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Flagstaff officials finally will be able to silence train horns at the city's five at-grade railroad crossings in coming months, the Arizona Sun reports. The Arizona Corporation Commission voted unanimously this afternoon to allow the city and BNSF to begin installation of safety equipment at each of the crossings.

Unit Rail, the rail fastening division of Amsted Rail, has acquired Advanced Track Products. ATP is a leading provider of fasteners in the transit rail market.

Service on the Red Line near the Fort Totten Metrorail station has returned to normal after a fatal train collision in June, which resulted in slower Metrorail service along the Red Line in the Washington, D.C., area.

As part of developing his budget recommendations for 2010, Chicago Transit Authority President Richard L. Rodriguez has announced a series of internal cost cutting measures and efficiencies aimed at reducing a projected $300-million revenue shortfall that has resulted from lower than expected tax revenues.


The more than 60 people who attended a meeting to discuss the development of the Maine Rail Plan told state officials that the most pressing statewide and regional rail issue facing them is the fear that Aroostook County may lose vital railroad track in the near future, according to the Bangor Daily News. The crowd gathered at the University of Maine at Presque Isle to take advantage of the only opportunity for county residents to weigh in on the immediate future of Maine railroads.

The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded a $6-million Economic Development Administration grant to JAXPORT in Jacksonville, Fla., to help improve the Blount Island Marine Terminal railroad system. The grant will be used to rebuild existing track and rail ties, allowing JAXPORT to enhance its global competitiveness and continue to create and retain private sector jobs.

The Seattle City Council approved a deal with Sound Transit for a line to connect the downtown transit tunnel from the International District to the light rail station at Capitol Hill, which is now under construction.

A year after Congress told federal regulators to issue $20 million in grants to help short line railroads recover from storm damages, the Federal Railroad Administration is ready to make the final $5 million of those funds available, the Journal of Commerce reported.

The new Caltrain Mission Bay crossing in San Francisco opened Oct. 7. The crossing will provide access to Mission Bay residential neighborhoods and eventually, to the UCSF Mission Bay campus from the west side of The City. The grade crossing is wider than most because it crosses three tracks instead of the usual two tracks. There is a pedestrian crossing on the south side of the grade crossing that includes safety gates with emergency swing gates, tactile warning strips, sidewalks and pavement markings. There is no pedestrian crossing on the north side of grade crossing.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will hold five community meetings in October and November to discuss potential subway stations for the Westside Subway Extension project.

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