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At a Cleveland Regional Transportation Authority meeting, Joe Calabrese, CEO & General Manager, presented RTA's federal legislative priorities. RTA is seeking four earmarks in the 2011 appropriations cycle:

1. $5 million for the construction of the proposed Mayfield Road Station rehabilitation in Cleveland near Little Italy.

2. $4.5 million for the construction of a new Red Line station on Brookpark Road on the Cleveland-Brook Park border.

3. $1.5 million to prepare the final design of a proposed .5 mile extension of the Blue Line in Shaker Heights.

4. $5.0 million to construct the final design of the Clifton Blvd. Transit Enhancement Project in Lakewood and Cleveland.

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The National Gateway coalition has added "Project Updates," an online resource for community members, contractors and others seeking information about current and upcoming National Gateway projects, to the initiative's Web site,

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Los Angeles Metro Blue Line passengers will experience travel delays of up to 40 minutes for two consecutive weekends beginning March 5 due to construction of the Expo light rail line, which will connect with the Metro Blue Line in downtown Los Angeles. The bus bridge begins March 5 at 9 p.m. Work will begin at 9 p.m. on March 5 and will continue until the early morning hours of Monday, March 8, on the first weekend. The same plan is for the second weekend beginning Friday night, March 12, and continuing until the early hours of Monday, March 15.

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During weekends in March, Metro in Washington, D.C., will weld rail and replace track fasteners, track circuits and floating slabs that will help ensure more reliable Metrorail service. Customers should expect travel delays during the weekends of March 5 to 7, March 12 to 14, and March 19 to 21. 

Metro will not conduct major track maintenance during the opening of the National Cherry Blossom festival on Saturday, March 27. 

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Gary/Chicago International Airport received its fifth installment of federal funding to support airport expansion efforts, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, said, according to the Gary Post-Tribune. The $5-million grant will go toward the airport's runway extension project and is part of a $57.8-million allocation over 10 years. To date, the airport has received more than $25 million from its grant awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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NJ Transit will cut 200 jobs and apply an emergency spending freeze in an attempt to fill a $300 million budget gap. Executive salaries will be reduced by five percent and contributions to employee 401(k) retirement accounts will be cut by a third, The Star-Ledger reported.  

Although the reductions will save more than $30 million, the agency is expected to announce service cuts and fare hikes next week, which could start as soon as May and could be increased by 20 to 30 percent. The state is also dealing with its own $2.2 billion budget gap and may withhold close to $33 million in subsidies from the agency.

The 200 union and non-union layoffs represent around two percent of the 10,500-person workforce at NJ Transit, the nation's third-largest public transit system. It is the deepest one-year workforce reduction in the agency's 30-year history.

NJ Transit will hold a series of public meetings and information sessions around the state later this month. They are scheduled for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 25 at the Passaic County Community College Theater in Paterson, NJ Transit headquarters in Newark, the Trenton Transit Center and the Monmouth County Library in Manalapan; from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 26 at the Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station in Secaucus, Camden City Hall, Morristown Town Hall, Long Branch Middle School auditorium and Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York; and from 1 to 4 p.m. March 27 at Bergen County Freeholders public meeting room in Hackensack and the Atlantic City Rail Terminal.

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Some of the world's top experts in railroad technology came to Pueblo, Colo., this week to hear about the latest research from what many acknowledge is the industry's top laboratory, the Chieftain reports. It's the 15th annual Association of American Railroads Research Review, which has b ...

Corporate Responsibility has named Union Pacific Railroad among its 100 Best Corporate Citizens for 2010. The only railroad named to the list, Union Pacific is ranked second among all transportation companies and No. 69 overall.

The 100 Best Corporate Citizens for 2010 measures Russell 1000 Index companies in approximately 360 data points across seven categories: governance, environmental, human rights, employee relations, climate change, philanthropy and financial.  Union Pacific ranks among the leaders in the governance and financial categories.

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The Government of Canada and Via Rail Canada, Inc., are investing in a new train station at Windsor, Ontario, that will feature improved and expanded facilities.

VIA's new Windsor station will be fully accessible and will be built on a site near the existing building. Scheduled for completion in the fall of 2011, it will replace a structure originally built by Canadian National in the early 1960s and expanded by VIA in 1982. The majority of the Can$6 million (US$5,850,804) in funding for the new Windsor station and related improvements will come from Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan. VIA's Windsor Station Project is linked with other work currently or soon to be underway throughout the Quebec-Windsor Corridor, which generates almost 90 percent of VIA's ridership and 75 percent of its revenue. In particular, announced by VIA last year were improvements to the Chatham Subdivision with federal funding of $17 million to add a new rail traffic control system and major improvements to the track structure between Windsor and Chatham.

The construction of the new station is part of an unprecedented Can$923 million (US$ 900,048,682) capital investment in passenger rail modernization and expansion by the Government of Canada. This investment is stimulating job creation, skills development and private sector activity across the country. Additional infrastructure projects are aimed at improving service quality and cost efficiency at other points across VIA's coast-to-coast route network.

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