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Rail News: January 2012

January 31

KCSM opens new transload center in Mexico Grade separations advance in California, crossing projects advance in Ohio and North Carolina GO Transit launches service at Allandale Waterfront station Valley Metro's ridership grew 4 percent in 2011 LACMTA OKs targeted hiring program for construction projects 18 transportation unions band together to oppose FAA reauthorization bill provisions Pershing Square schedules meeting to stress need for CP management changes; CP leaders book road trip to tout progress to investors Harrell hired as HRT president, CEO AAR to fight truck weight, size provisions in surface transportation bill

January 30

Updates from Talgo, RailComm and Parsons Brinckerhoff Teamsters ratify CN contract; BLET and UTU advance short-line agreements Tie production and purchases dropped in December, RTA says Cleveland port authority awards rail loop contract, notes 2011 traffic gains Hiawatha ridership reached record level in 2011 In memoriam: Railway Association of Canada leader, transportation industry champion Cliff Mackay Florida officials broke ground on SunRail commuter-rail project last week AAR: Class Is budget record $13 billion for capex, seek more than 15,000 new hires in 2012 House transportation committee to consider long-term reauthorization measure on Thursday, Mica says Parsons Brinckerhoff appoints lead estimator for California HSR project

January 27

Updates from Bombardier, Invensys, Banyan Rail, RMI and PowerRail Reading and Northern carried record carloads, expanded operations in 2011 Seattle port's container volume exceeded 2 million TEUs for second-straight year Capitol Corridor posted gains in ridership, revenue and performance in first fiscal quarter BART approves engineering contract for Transbay Tube upgrades TCU/IAM criticizes FAA bill's rail labor implications; UTU scores organizing win and ratifications LaHood highlights need for young women to study STEM subjects AAR: More volume gains for U.S. roads in January's third week

January 26

Updates from AECOM, Ansaldo, Kelso, Axion, Hanson and MagneMotion P&N corridor reconstruction work to end next month, North Carolina DOT says Wisconsin DOT seeks public input on site for Milwaukee train maintenance facility First contracts let on Vancouver's Evergreen Line project Watco to serve San Antonio railport Virginia lawmakers announce $116 million from feds for Dulles Rail CP: Revenue and income climb, but so does the operating ratio LaHood proposes streamlining transit funding; business groups petition for transportation funding bill Obama reiterates support for HSR in 'blueprint,' but hopes for additional funding remain dim California auditor issues recommendations for 'risky' HSR project

January 25

VIA Rail introduces new schedules to attract more passengers Georgia ports boosted volume, advanced harbor-deepening project in 2011 PATH set ridership record in 2011 UP sets new reportable injury rate record, schedules trackwork in Texas NS boosts capital spending by 12 percent for 2012 Kinder Morgan, Arch Coal pact could boost exports railed to Gulf Coast Obama calls on Congress to fund infrastructure projects; Mica and Boxer respond NS set several financial records in 4Q New APTA report offers rebuttals to anti-HSR rhetoric

January 24

Updates from, TUV Rheinland, L.B. Foster, Thales and Wilson & Co. Wisconsin & Southern putting last touches on $17 million project CSX: Munoz becomes COO, Eliasson becomes CFO BLET members ratify Amtrak contract Despite Tropical Storm Irene, Metro-North posted ridership gains in 2011 ARCI: Rail-car deliveries up, orders down in 4Q KCS sets several revenue and volume records CN generates 'best-ever' quarterly revenue, ratchets up income CSX bends, but doesn't break from coal and intermodal sector headwinds

January 23

Connecticut commuter council reports highs, lows of 2011 CP, CN land long-term potash transportation pacts from Canpotex Amtrak outlines next phase of Lancaster Station projects UP, Colorado wheat growers create work group Caltrain schedules meetings to discuss proposed fare increases Indiana's three ports pumped up 2011 volume APTA's Melaniphy calls on Congress to pass multi-year surface transportation bill UP commits $1 billion to Nebraska infrastructure, makes UPS' peak performance grade California governor reiterates support for HSR in 'State of State' address Schumer urges Amtrak, FRA, CSX and NYSDOT to sign HSR agreements for Buffalo-Albany segment

January 20

Updates from RailComm, R.J. Corman, Bombardier, Cubic, Amsted RPS and Yangtze WMATA takes action in response to alleged thefts Farm2Rail proposes multi-loop rail facility in Minnesota WTS chapter names Illinois transportation leaders Schneider, Lafleur 'Women of the Year' Halliburton to build sand terminal in Colorado industrial park USDOT grants target three rail, intermodal research centers Amtrak service launch in Norfolk moved up to late December AAR: U.S. roads registered carload gains in week No. 2

January 19

Illinois kicks off state rail plan development with new website Ohio utilities commission OKs upgrades at three crossings Minnesota Gov. Dayton's financing proposal includes light-rail funds CP opens locomotive 'super shop' in Toronto Illinois Gov. Quinn announces plans for Rockford-area multi-modal station U.S. Class I workforce shrunk slightly in December Sen. Boxer calls on Congress to pass a surface transportation bill UP pumped up profits and revenue, drove down operating ratio in 4Q

January 18

Updates from Faiveley Transport, L.B. Foster, Alstom, Sapa, Oracle and Parson Brinckerhoff USDOT provides $77 million in research and education grants, $40.8 million to help upgrade transit in national parks Canadian government to help fund Port of Saguenay's rail project L.A. port pumped up volume in 2011 NS double-stack trains begin to traverse 'Heartland Connector' in Ohio Twin Cities’ Metro Transit, Cleveland’s RTA posted ridership gains in 2011 CP boosts capital spending budget for 2012 Chicago Mayor Emanuel opens renovated Grand Avenue station, announces other station projects

January 17

CTA enhances 'Train Tracker' service with text messaging Wisconsin grants help fund two freight-rail projects MARTA joins other entities to begin pedestrian bridge project MTA, NYCT complete 'FASTRACK' repair project on Lexington line OmniTRAX short line to serve Mercuria Energy's new crude oil terminal in Texas Schneider National renews intermodal pact with CSXT House Transportation Committee Chair Mica endorses Romney for president Long Beach port's container volume lagged in 2011 Three more unions ratify contracts with NCCC

January 16

Updates from EMD, Bombardier, CF Rail Services and HiRail Denver's RTD elects 2012 officers Chinese university delegation ponders collaboration with TTCI NTSB issues safety recommendations to address rear-end train collision concerns In memoriam: Schneider National trailblazer, 'visionary' Don Schneider Minnesota Gov. Dayton calls on state DOT to form transportation finance advisory group Amtrak's Boardman responds to Northeast Corridor's expedited environmental review NS sets volume record at Virginia coal transload facility Securing security measures: TSA works to implement standards for U.S. HSR systems Eno's Schank weighs in on CHSRA executive shake-up, HSR's near-term future

January 13

VTA names Fabela general counsel Indiana rail working group mulls multiple grade separations, crossing upgrades IANA, Seattle port elect officers for 2012 Sen. Lautenberg calls on federal geological agency to assess hydraulic fracturing's seismic impacts Tri-Rail posted 'strong' ridership in 2011, SFRTA says FTA conference highlighted Portland streetcar project WMATA's Sarles recommends $1.6 billion operating, $997 million capital budget for FY2013 CHSRA CEO van Ark resigns, Chairman Umberg steps down North American carloads slipped in week No. 1; GWI's traffic dipped in December CHSRA's van Ark resigns, board chairman steps down USDOT, environmental quality council to expedite environmental reviews for NEC high-speed project

January 12

Updates from Gross & Janes, Vossloh, Alstom and L.B. Foster SFMTA launches escalator rehabilitation program AAR issues 2011 edition of statistical reference book RailAmerica's carloads declined in December, fourth quarter Preferred Sands provides unit train service to Pennsylvania; Musket proposes pipeline-by-rail facility in Colorado Transportation Services Index held steady in November LACMTA to begin public review period for Regional Connector project's final environmental statement Amtrak outlines 2012 priorities Amtrak outlines infrastructure renewal, fleet and other priorities for 2012 California's Harkey calls for halting state debt funds for HSR project; Feinstein calls on governor for 'swift action' to get project on track

January 11

Updates from GE, AECOM, OPW Fluid Group and Stantec Equipment Leasing and Finance Association lists top 10 acquisition trends Marzano becomes Tacoma port's president for 2012 TriMet posted double-digit rail ridership gains last month Riders recommend DART, survey says STB appoints seven new members to railroad-shipper advisory council CSX unveils 'Select Sites' to help fast-track industrial development efforts BART's Berryessa extension project 'days away' from receiving federal grant

January 10

Clough re-elected to GCRTA board post Patriot Rail donates Mississippi & Skuna Valley for public trail; Iowa Interstate installs Woodward as chief engineer NS to derive business benefits from 73 new industrial facilities, 27 expanded plants Alaska Railroad solicits public input on 2012 capital plans WMATA completes rail-car inspection Metrolinx approves GO Transit fare increase STB rejects Wisconsin legislators' petition to delay the sale of WSOR to Watco Legislation, PTC and rail safety were hot topics at NRC's annual conference

January 9

Updates from RailComm, Greenbrier and Colo Railroad; ALSO, in memoriam: Delta Railroad Construction CEO Larry Laurello Ohio utilities commission OKs crossing upgrades Brake-detachment incident prompts WMATA to inspect 464 cars Metro-North to launch 'quiet cars' in Connecticut Wade succeeds Silverstein as Alaska Railroad's top business development exec Dozens of new or expanded manufacturing plants mean more revenue for CSXT CP has 'clear plan' to lower operating ratio and drive growth, Chairman Cleghorn tells shareholders Harriman and Hammond awards to be 'retired'; rail industry to develop programs that focus on 'best-practice' sharing, AAR spokeswoman says California governor proposes creating new transportation agency to oversee CHSRA

January 6

Updates from ENSCO, OMNI, Amsted RPS, PowerRail, Whitmore, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Flagler Mining company recognizes UP as 'supplier of the year' States' 'budget austerity' is the new norm, S&P report says FTA issues record of decision for Crenshaw/LAX light-rail project SMART, Stacy and Witbeck/Herzog negotiate contract for commuter-rail project's first phase North American railroads post traffic gains in 2011 Three unions ratify contracts with NCCC

January 5

DART solicits public opinions on proposed route changes Former Long Beach port GM McJunkin dies Metrolink reviews 2011 accomplishments APTA: Congressional inaction on commuter benefits amounts to $550 tax increase for transit riders Mulvey to serve another stint as STB vice chair USDOT awards $186 million for Chicago-St. Louis corridor Hampton Roads Transit committee recommends Harrell for president, CEO post What does 2012 hold for U.S. high-speed rail? Find out in our near-term outlook report

January 4

Updates from GE Transportation, Skanska, Thales and Pacific Alaska Patriot Rail restructures operational management team Broe Group acquires more land for Colorado short line-served industrial park MBTA proposes 'significant' fare increases, service cuts to deal with deficit FTA OKs final design stage for Honolulu transit-rail project UP capped off 2011 with strong coal train volume CREATE program posted progress, missed out on TIGER III grant in 2011 FRA proposes changes to passenger train emergency systems California HSR review panel recommends halting project USDOT awards $186 million for Chicago-St. Louis corridor

January 3

San Diego MTS names Burke chief of police Washington transportation commission helps fund crossing surface work Twin Cities' Metropolitan Council awards $11.3 million in development grants TCU, IAMAW complete merger CSXT opens Louisville intermodal terminal Texas port to lease land for short line's proposed bulk container terminal CP board members have not approached Harrison about top post, Chairman Cleghorn says

January 2

Updates from American Wera and Hatch Mott MacDonald OmniTRAX's Chicago Rail Link lands liquid asphalt business Five Wisconsin legislators seek delay in Watco's WSOR acquisition CN merges three U.S. subsidiaries at year's end MTA marks achievements in 2011 Metra notifies riders of pre-tax transit benefit cuts AAR: U.S., Canadian carloads climbed by double digits in pre-holiday week Illinois DOT to concentrate 2012 high-speed construction on two segments Chinese rail crash caused by design flaws, relaxed safety controls, final report says << Previous Next >>
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