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State review backs Railroad District testing






Montana state officials
have accepted the results of a study sponsored by the city of Whitefish of an
underground diesel plume caused by spills at BNSF’s locomotive fueling station
in Whitefish, a Superfund site, the Whitefish Pilot reports. Using $50,000 in
state grant money obtained by the city, Roger Noble and Applied Water
Consulting, of Kalispell, investigated the extent of the contamination in
Whitefish’s Railway District and a neighborhood east of the middle school.

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St. Louis Metro to host event for National Clean Air Day






St. Louis 
Metro and the
Sierra Club, along with the American Lung Association in Missouri, Sisters of
St. Joseph of Carondelet and other clean air advocates, will participate in a
National Clean Air Day event at the Civic Center MetroLink Station March 16.
Participants will distribute "I Heart Clean Air" postcards and a sweet treat as
a "thank you" to Metro riders for helping to keep the air clean by choosing
transit.
 


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Maine governor outlines $79-milion bond package for transportation






Maine
Gov. John Baldacci provided the details of a $79-million bond proposal that includes
money to save northern Maine’s last major rail line and to fund transportation
projects across the state, the Bangor Daily News reports. Pitching the bond package as a type of stimulus
measure, Baldacci said the additional state borrowing would create or protect
thousands of jobs in the state while investing in much-needed highway and
infrastructure projects.

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Colo adds three new locations






Colo Railroad Builders, a leading provider of railroad
construction and maintenance services to shortline and Class 1 railroads, has
added three new offices, one in Kansas and two in Texas.

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Parsons Brinckerhoff marks 125th anniversary






Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB)
is celebrating its 125th year as a New York City-based international
engineering giant. In 1885, William Barclay Parsons established a consulting
engineering practice at 22 William Street in Lower Manhattan. Since then, PB
has continued to play leading roles on transportation, power, buildings, and
environmental projects throughout the world. Today, the firm is a strategic
consulting, planning, engineering and program/construction management
organization with approximately 14,000 employees in 150 offices on six
continents.

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Heavy construction starts in August on Robert St. for Twin Cities LRT






Shovels
will start digging for the Central Corridor LRT line in August east of the
Capitol where work will begin on Robert and 12th streets north of Interstate
94, the Central Corridor Project Office said today. Utility relocations in this
area will be done concurrently with LRT construction.

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Austin, Texas, Capital MetroRail to begin service March 22






On March 22, Central Texans
will have a new way to commute as Capital Metro opens its passenger rail line,
Capital MetroRail. Capital Metro said that it will begin passenger service on
the 32-mile Red Line from Leander to Downtown Austin and will offer free fares
the first week of service. There will be nine trips in the morning (six
southbound and three northbound trips) and 10 trips in the afternoon (six northbound
and four southbound trips). The first train will leave Leander Station at 5:25
a.m.

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New York City Transit 7 Line weekend work completed ahead of schedule






Fulfilling a commitment
to the Long Island City community to end back-riding and shuttle bus service in
as short a period as possible, MTA New York City Transit completed a series of
weekend rehabilitation projects, including major track replacement work on the
Davis Street Curve of the 7 Line. These jobs were completed three weekends
ahead of the projected schedule.

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Newburgh-Beacon Ferry resumes operations






The Newburgh-Beacon Ferry
is resuming normal operations March 10, 2010. Ferry service was suspended
January 4 due to heavy icing in the Hudson River. Ice floes subsequently
damaged the floating dock in Newburgh, N.Y. All repairs have now been
completed.