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Mission, Texas, bridge under scrutiny






 

The City of Mission, Texas,
is lobbying the U.S State Department to retain a permit to build another
international bridge, mere weeks after the completion of the Rio Grande
Valley’s newest crossing, according to
The
Monitor
.

 There is no plan or funding to build another crossing, but Mission
city officials said they want to retain the 30-year-old permit because it
allows them to connect railroads on both sides of the border, something the
newly unveiled Anzalduas International Bridge does not.



 

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Missouri city to seek grants for rail siding






Construction of a new
railroad siding in the west industrial park in Washington, Mo., could begin
late next spring or early summer if the city receives final approval of state
and federal grant funds it’s seeking, the Missourian reports. The city has
received the preliminary nod for more than $2 million in state economic
development grants to finance the "team track" rail siding at the end
of West Main Street, according to Dick Oldenburg, economic development director.

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Union Pacific alters tunnels so double-stack trains can reach Reno






Union Pacific has
raised the roof on 15 of its tunnels over Donner Pass in the Sierra, allowing
double-stacked trains to cross the pass and go through Reno for the first time
on the way to Chicago, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports. When the recession
ebbs, more trains could be coming through Reno and Sparks. Double-stacked
trains have been routed through the longer and more difficult Feather River
Canyon north of Reno.

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Port of Vancouver gets $3 million for rail loop






The Port of Vancouver,
Wash., will receive nearly $3 million in additional federal funds to help build
rail lines for its $137-million West Vancouver Freight Access project, the Portland
Business Journal
reports. The new allocation comes with the help of U.S. Sen.
Patty Murray, D-Wash., and was included in the final version of the fiscal 2010
Consolidated Appropriations Act.

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Caltrain construction, maintenance Dec. 27 – 30






Work on Caltrain’s Grade
Crossing Improvement Program, which will enhance safety at 25 grade crossings
in San Mateo County, continues. The schedule includes Maple Avenue, Chestnut
Street and Broadway, Redwood City, 8:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., Dec. 28-30. Throughout
the project area, at least one lane of the impacted street will remain open. Flagmen
will direct traffic and pedestrians around the construction.

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ICC grade crossing upgrades near Galesburg, Thomasboro






The Illinois Commerce
Commission has granted approval for the installation of automatic flashing
light signals and gates and highway approach grade improvements at the 160th
Street crossing of BNSF track located near Galesburg, Warren County. The
estimated cost to install the new automatic flashing light signals and gates is
$518,729.  The Grade Crossing
Protection Fund will pay 95 percent of the warning device installation costs,
not to exceed $492,793.  BNSF will
pay the remaining warning device installation costs, as well as all future
operating and maintenance costs. 

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National Gateway addresses need for infrastructure improvements






According to government forecasts, freight volumes
in the United States will significantly increase by 2020. Unless major
transportation infrastructure improvements are made, this could lead to reduced
productivity resulting in job losses, higher prices for the goods we buy and
reduced worldwide demand for the goods we sell. The National Gateway – an $842-million
multi-state public-private infrastructure initiative – will help meet current
infrastructure needs and prepare the nation for this projected growth by
investing in surface transportation infrastructure improvements.

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Don’t get on deep tunnel express, governor-elect






(The following opinion
piece by Alfred Doblin appeared in
The Record in Northern New Jersey.) Last
week, Governor-elect Chris Christie met with The Record’s editorial board.
During the meeting, he was asked about transportation projects and the
possibility of a gas tax to help keep the Transportation Trust Fund solvent.



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Minnesota high-speed route to Chicago may take year to map






Mapping the route of a
proposed high-speed passenger train between the Twin Cities and Chicago will
take a year or more, a Minnesota transportation official said, according to
local newspapers. Dan Krom, who made a presentation to Washington County commissioners,
said as many as eight routes are under study. One of them, which the
commissioners favor, would follow the existing Amtrak route, known in planning
circles as Red Rock, through southern Washington County and eastern Dakota
County.