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Rail News: October 2012

October 31

RTD extends free ride program to military through 2014 Gary Railway workers ratify agreements Austin's Capital Metro solicits public input on transportation study American Association of Railroad Superintendents bestows 'excellence' awards, scholarships Metro Transit to open new Northstar line station next month Canadian government to provide more funds through Asia-Pacific Gateway initiative Dakota Southern Railway, South Dakota DOT cap off track rehabilitation project East Coast storm cleanup continues; Amtrak begins operating limited service in Northeast

October 30

Rail supplier updates from Miner, Bombardier, Siemens, CTC, Cubic and New York Air Brake (Oct. 30) Canada awards another 'early works' contract for Evergreen Line Nation needs more reliable transportation to and from ports, Rendell says Sound Transit awards construction management contract for Northgate Link project Indiana Northeastern opens new locomotive maintenance facility BNSF, Illinois officials commemorate completion of Galesburg grade separation East Coast passenger railroads work to restore service after massive storm Northeast storm update: The aftereffects for freight railroads, ports

October 29

J.B. Hunt, Schneider National and Hub Group win 'core carrier' awards Record-setting-size container ship calls on Port Everglades Vermont Rail Action Network honors RailAmerica's Hunter, Amtrak's Kujula Denton County Transportation Authority approves fare changes, posts annual ridership gain FTA to fund $400,000 for Hudson-Bergen light-rail study Wlotko to retire from Patriot Rail Jan. 1 BART marks completion of Warm Springs tunnel project East Coast passenger railroads prep for high winds, flooding from 'super storm' CHSRA names Vacca chief program manager

October 26

Metrolink reaches two decades of commuter-rail operation Massachusetts economic development agency seeks public input on CSX bridge design APTA names Parsons Brinckerhoff's Henke the 'outstanding' business member for 2012 Coming next week: RailTrends 2012 Valley Metro, Mesa officials to update public on next light-rail project planning phase Norfolk Southern: Wheeler succeeds Drake as VP of engineering; Evans succeeds Wheeler as VP of transportation AAR Week 42 scorecard: Only seven U.S. carload commodity groups posted gains BART notes quarterly ridership increase, cleaner cars California Transportation Commission to help fund three major rail projects California Transportation Commission issues Prop 1A funds for ACE project

October 25

Rail supplier updates from Pacer, The Andersons, Alstom, Axion, Trinity and Greenbrier (Oct. 25) Railroad Research Foundation obtains two FRA grants for R&D projects CSX picks Indiana logistics park as 'Select Site' Fort Worth Transportation Authority OKs some fare hikes Conrail, New Jersey constituents sign off on TIGER III grant for rail project Utah Transit Authority to launch new Airport TRAX light-rail line in April Cincinnati passenger-rail plan advances with funding, preferred alignment decisions STB blesses BNSF's plan to purchase Nebraska Northeastern line

October 24

Franczak, Kummant assume exec roles for Australian freight-rail operator VIA Rail honored for Pacific Central Station restoration Canadian environmental agency to assess proposed rail line in Quebec mining region Greater Cleveland transit agency opens Buckeye-Woodhill Station Making headway on National Gateway: CSX halfway through intermodal initiative's first phase D.C. airports authority reveals five teams competing for Dulles Corridor Phase 2 contract Coming (very) soon: RailTrends 2012 SFMTA seeks bids for Central Subway construction contract CP: 3Q financial results show 'momentum is building' Weak coal, merchandise volumes too much for NS to overcome in 3Q

October 23

Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, GE, Bombardier, Alstom, Miner and Hatch Mott MacDonald (Oct. 23) Metrolink 'wraps' another car to boost weekend ridership WMATA completes Dupont Circle escalator project Indiana Rail Road starts work on new locomotive shop, acquires land for transload facility CSXT's coal pier resumes operation in Baltimore Phoenix's Valley Metro seeks public input on proposed fare changes Iowa Pacific Holdings acquires Cape Rail CN posts solid 3Q financial results, appoints Drysdale as investor relations VP

October 22

GO Transit opens new parking structure Long Island Rail Road opens second train wash facility U.S. Class I workforce was a bit smaller in September, STB data shows Three grade separations under way along Roberts Bank corridor in B.C. Ontario Northland employees part of plan to acquire company's assets D.C. Mayor Gray sets up task force for proposed streetcar system ARCI: Rail-car orders, deliveries dropped in 3Q Toronto reports record ridership on transit system Amtrak hits 110 mph on segment of Chicago-St. Louis corridor Bombardier's ZEFIRO receives German design award

October 19

Railway Interchange 2013 organizers seek sponsorships Rail supplier updates from Bechtel, Bombardier, Siemens and Hatch Mott MacDonald (Oct. 19) EDA to award disaster funding for New York and Susquehanna track repairs, Schumer says Delaware DOT launches third-track project near Wilmington Weak ag, coal and scrap steel volumes held down U.S. carloads in 41st week September container counts mixed at L.A.-area ports; state grant awarded for industrial park at Vancouver port Lack of access to bus, air service in smaller communities boosts Amtrak ridership, Boardman says Gas prices helped boost LACMTA ridership in September CN, Tundra Energy to construct crude oil terminal in Manitoba Kansas City Southern set all-time revenue, volume records in 3Q

October 18

Railway Association of Canada honors four railroads with safety awards CN earns environmental policy accolades, awaits public comments on terminal expansion environmental report Metrolink completes L.A. Union Station track reconstruction project CREATE program caps off another Chicago-area grade separation Texas DOT to study Oklahoma-to-south Texas rail service OneRail Coalition asks Obama, Romney to emphasize rail Bombardier to operate MARC trains NS opens Crescent Corridor intermodal terminal in Alabama UP logs best-ever results, sets five financial records in 3Q Delaware DOT begins third-track project near Wilmington

October 17

Rail supplier news from Ansaldo, CalAmp, Jacobs Engineering, dFuzion, Baker and Freeborn & Peters (Oct. 17) Canadian Auto Workers to form new union with CEP Union Pacific's Schmid wins AAR's environmental excellence award Amtrak names DeCataldo GM of Northeast Corridor Canadian Pacific assigns three SVPs to operations team Chicago's Metra releases proposed 2013 budget for public review Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific were revenue adequate for 2011, STB says CATS receives full funding grant agreement for LYNX light-rail extension CSX: Revenue and income drops in 3Q reflect coal, economic headwinds

October 16

Yusen Logistics' Bailey to chair Intermodal Transportation Institute Buckeye Partners adds crude oil services at New York port NJ Transit authorizes restoration of historic station's exterior Metrolink to receive $7.8 million in state funds for grade crossing improvements Sound Transit to solicit public comments on proposed service changes Progressive Rail acquires Iowa Traction Railroad Panama Canal set tonnage record in FY2012 New York MTA proposes fare, toll increases Amtrak names DeCataldo Northeast Corridor GM Texas DOT to study Oklahoma-to-south-Texas rail service

October 15

Rail supplier updates from National Salvage, Bombardier, Nomad, HP, Jacob Associates, Lilee and Parsons-Odebrecht (Oct. 15) DART board elects officers X Train acquires more rail cars for L.A.-Las Vegas service Virginia port pumped up volume again in September Vancouver Island foundation seeks regional funding for rail upgrades BNSF to dedicate new Mississippi River bridge in Iowa Commerce department forms supply chain advisory committee Valley Metro receives $75 million FTA grant for light-rail extension CHSRA board member Balgenorth resigns

October 12

Rail supplier updates from TTX, FreightCar America, L.B. Foster, Jacobs Engineering, MERMEC and CANARAIL (Oct. 12) Transportation Services Index slid a bit in August, BTS says UTA prepares for Dec. 10 opening of new FrontRunner line Locomotive repower projects garner DERA grants from EPA Houston's METRO marks progress on light-rail expansion project AAR: Intermodal still up, carloads still down for U.S. railroads in week 40 Grassby to succeed McQuade as Canadian Pacific's CFO San Francisco MTA receives $942 million in New Starts funding for light-rail extension to Chinatown Point Defiance Bypass environmental study now complete Amtrak posts ridership record in FY2012

October 11

FTR: Capacity for carriers, shippers continues to tighten Virginia transportation board seeks input on six-year improvement programs UTU, EJ&E ratify new agreement for yardmasters and hostlers First Central Corridor light-rail vehicle arrives in downtown Minneapolis Union Pacific improving Nebraska rail line CTA announces new agreement with ironworkers WMATA unveils mock-up of its new rail cars FTA issues FY2013 guidance, funding information under MAP-21

October 10

NJ Transit considers eliminating free travel for non-union employees, retirees MassDOT strives for travel-mode shift to reduce traffic, GHG emissions Railway Supply Institute elects 2013 officers, new board members DART to offer new mobile ticketing technology VIA Rail completes upgrades to Windsor, Belleville and Oshawa stations Equipment investment growth to slow during tail end of 2012, foundation says Metro-North to launch $30 million Harlem River Bridge project Amtrak posts ridership record in FY2012

October 9

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Siemens, Bombardier, ALLTRANSTEK, NREC and Sygnet Rail; also, in memoriam: Frank Wilkinson (Oct. 9) Indiana Rail Road to boost train speed through Bloomington Independent review shows Honolulu's financial plan for new rail system is 'reasonable' Georgia ports register strong start to FY2013 UP acquires Oklahoma-owned rail line MARTA picks Parker as next GM, CEO California creates local authority to oversee Pacific Surfliner service In memoriam: Respected businessman and entrepreneur Patsy Crisafi BNSF on Rockefeller's call for federal review of Berkshire acquisition: Short-line ownership issue will be resolved quickly Progressive Railroading, RailTrends honor UP's Jim Young as 'Railroad Innovator'

October 8

Long Island economic development organization lands federal grant for rail suppliers alliance PATCO to end contactless bank-card pilot program DART names Calcano VP of human resources Alameda Corridor authority obtains bids for Baldwin Avenue grade separation work Metro-North to add 79 trains as part of service improvement initiative Global Partners, U.S. Silica land rail-related business deals in shales Gov. Quinn advances CREATE overpass project in Illinois USDOT, FRA mark completion of Vermonter rail project ARS Co-President Mike Heridia confirms tragic death of business partner Vinnie Vaccarello USDOT, FRA mark completion of Vermonter rail project

October 5

RTA: Tie production way up, purchases way down in August Union Pacific advances trackwork in two states, appoints Hess to head national customer center Amtrak to start speeding up trains on Norfolk Southern track in preparation for Norfolk-Richmond service British Columbia selects preferred contractor for Evergreen Line Chicago mayor unveils renderings of CTA's new Wilson Avenue Station Amtrak joins federal effort to stop human trafficking U.S. intermodal gains stretched to 34th straight month in September, AAR says CSX, Massachusetts officials finalize agreement on Framingham/Worcester line

October 4

Rail supplier updates from Kelso, Professional Transportation, Trinity, NREC and the Burns Group (Oct. 4) Major bridge program in the works for Wisconsin and Southern MTA Long Island Rail Road to extend station waiting room hours Alameda construction authority backs sales tax extension, seeks grade separation bids Louisiana port receives federal grant to rebuild flood-damaged rail line CN opens new office in India Houston METRO's FY2013 budget continues rail expansion Metrolinx, Toronto commission agree on light-rail operations and maintenance

October 3

Long Creek Railroad becomes Saskatchewan's 13th short line Norfolk light-rail service is keeping cars off roads, survey says APTA honors agencies, leaders for excellence in public transportation Union Pacific cites September coal train counts, shares two execs' recent honors MTA Metro-North kicks off six-station rehab project on New Haven Line NS, U S Rail partner with grain shipper to revive dormant Indiana line; BNSF and UP to serve new Houston industrial park USDOT announces $120 million in high-speed rail funds for Connecticut CREATE partners cap off another key project

October 2

Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, Bombardier, STV, Benesch, Jacobs, Schneider National and A&K Railroad Materials (Oct. 2) APTA elects Flora chair for 2012-13 Richardson International to expand storage capacity at CN-served port terminal in Vancouver Franczak resigns as Canadian Pacific's COO; Schollaert becomes KCS' sales and marketing VP AAR ads: Freight-rail industry to reinvest $23 billion this year L.A. light-rail project cleared for $545.9 million TIFIA loan Obama's 'We Can't Wait' initiative expedites Minneapolis, Cleveland transit projects Genesee & Wyoming completes RailAmerica acquisition, places control of holding company in voting trust Connecticut receives more federal funds for New Haven-Springfield corridor

October 1

Rail supplier updates from AECOM, Bombardier, Mermec, RailComm, CTC and United Railcar (Oct. 1) Cleveland port unveils new rail loop Tarrytown station project completed on schedule, Metro-North says Union Pacific makes several top management changes Norfolk Southern eyes fruits of expansion at Marcellus Shale sand terminal USDOT awards grants for rail service study, electric locomotive research and safety system development MARTA's current economics are unsustainable, audit firm says CN to construct central training centers in Canada, U.S. California, Midwest DOTs issue notice on passenger-car contract California commission releases $39.8 million for Caltrain modernization project Teamsters show support for DesertXpress project << Previous Next >>
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