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Kansas City Southern is promising action after receiving complaints from the Bossier City, La., Council that its railroad crossings are damaging vehicles, according to local newspapers.

City officials hear a lot of complaints from residents who hear too much noise from train horns, the Longmont Times-Call reports.  In fact, Longmont City Councilwoman Sarah Levison calls it "Sleepless in Ward 2." But the only way the city could put a hush on train horns through Longmont is by developing "quiet zones" at the 17 BNSF crossings in the city - a project that city officials have never fully studied.

The next phase of DART Rail will be the return of rail service to Deep Ellum, Baylor, Fair Park and South Dallas after an absence of more than 50 years and will bring new opportunities for development and offer new destinations to thousands of new passengers when the first four stations of the 20-station, 28-mile Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Green Line open on September 14.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that the Federal Transit Administration achieved a crucial milestone: it beat the September 1 deadline to provide all states and local communities 50 percent of their Recovery Act transit formula dollars. In fact, FTA provided nearly 90 percent of its $7.5-billion transit stimulus money to states and local communities. FTA is managing an additional $900 million in discretionary funds for New Starts projects, the Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction and Tribal Transit programs and oversight for a total of $8.4 billion.

The collapse of the Union Pacific railroad bridge in downtown Waterloo, Iowa, during last year's historic flood has cost the Iowa Northern Railway, the primary user of the span, millions of dollars. Farmers, grain cooperatives and ag manufacturers have also suffered economic and efficiency losses due to costly detours, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Before highways, there were railroads - Houston's first circulatory system. Civic boosters bragged in the 1920s that Houston was the place "where 17 railroads meet the sea." The trains hauled cotton and grain. Downtown had three passenger stations, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Northstar, the state's first commuter rail service, will offer five morning trips from Big Lake, Minn., to downtown Minneapolis and five return trips in the afternoon along a 40-mile corridor, with stops at Fridley, Coon Rapids, Anoka, Elk River and Big Lake. One reverse commute roundtrip also will be offered on weekdays, and three weekend roundtrips are planned on Saturdays and Sundays.

The leader of the effort to build the proposed DesertXpress high-speed train between Las Vegas and Southern California said his company has launched a worldwide search for vendors and suppliers so that construction on the $4 billion project could begin by the end of March, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

The Illinois Commerce Commission's Transportation Policy Committee will host a policy briefing on a proposed high-speed rail corridor from Chicago to St. Louis at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 9, in hearing room A of the ICC's Springfield office. The ICC is located at 527 E. Capitol Avenue.

At a ceremony in Belleville, Ontario, Prince Edward-Hastings MP Daryl Kramp, Mayor Neil Ellis and Pierre Santoni, VIA Rail Canada's Senior Director, National Sales, announced VIA's plans for a new station with improved and expanded facilities. VIA estimates that it will invest as much as C$7 million for the new station and related improvements from recent capital funding for VIA announced by the Government of Canada. C$2.5 million of the project's cost will come from the government's Economic Action Plan.

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