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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said that he plans meetings today with political and financial institutions in South Florida that are interested in bringing to life the long-gone Jacksonville-to-Miami passenger route along Florida East Coast Rail Road tracks, the St. Augustine Record reports.

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Feb. 16-18, 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: Oak Grove Avenue and Peninsula Avenue in Burlingame; Main Street and Chestnut Street In Redwood City; Villa Terrace Avenue and First Avenue in San Mateo; Encinal Avenue, Glenwood Avenue, Oak Grove Avenue and Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park; and Fair Oaks Lane in Atherton.

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As swirling snow shrouded eastern Queens, a yellow-and-black diesel train rumbled on the A subway line towards the Rockaways, lights flashing, sirens sounding, the New York Daily News reports. It was the peak of the near-blizzard. Snowdrifts threatened to force suspension of subway service to the peninsula. And NYC Transit had called in the artillery.

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At a recent meeting, the Moses Lake, Wash., City Council unanimously approved sending letters to lawmakers requesting federal funding to purchase a segment (Segment 4) of the Columbia Basin Railroad line that runs through the City of Moses. As part of the Northern Columbia Basin Railroad Project, Segment 4 is slated to be vacated once a new bypass segment (Segment 1) northeast of Moses Lake is built.

 

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The UNISIG Consortium (UNISIG) has accepted an application for Associated Membership from MER MEC S.p.A., with effect from January 1, 2010. MER MEC, based in Monopoli, Bari, Italy, is a developer and supplier of both onboard and trackside railway signaling equipment. The company becomes the second new Associated Member of UNISIG since its formation in 1999. 

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As environmental work continues for the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 project, Los Angeles Metro will hold four community scoping meetings on February 22-27 in Pico Rivera, South El Monte, Montebello and Whittier to review two build alternatives: light rail transit via State Route 60 and on Washington Boulevard in addition to a transportation systems management (improving bus services), and a no-build alternative.

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A new railroad company based in Alliance, Neb., has filed papers with the federal Surface Transportation Board to purchase the seven miles of railroad line from Chadron west to Dakota Junction and to lease 21 miles of line from Dakota Junction to Crawford. Chadron, Neb., the Chadron Record reports.

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Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favor of the company's acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway Inc., securing a path for BNSF Railway to continue to build upon its position as one of America's premier freight transportation companies.

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Nearly half of the budget to build Norfolk's light-rail starter line is "soft costs" such as consulting, legal and administrative fees, which are almost twice the norm for this kind of project, Hampton Roads Transit's new leader, Philip Shucet, told the Norfolk, Va., City Council, The Virginian-Pilot reports.

 

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The Puget Sound region's largest public agencies will host a Regional Contracting Forum on March 30 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle. Each year, more than 1,000 people attend this annual networking and information-gathering event. This year the Forum will include one-on-one interactive sessions between prime and subcontractors for construction and architectural and engineering services, and agency buyers and vendors. The Forum also serves as a "one-stop" location for business owners seeking to do business with government agencies to ask questions that will help them navigate the public competitive bidding process successfully.

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