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CN reached a voluntary mitigation agreement related to its acquisition of the principal lines of the former Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Company (EJ&E) with the Village of Lake Zurich, Ill., located 37 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. With this agreement, CN has VMAs with 20 municipalities that are home to two-thirds of the population living along the EJ&E in Illinois and Indiana.

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The Patrick-Murray Administration said MBTA will hire of a diverse group of 15 employees with funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The new jobs support the $9-million Fitchburg, Mass., Commuter Rail Line project, funded through the ARRA stimulus program and part of Governor Deval Patrick's Massachusetts Recovery Plan. The Massachusetts Congressional delegation worked with colleagues in Washington, D.C., to allocate a total of $319 million in recovery funds for transit projects at the Regional Transit Authorities and the MBTA.

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The Dixon administration is expected to bring two contracts before the Board of Estimates Nov. 18 cementing its two-year-old accord with CSX Transportation under which the railroad will pay roughly three-quarters of the cost of replacing two of the city's most deteriorated bridges, the Baltimore Sun reports.

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The Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway Co. is on track to increase train speeds from 25 to 40 mph, and railroad and public officials are advising motorists to take extra precautions at crossings. The Gazette in Medina County, Ohio, reports.

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As ridership continues to increase at the Gateway Transportation Center, Amtrak passengers now have another option for their personal vehicles- a long-term parking facility on Amtrak-owned property at 421 South 16th Street, the corner of 16th and Poplar Streets in Downtown St. Louis.

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Burlington, Iowa, officials say they hope to have a plan in place near Christmas to silence the noise from passing trains, according to The Register-Mail in Galesburg, Ill. Many Galesburg residents would like a similar Christmas present, or such a gift any time of the year.





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Northstar Commuter service in the Twin Cities area became a reality Nov. 16, with the first paying customers for the new rail line. Northstar is BNSF's first new BNSF-employee-operated commuter service in nine years and has been more than 10 years in the planning and execution stage, the company newsletter reports.

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The McHenry County College Board of Trustees is requesting more analysis of the proposed site of a new Metra station in Crystal Lake, Ill., according to the Northwest Herald. Metra's Board of Directors recently approved a tentative $1.53-million deal to buy land for a new stop along the Union Pacific Northwest Line in unincorporated Ridgefield on Country Club Road at Prairie Drive.

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Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and CSX Chairman, President and CEO Michael J. Ward joined together to celebrate the construction of an improved rail route that generates hundreds of jobs. The completed project will create an improved double-stack rail corridor to expand Philadelphia's freight transportation options and position the region for future growth.


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RailComm has provided a wireless remote control system for Union Pacific's Roper Yard in Salt Lake City, Utah. The system includes remote control of 17 power switches from two centrally located, interconnected push-button control panels strategically located within Roper Yard. Each hardened, outdoor-rated control panel provides entrance-exit and stacked routing capabilities.


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