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Rail News: September 2012

September 28

Construction begins on CSXT-served intermodal port in Indiana; federal grant helps jumpstart upgrades to short line-served route in Ohio AAR: Year-long intermodal up, carloads down trend continues in U.S. CTA to introduce open fare system next year Santa Clara VTA to mark start of Fremont project Sound Transit addresses proposed 2013 budget, approves contract for Sea-Tac project Environmental report backs intermodal facility's 'green' qualities, BNSF says California commission releases $39.8 million for Caltrain modernization project CN to test natural gas-powered locomotives California, Midwest DOTs issue notice on passenger train contract

September 27

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, Alstom, Railserve, Raildecks, Colo and Road & Rail (Sept. 27) Metrolink prepares for more riders during 'Carmageddon II' Former J.B. Hunt CMO Bergant wins IANA's Silver Kingpin Award Canadian Pacific appoints first Southeast Asia rep, opens first Vietnam office MTA ridership surveys show improved satisfaction Union Pacific attains best-ever carbon disclosure performance Charlotte receives $18 million federal grant for light-rail line Panama Canal expansion nearly half complete, authority says

September 26

IANA, NITL to hold separate trade shows in 2014 Arizona land department issues study on proposed UP yard site APTA to honor L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa for championing public transportation L.A. port advances channel deepening project's final phase San Diego MTS sells more trolley cars to Argentinian city New York City Transit opens new subway transfer Union Pacific reassigns three operating department execs DART approves $1 billion FY2013 budget

September 25

New York City Transit's Bianco joins TTCI board Alaska Railroad crews work round the clock to repair washed out track Tampa port rail project to be completed next month Amtrak testing trains at 165 mph in Northeast Corridor UTU, BLET advance agreements Long Beach port lets contract for major rail project Federal, North Carolina officials mark full funding of new Raleigh station MARTA's Scott named next GM of MBTA

September 24

Rail supplier updates from AMEC, Vossloh, Vision Industries and Boatright (Sept. 24) Redeker assumes CIO post at Canadian Pacific New York MTA marks tunnel breakthrough for East Side Access megaproject Bridger Transfer moves first crude-oil unit train from BNSF-served Bakken facility FTA, transit industry officials hold first safety oversight meeting Ironhorse Resources to establish transload facility in New Mexico Florida port lands federal grant to purchase two locomotives; Gulf & Ohio Railways markets two repowered locomotives USDOT awards funds to improve Amtrak, freight line in North Carolina Construction begins on Joliet, Ill., transportation center Amtrak to operate 165-mph test trains in Northeast Corridor

September 21

Vermont transportation agency, city propose rail-yard access project Alameda Corridor authority identifies recommended firms for grade separation design work New York-area port authority to study direct rail extension to Newark airport The T projects higher ridership, cost for TEX Rail project Year-long U.S. traffic trends held firm in 37th week, AAR data shows Orange County-area officials break ground on Anaheim intermodal station STB: U.S. Class I workforce shrank a smidgen in August Amtrak friends and foes testify at latest House hearing Obama administration announces plans to expedite California high-speed rail project

September 20

Rail supplier updates from GE, Invensys, SYSTRA, Amsted, RailComm and Colo (Sept. 20) DCTA to solicit public input on fare proposals Riverport Railroad, Anacostia Rail Holdings make top management changes Wisconsin DOT allocates $12 million for freight-rail projects AREMA honors BNSF with Hay Award for 2011 flood-recovery efforts CSX again makes Dow Jones list of top sustainability performers Norfolk Southern: Of carbon disclosure, 3Q earnings and new business developments Mica to host third in series of congressional hearings on Amtrak

September 19

Rail supplier updates from GE, Bombardier/EMD, Thales, AECOM, Railserve and RailWorks (Sept. 19) Mississippi Export Railroad to turn 90 Caltrain adds trains, service to alleviate crowding during peak hours SEDA-COG rail authority's Stover to participate in White House forum NS, GE hold sustainability symposium in South Carolina Cleveland agency to break ground on Red Line station reconstruction project Major rail program at L.A.-area ports reviewed at AREMA conference Massachusetts prepares to take over CSX track for commuter-rail expansion FRA issues Record of Decision for Merced-Fresno high-speed rail segment Virginia receives federal funds for Arkendale-Powell's Creek third track Colorado DOT seeks technology input for I-70 Mountain Corridor All Aboard Florida contracts AMEC for engineering services Bombardier to supply components for Saudi railways' high-speed trains

September 18

MTA New York City Transit names Lambert chief transportation officer of Rapid Transit Operations Watco installs Rainville, Barksdale in VP posts TransLink proposal calls for cost-cutting, drawing on reserve fund ASCE report: U.S. ports, waterways need additional infrastructure investments by 2020 RTA proposes $2.5 billion capital improvement initiative for Chicago-area transit August port volumes: Up in Long Beach, down in L.A. Transportation Services Index inched up in July Public transportation ridership up for sixth straight quarter

September 17

Obama nominates Beall as Amtrak board member New Jersey DOT provides $6.6 million for eight freight-rail projects BNSF wins defense department award for supporting employees with military duties Maryland's MARC posts record August on-time performance CSX to serve Indianapolis industrial park Canadian Pacific unveils faster transcontinental intermodal services House approves continuing resolution for federal programs; transit security and tax programs advance in Congress Metrolink tabs DePallo as CEO; MARTA names Bland, Parker as GM finalists CHSRA appoints Boehm to last of three regional director position

September 14

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, Colo Railroad, Siemens, Gannett Fleming and Jacobs Associates (Sept. 14) CSX lands on carbon disclosure leadership indices NTSB drops five safety recommendations for WMATA Rail industry's cost of capital rose in 2011, STB says Amtrak Downeaster to begin serving Freeport, Brunswick on Nov. 1 California DOT releases draft environmental report on Tehachapi double-track project Three proposals submitted for Ottawa light-rail project AAR: U.S. carloads slipped again in September's first full week

September 13

Rail supplier updates from Siemens, ENSCO, L.B. Foster, RailWorks, FreightCar America and Vossloh (Sept. 13) Illinois village seeks FRA approval to establish quiet zones; Ohio commission approves crossing upgrades Container counts climbed at Virginia port last month Sound Transit to kick off commuter-rail service to South Tacoma, Lakewood next month Iowa commission allocates more than $4 million for rail projects Chicago Transit Authority awards $220 million contract for Red Line reconstruction CSX implements interim loading plan at damaged coal terminal in Baltimore Metrolinx awards major tunnel-boring contract for light-rail expansion Indiana receives USDOT grant for gateway project Amtrak Downeaster to begin serving Freeport, Brunswick on Nov. 1

September 12

Saratoga & North Creek boosted passenger boardings in August Traffic tumbled for Genesee & Wyoming in August League of Railway Industry Women names IDMC's DeLeon 'Woman of the Year' New Jersey provides grant for Salem County rail rehab; Grafton and Upton starts second part of track upgrade Metrolink marks first test of positive train control system Sen. Boxer calls on House Speaker Boehner to restore transportation funds CSX, Maryland DOT identify potential Baltimore site for smaller intermodal facility Mica: Report highlights Amtrak's failure to compete

September 11

Rail supplier updates from AECOM, Ansaldo, ENSCO, Caterpillar/EMD, SNCF Geodis and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Sept. 11) Sen. Collins, Rep. Tipton tour rail facilities CN derailment shows rail-flaw testing should be more stringent, TSB says North Carolina DOT alters grade separation plans Valley Metro puts Phoenix light-rail extension on fast track to completion Texas port takes wraps off repowered switcher WMATA posts $28 million operating surplus for FY2012 Amtrak posts record monthly ridership; Mica to hold congressional hearing to review railroad's 'monopoly'

September 10

Ohio utilities commission advances two crossing projects APTA elects officers, new board members Former San Diego Trolley leader Langley Powell dies Amtrak removes old Niantic River Bridge from service KCS crafts security training program for front-line workers CSX will face strong utility coal headwinds into 2013, Sterne Agee says Canadian government, railroads form research lab at Alberta university Virginia Railway Express appoints Allen CEO Illinois DOT: Chicago-St. Louis project has not been delayed

September 7

Rail supplier updates from Trinity, Alstom, Siemens, CANARAIL, URS and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Sept. 7) Sramek to retire from top Operation Lifesaver post in November Metro-North Railroad to host meetings on proposed East Bronx service Tie purchases ballooned and production contracted in July, RTA says Valley Metro to publicly present information on proposed light-rail extension AAR: August followed familiar carloads down, intermodal up pattern in U.S. FRA approves TIGER II grant for Niagara Falls Amtrak station and intermodal center, Sen. Schumer says Democrats call for long-term infrastructure investments

September 6

RailAmerica reboots industrial development website Central Corridor project reaches milestone with track weld CN to enlarge locomotive shop in British Columbia WMATA solicits public opinions on rail-service standards D.C. DOT receives 20 responses to priority streetcar system development Union Pacific releases high coal train counts for August, starts trackwork in Iowa Chicago's Metra breaks ground on Ravenswood Station reconstruction STB accepts Genesee & Wyoming's application to acquire RailAmerica, deems deal a 'minor' transaction Chinese Ministry of Railways changes high-speed train order with Bombardier joint venture State DOTs to host meetings on Chicago-Detroit HSR corridor

September 5

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, Ansaldo, Thales, EI Systems and TMSA (Sept. 5) Amtrak to roll out 'Great Dome' car on Adirondack service Washington transportation commission helps fund crossing upgrades Farmrail to begin rehabbing track in Oklahoma 'Early bird' rate still available for fall RailTrends conference VIA Rail seeks investors for Halifax station development Metro Gold Line extension authority completes structural bridge work CN to add thousands of rail cars, containers to rolling stock fleet BNSF boosts capacity in Williston Basin

September 4

Innotrans continues to offer North American attendees discounted registration to Germany trade show Chicago Transit Authority releases plan for contracting opportunities Twin Cities' Metro Transit names Harrington chief of police R. J. Corman promotes Henderson to VP of strategic sales, marketing First of 14 substations installed along Central Corridor light-rail line in Minnesota UTU, TCU members ratify contracts Sound Transit names Harbour deputy CEO USDOT provides $900,000 to relocate freight-rail traffic in Indianapolis Virginia port preps for potential longshoremen's strike CSHRA makes numerous executive appointments << Previous Next >>
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