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Union Pacific and CSX Transportation launched RailChem Connect, a coordinated rail service for expedited transport of chemicals between the Texas Gulf Coast region and the Southeast. The new RailChem Connect service is the result of increased coordination and re-designed interline service by the two railroads for their chemicals market customers. The service allows shipments to bypass smaller rail yards for expedited transit between major hubs. These changes, along with increased operations coordination between the railroads, increase reliability of east- and west-bound service between Union Pacific-served chemical markets such as Houston, southern Texas and Louisiana, and CSXT-served consumption markets in the southeastern states. RailChem Connect offers more consistent transit times, faster equipment turns and a shorter route than previously available for chemical shipments in this corridor.

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Following five years of construction and coming in on budget with a flawless four-million-plus-hour construction safety record, the Edward R. Roybal Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension from Union Station downtown to East Los Angeles will open to the public on Sunday, Nov. 15.

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Standing with U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities Rina Cutler, SEPTA General Manager Joe Casey, DRPA Board Chair John H. Estey, Board Vice Chair Jeff Nash and others, DRPA CEO and PATCO President, John J. Matheussen, announced an agreement that will result in Light Rail Service along Market Street between City Hall and the Delaware River Waterfront initially serving Pier 70 to the South and SEPTA's Route 15 Trolley at Girard Avenue to the North.

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Will riders of the Chicago Transit Authority's Red Line trains be pulling into the Apple iTrain station any time soon? That's the question being posed after CTA officials confirmed they were in talks with Apple over the technological giant's plans to fork over millions to refurbish the North/Clybourn station, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Steve Weber has been named Vice President of Engineering for Nordco, Inc., where he will focus on the development of new products. Weber's extensive experience includes both development of new product lines and maintenance of existing products. His most recent position prior to joining Nordco was in the outdoor power equipment industry.

 


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Labrador Iron Mines Holdings Limited has signed a Rail Co-operation Agreement with New Millennium Capital Corp. regarding the reconstruction of the "Timmins Extension" rail spur line that will run from the TSH Railroad main rail line near Schefferville, Quebec, approximately 2.5 miles to LIM's planned processing center at Silver Yards and on a further approximately 13 miles to NML's planned processing center at the Timmins mining area.

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On Oct. 26, Secretary Ray LaHood convened the first meeting of a newly created U.S. Department of Transportation Safety Council formed to tackle critical transportation safety issues facing the department's 10 operating administrations.

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Front Royal, Va., Councilman N. Shae Parker verbally blasted representatives of Norfolk Southern over the firm's proposal that will involve the use of explosives for a construction project, according to local newspapers. The railroad is offering to pay Front Royal $160,000 in exchange for vacation of a portion of Depot Avenue and the acquisition of a temporary construction easement on a 100-foot wide strip of town property.

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The South Shore in northwest Indiana is alerting passengers to the last in a series of planned temporary weekend construction outages. The fifth and final 2009 weekend outage is scheduled for October 31 - November 2, 2009.  South Shore trains will not operate in either direction between South Bend and Gary Metro Center beginning 2:30 a.m. Saturday, October 31, thru 3:00 a.m. Monday, November 2.

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Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern introduced Gulf Coast Flyer, a rail service for the safe transport of chemicals between the Union Pacific-served southern Texas and Louisiana regions and Norfolk Southern destinations across the northeastern and southeastern United States.

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