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GE Transportation said it has won a contract to supply TriMet, Portland, Oregon's Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District transit network, with an advanced voice radio and data communications system to help increase safety and efficiency for TriMet's 115 million annual passengers.

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Sound Transit contractors begin work Feb. 27-28 to make light rail tracks in Seattle and Tukwila quieter. The work will take place overnight, mostly on weekends and may cause service delays between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. Information on service interruptions will be available at all stations.

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Cost overruns on Norfolk's light-rail project have created a potential cash-flow crunch for the $338-million starter line, Hampton Roads Transit's board learned Feb. 25, The Virginian-Pilot reports. The increasing costs rolled out over the past couple of months prompted the Federal Transit Administration to hold up $26.8 million of federal money already approved for the project, HRT President and CEO Philip Shucet said.

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RailComm has been chosen to complete the Yard Automation System at Transnet's Kimberley Yard in South Africa.  The automation system will be comprised of RailComm's DOC® (Domain Operations Controller) server- based central control system and 11 associated outdoor-rated control panels.

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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors approved the addition of a new fully underground light rail alternative underneath Little Tokyo for the Regional Connector Transit Corridor Study now in environmental review. The new alternative was added to meet the concerns of the Little Tokyo/Arts District Community raised during scoping and ongoing working group meetings. Community members opposed an at-grade crossing at First and Alameda Streets, asserting the alternative would disrupt street activity in the historic Little Tokyo area.

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With the prospect of high-speed rail at least six years off, Virginia officials want to spend $75 million on an intermediate step that they say could become reality in half that time: a conventional passenger train from Norfolk to Richmond, The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot reports.

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Track maintenance on the Red Line in Washington, D.C., Feb. 26-28 will cause inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track. Customers should add 20 minutes to their trips.

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Los Angeles Metro Blue Line passengers will experience travel delays of up to 30 minutes February 26-28 due to construction of the Expo light rail line, which will connect with the Metro Blue Line in downtown Los Angeles. Work will begin at 9 p.m. on Friday night and continue until the close of rail service on Sunday night February 28. Every attempt will be made to have service restored by Monday morning. Should any unforeseen delay occur, train service will be supplemented by buses between Washington and 7th St./Metro Center Stations. All work is subject to weather delays.


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When the Department of Transportation doled out $1.5 billion in infrastructure grants last week, one of the largest checks went to a rail overhaul in the Chicago area, the New York Times reports. Almost all of the country's freight railroads converge there. The region handles so much cargo that only three cities outrank it: Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai.

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Medina City, Ohio, will not be a railroad quiet zone, at least not any time soon, the Medina Sun reports. At its most recent meeting, Medina City Council chose not to pursue a quiet zone in city limits as part of the city's planned railroad improvements. A quiet zone would eliminate the use of train horns while traveling through the city.

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