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Mayor Paul Winfield returned to Vicksburg, Miss., from a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., where he visited local delegates in a continued effort to wrest from federal sources nearly $4 million to get the stalled Washington Street bridge replacement under way, according to the Vicksburg Post.

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The city of Lincoln, Neb., is moving closer to closing J Street railroad crossings in the South Salt Creek Neighborhood at Second and Third streets, the Lincoln Journal Star reports. Closing the crossings would please Burlington Northern Santa Fe, with which the city is negotiating to buy a railyard near the Haymarket for a new arena, if voters approve building one in the spring.

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Work on Caltrain's Grade Crossing Improvement Program, which will enhance safety at 25 grade crossings in San Mateo County, continues in Atherton and Menlo Park. Work will take place Dec. 5 and Dec. 7 - 10 between the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. at Fair Oaks Lane and Watkins Avenue in Atherton and Ravenswood and Oak Grove avenues in Menlo Park. Work also will be done from 10:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 to 1:00 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Broadway crossing in Burlingame.


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The Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway Company (CRANDIC) will receive $6.965 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for repair of the CRANDIC railroad bridge in Cedar Rapids. The bridge sustained substantial damage during flooding of the Cedar River in 2008, resulting i ...
Utah Transit Authority's TRAX light rail system will celebrate 10 years since its launch on Dec. 4, 1999. The light rail system began with a single 15-mile north-south line connecting Sandy City to downtown Salt Lake City with more than 600,000 riders during its first month of operatio ...
The Maryland Transit Administration began rehabilitation of 17-1/2 miles of the state-owned freight rail line from Massey to Worton in Kent County. The $1.5 million project, awarded to Bullock Construction of Easton, began in mid-September and is scheduled for completion in early May 2010. As of ...
The Shaw Group Inc. has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide project management oversight services to the Federal Transit Administration for the fifth consecutive time. Under the five-year, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract, Shaw will be is ...
The strike by locomotive engineers at CN will end immediately as a result of an agreement to resolve the parties' contractual disagreements through further negotiations and, if necessary, binding arbitration. The union began its strike Nov. 28 and the agreement came after Ottawa introduced " ...
If the American Public Transportation Association and House Transportation Committee Chairman James Oberstar are correct, the answer to the nation's jobless rate and economic woes is funding for transit. APTA wants $15 billion for public transportation, while Oberstar wants $69 billion for highway and transit projects.

APTA called on Congress to invest at least $15 billion in public transportation citing it's recently completed survey of public transit systems nationwide, which identified more than $15 billion in public transportation capital projects that can be started in 90 days. It is estimated that this investment in public transportation would support and create more than 450,000 jobs. The vast majority of public transit systems also identified additional needs beyond $15 billion for federal assistance to avoid employee layoffs and service cuts.

According to APTA, research has shown that new jobs in public transportation provide jobs to American workers in industries, which have been hit hardest by the economic downturn, particularly construction and manufacturing.

Meanwhile, Mr. Oberstar (D., Minn.) called for a second stimulus bill to provide at least $69 billion for highway and transit projects. About $48 billion was secured for highway, transit and rail projects in this year's economic stimulus package. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Oberstar said stimulus spending on transportation has directly sustained 21,000 jobs and supported an additional 130,000 indirectly.

 

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The Central Alabama Intermodal Container Transfer Facility in Bessemer, Ala., has been operating since September, but had its official opening on Dec. 1. The $6 million hub operates on 25 acres, with an option to develop 25 additional acres, has 5,000 feet of working track, parking for 1,000 sta ...
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