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Rail News: September 2010

September 30

Bombardier receives $2.1 billion high-speed contract from Trenitalia CTA proposes $1.3 billion budget, no fare or service changes TIGER grant-funded signal upgrades under way for CREATE program D.C. DOT awards contract for streetcar project New York allocates funds for freight-, passenger-rail projects CSXT's Sanborn, UP's Duren are 'Women Worth Watching,' magazine says CN earns Dow Jones Sustainability Index ranking for second-straight year APTA launches 'video wall' to stress need for surface transportation bill Updates from Bombardier, Omni Products, CH2M Hill, RailInc, C.R. England and Infinity Transportation

September 29

U.S. DOT releases National Rail Plan progress report USDOT provides progress report on National Rail Plan DART approves FY2011 budget, 20-year financial plan New California legislation will enable Metrolink to advance PTC implementation CN implements new coal supply chain approach Capital Metro approves $168.2 million operating budget CTA seeking proposals for new fare-collection system Santa Clara VTA to host contractor forum for BART Silicon Valley Project

September 28

Amtrak issues long-range vision for HSR in Northeast Corridor New York MTA set to save $54 million in overtime costs Santa Clara VTA introduces Commuter Express light-rail service Huron Central Railway receives federal, provincial funds to continue operations Sound Transit to negotiate terms for new Tacoma Link stop Evans becomes Iowa Interstate's VP of sales, marketing South Florida RTA joins AAR affiliate member ranks Updates from Bombardier, RailComm, Alstom, AECOM and Greenbrier

September 27

Ohio DOT to advance work on 3C corridor RailTrends to feature two short-line industry leaders Sound Transit ponders priorities to help close $3.9 billion funding gap Pittsburgh port authority delays vote on service cuts, fare hikes CN signs pact with Montreal port; UP earns 'responsible care' certification CSX's Tyler wins RIMA's David W. Fries Award KCSR completes locomotive repower project in Louisiana Houston Metro to increase workers' healthcare premiums to balance budget USDOT provides $9.2 million for transportation research In memoriam: Former Railway Supply Institute executive secretary, 'contributing leader' Marilyn Tonn

September 24

AAR weekly report: U.S. roads set 2010 intermodal record, all-time container mark USDOT notes 'overwhelming' response to call for TIGER II grant applications Metrolinx requests proposals for light-rail maintenance facility GE lands large locomotive order in Brazil, establishes business partnership in Mongolia Quebec's AMT unveils new dual-mode locomotive Haselwood takes helm as TRANSFLO's president; Vogl joins KCS in VP role MARTA seeks additional revenue sources to maintain service levels Port of Richmond opens automotive distribution center

September 23

Hanson, Parsons to complete EIS for Illinois high-speed line Ramsey County selects construction manager for St. Paul transit depot Amtrak tabs Engel to oversee HSR department Amtrak Cascades might drop second Vancouver train due to Canadian border fees HNTB names Share, Blankenzee to help oversee Florida HSR project Metropolitan Council awards third major contract for Twin Cities light-rail line CHSRA's van Ark comments on Asia trade mission WMATA, Maryland DOT seek development team for New Carrollton project O'Toole to succeed Lockhead as FirstGroup's top executive BART to consider new advertising opportunities San Francisco MTA seeks public input on long-range strategic plan Updates from Harsco, Thales, Knorr Bremse, Axion, Siemens, Alstom and Bentley

September 22

Minnesota rail authority hires construction manager for St. Paul depot project Amberg Technologies supplies track surveying systems for Chinese HSR projects APTA report: Quarterly ridership increases for first time since late 2008 CREATE partners seek $85.2 million TIGER II grant Shared rail corridors could be better shared, Conference Board of Canada says Building America's Future lobbies for national infrastructure bank New York MTA sells ads on NYCT, LIRR cars to increase revenue Perma-Fix to build spur at radioactive waste-handling facility in Washington UP to boost trains speeds in two Nebraska towns Updates from Sumitomo, Railinc, Thales, Bombardier, Kinkisharyo and Kenco Logistic Services

September 21

U.S. Class I workforce a smidge smaller in August, STB data shows Tie production climbed to 11-month high in August, RTA says CABT opposes bigger truck allowances in Maine, Vermont BNSF to honor truckers during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week Illinois allocates $79 million for major rail projects in Galesburg CSX attains highest industrial firm score from Carbon Disclosure Project Metra adjusts track schedule to rebuild 22 bridges ONTC to offer Dream Catcher Express fall service

September 20

In case you missed it: Sept. 15 webcast available on demand Midwest economy, congestion and environment would benefit from HSR, report says Houston Metro names Greanias president, CEO Gallegly bill proposes to increase liability cap in certain railroad accidents APTA to urge Congress to increase public transportation funding Prince Rupert pact adds to CN's arsenal of 'service-level' agreements Rail labor union coalition, freight railroads begin mediated negotiations Sound Transit's Sounder service celebrates 10th anniversary Illinois commission to help fund rail safety education, enforcement programs Updates from Invensys Rail, ENSCO, Colo Railroad Builders, HDR and Aon; also, in memoriam: NREC founder Lawrence Beal

September 17

AAR weekly report: U.S. carloads show slight traffic pinch from Labor Day Illinois begins construction on HSR track upgrades between Alton, Lincoln WMATA pegs federal grant for security upgrades, considers creating safety committee Kansas joins States for Passenger Rail Coalition BART prepares to award contracts for Oakland Airport Connector CN, DP World forge 'service-level' pact for Vancouver terminal GM, board members resign from New Orleans Public Belt in wake of over-spending claims VIA Rail Canada, Communauto team up to offer train/auto service Kansas joins States for Passenger Rail Coalition UP's historic steam locomotive to embark on 2,200-mile tour

September 16

Senate commerce committee report, hearing on potential rail reforms generate more debate CTA notes budget savings, appoints inspector general Better end-to-end transportation services require better supply-chain partnerships, CN's Mongeau says MBTA launches construction on parking facility Miller becomes Genesee & Wyoming's first CMO Bay Area could better boost transit security awareness, Mineta institute report shows British Columbia port lands $2.5 million from feds for shore power project Updates from Alstom, Axion International, Cubic Transportation Systems and APS Technology Group

September 15

AECOM video series highlights HSR development issues NJ Transit suspends work on Access to the Region's Core project CSXT, Florida utility co-op settle rate case CP signal workers ratify three-year pact RailAmerica posts year-over-year carload jump TriMet's Green Line marks one year of service CSX, Environmental Defense Fund join forces to reduce emissions, save energy Weardale Railways off to strong start with new line Updates from Kenco Logistic Services, Jacobs Engineering, ALK Technologies and RailRunner

September 14

Caltrain appeals to CHSRA to refocus environmental review Would-be high-speed rail players to Florida, California: 'We can help you achieve your HSR vision' Amtrak to participate in 'close call' reporting program CAF USA calls on Houston Metro to prevent rebidding of light-rail contract MBTA breaks ground on Waterfront Square development project Genesee & Wyoming posts carload increase in August CN's Prince George intermodal terminal gains upgraded entry road Illinois port district launches construction on rail loop Direct ChassisLink, Port of Long Beach receive IANA's Intermodal Achievement award Updates from RailComm, Dell Services, HDR, Nomad Digital and Brenny Transportation

September 13

Aadnesen to take helm as Alaska Railroad's president, CEO Transit safety committee opens first meeting RailTrends 2010: Rail Traffic Still Strong, 10 Years of Rail & Other Thoughts New York DOT to study possibility of streetcar service in Brooklyn Capitol Corridor reports rise in August ridership, other lines show slight decrease Ohio rail commission actions help advance several rail projects Washington state DOT reviews grant, loan applications for 21 freight-rail projects Updates from Alstom, Trinity Industries, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Syncron International AB, Hill International, URS and TMI

September 10

URS Corp. acquires Scott Wilson Group, expands capabilities in HSR market AECOM names Elton HSR project director AAR report: U.S. roads set carload volume record for second-straight week BART to receive $20 million from state for Oakland Airport Connector Transportation Services Index inched up in July, BTS says CAW, CN begin contract negotiations; UTU, Illinois Midland Railroad reach tentative pact BNSF commemorates closing of 5,000th grade crossing SFMTA to begin $24 million cable-car infrastructure project UP's ShipCarsNow boots up international auto transportation service Trucking conditions to remain positive for remainder of 2010, FTR says

September 9

UP: August PRB train loadings climbed to 20-month high FTA finds Houston Metro violated 'Buy America' requirements Two proposed intermodal hubs in South Carolina would have opposite economic impacts, study shows Sound Transit appoints Kupersmith deputy CEO CP, Saskatchewan reach conditional agreement on Regina land sale WMATA receives FEMA funding for February snow removal costs American Honda to open rail-car loading facility at California port Updates from Nordco, HDR, GATX, M.C. Dean and Kenco Management Services

September 8

Transportation organizations, legislator weigh in on Obama's infrastructure proposal Washington State, BNSF sign framework agreement for Cascades corridor work Colorado DOT appoints Imhoff to oversee Transit and Rail Division DM&E, DM&IR workers ratify long-term agreements Denver RTD schedules 16 public meetings to discuss belt-tightening measures Colorado DOT installs Imhoff as state's first director of transit, rail KCSM opens transload facility in Mexico SacRT reopens light-rail station FreightCar America to acquire DTE Rail Services Iowa Interstate shuffles exec staff Updates from Alstom, Bombardier, Wabtec, Battelle, Nomad Digital and Interfleet Technology

September 7

President Obama proposes $50 billion for transportation infrastructure upgrades The politics of HSR: Can a governor stop a project? AAR's Rail Time Indicators report: U.S. carloads, intermodal loads climbed in August Obama announces infrastructure plan, calls for integrating HSR into surface transportation framework Kansas DOT considers alternatives for expanded passenger-rail service Caltrain predicts more budget predicaments in FY2012 NS schedules ceremony to mark first Heartland Corridor train L.A. Metro Gold Line authority seeks proposals for light-rail extension SEPTA, Viridity Energy land state funding for energy recycling project Carrizales joins DART's board

September 3

AAR report: U.S. roads set more weekly traffic records Burbank approves intermodal center development Post-hurricane, KCS' traffic and revenue at tailwind strength Capital Metro proposes $170 million operating budget L.A. Metro receives $1.45 million from USDOT for intermodal transit center Canada to cover one-third of Ontario rapid transit system's cost STB sets policy for 'plain language' decision summaries, repeats 'Best Places to Work' top ranking NJ Transit offers family rate to encourage travel to Newark airport

September 2

TranSystems' Miller to chair AREMA's HSR committee Metropolitan Council, University of Minnesota reach deal on light-rail project Gulf & Ohio to acquire Lancaster and Chester Railway NS aims to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions 10 percent by 2014 FRA proposes rulemaking on concrete ties Group lobbies for increased transit funding to create jobs Ohio commission OKs crossing warning device upgrades USDOT climbs 'Best Places to Work' rankings for 2010 NJ Transit seeks proposals for Wi-Fi network

September 1

Amtrak, FRA unveil new passenger-car design specs CN creates 'scheduled plan' for grain harvest Texas DOT seeks TIGER II grant for Tower 55 project KCSM creates credit facility, promotes law department exec SEPTA procures electricity to save millions of dollars House-approved appropriations bill proposes funds for Maricopa grade separation Conference to focus on expanding Colorado's intercity passenger-rail services Updates from Progress Rail, Bombardier, Cubic, ETA Transit Systems, RailRunner and Parsons Brinckerhoff << Previous Next >>
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