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The Florida State Senate passed a rail bill 27-10, local newspapers report. It now heads to Gov. Charlie Crist for his signature. Crist has said he supports the bill. The bill clears away obstacles for construction of SunRail, a $1.2-billion commuter rail project in central Florida, and shores up South Florida's Tri-Rail with an extra $15 million in annual funding. The bill could also help the state win a $2.5-billion federal grant to link Tampa and Orlando with a high-speed rail line.

 

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Norfolk Southern has joined the U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit, membership-based organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for the nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

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Koppers Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koppers Holdings Inc., has signed a letter of intent to acquire 100 percent of the outstanding shares of privately-owned Cindu Chemicals B.V. from joint owners Cindu B.V. and Corus Staal B.V. for an undisclosed purchase price. The proposed transaction is subject to the negotiation and execution of a definitive purchase and sale agreement, the completion of due diligence, certain regulatory approvals, consultation with Cindu's Works Council, and other customary closing conditions. Upon completion, Koppers expects to fund the acquisition primarily with cash.


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Florida's House of Representatives passed rail legislation that would fund Tri-Rail, create SunRail, create the first leg of a high-speed corridor and reduces tax-payer liability should a freight accident occur on tracks that also operate passenger service. A partial summary of the legi ...
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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