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DRPA CEO and PATCO President John J. Matheussen said there will be two open houses in Philadelphia on an Alternatives Analysis for expanding transit to Philadelphia's Waterfront. The first open house is scheduled for September 22 and the second will be held on September 30. Identical information will be posted at both open houses.

The village of Park Forest, Ill., and Canadian National Railway have reached an agreement on mitigation measures related to CN's recent acquisition of the old EJ&E Railroad, but not all residents are happy with the deal, the Southtown Star reports.The Park Forest Village Board approved the agreement, under which CN will give the village more than $7 million to help with traffic congestion, noise, and other issues stemming from the EJ&E deal.

A regional transportation board voted to support a rail company initiative to significantly expand freight capacity in the busy Washington train corridor, according to The Washington Post. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Transportation Policy Board approved a letter supporting federal grant applications to help pay for $160 million in freight network improvements for rail giant CSX Transportation. The board plays a key role in setting regional transportation policy.

Work is commencing on the train track at the Jersey Bridge, which is used by the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad passenger and freight operations, the Titusville, Pa., Herald reports. According to Bob Dingman, freight line operator, the project involves another approximate 60 feet of deck replacement along the tracks.

 The work will take place this week and next week, Dingman said. The contractor for the job is J.C. Lee Construction and Supply, of Petrolia.



Unit Rail, the rail fastening division of Amsted Rail, named Thai Nguyen design engineer, responsible for the design, test and manufacturability of fastening components for the company's end users in both the freight and transit railroad segments.

SEPTA is celebrating the end of an historic project - the reconstruction of the Market-Frankford Subway-Elevated Line. A fixture of mass transit in the region, SEPTA's busiest and oldest heavy rail line has been fully modernized through a series of initiatives.

The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors approved a study that explores the feasibility of extending Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service farther west in Jersey City. The Board approved a $251,000 contract with AKRF, Inc., for consultant services in support of the first phase of an alternatives analysis for the extension of the light rail line. The line would extend from its current western terminus at West Side Avenue Station across Route 440 to a redevelopment zone along the Hackensack Riverfront.

Freight trains rumbling through a regional park don't do much for its natural beauty, serenity and ambience, according to The Olathe, Kan., News That problem faced Johnson County Park and Recreation District officials for years as they contemplated the future development of the 2,000 acre Big Bull Creek Park east of Edgerton.

Traffic patterns will change permanently between Route 123 and the Dulles Toll Road. Major lane shifts in Virginia are expected this fall between Tyco and Spring Hill Roads and between Westpark Drive/Gosnell Roads and Route 123 where the Tysons West and Tysons Central 7 Stations will be built. Service roads along the east and westbound lanes of Route 7 will disappear.


 A portion of a local railroad track in North Carolina that has been out of service since the 1980s will likely reopen at least two months later than first expected, according to the Gaston Gazette. Officials initially hoped to see a four-mile stretch of the abandoned Piedmont and Northern Railroad come back into service by Oct. 1. But Gaston County Commissioner Joe Carpenter said that it won't happen until Dec. 1 at the earliest. Carpenter gave his update during the regular board meeting of the Gaston County, N.C., Economic Development Commission. The four-mile span to be reopened first runs between Gastonia and Ranlo, and will initially accommodate freight service.

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