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State and town officials from Ashland and Framingham, Mass., met with the state's new transportation chief last night for a conversation about the state's purchase of CSX Transportation rail lines and what can be done to ensure that increased rail traffic won't further cripple their downtowns, MetroWest Daily News reports.

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Seventy percent of Metra bridges and 42 percent of CTA bridges are past their "useful life," according to a preliminary report presented to the RTA board Nov. 19, the Chicago Daily Herald reports. A final report is expected in January, along with a plan on how to address the problem, RTA spokeswoman Diane Palmer said.


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SEPTA took another step toward restoring rail service to Wawa in Delaware County with approval yesterday of nine property easements necessary for the construction, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

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Union Pacific and San Antonio River Authority officials adopted new practices for removing drift from the river, the Victoria, Texas, Advocate reports. The agreement came a month after a 500-yard logjam built up at the railroad company's bridge on the San Antonio River, over which the river authority has jurisdiction. The bridge is near the Victoria-Refugio county line.

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MTA NYC Transit said that due to Phase II construction on the Fulton Street Transit Center Project, ramp and passageway access will be closed from 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, November 23. Customers will not be able to transfer between the 23 and A trains. In addition, there are no transfers at Fulton Street/Broadway Nassau Street between 23 and 45 trains.


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A bumpy half-mile missing link on the North Shore Trail will be filled handsomely this winter by a $5-million elevated structure stretching from near the 31st Street Bridge to the Three Rivers Rowing Association's boathouse in Millvale, Pa., according to the ...

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York released its Final Proposed 2010 Budget and November Financial Plan for 2010-2013. The approximately $11-billion 2010 Final Proposed Budget is balanced with no fare increase or reductions to scheduled service, with the help of rescue legislation enacted in Albany in May. The MTA acknowledged significant potential risks to the budget, however, setting aside an $85-million reserve and pledging an overhaul of operations to improve efficiency and address the current fiscal reality.

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On Nov. 16, SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey joined Pennsylvania State Senator Dominic Pileggi, State Representative Thomas Killion, along with local government and community leaders to announce the start of a SEPTA Regional Rail parking expansion project in Delaware County. In an effort to address rider demand, SEPTA in partnership with the Elwyn Institute, will expand the parking facilities for commuters who use Elwyn (R3) Regional Rail Station.

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Vans will replace trains between Oyster Bay and Locust Valley on the MTA Long Island Rail Road's Oyster Bay Branch November 21-22 as work continues on the replacement of the West Shore Road railroad bridge in Mill Neck. While the work is performed this weekend, West Shore Road will remain open for highway traffic, there will be no detour route required.


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All trains on the Blue Line rapid transit line from Boston to Revere, Mass., have been upgraded from four to six cars, enabling the "T" to carry more passengers. The transition began and was completed this fall.

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