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St. Louis Metro is launching the first phase of service restoration on June 28 with changes to MetroLink and MetroBus frequency and routes, marking the beginning of a new era of public-transit rebuilding, expansion and innovation. Public officials, Metro's leadership and other Metro employee volunteers will welcome passengers back on the first day of service restoration and will pass out specially wrapped cookies at MetroLink and MetroBus stations and transfer centers throughout the system.

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VIA Rail Canada said that a tentative three-year agreement has been reached with the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW), and that there will be no work stoppage. The agreement must be ratified by union members.

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From San Francisco to San Jose, Sunday, June 27 to Thursday, July 1, a rail detector car will be used on Caltrain to find flaws in the rails. This on-track car uses ultrasonic equipment to detect minute flaws in the rails that are not visible to the naked eye. These flaws may be the result of manufacturing defects or simply develop over time. If a critical flaw is found, it must be repaired immediately.


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Washington, D.C., Metro's Board of Directors approved a $5-billion, six-year capital spending plan June 24 as part of its FY2011 capital budget, which was made possible as a result of increased contributions from the jurisdictions that fund Metro, federal stimulus dollars provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and dedicated federal and local matching funds provided by the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008.





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Local officials including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are scheduled to take part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Metro Gold Line Foothills Extension Saturday morning, June 26, in Newcastle Park in Arcadia, Calif.

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The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) received notification that the Federal Transit Administration issued a Record of Decision for the first 10-mile phase of BART Silicon Valley. This milestone signifies that VTA satisfied the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, thereby issuing environmental impact approval for the $2.1-billion Berryessa Extension.

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After years of using a concrete slab as the Amtrak train station, the city of Beaumont, Texas, will see a new station constructed in coming months, the Examiner reports. Amtrak received more than $1.1 million in federal funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was allotted for the construction of a new station in Beaumont.

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Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa called on Congress to stress road and bridge repair and public transit expansion in the next federal highway bill.

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MAX Red Line trains will not run between Gateway Transit Center and Portland, Ore., International Airport Saturday, June 26-27 due to track maintenance. Crews are installing rail expansion joints to reinforce the track and help trains maintain normal speeds when outside temperatures rise and the rails expand and flex.

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ENSCO, Inc., made significant changes to its executive leadership team. Gregory B. Young has assumed the role of ENSCO's President and Chief Executive Officer, effective June 17. Young leads strategic direction and all company operations including financial management and performance, business planning and execution, research and development, and corporate and operating division oversight. He brings significant experience to his position through a 29-year association with the company. Young served as ENSCO's president from 1994-2006 and as a member of the Board of Directors.

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