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Rail News: April 2012

April 30

VTA to transition to smart-card fare system CSXT to upgrade three Ohio grade crossings NCTD assumes dispatching for San Diego's coastal rail corridor Terre Haute chamber honors Indiana Rail Road's wellness program CTA North Red Line stations to undergo $86 million worth of upgrades BNSF bestows employee achievement awards, boots up interactive map Analysts to discuss Class I first-quarter earnings tomorrow during morning webcast Teamsters Canada Rail Conference members favor CP strike if contract renewal stalls Conference committee to meet May 8 on surface transportation bill Amtrak issues updated fleet plan California legislator proposes measure requiring CHSRA consultants to be more transparent California agriculture board to discuss HSR's impact on farmland

April 27

NS honors 45 chemical shippers' safety efforts; CSX ranks high on 'climate leaders' list NARP recognizes Rep. Patrick Meehan with 'Golden Spike Award' Sound Transit identifies route, station options for light-rail expansion Analysts to discuss Class I first-quarter earnings at May 1 webcast Amtrak receives energy grant; Twin Cities' council awards $15.7 million in TOD grants SFMTA announces bid for subway station project Amtrak to combine emergency management, security functions Intermodal volume up, but carloads down for U.S. railroads last week

April 26

April 26: Updates from GE Transportation, Boatright, Bombardier, Trinity and RailComm Slag processing, distribution facility coming to Indiana port Amtrak engineers honored for rail safety, Barkan receives NARP's Academic Award NS and KCS, Pacer and CRST form intermodal partnerships Denver's RTD board decides against FasTracks ballot initiative in 2012 AAR recognizes UP's Iden, Sen. Udall as 2012 Chafee award recipients Construction begins on Seattle's new streetcar line RailAmerica reports strong Q1 results, assigns Lewis as CCO Parsons Brinckerhoff names Whately to California HSR program management team

April 25

MBTA, Masabi to offer smartphone rail-ticket system STB: U.S. Class I workforce enlarged in March LACMTA prepares for Expo Line's launch on Saturday Analysts to discuss Class I first-quarter earnings at May 1 webcast ARCI: Rail-car orders ratcheted down, deliveries ratcheted up in Q1 UP advances trackwork in Idaho and Colorado, acknowledges 'UP Day' in Illinois Grand Central Terminal upgrades will slash energy consumption, MTA says BART recommends Bombardier to build rail 'Fleet of the Future' NS set four financial records, equaled another in Q1

April 24

April 24: Updates from Progress Rail, IAS, Cubic and Auto Truck; Also: remembering Brown Railroad Equipment's Daniel Brown San Diego MTS authorizes trolley purchase option LIRR records best on-time performance in first quarter ASLRRA hands out annual safety awards, first-ever Schlosser memorial award Denver RTD: Unsolicited proposal for light-rail project has merit NCCC: BMWED ratifies national agreement, capping off current bargaining round KCS set four financial records in Q1 CN: Solid Q1 results stem from 'executing well on all fronts'

April 23

ConnDOT to recycle train station project materials; initiates quiet-car pilot Georgia ports set container-handling record in March CSX lands on magazine's top corporate citizens list, attains military association's honor Amtrak completes Hialeah maintenance facility Florida port to extend berth, complete container yard Ohio agency to help fund rail infrastructure improvements HART begins construction of new rail system's foundation USDOT opens bidding for USA-made passenger-rail cars Analysts to discuss Class I first-quarter earnings at May 1 webcast

April 20

April 20: Updates from Bombardier, HiRail, Cubic and Bechtel Europe's high-speed rail system off to a fast start in 2012 Consolidated Fastfrate to co-locate cross-dock facility with CP intermodal yard Hampton Roads Transit reaches 1 million light-rail rides Amtrak names Stadtler VP of operations Alameda Corridor now a decade old AAR on week No. 15: U.S. carloads still down, Canadian carloads remain up CP: Better operating metrics meant better financial results in Q1 USDOT releases RFP for standardized bi-level intercity passenger-rail cars

April 19

NS to upgrade Ohio crossing VIA Rail to improve more than 50 stations Bourque becomes Canadian rail association's top executive U.S. Development Group expands UP-served crude oil terminal in Louisiana CATS to mark state grant agreement for LYNX Blue Line extension SFMTA's board OKs two-year budget with maintenance improvements UP scored record financial results in Q1 House passes SAFETEA-LU extension with Keystone provision

April 18

Houston METRO, university partner on leadership development program American Carbon Registry provides 'excellence' award to NS BLET-represented engineers ratify collective bargaining agreement with UP MTA to repair Baltimore light-rail, subway systems TSA gives Amtrak security program 'gold standard' rating GCRTA contract with ATU ties wage hikes to agency performance

 CSX reports first-quarter results California LAO recommends against funding high-speed rail in upcoming state budget

April 17

April 17: Updates from Bombardier and CAF USA Durango & Silverton takes delivery of observation car featuring unique trucks BNSF Logistics names 2011 Carrier Excellence Award winners Amtrak expands eTicketing pilot to Capitol Corridor, San Joaquin services Saskatchewan government doles out grants to 11 short lines APTA names Childress CFO Metro-North records all-time best on-time performance in first quarter NS set to begin Bellevue yard expansion

April 16

Starbucks coming to Chicago's 'L' train KCSM is ExxonMobil Mexico's top supplier for 2011 VIA Rail completes Vancouver Station renovation L.A.-area ports pumped up volume in March New York port, Missouri town seek TIGER IV grants for rail-related projects Pershing Square exec addresses CP shareholders in new letter Obama's executive order establishes 'fracking' oversight group Federal, California officials break ground on BART's Berryessa extension CP responds to Pershing Square shareholder letter

April 13

April 13: Updates from Alstom, Siemens, Rocla, eVERIFILE.COM, JMA Railroad Supply and Parsons Brinckerhoff UP honors 74 chemical shippers' hazmat safety efforts North Carolina DOT schedules public meeting on proposed crossing closure Army Corps releases final environmental report for Savannah Harbor expansion Amtrak, BNSF discuss Southwest Chief route's future Rhode Island officials unveil Providence station project Sound Transit purchases land for East Link line, easements for Eastside corridor AAR: U.S. carload traffic still stuck in lower gear CHSRA board signs off on revised business plan, northern and southern California MOUs Washington State, Oregon DOTs partner to jointly manage Amtrak Cascades corridor

April 12

Metrolink implements first phase of communication system upgrade UP to bolster Kansas line; NS and W&LE to upgrade Ohio crossings MoDOT seeks public input on state rail plan RailAmerica's traffic tumbled in March Canadian government to help fund track restoration for Vancouver Island Railway BTS: Freight TSI up, Passenger TSI down in February USDOT provision provides transit agencies flexibility to manage rising fuel costs Amtrak ridership stayed growth course in FY2012's first half MoDOT seeks public input on state rail plan

April 11

DART tests light-rail train in Irving, introduces emergency text system R.J. Corman serves Toyota's Mississippi auto plant South Africa's Transnet crafts seven-year plan to shift modal focus on rail CP expects much higher earnings, much better operating metrics in Q1 results TriMet posted ridership increase for 12th straight month Federal, local officials break ground on Dearborn intermodal station Fairfax County confirms role in Dulles rail project's second phase USDOT unveils new locomotive safety rule House oversight committee to examine CHSRA spending, compliance

April 10

April 10: Updates from Alstom, Oregon Iron, CIT, Mitsui Rail and Greenbrier North Carolina DOT to review bridge, crossing project at public workshop Commuter rail to serve Wickford Junction station, garage WMATA to resume major trackwork through December UP wins Toyota Logistics awards; CSXT scores more ethanol business Caltrain posts all-time high weekday ridership AAR names six nominees for Chafee environmental stewardship award Watco acquires Cudahy Car Shop

April 9

NS to begin Michigan trackwork next week TRANSCAER names national award winners UTA to open new commuter-rail line in December OOCL lands long-term lease for Long Beach port's planned container terminal Obama is committed to passenger-rail expansion, Szabo says USDOT: Grants sought in TIGER IV applications well exceed $500 million pot AAR: More mixed traffic results for U.S. roads in March Updated revenue, ridership figures improve WMATA's FY2013 prospects Eno's Schank weighs in on revised CHSRA business plan

April 5

April 5: Updates from Harsco, Bombardier, RailComm and Magnetech Rail traffic graphics updated on ProgressiveRailroading.com Grassroots movement pushes for restoration of Amtrak Sunset Limited route NS seeks locomotive shop recruits in Pennsylvania U.S. needs long-term infrastructure investment for economic growth, Geithner says Illinois DOT to fund design for BNSF viaduct replacement PANYNJ approves $256 million Harrison station replacement Rail fatalities in Canada reached five-year low last year, safety board says

April 4

Capital Metro's Watson named to Texas 'Hall of Honor' board; Brimmeier joins Pittsburgh port authority's board GT Logistics opens UP-served rail terminal at Texas multi-modal park Lautenberg endorses MTA's support for Amtrak Gateway Tunnel project Cold Train, Interstate Distributor team up on short-haul drayage at Washington intermodal terminal Sound Transit advances tunnel boring for University Link project Evergreen Shipping honors CN as top railroad of 2011 Congressmen seek more federal funding for PTC research, emergency response training Foothill extension authority green lights work on light-rail alignment France's SNCF exercises $1.2 billion option on Alstom Euroduplex contract

April 3

April 3: Updates from Unitrac, EMCOR Group, Cubic Transportation, Progress Rail and STV WMATA launches campaign to combat sexual harassment of riders VTA continues elevator, escalator upgrades UP's coal train loadings lagged in March California commission provides $271 million for rail, highway projects ASLRRA names three 2012 Marketing Award winners Standard & Poor's: Transportation's 'unpredictable' funding could have 'severe consequences' for economy, safety CN, CSXT craft steel-wheel interchange in Chicago

April 2

UTA's board passes fines for distracted behavior GCRTA posted ridership spike on St. Patrick's Day Alaska Railroad posted revenue, ridership gains in 2011 KCS finishes trackwork in Texas, starts MOW project in Louisiana North Carolina DOT, Charlotte to gauge developers' interest in Gateway Station project Iowa Interstate installs Miller as vice chairman, Lipka as president/CEO Tucson selects joint venture team for streetcar project Pershing Square tabs former NS COO Tobias as seventh nominee for CP's board CHSRA's revised business plan outlines faster, cheaper way to build system << Previous Next >>
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