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Forum: Rail plan must help businesses






At
the public’s first opportunity to weigh in on the immediate future of Maine
railroads, the message was clear: Make them work for Maine businesses, the
Bangor Daily News reports. About 25 people from railroads, economic development
groups and government agencies gathered in Bangor to discuss the development of
the Maine Rail Plan. The state has hired consulting firm HNTB Corp. to formulate
a blueprint for improving rail access in Maine, for both freight and
passengers.

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Caltrain construction, maintenance update, Sept. 26 – Oct. 2






Work on Caltrain’s Grade
Crossing Improvement Program, which will enhance safety at 25 grade crossings
in San Mateo County, continues at Broadway and Oak Grove Avenue in Burlingame.
The work will take place from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, between the hours of 8 p.m.
and 4 a.m. Throughout the project area, at least one lane of the impacted
street will remain open.

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RailComm recognized by Inc. 5,000






RailComm, a leading
provider of software-based train control and railroad/passenger rail management
information systems, has been ranked by Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5,000 list of the
fastest-growing private companies in the country. RailComm was recognized based
on its revenue growth of 208.2 percent from 2005 to 2008 and ranked 1,528 on
the overall list. RailComm was also ranked 93rd amongst the top
software development companies. This is RailComm’s third year in a row to be
recognized on the Inc. 5,000 list. 


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Environmental assessment for Chicago-Iowa City passenger service






The Iowa Department of
Transportation, in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Transportation,
is seeking public input concerning the environmental assessment of proposed
routes for intercity passenger rail service between Iowa City and Chicago.
Released for public review on Sept. 25, the EA will be presented and discussed
at a public input meeting Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Moline, Ill.

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STB completes Northern Rail Extension Final EIS






The federal Surface
Transportation Board has completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement for
the Alaska Railroad Corporation application to construct and operate a rail
line between North Pole and Delta Junction. Known as the Northern Rail
Extension, the project would offer safe freight and passenger rail service to
communities southeast of North Pole; support agricultural, mining and
petrochemical industries; and provide year-round reliable access to military
training areas.

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Bob Baer to head St. Louis Metro






The St. Louis Metro’s
Board Chairman, Jeffrey Watson, said that the Board of Commissioners reached an
agreement with Bob Baer to become the Agency’s permanent chief executive.

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TIGER Grant applications showcase demand nationwide






The U.S. Department of
Transportation received nearly 1,400 applications from all 50 states,
territories and the District of Columbia vying for a share of $1.5 billion the
department will award for innovative transportation projects that show
significant economic and environmental promise for the nation, a region, or
metropolitan area, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.

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CP eyes new $400-million rail tunnel to Detroit






Canadian Pacific Railway
has been quietly advancing plans for a new $400-million rail tunnel under the
Detroit River and will probably start digging two years from now, the Canwest
News Service reports. A construction permit for the tunnel has already been
issued in the U.S., sources said, but the environmental assessment process has
just begun on the Canadian side and will take up to 18 months.


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Connecticut seeks grants to renovate freight rail






 

In the biggest move in
decades to renovate Connecticut’s freight rail system, the state is seeking
more than $109 million in grants to refurbish or rebuild deteriorated tracks in
Middletown, Hartford, East Windsor, Danbury and elsewhere, according to The
Hartford Courant
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Union Pacific sets ribbon cutting for Boone, Iowa bridge






On October 1, Union
Pacific Chairman and CEO Jim Young, Director of Iowa Department of
Transportation Nancy Richardson and Boone Mayor John Slight will officially
open and name the new railroad bridge just west of Boone, Iowa, that is one of
the highest double-track railroad bridges in North America coming in at 2,813
feet long and 190 feet high above the Des Moines River.  After remarks from Young, Director
Richardson and Mayor Slight at the UP depot in Boone, officials and media will
board a train to go look at the new bridge close up. The public is invited to
attend the remarks at the UP depot.