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BNSF officials were cautiously optimistic about the future at a special forum on the railroad industry at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Ill., The Register-Mail reported. Plans to build a diesel repair shop, a third main track in the BNSF's classification yard in Galesburg and storage tracks that allow freight trains that are being made up to be moved aside to allow other traffic through, could lead to the creation of more jobs once the economy rebounds, the officials said.

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LRT and Northstar system testing continue. Painting and striping of the streets in the project area was completed. Punchlist work is ongoing at the Northstar and LRT stations. Punchlist work continues at the suburban stations.


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Mass. Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray said that the Commonwealth's comprehensive multi-year rail transportation agreement with CSX Transportation, the national freight carrier serving Massachusetts, has been finalized. Lieutenant Governor Murray, who has been working on this agreement since he was Mayor of Worcester, led the negotiations for this agreement on behalf of the administration with critical support from the Governor, Senator John Kerry and Congressman Jim McGovern. Many of the agreement's major elements were resolved last year; however, the long-standing debate concerning liability remained unresolved.

 

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Work has begun to replace BNSF Railway's 118-year-old swing span over the Mississippi River at Burlington, Iowa, with a modern lift span that will increase the river channel width from 150 feet to 307 feet 6 inches. The $70-million project is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2011.

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CN reached a voluntary mitigation agreement with the Village of Park Forest, Ill., located approximately 30 miles south of downtown Chicago, addressing the municipality's environmental issues with CN's acquisition of the principal lines of the former Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Company. CN completed the acquisition on Jan. 31, 2009, and is running trains over the line. Under the agreement, CN will provide funding for a range of measures, including traffic improvements and rail noise mitigation, quiet zones and fencing.


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e-VERIFILE.COM Inc. said Canadian Pacific has joined e-RAILSAFE Canada--the latest in the company's line of e-RAILSAFE workplace safety/security management services. As part of its use of e-RAILSAFE Canada, CP will now require its contractors/vendors and their employees that require access to CP's Canadian-based properties, to participate in Compliance Programs that CP creates and administers via the ERS- Canada system.

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BSNF began a major track rehabilitation and grade crossing project in New Iberia, LA, this week. Six crossings between Jefferson and Center streets will receive $900,000 worth of work to fix drainage problems. Close to 2,500 feet of track will be replaced, new crossings will also be in ...
Union Pacific has been named one of the nation's top 50 "Best Places to Launch a Career" by BusinessWeek. The magazine ranks the railroad No. 28 on the list, up from No. 39 last year. To determine which employers are best for entry-level workers, BusinessWeek use ...
Canadian National unveiled an upgraded online greenhouse gas-emissions calculator that estimates total carbon emissions for shipments across multiple modes of transportation. The new calculator, located at http://www.cn.ca/ghg_calculator, generates carbon-emission estimates for shipmen ...

The National Transportation Safety Board issued nine safety recommendations, six of which are urgent, to address concerns about the safety of train control systems that use audio frequency track circuits. The recommendations are the result of NTSB's ongoing investigation into the collision between two Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority trains on the Red Line near the Fort Totten station in Washington, D.C., on June 22, 2009.

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