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Metrolink maintenance crews will be performing work along Metrolink's Ventura Line railroad tracks in Southern California over Memorial Day weekend. The track maintenance activities will include the removal and replacement of crossties, rail and concrete panels at the railroad crossing at Lindley Avenue between Parthenia and Napa Streets.

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Light-rail construction crews, who are working toward a mid-July completion deadline in downtown Norfolk, Va., must rebuild an intersection after flooding caused the underpinnings to settle, The Virginian-Pilot reports. The at-grade crossing at Brambleton Avenue and 2nd Street in the Fort Norfolk area will be torn out for two weeks starting June 1, Hampton Roads Transit spokesman Tom Holden said. The work will not affect traffic on Brambleton but will detour 2nd Street traffic.

 

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A municipally owned lane leading to Kalamalka Lake in Oyama, B.C., is facing a temporary closure this summer. A council decision on the matter will be made on June 15 after public input has been collected, the Lake Country Calendar reported. Individuals seeking beach access have been mistaking a private driveway for the public lane and unknowingly trespassing on private property.

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(Statement by American Public Transportation Association President William Millar) "On behalf of the American Public Transportation Association's more than 1,500 member organizations, we commend Senators Dodd, Durbin, Schumer, Menendez, Lautenberg and Brown for introducing the ‘Public Transportation Preservation Act of 2010,' which authorizes $2 billion in funds for emergency transit operating assistance.  APTA strongly supports this legislation and stands ready to help secure its immediate passage.

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The Central Corridor LRT Project in the Twin Cities received permission to enter final design, the last step before award of a federal Full Funding Grant Agreement for the biggest public works project in Minnesota history.

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JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, said Craig Paylor is retiring as president of JLG and executive vice-president Oshkosh Corporation. The company also said Wilson Jones, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Oshkosh's Fire and Emergency segment has been named to succeed Craig Paylor as president of JLG and executive vice-president of the Access Equipment segment of Oshkosh Corporation. Craig Paylor will step down on July 1, 2010

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Iowa Mold Tooling Co. Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, said West Coast Machinery, based in Abbotsford, B.C., will serve IMT customers throughout British Columbia.

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Working ahead of schedule, on May 25 CSX Transportation plans to re-open its Memphis-Nashville line that was heavily damaged by severe flooding earlier this month, company officials said.

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Los Angeles Metro CEO Art Leahy said the agency appointed Chief Operations Officer Colonus "Lonnie" Mitchell to the position he has held on an interim basis since December 2009 and hired architect and urban planner Martha Welborne to the Authority's top planning job..

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Businesses and residents in Norfolk's Freemason Historic District got some good news last week - major light rail construction that caused confusion and detours is complete, local media report.

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