will showcase continuing and proposed capital improvement projects that are in various stages from conceptual planning to engineering and construction. Project managers will be on-hand to explain projects that are located all along the railroad system from Seward to Fairbanks.

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A proposed $9.1-million project to alleviate railroad-caused traffic congestion on North Grand Street in Amarillo, Texas, will move closer to starting Jan. 14 with a federally required public gathering, according to the Amarillo Globe-News Online. The proposal calls for construction of a bridge to carry Grand Street vehicle traffic over BNSF tracks adjacent to Southeast Third Avenue.

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Monroe, Ld., Mayor Jamie Mayo, District 1 Councilman Jay Marx and city engineer Sinyale Morrison will be in Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 13-14 to meet with Kansas City Southern Railway Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mike Haverty to discuss multiple local projects, the Monroe News Star reports.

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After a decade of talks, Centennial Park in Helena, Mont., is finally whole, the Helena Independent Record reports. BNSF officially donated a 9.1-acre former Great Northern spur line to the city last month, prompting an official thank-you from city commissioners this week.

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In early 2010, Seattle's Sound Transit will begin construction activities for the future Capitol Hill light rail station.  Before the station excavation can begin there are some early work activities that will be taking place over the next several weeks: 

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In recognition of the critical importance freight rail transportation offers shippers throughout the U.S., Norfolk Southern's Crescent Corridor program has been endorsed by 60 legislators on Capitol Hill as 2010 begins.

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ARINC Incorporated said that railroad industry veteran Rich Rapposelli has joined its Surface Transportation and Security Systems organization. Rapposelli recently spent nine years at Jacobs Engineering where he managed various communications and physical security programs. Prior to that, he worked 21 years at Amtrak, where he managed the Communications Control Center and worked as Technical Director of Communications.  Most recently he was responsible for Program Management on the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission Electronic Security and Surveillance security projects. 

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After enduring the most brutal year in the history of Bay Area public transit, train and bus operators are barreling down a track toward bankruptcy, the San Jose, Calif., Mercury News reports. The near-inevitable result will be costlier and longer commutes for all, whether they ride or drive.

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RailComm has been chosen to provide a major expansion of its Yard Automation System at Transnet's Ermelo Yard in South Africa. The automation system will be comprised of the existing DOC® (Domain Operations Controller) server-based central control system and 10 new associated outdoor-rated control panels. Per Transnet requirements, the system operator is in charge of selecting the appropriate control mode based on desired operating conditions.

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