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Medina, Ohio, will upgrade several railroad crossing signals and surfaces within city limits in order to meet recently changed state and federal safety regulations. In addition, officials have discussed the possibility of transforming the area, which is in the city's southern portion, into a railroad quiet zone, the Medina Sun reports.

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Britt, Iowa, city officials are considering a costlier option in an effort to avoid future repairs to several damaged railroad crossings within the city, the Britt Summit reports. At its regular February meeting, the Britt City Council instructed Mayor David Mitchell to continue exploring a reconstruction option for three separate crossings throughout the city, an option that could cost the city an additional $10-12,000 per crossing but ensure a longer life span for each track.

 

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During a special ceremony on Feb. 18, Miami-Dade County officials renamed the Metromover facility in downtown Miami to posthumously honor Miami-Dade Transit employee Joseph Bryant. Bryant was a dedicated employee for 28 years, of which 15 years were spent in the Metromover Maintenance Division, where Bryant rose through the ranks to become a Metromover maintenance supervisor before losing his life while on duty the evening of June 19, 2009.


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Two separate construction projects in Philadelphia will alter SEPTA's Broad Street Line service the weekend of Feb 19-21. From 8 p.m. Feb. 19 through 4 p.m. Feb. 21, Broad Street line trains will not stop at Fairmount Station as construction continues at Spring Garden Station. Riders traveling northbound who wish to go to Fairmount Avenue will have to exit the Broad Street Subway at Spring Garden Street and transfer to the Route C bus. Southbound passengers will have to exit at Girard Avenue to transfer to the Route C bus to Fairmount Avenue.


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The Commonwealth of Kentucky and the U. S. Department of Transportation said that R. J. Corman Railroad Group's Appalachian Regional Shortline Project has been awarded a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant of $17,551,028.  This transportation infrastructure grant will be matched by a 20 percent company investment of $4,187,758 and by $200,000 from the Commonwealth of Kentucky bringing the total project investment to $21,938,786. These funds will enable the rehabilitation of hundreds of miles on five unconnected shortline railroads in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. 

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CSX congratulated Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin and the National Gateway coalition on the award of $98 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant money. The funds will go immediately to construction projects that enhance the use of fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly freight rail.

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One year to the day after President Obama signed the historic American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood will announce Recovery Act awards to states, tribal governments, cities, counties and transit agencies across the country to fund 51 innovative transportation projects.

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The right lane of southbound Route 123 between Scotts Crossing Road and the I-495 Capital Beltway Inner Loop will close for approximately two years beginning on or about Monday, Feb. 22. The closing had been previously scheduled to begin on or about Feb. 8 but the recent snowstorms forced a delay.

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A program to reduce train congestion in the Chicago area is getting a major boost with $100 million in federal stimulus money for 16 rail projects, officials said Feb. 16, the Chicago Tribune reports. That's good news for frustrated Metra and Amtrak passengers, harried motorists and anxious shippers who are victims of affected by snarled freight train traffic, officials said. And as part of the stimulus program's primary goal, the program is expected to create thousands of jobs.

 

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L. B. Foster Company and Portec Rail Products, Inc., both headquartered in Pittsburgh, jointly announced the signing of an Agreement and Plan of Merger under which L. B. Foster will make, through its wholly owned acquisition subsidiary, a cash tender offer to acquire all of Portec's outstanding shares of common stock for $11.71 per share

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