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Rail News: October 2011

October 31

Updates from Alstom, American Railcar, RMI and Salco Products Veolia Transportation, UTU reach agreement on initial Tri-Rail contract Valley Metro board to combine top administrative posts SEPTA, FTA officials open new Croydon station Long Beach port extends public comment period for proposed container terminal Sound Transit board approves MOU for East Link tunnel EPA report: Robust demand will drive rail-car assemblies to 40,400 in 2011, 51,300 in 2012 Reps. Hahn, Poe form House caucus to help promote U.S. ports

October 28

Updates from Progress Rail, Bombardier, HDR, Pacer, Timken and Parsons Brinckerhoff SFMTA renames streetcar yard Short-line tax credit extension bills continue to garner congressional support, ASLRRA says California commission awards $35.3 million for L.A. Expo Line's second phase Michigan governor seeks ways to bolster the state's transportation infrastructure Amtrak California locomotives to exceed EPA emission standards California commission appropriates $336.6 million for ACE trench project AAR: Carloads down for U.S. roads, up for Canadian and Mexican roads in week 42

October 27

GWI's Benz, OmniTRAX's Long join intermodal institute's board GWI's Powell wins AAR environmental excellence award; TTCI's Trevizo wins RTA research excellence award RailAmerica ramps up revenue, income Metrolinx selects Aecon/Dufferin joint venture for Air Rail Link work UP appoints two managers, advances two trackwork projects TriMet faces budget shortfall for FY2013 STB approves DesertXpress route NS sets income, earnings and operating ratio records Saudi Railways issues contract for second phase of Haramain high-speed rail project High-speed rail petition posted on White House website

October 26

Updates from Harsco, Carmanah, Vossloh, ENSCO, Kelso, Wabtec and Trinity STB to schedule public meeting on Grenada Railway's abandonment proposal More people rode Amtrak's Missouri River Runner in September Denver RTD set to open new Auraria West station BNSF lands labor agreement for L.A. terminal; Florida delegation backs proposed CSX facility Wind turbine program to save MBTA $100,000 per year, state officials say ARCI: Rail-car orders, deliveries climbed in 3Q CN ratchets up revenue, drives down operating ratio Registration still open for next week’s RailTrends® conference STB approves DesertXpress route

October 25

Kingsberry to depart DTC, join PANYNJ PANYNJ approves Foye as executive director; TriMet names labor relations, HR exec LIRR drafts rider 'pledge' to improve service Patriot Rail, CF Rail Services forge rolling stock services pact Metro-North to resume full Port Jervis Line service a month ahead of schedule Rio Metro increases New Mexico Rail Runner fares CP: Revenue up, income and earnings down FTA OKs $75 million grant agreement for MBTA's Fitchburg line

October 24

Updates from Balfour Beatty, Bombardier, RailComm and Parsons Brinckerhoff UP to bolster track in Nebraska, Wyoming Ontario Northland wins AMT car refurbishment contract Twin Cities' Metro Transit to receive $3.2 million from FTA MBTA, VIA Rail open new stations San Antonio council approves new streetcar system Container volume slipped at L.A.-area ports in September Ottawa releases short list of bidders for light-rail system Registration still open for next month's RailTrends® conference FRA's Rae to join New York governor's office

October 21

Updates from Wabtec, AECOM, Colo Railroad, GATX and Ameresco Solar BART to consider draft cell phone interruption policy CN eyes efficiencies from agreements with Agri-Food Central, UTU Grade separations under way in California along BNSF line North American railroads registered mixed traffic results last week, AAR says Senate committee to consider two-year surface transportation bill on Nov. 9 N.Y. Gov. Cuomo appoints Rae to state transportation post, nominates Lhota to top MTA office KCS sets third-quarter volume, revenue records Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Murray, FRA's Szabo announce Knowledge Corridor project

October 20

DART names new VPs of commuter rail, marketing Valley Metro posted light-rail ridership record in September Work on NS' West Virginia intermodal terminal slated for spring Class Is land on magazine's top 500 'green' rankings; FEC wins environmental award N.Y. Gov. Cuomo recommends Foye as PANYNJ's executive director CTA's Claypool releases 2012 budget recommendations Natural Resources Defense Council files federal lawsuit against BNSF, UP over California yard emissions UP registers quarterly best revenue, income and earnings

October 19

Updates from Jason Inc., GE, Sapa, Tata Steel and Arch Insurance TriMet launches multi-modal trip planner for riders AASHTO's board elects Steudle president and Lewis, VP CN acquires more eco-friendly containers, chassis Canadian rail association honors roads' environmental, safety achievements U.S. Class I headcount rose slightly in September, STB says U.S. transportation, commerce departments partner to enforce 'Buy America' standards CSX: 'Underlying fundamentals' drive strong financial results FRA obligates $7.9 million to New York for Hudson Line signal improvements Canadian high-speed group releases federal report on proposed Ontario-Quebec corridor

October 18

Watco: Cox to head engineering, Williams to help manage short line Study will help solicit funding for Tideflats-area transportation needs, Tacoma port says New bus service expands Amtrak access in Wisconsin Missouri DOT seeks public input on statewide rail plan Metro-North, Amtrak projects attain Brunel design honors Amtrak's Capitol Corridor 'shattered' ridership, revenue records in FY2011 CP lands Contrans account, eyes more collapsible container business Transit projects to receive share of $928.5 million in federal funds, LaHood says U.S. Departments of Transportation, Commerce partner to unearth U.S. suppliers for high-speed passenger car components

October 17

Updates from Skanska, Global Railway, STM-Service, Power Drives, RMI and Gannett Fleming Quiet zone coming to Nebraska city; Upgraded crossing on tap for Michigan town CSX: Reinke to succeed Ruehling as VP of federal legislation Michigan, Missouri Amtrak routes ramped up ridership NS, CSXT launch container services at Virginia port Metra's proposed 2012 budget includes 25 percent fare hike Atlanta roundtable finalizes list of transportation projects for 2012 tax referendum House bill would help restore transit service and jobs, supporters say FRA, Illinois DOT to hold hearings on Tier 1 EIS for HSR service; UP to issue RFP for Dwight-Pontiac permitting, reconstruction CHSRA receives $4 million in state bond funds to advance Los Angeles-San Diego engineering Central Illinois planning commission to study passenger-rail service to Peoria

October 14

TriMet posted ridership gain in September September carloads up for Genesee & Wyoming, down for RailAmerica Transportation index slipped slightly in August, BTS says USDOT to help fund transit projects in three states Connecticut, New York announce funding for transportation planning projects Amtrak tops 30 million riders in FY2011 AAR: North American carloads climbed in October's first week Surface transportation funding measure could pass by year's end, LaHood says

October 13

Updates from Stella-Jones, Bombardier, RailComm, Transplace, Simmons, Hatch Mott MacDonald and SYSTRA DART board elects officers North Carolina DOT bolsters safety at four public crossings Caltrain to install new rail bridge in San Francisco In memoriam: Fort Worth & Western, short-line association leader Tom Schlosser (Re)opening soon: BNSF's last flood-impacted subdivision New Hampshire DOT to draft new state rail plan next year Mica reiterates opposition to national infrastructure bank

October 12

KCS promotes Fussell to AVP post in carload business unit Sound Transit kicks off next phase of 'ST2' project CN, animal feed firm forge supply chain collaboration pact Expo Line upgrades under way in Vancouver to improve communications FTA OKs preliminary engineering phase for Maryland light-rail line CSXT posts progress on National Gateway; Schneider National unveils 'Canada Direct' service L.A., Baltimore transit lines among Obama administration's expedited infrastructure projects FRA issues advisory to address switching operation safety

October 11

CP set to collect food, monetary donations on the annual Holiday Train Metrolink adds 10 cars for bicycle enthusiasts FTA recognizes TriMet's light-rail project for 'outstanding achievement' NJ Transit opens new Plauderville Station U.S. labor department data: September job growth slightly better than expected Politicians break ground for Englewood Flyover project Canadian legislators again seek rail safety act amendments CTA cuts more than 200 jobs in wake of FY2012 budget's release

October 10

Updates from Knorr-Bremse, Bombardier and PTSI Transportation Stabler, Kalay assume new TTCI posts; Wisconsin DOT seeks rail specialist RTD receives final FasTracks light-rail car Grafton and Upton opens transload terminal in Massachusetts Four unions at CN's Algoma Central Railway ratify new contract North Carolina DOT seeks public feedback on proposed grade separation Military magazine honors UP's recruitment efforts California commission bans use of personal electronic devices by train operators CHSRA to revise Draft EIR/EIS for Fresno-Bakersfield segment Englewood Flyover groundbreaking to be held today California congressman proposes bill that would freeze California's HSR money CHSRA appoints Ross as deputy director of legislation

October 7

Updates from Alstom, Kelso, Railinc, ProTran1, ZF Group, Whitmore Group and NRC CATS solicits public input on EIS for Lynx light-rail extension CN aims to become a 'supply chain enabler,' Mongeau says Caltrain: Board approves FY2013 budget, August ridership sets record GCRTA to hold grand opening for new station BNSF's flood-related costs? About $375 million, Rose says AAR: U.S. roads registered traffic gains in September President Obama forms PEB to help resolve national contract dispute between NCCC, 11 unions

October 6

Savage takes wraps off BNSF-served railport in Kansas Las Vegas Railway Express elects Lamphere chairman APTA honors several individuals, agencies for public transportation 'excellence' Private investor group acquires Iowa line from UP San Diego agency's new low-floor trolleys enter service Georgia port pumped up volume in FY2011 Sen. Schumer calls on three federal agencies to help fund Ronkonkoma Hub project Arizona DOT to solicit public input on proposed Phoenix-to-Tucson line Michigan DOT reaches purchase agreement with NS for Kalamazoo-Dearborn corridor

October 5

North Carolina DOT upgrades equipment at three crossings FTA recognizes DART's streetcar environmental assessment report NS names West Virginia yard building after late coal executive CTA facing $277 million deficit in 2012 Indiana airport authority signs off on CSX pact for CN track relocation work Growth propels public transit to $55 billion industry, APTA says September coal train loadings neared 1,100 in PRB, UP says Mica seeks six-year surface transportation reauthorization bill at current funding levels, spokesman says USDOT awards $196 million grant to Michigan for track, signal work CHSRA delays release of business plan by at least two weeks

October 4

Updates from Siemens, Koppers, SNC-Lavalin and HNTB HRT launches online ticket sales for The Tide Nova Scotia to help fund RailAmerica short line for three more years CSX summit shone spotlight on bioenergy market BLET members back strike; UTU reaches tentative pact with Texas short line Rail industry's after-tax cost of capital rose in 2010, STB says Public transportation ridership rose in first half, APTA says Oct. 5 webcast: Marketing High-Speed Rail in a Volatile Political Climate

October 3

Watco assigns three execs to HR positions TransLink earns gold sustainability status from APTA Sound Transit to solicit public input on light-rail extension Pacific Harbor Line to add low-emission engines to 16 locomotives PANYNJ chairman appoints special committee to review agency practices British Columbia to help fund upgrades to Vancouver port rail link USDOT OKs New Jersey's plan to reimburse feds for cancelled ARC Tunnel project Connecticut DOT won’t cut rail or bus services, will hike fares << Previous Next >>
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