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By DENNIS DAILY, United Press International  |  Jan. 29, 2002 at 1:56 AM
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(NEW YORK) -- In yet another indication that things are slowing moving back toward normalcy in the area in and around the site of the World Trade Center towers, the subway line that goes under the neighborhood has been reopened.

The city's transit authority says that the World Trade Center station on the city's E-Line trains was opened for business on Monday.

The station was not damaged on Sept. 11, but it remained closed because it was well within the zone that became "no man's land" after the terror attacks. During the shutdown period commuters used a station several blocks away from the site.

Meanwhile, published reports indicate that city officials may change the name of the station in the future after decisions are made as to what will replace the collapsed towers.

(ATLANTA) -- City officials in Atlanta are preparing for a visit from President Bush on Thursday. Bush will be going to the Georgia capital to push his education agenda. The trip will come in the wake of the president's State of the Union Address.

In addition to making a major speech, Bush is expected to visit Booker T. Washington High School. Opened in 1924, it was Atlanta's first black high school. The visit to Atlanta is the third for Bush since taking office.

Meanwhile, Georgia's governor, Roy Barnes, says he will accept an invitation to accompany the president. To do so he canceled his State of the State Address. It's been rescheduled for next Wednesday.

Before going to Atlanta, Mr. Bush will visit Winston-Salem, N.C., and Daytona Beach, Fla., on Wednesday.

(AUSTIN) -- State officials in Texas are pushing for the development of a new system of transportation and communications corridors to link Austin with the Dallas-Ft. Worth to the north and Houston and San Antonio to the south. Eventually, the concept could be turned into a spider web of corridors extending to all sections of the state.

The plan, announced by Gov. Rick Perry, would include a coordinated transportation plan -- toll roads, light railroads and special corridors to handle communications and utilities to all corners of Texas.

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Perry predicts that the 4,000-mile project could cost as much as $175 billion (with a B).

The project, dubbed by Perry as the Trans Texas Corridor, would call for a right-of-way about 1,000 feet wide connecting all parts of the state. The corridor could accommodate a six-lane divided highway, railroad tracks for both high-speed passenger cars and freight deliveries, pipelines and communications cables.

(CINCINNATI) -- A new set of special highway lanes earmarked for trucks is suggested as a way to ease traffic congestion in the Cincinnati area. Transportation officials tell the Enquirer that a major concern is the near gridlock on I-75 in both weekday rush hours in the Queen City.

Many local drivers tell the publication they would welcome the move. Actually, many say they'd welcome any move that would ease the growing congestion in what is becoming one of the Midwest's largest urban metroplex areas.

The topic of special lanes for trucks and car pools has caused raucous debate in many cities. Critics say that the lanes are costly and don't really do that much good. Many, though, say from personal experience segregating traffic does speed the flow.

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