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The Association of American Railroads and the Transportation Technology Center, Inc., established a TTCI Research Advisory Board. Developed to provide feedback on AAR's Strategic Research Initiatives and on how TTCI can best serve the AAR Affiliates and the Associates, the board will consist of members drawn from AAR's Gold Associate and Affiliate programs.

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Union Pacific will improve Wisconsin and Illinois' transportation infrastructures by investing nearly $15 million to improve the freight rail line that runs from Milwaukee, Wis., to Chicago, Ill. Work on the more than 75-mile stretch of railroad track began April 23 and is scheduled to be completed by mid-December.

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It will be easier than ever to step right on board a light rail train starting Saturday, November 6, when Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) marks the debut of level boarding at all light rail stations.

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Excitement abounds within the University Circle community, as the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority learned it received $10.5 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to reconstruct the 53-year-old University Circle Rapid Station. Of the $600 million available in competitive federal grants for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) II program around the country, RTA's University Circle Rapid Station is one of 42 capital projects selected and the only Ohio project.

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CSX Corporation said that, for the second year in a row, the company is ranked highest among all Class 1 freight railroads in Newsweek's 2010 Green Ranking of the 500 largest U.S. companies. The company is ranked 10th among all transport and aerospace companies and 215 overall.

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A fast-growing Northern Indiana steelmaker has begun making railroad beams three times longer than normal, the Indianapolis Star reports. The longer rails require fewer welds at installation and foster quicker safety inspections, both in an effort to cut expenses and increase railroad durability for the nation's train industry.

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Work will continue this week on the new pedestrian underpass at the Caltrain station in Santa Clara, Calif. The underpass will connect the north- and southbound platforms, allowing two trains to pass through the station at the same time and improving safety for pedestrians in the station.

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King County and Alliance Wasatch I, LLC, a joint venture between Alliance Property Group Inc. and Wasatch Advantage Group, LLC ("Alliance"), are joining Sound Transit, the City of Burien, Wash., and Pankow Builders to host a groundbreaking Oct. 23 for the park-and-ride expansion project at the Burien Transit Center. The ceremony, scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Burien park-and-ride lot, will kick off construction of a multi-level, 462-stall garage and an adjoining 43-space surface lot that will add 164 spaces to the transit center's parking capacity. King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County Councilmember and Sound Transit Board member Jan Drago, U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott, Burien Mayor Joan McGilton, and Alliance representatives will be among those speaking at the event.

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Major construction progress is being made to build the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, which will serve 250,000 people daily, including preparations to install massive Santiago Calatrava-designed arches to form the roof of the Hub's mezzanine level and the floor for the 9/11 Memorial.

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The MTA Long Island Rail Road is advising its customers October 23-24, and November 6-7, there will be extremely limited LIRR service, especially between Jamaica Station and Penn Station, as the LIRR cuts over to a modern signal and switching control system at Jamaica. During these weekends, the LIRR recommends customers use the LIRR for essential business travel only

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