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Residents unanimously called for officials and Pan Am Southern Railroad to explore creative alternatives to avoid the imminent paving of 25 acres on top of a Zone 3 aquifer for Littleton at a July 29 meeting, according to the Littleton Mass., Independent.
When it begins service on August 17, SkyTrain's newest line will bring rapid rail service to Metro Vancouver's busiest north-south corridor, linking Downtown to Richmond and Vancouver International Airport. The Line will connect people to dozens of local destinations—and a whole world of travel possibilities beyond.


”I would like to clarify and correct some information contained in a Washington Post article entitled “Metro Safety System Failed in Near Miss Before June Crash.” However before doing so, I want to assure the public that our Metrorail system is safe and to let you know that I personally continue to use it regularly,” said Alexa Dupigny-Samuels, chief safety officer for the Washington, D.C., Metro.
More than roads are buckling under the extreme heat. Iowa's railroad tracks also are susceptible to the high temperatures, and this is keeping railroad crews and Iowa Department of Transportation track inspectors busy, the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reports.


Years of planning a second major rail facility in Franklin County will go public next week when Norfolk Southern unveils plans for building near Exit 3 of Interstate 81 in Antrim Township, a company spokesman said Friday, according to local newspapers


Jim Coston is betting that the billions of federal dollars aimed at a high-speed rail system could reassert Chicago's place as the nation's rail center — and jump-start his attempt to resurrect a business that flourished here a century ago: building passenger rail cars Crain’s Chicago Business reports.


ARINC is helping Washington Metro officials design a new system to avoid rail collisions just weeks after a deadly train crash near the Maryland state line, according to The Capitol in Annapolis, Md. Officials from the Parole-based company said they are providing expertise as its workers develop technologies to position the company as a frontrunner in helping trains everywhere run more safely. That's in response to a federal mandate requiring rail operators to upgrade their systems to help prevent collisions and deaths of railway workers by 2015.
At the downtown Minneapolis LRT Connection for the Northstar commuter railroad, crews finished glass installation at the LRT platforms. Communications system testing and programming finished at both the LRT and Northstar stations. Crews began installation of the handrail on the LRT platform. The overhead catenary system wires are now live.
Knoxville, Tenn., mayor defends NS confidentiality agreement


It has caused him no end of political heat, but Jefferson County Mayor Alan Palmieri says that signing a confidentiality agreement with Norfolk Southern was the right thing to do, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel. He doesn't regret it and says he would do it again. While some residents who have concerns about Norfolk Southern's plans for an intermodal facility fear that the agreement cloaks behind-doors dealings, Palmieri denies this is the case.

The historic train depot at West Fifth and Orange streets in Chico, Calif., will see a pair of improvements due to federal and local projects, the Chico Enterprise Record reports.

Amtrak will use $509,000 in federal stimulus dollars to build a 550-foot concrete platform along the railroad tracks. The city of Chico is planning to use up to $150,000 in city transportation funds to rebuild the wooden deck that runs around the northern part of the depot building.


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