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Editorial: Americans are building their future






(The following editorial
appeared on the
Charleston Daily Mail Website.)

Americans have read a lot
of negative news in the past few years about the economy of the nation they love.
It would be easy to become discouraged and pessimistic.

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LA Metro Gold Line Extension designed/built to operate safely






An independent panel of
rail transit safety experts has concluded that the new Metro Gold Line to East
Los Angeles has been designed and built to operate safely. The report comes as
Metro continues testing trains and training operators for service, which is
expected to begin this fall on an extension of the Metro Gold Line, which now
connects downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena.

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Frankfort, Ill., residents back quiet zone plan






The village and Robert E.
Hamilton Consulting Engineers recently hosted an open house for the public to
review information concerning the designation of a "quiet zone" along
the Canadian National Railway tracks in Frankfort, Ill., according to the Joliet
Herald New
s.

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FRA fast-tracking HSR grant program

Citing a overwhelming number of applications, the Federal Railroad Administration has made a change to the ARRA (American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) high speed rail grant program,
announcing that it expects to award grants this winter,
rather than in several rounds.

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Advance look at BNSF’s expanded Memphis intermodal facility






BNSF opened its Memphis
Intermodal Facility for an advance look by members of its customer advisory
board. The more than $200-million expansion is in its final phases of work.
When fully operational in 2010, the expanded facility will have double the
capacity, reduce emissions and improve air quality. The BNSF Memphis Intermodal
Facility spans 185 acres and will have the capacity to handle one million lifts
per year at full build out. 

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L. B. Foster lands Pittsburgh light rail contract






L.B. Foster Co.
has won a $2.7-million contract to supply rail fasteners, trackwork and new
rail to the Allegheny County Port Authority Light Rail System’s 1.2-mile North
Shore Connector. Then new light rail corridor will travel in two bored tunnels
beneath the Allegheny River to connect Pittsburgh’s city center (Gateway Subway
Station) with North Shore neighborhoods.

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Crews enlarge tunnels for taller trains






Opening a new rail gateway
for double-stacked containers is taking place across southern West Virginia 20
grueling feet at a time, according to the Charleston Daily Mail. Every weekday,
Norfolk Southern shuts down a portion of its main line between the East Coast
and the Midwest so crews can raise the roofs in the line’s tunnels.

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Lahood warns: ‘Get behind SunRail’






U.S. Transportation
Secretary Ray LaHood had a simple message for the Florida Senate: Get behind
the planned SunRail commuter train in Central Florida, or forget about the
state winning $2.5 billion in federal money for a high-speed train linking
Orlando with Tampa, the Orlando Sentinel reports.