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The Dakota Minnesota & Eastern Railroad said last week it is suspending its planned $6 billion project to ship Wyoming coal across South Dakota and Minnesota, due to the poor economy, noted an editorial in the Madison, S.D., Daily Leader. A controversial proposal for more than a decade, the DM&E's expansion was effectively put on hold when it dropped its condemnation lawsuits against some landowners where the trains would have run.

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Commissioners unanimously agreed to spend about $25,000 to study what repairs are needed at the BNSF Depot at Seventh and New Jersey streets, the Lawrence, Kan., Journal-World reports. Commissioners agreed to hire Lawrence-based Hernly Associates to conduct the assessment.

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Colbert County, Ala., Commissioners will not be writing a letter of support for a proposed project to relocate the Norfolk Southern tracks that run through Sheffield, Muscle Shoals and Tuscumbia, according to the Florence Times-Daily. An item seeking support from the commission was removed from the Sept. 8 meeting agenda by Commission Chairman Roger Creekmore at the request of Commissioner Emmitt Jimmar, who questioned why the commission was even involved in the issue.

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The coastal city of Eastport, Me., sees its future economic prosperity linked to a 30-kilometre (18.6-mile) railway connection leading to the Canadian border at St. Stephen, N.B., the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported. The Maine city needs a railway to carry cargo to and from its deep-water port to other markets in Canada and the United States.

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On the Washington, D.C., Metro, the Waterfront-SEU and Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metrorail stations will be closed and the Green and Yellow Lines also will be closed at the L'Enfant Plaza Metrorail station from 9:30 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 9, through Monday, Oct. 12, with no Green or Yellow Line service at these three stations at that time. Service will resume at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13. There will be no Yellow Line service in the District of Columbia or Maryland during the Columbus Day holiday weekend, with service available only between the Huntington and Pentagon Metrorail stations. 



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At a meeting September 8, the Burlington, Iowa, City Council is expected to approve a financial agreement with BNSF and the Iowa Department of Transportation for the closure of three downtown grade crossings, according to the Burlington Hawkeye. Under ter ...

The Washington Post's story, "Metro Scare Under Potomac," (September 6, 2009) revisited a 2005 incident that was covered at the time, Metro officials said. 

Metro has issued a line-by-line list of corrections, clarifications and comments to the article.

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Environmental pressures are mounting on BNSF's proposed freight center in Johnson County, Kan., with experts saying it would contribute to the region's already serious air pollution problems, according to The Kansas City Star. Air-quality experts at the Mid-America Regional Council are suggesting that diesel emissions from the massive rail project near Gardner would worsen ozone levels, which already violate federal standards.

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The Cocoa, Fla., City Council is expected to adopt a resolution September 8 acknowledging potential sites for Amtrak stations and pledging commitment to a project that would run a passenger train route along the state's Atlantic coast, according to Florida Today.

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08 September 2009

Seeking silent nights

When Lisa Burley moved into her new southeast Bend, Ore., home in July, she thought she'd found a perfect, quiet spot to spend her retirement, local newspapers report. Then she heard the blast of a train horn, warning drivers and passers-by that the train was approaching a rail crossing. Then she heard another one, and another - usually three or four every night.

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