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Rail News: October 2009

October 30

CREATE partners let program's largest contractor award to date AAR weekly report: Not much change in North American carloads vs. last year California agency chooses light rail for Monterey corridor, advances commuter-rail project BNSF a leader in climate change disclosure, Class I says OmniTRAX reassigns four executives Updates from Wabtec, Portec Rail Products, Timken, CIT Group and Invensys Rail

October 29

APTA, UIC to hold high-speed seminars early next year Quarterly results show signs of a 'modest recovery,' KCS' Haverty says L.A. MTA to open Gold Line extension next month BART extension would provide range of economic benefits, VTA study says Chemical shipper acknowledges BNSF's service; retailer recognizes Schneider National's intermodal efforts NMB reaches nine-year high in closed cases

October 28

APTA statement on FRA's preliminary rail plan NS beats Street's earnings expectation, remains upbeat about gradual traffic growth UP, CSXT introduce joint 'RailChem Connect' service Amtrak to assume all commuter-train operations for Metrolink KCS mines traffic from Mexican intermodal corridor CSXT's Kurzanski attains AAR environmental honor for '09 Updates from Brookville Equipment, RailComm, Nordco, Ansaldo STS USA and Midland Manufacturing

October 27

CP reins in costs, but revenue and traffic take a tumble UP, NS launch joint 'Gulf Coast Flyer' chemical service USDOT convenes first-ever safety council meeting California's Metrolink adds more train-stop systems Pittsburgh port authority to hike fares, reduce light-rail routes next year

October 26

TWU strike looms at SEPTA; engineer contract talks to continue at CN FTA provides $75 million for Portland streetcar extension New York/New Jersey port lets PATH signal contracts; Hampton Roads Transit awards light-rail station work L.A. MTA board OKs long-range transportation plan RTA monthly report: Tie production stable, purchases slide in September Updates from Invensys Rail, Thales, MERMEC Group, Nexans and Interfleet Technology

October 23

BNSF pushes productivity, cost controls in wake of eroding business from weak economy AAR carload report: U.S. volumes might make incremental strides in coming weeks Honolulu awards light-rail system design-build contract to Kiewit Pacific NYCT to test Bronx Express morning service a second time Updates from Vossloh/Global Rail Systems, GATX, Unitrac, Penumbra Capital and RailRunner

October 22

UK's Priestmangoode to help design Chinese high-speed trains UP: No upturn yet, but latest operating ratio and volumes are reasons to be upbeat Metrolinx backs advisory committee's recommendation for GO Transit electrification study 'Port Tracker' report: Container volume at major U.S. ports shows steady, but slight rise CN to purchase 70 locomotives from GE, EMD Canadian Auto Workers at bargaining table with VIA Rail

October 21

CN: Revenue down, but costs were, too - and better things are coming in the not-too-distant future, execs said STB: U.S. Class I workforce slips below 150,000 in September BNSF's Kansas training center sets high-water mark for engineer evaluations North Carolina Railroad installs Atkins as chair, Cameron as vice chair Canadian hall of fame honors two former railroaders, a city and a technology Updates from Thales, Teradata, CIT, Wireless Matrix and Sharma & Associates

October 20

Southern California transportation officials to lobby for federal high-speed stimulus funds Metra proposes 2010 budget, fare increase Eaton to succeed Ballesteros as KCSM's top sales/marketing officer; Emery assumes AVP role at KCSR Short-line tax credit extension continues to garner congressional support, ASLRRA says USDOT to provide $20.9 million for haz-mat first-responder training Canadian railroad association honors freight, passenger roads' environmental and safety efforts

October 19

ELPC's Brubaker comments on preliminary National Rail Plan RailTrends Recap: Challenges, change - and reasons to believe FRA forges preliminary 'National Rail Plan' VRE proposes to switch service providers from Amtrak to Keolis CREATE partners cap off significant project in Chicago Projects, pacts advance at ports in Vancouver and New York/New Jersey Amtrak receives stimulus dollars to replace electrical equipment Updates from Gannett Fleming, Westway Group, Railinc and Transportation Certification Services

October 16

Mica: High speed's recipe for success FRA unveils preliminary rail plan TSI reaches slightly higher altitude in August, USDOT says Gov. Rell: Bids for Connecticut yard facility beat estimates Saskatchewan welcomes Last Mountain Railway as province's latest short line AAR weekly report: North American roads register more traffic declines DART elects board leaders; Obama tabs Amtrak board members Updates from Thales, Alstom, Jacobs Engineering, Colo Railroad Builders, and 'People' news from CargoWise edi, FreightScan and Dow AgroSciences

October 15

Midwest high-speed association calls on Senate to match House's $4 billion HSR appropriation House subcommittee holds hearing on HSR Metrolink eyes second fare hike in five months New Jersey agency advances station restoration and transit center projects, revamps Web site Weekly intermodal volume reaches 10-month high in September, AAR says U.S. Justice Department charges BLET's Rodzwicz with bribery Jasmin to manage Watco's Montana short line

October 14

Midwest high-speed association honors Quinn for support of 220 mph trains Russian Railways to partner with China to develop high-speed rail CSX: Cost controls, productivity advances help offset revenue and income setbacks FTA approves Honolulu's request to start preliminary engineering for light-rail line West Coast ports promote Asian gateway potential; Long Beach port changes container incentive program Missouri proposes a regional commuter-rail system UP to upgrade Nebraska line, NS to improve Illinois crossing Updates from Bombardier, CIT, Skanska, RailComm and EnerSys

October 13

Amtrak registers second-highest passenger count in FY09; TriMet posts ridership drop in September CTA's agenda includes fare hikes, job cuts and new board leaders RailAmerica initiates initial public offering IANA bestows Silver Kingpin honor to H&M International's Connors Wichita welcomes new grade separation

October 12

Long Island Rail Road disability claims display 'pattern of potential fraud,' Mica says New York's MTA, San Diego's NCTD land 'green' TIGGER grants Cost, ridership questions need answers before Amtrak restores service in Oregon, Sen. Wyden says FRA makes $5 million available for short-line projects; BMWED ratifies Iowa Interstate pact Updates from Vossloh, EKE-Electronics, Bombardier, Transportation Certification Services and Herzog Contracting

October 9

AAR weekly report: No inkling of traffic upturn for U.S. roads L.A. MTA to present transit corridor study findings to the public APTA presents various awards at annual meeting New Mexico's Rail Runner to replace signal system with CTC Wright retains seat as VIA Rail's chairman Updates from IBM, Unit Rail, GE Transportation and Alstom; and 'People' news from HDR, LTK Engineering Services and Railinc

October 8

Midwestern states seeking more than $11 billion in high-speed stimulus funds CTA maps out additional cost-cutting measures for 2010 National Gateway gains support; Jacksonville port lands federal grant STB to hear arguments for major cases in public forum North Carolina Railroad to study proposed commuter-rail line's potential Denver RTD turns 15

October 7

FRA to announce all high-speed rail grant recipients in winter Ontario minister: Metrolinx must meet 18 environmental conditions to advance GO Transit corridor expansion Massachusetts to help pay for MBTA parking facility in Salem UP's monthly coal train loadings lag again in PRB, Colorado/Utah Utah Transit Authority obtains FTA grant for Orem intermodal center CTA's Carter rejoins FTA as chief counsel Updates from Siemens, L.B. Foster, Invensys Rail, TransContainer/DB Schenker and RSI

October 6

Walder takes helm as New York MTA's CEO; APTA elects exec committee heads UP, Progress Rail Services test prototype locomotive for more than 500 hours Coming soon to Metrolink: Inward-facing locomotive cameras KCS appoints Strong to head multi-modal accounts, promotes Mexican 'Palm Island' project FTA recognizes DART's FEIS for Orange Line project Updates from Alstom, RailComm, PowerRail Distribution, SynchroNet Marine and Xorail

October 5

Michigan DOT seeks comments on Chicago-Detroit environmental assessment N.C. DOT lands eight FRA grants for rail projects Obama tabs Rosekind for open NTSB seat; FRA, TTCI renew partnership pact Long Beach port obtains more public feedback on proposed rail facility Color by numbers: MARTA uses primary colors to code four lines KCSR to close another Louisiana crossing

October 2

New Umler system up and running, Railinc says AAR weekly report: Southeast floods rain on U.S. railroads' traffic UP cuts ribbon on new Kate Shelley Bridge in Iowa Stimulus funds should target high unemployment areas and create jobs more quickly, Mica says Honolulu begins to build transit center Updates from Skanska USA Civil, Siemens, Interfleet, GlobalOptions Group and RailComm

October 1

New Hampshire DOT will not apply for Track 2 stimulus funds BART, Metra launch major infrastructure improvement projects L.A. MTA to begin pre-revenue testing on Metro Gold Line extension Steelworkers ratify CP pact Transportation fatalities down in '08, NTSB says; crossing deaths a distracted driver issue, OLI says NJ Transit to offer weekend trains on Montclair-Boonton Line << Previous Next >>
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