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The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors authorized a major pedestrian and traffic circulation improvement project at Newark Penn Station that will enhance safety, reduce vehicular congestion, strengthen the historic facility's connection to an increasingly vibrant downtown business and entertainment district and create an estimated 125 jobs.

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Train service on five MTA Long Island Rail Road South Shore branches will be affected during the weekend of October 24 and 25 as work is completed on a major signal and switch modernization project in the Valley Stream area. The work will require a 48-hour suspension of train service through Valley Stream. Customers using the Babylon, Montauk, Far Rockaway, Long Beach and West Hempstead Branches will take buses for all or part of their trips and other trains will be diverted. To avoid delays, customers are advised to use North Shore branches this weekend. Unaffected lines include the Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson, Port Washington and Ronkonkoma (west of Ronkonkoma) Branches.

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CSX Transportation began operating a railroad hub in Bessemer, Ala., the week of Sept. 14 without any of the hullabaloo that a planned Norfolk Southern hub has stirred up down the tracks in McCalla, Ala., according to the Birmingham News. CSXT received the first train Sept. 14 at the $6-million container-loading terminal on 25 acres in the Interstate Industrial Park.

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DRPA CEO and PATCO President John J. Matheussen said there will be two open houses in Philadelphia on an Alternatives Analysis for expanding transit to Philadelphia's Waterfront. The first open house is scheduled for September 22 and the second will be held on September 30. Identical information will be posted at both open houses.

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The village of Park Forest, Ill., and Canadian National Railway have reached an agreement on mitigation measures related to CN's recent acquisition of the old EJ&E Railroad, but not all residents are happy with the deal, the Southtown Star reports.The Park Forest Village Board approved the agreement, under which CN will give the village more than $7 million to help with traffic congestion, noise, and other issues stemming from the EJ&E deal.

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A regional transportation board voted to support a rail company initiative to significantly expand freight capacity in the busy Washington train corridor, according to The Washington Post. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Transportation Policy Board approved a letter supporting federal grant applications to help pay for $160 million in freight network improvements for rail giant CSX Transportation. The board plays a key role in setting regional transportation policy.

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Work is commencing on the train track at the Jersey Bridge, which is used by the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad passenger and freight operations, the Titusville, Pa., Herald reports. According to Bob Dingman, freight line operator, the project involves another approximate 60 feet of deck replacement along the tracks.

 The work will take place this week and next week, Dingman said. The contractor for the job is J.C. Lee Construction and Supply, of Petrolia.

 


 

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Unit Rail, the rail fastening division of Amsted Rail, named Thai Nguyen design engineer, responsible for the design, test and manufacturability of fastening components for the company's end users in both the freight and transit railroad segments.

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SEPTA is celebrating the end of an historic project - the reconstruction of the Market-Frankford Subway-Elevated Line. A fixture of mass transit in the region, SEPTA's busiest and oldest heavy rail line has been fully modernized through a series of initiatives.

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The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors approved a study that explores the feasibility of extending Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service farther west in Jersey City. The Board approved a $251,000 contract with AKRF, Inc., for consultant services in support of the first phase of an alternatives analysis for the extension of the light rail line. The line would extend from its current western terminus at West Side Avenue Station across Route 440 to a redevelopment zone along the Hackensack Riverfront.

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