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Rail News: December 2011

December 29

Columbia Tap Trail reopens near METRO line in Houston Capital Metro Chairman Martinez is APT's 'government leader of the year' Australian cyclone derails train, washes out track, Genesee & Wyoming says RAC report: Canadian railroads increased investments, revenue in 2010 Upgrades to BNSF mainline in North Dakota might start in spring Amtrak to lead next phase of Lancaster station renovations AASHTO lists 'Top 10' transportation issues for 2012 CP above, CN below government-set grain revenue caps

December 28

Updates from GE Transportation, Bombardier, RailComm, ProTran1, Gannett Fleming and Skelly and Loy McGrath rejoins SMART as CFO Soy Transportation Coalition's top officers retain seats Watco forms compliance services division TriMet marks one-year milestone for Portland-Milwaukie light-rail bridge ASLRRA: Tax credit extension measure won't be in place by year's end U.S. Class I workforce leveled off in November Poll respondents favor user fees, PPPs to pay for transportation, Reason Foundation says Now available: Near-term outlook report for U.S. high-speed and intercity passenger rail

December 27

SMART completes bond sale STB schedules oral arguments for chemical transportation dispute RTA: Tie production nudged down, purchases nose-dived in November Long Island, Metro North railroads post ridership gains in December AAR: U.S. railroads registered more traffic gains in week No. 50 Metra approves 2012 budget, fare increases FTA funds transit climate change adaptation pilot projects TCU, UTU members ratify railroad contracts CHSRA: Definitions for project-related jobs estimates 'imprecise and potentially confusing' Americans favor user fees, PPPs to pay for transportation improvements, according to Reason Foundation poll

December 22

Updates from EVRAZ, Armtec and NRC Hare to remain Canadian Transportation Agency’s chairman Twin Cities' Central Corridor light-rail projects help spur additional development, Metropolitan Council says Farmrail taps into the Anadarko Basin’s oil production-related traffic WMATA withdraws 16 rail cars from service after 'mechanical failure' CSXT to start on-dock rail services at Virginia port next month BLET, Amtrak agree on tentative five-year deal MTA OKs 2012 budget and four-year financial plan California congressman requests GAO study of California high-speed rail project Siemens to manufacture more high-speed trains for Russian Railways

December 21

VTA to upgrade elevators, escalators at eight light-rail stations Toyota Canada honors CN's service performance UTU, sheet metal workers' union now merged as SMART VIA Rail Canada introduces new schedule for Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto service KCS' annual carloads to exceed 2 million for first time, CEO Starling says Houston's METRO posted ridership gain in November Capital Metro OKs long-term financial plan Public-private partners cap off Canadian corridor program's first project

December 20

Updates from Alstom, Thales, Progress Rail, Sumitomo, The Andersons and Miner Enterprises CTA to install movie, video game kiosks at stations RailAmerica CMO Patterson to retire at year's end BLET's advisory board urges members to ratify NCCC agreement Metrolink, LIRR launch efforts to better communicate travel times Pittsburgh port authority to begin testing cars on light-rail extension CN, CP sign grain service-enhancement pacts with global food manufacturer Rail fatalities rose in 2010, NTSB data shows Now available: Near-term outlook report for U.S. high-speed and intercity passenger rail

December 19

Watco assigns Rhodes, Cathey to short-line GM posts North Carolina DOT commissions commuter locomotive Minneapolis rail interchange receives $10 million in federal funds GO Transit completes improvements to Clarkson Station CN, steelworkers union reach tentative agreement for MOW workers Long Beach port lands TIGER III grant, logs volume drop in November CTA removes new rail cars from Pink Line service after inspectors find flaws APTA provides update on surface transportation bill negotiations, other rail legislation

December 16

Ohio commission authorizes crossing upgrades CP adds board members; BART elects officers North Carolina DOT seeks eligible projects for 'Mobility Fund' allocations TriMet begins public discussion of FY2013 budget; anticipates shortfall NYCT to bring 'FASTRACK' to Lexington Avenue Line AAR: U.S., Canadian railroads maintained carload momentum last week Sound Transit adopts 2012 budget, continues ST2 expansion and elects new chair USDOT doles out 46 TIGER III grants totaling $511 million Congressional hearing on California HSR: Witnesses, committee members highlight concerns about and need for project

December 15

Updates from AECOM, Bombardier, BASF, HDR, Trinity, CIT and Schneider National TriMet fare enforcement plan nets increase in citations, revenue Transportation Services Index slipped slightly in October, BTS says Senate committee OKs bill's key freight policy provisions, intermodal coalition says CP, Manitoba sign 10-year collaboration agreement DART awards design-build contract for DFW Airport connection Sound Transit, GCRTA receive TIGER III grants TIGER III grants to help fund NS intermodal projects in Pennsylvania, West Virginia Now available: Near-term outlook report for U.S. high-speed and intercity passenger rail

December 14

Damage prevention/loading group to become TTCI business unit MARTA elects 2012 board officers TriMet posts 2 percent gain in November ridership CP caps off first year of three-year mainline upgrade program USDOT awards $15 million TIGER III grant for San Antonio intermodal hub EPA grant to help repower two locomotives in New York CATS' light-rail line lands federal funds, nets favorable FTA decision TIGER III grants to help fund rail projects in four states

December 13

Updates from Stacy and Witbeck, AECOM, Siemens, Ansaldo and OPW Fluid CN, Teamsters rail conference reach tentative agreement Class I-served frac sand plant coming to Illinois town GCRTA approves 2012 budget Florida intermodal facility, Illinois passenger-rail projects land TIGER III grants Long Beach port, CP address grain-handling capabilities USDOT provides $116 million for new light-rail service in Utah Bipartisan Senate coalition calls for extension of mass-transit commuter benefit

December 12

NCTD's Miller named a 'premier IT leader' by Computerworld BNSF, Watco make upper management changes KCS takes delivery of seven GE locomotives SEPTA receives $1.2 million federal grant to improve air quality NICTD approves fare hike, considers another for 2012 New York provides economic development program dollars for several rail-related projects Rep. Smith reintroduces National Freight Mobility Infrastructure Act VTA awards $722 million contract for BART extension USDOT obligates funds to IDOT for Chicago-Quad Cities service Georgia, D.C. receive funds to further study Southeast high-speed rail projects UIC reports outline environmental, economic benefits of HSR Ansaldo to supply signaling equipment for second phase of East European high-speed line

December 9

Updates from Stella-Jones, Ansaldo STS, Railinc and Crouch Engineering CP's logistics unit develops supply-chain solution for wind energy components California short line acquires low-emission switcher Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Murray tours MBTA station site Short-line tax credit extension bill racks up majority of House supporters AAR: U.S. carload volume reached eight-month high in November PANYNJ approves preliminary $7 billion budget for 2012 Public transit ridership increased in 2011's first three quarters, APTA says Now available: Near-term outlook report for U.S. high-speed and intercity passenger rail House subcommittee hearing: Mica, Shuster, LaHood debate administration's execution of HSR program

December 8

North Dakota county OKs 'energy park' rail loop CSX offers online tools tailored for people with disabilities, language barriers Las Vegas Monorail serves 50 millionth rider Connecticut considers funds for rail station Proposed lease accounting changes could erode U.S. economy, ELFA says USDOT OKs I-5 bridge improvement plans CP opens Bakken-serving transload facility in Saskatchewan Bipartisan coalition urges Obama to support six-year transportation bill

December 7

Updates from CANARAIL, AECOM, Parsons Brinckerhoff, HDR, Gannett Fleming and Emerson Bearing GO Transit opens new parking structure Enbridge Energy eyes unit-train loading facility in Bakken Shale; USDG opens terminal in Niobrara Shale LACMTA begins testing trains, signal systems on Expo Line Illinois senators call on STB to reconsider Barrington grade separation; CN says decision shouldn't be reexamined CP rolls out new high-horsepower locomotives, initiates program to modernize yard motive power L.A. port extends environmental report review period for BNSF's proposed intermodal facility Transit riders face higher commuting costs if Congress doesn't act, APTA says

December 6

Updates from Granite Construction, Keolis, ETA Transit, Brandt, Atlantic Track and Hatch Mott MacDonald Columbus mayor creates commission to take part in proposed Georgia passenger-rail line Watco, Patriot Rail assign three executives Amtrak marks completion of Kansas station improvements Minnesota rail authority issues RFPs, RFQ for St. Paul depot development UP's PRB coal loadings nudged up in November CP to further push long-train envelope WMATA's preliminary FY2013 operating budget proposes rush-hour expansion, fare increase

December 5

North Carolina, Illinois DOTs pursue proposed rail projects Kansas DOT releases passenger-rail service development plan FCC to review concerns raised by BART's cell phone policy Buckingham Branch installs new CEO, president and SVP USDOT OKs $280 million loan for Denver's Eagle P3 commuter-rail project Watco to acquire Birmingham Southern Railway's assets FRA issues advisory, final rule to help better protect rail workers House Democrats introduce 'Buy America' bill for transportation, infrastructure House Democrats introduce 'Buy America' bill for transportation, infrastructure projects CHSRA selects preferred route for Merced-Fresno segment Kansas DOT releases passenger-rail service development plan

December 2

Adamiak assumes AVP post in KCS' sales and marketing department Georgia DOT chooses real estate firm to develop Atlanta multi-modal hub MDOT, MBTA solicit public comments on capital plans AAR announces more weekly traffic gains, adds Alaska Railroad as member BART's board adopts new policy on cell phone interruptions CP, Iowa Northern forge mutually beneficial trackage rights pact CTA, union agree to reinstate laid-off rail-car servers Two more tentative agreements, one 'cooling-off' period extension thwart national rail strike, NCCC says

December 1

Updates from VTG Rail, Thales, Westport Innovations/EMD, RailWorks and Trinity Sumwalt begins second term at NTSB Amtrak marked record ridership during Thanksgiving holiday, preliminary figures show RTD FasTracks program earns recognition for 'sound management' North Carolina DOT proposes track, crossing upgrades; Washington commission OKs crossing project funds MBTA posted ridership gains in October RTA: Tie purchases, production tumbled in October Federal funds available for Honolulu Rail Transit project, Sen. Inouye says California Legislative Analyst's Office finds 'major issues' with CHSRA business and financial plans Alstom unveils high-speed trains for United Kingdom, Italy << Previous Next >>
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