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The UNISIG Consortium (UNISIG) has accepted an application for Associated Membership from MER MEC S.p.A., with effect from January 1, 2010. MER MEC, based in Monopoli, Bari, Italy, is a developer and supplier of both onboard and trackside railway signaling equipment. The company becomes the second new Associated Member of UNISIG since its formation in 1999. 

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As environmental work continues for the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 project, Los Angeles Metro will hold four community scoping meetings on February 22-27 in Pico Rivera, South El Monte, Montebello and Whittier to review two build alternatives: light rail transit via State Route 60 and on Washington Boulevard in addition to a transportation systems management (improving bus services), and a no-build alternative.

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A new railroad company based in Alliance, Neb., has filed papers with the federal Surface Transportation Board to purchase the seven miles of railroad line from Chadron west to Dakota Junction and to lease 21 miles of line from Dakota Junction to Crawford. Chadron, Neb., the Chadron Record reports.

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Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favor of the company's acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway Inc., securing a path for BNSF Railway to continue to build upon its position as one of America's premier freight transportation companies.

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Nearly half of the budget to build Norfolk's light-rail starter line is "soft costs" such as consulting, legal and administrative fees, which are almost twice the norm for this kind of project, Hampton Roads Transit's new leader, Philip Shucet, told the Norfolk, Va., City Council, The Virginian-Pilot reports.

 

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The Puget Sound region's largest public agencies will host a Regional Contracting Forum on March 30 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle. Each year, more than 1,000 people attend this annual networking and information-gathering event. This year the Forum will include one-on-one interactive sessions between prime and subcontractors for construction and architectural and engineering services, and agency buyers and vendors. The Forum also serves as a "one-stop" location for business owners seeking to do business with government agencies to ask questions that will help them navigate the public competitive bidding process successfully.

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Construction work at several sites, including the new Puritas Rapid station, will affect West Side rail service, say officials of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. On Feb. 20-21, all West Side Red Line train service between Tower City and Hopkins International Airport will be replaced with shuttle buses.


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As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's commitment to building a more customer-friendly transportation system, Massachusetts Governor Patrick said that real-time arrival information will be available on MBTA's Fitchburg Commuter Rail line beginning February 11.

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For a dollar a year, Lyndhurst, N.J., officials said the two dilapidated train stations in town will soon be reverted to the town's control. It could lead to refurbishment of the stations and allow the leasing of space in them. Officials said the move would augment mass transit ridership, give individuals with disabilities greater access to the trains and bring more traffic to Lyndhurst's business districts, the Bergen Record reports.

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Construction of a rail line from Clarksville-Montgomery Business Park in Tennessee to Commerce Park across Guthrie Highway is part of the infrastructure for the Hemlock Semiconductor plant is being built there, the Leaf Chronicle reports. As the project progressed, it became clear that construction would require a wider right-of-way in some sections because more slope was needed to the new rail bed and work continued without consent from the new property owner, FWJR Partnership.

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