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Rail News: November 2009

November 30

Canadian locomotive engineers launch strike at CN CP to test biodiesel in winter operations Stimulus dollars to help fund rail spur rehab on Long Island Sydney Metro receives three design/build bids for subway's first stage 'Day on the Hill' coming to D.C. in February

November 25

California governor, senators make their case for high-speed stimulus funds Bombardier, German Aerospace Centre partner to conduct R&D for next-generation high-speed trains Amtrak rings up more Illinois route riders in FY09 Watco launches Idaho railroad, Adrian & Blissfield plans HQ relocation BNSF preps for UPS' peak season Jacobs joins South Florida RTA's board SEPTA rebuilds Crestmont station Updates from Advanced Rail Management, Cubic Transportation Systems, DRI Corp. and GE Transportation

November 24

U.S. ports might pump up container volume come February, 'Port Tracker' says UP improves Donner Pass tunnels to bolster double-stack operations Two transit agencies, short line receive recognition Glavin to manage Texas DOT's new rail division St. Louis Metro to replace outdated bridge

November 23

TWU members approve SEPTA pact; FRA denies BLET/UTU attempt to prohibit one-person crews Flowers to become Charlotte transit system's CEO Ohio rail commission OKs grants for freight-rail projects MBTA makes switch to six-car Blue Line trains Illinois commission OKs improvements at three BNSF crossings Updates from The Seneca Group, Diamond Phoenix and Fast Lane Transportation

November 20

Ohio to consider running DMUs on proposed 3C corridor USDOT officials take notes on Russian high-speed rail program Thales to maintain portion of Spain's high-speed rail network Russian Railways to begin Moscow-St. Petersburg high-speed service next month Freight rail more than doubles trucks' fuel efficiency, FRA study shows AAR weekly report: North American railroads register slight traffic gain CSXT introduces GenSet switchers at Indiana yard Amtrak to rehab bridge, SEPTA to expand station parking lot Southern Cal industrial organization honors UP's environmental efforts Updates from Pentadyne Power, Siemens Mobility, Gannett Fleming, LTK Engineering and Railinc

November 19

New York MTA sets final spending plan for 2010 STB report: U.S. Class I workforce shrinks some more in October BNSF bestows 'achievement' honors to three short lines Tie purchases, production plummet in October, RTA says GO Transit eyes Niagara Falls extension

November 18

FRA issues final HSR safety strategy and grade crossing guidelines Sorrow becomes BLET's 22nd president Sound Transit, Seattle work to advance First Hill streetcar line CREATE partners modify Central Corridor portion of Chicago program CN reaches EJ&E-related mitigation agreement with Lake Zurich KCS the first Class I to implement new Umler system, railroad says Updates from GE Transportation, RailAmerica Operations Shared Services, Balfour Beatty, RailComm, Tideworks Technology and Invensys Rail

November 17

GE, Chinese Ministry of Railways partner to capitalize on high-speed rail opportunities Metra OKs 2010 operating budget IANA: Federal amendment will advance global equipment registry NJ Transit begins close-call reporting pilot program Massachusetts spends stimulus dollars on MBTA trackwork laborers CSX to create double-stack corridor in Philadelphia

November 16

URS tabs Simonetta to oversee HSR practice CTA blesses 2010 budget, puts off fare hike Metro-North, Amtrak and TransLink start or complete station projects Transit, road contractors expect less business in 2010, coalition poll shows Revenue, income plummet for Providence and Worcester Austin's Capital Metro to hike fares in January Updates from GATX, Tideworks Technology, Faively Transport, Portec and Mass. Electric

November 13

North Carolina DOT continues to plug away on incremental HSR plans IANA, AAR note slight nudge in intermodal loads USDOT's stimulus scorecard: More than 10,000 projects funded Transportation Services Index slips in September Railmark Holdings sells Michigan short line VIA Rail to upgrade Chatham Subdivision line, build station Updates from Global Railway Industries, Greenbrier, Thales, Savage Services and Axion International

November 12

Knorr-Bremse inks $746 million deal to supply components for Chinese high-speed trains ASLRRA garners more congressional supporters for short-line tax credit extension TriMet: MAX light-rail ridership rises, but total trips fall in October RailAmerica drives up income, drives down operating ratio Riders give DART high satisfaction rating in latest poll TTCI's data warehouse reaches subscriber milestone

November 11

WMATA to appeal arbitration award governing ATU agreement NS, BNSF draw attention for 'green' efforts Biscan succeeds Cochran as South Central Florida Express VP FRA's Coplen attains American Evaluation Association honor Vendors to save CTA $1 million in 2010, Chicago agency says Updates from GE Asset Intelligence, GE Transportation, Koppers, RailComm and New York Air Brake

November 10

RAC survey: Majority of Canadians support high-speed rail Sound Transit to help Seattle port preserve Eastside rail corridor Berkshire Hathaway to sell UP, NS shares prior to BNSF buyout Caltrain releases draft short-range plan UP one of nation's top military-friendly employers, GI Jobs says New Oshawa station, board member on tap at VIA Rail

November 9

Foote to leave CN Amtrak names Alves inspector general Virginia transportation commissions approve Keolis operating contract for VRE CSXT tabbed for Maryland's 'Green Registry' Canadian minerals firm to build refinery near CN mainline Updates from FreightCar America, Hollysys Automation Technologies, Trimble/China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group, Environmental Packaging Technologies and Nomad Digital

November 6

CHSRA signs cooperation agreement with southern California communities, seeks input on maintenance facility development NYCT appoints Prendergast as Roberts' successor BNSF, BLET reach tentative accord AAR weekly report: North American rail traffic ends October with a thud Congress extends SAFETEA-LU through mid-December Pinsly to acquire two Arkansas short lines Updates from J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Trinity Industries, American Railcar Industries, The Andersons and Wabtec/Vapor Rail

November 5

Roberts resigns as NYCT's president BNSF to boot up new Umler system on Nov. 7 CSXT, chemical shipper complete track upgrades 'Class 8' orders skyrocket in October, FTR says UTU proposes amendments to national contract

November 4

NMB's proposed union election rule changes draw support, criticism California port pursues rail-related project for Honda traffic TWU members launch strike at SEPTA Canadian government funds 35 crossings projects; North Carolina DOT completes pedestrian crossing RRDC teams up with German operator, British railway investor to operate Berlin intercity trains Updates from RMI/ExpressYard, EnerSys, Pacer, Dapco and EMCOR Group

November 3

Skoropowski to help lead HNTB's southeastern high-speed, passenger-rail projects Berkshire Hathaway to buyout BNSF for $44 billion NS to upgrade Philadelphia intermodal terminal as part of Crescent Corridor initiative UP's coal train loadings lag again in October L.A. MTA to seek new car procurement bids after AnsaldoBreda declines option Genesee & Wyoming generates less revenue, cuts more costs

November 2

SEPTA, TWU resume negotiations; BLET, UTU challenge FRA's hours-of-service rule changes Amtrak unveils new long-term strategic, financial plans New rail spurs coming to CSX-served coal facility in Kentucky, Canadian iron-ore processing plant in Quebec California's Capitol Corridor caps off fiscal year with ridership, revenue drops VIA Rail to rebuild 12 passenger cars for 'Canadian' line Updates from CIT, Whitmore Manufacturing, Halcrow, Eta Phi Systems and SynchroNet Intermodal Services << Previous Next >>
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