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On July 12, the G Street Underpass project in Merced, Calif., which will be the only below grade railroad crossing in the city, will start in earnest, when crews begin the prep work needed to create an undercrossing beneath the BNSF tracks, the Sacramento Bee reports. The $18-million project will take 18 months to complete.

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For months, the New York MTA and the Federal Transit Administration had been at odds over cost overruns of the MTA's two biggest projects: the long-planned Second Avenue Subway and East Side Access, which would bring the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central, the New York Observer reports. The FTA, which is partially funding both, had argued the projects were running up to $1.6 billion over what the MTA was projecting, and the projects would be further delayed, both into 2018. The MTA begged to differ.

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BNSF, Union Pacific and the Texas Department of Transportation are working together to secure National Infrastructure Investments Discretionary Grant, TIGER II, funding to make Tower 55 improvements in Fort Worth, Texas. Tower 55 is one of the nation's busiest railroad intersections and a TxDOT ...
The Association of American Railroads reported that rail traffic for the week ending July 3, 2010 topped comparison weeks from both 2008 and 2009. Carloads were up 18.8 percent, at 286,777 cars, from the comparable week in 2009 and up 0.4 percent from the same week in 2008. Comparison weeks in b ...
Today is the final day Amtrak will run Virginia Railway Express trains. Keolis Rail Services America will begin its five-year, $85-million contract with VRE on Monday. It's been a difficult eight-month transition process between the contract being awarded to Keolis and its operational ...

Georgetown Rail Equipment Company (GREX) announced the promotion of Dan Bateman to Director-Service Planning, effective immediately.

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A $293-million investment announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood means that residents in dozens of communities nationwide will soon enjoy major transit improvements, including new streetcars, buses and transit facilities.

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Nearly 1,000 CSX Transportation engineering employees completed the annual coal route maintenance project the week of July 5. Track maintenance teams worked their way across the Appalachian coal route, which includes Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, New York, North Carolina and South Carolina. Demand for coal remains strong, and on a typical day as many as 50 trains make their way across this important corridor.

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The so-called Tower 55 crossing in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, needs additional tracks so not every train moving through the crowded freight intersection has to stop and wait for another, state and local officials said Wednesday during a tour of the crossing, The Dallas Morning News reports.

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Close to 70 people from a wide array of business, economic development and state and local organizations joined forces July 7 to implore members of the federal Surface Transportation Board to refuse to allow Maine, Montreal & Atlantic Railway to abandon 233 miles of tracks that run through Aroostook and Penobscot counties, the Bangor Daily News reports.

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