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Crews continue to work on the Northstar commuter rail line in Minnesota in preparation for a November opening. LRT and Northstar system testing continues. Communications system testing and programming continued at the LRT station. Punchlist work is ongoing at the Northstar and LRT stations and in the stations in Coon Rapids, Anoka, Elk River and Big Lake.


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The EJ&E Railway was a major issue on the Frankfort, Ill., Village Board Meeting's agenda, according to local newspapers. Since the purchase of EJ&E, the Village of Frankfort has worked with Canadian National to make the crossings safer and work with residents to provide any help they need with noise along with providing a Quiet Zone in the area.

 

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CN reached a voluntary mitigation agreement with the Village of Hawthorn Woods, Ill., located approximately 40 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, that addresses the municipality's environmental issues with CN's acquisition of the principal lines of the former Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Company. CN completed the acquisition on Jan. 31, 2009, and is running trains over the line.

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RailComm's Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) train control system has been selected to replace the existing Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) office system for Denver Regional Transportation District's Central Corridor. RailComm's DOC®:CTC is a next generation computer-aided dispatching system used to centrally control the CTC signal system and the Overhead Catenary System electrification sub-stations.


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Port of Seattle contractors recently successfully installed the pedestrian bridge that connects the new airport Link light rail station with the airport parking garage. Traffic was temporarily detoured. The bridgework was a significant step in the construction of the SeaTac/Airport light rail station. Overall, work is coming along well and passenger service to the new station will begin in December. Once that extension is made, passenger will be able to ride a Link train from the airport all the way to downtown Seattle.

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The Société de transport de Montréal said Lionel-Groulx and Berri-UQAM métro stations are now equipped with elevators to reach the lower platform levels. As such, the STM is providing better access to all clients traveling along the Orange line, particularly those with functional limitations. The installation of elevators in these two stations, in addition to Cartier, De La Concorde and Montmorency stations, now brings the number of accessible stations on the Orange line up to five. Henri-Bourassa, Bonaventure and Côte-Vertu stations will also be equipped with elevators by early 2011.

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After two years of studying options for a new transit system for the Crenshaw Corridor, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is encouraging public comment on draft environmental documents at four public hearings scheduled throughout the community in late September and early October.

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One year after 25 people died in a violent head-on collision between a Los Angeles Metrolink passenger train and freight train, officials have cobbled together more than $74 million to pay for an automatic train-stopping system along Southern California tracks to keep it from happening again, The Riverside, Calif., Press-Enterprise reports. Though they are pleased with the progress, a lot of ground remains to be covered to meet a self-imposed 2012 deadline to install such a system on passenger train routes.

 

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Freight trains have begun moving across a new $43-million bridge over Iowa's Des Moines River that reportedly is the tallest double-track railroad structure in North America, the Des Moines Register reports.

 The Boone High Bridge, which is 2,550 feet long and 190 feet high, will improve operational efficiency and customer service on Iowa's busiest railroad corridor, said Mark Davis, a spokesman for the Union Pacific Railroad, which commissioned the bridge project.

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Amtrak is back on board. After six months of negotiations with state and city officials, the railroad agreed to join the long-delayed makeover of Farley Post Office as Moynihan Station, according to the New York Daily News.

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