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Rail News: February 2012

February 29

Washington commission approves funds for crossing upgrades WMATA launches new email, text message system Genesee & Wyoming reopens derailment-damaged bridge in Australia The Andersons to acquire Iowa ethanol production facility Metro Transit to host open houses on Central Corridor transit service study Metrolink receives $3.7 million from state to enhance crossing safety NS: Graab to succeed Heilig as VP-mechanical, Bush joins board Surface transportation legislation revisions still unclear, Mica says

February 28

Feb. 28: Updates from Harsco, Ex-Im Bank, Timken, Michael Baker, Unitrac and Nortrak Ohio economic development agency provides funds for industrial park spur CP, Parks Canada announce bear-protection research grants UP eyes trackwork in Missouri, earns pipe industry award California commission approves funding for ACE grade separation HART board names former MBTA leader as CEO finalist Kinder Morgan, Martin Midstream to develop crude oil rail terminal in Texas APTA 'encouraged' by House leadership's shift on transit funding

February 27

Twin Cities' Metropolitan Council chooses 'METRO' as name for LRT/BRT system Metro Transit-St. Louis posted ridership gain in first half of FY2012 Millennium Bulk Terminals to build export coal facility at Washington port RTA: Tie purchases jumped, production climbed in January Iowa Interstate to serve new GROWMARK fertilizer storage facility Sound Transit's board OKs $24 million budget amendment to fund light-rail extension SFMTA acquires property for subway station, schedules budget meetings Berkshire Hathaway: BNSF set earnings record in 2011, seeks to continue 'massive' reinvestments in 2012 San Diego government association joins with other agencies to push for HSR funds, upgrade coastal corridor Caltrain: Blended approach to HSR development is 'only one we are willing to embrace'

February 24

Updates from Unitrac, Progress Rail, L.B. Foster and CXT Business confidence level up a tad among equipment finance sector constituents, foundation survey shows Pittsburgh port authority's agreement with Steelers, casino extends free-fare zone TriMet solar system now operational on MAX Green, Yellow lines PATCO to launch 'quiet car' pilot program Pennsylvania provides $23 million in grants for 16 freight-rail projects Canadian government helps fund current, completed port projects AAR: Week No. 7 carloads fell in U.S. and Mexico, climbed in Canada

February 23

Updates from RMI, RailComm, Wabtec, Whitmore and American Railcar North Carolina DOT seeks public input on long-range transportation plan WMATA launches online public opinion survey on budget, fare issues NOL renews UP contract for intermodal services Viterra expands CN-served grain elevator in Saskatchewan KCSR lands RRIF loan to acquire 30 GE locomotives RTD to consider replacing rail line with bus service to Denver's northwest suburbs House transportation bill would result in 'dire consequences' for many agencies, transit leaders say

February 22

RTD, TriMet add board members DART beefs up security on trains CTA unveils reforms to better manage parts, materials Savannah port's 11 locomotives sport idle-control devices BNSF pursues hundreds of economic development projects after a strong 2011 TriMet posts ridership increase in January Pershing Square tabs Haggis as sixth nominee for CP's board U.S. Class I workforce shrunk slightly in January, STB data shows

February 21

Updates from Koppers, RailComm and FreightCar America CGB Enterprises to build CSXT-served grain facility in Ohio Keith to retire after a quarter century as grain association's president Valley Metro tabs Banta to oversee light rail, bus operations CN sets 2012 capital spending budget; NS ranks high on 'clean capitalism' list; CP seeks mediator for contract negotiations Patriot Rail operates first train on NCDOT's P&N corridor LaHood, Rogoff help launch Cincinnati streetcar construction PANYNJ posted cargo volume record in 2011

February 17

TRE closes Galvez Avenue crossing as safety precaution Canada needs greater corporate innovation and productivity to better compete globally, CN's Mongeau says LACMTA to host community meetings on LAX rail link study STB to hold hearing on cost determination effects of Berkshire's BNSF purchase VRE awards passenger car contract to Sumitomo, Nippon Sharyo AAR: U.S. carloads climbed, intermodal loads fell last week Sen. Kohl proposes rail antitrust act as amendment to Senate's surface transportation bill House vote delayed on transport bill; APTA continues push for transit funding Bankrupt Maglev Inc. to sell assets

February 16

Updates from Wi-Tronix, Bombardier, Parsons Brinckerhoff, T.Y. Lin and Trinity Metro-North completes $37.4 million Cortland Station project Canadian government to help fund multi-user dock at Quebec port Volume up at L.A. port, down at Long Beach port in January Wisconsin DOT seeks public input on 'Truesdell Crossovers' project U.S. retailers rang up more sales in January, National Retail Federation says TIFIA loan demand 'overwhelming,' LaHood says Amtrak marks 110-mph service to Michigan, plans more high-speed improvements

February 15

Hoeffner to lead Michigan's new Office of Rail Crossing upgrades advance in North Carolina, Ohio and Washington In memoriam: Former Florida East Coast engineering executive Wayne Russell UP earns Silver LEED certification for Nebraska headquarters Deputy Transportation Secretary Porcari addresses manufacturers, suppliers at Chicago rail forum Providence and Worcester, New England Central forge 'Great Eastern Route' alliance USDOT recommends $2.2 billion for rail, bus transit projects UP to expand capacity in Louisiana, bolster track in California and Oregon President's budget includes funding for HSR, proposal to merge Amtrak 'stand-alone subsidiaries' into competitive program

February 14

Updates from Alstom, Louisville Railcar, RailComm and HandsOn DCTA appoints Soileau to plan rail, bus services KCS reorganizes international mechanical departments RailAmerica's carloads rose, Genesee & Wyoming's fell in January VTA's Silicon Valley project included in Obama’s FY2013 budget proposal NS is nation's first renewable diesel user, Class I says California senators ask FRA to issue PTC implementation progress report next month Obama's budget request includes $476 billion for surface transportation over six years

February 13

Updates from General Bearing, Kiewit, Bentley, Railinc, Hotstart and Kelso Baltimore port sets volume records; Oshawa port nets port authority Indiana Rail Road realigns marketing, sales department WMATA to host public meetings on FY2013 budget, fare proposals BART approves partnership to explore Livermore extension Lease rate, purchase outlook looks promising for some freight cars, Longbow Research says Texas A&M to create rail research center Representatives preparing amendment to restore transit account in House bill

February 10

UP, EPA reach settlement on alleged environmental violations Steelworkers union members ratify CN contract Valley Metro prepares for Central Mesa light-rail construction Farmrail acquires five GP-38 locomotives New Jersey DOT unveils track safety plan SFMTA gets FTA OK for Central Subway project AAR: U.S. rail traffic strong vs. weak 2011 comparison period Senate votes to advance transportation bill; AAR encourages passage of House bill

February 9

Updates from Skanska USA, Cooper Bearings, Pacer, Timken and CF Rail Weaver to become NS' labor relations VP; Goldsberry to become Idaho short line's GM CTA seeks financial advice on public-private partnerships for transit projects North Carolina DOT upgrades seven crossings; Texas town launches quiet zone work RailAmerica ramped up revenue, registered higher costs TriMet proposes service cuts, fare increases to address projected deficit Transportation bill: Concerns linger about truck-limit proposals; Schumer includes transit benefit in Senate mark-up Transportation Services Index reached 2011 high in December Strategies to build support for U.K. high-speed system can be replicated in U.S., U.K. HSR advocate says Virginia, North Carolina transportation departments issue draft recommendations for Richmond-Raleigh HSR line LaHood meets with California pols and business leaders, restates Obama administration's commitment to HSR

February 8

Vermont Rail System's bolstered track improves Amtrak transit times Genesee & Wyoming registers more revenue and income, sets earnings record CTA develops more options to modernize North Red, Purple lines UP's PRB coal train loadings lagged a bit in January Audit shows PANYNJ's management structure needs 'top-to-bottom overhaul' Amtrak gets go-ahead to operate 110-mph trains in Michigan FTA gives Honolulu authority OK to advance rail project FRA proposes rule on safety regulation training standards House gas tax proposal would 'erode' transit agencies' credit ratings, APTA says

February 7

Updates from Thales, RailComm, Axion, Jones Lang LaSalle, Vossloh and URS VTA seats new board members Ohio commission advances crossing upgrades Plans under way for Grand Central Terminal's centennial celebration in 2013 Houston port tabs Waterworth as interim leader Appalachian coal production cut to trim CSXT's traffic, Baird says Michigan, New Hampshire DOTs advance state rail plans LaHood tours Denver RTD’s West Rail Line project Amtrak gets go-ahead to operate 110 mph trains in Michigan Iowa DOT, FRA to study Chicago-Omaha route

February 6

Updates from Progress Rail, Cubic, Salco Products, Wood Energy and PowerRail Distribution Tacoma, Vancouver ports pumped up volume in 2011 Ohio rail commission provides grant for Ashland Railway track upgrades Missouri commission awards contract for rail bridge project CN opens intermodal terminal in Wisconsin Pershing Square touts CEO candidate Harrison, five board nominees at CP shareholder meeting Pittsburgh port authority proposes fare increase, service cuts Amtrak requests lower operating, higher capital funding for FY2013 House Ways and Means Committee passes measure that cuts mass transit funds Five consortiums set to bid on California high-speed rail project CHSRA board appoints Richard chairman

February 3

MBCR boosted on-time performance in January BNSF opens new car shop, inspection tracks in North Dakota CP begins to move crude oil from another Saskatchewan transload facility Container volume set records in 4Q and 2011, IANA says Denton County agency seeks FRA waiver for new crashworthy rail vehicles VRE CEO Zehner to retire in June AAR: Average weekly intermodal volume reached third-highest January level House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passes bill without truck weight, size increases NCCC, BMWED reach tentative agreement well before Wednesday deadline Amendment will prevent surface transportation bill dollars from being used on California HSR project

February 2

Updates from Thales, Parker Hannifin, Axion, SFK, CH2M Hill and CIT Watco launches 26th short line Construction begins on Atlanta streetcar line Honolulu mayor proposes line of credit for transit-rail project South Florida port to develop container transfer facility with FEC, install new leader RailAmerica swing deals to acquire Marquette Rail, land majority interest in Wellsboro and Corning BNSF boosts capex budget to $3.9 billion for 2012 Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, American Train Dispatchers Association members ratify national contracts House, Senate committees take up long-term surface transportation bills

February 1

Updates from Alstom, Bombardier, RR Mergers, Rescar, HNTB and Ashcroft LACMTA: Orange Line Extension on track for June opening LaHood, Philadelphia officials break ground on transit center project EPA: After a robust 2011, rail-car assemblies will total 58,000 in 2012 Florida East Coast receives high mark for automotive service Lackluster U.S. rail traffic means no economic ramp up on tap, Fitch Ratings says USDOT launches TIGER grant program's fourth iteration House transportation bill includes PTC deadline extension, RRIF program changes << Previous Next >>
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