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Metrolinx continues to move forward its bold 5 in 10 Plan, a vision to improve transit in Toronto, with the C$54-million contract with Lovat Inc. to purchase four tunnel-boring machines (TBMs) for the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit project.

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Wabtec Corporation has completed the acquisition of G&B Specialties, Inc., from Global Railway Industries Ltd. for about $35 million. On July 14, Wabtec said that it had signed an agreement to acquire G&B Specialties and Bach-Simpson Corporation from Global Railway Industries for about $45 million. The Bach-Simpson acquisition is expected to be completed by Oct. 31. Wabtec expects the transactions to be accretive in the first year.


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"On behalf of all Metro employees, I want to first express my condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones and those who were injured in the tragic accident on June 22, 2009," said Richard Sarles, Washington, D.C., Metro Interim General Manager. "I believe that the greatest honor that we can pay them and also our customers who rely on us every day is to work to prevent such an incident from ever happening and to become the safest railroad possible. 



 

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The National Transportation Safety Board determined that last year's fatal collision of two Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority trains on the Red Line in Washington, D.C., was a failure of the track circuit modules that caused the automatic train control system to lose detection of one train, allowing a second train to strike it from the rear. The NTSB also cited WMATA for its failure to ensure that a verification test developed after a 2005 incident near Rosslyn station was used system-wide. This test would have identified the faulty track circuit before the accident.

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Union Pacific employees achieved the best first-half-of-the-year safety performance in company history. For the period January 1 through June 30, Union Pacific's employee reportable injury rate was 1.31, a nearly 10 percent improvement over the previous company best 1.45 reportable rate for the first six months of 2009. Union Pacific's employee injury rate improved 50 percent from 2001 to 2009.

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The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously voted July 27, 2010, in support of a resolution honoring America's freight railroad industry and its employees.

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Adding yet another voice to the chorus objecting to a proposed increase in freight rail traffic in St. Louis Park, Minn., the city's school board weighed in last week with its concerns, the Star Tribune reports. At a special meeting, the board passed a resolution in full support of two resolutions passed recently by the City Council.

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The City Council in Niagara Falls, N.Y., is expected to take the first concrete steps toward transforming the historic old Customs House into a combination passenger railroad station, bus station and trail head for bike riders and hikers, as well as a tourist attraction of its own and a museum commemorating the slave escape route called the Underground Railroad, The Buffalo News reports.

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Engineering, architecture and planning firm TKDA was selected as part of a design-build team with Coleman Industrial Construction to complete Mobility First Improvements at Amtrak's passenger stations in California and Oregon. This work is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for rebuilding and modernizing infrastructure and equipment. TKDA is currently providing engineering services to Amtrak in more than 10 states.

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Hatch Mott MacDonald recently hired key, high-level staff members at several of its U.S. office locations. Frank Facciolo joins Hatch Mott MacDonald's New York City office as a senior project manager for rail/transit projects and has 21 years of experience in infrastructure, transportation, and design-build projects in the N.Y. Metropolitan area and in California. John Cross joins HMM's Tallahassee, Fla., office as a senior project manager with more than 30 years of professional engineering experience in both the private and public sectors.

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