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CSXT prepares major bridge, track projects in Ohio

CSX Transportation Inc.
will raise and remove bridges and lower railroad tracks throughout Northeast
Ohio starting next year as part of its $840 million National Gateway plan,
according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
The local work includes
removing the Park Street bridge in Akron, replacing the Knapp Road bridge in
Ravenna and raising the Portage County Hike & Bike Trail in Kent.

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L.A. mayor wants subway work sped up

As workers finished
exploratory drilling for the planned Westside subway extension, Los Angeles
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other elected officials said they want to speed
up construction of the $4.1-billion transit project, which has been scheduled
for completion in 2036, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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FRA chief: passenger grants to benefit freight

The first state
applications for "shovel-ready" passenger rail projects are due into the
Federal Railroad Administration on Aug. 24, and FRA Administrator Joseph Szabo
thinks some of the federal grants to follow will need to help freight lines get
ready for more and faster passenger trains, reports The Journal of Commerce.

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Opinion: Finally, a rail plan for New England

(The following opinion,
published Aug. 24, 2009, by the Boston Globe, was written by former
Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis [also a former vice chairman of Amtrak] and
Robert O’Brien, who is executive director of the Downtown North Association and
chairman of the North-South Rail Link Citizens Advisory Committee.)


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Caltrain construction, maintenance update August 24-28

Work on Caltrain’s Grade
Crossing Improvement Program, which will enhance safety at railroad crossings
in San Mateo County, continues. The current projects at Encinal, Glenwood and
Ravenswood avenues in Menlo Park, Calif., will take place August 23-27 between
the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. Throughout the project at least one lane of the
street will remain open. Flagmen will direct traffic and pedestrians around the
construction. The work is part of a larger program to improve grade crossings
in San Mateo County. 

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Crews continue Northstar Fridley Station pedestrian tunnel

Construction in downtown
Minneapolis continues as crews work on the Hiawatha Light Rail Transit extension
and the Northstar Commuter Rail station. Punchlist work continues at the
commuter stations in Big Lake, Elk River, Anoka and Coon Rapids. System testing
also continues as crews are testing both the Northstar train system and the LRT
extension.

 

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Contracting opportunities workshop for LA Metro Gold Line The Los Angeles Metro Gold Line Foothill

The Los Angeles Metro Gold Line Foothill
Extension Construction Authority will host a workshop Sept. 15 to inform small
businesses about the more than $600 million in contracting opportunities
available during construction of the light-rail transit line from Pasadena to
Azusa. Presentations by Construction Authority Chief Executive Officer Habib
Balian and others will include information about the project, as well as the
opportunities for small businesses and a procurement schedule.

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Chicago $15.6-billion plan includes West Loop transit hub

A guide for downtown growth
through 2020 that calls for $15.6 billion in public works was endorsed by the
Chicago Plan Commission, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The Chicago Central
Area Action Plan would allocate most of the spending for transportation
projects. The most expensive would be a $6-billion West Loop transit hub
beneath Clinton Street with a multilevel connection between Metra and CTA
service.

 

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Exploratory drilling completed for LA Metro extension






Joined by local elected
officials from Los Angeles County and nearby cities, Los Angeles City Mayor
Antonio Villaraigosa said the completion of exploratory drilling in West Los
Angeles is a key part of the planning and environmental process for the
proposed Westside Subway Extension, a regionally beneficial Measure R
transportation project.

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New Hampshire competes for $1.5 million grant

Peter Burling, chairman of
the Rail Transit Authority in New Hampshire, envisions a rail line running
between Boston and Concord, N.H., at speeds of up to 90 mph, the Concord
Monitor
reports. The rail would carry Massachusetts shoppers to Nashua and
travelers to Manchester Airport. It would take sports fans to Celtics games and
workers to their jobs in Boston.