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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.