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Rail News: November 2012

November 30

Rail supplier updates from GE, Bombardier, Alstom, Kelso and Ex-Im Bank (Nov. 30) Ohio, Washington commissions OK crossing upgrades Iowa DOT to host hearings on Chicago-Council Bluffs-Omaha passenger-rail study Western Carolina Railway Service to launch Aiken Railway in South Carolina CTA to reopen Lawrence Red Line Station Norfolk Southern completes upgrades to Virginia export coal facility Metrolinx unveils next wave of 'Big Move' projects AAR: More mixed results for U.S. traffic in 47th week

November 29

North Carolina DOT schedules public hearing on proposed grade separation Johnson to succeed Kempton as Orange County Transportation Authority's CEO Metrolinx, Toronto officials ink agreements to expand light rail Hurricane Sandy update: NJ Transit to begin testing trains on Morris, Essex lines USDOT provides $3.2 million for Washington state siding extension CN CMO Ruest to address RailTrends next month Siemens to acquire Invensys Rail for $2.8 billion FTA finalizes grant agreement for Sacramento light-rail extension Longshore & Warehouse Union clerical workers launch strike at L.A.-area ports Shuster named chair of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee USDOT provides $3.2 million for Washington state siding extension

November 28

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Steel Dynamics, AXION, REMSA, Urban Engineers, AREMA and DNJ Intermodal (Nov. 28) Frione joins South Florida Regional Transportation Authority Black, Despos join Watco's management ranks Crossing improvements advance in Iowa, North Carolina Cleveland short line adds CEMEX to customer list KCS rings in 125th anniversary at NYSE California's High Desert Corridor project evolves to possibly include high-speed rail connector Hurricane Sandy update: MTA's repair bill is $5 billion, Gov. Cuomo says California's High Desert Corridor project evolves to possibly include high-speed rail connector

November 27

Union Pacific to boost train speed on Kansas line Savannah port pursues paving project to support heavy machinery exports Amtrak fills key senior operations posts with Pohlot, Quigley Enbridge, Canopy Prospecting to develop crude oil unit-train facility near Philadelphia TriMet begins welding first segments of rail on Portland-Milwaukie light-rail line Metro-North begins Port Jervis Line signalization project, restores Grand Central's Whispering Gallery New speakers on tap for next month's RailTrends conference Baltimore port on pace for annual cargo record, Gov. O'Malley says House transportation committee to hold another Amtrak hearing

November 26

Rail supplier updates from BMT Group, Vossloh, Axion, Nomad Digital and MERMEC (Nov. 26) Transportation Services Index inched up in September AASHTO names Wright executive director Amtrak installs Hanson as police chief, earns accreditation from law enforcement group CN reaches land-use agreement with Chicago-area forest preserve district Florida port, CSX play roles in corn imports from Brazil Amtrak operates Lincoln Service trains at 110 mph in Illinois AAR: U.S. carloadings, intermodal loads continue to net opposite outcomes Amtrak operates Lincoln Service trains at 110 mph in Illinois Report: European HSR projects cause track product demand to rise

November 21

Rail supplier updates from Siemens, Ansaldo STS, Kelso and GATX (Nov. 21) SEDA-COG rail authority reviewed bridge replacement project at public meeting Post-Hurricane Sandy update: MTA offers free shuttle service to Rockaway Peninsula KCSM seeks to serve more Mexican industrial parks Valley Metro's October ridership broke record CSX should remove three abandoned bridges in New York, Sen. Schumer says; Demolition plans are in play, Class I says Santa Clara VTA proposes extending light rail to Los Gatos Georgia to provide more funds for Savannah Harbor expansion Chicago Transit Authority's proposed 2013 budget addresses $165 million shortfall

November 20

VIA Rail opens new station in Windsor EIA: Average cost to ship coal by rail in U.S. rose about 50 percent from 2001 to 2010 Capitol Corridor breaks ridership record in FY2012 California, Virginia ports notched volume gains in October Five of six U.S. Class I workforce segments increased in October Honolulu transit authority, FTA to sign $1.55 billion grant agreement for rail project AAR calls on STB to reintroduce indirect competition as coal rate case factor; Mulvey to retain board seat after term expires Illinois Gov. Quinn announces $352 million rail-car contract for high-speed lines Illinois Gov. Quinn announces $352 million rail-car contract for high-speed lines

November 19

Rail supplier updates from Cleveland Track and Harsco (Nov.19) Cargill to build CSXT-served rail loop at Illinois grain elevator Chicago Transit Authority awards contract for Red Line South project NS names Atlanta rail fabrication plant after former MOW group leader Hurricane Sandy update: NJ Transit restores all but one rail line Sound Transit to jointly study transit expansion with Seattle, add parking at Edmonds Station Georgia Ports Authority marks opening of expanded container transfer facility in Savannah FRA, rail industry launch collaborative anti-distraction effort California judge denies farmers' preliminary injunction request against CHSRA

November 16

AAR issues 2012 fact book International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Canadian Pacific reach tentative pact Amtrak adds four rail cars to accommodate strong demand for Virginia service launch First Nations, tribal leaders support Alaska-Alberta rail link Los Angeles transit agency posts double-digit ridership gain AAR: U.S. carloads continue to fall while intermodal volume climbs Hurricane Sandy update: Feds speed up $25 million in funding to help New Jersey Transit restore train service Illinois, FRA sign off on environmental statement for Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail line

November 15

Rail supplier updates from Greenbrier, Siemens, VYCON, IntegriCo and Kelso (Nov. 15) Baltimore, Estonia ports forge formal cooperation pact Amtrak, NJ Transit to complete electrical substation repairs on Friday Los Angeles transit agency begins utility work for Westside Subway Extension National Retail Federation: November appears promising for U.S. port volume despite Hurricane Sandy CSX opens relocated bulk transfer facility in Massachusetts NTSB's 'most wanted' list for 2013 includes PTC implementation IDOT, FRA sign off on Tier 1 environmental statement for Chicago-St. Louis high-speed line US High-Speed Rail Association appoints Diridon chairman

November 14

WMATA announces Inauguration Day fare card, operation hours Ohio, Washington state commissions approve crossing upgrades Minnesota DOT, regional rail authority to review freight-rail capacity study Anchor Drilling Fluids opens production facility in Ohio intermodal park Refurbished rail cars undergo testing for proposed commuter-rail services in southeast Michigan Calgary to launch service on West LRT line next month Patriot Rail, Twin Cities & Western install new VPs PATH, LIRR resume more services as storm repairs continue

November 13

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Sasser, AllTranstek and HDR (Nov. 13) NIT League honors ATA leader Graves as top logistics executive for 2012 CTA places 5000-series cars into service on Red Line Carloads rose for RailAmerica, fell for Genesee & Wyoming in October Union Pacific to replace track in Portland tunnel United Steel Workers members ratify CP contract SEPTA unveils plan to reduce energy costs DART prepares opening of Blue, Orange line extensions

November 12

Public transportation systems reaching out to veterans, APTA says Nebraska Central opens new six-span bridge A need for more crude oil-carrying tank cars drove rail-car demand in 3Q, EPA says Cleveland transit agency begins gathering rider data for project planning purposes Miami-Dade County authorizes contract to replace rail-car fleet Pennsylvania provides more than $18 million for 24 freight-rail projects Amtrak, New Jersey Transit offer expanded rail service CSX, Florida officials break ground for intermodal terminal Talgo sues state of Wisconsin over high-speed train deal Alstom to maintain high-speed trains for Turkish railway

November 9

Rail supplier updates from RailComm, Thales and Siemens (Nov. 9) WMATA hosts job recruiting event for vets, transitioning military members D.C. transportation officials analyze responses to streetcar information request West Texas and Lubbock to develop a second transload facility, Iowa Pacific says Proposed CN-served potash terminal at Prince Rupert port passes environmental muster Amtrak appoints Varn GM of long distance services Harbor commission lets contracts for grade separation, buildings at L.A. port container terminal AAR: Hurricane put hurt on U.S. carload counts in late October

November 8

Brotherhood of Railway Carmen Division members ratify CN contract Progressive Rail to commemorate new passing tracks in Wisconsin; Farmrail to serve more oilfield customers in Oklahoma Sound Transit seeks input on Federal Way Transit extension Amtrak to reopen three storm-damaged tunnels by late Friday Iowa Interstate opens locomotive maintenance shop Shuster seeks House T&I Committee chairmanship Five Class Is among G.I. Jobs' top 100 military friendly employers Pro-transit initiatives passed in a majority of local ballots on Tuesday

November 7

Rail supplier updates from TESMEC, Bombardier, A&K and Railserve (Nov. 7) Union Pacific: Coal loadings dropped in October; trackwork projects up and running in Colorado, Illinois Houston's METRO receives state recognition for financial transparency, reporting Metra board elects O'Halloran, Partelow to leadership posts RTA: Crosstie production climbed, purchases slipped in September Post-Sandy supplies could best come to New York via rail, Long Island association and state senator say STB to review Tongue River Railroad's entire rail line proposal Port Authority Trans-Hudson restores limited commuter-rail service; MTA opens more lines

November 6

Rail supplier updates from Georgetown Rail, Stella-Jones, AllTranstek and AREMA (Nov. 6) Revenue, operating ratio rose for Genesee & Wyoming in 3Q MARTA's scheduled fare hike to take effect Sunday The T to solicit more public input on TEX Rail project BNSF: Revenue, expenses rise in third quarter Chicago Transit Authority reaches tentative agreement for construction, maintenance workers Domestic container volume posted double-digit growth for fourth-straight quarter, IANA says Crude oil market: CN to build Alabama unloading facility with Arc Terminals; Inergy to acquire Rangeland's BNSF-served facility in Bakken

November 5

RailAmerica reports higher revenue, higher expenses in 3Q Sound Transit broke ridership records in September Emissions drop in Puget Sound region, maritime forum says Caltrain's ridership rose to record height, but on-time performance dipped in September Construction begins on L.A.-area railroad trench Chicago's RTA posts transit ridership increase through August Virginia port to temporarily handle damaged New York port's diverted cargo In Sandy's wake: Building America's Future calls for long-term infrastructure strategy, MTA restores more service

November 2

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, FreightCar America, Greenbrier, L.B. Foster and GEI Consultants (Nov. 2) BNSF: Columbus & Greenville is short line of the year, Burlington Junction and Riverport Railroad earn achievement awards STB proposes interchange commitment disclosure rule, receives NGFA comments on bolstering rate challenge policies North Carolina DOT choses Hines Group as Gateway Station master developer AAR: U.S. carloads tumbled more steeply in October's last full week Amtrak restoring more Northeast services today, including Acela Bobb succeeds Lanigan as BNSF's CMO; Branscum and Farmer assume new roles Transportation, labor departments announce millions more for hurricane cleanup CHSRA postpones design/build deadline for first construction segment Kansas State University to test how concrete ties hold up in cold weather

November 1

Ohio utilities commission advances safety upgrades at 10 crossings Army Corps of Engineers signs off on harbor deepening at Georgia port Rose to succeed Sramek as Operation Lifesaver's president Kansas City streetcar plan receives FTA's environmental OK MBTA reports September ridership increase Seattle secures funds for streetcar extension's design phase Freight railroads make post-storm strides in the Northeast Hurricane aftermath: Passenger-rail, subway service reopening gradually; USDOT provides $13 million in 'quick-release' emergency funds << Previous Next >>
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