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(Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, wrote the following opinion for the Brunswick, Maine, Times Record.) A report recently released by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials analyzed our nation's freight system. The report found that if we do not maintain, much less improve, our nation's system of moving freight, millions of jobs and our nation's long-term economic health would be put at risk. Unfortunately, we have a potential economic crisis brewing right here in Maine on this very topic.

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Though it was difficult, James Cowhey did manage to contain his emotions Monday, the Intelligencer Journal reports.

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From Saturday, July 10, to Friday, July 16, crews will continue a project that will improve the rail crossings at Mary and Sunnyvale avenues in Sunnyvale, Calif. Crews will grade and trench the site and make wiring modifications in the signal houses. The work is part of a VTA project to improve safety at eight crossings in Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto.

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Kansas City Southern issueda service advisory July 11 reporting hat while Kansas City Southern de Mexicoresumed most operations over the weekend, its main line between Laredo andMonterrey remained closed due to "high waters and floating debris"left by Hurricane Alex, which made landfall June 30.

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David Obedoza, formerCaltrain signal and communications manager, RailPros, Inc., in its Los Angelesoffice. Obedoza will serve as a key member of the firm's expanding signal andcommunications design and construction management division.
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Los Angeles Metro has begun to replace 20 aging traction power substations and electrical support systems on the Metro Blue Line with a grant of $71 million provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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TransLink in the Vancouver, B.C., area, has issued a formal Request for Proposals to three pre-qualified companies to submit bids to design, install, operate and maintain the planned Smart Card and Faregate system.


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Metro in Washington, D.C., has received pre-award authority from the Federal Transit Administration to move forward with more than $220 million worth of projects that address Metro's most urgent safety and state-of-good-repair needs.

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On July 12, the G Street Underpass project in Merced, Calif., which will be the only below grade railroad crossing in the city, will start in earnest, when crews begin the prep work needed to create an undercrossing beneath the BNSF tracks, the Sacramento Bee reports. The $18-million project will take 18 months to complete.

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For months, the New York MTA and the Federal Transit Administration had been at odds over cost overruns of the MTA's two biggest projects: the long-planned Second Avenue Subway and East Side Access, which would bring the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central, the New York Observer reports. The FTA, which is partially funding both, had argued the projects were running up to $1.6 billion over what the MTA was projecting, and the projects would be further delayed, both into 2018. The MTA begged to differ.

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