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The N.C. Department of Transportation, North Carolina Railroad Company and Norfolk Southern have completed the restoration of a nine-mile section of track between Greensboro and High Point. The new stretch of double track will help alleviate bottleneck delays, improve freight rail capacity and passenger train reliability. It will also provide future rail capacity for the federally-designated Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor as well as NS's Crescent Corridor.

 

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The Federal Transit Administration notified METRO that it has approved Houston's University Corridor Light Rail Transit project into the Preliminary Engineering phase of the FTA's New Starts program. METRO can now move forward with engineering activities as publication of the Final Environmental Impact Statement and approval of a Record of Decision are imminent.

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Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company said that as the result of a critical ongoing concrete tie replacement project on the Old Colony Line, a new schedule for the Middleboro/Lakeville, and Plymouth/Kingston and Greenbush lines will go into effect on January 11, 2010. These schedule changes better reflect actual travel times that have resulted following implementation of a 50 mile-per-hour speed restriction, which is essential for safe travel on the line.

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Denver's Regional Transportation District Board of Directors voted unanimously to enter into contract negotiations with Phil Washington to serve as the agency's new general manager and chief executive officer.

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To provide the latest information about upcoming service modifications, California's Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority launched a brand new Web page. The goal is to make it easy for VTA customers to view the new bus and light rail schedules with one click of a mouse. The detailed and visual information about service changes can be found on www.vta.org/servicereductions. The new web page includes a system map and a light rail transit map, specific route changes, and a Frequently Asked Questions link. VTA's service reduction will be in effect beginning Monday, January 11, 2010.

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The Bourbon County, Kan., Commissioners are working hard to get signals installed at a dangerous railroad crossing, The Fort Scott Tribune reports. Since earlier this summer, the commission has been working on getting signals installed at the railroad crossing on 225th Street, one-quarter of a mile south of Hammond.

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Levelland, Texas, City and Economic Development officials recently broke ground on an $8.6-million industrial rail park to be built in the 12,866-population town.

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 As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Massachusetts Recovery Plan, Governor Deval Patrick joined Congressman John Olver and local elected officials in Leominster, Mass., to announce the groundbreaking of the first rail improvement project in Massachusetts supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

 

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Metrolinx purchased from CN the lower portion of the Newmarket Subdivision in central-north Toronto for C$68 million. The transaction gives Metrolinx end-to-end ownership of the 60-mile-long Barrie-Bradford GO Train corridor between downtown Toronto and Barrie, Ont. - a first for the government transit agency.

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Stella-Jones Inc. has signed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire Tangent Rail Corporation, a provider of wood crosstie supply chain services to the railroad industry. This acquisition will expand Stella-Jones' capabilities within the U.S. railway tie industry and provide the company with creosote manufacturing operations. Tangent's sales for the year ended December 31, 2009 are expected to reach approximately US$175 million.

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