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Cindy Hammett plans to retire this summer and spend more time at home taking care of her two young grandchildren. She hopes she doesn't have to spend that time listening to train horns sounding near her house. Hammett doesn't like the horns blowing day and night, NewsOK reports.

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There will be no train service between the East Falls Church, Va., and West Falls Church-VT/UVA Metrorail stations during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, (May 29, 30 and 31), and the first two weekends in June (June 5-6 and 12-13) to allow the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project to undertake the first in a series of major construction activities that eventually will connect the new rail line to the existing Metrorail system. 



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On Sunday, May 30, crews will replace crossties and resurface the tracks between the Bayshore and San Mateo stations. From Tuesday, June 1, to Thursday, June 3, crews will resurface the tracks between the Menlo Park and Mountain View stations

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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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