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Lisa Stabler, former AVP, Quality & Reliability Engineering at BNSF, joined TTCI's senior management team as VP of Operations and Training. Stabler will provide officer level oversight to TTCI's Operations and Facilities program, the Safety, Health, and Environmental program and to the Security and Emergency Response Training Center.


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Beginning August 1, 2010 and ending October 1, BART will be installing new energy-efficient lighting fixtures and intelligent lighting system components in the North Berkeley Station. The improvements will greatly enhance station lighting levels. The work will be performed outside of commute hours, whenever possible, to minimize inconvenience. One unused AC Transit bus stop will be used for the contractor's trailer. No buses will be re-routed or relocated during construction.

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Amtrak has added special stops in Michigan City, Ind., on three Wolverine Service trains during selected Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, through November 8. This is in response to the construction-related shut down of South Shore Line commuter rail service east of Gary, Ind., on those dates.

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Rudy Boutot, a leathery veteran of the logging trade, is the only one of 11 siblings who chose to remain in jobs-challenged Aroostook County, Maine, the Boston Globe reports. But in all his 66 years, Boutot said, he has never seen the economy this bad.

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Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. received a contract from Network Rail to progress the development of a major rail infrastructure project at Stockley Flyover in west London. Officials did not disclose the contract value.

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Efren Alcala has been named a supervising engineer in the New York City office of Parsons Brinckerhoff. In his new position, Alcala will initially be responsible for the design of plumbing and fire protection systems for the East Side Access project, which is extending The Long Island Rail Road into Grand Central Terminal.

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The Village of Leipsic, Ohio, was awarded a $3.5-million grant to assist in developing its 244-acre industrial site served by three railroads, the Putnam County Sentinel reports. 

At a Leipsic Council meeting, Leipsic Mayor Kevin Benton and village administrator Kevin Lammon informed council members that the village has been selected to receive this grant.



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As Fresno's population grows, so does its traffic congestion, especially in bustling areas such as downtown, the Fresno Business Journal reports. For many, it is apparent that a streetcar system, reminiscent of the one Fresno residents used up until the late 1930s, will be the key to curbing the flow of traffic in the future while bringing visitors and economic stimulation to the city's core.

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Joliet's new CenterPoint Intermodal opened the week of August 2, a milestone for a project that will make Will County, Ill., a major port for consumer goods coming in and out of the Midwest, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Beneath a 115-year-old SEPTA bridge, Pennsylvania Gov. Rendell on August 3 renewed his call for more money to fix roads and bridges, kicking off a four-day statewide tour to try to prod the General Assembly to action, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Rendell also sent a letter to legislators day, asking them to reconvene in Harrisburg on Aug. 23 to come up with at least $472 million more for transportation.

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