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N.J. to N.Y. rail project could gain from national gasoline-tax boost

Drivers may have to pay
more at the pump so train riders can have an easier commute into New York City –
as well as improved highways and repaired bridges, the Newark, N.J., Star
Ledger
reports. But they likely won’t have New Jersey to blame for raising
taxes on gasoline.

 

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Tinley Park studng new 80th Avenue Metra station design






Rebuilding Metra’s fourth
busiest stop, the 80th Avenue station in tinley Park, Ill.,, has been near the top of that suburb’s wish list for years, according to the Chicago Tribune. More than $7 million in
Metra, federal, state and local funding was budgeted for the station overhaul,
and Tinley Park officials had a host of things they wanted done.

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Connector track promises fewer train delays






Greenville, N.C.,
officials will break ground on a railway connector track Nov. 30 that should
relieve the majority of traffic backups caused by the railroad switching
station, The Daily Reflector reports.  Vehicles are held up as often as three times daily on
Arlington Boulevard, 14th and Evans streets while trains change direction in
that area.

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Freight trains will stop for cars






Unlike a normal railroad
grade crossing, at which cars must stop to let trains go by, the one proposed
for the rail spur leading into the Calverton Enterprise Park would be just the
opposite, the Riverhead, N.Y., Times Review reports. A freight train using the
spur would come to a complete stop prior to crossing River Road, a conductor
would get off and check for any cars, and would then signal the train to cross
the street.

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Watco’s Boise Valley Railroad begins operations






Watco
Transportation Services, Inc., began operations of a new railroad, the Boise
Valley Railroad on November 23. Additional manpower and locomotive resources
were on hand to provide effective first day service on both the 11-mile Wilder
Branch and the 25-mile Boise Cut-off. Each job left the yard with more than 40
railcars.

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UP opens Donner Pass Tunnel to double-stack traffic






Union Pacific opened its
Donner Pass route to domestic double-stack intermodal container freight traffic
Nov. 19, marking the completion of a 12-month project designed to move customer
products over a shorter, faster and more efficient route.

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Moffitt thankful he could help BNSF






Illinois State Rep. Don
Moffitt called Galesburg, Ill., "the crossroads of America," while delivering
the keynote address at the 31st annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon,
according to The Register-Mail. Moffitt spoke of things for which he was
thankful. Topping the list was a vision to help BNSF as the foundation of
economic development in Galesburg.



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Tri-Rail fund shortfall could end soon






A special lawmaking session
on high-speed and commuter rail inched closer as legislative leaders and the
governor said they are ready to tap surplus money in the transportation budget
rather than raise taxes on rental cars to help pay for the transit projects,
the Miami Herald reports. The surplus money — about $76 million over the next
two years — should be enough to help fill a hole in South Florida’s Tri-Rail
system.

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DART makes list of world’s top projects






Dallas Area Rapid
Transit’s light rail expansion is being recognized as one of the Top 100 Global
Infrastructure Projects, compiled by the Washington, D.C., consulting firm CG/LA
Infrastructure LLC.