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KCS, LADOTD improve public safety at crossings






On October 7, 2009, The
Kansas City Southern Railway Company will close the Booth Street crossing in
Monroe, La. This crossing closure is part of a five-year, multi-million dollar
corridor project agreement between KCS and the Louisiana Department of
Transportation and Development to improve public safety at grade crossings
across Louisiana and in Monroe.

 

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Neighborhood, railroad find compromise for communications tower






Good towers make good
neighbors, the Palm Beach, Fla., Post reports. Neighborhood opposition was
sparked when Florida East Coast Railway said it planned a 200-foot-tall
communications tower – twice as high as the Jupiter Lighthouse – just west of
the tracks off the Loxahatchee River.

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All are on board train, but not DM&E railroad plan






Consider it a
housewarming party of sorts. The Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
showed off a newly rebuilt, 30-mile stretch of line to Rochester-area
government officials , according to the Rochester, Minn.,  Post-Bulletin. And
what better way to see the new tracks than from the upholstered comfort of one
of DM&E’s Pullman passenger cars?

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Skelton to provide special trackwork for Portland light rail






HJ Skelton (Canada) Ltd. was
award a contact from Stacey & Witbeck for the supply of all the special
trackwork and associated switch machines for the Portland Streetcar Loop
Extension. Encompassing a total of 3.3 miles and serving the Eastern half of
Portland Central City, this extension will utilize a combination of Ri59/59R1
and the low profile R152/51R1, rail sections.

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L.A. Gold Line light rail begins pre-revenue service October






Beginning October
4, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will reach
another milestone as it begins the pre-revenue testing phase before the opening
of the six-mile extension of the Metro Gold Line to East Los Angeles, which is
expected this fall.

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CTA: New stop expected to open in 2011 in West Loop






Residents, commuters and
businesses in Chicago’s West Loop, which has undergone a transformation from
primarily a manufacturing district 15 years ago to a vibrant neighborhood with
condos, town homes, arty shops and hip bars, are looking forward to a new
elevated train station, the Chicago Tribune reports. Allyson Holleb, owner of a
handbag shop near the proposed Chicago Transit Authority station at Lake and
Morgan Streets, hopes it will bring even more people to the neighborhood.
Construction could be a nightmare, she said, but it would be worth it to get a
station.

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Joint venture wins New York tunneling project

A $659-million railway-tunneling
contract has been won by a joint venture comprised of Granite Construction
Northeast, Traylor Bros. and Frontier-Kemper Constructors, according to International
Construction.

The contract was awarded
by New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Capital Construction
company and involves building the Queens bored tunnels and structures for Long
Island Rail Road’s East Side Access project in New York.

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Inaugural intercity train to stop in Manassas, Va.






An inaugural train set to
usher in new intercity rail service in Virginia will stop Sept. 30 in Manassas,
local media report. The train, billed as taking a whistle stop tour, will leave
Washington’s Union Station at 8:30 a.m. bound for Lynchburg. It is scheduled to
arrive in Old Town Manassas at 11:40 a.m.