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What's New
Finding the 694: 106 years after tragic crash, locomotive located in Lake Superior
Duluth News Tribune (8/20)
The wreckage not of some long-lost schooner or ill-fated freighter, but rather a railroad locomotive has been found in Lake Superior.

Report outlines how Great Lakes Basin rail would impact area
The Daily Journal (6/30)
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has filed 10 pages of "potential environmental impact if the proposed Great Lakes Basin Transportation railroad development is built through northeastern Illinois."

Port of Ogdensburg to get $2.6 million upgrade a year ahead of schedule
North Country Now (4/4)
A $2.6 million project aimed at expanding the Port of Ogdensburg, N.Y., and growing its agriculture import-export business will start a year ahead of schedule.

Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad on track for 2016
Duluth News Tribune (12/8)
The oldest scenic railroad in Duluth appears as if it will ride again in 2016. The Lakes Superior & Mississippi has been fighting limbo for at least a season, as Minnesota Pollution Control Agency cleanup project looms at the former U.S. Steel Duluth Works in Morgan Park.

Derailment closes Canadian highway along Lake Superior
WDIO-TV - Duluth, MN (1/13)
Ontario Provincial Police have closed a 90-kilometer (56-mile) stretch of Highway 17 along Lake Superior after a train derailment; one of the cars contains propane and has a minor leak.

Schumer pushes federal regulators to update or replace outdated train tankers carrying crude oil
Watertown Daily Times (12/18)
Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., is urging federal regulators to swiftly complete a review of a proposal that would phase out train tank cars that could rupture and explode while carrying crude oil.

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High Speed Rails
Midwest High-Speed Rail Network
Environmental Law and Policy Center
The proposed "Midwest Metroliner" would use modern new railcars on upgraded existing track and cut train travel times between the major Midwestern cities to be competitive on a door-to-door basis with air travel.

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Railway Traffic and Passenger Tariffs Regulations
Canadian Transportation Agency
Overview of tariff interpretation and reporting.

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Office of Safety
Federal Railroad Administration
Overview of recent safety regulations.

Railway Safety Consultative Committee
Transport Canada
Information on safety fact sheets, legislation and publications.

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State and Provincial Resources
ILLINOIS
Rail Freight Program
Illinois Department of Transportation
Provides capital assistance to communities, railroads and shippers to preserve and improve rail freight service in Illinois.

Travel by Amtrak in Illinois
Illinois Department of Transportation
Route map providing Amtrak train information for Illinois.

INDIANA
Railroad Section
Indiana Department of Transportation
Information on Indiana railroad routes, passenger rail service in addition to loan and grant funding programs.

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Light Rail Transit
Minnesota Department of Transportation
The light rail system will serve the metropolitan areas of Minnesota.

Minnesota's Transportation Network: Rail
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Information about passenger, commuter, and light transit rail, as well as rail safety, shipping freight, and railroad maps.

PENNSYLVANIA
Bureau of Rail Freight, Ports and Waterways
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
An overview of the bureau's aim to preserve and promote rail freight service and to manage and maintain the state-owned rail lines.

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Statistics
Rail Profile
Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Part of the National Transportation Statistics 2003 report, the profile overviews the financial, inventory, performance and safety of U.S. railways.

Railroad Statistics by State
Association of American Railroads
Key railroad statistics including geographical coverage, employee and freight information.

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Tariffs and Taxes
Railway Traffic and Passenger Tariffs Regulations
Canadian Transportation Agency
Overview of tariff interpretation and reporting.

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