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IBM said the Long Island Rail Road will deploy IBM Maximo software to manage and maintain approximately 1,180 rail cars, locomotives and their associated components to improve operations and passenger safety. As part of a project, expected to be completed in 2012, IBM will assist the LIRR in expanding its asset management system to include facilities, bridges, tunnels and linear assets such as rail.

Various construction crews are working on the last 13 miles of railroad track in the New Mexico Rail Runner Express corridor replacing the train's current system of signals with a new Centralized Traffic Control System. The CTC will assist train dispatchers in moving trains more efficiently, thus enhancing the safety of the corridor while also improving on-time performance for the New Mexico Rail Runner Express.

A rail project set to start construction In November will let the Port of Vancouver better handle long trains and reduce delays as it loads and unloads cargo, port officials say. The Terminal 5 project, currently out to bid, will add nearly seven miles of track on recently acquired port property, the Daily Journal of Commerce reports.

Los Angeles Metro will hold five community meetings in October to update the community on the findings of the Alternative Analysis Study for the Harbor Subdivision Transit Corridor. The study, launched in September 2008, is examining potential transit service along the Metro-owned Harbor Subdivision.

WVCO Railroad Division has recently earned praise in the UK. The company's best selling product, SpikeFast, won first place in the "Change Challenge Cup," a competition put on by Platform magazine.

(The following editorial appeared on the Charleston Daily Mail Website.)

Americans have read a lot of negative news in the past few years about the economy of the nation they love. It would be easy to become discouraged and pessimistic.

An independent panel of rail transit safety experts has concluded that the new Metro Gold Line to East Los Angeles has been designed and built to operate safely. The report comes as Metro continues testing trains and training operators for service, which is expected to begin this fall on an extension of the Metro Gold Line, which now connects downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena.

The village and Robert E. Hamilton Consulting Engineers recently hosted an open house for the public to review information concerning the designation of a "quiet zone" along the Canadian National Railway tracks in Frankfort, Ill., according to the Joliet Herald News.

Citing a overwhelming number of applications, the Federal Railroad Administration has made a change to the ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) high speed rail grant program, announcing that it expects to award grants this winter, rather than in several rounds.

BNSF opened its Memphis Intermodal Facility for an advance look by members of its customer advisory board. The more than $200-million expansion is in its final phases of work. When fully operational in 2010, the expanded facility will have double the capacity, reduce emissions and improve air quality. The BNSF Memphis Intermodal Facility spans 185 acres and will have the capacity to handle one million lifts per year at full build out. 

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