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Norfolk Southern has launched a new Website focusing on the benefits of its corridor and public-private partnership projects. The Web site, <>, describes projects to increase rail freight transportation capacity and improve mobility and the environment. Information is provided for projects in Alabama, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, where governors Riley, Barbour, Rendell, Bredesen, Kaine and Manchin are leaders in supporting transportation solutions.

The National Gateway coalition has been honored as "Competitiveness Project of the Year" by the North American Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum, a leading infrastructure identification and development group. The award recognizes the National Gateway as the "project that contributes most to the [North American] region's capacity for global competitiveness."

At the public's first opportunity to weigh in on the immediate future of Maine railroads, the message was clear: Make them work for Maine businesses, the Bangor Daily News reports. About 25 people from railroads, economic development groups and government agencies gathered in Bangor to discuss the development of the Maine Rail Plan. The state has hired consulting firm HNTB Corp. to formulate a blueprint for improving rail access in Maine, for both freight and passengers.

Work on Caltrain's Grade Crossing Improvement Program, which will enhance safety at 25 grade crossings in San Mateo County, continues at Broadway and Oak Grove Avenue in Burlingame. The work will take place from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. Throughout the project area, at least one lane of the impacted street will remain open.

RailComm, a leading provider of software-based train control and railroad/passenger rail management information systems, has been ranked by Inc. magazine's Inc. 5,000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. RailComm was recognized based on its revenue growth of 208.2 percent from 2005 to 2008 and ranked 1,528 on the overall list. RailComm was also ranked 93rd amongst the top software development companies. This is RailComm's third year in a row to be recognized on the Inc. 5,000 list. 

The Iowa Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Transportation, is seeking public input concerning the environmental assessment of proposed routes for intercity passenger rail service between Iowa City and Chicago. Released for public review on Sept. 25, the EA will be presented and discussed at a public input meeting Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Moline, Ill.

The federal Surface Transportation Board has completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Alaska Railroad Corporation application to construct and operate a rail line between North Pole and Delta Junction. Known as the Northern Rail Extension, the project would offer safe freight and passenger rail service to communities southeast of North Pole; support agricultural, mining and petrochemical industries; and provide year-round reliable access to military training areas.

The St. Louis Metro's Board Chairman, Jeffrey Watson, said that the Board of Commissioners reached an agreement with Bob Baer to become the Agency's permanent chief executive.

The U.S. Department of Transportation received nearly 1,400 applications from all 50 states, territories and the District of Columbia vying for a share of $1.5 billion the department will award for innovative transportation projects that show significant economic and environmental promise for the nation, a region, or metropolitan area, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.

Canadian Pacific Railway has been quietly advancing plans for a new $400-million rail tunnel under the Detroit River and will probably start digging two years from now, the Canwest News Service reports. A construction permit for the tunnel has already been issued in the U.S., sources said, but the environmental assessment process has just begun on the Canadian side and will take up to 18 months.

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