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As the deadline to apply for a piece of $8 billion in stimulus funding for passenger rail service approaches, Ohio officials have cleared a major hurdle with the delivery of a ridership study that projects annual demand for rail service at nearly half a million Ohioans, the Dayton Business Journal reported.

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A flashing railroad crossing signal will be installed on a potentially dangerous rural intersection south of Erskine, Minn., according to the Grand Forks, N.D., Herald. The signal at the intersection of Polk County Road 206 and the Soo Line Railroad tracks is one of several railroad crossing safety improvements that will be made in Polk County over the next year.

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Orland Park, Ill., is moving forward with efforts to become a railway quiet zone, local newspapers report. At a public works and engineering committee meeting, Robinson Engineering recommended channeling poles be installed at railroad crossings at 159th Street and at Wolf Road. The poles are installed at the center line near the railroad crossing to prevent cars from going around the gates, Robinson Engineering representative Jeff Pintar explained.

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The Polk Street entrance to the Chicago Transit Authority Harrison Red Line station will close temporarily from 11 p.m. Wednesday, September 16 until 4 p.m. Friday, September 18, while crews relocate fare equipment. During this time, customers must use the Harrison station entrance at 608 S. State Street to access the Red Line.

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Norfolk Southern commended its partners in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee for their leadership in supporting the Crescent Corridor program to increase rail freight transportation capacity and improve mobility and the environment.

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L.B. Foster Company of Pittsburgh is delivering the final shipment of rail products in September under a $9-million contract with Skanska USA Civil Southeast for use in the construction of The Tide Light Rail System in Norfolk, Va. Hampton Roads Transit, the regional transportation agency, is building the new 7.4-mile light-rail line linking the Eastern Virginia Medical Center, downtown Norfolk and Interstate 264.

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The Illinois Department of Transportation said it is seeking $300 million in federal stimulus funds for a package of 16 projects that are part of the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program. CREATE is a first-of-its-kind partnership bringing together Illinois DOT, the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Association of American Railroads. Illinois DOT is eligible for the funding under the federal Transportation Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program established in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In addition to the $300 million being sought via the federal TIGER grant, CREATE partners also have committed to an additional 39 percent match in funding - $117.4 million in state and private monies - for the program of projects outlined in the application.

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TriMet's MAX Green Line in Portland, Ore., opened to the public on Saturday, September 12 and reached a major milestone of connecting all three counties by light rail. TriMet's fifth MAX line extends from downtown Portland to Clackamas County. More than 40,000 trips were taken on the new Green Line on opening day.

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CSX Transportation Inc. awarded a $60-million contract to Scott Bridge Company of Opelika, Ala., for the alteration of the 14-Mile Bridge over the Mobile River. The total project cost is estimated at $72 million, which includes the construction contract to the Scott Bridge Company. The project is being funded largely by the federal government (approximately 94 percent) under the Truman-Hobbs Act, which is administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Work on Caltrain's Grade Crossing Improvement Program continues in Burlingame, San Mateo and Menlo Park between the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.: Broadway and Oak Grove Avenue, Burlingame, Sept. 13-17; First and Ninth avenues, San Mateo, Sept. 14-17; and Encinal, Glenwood and Ravenswood avenues, Menlo Park, Sept. 17-18. Throughout the project area, at least one lane of the impacted street will remain open. Flagmen will direct traffic and pedestrians around the construction.

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