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BNSF has agreed to fund a significant amount of the cost of closing eight railroad crossings in Galesburg, Ill., to develop quiet zones, according to city engineer Wayne Carl,

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Amtrak is making major investments in the New York area to bring its bridges, tracks and other infrastructure up to a state of good repair, increase track speeds and improve operations, including a soon-to-start $10-million project to rehabilitate the Pelham Bay Bridge located along the Northeast Corridor.

 

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Work is now under way on a construction project that will completely replace the 80-year old Vandeventer Bridge is St. Louis. The bridge currently supports three rail tracks: two for MetroLink, and a third for limited freight use. Constructed in 1929, the bridge that spans Vandeventer Avenue, a major thoroughfare in the City of St. Louis, is experiencing significant settling and deterioration. In addition, the bridge is supported by four piers that are obstacles to vehicular traffic.

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A plan to build a major passenger terminal in downtown Atlanta might soon boast new life, in the form of an $80 million-plus jump start, state officials said at Transportation Board meetings, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The idea has reeled in big supporters, but raised questions too -- including whether it's legal.

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State and town officials from Ashland and Framingham, Mass., met with the state's new transportation chief last night for a conversation about the state's purchase of CSX Transportation rail lines and what can be done to ensure that increased rail traffic won't further cripple their downtowns, MetroWest Daily News reports.

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Seventy percent of Metra bridges and 42 percent of CTA bridges are past their "useful life," according to a preliminary report presented to the RTA board Nov. 19, the Chicago Daily Herald reports. A final report is expected in January, along with a plan on how to address the problem, RTA spokeswoman Diane Palmer said.


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SEPTA took another step toward restoring rail service to Wawa in Delaware County with approval yesterday of nine property easements necessary for the construction, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

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Union Pacific and San Antonio River Authority officials adopted new practices for removing drift from the river, the Victoria, Texas, Advocate reports. The agreement came a month after a 500-yard logjam built up at the railroad company's bridge on the San Antonio River, over which the river authority has jurisdiction. The bridge is near the Victoria-Refugio county line.

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MTA NYC Transit said that due to Phase II construction on the Fulton Street Transit Center Project, ramp and passageway access will be closed from 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, November 23. Customers will not be able to transfer between the 23 and A trains. In addition, there are no transfers at Fulton Street/Broadway Nassau Street between 23 and 45 trains.


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A bumpy half-mile missing link on the North Shore Trail will be filled handsomely this winter by a $5-million elevated structure stretching from near the 31st Street Bridge to the Three Rivers Rowing Association's boathouse in Millvale, Pa., according to the ...
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