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The Canadian federal government and the railways must improve safety at high-risk crossings on busy passenger train routes, according to the country's transportation accident investigator, local media report.

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State transportation workers yesterday scrambled to empty the swimming pool-sized hole that opened in Newton, Mass., beneath MBTA tracks during the weekend rainstorm and will force thousands of commuters to rely on buses for another week or so, the Boston Globe reports.

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The Canadian National Railway has made a good start communicating with towns along the EJ&E railroad, but there's room for improvement, a federal audit concludes, according to the Daily Herald. And, it says, municipalities that have not yet struck deals with CN are critical of how it's handling the transition.

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An agreement is near regarding improvements around a long-sought railroad overpass in Colton, Calif., between railroad and local officials, as the overall project's fate heads to a state commission, The Press-Enterprise reports.

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Residents who drive near the BNSF railroad between Arlington and Marysville, Wash., will notice some construction until March 19, the Arlington Times reports. Gus Melonas, director of public affairs for the railway company, said that a 35-person work crew would be replacing wood rail ties on a seven-mile stretch of track between the two cities starting Monday, March 15.

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Officials with the N.C. Department of Transportation's Rail Division didn't exactly quell the concerns of those who gathered at a town hall meeting in Landis, N.C., the Salisbury Post reports. The meeting, which was an informal session held at Landis' town hall, was for area residents to ask rail officials questions about proposed rail corridor projects.

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Buses will replace train service for Long Island Rail Road customers traveling between Long Beach and Valley Stream the weekend of March 20-21 as work continues on the construction of two new railroad bridges over Powell Creek and Hog Island Channel.

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Beginning Friday, March 19, at 9:00 p.m., the street crossing at Steilacoom Blvd. SW in Seattle is scheduled to be fully closed to traffic so the crossing can be demolished and reconstructed over the weekend. The crossing is expected to reopen to vehicles early the following Monday morning. A full weekend closure of the crossing was scheduled to reduce the impacts of a partial mid-week closure that would require additional working days.

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On March 15, 2010, the MERMEC Group's American subsidiary, Imagemap Inc., changed its company name to "MERMEC Inc." and starts a new chapter in its history by completing transitioning to corporate identity and alignment to group's strategy and commercial proposition.

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MTA New York City Transit said that beginning Saturday, March 27, and continuing for 18 months through August 2011, there will be no weekday rush hour 5 express service in either direction between East 180th Street and 3rd Avenue-149th Street. During this period, 5 trains will make all 2 local stops. Currently, 5 trains run express in the peak direction during morning (southbound) and afternoon (northbound) rush hours between East 180th Street and 3rd Avenue-149th Street. It is anticipated that this service change will add about five minutes to customers' trips.

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