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e-VERIFILE.COM Inc. said Canadian Pacific has joined e-RAILSAFE Canada--the latest in the company's line of e-RAILSAFE workplace safety/security management services. As part of its use of e-RAILSAFE Canada, CP will now require its contractors/vendors and their employees that require access to CP's Canadian-based properties, to participate in Compliance Programs that CP creates and administers via the ERS- Canada system.

BSNF began a major track rehabilitation and grade crossing project in New Iberia, LA, this week. Six crossings between Jefferson and Center streets will receive $900,000 worth of work to fix drainage problems.

Close to 2,500 feet of track will be replaced, new crossings will also be installed and new subsurface water pipes will be installed to stop water from accumulating inside the tracks during heavy rains. The work began Monday and should be completed by Thursday.
Union Pacific has been named one of the nation's top 50 "Best Places to Launch a Career" by BusinessWeek. The magazine ranks the railroad No. 28 on the list, up from No. 39 last year.

To determine which employers are best for entry-level workers, BusinessWeek used a three-part methodology.

• The magazine surveyed career services directors at U.S. colleges to learn which employers were tops on their lists.
• Those employers were asked to complete a survey on their hiring, pay, benefits, and training programs, which we then compared with others in the same industry.
• Universum USA, a Philadelphia research company, provided the results of its 2009 survey of more than 60,000 U.S. undergraduates, who were asked to identify their five most desirable employers.

The employer survey counted for 50 percent of the final ranking, while the career services and student surveys counted for 25 percent each.
Canadian National unveiled an upgraded online greenhouse gas-emissions calculator that estimates total carbon emissions for shipments across multiple modes of transportation.

The new calculator, located at, generates carbon-emission estimates for shipments using a combination of vessel, rail and truck - such as containers moving internationally from Asia to North American destinations along CN's network - or domestic shipments using a combination of rail and truck or a single mode of transportation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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