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Axion International Holdings, Inc., a next-generation technology company utilizing recycled plastic for high-load industrial products, said that demolition has begun of the current structures at the Ft. Eustis Army Transportation Corp. military base in Virginia in order to replace those spans with two new railroad bridges made almost entirely from Axion's 100-percent recycled plastic structural products.


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Illinois DOT I setting up the first ever business exchange with Chicago area small businesses to connect small disadvantaged businesses (DBEs), many minority- and women-owned enterprises, with the CREATE partners and the rail industry to explore opportunities for near-term and future business partnerships.

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Frankfort, Ill., trustees this week hired an engineering firm to design safety devices at the village's Canadian National Railway crossings, the Chicago Tribune reports. The $14,000 contract was awarded to Hamilton Consulting Engineers to plan and supervise construction of safety features, such as lights and crossing gates, at the street-level railroad crossings in Frankfort, Trustee Dick Trevarthan said. Six of the crossings are public and one is privately owned.

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Norfolk Southern is clearing land for a planned intermodal train terminal even as attorneys for Montgomery County try to block the project's state funding, the Roanoke Times reports. A demolition contractor leveled a house Jan. 18 and a barn Jan. 19. One more house, vacant like the first to go down, is scheduled to be razed, as well. A silo visible from U.S. 460/11 will come down later this month, according to heavy equipment operator Randy Dickenson.

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BNSF employees in the greater Seattle area have cleared at least five mudslides the week of Jan. 18 after El Niño showered heavy rains on the area, the railroad's employee newsletter reports. At one area, between Seattle and Everett, Wash., on the Scenic Subdivision, crews were working to clear tracks after three separate mudslides in the same area brought commuter traffic to a halt.

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A group of farmers from Rathwell, Man., Canada, and the surrounding area are hoping to purchase a shortline railway to keep their grain shipments on track, the Central Plains Herald Leader reports. Harold Purkess, a retired farmer from Holland, who is interim president of River Hills Railroad Inc., said the organization is made up of a group of farmers and interested individuals who are investing in the project and preserving their rail line.

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BNSF Railway Company announced a planned 2010 capital commitment program of $2.4 billion, which is expected to be approximately $240 million lower than 2009 due to fewer expected locomotive acquisitions in 2010. BNSF currently expects to spend about $2.1 billion for track, signal systems, structures, and freight cars, and to upgrade technologies, including the unfunded mandate for positive train control. The Company also anticipates acquiring approximately 170 locomotives at a cost of about $320 million. 


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An Alaska Railroad bridge crew will complete a new pedestrian bridge connected to the outside of the new bridge that was constructed in 2007/2008 over Billion Slough at Alaska Railroad milepost 227.9. This federally funded project includes construction of a new pedestrian walkway to replace the existing Chase Trail Bridge nearby.

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There will be no train service along the Long Beach Branch January 23-24 and January 30-31 due to the installation of two new MTA Long Island Rail Road bridges over Powell Creek and Hog Island Channel. Buses will serve LIRR customers between Long Beach and Valley Stream on both weekends. Regular weekday train service will not be affected by the project.

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BART has received the Federal Transit Administration's letter asking for further analysis of the Oakland Airport Connector project's impact on minority communities under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Over the past decade, BART has diligently worked with the FTA to meet all its requirements and as a result, the FTA has consistently signed off on every aspect of the Oakland Airport Connector (OAC). In fact, as recently as December, the FTA informed BART it had approved the project for what's called "pre-award authority" to continue advancing the project. It also invited BART to complete the steps to secure award of $25 million in federal New Starts funding and award of $70 million in Stimulus funds. At the time, there was no mention that additional documentation was needed.

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