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Progress Rail expands Illinois facility






Progress Rail Services’ Galesburg,
Ill., facility is now rail served. The 11-acre facility, which primarily is
used for processed scrap metal, will now have the ability to receive railcars
for dismantling as well as ship prepared scrap by rail on BNSF, according to Recycling
Today
. Progress is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc.

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Mayor Daley, CTA celebrate completion of Brown Line project






Mayor Richard M. Daley,
Chicago Transit Board Chairman Terry Peterson and Chicago Transit Authority
President Richard L. Rodriguez joined federal, state and city officials Jan. 9 at
the Fullerton rail station for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the
completion of 18 station renovations as part of the CTA’s $530-million Brown
Line Capacity Expansion Project.

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SF Muni gets FRA OK for Central Subway to begin final design






The Federal Transit
Administration has granted the San Francisco Muni approval to enter into Final
Design for the Central Subway Project, which is Phase II of the Third Street
Light Rail Project that will connect communities from Visitacion Valley to
Chinatown with modern, convenient light rail. The Third Street Light Rail
project represents the most significant investment in the expansion of the Muni
system in generations.

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Art, architecture unveiled at the new MTA LIRR Atlantic Terminal






The Metropolitan
Transportation Authority opened the new Long Island Rail Road Atlantic Terminal
in downtown Brooklyn, improving the experience of travel for thousands of
commuters each day in a majestic pavilion that features an artist/architect
collaboration in a soaring, light-filled atrium.

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Portec Rail Products, Inc., breakthrough in China






Portec
Rail Products, Inc., said that it has increased its expansion into China as the
company recently received new customer orders for its Fault Detection and
Friction Management product groups from China. Portec Rail has had a steadily
growing
presence in China for its Friction Management
products, and has now penetrated the Chinese market with its Fault Detection product
group.

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Rep. Garamendi tours BART to see stimulus money in action






East Bay Congressman John
Garamendi (D.Calif.) toured BART to see how a new construction project, using
$13 million in federal stimulus money, is putting thousands of people to work
and will ultimately provide more seating, more trains and improved on-time
performance for BART commuters riding between Pleasant Hill, Oakland and San
Francisco.

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Amtrak ready with big plans for 2010






Amtrak
says it is ready for an exciting 2010 with major projects and new initiatives
that will benefit passengers, increase service, rebuild infrastructure, and put
America’s railroad at the center of intercity and high-speed passenger rail
development and expansion.

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Norfolk transit chief faces board






When Hampton Roads
Transit’s board meets in special session Jan. 11 to discuss the future of
embattled President Michael Townes, the members cannot immediately fire him, The
Virginian-Pilot
reports. Townes’ contract requires that he be given 30 days
notice of a vote to terminate his employment. That notice was given Dec. 28,
when four board members wrote him demanding that he resign or they would
introduce a resolution to dismiss him at the Jan. 28 board meeting.

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Automatic Train Stop for Denver transit






Denver’s Regional Transportation
District — in the wake of a fatal commuter rail crash in Los Angeles — is
installing $3 million in safety technology, The Denver Post reports. The Automatic
Train Stop technology, or ATS, is designed to prevent trains from going through
a red signal, the cause of the 2008 Los Angeles accident in which 25 people
were killed.

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Burlington, Iowa, railroad bridge work hits snag






The very foundation of the
Burlington, Iowa, railroad bridge project over the Mississippi River may have
to be shifted before significant work can continue on-site for increasing the navigation
channel by constructing a lift-span, the Burlington Hawkeye reports. In
drilling foundations for a new pier on the east side of the span to support the
new lift-span, contractors encountered large rocks and sheet metal that
prevented them from finding bedrock and securing the foundations.