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Washington State applies for more than $1.3 billion in HSR grants






Continuing its pursuit of a
portion of the $8 billion available through the ARRA High Speed Intercity
Passenger Rail Program, the Washington State Department of Transportation
applied for more than $1.3 billion in ARRA stimulus funds for the Pacific
Northwest Rail Corridor.

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Project to ease Chicago train traffic starts






Helping freight trains move
quicker and reducing the time motorists spend waiting for trains to pass are
goals of a $26-million federally funded project announced Monday, the Chicago Sun-Times
reports. Plans were unveiled to add a third main rail line over about three
miles in Blue Island and Alsip, Ill., easing congestion in the busy south
suburban corridor.

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Gaston, N.C., to consider closing railroad crossings to traffic






The imminent reactivation
of an old railroad route through Gastonia could mean that one or more local
street crossings will be closed to vehicular traffic, the Gaston Gazette
reports. The state-run N.C. Rail Co. wants to eliminate two crossings to reduce
safety concerns and avoid the cost of installing safety devices along the old
Piedmont and Northern railway.

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DART Orange Line wins environmental excellence award











Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s
Northwest Corridor to Irving/DFW Final Environmental Impact Statement is the
recipient of the Federal Transit Administration’s Outstanding Achievement Award
for Excellence in Environmental Document Preparation. The FEIS provided the
environmental clearances for the first nine miles of the Orange Line extending
from Bachman Station in northwest Dallas to Belt Line Station near DFW
International Airport.

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Delegation to Feds: Demand Pan Am documents






Three members of the
Massachusetts Congressional delegation are renewing and amplifying the call for
greater construction oversight of Pan Am Railways’ rail-to-truck auto
distribution yard off Willow Road in Ayer, Mass., local newspapers report.

 

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Wave of the future in Chicago: mass transit






The future ain’t what it
used to be. Back in 1930, the movie "Just Imagine" dreamed of the
world of 1980, when everyone has a flying car. Other sci-fi scenarios pictured
personal jet packs and individual transit "pods" gliding along
monorails, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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UP, Progress Rail Services testing ultra-clean locomotive






Union Pacific and Progress
Rail Services said that the ultra-clean diesel PR30C-LoNOx locomotive being
tested in intermediate line haul service has successfully achieved more than
500 operational hours. The locomotive — powered by a 3516 Caterpillar engine
— has been retrofitted with a state-of-the-art after-treatment system, making
it one of the cleanest locomotives operating in the United States.

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UP ensures heroism will live on






There was something poetic
about the pouring rain when Union Pacific and Iowa state officials gathered Oct.
1 to dedicate the new Kate Shelley Bridge across the Des Moines River west of
Boone, Iowa, The Omaha World Herald reports. It was, of course, a stormy night
when the young teenager crawled across a rickety bridge in the dark and rain to
stop a train filled with hundreds of passengers from plunging into a creek. That
was 1881.

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Amtrak chooses St. Augustine, Fla., site for terminal






Passenger-rail giant Amtrak
has selected a site at the end of Malaga Street, across U.S. 1 and north and
west of the Main Fire Station in St. Augustine, Fla., as the site where a new
railroad passenger terminal should be built, local media report.

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RailComm DOC® Yard Automation System in production at CSXT Tilford






 

RailComm has provided a
wireless remote control yard system at CSX Transportation’s Tilford Yard in
Atlanta, Ga. The RailComm Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) System
remotely controls 17 GETS HydraSwitch machines and a crossing gate. RailComm’s
DOC® system is configured to control all switches individually as
well as provide eNtrance eXit (NX) routing functionality.