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The commission for the Bay Area's transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency voted 11 to 5 to keep $70 million in Stimulus funds with the Oakland Airport Connector Project. However, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission will revisit the issue at a special February 17 meeting.

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Two large-scale projects being pursued by Riverport Railroad, LLC, in Savanna, Ill., have the potential to add 350 to 400 new jobs to the Carroll County area, said Jack Koster, Riverport's president and CEO, the Freeport Journal Standard reports. The projects in question will not only create jobs, but generate significant property tax revenue and establish a "Rail Car Mall" serving companies across the U.S., Koster said.

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Construction of a second commuter train tunnel under the Hudson River, one of the biggest public works projects under way in the country, could be delayed by issues about the use of eminent domain to take property on the West Side of Manhattan, The New York Times reports.

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The Illinois Commerce Commission has granted approval for safety improvements at five grade crossings around the state. ICC OKed the installation of new automatic flashing light signals and gates and roadway approach grade improvements at the N. 9th Avenue highway-rail grade crossing of Norfolk Southern track near Litchfield, Montgomery County The total estimated cost for the new automatic warning devices is $280,806. The Grade Crossing Protection Fund will be used to pay 95 percent of the signal installation costs, not to exceed $266,766. NS will pay all remaining installation costs, as well as all future operating and maintenance costs related to the new automatic warning devices. All work is to be completed by Jan. 6, 2011.

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The companies behind a C$400-million proposal to build a second Detroit River rail tunnel have issued a pre-bid notice - a call for companies to prove qualifications - to conduct the environmental assessment for the project, The Windsor Star reports. Borealis Infrastructure and Canadian Pacific Railway, co-owners of the 100-year-old Windsor-Detroit rail tunnel, plan to build an adjacent tunnel to accommodate larger double-stacked railway cars and possibly high-speed cross-border passenger service.

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A Plainview lawmaker is backing away from supporting Rochester, Minnesota's proposed railroad bypass, The Post-Bulletin reports. DFL House Assistant Majority Leader Andy Welti recently sent a letter to constituents who live along the potential rail route saying that it is time to start negotiating with the railroad.

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The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority has selected HDR to complete an environment assessment and preliminary engineering for extensions of the New Orleans streetcar network into the Central Business District and neighborhoods surrounding the French Quarter. HDR previously did the alternatives analysis identifying streetcar investments for these areas, and the related conceptual engineering.

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The Executive Committee of the American Wood Protection Association gave final approval on January 26 for listing of ACZA-treated railroad ties in the AWPA Book of Standards. Ammoniacal Copper Zinc Arsenate (ACZA) has been listed in AWPA standards since 1983 as an accepted wood preservative, but it was not listed for protection of ties. Recent pressures on creosote-treated ties led Arch Wood Protection, Inc., licensor of the Chemonite brand of ACZA-treated wood, to submit test data to AWPA membership for tie applications.

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Cutting-edge environmental technologies and green design will make the Northwest Ohio Terminal Facility, a new freight transit hub under construction in North Baltimore, Ohio, one of the most environmentally friendly and technologically advanced freight terminals in the country.

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The construction of a new transit center in downtown San Francisco received a financial boost from a $171-million federal loan, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. The new Transbay Transit Center will connect the Bay Area to the rest of California, making daily commutes and longer trips easier, faster and more convenient.

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