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The raising of a railroad bridge on Route 148 won't prevent emergency vehicles or school buses from crossing, but the road will be cut to one lane during the project and will close to all but buses and emergency vehicles for about a week, state officials said last night, the Worcester, Mass., Telegram & Gazette reports.

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Some railroad representatives have suggested that Amtrak reroute a portion of its Los Angeles to Chicago line through Amarillo, Clovis, N.M., and Wichita, Kan., but officials with the passenger rail service believe the route's current course is fine, local media report. Amtrak's Southwest Chief route has experienced delays because BNSF, which owns some of the lines Amtrak travels on, has imposed a lower speed limit on 180 miles of tracks running mostly through southern Kansas.

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Railroad crossing closings are scheduled for Gurnee and Grayslake, Ill., this month, the Grayslake Review reports. Beginning at 6 a.m. Oct. 11, Route 173 will be fully closed at the Canadian Pacific Railway crossing one mile east of Route 41 in Wadsworth until approximately 4 p.m. Oct. 15. The closure will allow Canadian Pacific to remove and replace the railroad-crossing grade.

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The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority scheduled repairs for October 9 and 10 at the East 79th Street Station of the Red Line. The station will be closed Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. to perform maintenance on the stairways.

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Canadian Pacific Railway Limited and Teck Resources Limited reached a 10-year agreement to transport Teck's steelmaking coal from its five mines in southeast BC to Vancouver area ports.

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Los Angeles Metro will hold four community meetings beginning October 20 to update the public on the South Bay Metro Green Line Extension project. The purpose of these meetings is to seek public comments and input as the environmental process continues for extending rail service farther into the South Bay to improve mobility in southwest Los Angeles County.

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Worldwide industrial services and engineered products company Harsco Corporation debuted its new logistics super center business concept for the Harsco Infrastructure - Americas region with the launch of its first prototype center in Las Vegas to serve the southwestern United States.

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In his first several months as New Jersey's governor, Chris Christie made it clear that he intended to cut the state's budget in ways that might surprise and upset some residents. But one big project - a train tunnel to Manhattan projected to cost $8.7 billion - appeared safe, according to The New York Times

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It won't include an overpass, but New Albany, Ind., is aspiring to begin improving a portion of Grant Line Road next year, The Evening News and Tribune reports. The Board of Public Works and Safety approved a formal agreement with CSX Transportation, which owns the railroad tracks that cross Grant Line Road near the General Mills-Pillsbury plant entrance.

The deal basically confirms that CSXT can begin forming design plans to improve the railroad crossing, with the city agreeing to pay the planning and construction costs. Due to safety concerns, CSXT rules that "no one can touch their facilities" except their crews, said John Rosenbarger, director of public facilities projects for New Albany.

The standard agreement "gives [CSXT] the green light to do whatever engineering work they need to do and to coordinate with our road engineers," Rosenbarger said.

Improving the railroad crossing surface and installing new gates and flashers are just some of the upgrades slated for Grant Line Road. The city will be using a portion of the $6.125 million it received from the state for taking over 4.5 miles of Ind. 111 in April to foot construction projects from Mount Tabor Road to McDonald Lane along Grant Line Road. Rosenbarger said that will include adding a lane near University Woods Drive along with the installation of sidewalks and pedways along the route.

An August preliminary design submitted to the board of works called for Grant Line Road to be stretched to five lanes from Mount Tabor Road inbound to the railroad tracks. The Indiana Department of Transportation had pegged Grant Line Road for a similar project until it relinquished control of a portion of the thoroughfare to New Albany.

The state had originally planned a 120-foot overpass to extend over the railroad tracks, but had scrapped that idea prior to transferring the road to the city's domain.

Mayor Doug England said in a phone interview he wasn't supportive of the state's overpass idea, describing it as a "monstrous project for the community."

"I think the overpass would have been horrendous with the businesses it would have knocked out," he said.

The city will have access to the right-of-way the state purchased for improvements along the route, England said. Rosenbarger said additional property will likely have to be purchased, but the city's project will not have the impact on businesses the overpass would have created.

England said the construction would hopefully alleviate some of the traffic flow problems in that section of Grant Line Road. The city is also working on extending Reas Lane to connect its industrial parks in the corridor as a way to keep much of the heavy truck traffic off of the busy thoroughfare.

Rosenbarger said the city hopes to have design completed by the end of 2010 or early next year, with work to begin next construction season.

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The Chicago Transit Board approved a three-year contract with Progressive Industries, Inc., to provide the agency with ‘green' general purpose liquid cleaner and odor elimination concentrate for use in the cleaning of buses, trains and facilities.

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