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BNSF Railway Company announced a planned 2010 capital commitment program of $2.4 billion, which is expected to be approximately $240 million lower than 2009 due to fewer expected locomotive acquisitions in 2010. BNSF currently expects to spend about $2.1 billion for track, signal systems, structures, and freight cars, and to upgrade technologies, including the unfunded mandate for positive train control. The Company also anticipates acquiring approximately 170 locomotives at a cost of about $320 million. 

An Alaska Railroad bridge crew will complete a new pedestrian bridge connected to the outside of the new bridge that was constructed in 2007/2008 over Billion Slough at Alaska Railroad milepost 227.9. This federally funded project includes construction of a new pedestrian walkway to replace the existing Chase Trail Bridge nearby.

There will be no train service along the Long Beach Branch January 23-24 and January 30-31 due to the installation of two new MTA Long Island Rail Road bridges over Powell Creek and Hog Island Channel. Buses will serve LIRR customers between Long Beach and Valley Stream on both weekends. Regular weekday train service will not be affected by the project.

BART has received the Federal Transit Administration's letter asking for further analysis of the Oakland Airport Connector project's impact on minority communities under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Over the past decade, BART has diligently worked with the FTA to meet all its requirements and as a result, the FTA has consistently signed off on every aspect of the Oakland Airport Connector (OAC). In fact, as recently as December, the FTA informed BART it had approved the project for what's called "pre-award authority" to continue advancing the project. It also invited BART to complete the steps to secure award of $25 million in federal New Starts funding and award of $70 million in Stimulus funds. At the time, there was no mention that additional documentation was needed.

Throughout the President's Day Holiday weekend, Metro in the District of Columbia area will close the Rosslyn Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange Lines and the Arlington Cemetery Metrorail station on the Blue Line from 10 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12 to closing, Monday, Feb. 15, while it undertakes a major track rehabilitation project. Normal service will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 5 a.m. 

David K. Maas, P.E., assistant vice president, will lead TranSystems' consulting services to support rail industry clients with the implementation of Positive Train Control. He will direct program management and technical support services including GIS mapping and track database management services involving data capture, data extraction and data validation services for track database systems to support PTC implementation; program management services for commercial power installation applications for wayside equipment; and related technical assistance and consulting services to support the rail industry in the implementation of Positive Train Control.

Hampton Roads, Va., Transit welcomed the call for a public audit of the light rail project as a significant step toward ensuring accountability of The Tide's management and oversight, the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot reports.

It's unlikely the SMART rail line linking Sonoma and Marin, Calif., counties will be finished by 2014 as promised to voters because the agency running the train project is wrestling with a $155-million shortfall brought on by a stumbling economy, the Contra Costa Times reports.

Continuing talks on making the area more environmentally friendly focused Tuesday night on expanding the use of trains, buses and bicycles countywide, according to the Elgin Courier News, The Elgin, Ill., Community Network hosted a discussion at Gail Borden Public Library that looked at the future of transportation in the area. Among those attending were representatives from Metra, Kane County Division of Transportation and Schaumburg-based engineering firm TranSystems, the company contracted to draft the city's Bikeway Master Plan.

Property owners in Whitefish's Railroad District and east of the middle school received good news last week - lab results from 25 soil-borings revealed little or no contamination from underground diesel fuel plumes originating in the BNSF Superfund site, the Whitefish Pilot reports.

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