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The low bidder to build the first phase of the New Haven rail yard submitted a $125 million bid to do the job, well below the $291 million the state expected to budget to complete the facility, according to the state Department of Transportation, The Connecticut Post reports.


Amtrak is using $25 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to replace transformers and other electrical equipment - some of which date to before World War II - at 40 substations that deliver the power needed to propel passenger trains on the electrified tracks between New York and Washington, D.C.

Auto Truck Group has partnered with two leading CNG conversion companies to convert Ford and GM work trucks to operate on CNG (Compressed Natural gas). Their Fort Wayne Fleet and Louisville Truck Equipment locations now offer CNG conversions for work trucks. Some market segments would include municipalities, fleets, and utilities.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, has acquired gINT Software. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, Calif., gINT Software has been a leader in geotechnical and geoenvironmental products since its founding in 1986. The company's newest product, gINT Enterprise, maximizes the value of centrally managed subsurface data through multi-project reporting and dramatically extended querying power. Offering a powerful and efficient solution for transportation operations, engineering consultancies, plants, campuses, and state and federal agencies with vast quantities of geotechnical data, gINT Enterprise facilitates the valuable reuse of subsurface mapping information to better serve civil, structural, geotechnical, and environmental information processes for owner-operators.

 Expanded cell phone service is now available in 20 of Metro's busiest underground stations. As of 5:30 a.m. October 16, Metrorail riders are able to use three major cell phone providers in addition to the existing Verizon Wireless service to make calls from 20 station platforms. Eventually, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile services will be available from anywhere inside the stations.


The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will hold two community meetings/open houses Tuesday, October 20 and Thursday, October 22 in Montebello and Pico Rivera to update the public on transit alternatives being recommended to the Metro Board of Directors for the environmental phase of the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Project.

The Fort Worth Transportation Authority has agreed to pay up to $1.5 million toward construction of a Union Pacific bridge over the Fort Worth & Western Railroad to ensure that the structure is long enough to fit not only the usual freight train traffic west of downtown but also a future commuter rail line, according to The Star-Telegram.

After allegedly failing to follow environmental regulations for a construction site in Ayer, Mass., Pan Am Railways was found to be in compliance at a Suffolk Superior Court hearing, the Worcester Telegram reports.

BART conducted an unannounced earthquake drill at 10:15 a.m. Oct. 16 in conjunction with a statewide exercise called the Great California ShakeOut. For BART, the Great California ShakeOut meant the Operations Control Center ordered trains to stop and hold position. Once trains were stopped, an announcement was made to inform passengers of the drill and then trains continued to their destinations. BART System Safety staff observed and evaluated the earthquake response in the OCC and will compare notes with OCC managers.

The South Shore railroad is alerting passengers to the last in a series of planned temporary weekend construction outages. The fifth and final 2009 weekend outages is scheduled for October 31-November 2. South Shore trains will not operate in either direction between South Bend and Gary Metro Center beginning 2:30 a.m. October 31 thru 3:00 a.m. November 2.

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