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With a catchy new name and wads of cash, the LSTAR has left the station, the San Antonio Express-News reports. The Lone Star Rail District said that it's moving closer to a goal of connecting San Antonio to Austin and beyond with a commuter rail line.

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Individuals who ride public transportation can save on average $9,190 annually based on the November 9, 2009 national average gas price and the national unreserved monthly parking rate. Over the last year, an individual riding public transportation would have saved an additional $255 due to the 41-cent increase of gasoline per gallon since November 2008.

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The Whitefish River clean-up work in Montana is on schedule, but Environmental Protection Agency officials say it will take several years to finish the project, local media report. The EPA ordered the railroad to clean about two miles of the Whitefish River. The diesel and bunker oil fuel contamination appears to come from the BNSF fueling facility.

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Following construction season track improvements, new West of Hudson schedules went into effect on Sunday, November 8, 2009. On the Port Jervis Line: With the completion of work on the interlocking at Harriman, travel times have been reduced by one minute on westbound trips from Harriman to Port Jervis.

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Koppers Inc., a subsidiary of Koppers Holdings Inc., and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation have agreed to a seven-year extension of an existing contract for railroad crossties and various other products and services. The agreement extends the existing contract, which runs through December 31, 2010, for an additional seven years through December 31, 2017. Revenues from BNSF under this contract amounted to approximately $57 million in 2008.


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At a ceremony in Oshawa, Ontario, Colin Carrie, Member of Parliament for Oshawa; Oshawa Mayor John Gray, and Mr. Pierre Santoni, VIA Rail's National Sales Director, announced VIA's plans for a new station with improved and expanded facilities. VIA estimates that it will invest as much as C$7 million for the new station and related improvements from recent capital funding for VIA announced by the Government of Canada. Of the project's total cost, $3 million will come from the government's Economic Action Plan.




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CSX Transportation has placed RailComm's DOC® Yard Automation System into production at their Selkirk facility in New York. RailComm's Domain Operations Controller server-based control system provides wireless remote control from the yard tower to 48 GETS HydraSwitchTM machine locations. The DOC® System features eNtrance and eXit routing and stacked route planning capability, providing the tower operator with complete control of all routes within the yard.


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Plymouth, Wis., officials say that the city is now recruiting at least three startup manufacturers capable of creating hundreds of jobs thanks to a planned project to restore freight rail service from Plymouth to Sheboygan Falls, the Sheboygan Press reports. The companies, which city officials declined to name citing confidentiality agreements, include one manufacturer that could employ up to 500 people and two others that could create 150 jobs combined - and officials said more are expected to follow.

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A nearly $850,000 million public and private effort to connect mid-Atlantic ports to Midwest U.S. population and manufacturing markets using double-stack trains has railroad improvement projects scheduled for Trumbull and Mahoning counties, according to the Warren, Ohio, Tribune Chronicle. What's going to be done locally includes bridge replacement and other projects necessary to provide the vertical clearance to allow train cars hauling two shipping containers stacked on top of one another.

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The Port of Seattle will be joined by several local agencies in preserving the Eastside Rail Corridor and placing it in public ownership. King County, Sound Transit, the City of Redmond, Puget Sound Energy, and the Cascade Water Alliance will partner with the port in maximizing the corridor's benefit for the region.

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