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Three residential streets in West Palm Beach will be closed at the Florida East Coast Railway tracks this week as All Aboard Florida completes work for its Brightline passenger rail service.

Avenida Hermosa, El Vedado and Monroe Drive will be closed to traffic at the FEC tracks beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The residential streets are located west of Dixie Highway between Belvedere Road and Southern Boulevard.

The roads are expected to reopen by 6 p.m. on Aug. 13, All Aboard said.

All Aboard Florida has been closing railroad crossings throughout Palm Beach County periodically as it works to install a second set of tracks on the FEC line.

As part of the rail work, All Aboard’s Brightline is also making safety upgrades needed to silence train horns at rail intersections from Boca Raton to West Palm Beach. County transportation planners are paying for the “quiet zone” improvements.

The company said Monday that it has completed more than 60 percent of the planned crossing work in the City of West Palm Beach.

As part of the work set to begin Wednesday, Brightline officials said the existing track will be lowered to accommodate the construction of the second track and the company’s passenger trains.

— Jennifer Sorentrue, Malled

Unwanted robocalls? Just block them, FCC chief tells phone companies

There’s nothing consumers hate more than unwanted robocalls. Even if your phone number is on the Do Not Call registry, they seem to be unstoppable.

Last year Consumers Union launched its End Robocalls campaign calling on the phone companies to take action.

Friday it applauded Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, who in letters sent Thursday, asked the nation’s largest phone companies to provide their customers with free tools to block unwanted robocalls. Wheeler has given them 30 days to respond with a plan for doing so.

Wheeler sent letters to AT&T, Bandwidth.com, CenturyLink, Frontier Communications, Level 3 Communications, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon.

Robocalls are the top consumer complaint reported to the FCC, which received more than 3.5 million complaints from consumers about unwanted calls last year. Almost half of these calls occurred after the consumer requested that the caller stop contacting them.

“Consumers want and deserve more control over their calls they receive,” Wheeler said in the FCC’s blog.

For years the phone companies argued that they were prevented from blocking robocalls because they were legally obligated to make sure all calls reached the intended recipient. But last year the FCC made it clear that phone companies have the legal authority to block unwanted calls.

“Consumers are tired of being hounded by robocalls that interrupt their privacy and are often used by crooks to commit fraud,” said Tim Marvin, who heads up Consumers Union’s End Robocalls campaign. “The phone companies need to start listening to their customers who are desperate for relief. The time for action is long overdue.”

Robocalls are more than just a nuisance. Telephone scammers use robocalls to rip off seniors and other vulnerable consumers, resulting in an estimated $350 million in financial losses every year, Consumers Union said.

— Susan Salisbury, Protecting Your Pocket


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