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Rail News: October 2010

October 29

Amtrak contracts Siemens to supply 70 electric locomotives Amtrak contracts Siemens to supply 70 electric locomotives AAR weekly report: North American rail traffic remains in high gear Illinois provides $32 million for Joliet intermodal station Illinois provides $32 million for Joliet intermodal station APTA: Majority of U.S. travelers would use high-speed rail services UP reassigns four operating department managers AHSRA names former U.S. transportation secretary Slater to advisory board L.A. Metro ready to begin final environmental, preliminary engineering work on two projects RailAmerica drives up 3Q revenue and traffic, scores Nova Scotia funding pact Wisconsin & Southern lays welded rail on Madison Sub line Updates from Bombardier, Comet Industries, Con-way Multimodal, Transportation Certification Services, Spectrum Infrared and Qual-Tran Products

October 28

California Inspector General: CHSRA making progress on project controls, but still not prepared to distribute stimulus funds NS boosted revenue, traffic for fifth-straight quarter New Jersey governor officially terminates ARC project Illinois provides $64 million for CREATE-related grade separation 'Unsafe' marshalling practices on long, heavy trains can cause derailments, Canadian safety board says T.F. Green Airport intermodal facility opens in Rhode Island CN solidifies pact, reaches tentative agreement with Teamsters Canada Mobile port to add intermodal rail yards Updates from Alstom, Knorr-Bremse, Wabtec and Trinity Industries

October 27

North Carolina launches construction on Cary Depot expansion CN scored more revenue in all seven sectors, logged industry-best operating ratio Revenue and income rose, operating ratio fell for CP Metrolink contracts Parsons to design, install PTC system BNSF's Clark wins AAR environmental excellence award CSX takes wraps off Maryland's first ultra-low-emission GenSet Greater Cleveland RTA obtains TIGER II grant to upgrade University Circle station WMATA improves Bethesda station CP to donate 'heritage' equipment to commemorate Canadian transcontinental railroad's 125th anniversary

October 26

Hurricane Alex didn't severely dent KCS' quarterly performance AAR, TTCI create research advisory board Iowa Interstate ready to resume passenger-rail service, regional says More Ohioans using Amtrak service, ODOT says Two magazines recognize UP's environmental efforts Jackson & Lansing acquires Michigan line from NS UP to upgrade lines in three states Updates from L.B. Foster, Trinity Industries, Pike Research, Stantec and Gannett Fleming

October 25

Amtrak eliminates COO post; Crosbie departs railroad PANYNJ continues to post progress on WTC Transportation Hub CSX ranks high on Newsweek's annual 'greenest companies' list Illinois commission orders Keokuk Junction to fix crossing surface; order is 'fundamentally unjust,' railroad says Amtrak Cascades posts ridership growth, obtains favorable border-fee ruling from feds Connecticut college to offer rail engineering program Ohio commission OKs crossing upgrades, North Carolina DOT completes crossing work Updates from Bombardier/Alstom and Johnson Matthey

October 22

STB hearing to determine if certain regulation exemptions remain 'good policy' AAR weekly report: North American rail traffic remained on uptick Federal, state and local dollars locked up for Illinois Amtrak station NS moves up in Newsweek's annual rankings of top environmentally minded companies Rail lobbyist Keith Hartwell assesses 'wave election' prospects at RTA confab Amtrak bridge work in Connecticut remains on pace for 2014 completion Updates from Bombardier, Siemens, Alstom Transport, Salco Products, Pacer International and Construction Polymers Technologies

October 21

USDOT doles out TIGER II grants for 75 transportation projects Florida DOT seeks proposals for several HSR 'early works' projects UP: 'Most profitable quarter' included several financial records Illinois provides $12 million for new Nippon Sharyo rail-car plant Illinois provides $12 million for new Nippon Sharyo rail-car plant Wisconsin city receives TIGER II grant to begin work on downtown intermodal terminal L.A. Metro lands TIFIA loan for Crenshaw/LAX light-rail project Survey: Wisconsin residents split on HSR support; most wouldn't use Milwaukee-Madison HSR service STB report: U.S. Class I workforce expanded a smidge in September Moynihan Station construction begins in New York City BART begins to build Oakland Airport Connector Maine purchases MMA lines, plans to contract private rail operator

October 20

Miami port to receive TIGER II grant for intermodal project Australia's STI-GLOBAL purchases New Mexico short line, seeks to develop PTC solution UP's container transfer facility expansion remains under review; NS' new Pennsylvania terminal gets under way Ohio to award operating funds to state transit agencies CN, Western Stevedoring team up with forest-product firms to improve traffic flows RAC hands out 2010 safety, environmental awards NS creates new advertising campaign Updates from Electro-Motive Diesel and RailComm

October 19

North Dakota, Maine and Texas DOTs land TIGER II grants for rail projects CHSRA sets criteria to choose which segment will receive high-speed stimulus funds Amtrak completes new Auto Train station, notes improvements at Mattoon facility China ACM to provide ready-mix concrete for Chinese HSR system Nottingham won't seek second STB term MBTA launches construction on Wachusett commuter-rail project BNSF selects civil contractor, lands state grant for Kansas terminal L.A. Metro to host workshops for Crenshaw/LAX light-rail line Updates from Amberg Technologies, Crown Products & Services and Interfleet

October 18

Feds refinance Amtrak debt Metra proposes more than $1 billion spending plan for 2011 UP to open Illinois terminal, NS to start Pennsylvania facility KCSR adds automotive tracking system to Texas terminal North Carolina Amtrak ridership jumps 15 percent in FY10 UTU-represented Illinois & Midland workers ratify contract Updates from GATX, Parsons Brinckerhoff and HDR

October 15

Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate calls for public hearing on Milwaukee-Madison HSR line New study outlines ARC Tunnel benefits; project must advance for New Jersey to remain competitive, Sen. Lautenberg says North American railroads continue to register weekly traffic gains AAR: Rail industry-saving Staggers Act reaches 30th anniversary WMATA could soon launch rehab program on Blue, Orange lines TTC schedules 'Toronto Rocket' subway car for December lift off Orange County Transportation Authority completes crossing improvements Transportation Services Index slipped in July, BTS says BART awards first contract for Contra Costa County extension Progressive Railroading to provide free PTC webcast on Oct. 20

October 14

Rhode Island DOT, MBTA sign commuter-rail operating agreement Schwarzenegger vetoes CHSRA accountability provision in state budget CN nets EJ&E mitigation pact with another Illinois town California county offers up farm land for potential high-speed train maintenance facility Capitol Corridor ridership holds steady in FY10 LaHood, Reid voice support for DesertXpress Regional Rail to lease, operate NS track in New York USDOT issues grants to support universities' transportation research New York Penn Station turns 100 Peek and Pantier assume GM roles for Watco; Cooper takes on CSX account for R.J. Corman Updates from GE Transportation and Stantec

October 13

CSX sets operating income and ratio records, increases 2010 capex Initial analysis of Canadian freight-rail service elicits positive, negative feedback from railroads and shippers Pittsburgh port authority ditches 'premium' fare proposal Massachusetts commuter-rail operator assigns Kiley to GM post USDOT proposes new guidelines for RRIF program, ASLRRA says UP donates $33,000 to Michigan Tech's rail program Progressive Railroading to provide free PTC webcast on Oct. 20

October 12

Obama Administration reiterates the need for additional transportation infrastructure investment Report: CHSRA's ridership, revenue models don't add up; CHSRA says report 'findings' are challenges they continue to address AAR report: September rail traffic, car storage data suggest slow ongoing recovery Northeast Corridor commission holds first meeting Amtrak reaches new ridership high in FY2010 Brookhaven Rail Terminal, US Rail launch construction on Long Island facility VIA Rail advances fleet renewal program Comtrak Logistics founder Bruns to receive IANA's Silver Kingpin Award North Carolina Railroad, NS repair tropical storm-damaged track Updates from Ansaldo STS, Bombardier Transportation and Parkeon

October 11

NJ Transit to pursue new options for ARC project More TCU/ARASA members ratify Amtrak pacts; NCCC/UTU contract negotiations continue Caltrain approves fare hike, service cuts KCSM opens Mexican transload terminal near Toluca Santa Clara VTA launches 'Commuter Express' service Darr joins NMB as mediator KCSR promotes Honc to AVP purchasing post Salt storage building opens in Massachusetts Central's new industrial park

October 8

New Jersey Gov. Christie terminates ARC project AAR weekly traffic report: Steady as she goes for North American railroads MTA raises fares 7.5 percent to offset $900 million budget gap CN creates car staging facilities, acquires gondolas for steel traffic Motiva Enterprises enhances NS rail capabilities at Georgia ethanol hub Capital Metro proposes fare hikes to offset higher operating costs Watco assigns five to management positions Updates from Amsted Rail, AECOM, Alstom, Advanced Transit Manufacturing, Cornerstone Systems and Thales

October 7

Work resumes on New Jersey transit projects after one-day stoppage CHSRA launches overhauled website NTSB: U.S. transportation, rail fatalities fell in 2009 Eurostar to refurbish old, purchase new high-speed rail vehicles Turner to manage Transbay Transit Center construction UP resumes double-track project on Sunset Route CP lands long-term coal contract from Canadian miner Utah Transit Authority to drop fuel surcharge next month SFMTA to launch track improvements UTA's FrontLines program fronts association's project honorees for 2010

October 6

Canadian bill would enable SMT to buy subway cars from Bombardier-Alstom consortium FTA issues grant for North Charleston intermodal facility China to import corn in 2011, grain council says Four Iowa railroads obtain FRA funds for 2008 flood damage APTA recognizes 2010's top public transportation leaders Norfolk transloading facility handles large coal cargo for NS Class 8 truck orders rose in September Updates from RailComm, Schindler Elevator, Steel Dynamics, Axion and Parsons Brinckerhoff

October 5

FRA's draft EIS could delay DesertXpress project Rep. Richardson introduces Freight FOCUS Act Amtrak to spend $40 million on Chicago Union Station upgrades Metrolink awards $120 million contract for PTC implementation UP's PRB coal train count soared in September CSXT, PANYNJ to commemorate new Liberty Corridor Freightway APTA elects 2010-11 executive committee Ohio commission OKs quiet zone project Russian Railways marks seventh year in operation

October 4

RailTrends 2010: A few highlights (by Tony Hatch) CN, Teamsters Rail Conference reach tentative contract All freight-rail hosts, states to come to stakeholder-agreement terms by year's end, FRA's Szabo predicts Massachusetts issues South Coast Rail community grants, investment order Amtrak to give Chicago's Union Station a facelift CHSRA's van Ark offers assessment of high-speed rail progress, challenges Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville receives expanded foreign trade zone designation RailAmerica signs agreement to operate portion of Ottawa Valley Railway FTR's Trucking Conditions Index shows slight increase Transport Association of Canada hands out annual awards Updates from ALK Technologies, L.B. Foster, Amberg Technologies and J.L. Patterson & Associates

October 1

Florida DOT to host high-speed rail forum AAR report: U.S. roads reach weekly intermodal highs again BNSF asks state court to overturn sanctions, damages in Minnesota collision case STB calculates rail industry's cost of capital for 2009 Utah Transit Authority to open two TRAX light-rail lines in August 2011 WMATA creates safety committee, revises mission statement Louisiana terminal begins receiving crude oil via rail VIA Rail CEO frames future of passenger rail Bridge, crossing projects advance in Illinois and Ohio << Previous Next >>
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