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Public safety around railroad operations is best promoted when there is participation from everyone involved. In public-private partnerships with Operation Lifesaver, the Mississippi Department of Transportation and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, The Kansas City Southern Railway Company is doing its part to promote safety at public grade crossings for motorists, pedestrians and the railroad operation.

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(The following opinion article, "Rail upgrade needed for passenger service, not freight," was written by Joseph Bateman and appeared Nov. 4, 2009, in the Springfield, Ill., State Journal-Register. Bateman is vice president for public affairs of Union Pacific.)

Contrary to the headline and opinions expressed in the Oct. 25 article "High-speed rail spending to be a boon to freight rail companies," Union Pacific does not need for its freight operations the improvements contained in IDOT's proposal for high-speed passenger service in the St. Louis-to-Chicago corridor.

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Work crews with heavy equipment were busy Nov. 3 repairing the historic Piedmont & Northern Railroad off of Ozark Avenue in Gastonia, but while the restoration of the rail line is moving ahead, the project's bottom line still has obstacles to overcome, according to the Gaston Gazette.

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The South Shore is extending its temporarily bus busing of passengers between South Bend and Michigan City, Inc., including Hudson Lake, through Friday, November 6 due to further flooding problems at the Galena River project.


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The city of Neosho, Mo., has no recourse other than to close two railroad crossings, City Attorney Steve Hays told the council Nov. 3, The Neosho Daily News reports. Mayor Pro Tem Richard Davidson asked the council to authorize Hays to speak to the Missouri Department of Transportation and Kansas City Southern Railway Company to see what alternatives there were, if any, to closing crossings at Daugherty Road and Park Street. Essentially, Hays told the council that they had no alternatives.



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Amtrak is launching a newly designed Amtrak.com, with a number of features to make it even easier for customers to book tickets online. The enhanced Web site has a fresh new look and feel with updated and reorganized content and functionality.

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The boards of directors of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation have entered into an agreement for Berkshire Hathaway to acquire for $100 per share in cash and stock the remaining 77.4 percent of outstanding BNI shares not currently owned to increase its holdings ...
Add T-Mobile to the list of carriers offering underground cellular service to riders of the Chicago Transit Authority. The CTA signed a 10-year contract with T-Mobile that is expected to generate at least $3.1 million. T-Mobile is the fifth operator to lease the CTA's subway network. Th ...
--> The Philadelphia transit system's largest union went on strike early Tuesday, stalling the city's bus, subway and trolley operations a day after the World Series shifted to New York and forcing commuters to scramble to find other ways to get to their destinations, the Associated Press reports. ...

Norfolk Southern and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are investing $11 million in the railroad's Philadelphia Navy Yard intermodal facility to expand track and parking capacity. The expansion is part of Norfolk Southern's multi-state Crescent Corridor initiative to establish a high-speed intermodal freight rail route between the Gulf Coast and the Northeast. The proposed investment -- $6 million from Norfolk Southern and $5 million from Pennsylvania -- will create the capacity to handle more than 72,000 containers and trailers annually. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2010.

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