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After two years of studying options for a new transit system for the Crenshaw Corridor, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is encouraging public comment on draft environmental documents at four public hearings scheduled throughout the community in late September and early October.

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One year after 25 people died in a violent head-on collision between a Los Angeles Metrolink passenger train and freight train, officials have cobbled together more than $74 million to pay for an automatic train-stopping system along Southern California tracks to keep it from happening again, The Riverside, Calif., Press-Enterprise reports. Though they are pleased with the progress, a lot of ground remains to be covered to meet a self-imposed 2012 deadline to install such a system on passenger train routes.

 

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Freight trains have begun moving across a new $43-million bridge over Iowa's Des Moines River that reportedly is the tallest double-track railroad structure in North America, the Des Moines Register reports.

 The Boone High Bridge, which is 2,550 feet long and 190 feet high, will improve operational efficiency and customer service on Iowa's busiest railroad corridor, said Mark Davis, a spokesman for the Union Pacific Railroad, which commissioned the bridge project.

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Amtrak is back on board. After six months of negotiations with state and city officials, the railroad agreed to join the long-delayed makeover of Farley Post Office as Moynihan Station, according to the New York Daily News.

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The governing bodies of the Consolidated Rail System Federation and the Nickel Plate - Wheeling & Lake Erie Federation, of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division finalized a merger between the two federations. The newly merged federation will retain the name, Consolidated Rail System Federation.

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BNSF is replacing sections of old track between Pasco and Yakima, Wash., local newspapers report. The $3-million project, which started earlier this week, will help rehabilitate about 10 miles of track, said BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas.

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By now, those of us who usually drive between Sauk Trail and Indianwood Boulevard on Orchard Drive in Park Forest have found new ways to get from here to there, according to a column by Jerry Schnay in the Southtown Star. The village is replacing sewer pipes in the area, the start of a three-year project that will eventually result in the complete renovation of Orchard Drive, including a center turn lane north of Lakewood Boulevard and two left-turn lanes at the intersection of U.S. 30 at the north end of town.

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New Orleans transit planners hope to expand streetcar service to the North Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue corridor, Loyola Avenue and Convention Center Boulevard, The Times-Picayune reports. Armed with a $212-million financing plan for three new streetcar lines that includes substantial local investment, Regional Transit Authority officials are hopeful that federal officials will look kindly on the ambitious project and agree to pick up more than half its cost.

 

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If you're waiting on a train in Southwest Florida, you might have a long wait - and when it does arrive, it'll be murder, reports the Naples News. The most consistent rail service south of Arcadia is on the Seminole Gulf Railway Murder Mystery Dinner Train. Those trips run a loop north from a station near Colonial Boulevard and Metro Parkway to about the Charlotte County line five nights a week.

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The Illinois Commerce Commission has granted approval for the installation of automatic flashing light signals and gates at the Triumph Road grade crossing of Dakota Minnesota & Eastern track near Leaf River, Ogle County. The total estimated cost to install the new automatic warning devices is $162,363. The Grade Crossing Protection Fund will be used to pay 95 percent of the warning device installation costs, not to exceed $154,245. DM&E will pay all remaining installation costs, as well as all future operating and maintenance costs. 

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