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(The Teamster Rail Conference sent the following letter to its membership): The Teamsters Rail Conference takes great interest in efforts by our nation's railroads to maintain and improve the industry's workplace security and safety - as well as workforce training and awareness - especially in light of heightened security threats and increased use of technology. As your representatives, we care deeply about your job, your employers' long-term security and viability, and employer accountability across the rail industry.

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The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors advanced the first phase of a project that will transform Perth Amboy Station into an ADA-accessible facility, with high-level platforms and elevators to provide access for customers with disabilities.

NOMAD Digital Limited, a provider of train-to-shore data connectivity solutions, has been awarded a contract with train builder Talgo. The contract is to deliver and operate a high-quality wireless broadband and live passenger information system on all Talgo's train sets, servicing its cross border route from Vancouver, Canada, through Seattle and Portland and Eugene, Oregon. The project forms part of a train refurbishment program that Talgo is undertaking.   

 

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The Canadian federal government should get on board with a high-speed rail line linking Ontario and Quebec or risk being left in the dust by the Obama administration in the United States, the premiers of both provinces said Wednesday, according to the Toronto Star.

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Representatives from the Connecticut Department of Transportation and URS engineering consultants held an information session in Brookfield Town Hall June 16 to introduce four alternatives for improving the Danbury rail line. One potential option includes extending passenger service up to New Milford, which would include a stop in Brookfield, the Brookfield Patch reports.

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Thirty companies representing the U.S.' rail and infrastructure technology, engineering, security and construction sectors will convene at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi on June 20 to launch the "The U.S. Commercial Railroad & Infrastructure Trade Mission to the United Arab Emirates," led by the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council and the Association of American Railroads.

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Construction for a bridge over Lenwood Road near West Main Street in Barstow, Calif., is expected to begin in two years and will transform the current two-lane road into a four-lane road, the Desert Dispatch reports.

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The new method to paint the railroad bridge across Alabama's Coosa River was cheaper than the other proposed method, but just not cheap enough, local media report. Gadsden Associate Planner Shane Ellison said the city received only one bid for the CSX Transportation railroad bridge coating project, and it was much higher than the grant funds the city has for the project.

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Sealy, Texas, residents could hear a few less trains blow their horns while passing through town within a year as the city moves forward with plans to construct a quiet zone stretching the length of the city, the Sealy News reports.

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BART and Caltrans will need to close a portion of westbound Interstate 580 in the Dublin/Pleasanton area beginning 11p.m. on Saturday, June 19 through 9 a.m. Sunday, June 20. Ramps from Interstate 680 leading to the impacted segment of I-580 will also be closed. These closures are necessary to accommodate construction crews as they install bridges perpendicular to the highway, which will provide access to the new West Dublin/Pleasanton Station.

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