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Ten states that lead the nation in the number of highway-rail grade-crossing deaths -- Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Ohio and Texas --have until Aug. 27, 2011, to complete five-year action plans that address highway-rail grade crossing accidents, Occupational Health & Safety's Website reported.

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The three newest members of the Amtrak board of directors recognize that Amtrak and its national network of high-speed and intercity passenger trains are key to the future of passenger rail transportation in America.

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L. B. Foster said that the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania has dissolved the preliminary injunction issued on April 21, 2010, which had enjoined the completion of L.B. Foster's tender offer for Portec Rail Products, Inc. Stan Hasselbusch, L.B. Foster's chief executive officer, commented, "We are pleased that this obstacle to L.B. Foster's acquisition of Portec Rail has been removed."

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BMWED National Division President Freddie N. Simpson, who also serves as a Teamster International Vice President, was re-elected by acclamation during the union's Quadrennial Convention.

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In July, Metro will replace rail switches at the Rosslyn Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange lines and conduct major track work to maintain a state of good repair on all five of Metro's rail lines. All of July's weekend projects will impact travel times and cause delays. However, there will be no track maintenance during the upcoming July 4th holiday weekend. 



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Pacific Harbor Line said that M. D. "Mike" Stolzman, vice president, has been promoted to president, succeeding Andrew C. Fox, who is promoted to managing director, a newly created position. Otis Cliatt succeeds Stolzman.

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As part of its recent initiatives to position the Port of New York and New Jersey for future economic growth, the Port Authority acquired additional prime waterfront property - the 98-acre Global Terminal on the Port Jersey peninsula in Jersey City and Bayonne, N.J.

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The San Diego City Council has approved what will be among the nation's largest quiet zones, entailing $20.9 million in spending to improve downtown railroad crossings and prevent freight trains from blaring their horns at all hours, local media report. Downtown residents, developers and business operators have decried late-night train noise for the past decade, saying it lowers the quality of life, hurts property values and detracts from downtown enhancement efforts.

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St. Louis Metro is launching the first phase of service restoration on June 28 with changes to MetroLink and MetroBus frequency and routes, marking the beginning of a new era of public-transit rebuilding, expansion and innovation. Public officials, Metro's leadership and other Metro employee volunteers will welcome passengers back on the first day of service restoration and will pass out specially wrapped cookies at MetroLink and MetroBus stations and transfer centers throughout the system.

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VIA Rail Canada said that a tentative three-year agreement has been reached with the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW), and that there will be no work stoppage. The agreement must be ratified by union members.

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