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Los Angeles is known for its vibrant car culture - and for all the problems that come along with it, such as air pollution and congestion, according to the South Los Angeles Report. Twelve transit projects are under way to provide relief for commuters. But transit officials say that may take up to three decades to complete, according to the South Los Angeles Report. Thousands of labor union members gathered in front of downtown City Hall on Friday to show their support for a plan that would speed up construction of the transit projects and create much-needed jobs.

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A major upgrade could be on the way for the railroad crossing where one Springfield, Ohio, High School student was killed and another seriously injured while walking to school right before the holiday break in December 2009, FOX Toledo News reports. They were both struck by a train while walking to school. Fifteen-year-old Cody Brown was killed. His friend, 16-year-old Brianna Mullinger, survived but lost her leg.

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The 2011 Joint Rail conference, which will be held in Pueblo, Colo., March 16-18, with the theme "Shared Corridors, Shared Interests" has issued a call for papers. The 2011 JRC is jointly sponsored by ASME, ASCE, IEEE, AREMA and TRB. Abstracts for proposed technical papers are now being accepted on the conference website, http://www.asmeconferences.org/JRC2011


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Lake Zurich, Ill., trustees approved an agreement with Ciorba Group Consulting Engineers in the amount of $126,221 for Phase I analysis for noise mitigation measures along the Elgin, Eastern and Joliet Railroad at Monday's meeting, Pioneer Press reports.

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Heavy rain swept through Duluth, Minn., the week of August 9, taking with it part of an old concrete culvert in West Duluth, the Duluth News Tribune reports. 

That, in turn, created a sinkhole over Kingsbury Creek that swallowed a section of the BNSF railroad near the Willard Munger Inn.



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The Connecticut Bond Commission is expected to approve $260 million to help pay for the improvements needed for high-speed trains running through the state and western Massachusetts, local media report.

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In an overwhelming show of support for the Administration's high-speed rail initiative, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said that the Federal Railroad Administration has received 77 applications from 25 states for the most recent round of High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) grant funding. Application requests total more than $8.5 billion and will be considered for funding from more than $2.3 billion appropriated in FY 2010.

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The Maryland Transit Administration is advising Metro Subway customers of upcoming track maintenance. The overnight work will improve track functions between the Rogers Avenue and State Center/Cultural Center stations and is scheduled to have limited impact on Metro Subway service.

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L.B. Foster Company said it is extending its previously announced cash tender offer, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Foster Thomas Company, for all outstanding shares of common stock of Portec Rail Products, Inc., until 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on August 30, 2010. The tender offer was previously set to expire at midnight, New York City time on August 16, 2010.


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With the most significant transit-service changes in years coming on August 30, Metro employees in St. Louis will be at MetroBus Transfer Centers and MetroLink stations on weekdays until then to provide customers with information on changes coming to 53 MetroBus routes. Teams of Metro employees serving as "ambassadors" will meet with customers during the morning and afternoon rush hours with details.

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