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Vancouver, Wash. and miner agree on potash export site

The mining company BHP Billiton has reached a preliminary agreement to establish a potash export facility at Port of Vancouver USA, in Washington state. BHP has selected proposals from Canadian Pacific and BNSF Railway for

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Global Railway moves from loss to profit

Growing transit business helped Global Railway Industries Ltd. increase its second-quarter 2010 revenue by 15.1% to C$20.0 million (US$19.2 million) compared to C$17.4 million (US$16.7 million) in the second quarter of 2009.

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Six railcar builders answer SMART RFP

California’s Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District,north of San Francisco, says its request for proposals to build diesel multiple-unit (DMU) cars has prompted six offers from manufacturers. SMART did not identify the companies,

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IANA affirms intermodal’s 2Q strength

Intermodal traffic volume continues to show robust strength, according to a report released Thursday by the Intermodal Association of North America. IANA notes volume rose 17.2% in the second quarter of 2010 compared

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Florida applies for East Coast Corridor funding

Though the high speed rail proposal linking Tampa and Orlando (and eventually Miami) has been the high-profile rail development in the Sunshine State, Florida also is moving to reinstate passenger rail along its eastern

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Patriot Rail, NCDOT agree on PN operation

Patriot Rail Corp. announced Thursday that it has executed a letter agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to provide freight service on the Piedmont & Northern rail corridor in Gaston County. The P&N

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Pennsylvania slashes transportation funding

Pennsylvania’s Transportation Commission has approved a 24% cut in planned improvements to highways, rail freight, bridges, and aviation over the next 12 years. This means that starting Oct. 1, the state plans to spend

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“Moderate gains” cited for U.S. freight traffic

U.S. freight carload traffic for the week ending August 7 notched “only moderate gains” of 3.5% compared with the same week in 2009, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday. Traffic was

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RTD issues start-work order for DIA link

Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) Thursday said it has issued the official Notice to Proceed to Denver Transit Partners (DTP) with the FasTracks Eagle P3 Project’s first phase, a 22.8-mile East Corridor

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Railcomm gets Chicago Union Station work

Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm said Thursday it has been contracted by HNTB and Kiewit-Western to provide the design and materials for an expansive Yard Automation System for Amtrak’s Chicago Union Station. RailComm will

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NYMTA “dashboard” tracks capital projects

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority Wednesday officially unveiled an online dashboard that tracks the fiscal and physical progress of the agency’s numerous capital projects. The information will include every item in the

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AAR’s Macdonald named to Maryland panel

Association of American Railroads Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs Jennifer Macdonald has been appointed by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to a Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Funding, specifically as a representative

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Ex-N&W chief Jack Fishwick dies at 93

John P. “Jack” Fishwick, president of the Norfolk & Western from 1970 to 1981 and a chief architect of the merger that created Norfolk Southern, died Aug. 9 at the age of

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DART still eyes airport LRT access

Despite warning of fiscal shortfalls for long-term capital projects throughout the year, Dallas Area Rapid Transit appears determined to advance Orange Line light rail access to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The airport/LRT

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Jacobs Engineering wins BART contract

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has awarded Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. a contract worth up to $15 million to provide on-call construction management services in support of the agency’s capital improvement program and

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AECOM to acquire Davis Langdon

AECOM Technology Corp. has agreed to acquire Davis Langdon, a global cost and project management consultancy firm, in a transaction valued at $324 million. Davis Langdon provides cost and project management services,

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Patriot buying Weyerhaeuser rail lines

Patriot Rail Corp. announced that it has agreed in principle to buy the six short line railroads operated by Weyerhaeuser Co., with more than 160 miles of track in four states. The

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Telvent aids LRT signal priority system in Algeria

Rockville, Md.-based Telvent said Tuesday it had been awarded a contract with Isolux-Corsan, involving Enterprise Metro d’Alger as the end customer, to implement the company’s Telvent SmartMobility TM Light Rail technology for

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Traffic mounts, but car storage still significant

July carload traffic advanced 4.1% compared with the comparable 2009 month, the Association of American Railroads said, but AAR also noted “roughly 23.4% of the North America railcar fleet,” or 349,471 cars,

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NextSense touts wheel measuring device

NextSense, a company based in Graz, Austria, announced that it will unveil “the wheel diameter module for the Calipri high-tech measuring device” at the Innotrans 2010 railroad technology trade show in Berlin in September.