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On October 7, 2009, The Kansas City Southern Railway Company will close the Booth Street crossing in Monroe, La. This crossing closure is part of a five-year, multi-million dollar corridor project agreement between KCS and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to improve public safety at grade crossings across Louisiana and in Monroe.

 

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Metra officials joined with Winnetka President Jessica Tucker and other local officials to break ground on the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Winnetka, Ill., train station on the Union Pacific North line.


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Good towers make good neighbors, the Palm Beach, Fla., Post reports. Neighborhood opposition was sparked when Florida East Coast Railway said it planned a 200-foot-tall communications tower - twice as high as the Jupiter Lighthouse - just west of the tracks off the Loxahatchee River.

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Consider it a housewarming party of sorts. The Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad showed off a newly rebuilt, 30-mile stretch of line to Rochester-area government officials , according to the Rochester, Minn.,  Post-Bulletin. And what better way to see the new tracks than from the upholstered comfort of one of DM&E's Pullman passenger cars?

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HJ Skelton (Canada) Ltd. was award a contact from Stacey & Witbeck for the supply of all the special trackwork and associated switch machines for the Portland Streetcar Loop Extension. Encompassing a total of 3.3 miles and serving the Eastern half of Portland Central City, this extension will utilize a combination of Ri59/59R1 and the low profile R152/51R1, rail sections.

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Beginning October 4, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will reach another milestone as it begins the pre-revenue testing phase before the opening of the six-mile extension of the Metro Gold Line to East Los Angeles, which is expected this fall.

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Residents, commuters and businesses in Chicago's West Loop, which has undergone a transformation from primarily a manufacturing district 15 years ago to a vibrant neighborhood with condos, town homes, arty shops and hip bars, are looking forward to a new elevated train station, the Chicago Tribune reports. Allyson Holleb, owner of a handbag shop near the proposed Chicago Transit Authority station at Lake and Morgan Streets, hopes it will bring even more people to the neighborhood. Construction could be a nightmare, she said, but it would be worth it to get a station.

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A $659-million railway-tunneling contract has been won by a joint venture comprised of Granite Construction Northeast, Traylor Bros. and Frontier-Kemper Constructors, according to International Construction. The co ...

An inaugural train set to usher in new intercity rail service in Virginia will stop Sept. 30 in Manassas, local media report. The train, billed as taking a whistle stop tour, will leave Washington's Union Station at 8:30 a.m. bound for Lynchburg. It is scheduled to arrive in Old Town Manassas at 11:40 a.m.

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In just 96 hours recently, the BNSF engineering team completed several projects on the Lafayette Subdivision in Louisiana, according to the company newsletter. Considered an engineering "blitz," the team aimed to maximize track work and minimize disruption for community members, all while making sure safety was a top priority. The work window was granted from 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21, through 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25.

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