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The state of New Mexico and Union Pacific Railroad agreed on a land swap that will enable Santa Teresa, N.N., to become a major commercial and industrial hub, officials said Nov. 10, according to the El Paso, Texas, Times. Under the agreement, Union Pacific is trading a large ranch property in exchange for land near the Santa Teresa industrial park for its intermodal facility.

A plan is in the works to eliminate some of the lengthy stoppages on Glenview Road caused by train traffic at the downtown Glenview, Ill., train station, the Sun-Times reports. If the General Assembly, Glenview and Metra make good on their funding pieces, Amtrak officials have agreed to move the stops for the Hiawatha and Empire Builder routes from the downtown Glenview Metra station to The Glen of North Glenview station.

The Lake Zurich, Ill., Village Board gave its preliminary consensus for a property swap with Canadian National Railway at the board's meeting last week, which would result in CN building a 250-foot-tall communication tower in the village's industrial park rather than near downtown, according to local newspapers.

South Los Angeles has won a significant victory as transportation officials recommended this week that a proposed transit corridor along Crenshaw Boulevard be a light-rail line rather than a less expensive dedicated busway, the Times reports.

Washington, D.C., Metro Board Chairman Jim Graham and Metro General Manager John Catoe issued the following joint statement: "The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and its Board of Directors are committed to working with all safety oversight agencies that have jurisdiction over Metro and its operations. Regionally, that oversight comes from the Tri-State Oversight Committee, which was created by Congress and then implemented through an agreement among the District of Columbia, State of Maryland and Commonwealth of Virginia. 

MBTA officials laid out a four-step plan Nov. 9 to address last week's critical third-party review of the system's safety and finances, The Raynham Call reports. Transportation officials also reiterated that the agency is not backing away from the proposed expansion of transit service to the South Coast cities of Fall River and New Bedford, Mass.

Los Angeles Metro Blue Line passengers will experience travel delays of up to 40 minutes between Washington Station and 7th/Metro Center from Nov. 20 after 9 p.m. until Nov. 22 at the close of service due to construction work to allow the installation of rail track coming from the Expo Line and merging with the Metro Blue Line.

 The ribbon is cut and work is well under way on a project six years in the making.

 Representatives from the City of Hillsboro, Ill., Union Pacific, Oberkramer Contracting and Hurst-Rosche Engineers joined Representative Betsy Hannig, Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig and Senator Deanna Demuzio in cutting the ribbon on the city's new railroad spur, located near the old Eagle Zinc site.


As part of Chicago Transit Authority's work to replace the signal and train control systems in the Loop, the weekend beginning November 14 crews will be installing a new signal control facility at Lake and Wells that will require elevated trains to reroute on Saturday and Sunday. Brown, Green, Pink and Orange line trains will be temporarily rerouted from approximately 4 a.m. on Saturday, November 14 until 8 p.m. Sunday, November 15. Brown and Orange line trains will operate on the Lake and Wabash elevated tracks only. Green and Pink line trains will operate on the Wells and Van Buren elevated tracks only.

A $10-billion unfunded mandate regarding "positive train control" -- wherein trains will need to be outfitted with GPS technology that'll detect when trains are near each other -- may hamper the railroad industry as a whole, but as far as Canadian National's plans for Northwest Indiana go, it's full steam ahead, the Gary Post-Tribune reports.

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