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"On behalf of the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) 1,500 members, I commend Chairmen Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson for including in their recommendations to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform proposals to support the critical need to preserve and improve the nation's surface transportation network, which includes public transportation systems, highways, and bridges," said American Public Transportation Association President William Millar.
 

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Work can begin on the Appalachian Regional Short-Line Rail project with the signing of a $12.9-million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. The signing took place between the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

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The National Railway Construction and Maintenance Association is scheduling a legal seminar, "Managing Risk and Minimizing Claims during Railroad Construction" on January 5, 2001, just prior to NRC's 2011 annual conference.

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Kansas City Southern has launched a new branding initiative, honoring its unique legacy and embracing the future of freight rail transportation. The new branding includes the grouping of original logos for The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. and Panama Canal Railway Company and adds the statement, "Business Without Borders." The original logos and new tag line, along with the red, gold and black colors of the heritage paint scheme displayed on KCS locomotives, will be featured on marketing collateral, video, print advertisements and a new Website, now in development.

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Patriot Rail Corp. said it has executed a long-term license and operating agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to commence rail service on the Piedmont and Northern Railway in Gaston County, North Carolina. Under the 20-year agreement, Patriot will be responsible for operating, maintaining and marketing freight rail service on the P&N.

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Dec. 3-5, Metro in Washington, D.C., will upgrade its track and stations to improve long-term reliability and service. As a result of this crucial work, which is critical to maintain the railroad in a state of good repair, trains on the Red and Orange lines will be single-tracking, and riders should expect their trips to take up to 30 minutes longer than usual. 



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Progress Rail Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., has announced its acquisition of C&S Signaling LLC, a signaling business serving the railroad industry, based in Crestwood, Kentucky. The acquisition strengthens Progress Rail's position in g ...

URS Corporation, as part of a team with Mott MacDonald and Grimshaw, has been awarded a contract by High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd. to provide engineering design services for the development of a proposed high-speed rail line between Birmingham and Manchester in the U.K.

 

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The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) presented its Triennial Capital Expenditures Plan outlining the estimated C$1.9 billion in expenditures planned for 2011-2013 and their effects on subsequent years. Such investments are needed to replace or upgrade equipment and infrastructure that already have or will reach the end of their service life in the next few years, including métro railcars and a number of buses, among others.

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Agreements between Huron Central Railway and the federal and provincial governments are being finalized, paving the way for infrastructure improvements along the rail line, the Sault Star reports. Sault Ste. Marie CAO Joe Fratesi said Huron Central will sign separate agreements with the federal and provincial governments that will see C$15 million from each level of government flow for the upgrades.

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