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Rail News: June 2009

June 30

CSXT commits to carbon dioxde-lowering goal by 2011; BNSF unveils hydrogen fuel-cell switcher Amtrak to renovate Pennsylvania station NYC planning commission approves ARC tunnel project's land use application July fuel surcharges: CSXI's heads up, NS' and UP's hold steady San Francisco agency to hike fares July 1 RTA report: Tie purchases, production plummet in May AAR, BOE recognize four chemical shippers' haz-mat safety efforts Value Recovery Group investors acquire former Colorado Railcar DMU

June 29

Transit agencies now can use ARRA funds for operating costs BART approves nine-day contract extension with two unions FRA issues grants for Maine trackwork, California college rail-defect detection R&D Toronto Transit Commission green lights $1.2 billion LRV order with Bombardier Iowa senator seeks details on Amtrak inspector general's 'unexpected' retirement FRA seeks comments on planned hours-of-service law enforcements; two BMWED federations merge New York/New Jersey port launches second shipper incentive program Updates from GE Security, Alstom, Bombardier, Cattron and ARCADIS

June 26

WMATA approves FY10 budget AAR weekly report: U.S. railroads' traffic remains in doldrums Chicago's RTA projects $61 million revenue drop Rail-car demand a tad stronger in June, Longbow Research survey shows WMATA to inspect all signal circuits following Red Line crash Florida port takes first step toward more containerized traffic CSXT to introduce GenSet switchers at New York yard Brazilian miner Vale to make switch to biodiesel

June 25

FRA's high-speed rail plan too general, GAO says Two BART unions seek wage increases Short-line tax credit bill garners 122 congressional co-sponsors, ASLRRA says DART Orange Line to connect with DFW Airport AAR backs 'transportation efficiency' bill Raritan Central to establish short line at Arkansas industrial park UP lands on 'best employer' list for promoting a healthy workplace Updates from Thales, Knorr-Bremse, Mitsui Rail, RailComm and Atlantic Track & Turnout

June 24

BART's sales tax revenue plummets, labor agreements near expiration   California ports' volume on the light side in May Two senators seek appropriation for rail safety grant program NJ Transit completes Rutherford Station exterior work, begins interior upgrades Western Pennsylvania needs more passenger-rail service, Shuster says Senate committee approves TTCI appropriation Transplace's Abernathy is TMCA's top marketing executive of '09 Updates from Miner Enterprises, Iteris, Lodging Enterprises and Dingo/Scientifics

June 23

Two WMATA trains collide near nation's capital USDOT issues 54 more stimulus grants MARTA signs off on $787 million FY10 budget EMD delivers first two 'repowered' locomotives to KCS BNSF boots up intermodal/truck analysis tool RailAmerica sells eight-year notes to refinance debt Updates from Alstom, HDR, C.R. England, General Cable and NICE Systems

June 22

Administration seeks to implement short-term surface transportation bill U.S. needs national freight policy, BNSF's Rose says Denver RTD set to launch full construction on West Corridor Progressive Railroading to host 'Rail Car Counts 2009' Webcast tomorrow North Carolina multi-modal industrial park to add rail line Amtrak inspector general Weiderhold retires GM recognizes UP as a supplier of the year Hersman's nomination as NTSB chair heads to Senate

June 19

House committee leaders introduce surface transportation authorization bill AAR data: North American railroads' traffic a tad heavier of late Metra awards contracts for several stimulus-funded projects Teamsters Canada Rail Conference to Ontario: Help fund short-line infrastructure upgrades CN hammers out EJ&E-related mitigation agreement with 17th Chicago-area city BNSF boots up carbon estimator tool Queensland Rail adds more double track Down Under Updates from R.J. Corman/Railpower, Bombardier, Veolia Transportation, MISCOR Group and Parsons Brinckerhoff

June 18

USDOT unveils application guidelines for high-speed stimulus dollars Short liners seek more co-sponsors for tax credit bill Canada amends 'dangerous goods' act to prevent haz-mat accidents GO Transit to add service on Milton line Russian Railways to reduce workforce by more than 53,000 Raab, Russell take on GM roles at southern short lines Greenberg joins New York MTA's board

June 17

U.S. Class I workforce shrinks significantly in May, STB data shows APTA: Nine of 10 transit agencies are raising fares and/or cutting service Nation's freight transportation system needs an efficiency boost, RAND researchers say Congressman wants Tri-Rail/Florida East Coast partnership to advance Progressive Railroading to host 'Rail Car Counts 2009' Webcast next week EPA joins USDOT/HUD 'livability' task force Texas port to launch rail yard relocation project Updates from Ansaldo STS USA, AECOM Technology, RailComm, Everbridge and Railinc

June 16

Bill seeking to bolster surface transportation system enters House Q1 public transit ridership exceeds expectations, APTA says UP's PRB, Colorado/Utah coal loadings continue to lag 2008's pace LACMTA wins APTA's Rail Rodeo for second-straight year Genesee & Wyoming to close curtain on Huron Central Railway Martin Marietta acquires three quarries, becomes sole owner of ballast-supplying operation Metra elects vice chair, treasurer Updates from Vossloh, Ansaldo STS, Tideworks Technology, Affiliated Computer Services and SBB

June 15

TriMet's ridership tumbles in May KCSM adds second WILD; KCSR sets launch date for new Texas service BART approves interim FY10 budget BLET and UTU to FRA: Ban one-man crews General Mills to build rail-served distribution center in Georgia UP to upgrade Wisconsin line Los Angeles MTA boots up transit data site Updates from THE Partnership, RailComm, Invensys Rail, Parsons Brinckerhoff and North American Technologies Group

June 12

APTA: New surface transportation bill unlikely to be approved by September deadline FTA awards $909.4 million in 77 ARRA grants U.S. railroads' weekly traffic tallies show slight improvement, AAR says U.S. trade gap a tad wider in April — IHS Global Insight North Carolina Railroad schedules second-half projects, prepares to analyze commuter-rail a second time IBM opens rail innovation facility in China UP to add sixth unit to California yard's Genset fleet Updates from Global Railway Industries, Cambridge Systematics and NCC Construction Sweden

June 11

BART pushes to wrap up labor union negotiations by July 1 TSI falls a few more pegs in April, BTS says Georgia transportation authority to reallocate stimulus dollars to MARTA Obama tabs Hersman as NTSB chair, Hoglander as NMB member NJ Transit exercises option with Bombardier for additional locomotives Genesee & Wyoming has not-so-great expectations for second-quarter revenue, earnings Progressive Railroading to host 'Rail Car Counts 2009' Webinar on June 23 Updates from AT&T, Invensys Rail, ESW Canada, Greenbrier and Echo Global Logistics

June 10

New 'transportation productivity' coalition backs truck weight-boosting bill California intercity rail ridership plummets in May UP employs 'greener' refrigerated cars, donates locomotive to Texas firefighter academy NYC-area port authority, TSA to test passenger screening technology at PATH stations CSXT, New Jersey utility to purchase three GenSets UTA posts progress on West Valley extension FRA grants help two RailAmerica short lines shore up flood-damaged track Updates from ARM, Bombardier, Nexus Distribution and Greenbrier

June 9

FTA commits $1.35 billion for early construction work on NJ Transit's Access to the Region's Core KCS seeks name for new Houston-to-Mexico intermodal service For truckers, 'technology-based efficiency' is the competitive key — Stifel Nicolaus note Bipartisan Policy Center releases surface transportation policy reform proposal Short-line set's carloads way down through May, RMI index shows Canada's Keewatin Railway obtains federal funds to upgrade passenger service Watco Cos., late founder Webb win chamber of commerce awards in Kansas town Updates from SYSTRA, A&K Railroad Materials, Siemens, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Aconex and ChemLogix

June 8

FTA names McMillan deputy administrator Canada's First Nations railroad obtains federal capital improvement funds Less coal used to generate electricity means railroads' coal traffic downer will drag on, Kolstad says UP to upgrade Idaho, Texas lines Gavilon Group to build rail-served fertilizer storage facility in North Dakota Maryland Transit Administration to expand light-rail parking lot Updates from Bombardier, Parsons Brinckerhoff and OPW Fluid Transfer Group

June 5

AAR: North American freight-rail traffic malaise continued in May California high-speed authority's board awards program oversight contract, appoints new members West Coast port seeks non-polluting ways to move containers between marine terminals, rail yard Delaware River port authority to outline transit expansion plans BNSF adds automated gate system at California intermodal terminal Rail shippers association installs new officers Cuyahoga Valley railroad to implement GPS commentary system on excursion trains Updates from Alstom, Bombardier, BASF ProVM and DuPont

June 4

Amtrak to operate new state-supported route in Virginia Caltrain proposes new budget-reduction measures An 'ethical' high-speed rail-based intermodal transportation system needed ASAP, ITI's Carmichael says Trucking industry's near-term fundamentals are 'as bad as we've ever witnessed' — Stifel Nicolaus analysts Rail Runner hits 2 million passenger mark in New Mexico Washington city contracts HDR to design industrial park line MSU's rail management program offers scholarships to two short-line workers Illinois commission OKs two grade crossing upgrades

June 3

Biden, LaHood to meet with state transportation leaders on high-speed rail grant program UP: PRB, Colorado/Utah coal train loadings lag in May Biodiesel distributor to tap intermodal connections at Connecticut port MBTA completes accessibility improvements at Arlington Station Transport Canada hires consultant to conduct freight-rail service survey BART receives Bay Area recognition for digital marketing 'excellence' Obama tabs Trottenberg as USDOT transportation policy secretary Updates from Stadler Rail, RailComm, OPW Fluid Transfer, Bombardier, Logistick and Bird-X

June 2

Kohl, Rockefeller oust rail antitrust bill from Senate until they usher in new joint legislation Toronto Transit Commission sets 12-month ridership record NS marks Conrail integration's 10th anniversary, wins logistics award BART contracts Shimmick/Skanska to construct portion of Warm Springs extension Stifel Nicolaus analysts put CSX, NS and UP in 'buy' category NJ Transit breaks ground on Edison Station parking project Russ, Chunko take on SVP roles at Genesee & Wyoming Canadian private equity firm acquires Nordco

June 1

Illinois legislators approve capital funds for Chicago-area transit agencies LACMTA, developer complete Purple Line mixed-use project KCS leaders push partnerships, trackage rights resolutions at Mexico meeting NIT League throws support behind rail antitrust enforcement bill TriMet launches construction on Green Line transit police facility CTA to obtain feedback on Red Line extension Florida East Coast Railway wins utility's environmental award Updates from GE Transportation, GATX/PotashCorp, Trinity Industries and Interfleet Technology << Previous Next >>
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