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(Statement by APTA President William Millar)

"The ‘Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act' introduced by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) this week potentially offers important new funding to expand access to public transportation and improve our daily travels while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption. APTA supports their efforts to move our nation toward a vibrant clean energy economy while controlling global warming.

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Sound Transit's design for a commuter rail line from Tacoma Dome Station to Lakewood is dividing city leaders and residents and creating an election-season stir, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. The debate is likely to erupt again when the Tacoma City Council holds a public hearing on the master development agreement between Sound Transit and the city. The council is expected to vote on the issue Oct. 13.

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In the Washington, D.C., area, the Waterfront-SEU and Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metrorail stations will be closed, and the Green Line also will be closed at the L'Enfant Plaza Metrorail station from 10:30 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 9, through Monday, Oct. 12, with no service at these stations for three consecutive days. The Blue and Orange Line at the L'Enfant Plaza Metrorail station will not be affected. Service will resume at all Metrorail stations on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

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North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue said that the state submitted the second round of high-speed rail applications for competitive funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. North Carolina is applying for funds totaling more than $5 billion for four projects to help further develop the federally designated Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor.

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They don't look like much at first glance: Narrow, freshly installed medians jutting up in the middle of the road on either side of two railroad crossings, the Grand Island, Neb., Independent reports. But since Sept. 1, those medians have allowed Broken Bow's east side to finally experience some respite from the horns of the trains that regularly rush through town.

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The Kansas Department of Transportation has submitted a final grant application totaling $10 million to the Federal Railroad Administration for funding under the High Speed/Intercity Passenger Rail program using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, said Ron Kaufman with KDOT, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.

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At the Northstar commuter rail station in Fridley, Minn., installation of station platform pavers was completed and roofing on the station shelters and east and west entrances continues. Installation of glass for the station shelters and east and west entrances has begun. Painting of the steel on the station platform and the east and west entrances is completed for now and will continue after glass installation occurs.


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(Below is a letter to The Honorable Peter M. Rogoff, Administrator, 
Federal Transit Administration
, from the National Association of Rail Pasengers. The letter was co-signed by several other organizations interested in rail passenger service.)

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Joined by federal, state and local officials in united support, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger discussed his submission of the state's application for nearly $4.7 billion in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for engineering, design and construction on California's high-speed train system. Pledging a dollar-for-dollar match from state and local funds, including the high-speed rail bond passed by California voters in November 2008, the state's application would generate a nearly $10 billion investment. This funding would collectively create nearly 130,000 jobs throughout California.

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A map from 1900 that highlighted Kansas railways would have just been one giant black blob from all the crisscrossing railways, The Morning Sun in Pittsburg, Kan., reports. 
That's no longer true. Five counties in the state no longer have any railway of any sort (Rooks, Graham, Greenwood, Chautauqua and Comanche).


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