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Oregon ports eye different rail routes






Picture Lewis and Clark
splitting up at some point between present-day Umatilla and Boardman and racing
to the Pacific Ocean, the East Oregonian reports. Two contemporary economic
explorers, the general managers of the ports of Umatilla and Morrow, are doing
just that. Their goal, however, is developing a better shipping route from the
mid-Columbia River to Puget Sound.

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N.C. DOT seeks to ease rail logjams






State transportation
engineers are preparing a series of railroad track improvements they hope will
ease bottlenecks for ever-increasing rail traffic in central Charlotte, N.C.,
the Charlotte Observer reports. The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to
make upgrades to a 10-mile stretch of Norfolk Southern track from near
Charlotte-Douglas International Airport to Orr Road in northeast Charlotte.

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Austin, Texas, eyes expansion of passenger rail






The future of downtown rail
– for right or wrong, better or worse, for whatever it turns out to be – is now
firmly in the City of Austin’s hands, writes Ben Wear in the Austin Statesman. Capital
Metro, carrier of the passenger rail flag around here for more than 20 years,
will still open its MetroRail commuter line (sometime soon). And conceivably
the agency could be hired to operate a rail line built by the city. But Capital
Metro, nearly out of money and tarnished by its halting MetroRail performance
so far, won’t be the prime mover.

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Quixote Corporation celebrates 40 years






Quixote Corporation, a
leading manufacturer of transportation safety products and advanced
technologies, celebrated its 40-year anniversary in July 2009.

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Northstar crews continue construction work






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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Additional station promised on St. Paul Central Corridor






A
promise to fund an additional station, 
approval of a budget of up to $941 million and award of a contract to
start public utility relocation in downtown St. Paul capped a banner month for
the Central Corridor LRT Project. 

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MAX Yellow Line moves to Portland Mall






Beginning August 30, MAX
Yellow Line trains in downtown Portland, Ore., will move to the new tracks on
5th and 6th avenues along the Portland Transit Mall. Also on August 30, MAX
Green Line trains will begin two weeks of test runs on the Mall and along I-205
before opening for service on Saturday, September 12.

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Lincoln’s hometown fighting high-speed rail set to cut city in half






The State of Illinois is in
a rush to swallow up Federal Stimulus money earmarked for the development of
high-speed rail services, the Illinois Statehouse Examiner reports. However, in
the rush to meet the arbitrary deadlines imposed by the stimulus package, state
officials are giving little consideration to the economic impact of communities
along the high-speed rail system.

 

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Alabama Port Authority wants rail link






Alabama State Port
Authority officials plan to meet this week with Norfolk Southern senior
executives to discuss linking the railroad’s proposed $112-million intermodal
facility in McCalla, Ala., to the newly opened $300 million container terminal
in Mobile, according to the Birmingham Business Journal.

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On the right track: Twin City Signal

(This article appeared the
July-August 2009 St. Croix Chronicle, a publication of the St. Croix Economic
Development Corp.)

Even in the current
economic downturn, it’s been several years of full steam ahead for Twin City
Signal in Hudson, Wis. In order to meet immediate demands for its services, the
railroad signal engineering and design company, founded in Hudson in 1996, has
expanded into an additional facility across from its 7,200-square-foot
headquarters on Livingstone Road. The move nearly doubles its space, and
founder and company president Lee Kisling sees rails and more rails in the future.