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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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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced members of the Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS), a newly-formed advisory committee that will assist the Federal Transit Administration with developing national safety standards for rail transit.

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The Metropolitan Council awarded the first heavy construction contract for the Central Corridor light rail transit Project to Walsh Construction to build the seven-mile St. Paul segment of the line. Walsh's $205.1-million award includes betterment work valued at ...

As part of BART's system-wide Earthquake Safety Program, in July the agency will begin strengthening structures at the El Cerrito Plaza Station to withstand future earthquakes. While this work is going on, there will be times that we will need to change pedestrian access and traffic flow to the station.

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The U.S. rail manufacturing industry stands to undergo considerable growth in the coming years as Amtrak upgrades its railcars and adds high-speed trains and as lawmakers consider a transportation bill that calls for significantly greater investments in public transit, including rail, according to a new study by Duke University prepared for the Apollo Alliance. Illinois, which is home to 23 rail-manufacturing facilities and is planning its own high-speed rail network, would reap major benefits from such a bill.

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The county has received bids from 14 architectural firms on the $1.2-million downtown transit depot that officials hope is a hub for Greyhound bus and Amtrak railway services in the next few years, local media report. County staff members will spend the next couple of weeks reviewing the projects and ranking the top four or five candidates before presenting them to the commission, said Judy Halaas, county purchasing technical coordinator.

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CSX Transportation officials told the Albany Times-Union editorial board June 23 that adding passenger trains traveling 110 mph to CSX tracks would cut the amount of freight traffic the railroad could handle.

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June 25-27, Washington, D. C., Metro will make upgrades to the track on the Blue Line to improve reliability and service. As a result of this crucial work aimed at keeping the railroad in a state of good repair, riders can expect delays of up to 30 minutes.


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