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Rail News: January 2011

January 31

Iowa Interstate boosts 2011 capital spending budget

Hampton Roads Transit extends top exec's contract; Pittsburgh port authority elects officers

EMD lands locomotive orders from Ferromex, Quebec regional

Tacoma port ramped up intermodal rail business in 2010

CSX double-stack route will create more than 50,000 new jobs, National Gateway partners say

WMATA completes platform repairs ahead of schedule

Fitch rates Cleveland RTA bonds A+; New York port authority sells bonds

Updates from, Alstom, L.B. Foster, Environmental Packaging, RailComm and CargoWise

January 28

AAR traffic report: Week No. 3 good, but not great, for U.S. roads

Northeast Corridor hearing highlights need for federal, private investment in high-speed rail

FRA grants $750,000 to Pennsylvania for Keystone Corridor expansion study

Guelph, CN close agreement on land for new intermodal station

WMATA elects new board officers; installs Sarles as GM/CEO

AASHTO report details HSR-related projects launched during past year

Eurostar attracts more U.S. travelers

CSX to remain a 'Climate Corps' participant in 2011

Vancouver port's 2010 cargo volume climbed to record-setting mark

Amtrak to relocate Denver station during FasTracks-related construction

Haka to join FEC as EVP, COO

Smith first woman to be elected chair of UTU local

January 27

CP drives up revenue and income, drives down operating ratio

KCS: Double-digit revenue growth, cost control add up to record operating ratio

Metrolinx board recommends electrification of two GO Transit corridors

CTA's rail ridership up in 2010; Amtrak's 1Q ridership soars in Michigan

Nashville's RTA restructures to pursue regional transportation plan

Ohio rail commission approves grants for freight-rail projects

Automation association forms group to focus on rail industry technologies

Updates from Railinc, Ansaldo, Harsco and HJ Skelton

January 26

CN's 4Q results cap off 'strong performance' for 2010, Mongeau says

GE Transportation's Simonelli discusses China partnership

Transportation industry reacts to State of the Union address

NS 'profitably grew the business' in 2010, Moorman says

Congressional hearing to focus on HSR in the Northeast Corridor

AAR, Transportation Trades, U.S. Rep. Mica respond to President Obama's State of the Union address

Shuster supports HSR investment, but questions stimulus funding disbursement

Seattle port set annual volume record in 2010

Illinois commission to monitor CN's EJ&E-related mitigation pacts

RAC's Lafreniere to head Canadian radio advisory board

SEPTA recognized for budget presentation

January 25

Infrastructure center report: California transportation leaders stand behind high-speed rail

CSX sets operating ratio records on drive to 65

Alaska Railroad opposes EPA's position on bridge's location

PB appoints Albright planning manager to oversee California HSR outreach program

BNSF to serve Bakken Shale railport in North Dakota

CN, wood pulp supply chain partners agree to boost efficiencies

CTA schedules more public meetings on Red, Purple line improvements

UP wins Toyota Canada's 'logistics partner' award

UTA launches online tools for riders

Updates from RailComm, Nordco, INIT, Kinkisharyo and Sodrugestvo Group

January 24

CAW, CN reach tentative strike-averting agreements; Ontario Northland, steelworkers reach tentative pacts

Metrolinx study recommends electrification of two GO Transit corridors

Texas, USDOT agencies explore commuter-rail connections

'Well-targeted' transportation investments will accelerate economic recovery, Bipartisan Policy Center says

Sarles to assume WMATA's top post

Chicago's Metra sets up citizen advisory board; Fort Worth's T elects board officers, members

Tie production, purchases ended 2010 on a high note, RTA says

Updates from Alstom, Axion, GATX, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Michael Baker

January 21

Republican spending-cut bill unlikely to pass, but still 'worrisome,' says AHSRA's Baker

Republican committee members propose to slash transit funding through spending-cut bill

Republican committee members propose to slash high-speed, intercity rail funding through spending-cut bill

U.S. Class I workforce declined in December, STB data shows

AAR: U.S., Mexican railroads registered carload gains in week No. 2

Florida DOT to hold public meeting in Lakeland

California agency OKs Santa Cruz line acquisition from UP

Caltrain foresees budget deficit, major service cuts

FTA signs TIGER grant agreements for five transit-rail projects

AAR, APTA praise TTI report on easing highway gridlock

Rosters set for House transportation committee, railroad subcommittee

FRA issues guidance documents on crossing, station safety

January 20

CHSRA allocates $30 million in HSR funds to southern California

UP sets income, earnings and operating ratio records

AECOM names former CHSRA director Barna to lead North American high-speed division

Free webcast to highlight CSX's sustainability strategy

Annual ridership up for Amtrak's Cascades

SFMTA's board approves financial plan for Central Subway project

FTA gives thumbs up to Honolulu light-rail project

Cleveland port, short line forge business-building agreement

Annual ridership up for Washington's Amtrak Cascades, Twin Cities' Metro Transit

California, Minnesota ports pumped up volumes in 2010

Hatch among keynoters at Railway Interchange 2011

Updates from GE, RailComm, Invensys, Axion, Parsons, Michael Baker and Gannett Fleming

January 19

GE, Chinese railway ministry reaffirm commitment to U.S.-based HSR joint venture

Transportation hub project under way in St. Paul

Austin's Capital Metro increases fares, expands MetroRail service

Minnesota rail alliance brands Rochester-Twin Cities proposed HSR system as Zip Rail

Southern Gateway Project to tackle Memphis area's transportation needs

GE, TESSCO team up to offer integrated PTC system for dark territories

Freight growth on tap for 2011, FTR Associates says

Wisconsin & Southern to reopen paint shop

Amtrak to add quiet car for Keystone Service

Rocky Mountaineer workers join Teamsters Canada union

January 18

Free webcast to highlight CSX's sustainability strategy

NCTD lowers fares, increases service hours in San Diego area

NCDOT teams up with NS, NCRR to enhance crossing safety

Twin Cities airport opens new skyway for Hiawatha riders

NCDOT accepting applications for advanced technology grants

ARRC to solicit public input on capital improvements

Operation Lifesaver Canada seeks Roger Cyr Award candidates

RMI honors 2011 'FastTrack' winners

Updates from Alstom, HDR, Cubic/IBM and ALK Technologies

January 17

Florida DOT official updates state Senate committee members on HSR

Alstom appoints Mehlman to oversee North American operations

FRA clears Maine's path to purchase MMA track

WMATA accelerates schedule for capital improvements

Washington state port to demo buildings for freight access project

NFTA's board appoints Minkel executive director

Carriers' conference, unions continue to negotiate national contracts

CTA tests 5000-series cars on Yellow, Purple lines

Ohio rail commission to consider six freight-rail projects

Updates from GE, Siemens, Control Chief, Birmingham Rail and STV/Ralph Whitehead

January 14

Canadian Auto Workers union sets strike deadlines for CN, CP

AAR: U.S., Canadian roads get out of 2011 traffic gate in good shape

WMATA GM lays out proposed fiscal-year 2012 budget

More commuters riding Nashville's Music City Star

L.A. port pumped up volume, broke export record in 2010

TriMet's light-, commuter-rail ridership rose in December

Arch preps for West Coast coal exports; Alderon readies rail capacity for Canadian iron ore project

Caltrain's board adds Kniss

January 13

Pittsburgh port authority to trim service 15 percent in March

Florida business organization to create HSR coalition

America 2050 aims to clear up report 'misinterpretation' about Florida project ranking

Allegro service carries 23,000 passengers in first month

Transportation Services Index stood pat in November, BTS says

Alaska Railroad, Sound Transit to host public meetings on rail projects

Chicago Transit Authority approves contract for tech support

RailAmerica, Genesee & Wyoming registered traffic gains in December

BLET members ratify CSXT agreements

Santa Clara VTA's board sports new officers, member

Updates from Bombardier, Voith Turbo, Marlin Technologies, Vinci and TranSystems

January 12

STB schedules May hearing to address rail competition concerns

CP budgets about $1 billion for 2011 capital expenditures

AAR: U.S. rail traffic percentage gains reached 22-year highs in 2010

California's Capitol Corridor ends 2010 with more riders, money

Austin's Capital Metro appoints Clark VP of rail operations

GO Transit begins Pickering bridge construction; Santa Clara VTA awards bridge contract

Ohio utilities commission authorizes two crossing projects

Updates from Ansaldo, Odyssey Logistics, Knorr-Bremse, Bourque Logistics, Nossaman and Parsons Brinckerhoff

January 11

America 2050 ranks HSR corridors based on ridership potential

CN to adopt environmentally friendly container chassis

New Jersey unveils five-year transportation improvement plan

CSXT's business development efforts paid off in 2010

CATS recommends cost-cutting measure for light-rail extension

California transit-rail district to hold contractor symposium for corridor project

Ohio DOT approves $2.2 million for GCRTA services

Patriot Rail assigns six execs to key posts

Updates from RailComm, Wi-Tronix, Axion, Spectrum Infrared, Professional Transportation and Burns White

January 10

Report says Florida HSR project could be more costly than anticipated, but Florida DOT information shows figures are misleading

House rule change eliminates funding guarantees for public transit projects

FRA develops model legislation to improve grade crossing safety

New quiet zone, wayside horns to take effect in Oregon town

KCS forms sales operations group

Zeigler to succeed Morange as head of New York MTA's security

Caltrain phasing out paper 8-ride tickets, monthly pass

Class 8 truck orders dropped slightly in December, FTR says

Updates from Greenbrier, Bombardier, Pacer, Gannett, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Strategic Rail

January 7

AAR: North American roads maintained traffic gains at 2010's end

CN, CP remained under grain revenue caps in latest crop year

Caltrain/CHSRA's Doty to assume high-speed rail position with HNTB

Caltrain moving forward on selecting commuter-rail operator

FTA gives go-ahead to L.A. Metro subway extension engineering phase

Alaska Railroad to seek public input on 2011 capital improvement plans

Teamsters Canada Rail Conference calls on feds to retain Ontario refinery jobs

Denver's RTD board elects officers, seats four new directors for 2011

Long Beach port turns 100 in June

January 6

President Obama reauthorizes diesel-engine emission act

CREATE partners apply TIGER funds to five projects

VIA Rail Canada invests $923 million in fleet renewal

Value of goods moving between NAFTA nations soared nearly 15 percent in October

Oregon port acquires Coos Bay line section from UP

UP to relocate ShipCarsNow to Omaha

Patriot Rail takes ownership of Weyerhaeuser's six short lines

Updates from Bombardier, Colo, Wabtec, Alstom, China Information Technology and Parsons

January 5

NS nearly sets coal volume record at Virginia transloading facility

Mississippi co-op files rate complaints against NS with U.S. court, STB

NYCT begins next phase of $275.5 million line rehab

Nottingham to succeed Mulvey as STB vice chair; Rubin to succeed Branscum as IANA chair

Marshall University institute to analyze Appalachian region's intermodal potential

Reconnecting America issues report on transit-oriented development

Updates from Bombardier, KBR, Sam Schwartz Engineering, The Whitmore Group and Invensys Rail

January 4

UP closed out 2010 with PRB coal loading boost

Chicago, Boston-area commuter railroads to test 'quiet cars'

Cumber appointed exec VP of Florida East Coast Railway

In memoriam: Former Red River Valley & Western President Tom Kotnour

Texas town to designate five quiet zones

CTA reviews major moments of 2010

'Discover Rail Line Communities' campaign kicks off in Washington State

Updates from Atlantic Track and Turnout, Rail Scale, Balfour Beatty Rail, Hatch Mott MacDonald and Axion

January 3

Schwarzenegger announces three appointments to CHSRA board before leaving office

AAR report: Christmas week another good one for North American roads

WMATA receives $150 million from FTA for safety repairs

CTA to unveil pilot version of online 'Train Tracker'

California Air Resources Board to help fund switcher particulate filter project in L.A.

Texas short line to acquire Oklahoma DOT line

WMATA issues RFP for new fare payment system

Denver RTD reviews 2010 milestones

Iowa Pacific's U.K. short line lands operating license from feds

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