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Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman and CEO Jay H. Walder unveiled a new and dramatically simplified Website that offers the MTA's 8.5 million daily customers access to better organized and far more detailed information about their daily commute.

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While Paul Dulmage has never been on a train in his life, he still feels rail lines should be protected, EMC News reports. And the mayor of Carleton Place, Ont., Canada, will be doing his part to ensure that the Canadian Pacific former Ottawa Valley line, which passes through the town, is not disposed of or torn up.

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(This editorial appeared January 14 in The Michigan Daily.) Any new infrastructure that will help the environment, students or the economy is an opportunity that should be taken advantage of. And a new construction plan funded by the federal government encompasses all three of these categories. The new public transportation - a railroad that will run between Ann Arbor and Detroit with stops in the neighboring areas - will benefit students and residents as they move between Ann Arbor and Detroit, for business and pleasure, without excessive cost. This new route of transportation is easy, cheap and environmentally-friendly and officials from both cities should do everything possible to ensure that the plans come to fruition.

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Norfolk Southern's Crescent Corridor Intermodal Freight Project has received the endorsement of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). As noted in a letter dated December 16, 2009, from Katherine Lugar, RILA's Executive Vice President, Public Affairs to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood:
 

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In the coming days, the local Ministry of Environment office can expect a terse communiqué from Kamloops, B.C. politicians, local newspapers report. The letter, sent by city council, will be reaffirming its stand against a proposed gasification plant in Kamloops.

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Two statewide environmental coalitions are warning that soil under the rail bed of the proposed Lackawanna Cutoff line in Morris, Sussex and Warren counties could be filled with carcinogens and want NJ Transit to investigate that possibility, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. But NJ Transit officials contended there is no such evidence.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Joseph Szabo announced historic safety regulations requiring that Positive Train Control technology be installed on the nation's major rail lines, as well as commuter and intercity passenger rail routes. PTC is an integrated set of technologies that will help avert train-to-train collisions, derailments caused by excessive speed, accidents caused by human error or misaligned switches and harm to roadway workers.

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A new street entrance to the underground corridors serving Grand Central Terminal in New York City is being built on the south side of 47th Street midway between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue. The new entrance will include a reversible escalator connecting the street level to the 47th Street cross passageway as well as a staircase from the street to the platform between Tracks 11 and 13 and from the platform down into the cross passageway. Currently the east end of the 47th Street cross passageway has no outlet.

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Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman said that the state of America's passenger railroad is strong and it had set a first quarter ridership record carrying nearly 7.2 million passengers during the first three months of fiscal year 2010.

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Residents of the St. Louis region will have one last opportunity to help shape the next 30 years of public transit by attending the final round of public workshops that begin on January 19, 2010. Metro will present a draft of the "Moving Transit Forward" plan that will address the region's short-range, mid-range and long-range transit needs at the January meetings. The draft incorporates suggestions from the public collected during 18 workshops held in October and December.

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