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The recession is being blamed for pausing several Union Pacific construction projects across southern Arizona and New Mexico. The projects were meant to increase UP's freight-moving capacity on its main line. UP gave no definitive time table for when a new yard in Pinal County, Ariz., ...
BNSF assumed switching and classification responsibilities at the Dayton, Texas, Yard on Dec. 1. Dayton Yard is about 40 miles east of Houston and functions as part of the Houston Complex and consolidated terminal. Construction at the yard started in 1996 with two tracks; the yard curre ...
BNSF received $2.5 million in grant money to rebuild three switch engines as part of an ongoing effort to improve air quality in the Puget Sound area of Washington. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson presented emission reduction grants during ceremonies at Bell ...
Tracksure, a Bedfordshire, UK-based safety engineering company, has secured a contract, awarded by ProRail, for its locking devices in the brake system at a Rotterdam marshalling yard in Holland. According to the company, Tracksure locking devices are a unique and failsafe means of pre ...

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation said they have been granted early termination of the mandatory waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvement Act of 1976, as amended, in connection with the previously announced Berkshire acquisition of BNSF. This regulatory action is an important step in satisfying the closing conditions as set forth in the merger agreement. BNSF and Berkshire continue to expect the transaction to close in the first quarter of 2010.


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Starting Dec. 7, Sound Transit contractors will begin smoothing the surface of the light rail tracks between Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The work will impact evening light rail service through the end of the month. The work is expected to reduce the high-pitched noise some residents near the tracks have expressed concern about.

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It was a high-tech feat more than a year in the making - all leading up to a moment that came with a fairly simple act.

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Lattes flow for commuters at Tinley Park's $5-million Metra station, an architectural gem. But the only thing flowing at Cicero's dreary train stop is the rainwater that blows through the corrugated-metal shelter, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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Construction to replace the 80-year old Vandeventer Bridge in St Louis will result in the closure of Vandeventer Avenue for approximately two months, beginning on December 7. Recognizing that Vandeventer Avenue is a major thoroughfare for area commuters, Metro has partnered with the City of St. Louis to plan a detour to keep traffic flowing through that area while work to replace the bridge continues.





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Enough people would board a train in the Phoenix area's suburbs that a future commuter-rail system would be as popular as some of the busiest lines in the West, new studies have found, The Arizona Republic reports. A trio of yearlong rail studies, in nearly final form, indicates commuter rail could carry almost 18,000 passengers a day by 2030. Planners at the Maricopa Association of Governments say, based on the findings, they favor a 105-mile, X-shaped system that could feature 33 stations and cost roughly $1.5 billion. That's a little more than the Valley's 20-mile, light-rail starter line. The commuter-rail network would use existing freight track through downtown Phoenix, with lines from Queen Creek to Buckeye and from Chandler to Wittmann. The northeast Valley, whose light-rail line lacks funding, would remain without commuter rail.

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