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The Metro Board of Commissioners for the St. Louis area approved an operating budget of $232.4 million for Fiscal Year 2011 that includes funds to restore transit services that were cut in 2009. The budget also includes freezes on salaries and hiring and reductions to expenditures across the board.

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County transportation leaders may need to postpone $5 million in scheduled repairs for the 32-mile local rail line that would occur soon after officials sign off on the pending purchase because of financing problems that still shadow the acquisition, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reports.

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A bill regulating pesticide spraying by railroads has been signed into law by the governor of Wisconsin, local media report. The new law requires railroads operating in Wisconsin to inform railroad employees of their use of pesticides, and prohibits a railroad from requiring an employee to work in an area to which a pesticide has been applied within 24 hours of the application of the pesticide.

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Ottawa and the provinces need to do a better job of coordinating policy on issues ranging from the environment to tax reform, Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.'s top executive said, The Canadian Press reports. Canadian Pacific representatives have spent a lot of time in Ottawa -- not to mention Washington -- making the case for removing "artificial barriers in the form of regulation or legislation," Fred Green told shareholders at the firm's annual general meeting.

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Fees for transportation impacts, business licenses and vehicle-license registrations all could be part of a funding package the Kent, Wash., City Council may tap for funding city street projects, according to the Kent Reporter. The Council conducted a second workshop at City Hall to discuss how to fund an estimated $389 million worth of projects over the next 25 years, including $137 million in grade-separation projects for street and rail.

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Between the hours of 8 p.m. Monday, May 24 and 4 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, crews will finish work on the grade crossing at Fair Oaks Lane in Atherton, Calif. The work, which includes installing a guardrail and pedestrian gates, is part of the San Mateo County Grade Crossing Improvement Project.

 


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Mayor Richard M. Daley and Chicago Transit Authority officials said that by May 31, one or more safety cameras will have been installed at every one of the CTA's 144 rail stations.



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Eleven Northeast states from Maine to Maryland, with close support from Amtrak and the Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG), said they submitted a multi-state proposal requesting that the Federal Railroad Administration lead a planning effort to further define the role that intercity and high-speed passenger rail can play in helping improve the region's transportation network, expand capacity, relieve highway and aviation congestion, and stimulate sustainable economic growth along the Northeast Corridor.

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The Board of Directors of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited declared an increase in CP's next quarterly dividend to twenty seven cents ($0.27) Canadian per share on the outstanding Common Shares, from twenty-four and three quarter cents (C$0.2475) per share. The increased dividend is payable on July 26, 2010, to holders of record at the close of business on June 25, 2010, and is an eligible dividend pursuant to subsection 89(14) of the Income Tax Act.

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On May 21 at 10:30 a.m., Long Island Rail Road President Helena Williams joined Babylon Village Mayor Ralph Scordino, State Senator Owen Johnson, State Assemblyman Phil Boyle and Suffolk County Legislator Wayne Horsley at a press conference and groundbreaking ceremony for LIRR's new Babylon Train Wash Facility.


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