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U.S. Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.) gathered state, municipal and Congressional representatives and other stakeholders of the U.S. Northeast Corridor (NEC) to help relaunch an effort to bring high-speed passenger rail service to the region. Attending the meeting were various officials and representatives from New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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The top transit official for President Barack Obama's administration will be in Denver Feb. 5 announcing major funding for the FasTracks project, the Denver Business Journal reports. Peter Rogoff, head of the Federal Transit Administration, is to join U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and Phil Washington, the head of the Regional Transportation District, at Denver Union Station on Friday afternoon.

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Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway said that it has filed a "Notice of Intent" with the Surface Transportation Board to abandon certain of its lines. This notice is required by the STB as a preliminary step in the abandonment process. MMA continues to provide regular rail service and is continuing to work with Maine DOT in order to find a solution that would permit continued rail operations on these lines.

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A rusty Missouri River railroad bridge that came to symbolize the battle between historical tourism and modern transportation has been saved from demolition due largely to federal stimulus funds, local newspapers report. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Union Pacific has agreed to give the old bridge to the central Missouri city of Boonville, which hopes to convert it for use by hikers and bikers on the Katy Trail State Park.

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Stella-Jones Inc. said that it has received early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 in connection with its proposed acquisition of Tangent Rail Corporation.

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Cong. Dan Lipinski (D-3rd) said that a railroad quiet zone eliminating the sounding of train horns except in emergencies is expected to take effect in Oak Lawn, Ill., on Wednesday, Feb. 17, the Southwest News-Herald reports.

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The Belt Railway Company of Chicago is now a subscriber to e-RAILSAFE ShortLine, a unique workforce management service from e-VERIFILE.COM Inc. that assists shortline and regional railroad operators with workplace safety/security management.

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Work to raise the historic Santa Fe Depot -- the first step in its renovation for use as an Amtrak Depot -- should begin this spring n Ft. Madison, Iowa, the Hawkeye reports. Mayor Steve Ireland has worked four years to make the project a reality, and hopes renovations will be complete by next spring.

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CN plans to establish a new $100-million CN Calgary Logistics Park in Conrich, located in Rocky View County north east of Calgary. The 680-acre park is planned to include a state-of-the-art intermodal terminal with room for customers to co-locate with CN and custom build their facility in place. The Logistics Park will be designed to include a multi commodity transload and warehouse facility, an automotive compound, and a liquid/bulk transload and distribution facility. The site is strategically located a few miles east of the Calgary Airport, on Twp Road 250/ McKnight Boulevard, providing fluid access to Stoney Trail and other major roadways.

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The first phase of the Santa Clara, Calif., Valley Transportation Authority's (VTA) BART Extension to Silicon Valley has been given an overall project rating of "medium" in the Federal Transit Administration New Starts Annual Report for Federal Fiscal Year 2011, which was released Feb. 3.

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