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Rail News: August 2009

August 31

Kansas, Pennsylvania seek ARRA funds California's Metrolink to negotiate engineer/conductor services contract with Amtrak Former APTA chairman, hall of famer Alan Kiepper passes away Twin Cities light-rail corridor advances Workers at two short lines join UTU

August 28

North American roads register highest weekly carload total since early March USDOT/FTA churn out 13 more ARRA grants UP's August PRB train loadings a tad off last year's pace San Diego agency sets another ridership record despite fewer trolley trips Latina magazine honors BNSF's diversity efforts for Hispanics Updates from New York Air Brake, JMA Railroad Supply, A. Stucki, Orgo-Thermit and Alliance Shippers

August 27

Progressive Railroading to boot up HSRupdates.com on Sept. 8 UP launches ShipCarsNow.com, schedules Joliet terminal groundbreaking and starts Kansas track upgrades Sound Transit opens bids for University Link tunnel boring work League of Railway Industry Women names UP's Valdez 'Woman of the Year' Cleveland's RTA begins to build new 55th Street station Florida coalition urges USDOT to back funding for HSR studies

August 26

ATU members ratify BART contract New York lands ARRA grant for Metro-North station, seeks more stimulus grants for other projects ARRA-funded Amtrak station work under way RTA report: Tie purchases climb, production falls in July CP receives recognition for governance practices Updates from Wabtec and RailComm

August 25

Three states seek ARRA funds for HSR projects KCS promotes Del Cueto, appoints Torres to key KCSM posts Illinois law provides funds for intermodal facilities Joint venture to begin underground phase of BART's Warm Springs extension BNSF boosts on-time performance, adds new services

August 24

USDOT/FTA issue ARRA grants exceeding $1 billion Illinois commission urges FRA to adopt safety guidelines for HSR crossings Hart becomes NTSB's vice chair San Francisco agency to install fare gates, ticket machines at nine stations ACTA installs DeLong as chair, Hahn as vice chair Updates from GE Transportation/EuroMaint Rail, Bombardier and MISCOR Group

August 21

U.S. Class I workforce a smidge larger in July, STB says AAR weekly report: Thirty-second verse same as the first in '09 traffic song Patriot Rail takes wraps off new Texas short line L.A. authority collects soil samples for proposed subway extension Port Tracker report: Major ports remain on pace to handle fewest containers in seven years Updates from Global Railway Industries, FreightCar America, RailComm and Pacer International

August 20

CREATE partners alter program to suit CN's EJ&E acquisition Sacramento agency closes budget shortfall without making more service cuts Trucks lost market share to intermodal in 2Q, FTR says Utah Transit Authority tweaks commuter, light rail services WMATA to provide cell phone coverage in 20 underground stations

August 19

Houston's Metro gains FTA approval to design two light-rail lines Ohio DOT, rail commission seek to advance '3C Quick Start' system Florida leaders form lobbying group to land federal dollars for Orlando-Tampa-Miami HSR line BNSF, Washington state port launch construction on loop track Montreal port posts first-half volume drop Updates from Wabtec, Railinc & Teradata, Interfleet Technology, Kelso Technologies and PowerRail Distribution

August 18

U.S. agencies team up with Mexican authorities to thwart drug, weapon smuggling UP celebrates silver anniversary of first PRB coal train Vancouver's Canada Line opens for business New leader pegged for USDOT's haz-mat arm; NTSB and NMB make management changes Oregon agency starts stimulus-funded project, changes fare-free area

August 17

USDOT/FTA provide 50 ARRA grants exceeding $1 billion BART, ATU reach 11th-hour agreement and avert strike Elliott takes seat as STB chairman Mefford-Miller to head St Louis Metro's planning, system development Arizona Railroad Group becomes ARG Trans Updates from L.B. Foster, Simmons Machine Tool & Beena Vision Systems, Timken, National Academy of Railroad Sciences and Flatiron Construction

August 14

Early-bird rate for October RailTrends conference still available FRA's proposed PTC rule would 'impose a financial burden beyond what Congress intended,' AAR says ATU issues strike notice after BART imposes employment terms AAR weekly report: North American railroads off to another slow traffic start in August Montreal, Maine & Atlantic mulls plan to abandon or sell Maine lines Providence and Worcester earns more income, generates less revenue Updates from Pandrol, Siemens Mobility, Pentadyne Power, CANAC Railway Services and Interpipe

August 13

NS selects Pennsylvania site for Crescent Corridor terminal CTA, NJ Transit advance major rail and station projects Domestic container volume remains intermodal's only bright spot in second quarter, IANA says TSI falls to lowest June level in 12 years, BTS says Georgia university forecasts larger sales tax receipt shortfall for MARTA

August 12

One union OKs, another rejects BART's contract proposal CSX to break ground on Ohio intermodal facility KCS, Indiana Rail Road make management changes Watco launches Alabama Warrior Railway RailAmerica creates contract-switching subsidiary Updates from Bombardier, Amberg Technologies, Gannett Fleming, RailComm and Electro-Motive Diesel

August 11

New York MTA issues proposed 2010-2014 capital program, 20-year capital needs assessment California High-Speed Rail Authority institutes 'transparency' initiatives to ensure project schedule, budget and accountability Progressive Railroading to boot up HSRupdates.com on Sept. 8 TriMet ridership dips in July Russia's First Freight Co. forms joint venture with Finnish Railways

August 10

CSXT, BLET agree on tentative five-year pact Santa Clara VTA approves fare increase acceleration Caltrain quiets locomotive horn noise Ohio city to create quiet zone Mass transit a key cog in New Jersey's transportation landscape, study says Updates for Alstom Transport, New York Air Brake, Faiveley Transport Australia and Unisys Australia

August 7

AAR's July traffic report: North American roads slog through another sluggish month Nation needs to establish two or three 'model' HSR lines, Brown says Toronto lands retail lease agreement for Union Station revitalization FRA grants $1 million to Operation Lifesaver MARTA boots up new Web site

August 6

Missouri DOT seeks stimulus dollars for 11 rail projects CTA has 'zero tolerance' for employees who use electronic devices on duty Tacoma port selects contractor for grade separation overpass Amtrak marks Pere Marquette's silver anniversary, first stimulus-funded car overhaul L.A.-area ports honor Pacific Harbor Line's clean-air efforts Updates from Ansaldo STS USA, Miner Enterprises, American Railcar Industries, Cubic and Pacer

August 5

Maryland selects light rail as transit option for Purple, Red lines CP sells Windsor Station to Cadillac Fairview EPA report: Rail-car deliveries to drop to 24,800 units in '09, 14,750 units in '10 ARRA dollars help Houston's METRO expand police presence Illinois commission approves crossing upgrades at 10 locations

August 4

'TRACS' bill back in Congress Minnesota DOT seeks ARRA dollars for four passenger-rail projects UP reaches six-month high for southern PRB coal loadings in July L.A. Metro to test turnstile-gate waters at four subway stations Senate proposes funds for Charlotte transit system's light-rail extension Updates from Siemens/TVZ, Skanska, RailPros, Progress Rail Services and RailComm

August 3

Chicago's CREATE program lands $322 million from state of Illinois BART, three labor unions reach tentative accord USDOT to announce TIGER grant winners in January MARTA lands DHS grant for police department House judiciary subcommittee OKs 'rail antitrust' bill, CURE says << Previous Next >>
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