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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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Every weekday morning, Peter Myung of Wheaton takes a Metra train to work, the Chicago Tribune reports. But even when he arrives at the downtown Wheaton station on time, he's at risk of missing his train. That's because the Metra platform is on the north side of the adjacent Union Pacific tracks; the commuter parking lot where Myung parks his car is on the south side. When a passing freight train blocks the nearby West Street crossing, Myung and other commuters must wait for it to pass. But starting next year, Myung will be able to take a shortcut across the tracks and won't risk missing his train.

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The Worcester, Mass., City Council has overwhelmingly approved in concept CSX Transportation's plan to expand its freight yard between Shrewsbury and Franklin streets and make the city its new rail freight hub for New England, the Telegram & Gazette reports. But the project is anything but finalized; in fact, final city action on it may not take place for at least another couple of months.

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Starting early July 2010, construction crews will start earthquake-strengthening work inside BART's West Oakland Station. Crews will construct scaffolding and enclosures around work areas and at times will need to temporarily change pedestrian access inside the station. This means it may take customers longer to make their way through the station and around the work areas.

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On July 7, 2010, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will begin to improve eight Caltrain crossings located in Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto, Calif. The improvements will make crossings safer for pedestrians, bicycles and automobiles and will include the following safety features: modified railroad crossing gates, newly-installed guardrails, fences, pedestrian and emergency swing gates, sidewalks, crossing panels and warning tactile panels to assist the visually impaired.

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