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Rail service between the Blue Line's Western/Milwaukee and Washington stations temporarily will be suspended from 10 p.m. Friday, August 28 until 4 a.m. Monday, August 31 as work continues in the Dearborn subway to reduce slow zones. In addition, a single track will be in effect between the UIC-Halsted and LaSalle stations from midnight until 2 a.m. on Monday, August 31.  Eastbound customers at the UIC-Halsted, Clinton and LaSalle stations must board and exit trains from the westbound side of the platform.

The Federal Transit Administration released $64.5 million in federal stimulus funds to Miami-Dade Transit for Metrorail and Metromover facility upgrades, the purchase of hybrid buses and other significant infrastructure projects for the transit system.

The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered BNSF to begin removing contaminated sediments in the upper reach of the Whitefish River by Sept. 25, the Whitefish Pilot reports. The order follows a finding that the company is responsible for the river contamination under the Oil Pollution Act, said David Romero, an on-scene coordinator from the EPA's Region 8 office in Denver. Romero said he informed BNSF of the finding in March.

ConnectUs, Inc., said that it and its coalition of business, labor and environmental groups had sent letters of support and endorsement to U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood in support of Florida's application seeking $30 million for the Preliminary Engineering and NEPA Environmental studies for the Orlando-Miami corridor.

 

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that 13 grants totaling $189.8 million in Recovery Act funds will go to improve state and local transit systems in the United States while supporting the creation of jobs and providing much needed transportation options for millions.

 

Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 voted to approve the four-year tentative agreement that their leaders and BART negotiators reached on August 16. 

New Jersey has applied for federal funding to replace the 100-year-old, two-track bridge that carries Northeast Corridor trains over the Hackensack River in the Meadowlands, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Nearly 500 Amtrak and NJ Transit trains now use the swing span, known as the Portal Bridge. 

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and U.S. Senator Arlen Specter broke ground on a $9.3-million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project to renovate the Elizabethtown, Pa., Amtrak station.

A group of local grain producers is playing a live game of monopoly, local newspapers report. However, it is taking the "Chance card" from the game by taking matters into its own hands. The members of the group will be the first Alberta independent co-op owners after coming up with the winning bid to purchase a rail line from Camrose to Alliance.

Virginia has submitted its first high speed rail application for the Arkendale to Powell's Creek project along the I-95 High Speed Rail Corridor, local media report. The project, with a construction cost of $74.8 million, would build 11.4 miles of third track in Stafford and Prince William Counties.

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