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Rail News: January 2011

January 31

Iowa Interstate boosts 2011 capital spending budget Hampton Roads Transit extends top exec's contract; Pittsburgh port authority elects officers EMD lands locomotive orders from Ferromex, Quebec regional Tacoma port ramped up intermodal rail business in 2010 CSX double-stack route will create more than 50,000 new jobs, National Gateway partners say WMATA completes platform repairs ahead of schedule Fitch rates Cleveland RTA bonds A+; New York port authority sells bonds Updates from, Alstom, L.B. Foster, Environmental Packaging, RailComm and CargoWise

January 28

AAR traffic report: Week No. 3 good, but not great, for U.S. roads Northeast Corridor hearing highlights need for federal, private investment in high-speed rail FRA grants $750,000 to Pennsylvania for Keystone Corridor expansion study Guelph, CN close agreement on land for new intermodal station WMATA elects new board officers; installs Sarles as GM/CEO AASHTO report details HSR-related projects launched during past year Eurostar attracts more U.S. travelers CSX to remain a 'Climate Corps' participant in 2011 Vancouver port's 2010 cargo volume climbed to record-setting mark Amtrak to relocate Denver station during FasTracks-related construction Haka to join FEC as EVP, COO Smith first woman to be elected chair of UTU local

January 27

CP drives up revenue and income, drives down operating ratio KCS: Double-digit revenue growth, cost control add up to record operating ratio Metrolinx board recommends electrification of two GO Transit corridors CTA's rail ridership up in 2010; Amtrak's 1Q ridership soars in Michigan Nashville's RTA restructures to pursue regional transportation plan Ohio rail commission approves grants for freight-rail projects Automation association forms group to focus on rail industry technologies Updates from Railinc, Ansaldo, Harsco and HJ Skelton

January 26

CN's 4Q results cap off 'strong performance' for 2010, Mongeau says GE Transportation's Simonelli discusses China partnership Transportation industry reacts to State of the Union address NS 'profitably grew the business' in 2010, Moorman says Congressional hearing to focus on HSR in the Northeast Corridor AAR, Transportation Trades, U.S. Rep. Mica respond to President Obama's State of the Union address Shuster supports HSR investment, but questions stimulus funding disbursement Seattle port set annual volume record in 2010 Illinois commission to monitor CN's EJ&E-related mitigation pacts RAC's Lafreniere to head Canadian radio advisory board SEPTA recognized for budget presentation

January 25

Infrastructure center report: California transportation leaders stand behind high-speed rail CSX sets operating ratio records on drive to 65 Alaska Railroad opposes EPA's position on bridge's location PB appoints Albright planning manager to oversee California HSR outreach program BNSF to serve Bakken Shale railport in North Dakota CN, wood pulp supply chain partners agree to boost efficiencies CTA schedules more public meetings on Red, Purple line improvements UP wins Toyota Canada's 'logistics partner' award UTA launches online tools for riders Updates from RailComm, Nordco, INIT, Kinkisharyo and Sodrugestvo Group

January 24

CAW, CN reach tentative strike-averting agreements; Ontario Northland, steelworkers reach tentative pacts Metrolinx study recommends electrification of two GO Transit corridors Texas, USDOT agencies explore commuter-rail connections 'Well-targeted' transportation investments will accelerate economic recovery, Bipartisan Policy Center says Sarles to assume WMATA's top post Chicago's Metra sets up citizen advisory board; Fort Worth's T elects board officers, members Tie production, purchases ended 2010 on a high note, RTA says Updates from Alstom, Axion, GATX, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Michael Baker

January 21

Republican spending-cut bill unlikely to pass, but still 'worrisome,' says AHSRA's Baker Republican committee members propose to slash transit funding through spending-cut bill Republican committee members propose to slash high-speed, intercity rail funding through spending-cut bill U.S. Class I workforce declined in December, STB data shows AAR: U.S., Mexican railroads registered carload gains in week No. 2 Florida DOT to hold public meeting in Lakeland California agency OKs Santa Cruz line acquisition from UP Caltrain foresees budget deficit, major service cuts FTA signs TIGER grant agreements for five transit-rail projects AAR, APTA praise TTI report on easing highway gridlock Rosters set for House transportation committee, railroad subcommittee FRA issues guidance documents on crossing, station safety

January 20

CHSRA allocates $30 million in HSR funds to southern California UP sets income, earnings and operating ratio records AECOM names former CHSRA director Barna to lead North American high-speed division Free webcast to highlight CSX's sustainability strategy Annual ridership up for Amtrak's Cascades SFMTA's board approves financial plan for Central Subway project FTA gives thumbs up to Honolulu light-rail project Cleveland port, short line forge business-building agreement Annual ridership up for Washington's Amtrak Cascades, Twin Cities' Metro Transit California, Minnesota ports pumped up volumes in 2010 Hatch among keynoters at Railway Interchange 2011 Updates from GE, RailComm, Invensys, Axion, Parsons, Michael Baker and Gannett Fleming

January 19

GE, Chinese railway ministry reaffirm commitment to U.S.-based HSR joint venture Transportation hub project under way in St. Paul Austin's Capital Metro increases fares, expands MetroRail service Minnesota rail alliance brands Rochester-Twin Cities proposed HSR system as Zip Rail Southern Gateway Project to tackle Memphis area's transportation needs GE, TESSCO team up to offer integrated PTC system for dark territories Freight growth on tap for 2011, FTR Associates says Wisconsin & Southern to reopen paint shop Amtrak to add quiet car for Keystone Service Rocky Mountaineer workers join Teamsters Canada union

January 18

Free webcast to highlight CSX's sustainability strategy NCTD lowers fares, increases service hours in San Diego area NCDOT teams up with NS, NCRR to enhance crossing safety Twin Cities airport opens new skyway for Hiawatha riders NCDOT accepting applications for advanced technology grants ARRC to solicit public input on capital improvements Operation Lifesaver Canada seeks Roger Cyr Award candidates RMI honors 2011 'FastTrack' winners Updates from Alstom, HDR, Cubic/IBM and ALK Technologies

January 17

Florida DOT official updates state Senate committee members on HSR Alstom appoints Mehlman to oversee North American operations FRA clears Maine's path to purchase MMA track WMATA accelerates schedule for capital improvements Washington state port to demo buildings for freight access project NFTA's board appoints Minkel executive director Carriers' conference, unions continue to negotiate national contracts CTA tests 5000-series cars on Yellow, Purple lines Ohio rail commission to consider six freight-rail projects Updates from GE, Siemens, Control Chief, Birmingham Rail and STV/Ralph Whitehead

January 14

Canadian Auto Workers union sets strike deadlines for CN, CP AAR: U.S., Canadian roads get out of 2011 traffic gate in good shape WMATA GM lays out proposed fiscal-year 2012 budget More commuters riding Nashville's Music City Star L.A. port pumped up volume, broke export record in 2010 TriMet's light-, commuter-rail ridership rose in December Arch preps for West Coast coal exports; Alderon readies rail capacity for Canadian iron ore project Caltrain's board adds Kniss

January 13

Pittsburgh port authority to trim service 15 percent in March Florida business organization to create HSR coalition America 2050 aims to clear up report 'misinterpretation' about Florida project ranking Allegro service carries 23,000 passengers in first month Transportation Services Index stood pat in November, BTS says Alaska Railroad, Sound Transit to host public meetings on rail projects Chicago Transit Authority approves contract for tech support RailAmerica, Genesee & Wyoming registered traffic gains in December BLET members ratify CSXT agreements Santa Clara VTA's board sports new officers, member Updates from Bombardier, Voith Turbo, Marlin Technologies, Vinci and TranSystems

January 12

STB schedules May hearing to address rail competition concerns CP budgets about $1 billion for 2011 capital expenditures AAR: U.S. rail traffic percentage gains reached 22-year highs in 2010 California's Capitol Corridor ends 2010 with more riders, money Austin's Capital Metro appoints Clark VP of rail operations GO Transit begins Pickering bridge construction; Santa Clara VTA awards bridge contract Ohio utilities commission authorizes two crossing projects Updates from Ansaldo, Odyssey Logistics, Knorr-Bremse, Bourque Logistics, Nossaman and Parsons Brinckerhoff

January 11

America 2050 ranks HSR corridors based on ridership potential CN to adopt environmentally friendly container chassis New Jersey unveils five-year transportation improvement plan CSXT's business development efforts paid off in 2010 CATS recommends cost-cutting measure for light-rail extension California transit-rail district to hold contractor symposium for corridor project Ohio DOT approves $2.2 million for GCRTA services Patriot Rail assigns six execs to key posts Updates from RailComm, Wi-Tronix, Axion, Spectrum Infrared, Professional Transportation and Burns White

January 10

Report says Florida HSR project could be more costly than anticipated, but Florida DOT information shows figures are misleading House rule change eliminates funding guarantees for public transit projects FRA develops model legislation to improve grade crossing safety New quiet zone, wayside horns to take effect in Oregon town KCS forms sales operations group Zeigler to succeed Morange as head of New York MTA's security Caltrain phasing out paper 8-ride tickets, monthly pass Class 8 truck orders dropped slightly in December, FTR says Updates from Greenbrier, Bombardier, Pacer, Gannett, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Strategic Rail

January 7

AAR: North American roads maintained traffic gains at 2010's end CN, CP remained under grain revenue caps in latest crop year Caltrain/CHSRA's Doty to assume high-speed rail position with HNTB Caltrain moving forward on selecting commuter-rail operator FTA gives go-ahead to L.A. Metro subway extension engineering phase Alaska Railroad to seek public input on 2011 capital improvement plans Teamsters Canada Rail Conference calls on feds to retain Ontario refinery jobs Denver's RTD board elects officers, seats four new directors for 2011 Long Beach port turns 100 in June

January 6

President Obama reauthorizes diesel-engine emission act CREATE partners apply TIGER funds to five projects VIA Rail Canada invests $923 million in fleet renewal Value of goods moving between NAFTA nations soared nearly 15 percent in October Oregon port acquires Coos Bay line section from UP UP to relocate ShipCarsNow to Omaha Patriot Rail takes ownership of Weyerhaeuser's six short lines Updates from Bombardier, Colo, Wabtec, Alstom, China Information Technology and Parsons

January 5

NS nearly sets coal volume record at Virginia transloading facility Mississippi co-op files rate complaints against NS with U.S. court, STB NYCT begins next phase of $275.5 million line rehab Nottingham to succeed Mulvey as STB vice chair; Rubin to succeed Branscum as IANA chair Marshall University institute to analyze Appalachian region's intermodal potential Reconnecting America issues report on transit-oriented development Updates from Bombardier, KBR, Sam Schwartz Engineering, The Whitmore Group and Invensys Rail

January 4

UP closed out 2010 with PRB coal loading boost Chicago, Boston-area commuter railroads to test 'quiet cars' Cumber appointed exec VP of Florida East Coast Railway In memoriam: Former Red River Valley & Western President Tom Kotnour Texas town to designate five quiet zones CTA reviews major moments of 2010 'Discover Rail Line Communities' campaign kicks off in Washington State Updates from Atlantic Track and Turnout, Rail Scale, Balfour Beatty Rail, Hatch Mott MacDonald and Axion

January 3

Schwarzenegger announces three appointments to CHSRA board before leaving office AAR report: Christmas week another good one for North American roads WMATA receives $150 million from FTA for safety repairs CTA to unveil pilot version of online 'Train Tracker' California Air Resources Board to help fund switcher particulate filter project in L.A. Texas short line to acquire Oklahoma DOT line WMATA issues RFP for new fare payment system Denver RTD reviews 2010 milestones Iowa Pacific's U.K. short line lands operating license from feds << Previous Next >>
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