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John Haussmann, P.E., has joined HDR as a vice president and principal project manager based in the company's Walnut Creek, Calif. office. He will focus on major transit projects in California and throughout the western United States. Prior to joining HDR, Haussmann was the regional transit manager for PBS&J's west and central regions. From 1997 to 2008 he served first as chief operating officer and then CEO/president of T.Y. Lin International.

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Graham Construction Services, Inc., is working on several transit projects that will transform Minnesota's commuter landscape. These include Graham's activities on the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (CCLRT) Advanced Traffic Improvements project and on the 4th Street Advanced Utility Construction project. In addition, the company has completed the Hiawatha Light Rail Transit line extension to Target Field.

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As part of an ongoing agency-wide financial review, members of the DART Board of Directors will consider modifications in levels of transit service beginning with fiscal year 2012. Potential changes will also be accompanied with a reduction in staffing throughout the organization.

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Noise from the operation of Norfolk Southern's railroad hub in McCalla, Ala., would have no impact on an adjacent elementary school or many of the surrounding homes and only a minimal impact on other homes, an expert said May 25, according to The Birmingham News.

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On Tuesday, June 1, there will be a planned service disruption that will affect morning and evening service for both the Manassas and Fredericksburg Lines.

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On May 26, the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, in partnership with the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, will officially designate the Green Line Rapid transit stop at South Park and Shaker boulevards as the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes stop.


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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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