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Metrolinx purchased from CN the lower portion of the Newmarket Subdivision in central-north Toronto for C$68 million. The transaction gives Metrolinx end-to-end ownership of the 60-mile-long Barrie-Bradford GO Train corridor between downtown Toronto and Barrie, Ont. - a first for the government transit agency.

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Stella-Jones Inc. has signed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire Tangent Rail Corporation, a provider of wood crosstie supply chain services to the railroad industry. This acquisition will expand Stella-Jones' capabilities within the U.S. railway tie industry and provide the company with creosote manufacturing operations. Tangent's sales for the year ended December 31, 2009 are expected to reach approximately US$175 million.

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At the board meeting on December 10, 2009, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Board of Directors authorized $5.8 million for the construction of Caltrain safety improvements. These improvements include modifications to railroad crossing gates, installation of guardrails, fencing, pedestrian gates, emergency swing gates, sidewalk, crossing panels and tactile warning panels as well as grading modifications to crossings within the Joint Powers Board owned segment (between Sunnyvale and Palo Alto).

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The final waiting period has begun for the Final Environmental Impact Statement paperwork required for the Detroit Intermodal Freight Terminal in Detroit, Crain's Detroit Business reports. The terminal project, between Wyoming and Livernois avenues south of I-94, has a $445-million price tag in 2006 dollars (for the preferred alternative) and is designed to consolidate train and trucking infrastructure.

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The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit district in California has received $2.5 million in federal funds for preliminary engineering and environmental work on its planned commuter rail line, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports. The funds were in the Fiscal Year 2010 Omnibus bill, which the Senate passed on Dec. 13, according to Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif.


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The struggling Bay Area economy just received a big boost thanks to the BART Board, whose vote also means BART customers will finally have a swift, world-class train-to-plane connection between the Coliseum BART Station and the Oakland Airport. After two decades of planning and debate, the Board of ...
High-speed rail is a glamorous idea -- it's fun to imagine a train streaking through the cornfields from Chicago to St. Louis in four hours. Less glamorous are some of the fixes that need to be made to Chicago's notoriously slow freight rail system. Talk about projects like "signalize interlock ...
After a closed session personnel discussion amongst the Board of Directors, the Chairman of the Board of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority Keith Millhouse announced that Metrolink CEO David Solow would change his role at the agency effective December 15, 2009. The Board of Directors an ...
Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said that the final Omnibus Appropriations Act that includes $126,432,544 in funding for several Illinois projects was approved by a joint House and Senate Conference Committee of which Durbin is a member. The House and Senate are expected to tak ...
An improvement in mid-Missouri has greatly improved Amtrak service across the state. Now, the Department of Transportation wants to go farther and faster with passenger rail service, local media report. A new 9,000-foot rail siding at California, Mo., allows Union Pacific freight trains to get out o ...
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