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Work on Caltrain's Grade Crossing Improvement Program, which will enhance safety at railroad crossings in San Mateo County, continues. The current projects at Encinal, Glenwood and Ravenswood avenues in Menlo Park, Calif., will take place August 23-27 between the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. Throughout the project at least one lane of the street will remain open. Flagmen will direct traffic and pedestrians around the construction. The work is part of a larger program to improve grade crossings in San Mateo County. 

Construction in downtown Minneapolis continues as crews work on the Hiawatha Light Rail Transit extension and the Northstar Commuter Rail station. Punchlist work continues at the commuter stations in Big Lake, Elk River, Anoka and Coon Rapids. System testing also continues as crews are testing both the Northstar train system and the LRT extension.


The Los Angeles Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority will host a workshop Sept. 15 to inform small businesses about the more than $600 million in contracting opportunities available during construction of the light-rail transit line from Pasadena to Azusa. Presentations by Construction Authority Chief Executive Officer Habib Balian and others will include information about the project, as well as the opportunities for small businesses and a procurement schedule.

A guide for downtown growth through 2020 that calls for $15.6 billion in public works was endorsed by the Chicago Plan Commission, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The Chicago Central Area Action Plan would allocate most of the spending for transportation projects. The most expensive would be a $6-billion West Loop transit hub beneath Clinton Street with a multilevel connection between Metra and CTA service.


Joined by local elected officials from Los Angeles County and nearby cities, Los Angeles City Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the completion of exploratory drilling in West Los Angeles is a key part of the planning and environmental process for the proposed Westside Subway Extension, a regionally beneficial Measure R transportation project.

Peter Burling, chairman of the Rail Transit Authority in New Hampshire, envisions a rail line running between Boston and Concord, N.H., at speeds of up to 90 mph, the Concord Monitor reports. The rail would carry Massachusetts shoppers to Nashua and travelers to Manchester Airport. It would take sports fans to Celtics games and workers to their jobs in Boston.


The city of Burlington, Iowa, has a lot of irons in the fire, according to The Hawkeye. With that in mind, City Manager Doug Worden updated city council members on the status of two projects nearing completion during a recent meeting.


Construction of a 1 million gallon underground wastewater equalization tank on Gunnison Avenue and a similar tank near the BNSF tracks on Lucas Avenue is complete.

Track circuit repairs on the Red Line and track maintenance on the Red, Blue, Orange and Yellow lines this weekend will cause inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track on the Washington, D.C., Metro. Customers should add at least 30 minutes of time to their trips. 

This weekend, there will be no Red Line trains serving the Fort Totten Metrorail station. Due to track circuit repairs, Red Line trains will operate between the Shady Grove and Brookland-CUA Metrorail stations and between the Glenmont and Takoma Metrorail stations from 9:30 p.m. August 21, to closing (midnight) on August 23. Free shuttle buses will take Red Line riders between the Brookland-CUA, Fort Totten and Takoma Metrorail stations or free non-stop shuttle buses will run from Takoma to Union Station on Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 


From 10 p.m. August 21 until 4 a.m. August 24, service on the Blue Line between the Western/Milwaukee and Clark/Lake stations will be temporarily suspended as work continues in the Dearborn subway to remove slow zones. Bus shuttles will operate as a substitute for rail service making stops at Western/Milwaukee, Damen, Division, Chicago, Grand and Clark/Lake. CTA customers are advised to allow extra travel time. Both the Western/Milwaukee and Clark/Lake stations are accessible to customers with disabilities.,Blue Line trains will operate normally from Forest Park to Clark/Lake, and from O'Hare to Western/Milwaukee.


Denver's Transportation Expansion (T-REX) project, which opened to the public in November 2006, has completed the final close-out on the project. The transit portion of the T-REX project is being completed $3.7 million under budget. The Regional Transportation District's Southeast Light Rail line was built as a part of T-REX, which was a combined highway/light rail expansion project and successful partnership between RTD and the Colorado Department of Transportation. The project was also completed 22 months ahead of the original schedule and included several additional enhancements along the corridor that weren't part of the original project.

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