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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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Metra officials, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, Elburn, Ill., Village President Dave Anderson and other community leaders marked the opening of expanded parking facilities at the Elburn Station on Metra's Union Pacific West Line during a dedication ceremony in Elburn Jan. 11.

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Michael Townes, the embattled CEO of Hampton Roads Transit in Virginia said that he would retire at the end of September and step down as CEO and president of the agency on Jan. 31, according to the Hampton Roads Daily Press. Townes had been under mounting pressure to step down after costs of the Norfolk light-rail project, the first in the state was over budget by nearly $100 million.

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Progress Rail Services' Galesburg, Ill., facility is now rail served. The 11-acre facility, which primarily is used for processed scrap metal, will now have the ability to receive railcars for dismantling as well as ship prepared scrap by rail on BNSF, according to Recycling Today. Progress is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc.

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Mayor Richard M. Daley, Chicago Transit Board Chairman Terry Peterson and Chicago Transit Authority President Richard L. Rodriguez joined federal, state and city officials Jan. 9 at the Fullerton rail station for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of 18 station renovations as part of the CTA's $530-million Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project.

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