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 The ribbon is cut and work is well under way on a project six years in the making.

 Representatives from the City of Hillsboro, Ill., Union Pacific, Oberkramer Contracting and Hurst-Rosche Engineers joined Representative Betsy Hannig, Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig and Senator Deanna Demuzio in cutting the ribbon on the city's new railroad spur, located near the old Eagle Zinc site.



 

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As part of Chicago Transit Authority's work to replace the signal and train control systems in the Loop, the weekend beginning November 14 crews will be installing a new signal control facility at Lake and Wells that will require elevated trains to reroute on Saturday and Sunday. Brown, Green, Pink and Orange line trains will be temporarily rerouted from approximately 4 a.m. on Saturday, November 14 until 8 p.m. Sunday, November 15. Brown and Orange line trains will operate on the Lake and Wabash elevated tracks only. Green and Pink line trains will operate on the Wells and Van Buren elevated tracks only.

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10 November 2009

CN moves on PTC

A $10-billion unfunded mandate regarding "positive train control" -- wherein trains will need to be outfitted with GPS technology that'll detect when trains are near each other -- may hamper the railroad industry as a whole, but as far as Canadian National's plans for Northwest Indiana go, it's full steam ahead, the Gary Post-Tribune reports.

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Caltrain is soliciting public comment on the annual update of its Short-Range Transit Plan (Fiscal Year 2009 & 2010 - Fiscal Year 2018). The plan includes the 10-year operating and capital plan and financial projections used to qualify for state and federal funds.

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With a catchy new name and wads of cash, the LSTAR has left the station, the San Antonio Express-News reports. The Lone Star Rail District said that it's moving closer to a goal of connecting San Antonio to Austin and beyond with a commuter rail line.

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Individuals who ride public transportation can save on average $9,190 annually based on the November 9, 2009 national average gas price and the national unreserved monthly parking rate. Over the last year, an individual riding public transportation would have saved an additional $255 due to the 41-cent increase of gasoline per gallon since November 2008.

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The Whitefish River clean-up work in Montana is on schedule, but Environmental Protection Agency officials say it will take several years to finish the project, local media report. The EPA ordered the railroad to clean about two miles of the Whitefish River. The diesel and bunker oil fuel contamination appears to come from the BNSF fueling facility.

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Following construction season track improvements, new West of Hudson schedules went into effect on Sunday, November 8, 2009. On the Port Jervis Line: With the completion of work on the interlocking at Harriman, travel times have been reduced by one minute on westbound trips from Harriman to Port Jervis.

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Koppers Inc., a subsidiary of Koppers Holdings Inc., and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation have agreed to a seven-year extension of an existing contract for railroad crossties and various other products and services. The agreement extends the existing contract, which runs through December 31, 2010, for an additional seven years through December 31, 2017. Revenues from BNSF under this contract amounted to approximately $57 million in 2008.


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At a ceremony in Oshawa, Ontario, Colin Carrie, Member of Parliament for Oshawa; Oshawa Mayor John Gray, and Mr. Pierre Santoni, VIA Rail's National Sales Director, announced VIA's plans for 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. Of the project's total cost, $3 million will come from the government's Economic Action Plan.




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