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Train coming right on time to Brunswick, Maine







February 14, 2001

The air smelled of fresh
paint, not beer and food, March 18 inside Byrnes Irish Pub, Maine Today reports.
Good reason. The business had hustled to have a grand opening March 17, just in
time to be mobbed on St. Patrick’s Day.
Maine Street Station is a
new mixed-use development in Brunswick that will include retail space, offices,
a train station and perhaps a Concord bus operation. Patrick Byrnes is hopeful
that the turnout is a sign of things to come. His family chose to expand here,
from Bath, to take advantage of the planned arrival of Amtrak’s Downeaster
train service in 2012.

 

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Judge won’t halt Denver Union Station construction






February 14, 2001

U.S. District Court Judge
John Kane on March 18 has denied a request by the Colorado Rail Passenger
Association to stop construction at Denver Union Station related to the
FasTracks regional rail-transit project, the Denver Business Journal reported. Construction
on the project has begun, with the contractor, Kiewit Construction, slated to
begin digging an underground bus station at Union Station this week.

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TriMet General Manager Fred Hansen to pursue other opportunities






February 14, 2001

After more than 11 years,
TriMet General Manager Fred Hansen said that he will be leaving the Portland, Ore., agency at
the end of his contract to pursue other opportunities. He released the
following statement regarding his announcement: "After 11.5 years at
TriMet, I have decided to pursue other opportunities. And although the Board of
Directors for whom I work hoped I would stay longer, I have informed them that
I will leave at the end of my current contract, June 30, 2010.

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BNSF trimmers return for a little more






February 14, 2001

Workers were back at the
Hump to clean up the recent trimming job that left vegetation looking "ragged,"
Peace Arch News in British Columbia reports. Phase 2 of trimming started March
1 – a year and a half after protests temporarily halted the first phase – upon
requests from Hump residents.

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Grand possibility for rail terminal site in South Loop






February 14, 2001

The biggest empty chunk of
downtown Chicago is for sale, ready for somebody to take a chance on a future
cycle of real estate growth, David Roeder wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times. Buyers
should bring cash, great credit and patience.

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Mississippi railroad crossings seeing improvement






February 14, 2001

Employees with a
sub-contractor for Norfolk Southern are making railroad track crossing
improvements in Sandersville, Miss., the Laurel Leader Call reports. 
Workers
with Tubbys Construction Company of Lancing, Tenn., worked at the two railroad
crossings in Sandersville March 18 in an effort to make travel over those
crossings smoother.


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AAR says Chlorine Institute off base in benefits of PTC






The Chlorine Institute
has called on the Federal Railroad Administration to reexamine its rule on the
cost and benefits of implementing positive train control systems. The Chlorine
Institute claims that the FRA analysis of the benefits of PTC was flawed and
that positive train control systems result in business benefits to the
railroads. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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HNTB and WSA to manage Florida’s high-speed rail






The Florida Department of
Transportation, through its newly created Florida Rail Enterprise, has selected
HNTB Corporation and Wilbur Smith Associates, in a joint partnership, as its
program manager for passenger rail in the state of Florida. The primary
assignment for this team will be assisting with implementation of Florida’s
high-speed rail program, which recently received a grant award of $1.25 billion
for Phase 1: Tampa-Orlando. This was one of the top awards in the Federal
Railroad Administration’s competition for $8 billion available in American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds through the Vision for High Speed Rail in
America program. 

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Orlando airport plans ‘Grand Central’ terminal for Florida’s high-speed rail






When high-speed rail
finally arrives in Central Florida, Orlando International Airport wants to be
ready – with a "Grand Central Station" of terminals that could
include multiple rail lines, food and retail concessions, a hotel and
rental-car counters, officials said March 17, the Orlando Sentinel reports. There
is no estimate yet on how much the terminal would cost or who would pay for it,
though airport leaders said they think state and federal officials should
provide most of the money.

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Philly rail line could be rolling by 2016






A waterfront rail line in
Philadelphia moved closer to reality as the Delaware River Port Authority
approved a $6.5-million contract for environmental studies and preliminary
design, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The work, expected to take about two
years, is to prepare the way for a proposed $500-million light-rail line in the
middle of Columbus Boulevard between Pier 70 and Girard Avenue.