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The National Transportation Safety Board issued nine safety recommendations, six of which are urgent, to address concerns about the safety of train control systems that use audio frequency track circuits. The recommendations are the result of NTSB's ongoing investigation into the collision between two Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority trains on the Red Line near the Fort Totten station in Washington, D.C., on June 22, 2009.

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The Obama Administration said $100 million in Economic Recovery Act funding will go to 43 transit agencies that are pursuing cutting-edge environmental technologies to help reduce global warming, lessen America's dependence on oil and create green jobs.

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New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine officially opened a critical segment of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, providing a new pedestrian link between Jersey City and Hoboken. Made possible through a public private partnership between the LeFrak Organization-the developers of Newport-and NJ TRANSIT, the new pedestrian bridge spans the Long Slip Canal, connecting with a new 750-foot section of walkway built by Newport in Jersey City. The walkway provides pedestrian access to NJ TRANSIT, PATH and ferry services at Hoboken Terminal, as well as local businesses and recreation sites, while allowing Hoboken residents and commuters direct access to Newport and Jersey City.

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Dr. Hans Vossloh, Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Vossloh AG, died today age 90. He was the last surviving grandchild of founder Eduard Vossloh. After bearing operational responsibility for more than 40 years, Dr. Hans Vossloh played a lead role in the transformation from a successful family enterprise to a stock corporation. In 1986 he moved from the management of Vossloh-Werke, Werdohl, to Supervisory Board Chairman and laid the groundwork for the Company's IPO in 1990. Since 1994, Dr. Hans Vossloh has been Honorary Supervisory Board Chairman.

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RailComm has expanded its wireless remote control yard system at Union Pacific's Davidson Yard in Fort Worth, Texas. The U.S. Department of Transportation had requested the redirection of the hump yard lead tracks in order to keep traffic flowing while a new highway overpass is being constructed.


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Capital Metro in Austin, Texas, didn't know what it was getting itself into, the Austin American-Statesman reports. That might sound like a shot from one of the transit agency's critics. Instead, it is in effect the agency's explanation for why its MetroRail commuter line from Leander to downtown Austin is now 15 to 18 months late in opening. And still counting.

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Construction of the new passenger train platform in Stanwood, Wash., is costing more than anticipated, and the platform might not be open until just before Thanksgiving for people who want to ride the rail, according to the Everett, Wash. Herald. Nevertheless, people in Stanwood are watching eagerly as the Amtrak Cascades stop takes shape along the BNSF tracks in east downtown.

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A railroad company's objections to the design of the Robinson Street crossing underpass in Norman, Okla., have been withdrawn, city officials say, according to local media. Sticking to the original design means the city will experience no delay in building the underpass and can stick to its original budget of about $25 million, Public Works Director Shawn O'Leary said.

 

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After years of wrangling, paving work has begun on a contentious 26-acre automobile-to-rail transfer facility off Willow Road in Ayer, Mass., owned by Billerica-based Pan Am Railways, the Lowell Sun reports. But news of the paving isn't sitting well with the state Department of Environmental Protection and federal Environmental Protection Agency officials. Environmental officials are calling out Pan Am for beginning to pave without stormwater-management devices in place. As a result, the attorney general is also investigating whether the start of work without "best management" stormwater controls in place violates the terms of the Pan Am's probation in Middlesex Superior Court.

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The parking garage at the Franconia-Springfield Metrorail station in the Washington, D.C., area at the end of the Blue Line will undergo a major rehabilitation project beginning October 1, resulting in the temporary loss of up to 220 parking spaces during the 18- to 20-month project. 

The garage rehabilitation will take place in 12 phases and includes concrete, structural and electrical repairs of the 12-year-old facility, which opened in June 1997. Throughout the course of the rehabilitation project, approximately 220 of the 5,069 parking spaces will be unavailable.

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