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MTA board OKs $28 billion for LIRR, other projects






The Metropolitan
Transportation Authority board voted to spend $28.1 billion to improve transit
infrastructure in the region, including the tackling of major projects on the
Long Island Rail Road, Newsday reported. At a Manhattan meeting, the board
voted to adopt the MTA’s proposed five-year capital program, which would fund
large transit projects from 2010 to 2014. The proposed budget still requires
approval from the four voting members of the state’s MTA Capital Program Review
board.

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Fort Worth concludes deal with UP on overpass






Ft. Worth City Council
members wrapped up a complicated deal with Union Pacific that will allow
construction of an overpass for the Southwest Parkway over the Davidson Rail
Yard along West Vickery Boulevard, according to The Star-Telegram.

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Railroad shows intermodal facility plans to public






Pan Am Southern railroad,
which wants to build an intermodal yard in the area, showed the town planning
board and residents how it plans to deal with noise and traffic concerns at a
meeting at Halfmoon, N.Y., town hall, local newspapers report.

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BNSF poised to grow in Galesburg, Ill.






BNSF officials were
cautiously optimistic about the future at a special forum on the railroad
industry at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Ill., The Register-Mail
reported. Plans to build a diesel repair shop, a third main track in the BNSF’s
classification yard in Galesburg and storage tracks that allow freight trains
that are being made up to be moved aside to allow other traffic through, could
lead to the creation of more jobs once the economy rebounds, the officials
said.

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Northstar commuter rail work continues in Twin Cities






LRT and Northstar
system testing continue. Painting and striping of the streets in the project
area was completed. Punchlist work is ongoing at the Northstar and LRT
stations. Punchlist work
continues at the suburban stations.


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Massachusetts finalizes agreement with CSX Transportation






Mass. Lieutenant Governor
Timothy Murray said that the Commonwealth’s comprehensive multi-year rail
transportation agreement with CSX Transportation, the national freight carrier
serving Massachusetts, has been finalized. Lieutenant Governor Murray, who has
been working on this agreement since he was Mayor of Worcester, led the
negotiations for this agreement on behalf of the administration with critical
support from the Governor, Senator John Kerry and Congressman Jim McGovern. Many
of the agreement’s major elements were resolved last year; however, the long-standing
debate concerning liability remained unresolved.

 

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BNSF Burlington, Iowa, bridge upgrade work begins






Work has begun to replace
BNSF Railway’s 118-year-old swing span over the Mississippi River at Burlington,
Iowa, with a modern lift span that will increase the river channel width from
150 feet to 307 feet 6 inches. The $70-million project is scheduled for
completion in the summer of 2011.

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CN reaches voluntary mitigation agreement with Park Forest, Ill.






CN reached a voluntary
mitigation agreement with the Village of Park Forest, Ill., located
approximately 30 miles south of downtown Chicago, addressing the municipality’s
environmental issues with CN’s acquisition of the principal lines of the former
Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Company. CN completed the acquisition on Jan.
31, 2009, and is running trains over the line. Under the agreement, CN will
provide funding for a range of measures, including traffic improvements and
rail noise mitigation, quiet zones and fencing.


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Canadian pacific signs on for E-RAILSAFE Canada






e-VERIFILE.COM Inc. said Canadian
Pacific has joined e-RAILSAFE Canada–the latest in the company’s line of e-RAILSAFE
workplace safety/security management services. As part of its use of e-RAILSAFE
Canada, CP will now require its contractors/vendors and their employees that
require access to CP’s Canadian-based properties, to participate in Compliance
Programs that CP creates and administers via the ERS- Canada system.