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Whether trains or buses will roll along the abandoned North Shore Rail right-of-way on Staten Island will be decided in the coming months, after the MTA said it has hired a consultant to evaluate the options, the Website reports. SYSTRA Engineering, Inc., was chosen to conduct the study at a cost of just under $1.5 million. The company has done previous work on the North Shore Rail and West Shore Light Rail projects.

SkyTrain, operated by the BC Rapid Transit Company Ltd., is being recognized as ‘Best Organization' at the Fifth Annual Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Public Safety - BC's highest safety honor.

A 500-yard-long logjam on the San Antonio River at the Victoria-Refugio county line in Texas has been removed, and water is now flowing downstream, Raquel Espinoza-Williams, a spokeswoman for Union Pacific, said, according to the Victoria Advocate. Union Pacific, which owns the bridge where the logjam occurred, had started cleanup earlier this month, when the problem arose because of heavy rainfall.

Thales has selected BelAir Networks for both onboard and trackside Wi-Fi infrastructure for mass transit deployments, including the Bergen Light Rail project in Norway. BelAir Networks is the global market share leader in mesh Wi-Fi for the last eight quarters and is the Wi-Fi equipment provider to North America's largest Wi-Fi networks. The new Bergen Light Rail project, which will serve 380,000 citizens in Norway's second largest city, is slated to launch in 2010.

Robert W. Turner, senior vice president for corporate relations for the Union Pacific in Omaha, said significant improvements are planned for the local rail line, according to The Mason City, Iowa, Globe Gazette. Turner accompanied Gov. Chet Culver Oct 20 on the Iowa Unlimited visit to Mason City and Manly.

Tennessee is seeking $81.2 million as part of a coalition of states applying for $300 million in federal stimulus funds to make railroad upgrades linked to development of intermodal rail terminals, where trailers and containers are transferred between trucks and trains, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Although the coalition's application for stimulus money is based on reducing truck traffic along Interstate 81, whose southern terminus is in Jefferson County, Tennessee would spend its entire share on an intermodal facility being built near Memphis, some 400 miles from I-81.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's efforts to fast-track the long-stalled Westside subway faced a challenge (Oct. 20) when a bipartisan group of congressional representatives said the current plan is unlikely to bring immediate federal funding to L.A. County, The Los Angeles Times reports.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood talked Oct. 20 at Knox College n Galesburg, Ill., about the role of transportation in helping the local, state and national economy recover, according to The Galesburg Register-Mail. LaHood said all indicators show the country is coming out of the recession, but it won't be over until unemployment numbers drop.

MTA Long Island Rail Road Ronkonkoma customers now have 110 new parking spaces available to them thanks to the completion of the first half of a new lot located on the northeast side of the station. Work on this western half of the lot began last May.

He is one of the exemplary ambassadors of the rebranding Nigeria campaign in diaspora, the Daily Champion in Nigeria reports. A man who has made immense contribution to the development of modern railways in the world, he is one of the exemplary ambassadors of the rebranding Nigeria campaign in diaspora.

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