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Rail News: January 2012

January 31

KCSM opens new transload center in Mexico

Grade separations advance in California, crossing projects advance in Ohio and North Carolina

GO Transit launches service at Allandale Waterfront station

Valley Metro's ridership grew 4 percent in 2011

LACMTA OKs targeted hiring program for construction projects

18 transportation unions band together to oppose FAA reauthorization bill provisions

Pershing Square schedules meeting to stress need for CP management changes; CP leaders book road trip to tout progress to investors

Harrell hired as HRT president, CEO

AAR to fight truck weight, size provisions in surface transportation bill

January 30

Updates from Talgo, RailComm and Parsons Brinckerhoff

Teamsters ratify CN contract; BLET and UTU advance short-line agreements

Tie production and purchases dropped in December, RTA says

Cleveland port authority awards rail loop contract, notes 2011 traffic gains

Hiawatha ridership reached record level in 2011

In memoriam: Railway Association of Canada leader, transportation industry champion Cliff Mackay

Florida officials broke ground on SunRail commuter-rail project last week

AAR: Class Is budget record $13 billion for capex, seek more than 15,000 new hires in 2012

House transportation committee to consider long-term reauthorization measure on Thursday, Mica says

Parsons Brinckerhoff appoints lead estimator for California HSR project

January 27

Updates from Bombardier, Invensys, Banyan Rail, RMI and PowerRail

Reading and Northern carried record carloads, expanded operations in 2011

Seattle port's container volume exceeded 2 million TEUs for second-straight year

Capitol Corridor posted gains in ridership, revenue and performance in first fiscal quarter

BART approves engineering contract for Transbay Tube upgrades

TCU/IAM criticizes FAA bill's rail labor implications; UTU scores organizing win and ratifications

LaHood highlights need for young women to study STEM subjects

AAR: More volume gains for U.S. roads in January's third week

January 26

Updates from AECOM, Ansaldo, Kelso, Axion, Hanson and MagneMotion

P&N corridor reconstruction work to end next month, North Carolina DOT says

Wisconsin DOT seeks public input on site for Milwaukee train maintenance facility

First contracts let on Vancouver's Evergreen Line project

Watco to serve San Antonio railport

Virginia lawmakers announce $116 million from feds for Dulles Rail

CP: Revenue and income climb, but so does the operating ratio

LaHood proposes streamlining transit funding; business groups petition for transportation funding bill

Obama reiterates support for HSR in 'blueprint,' but hopes for additional funding remain dim

California auditor issues recommendations for 'risky' HSR project

January 25

VIA Rail introduces new schedules to attract more passengers

Georgia ports boosted volume, advanced harbor-deepening project in 2011

PATH set ridership record in 2011

UP sets new reportable injury rate record, schedules trackwork in Texas

NS boosts capital spending by 12 percent for 2012

Kinder Morgan, Arch Coal pact could boost exports railed to Gulf Coast

Obama calls on Congress to fund infrastructure projects; Mica and Boxer respond

NS set several financial records in 4Q

New APTA report offers rebuttals to anti-HSR rhetoric

January 24

Updates from, TUV Rheinland, L.B. Foster, Thales and Wilson & Co.

Wisconsin & Southern putting last touches on $17 million project

CSX: Munoz becomes COO, Eliasson becomes CFO

BLET members ratify Amtrak contract

Despite Tropical Storm Irene, Metro-North posted ridership gains in 2011

ARCI: Rail-car deliveries up, orders down in 4Q

KCS sets several revenue and volume records

CN generates 'best-ever' quarterly revenue, ratchets up income

CSX bends, but doesn't break from coal and intermodal sector headwinds

January 23

Connecticut commuter council reports highs, lows of 2011

CP, CN land long-term potash transportation pacts from Canpotex

Amtrak outlines next phase of Lancaster Station projects

UP, Colorado wheat growers create work group

Caltrain schedules meetings to discuss proposed fare increases

Indiana's three ports pumped up 2011 volume

APTA's Melaniphy calls on Congress to pass multi-year surface transportation bill

UP commits $1 billion to Nebraska infrastructure, makes UPS' peak performance grade

California governor reiterates support for HSR in 'State of State' address

Schumer urges Amtrak, FRA, CSX and NYSDOT to sign HSR agreements for Buffalo-Albany segment

January 20

Updates from RailComm, R.J. Corman, Bombardier, Cubic, Amsted RPS and Yangtze

WMATA takes action in response to alleged thefts

Farm2Rail proposes multi-loop rail facility in Minnesota

WTS chapter names Illinois transportation leaders Schneider, Lafleur 'Women of the Year'

Halliburton to build sand terminal in Colorado industrial park

USDOT grants target three rail, intermodal research centers

Amtrak service launch in Norfolk moved up to late December

AAR: U.S. roads registered carload gains in week No. 2

January 19

Illinois kicks off state rail plan development with new website

Ohio utilities commission OKs upgrades at three crossings

Minnesota Gov. Dayton's financing proposal includes light-rail funds

CP opens locomotive 'super shop' in Toronto

Illinois Gov. Quinn announces plans for Rockford-area multi-modal station

U.S. Class I workforce shrunk slightly in December

Sen. Boxer calls on Congress to pass a surface transportation bill

UP pumped up profits and revenue, drove down operating ratio in 4Q

January 18

Updates from Faiveley Transport, L.B. Foster, Alstom, Sapa, Oracle and Parson Brinckerhoff

USDOT provides $77 million in research and education grants, $40.8 million to help upgrade transit in national parks

Canadian government to help fund Port of Saguenay's rail project

L.A. port pumped up volume in 2011

NS double-stack trains begin to traverse 'Heartland Connector' in Ohio

Twin Cities’ Metro Transit, Cleveland’s RTA posted ridership gains in 2011

CP boosts capital spending budget for 2012

Chicago Mayor Emanuel opens renovated Grand Avenue station, announces other station projects

January 17

CTA enhances 'Train Tracker' service with text messaging

Wisconsin grants help fund two freight-rail projects

MARTA joins other entities to begin pedestrian bridge project

MTA, NYCT complete 'FASTRACK' repair project on Lexington line

OmniTRAX short line to serve Mercuria Energy's new crude oil terminal in Texas

Schneider National renews intermodal pact with CSXT

House Transportation Committee Chair Mica endorses Romney for president

Long Beach port's container volume lagged in 2011

Three more unions ratify contracts with NCCC

January 16

Updates from EMD, Bombardier, CF Rail Services and HiRail

Denver's RTD elects 2012 officers

Chinese university delegation ponders collaboration with TTCI

NTSB issues safety recommendations to address rear-end train collision concerns

In memoriam: Schneider National trailblazer, 'visionary' Don Schneider

Minnesota Gov. Dayton calls on state DOT to form transportation finance advisory group

Amtrak's Boardman responds to Northeast Corridor's expedited environmental review

NS sets volume record at Virginia coal transload facility

Securing security measures: TSA works to implement standards for U.S. HSR systems

Eno's Schank weighs in on CHSRA executive shake-up, HSR's near-term future

January 13

VTA names Fabela general counsel

Indiana rail working group mulls multiple grade separations, crossing upgrades

IANA, Seattle port elect officers for 2012

Sen. Lautenberg calls on federal geological agency to assess hydraulic fracturing's seismic impacts

Tri-Rail posted 'strong' ridership in 2011, SFRTA says

FTA conference highlighted Portland streetcar project

WMATA's Sarles recommends $1.6 billion operating, $997 million capital budget for FY2013

CHSRA CEO van Ark resigns, Chairman Umberg steps down

North American carloads slipped in week No. 1; GWI's traffic dipped in December

CHSRA's van Ark resigns, board chairman steps down

USDOT, environmental quality council to expedite environmental reviews for NEC high-speed project

January 12

Updates from Gross & Janes, Vossloh, Alstom and L.B. Foster

SFMTA launches escalator rehabilitation program

AAR issues 2011 edition of statistical reference book

RailAmerica's carloads declined in December, fourth quarter

Preferred Sands provides unit train service to Pennsylvania; Musket proposes pipeline-by-rail facility in Colorado

Transportation Services Index held steady in November

LACMTA to begin public review period for Regional Connector project's final environmental statement

Amtrak outlines infrastructure renewal, fleet and other priorities for 2012

Amtrak outlines 2012 priorities

California's Harkey calls for halting state debt funds for HSR project; Feinstein calls on governor for 'swift action' to get project on track

January 11

Updates from GE, AECOM, OPW Fluid Group and Stantec

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association lists top 10 acquisition trends

Marzano becomes Tacoma port's president for 2012

TriMet posted double-digit rail ridership gains last month

Riders recommend DART, survey says

STB appoints seven new members to railroad-shipper advisory council

CSX unveils 'Select Sites' to help fast-track industrial development efforts

BART's Berryessa extension project 'days away' from receiving federal grant

January 10

Clough re-elected to GCRTA board post

Patriot Rail donates Mississippi & Skuna Valley for public trail; Iowa Interstate installs Woodward as chief engineer

NS to derive business benefits from 73 new industrial facilities, 27 expanded plants

Alaska Railroad solicits public input on 2012 capital plans

WMATA completes rail-car inspection

Metrolinx approves GO Transit fare increase

STB rejects Wisconsin legislators' petition to delay the sale of WSOR to Watco

Legislation, PTC and rail safety were hot topics at NRC's annual conference

January 9

Updates from RailComm, Greenbrier and Colo Railroad; ALSO, in memoriam: Delta Railroad Construction CEO Larry Laurello

Ohio utilities commission OKs crossing upgrades

Brake-detachment incident prompts WMATA to inspect 464 cars

Metro-North to launch 'quiet cars' in Connecticut

Wade succeeds Silverstein as Alaska Railroad's top business development exec

Dozens of new or expanded manufacturing plants mean more revenue for CSXT

CP has 'clear plan' to lower operating ratio and drive growth, Chairman Cleghorn tells shareholders

Harriman and Hammond awards to be 'retired'; rail industry to develop programs that focus on 'best-practice' sharing, AAR spokeswoman says

California governor proposes creating new transportation agency to oversee CHSRA

January 6

Updates from ENSCO, OMNI, Amsted RPS, PowerRail, Whitmore, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Flagler

Mining company recognizes UP as 'supplier of the year'

States' 'budget austerity' is the new norm, S&P report says

FTA issues record of decision for Crenshaw/LAX light-rail project

SMART, Stacy and Witbeck/Herzog negotiate contract for commuter-rail project's first phase

North American railroads post traffic gains in 2011

Three unions ratify contracts with NCCC

January 5

DART solicits public opinions on proposed route changes

Former Long Beach port GM McJunkin dies

Metrolink reviews 2011 accomplishments

APTA: Congressional inaction on commuter benefits amounts to $550 tax increase for transit riders

Mulvey to serve another stint as STB vice chair

USDOT awards $186 million for Chicago-St. Louis corridor

Hampton Roads Transit committee recommends Harrell for president, CEO post

What does 2012 hold for U.S. high-speed rail? Find out in our near-term outlook report

January 4

Updates from GE Transportation, Skanska, Thales and Pacific Alaska

Patriot Rail restructures operational management team

Broe Group acquires more land for Colorado short line-served industrial park

MBTA proposes 'significant' fare increases, service cuts to deal with deficit

FTA OKs final design stage for Honolulu transit-rail project

UP capped off 2011 with strong coal train volume

CREATE program posted progress, missed out on TIGER III grant in 2011

FRA proposes changes to passenger train emergency systems

California HSR review panel recommends halting project

USDOT awards $186 million for Chicago-St. Louis corridor

January 3

San Diego MTS names Burke chief of police

Washington transportation commission helps fund crossing surface work

Twin Cities' Metropolitan Council awards $11.3 million in development grants

TCU, IAMAW complete merger

CSXT opens Louisville intermodal terminal

Texas port to lease land for short line's proposed bulk container terminal

CP board members have not approached Harrison about top post, Chairman Cleghorn says

January 2

Updates from American Wera and Hatch Mott MacDonald

OmniTRAX's Chicago Rail Link lands liquid asphalt business

Five Wisconsin legislators seek delay in Watco's WSOR acquisition

CN merges three U.S. subsidiaries at year's end

MTA marks achievements in 2011

Metra notifies riders of pre-tax transit benefit cuts

AAR: U.S., Canadian carloads climbed by double digits in pre-holiday week

Illinois DOT to concentrate 2012 high-speed construction on two segments

Chinese rail crash caused by design flaws, relaxed safety controls, final report says

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