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The federal government will make $280 million available for urban circulator projects such as streetcars, buses and bus facilities to support communities, expand business opportunities and improve people's quality of life while also creating jobs. The money represents the first batch o ...

Florida Senate President Jeff Atwater and House Speaker Larry Cretul called a special lawmaking session to begin Thursday to dedicate funds for Tri-Rail and advance plans for Central Florida's SunRail.

The proposal, which is still being drafted, calls for $15 million annually for South Florida's Tri-Rail system, would establish the Florida Rail Enterprise to oversee all passenger rail, pay CSXT $1 billion for tracks to build the 61-mile Orlando area SunRail system and spare taxpayers from lawsuits should a freight accident occur on tracks shared with passenger trains. Legislators hope that in passing the proposal it will show the state's commitment to commuter rail and improve its chances of securing stimulus funds.

Currently, the Senate has 20 votes, one shy of the total needed for the yet to be completed legislation to pass. The sticking point in the proposal is that it currently has no legal protections for railroad employees who would work on the SunRail commuter line once the state bought the tracks from CSXT.   

A final vote on the legislation will not occur until next week, when legislators planned to be in Tallahassee for a week of committee hearings.

 

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  Construction is now underway on a new link that will connect the future Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension mainline to the existing Wilson Subway Yard and expand yard storage facilities. The Government of Canada is contributing $5.5 million to this portion of the proj ...

David Brown will be named executive vice president and chief operating officer when Tony Ingram retires at the end of the month. Cindy Sanborn will succeed Brown as vice president and chief transportation officer.
Matthew K. Rose, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation, has been named 2010 Railroader of the Year by Railway Age. Matt Rose is Railway Age’s 47th Railroader of the Year. Modern Railroads magazine founded the ...
All 1,700 of CN's Canada-based locomotive engineers began a strike Saturday, Nov. 28, after contract talks ended without an agreement. The strike does not involve CN engineers employed in its U.S. operations and should not affect passenger train service provided by VIA Rail Canada. If the ...
The nearly completed Minnesota Comprehensive Statewide Freight and Passenger Rail Plan reports that more than $5 billion will be needed to maintain the state's freight rail system at an average level. However, the report says the maintenance is not optional because the rail system "supports ...

Construction has begun on a BNSF railroad bridge over the Mississippi River in Burlington, Iowa.

The work began ahead of schedule to build a new lift-span bridge that will more than double the navigation channel for barges up to 307 feet.

The Coast Guard has long wanted the bridge repaired because barges frequently hit the span, which has happened 92 times between 1992 to 2001.

Congress allocated $55 million for the bridge work. Officials still haven't decided the full extent of work on the 118-year-old bridge beyond replacing the lift span.

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The state of Massachusetts submitted a comprehensive multiyear rail transportation agreement with CSX Transportation for federal review with the Surface Transportation Board. CSXT has also reached an initial agreement with the Massachusetts Coastal Railroad to take ...
In an effort to secure billions of dollars in federal stimulus money, Florida state legislators are trying to call a special session to demonstrate the state's commitment to Tri-Rail and SunRail, the proposed commuter rail system in Orlando. Legislators want to dedicate mor ...
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