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Union Pacific Chairman and CEO Jim Young, Iowa Department of Transportation Director Nancy Richardson and Boone, Iowa, Mayor John Slight commemorated one of North America's tallest double-track railroad bridges, the new Kate Shelley Bridge in Iowa spanning the Des Moines River. Young, Richardson and Slight rode a Union Pacific train over the bridge, which is more than 2,800 feet long and 190 feet high.

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The California High-Speed Rail Authority on released its much-anticipated "alternatives analysis," the most detailed view yet of how the massive transportation project might forever transform the region from San Francisco to San Jose, the Mercury News reports.

 

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Top BART, State of California, regional transit and local officials broke ground on the subway portion of the Warm Springs Extension, a 5.4-mile project that will bring BART closer to San Jose.

 

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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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