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Continuing its initiatives to maintain world-class facilities while improving air quality at the Port of New York and New Jersey, the Port Authority said that two major components of the Port of New York and New Jersey's $600 million ExpressRail project have been completed. The projects will allow 1.3 million cargo containers to be shipped by rail, taking approximately three million trucks off state and local roads.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted to spend $28.1 billion to improve transit infrastructure in the region, including the tackling of major projects on the Long Island Rail Road, Newsday reported. At a Manhattan meeting, the board voted to adopt the MTA's proposed five-year capital program, which would fund large transit projects from 2010 to 2014. The proposed budget still requires approval from the four voting members of the state's MTA Capital Program Review board.

Ft. Worth City Council members wrapped up a complicated deal with Union Pacific that will allow construction of an overpass for the Southwest Parkway over the Davidson Rail Yard along West Vickery Boulevard, according to The Star-Telegram.

"On September 22, the National Transportation Safety Board made safety recommendations to officials at Metro, the Federal Transit Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration and Alstom Signaling, Inc., but the federal safety oversight agency still was not able to point to a cause of Metro's June 22 accident. 

Pan Am Southern railroad, which wants to build an intermodal yard in the area, showed the town planning board and residents how it plans to deal with noise and traffic concerns at a meeting at Halfmoon, N.Y., town hall, local newspapers report.

BNSF officials were cautiously optimistic about the future at a special forum on the railroad industry at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Ill., The Register-Mail reported. Plans to build a diesel repair shop, a third main track in the BNSF's classification yard in Galesburg and storage tracks that allow freight trains that are being made up to be moved aside to allow other traffic through, could lead to the creation of more jobs once the economy rebounds, the officials said.

LRT and Northstar system testing continue. Painting and striping of the streets in the project area was completed. Punchlist work is ongoing at the Northstar and LRT stations. Punchlist work continues at the suburban stations.

Mass. Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray said that the Commonwealth's comprehensive multi-year rail transportation agreement with CSX Transportation, the national freight carrier serving Massachusetts, has been finalized. Lieutenant Governor Murray, who has been working on this agreement since he was Mayor of Worcester, led the negotiations for this agreement on behalf of the administration with critical support from the Governor, Senator John Kerry and Congressman Jim McGovern. Many of the agreement's major elements were resolved last year; however, the long-standing debate concerning liability remained unresolved.


Work has begun to replace BNSF Railway's 118-year-old swing span over the Mississippi River at Burlington, Iowa, with a modern lift span that will increase the river channel width from 150 feet to 307 feet 6 inches. The $70-million project is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2011.

CN reached a voluntary mitigation agreement with the Village of Park Forest, Ill., located approximately 30 miles south of downtown Chicago, addressing the municipality's environmental issues with CN's acquisition of the principal lines of the former Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Company. CN completed the acquisition on Jan. 31, 2009, and is running trains over the line. Under the agreement, CN will provide funding for a range of measures, including traffic improvements and rail noise mitigation, quiet zones and fencing.

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