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Virginia could eliminate about one in three trucks from Interstate 81 with extensive --and expensive -- rail improvements, a consultant told the Roanoke Times. Given the high cost and logistical barriers to such a plan, however, the consultant endorses a more modest approach that will shift fewer trucks -- perhaps one in seven -- much to the disappointment of some railroad supporters.

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Bentley Systems, Incorporated, said that it has acquired Enterprise Informatics, Incorporated and Exor Corporation. The Enterprise Informatics eB Insight software provides configuration and change management capabilities for mission-critical infrastructure asset operations for the energy, nuclear, rail and government sectors. Exor information modeling software provides for the management and operations of linear networks for infrastructure, including roads and railways.

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A tentative deal that allows 38 Chicago Transit Authority maintenance workers to keep their jobs in return for concessions is a sign that other unions may be ready to cut a deal and get canceled buses back on the road, CTA chief Richard Rodriguez said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The railroad maintenance workers were among 1,057 workers laid off Sunday as part of cutbacks that saw 18 percent of bus services and nine percent of train services canceled.

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The new Hampton Roads Transit chief will ask the Virginia Beach, Va., City Council for money to help finish the ongoing study of light rail in the city, The Virginian-Pilot reports. The City Council had been under the impression that the multi-million-dollar study would be paid for with state and federal grants obtained by HRT.

 

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LPB Energy Management said that BNSF signed a seven-year contract for comprehensive energy and utility management services. LPB will help BNSF measure, report and reduce energy costs and usage to further support their commitment to energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

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Showing how freight rail works to protect jobs, ease gridlock and make breathing easier are themes played out in the Association of American Railroads' latest Freight Rail Works advertising campaign. The "Messages" campaign consists of TV, radio, print and online components and mixes bold graphics with tongue-in-cheek wordplay to demonstrate the freight rail industry's positive economic and environmental contributions.

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Feb. 6-11, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. crews will be finishing up work on Caltrain's Grade Crossing Improvement Program. Work will take place at the following locations: in Burlingame at Oak Grove Avenue and Peninsula Avenue; in Redwood City at Main Street and Chestnut Street; in San Mateo at Villa Terrace Avenue and First Avenue; and in Menlo Park at Encinal Avenue, Glenwood Avenue, Oak Grove Avenue and Ravenswood Avenue

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Shuttle buses will replace trains on the Blue Line on Saturday, Feb. 13, reports the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. The rail will be shut down in both directions, from Warrensville/Van Aken to Shaker Square, while construction crews remove an outside wall at the Lee Road Blue Line station.


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FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff announced federal funding for Denver Union Station, the centerpiece of the Regional Transportation District's FasTracks transit expansion plan. The Department of Transportation approved a $151.6-million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan and a $152.1-million loan application under the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program for Denver Union Station.

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Hatch Mott MacDonald is providing construction management services for Metro-North Railroad for an $18.9 million design/build project at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. The project will convert an interior space from its previous use as a tennis club to facilities for Metro-North train crews, fire brigade crews and building services staff. The current facilities for the train and fire brigade crews and building services staff have outlived their useful life and are in need of substantial upgrade. This project will relocate the crews and staff members to a better location with updated accommodations.

 

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