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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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The Central Corridor LRT Project in the Twin Cities received permission to enter final design, the last step before award of a federal Full Funding Grant Agreement for the biggest public works project in Minnesota history.

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JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, said Craig Paylor is retiring as president of JLG and executive vice-president Oshkosh Corporation. The company also said Wilson Jones, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Oshkosh's Fire and Emergency segment has been named to succeed Craig Paylor as president of JLG and executive vice-president of the Access Equipment segment of Oshkosh Corporation. Craig Paylor will step down on July 1, 2010

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Iowa Mold Tooling Co. Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, said West Coast Machinery, based in Abbotsford, B.C., will serve IMT customers throughout British Columbia.

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Working ahead of schedule, on May 25 CSX Transportation plans to re-open its Memphis-Nashville line that was heavily damaged by severe flooding earlier this month, company officials said.

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Los Angeles Metro CEO Art Leahy said the agency appointed Chief Operations Officer Colonus "Lonnie" Mitchell to the position he has held on an interim basis since December 2009 and hired architect and urban planner Martha Welborne to the Authority's top planning job..

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Businesses and residents in Norfolk's Freemason Historic District got some good news last week - major light rail construction that caused confusion and detours is complete, local media report.

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MTA Long Island Rail Road President Helena Williams and Babylon Mayor Ralph Scordino and other public officials broke ground today on a new $25.5 million train wash facility located in the Village of Babylon. The project, which promises to create between 20 and 30 construction jobs, is being financed with federal stimulus funds through the Federal Transit Administration. The Babylon Train Wash Facility was selected by Governor David Paterson and the MTA as a shovel-ready project that represented the best use of federal stimulus funds.

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The railroad responsible for maintaining the rails in and near the Fox Cities in Wisconsin will fix or replace 11 crossings in and near the Fox Cities, including the two deemed worst of the bunch by Post-Crescent readers in April, the Appleton Post-Crescent reports.

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The Andersons, Inc., and the Iowa Northern Railway Company said that The Andersons, Inc., recently made a significant minority investment in the railway company and its subsidiaries. The investment is expected to be accretive to earnings this year.

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