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Beginning the week of Sept. 14, NJ TRANSIT will adjust weekday midday service on the Pascack Valley Line to accommodate necessary track work. NJ TRANSIT crews will make priority repairs to the Essex Street grade crossing in Hackensack to address damage to the crossing caused by a motor vehicle. While the track is out of service, NJ TRANSIT will also perform regular track maintenance on the line.


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Standing trackside outside Metra's 80th Avenue Station in Tinley Park, Ill., recently, Tom Britt wasn't happy, the Chicago Tribune reports. "This station needs to be improved," said the Frankfort, Ill., resident, "desperately."

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(The following editorial appeared in the Springfield, Ill., State Journal-Register.)

We are profoundly hopeful that today's Illinois high-speed rail summit in Chicago can bring about a plan in which this state can have a good shot at federal funds for a Chicago-St. Louis route without severely damaging this community's quality of life and future economic growth. But based on recent correspondence between Union Pacific and local officials, Union Pacific is going to need a fairly drastic attitude adjustment if that is to happen. So far, the railroad's attitude has been that Springfield needs to quit complaining about its plans because our objections might jeopardize the state's shot at $2 billion-plus in federal stimulus money for high-speed rail. It has been abetted in this attitude by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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At a ceremony in Cobourg, Ontario, Northumberland-Quinte West MP Rick Norlock, Mayor Peter Delanty and John Marginson, VIA Rail Canada's Chief Operating Officer, said VIA plans a new station with improved and expanded facilities. VIA estimates that it will invest as much as C$7 million for the new station and related improvements from recent capital funding for VIA announced by the Government of Canada. C$1 million of the project's cost will come from the government's Economic Action Plan.







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PATCO is set to embark on a three-month project to both repave the roadway and repair concrete curbs for the access roads at six PATCO Stations in New Jersey. Work is scheduled to begin on September 14 at the Lindenwold Station, with work then proceeding west to Ashland, Haddonfield, Westmont, Collingswood and Ferry Avenue. At times the roadwork will require some traffic pattern changes at the Stations.

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The Union Pacific sidetrack is under construction west of California, Mo., in the vicinity of Elkhorn Crossing, the California Democrat reports. When completed in December 2009, the 9,000-foot rail side track will allow two trains to pass, adding capacity and reducing delays for both rail freight shipments and the Amtrak Missouri River Runner trains between Kansas City and St. Louis.

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Design changes being mandated by a railroad company will increase the cost of building an underpass at the Robinson Street crossing in Norman, Okla., by about $1.4 million, city officials say, according to The Oklahoman. Public Works Director Shawn O'Leary said the city hopes to use stimulus money to cover most of the increased cost of the now $26 million project.

 

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For two hours Sept. 10, city and railroad officials made themselves available to answer questions regarding a nine-month train track realignment between Mitchell and North Independence streets as they host an open house in downtown Kinston, N.C., local newspapers report.

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The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay will begin repairs this week on a series of tunnels whose deterioration led to the September 2007 closure of the 110-mile Coos Bay line formerly operated by Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad, The News-Review in Roseburg, Ore., reports. The work is the first stage of a rehabilitation project to get the rail line back in operational shape. Officials hope the line could be running again by the second or third quarter of next year.

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Union Pacific railroad officials responded to Braeside neighborhood residents' concerns and agreed to move the massive platform and communications tower being built next to the railroad tracks on the south east side of Highland Park, Ill., Pioneer Press reports. City leaders requested a meeting with the railroad company after a group of residents attended the Aug. 24 City Council meeting and spoke against the construction that created an unsightly streetscape along the once heavily tree-lined railway.

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