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Union Pacific will improve Missouri's transportation infrastructure by investing more than $10 million on the rail line that runs from near Washington, Mo., to Pacific, Mo. Work on the nearly 22-mile stretch of railroad track began July 1 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of July.   The project includes removing and installing the rail on one of the two tracks in the area.

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Two years after officials gathered in Mechanicsville, N.Y., to announce a $40-million "rail logistics center," work on the project has yet to begin, the Albany Times-Union reports. But that could soon change.

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New Mexico Transportation Secretary Gary L. J. Girón was joined by state and local officials as they broke ground on the Reinken Avenue project in Belen. The $2.4-million project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will include building a pedestrian overpass at the Belen Rail Runner Station. It is expected to be complete by this November.

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At the opening of the new dog park in Fremont, Calif., Central Park, a cacophony of howls and yips from assorted canines mixed with excited chatter and laughter from dog owners. When the ribbon was finally cut by Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman and BART Board Director Tom Blalock, dogs thronged the oasis-like park, which stood in stark contrast to the booming construction nearby.

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SERTC is now enrolling emergency responders for hazardous material training through a federally funded program that provides broad access to intensive training at our world-class training facility located at the Transportation Technology Center, Pueblo, Colo. Registration for training is available on at www.sertc.org.

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Transportation projects in North Carolina have $173 million over the next four years that doesn't have to be allocated based on the state equity fund formula, the Sun Journal reports.

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Mesquite, Texas, is pursuing a "quiet zone" along the Union Pacific railway corridor that cuts through the middle of town, the Dallas Morning News reports. In a quiet zone, if railroad crossings meet certain federal standards, trains no longer sound their horns unless the engineer sees a danger on the tracks.

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Union Pacific has published its 2009 Sustainability and Citizenship Report, highlighting the company's commitment to protecting the environment, enhancing its position as an employer of choice, being a valuable member of the more than 7,000 communities in which it operates and diligently working on behalf of shareholders, employees and customers to be among the best-governed companies in America.

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Federal Signal Environmental Solutions Group has appointed Sam Miceli as vice president and general manager for its Guzzler Manufacturing and Vactor Manufacturing subsidiaries, effective immediately. In this role, Miceli is primarily responsible for overseeing and cultivating the business strategies and growth initiatives for both companies. He will report directly to Mark Weber, president of Federal Signal Environmental Solutions Group.

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RailAmerica has reached an agreement to acquire Atlas Railroad Construction Company and related assets for $21.5 million in cash plus closing adjustments for working capital, which are estimated to be approximately $2.5 million. The transaction is expected to close July 1, 2010. Founded in 1954, Atlas is a railroad engineering, construction, maintenance and repair company operating primarily in the U.S. Midwest and Northeast. Atlas provides railroad construction services principally to public-transit agencies, industrial customers, and short line and regional railroads.

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