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Rail News: October 2009

October 30

CREATE partners let program's largest contractor award to date

AAR weekly report: Not much change in North American carloads vs. last year

California agency chooses light rail for Monterey corridor, advances commuter-rail project

BNSF a leader in climate change disclosure, Class I says

OmniTRAX reassigns four executives

Updates from Wabtec, Portec Rail Products, Timken, CIT Group and Invensys Rail

October 29

APTA, UIC to hold high-speed seminars early next year

Quarterly results show signs of a 'modest recovery,' KCS' Haverty says

L.A. MTA to open Gold Line extension next month

BART extension would provide range of economic benefits, VTA study says

Chemical shipper acknowledges BNSF's service; retailer recognizes Schneider National's intermodal efforts

NMB reaches nine-year high in closed cases

October 28

APTA statement on FRA's preliminary rail plan

NS beats Street's earnings expectation, remains upbeat about gradual traffic growth

UP, CSXT introduce joint 'RailChem Connect' service

Amtrak to assume all commuter-train operations for Metrolink

KCS mines traffic from Mexican intermodal corridor

CSXT's Kurzanski attains AAR environmental honor for '09

Updates from Brookville Equipment, RailComm, Nordco, Ansaldo STS USA and Midland Manufacturing

October 27

CP reins in costs, but revenue and traffic take a tumble

UP, NS launch joint 'Gulf Coast Flyer' chemical service

USDOT convenes first-ever safety council meeting

California's Metrolink adds more train-stop systems

Pittsburgh port authority to hike fares, reduce light-rail routes next year

October 26

TWU strike looms at SEPTA; engineer contract talks to continue at CN

FTA provides $75 million for Portland streetcar extension

New York/New Jersey port lets PATH signal contracts; Hampton Roads Transit awards light-rail station work

L.A. MTA board OKs long-range transportation plan

RTA monthly report: Tie production stable, purchases slide in September

Updates from Invensys Rail, Thales, MERMEC Group, Nexans and Interfleet Technology

October 23

BNSF pushes productivity, cost controls in wake of eroding business from weak economy

AAR carload report: U.S. volumes might make incremental strides in coming weeks

Honolulu awards light-rail system design-build contract to Kiewit Pacific

NS adds carbon offset calculator to online shipment emission analyzer

NYCT to test Bronx Express morning service a second time

Updates from Vossloh/Global Rail Systems, GATX, Unitrac, Penumbra Capital and RailRunner

October 22

UK's Priestmangoode to help design Chinese high-speed trains

UP: No upturn yet, but latest operating ratio and volumes are reasons to be upbeat

Metrolinx backs advisory committee's recommendation for GO Transit electrification study

'Port Tracker' report: Container volume at major U.S. ports shows steady, but slight rise

CN to purchase 70 locomotives from GE, EMD

Canadian Auto Workers at bargaining table with VIA Rail

October 21

CN: Revenue down, but costs were, too - and better things are coming in the not-too-distant future, execs said

STB: U.S. Class I workforce slips below 150,000 in September

BNSF's Kansas training center sets high-water mark for engineer evaluations

North Carolina Railroad installs Atkins as chair, Cameron as vice chair

Canadian hall of fame honors two former railroaders, a city and a technology

Updates from Thales, Teradata, CIT, Wireless Matrix and Sharma & Associates

October 20

Southern California transportation officials to lobby for federal high-speed stimulus funds

Metra proposes 2010 budget, fare increase

Eaton to succeed Ballesteros as KCSM's top sales/marketing officer; Emery assumes AVP role at KCSR

Short-line tax credit extension continues to garner congressional support, ASLRRA says

USDOT to provide $20.9 million for haz-mat first-responder training

Canadian railroad association honors freight, passenger roads' environmental and safety efforts

October 19

ELPC's Brubaker comments on preliminary National Rail Plan

RailTrends Recap: Challenges, change - and reasons to believe

FRA forges preliminary 'National Rail Plan'

VRE proposes to switch service providers from Amtrak to Keolis

CREATE partners cap off significant project in Chicago

Projects, pacts advance at ports in Vancouver and New York/New Jersey

Amtrak receives stimulus dollars to replace electrical equipment

Updates from Gannett Fleming, Westway Group, Railinc and Transportation Certification Services

October 16

Mica: High speed's recipe for success

FRA unveils preliminary rail plan

TSI reaches slightly higher altitude in August, USDOT says

Gov. Rell: Bids for Connecticut yard facility beat estimates

Saskatchewan welcomes Last Mountain Railway as province's latest short line

AAR weekly report: North American roads register more traffic declines

DART elects board leaders; Obama tabs Amtrak board members

Updates from Thales, Alstom, Jacobs Engineering, Colo Railroad Builders, and 'People' news from CargoWise edi, FreightScan and Dow AgroSciences

October 15

Midwest high-speed association calls on Senate to match House's $4 billion HSR appropriation

House subcommittee holds hearing on HSR

Metrolink eyes second fare hike in five months

New Jersey agency advances station restoration and transit center projects, revamps Web site

Weekly intermodal volume reaches 10-month high in September, AAR says

U.S. Justice Department charges BLET's Rodzwicz with bribery

Jasmin to manage Watco's Montana short line

October 14

Midwest high-speed association honors Quinn for support of 220 mph trains

Russian Railways to partner with China to develop high-speed rail

CSX: Cost controls, productivity advances help offset revenue and income setbacks

FTA approves Honolulu's request to start preliminary engineering for light-rail line

West Coast ports promote Asian gateway potential; Long Beach port changes container incentive program

Missouri proposes a regional commuter-rail system

UP to upgrade Nebraska line, NS to improve Illinois crossing

Updates from Bombardier, CIT, Skanska, RailComm and EnerSys

October 13

Amtrak registers second-highest passenger count in FY09; TriMet posts ridership drop in September

CTA's agenda includes fare hikes, job cuts and new board leaders

RailAmerica initiates initial public offering

IANA bestows Silver Kingpin honor to H&M International's Connors

Wichita welcomes new grade separation

October 12

Long Island Rail Road disability claims display 'pattern of potential fraud,' Mica says

New York's MTA, San Diego's NCTD land 'green' TIGGER grants

Cost, ridership questions need answers before Amtrak restores service in Oregon, Sen. Wyden says

FRA makes $5 million available for short-line projects; BMWED ratifies Iowa Interstate pact

Canada, Manitoba dole out more dollars for Winnipeg inland port

Updates from Vossloh, EKE-Electronics, Bombardier, Transportation Certification Services and Herzog Contracting

October 9

AAR weekly report: No inkling of traffic upturn for U.S. roads

L.A. MTA to present transit corridor study findings to the public

APTA presents various awards at annual meeting

New Mexico's Rail Runner to replace signal system with CTC

Wright retains seat as VIA Rail's chairman

Updates from IBM, Unit Rail, GE Transportation and Alstom; and 'People' news from HDR, LTK Engineering Services and Railinc

October 8

Midwestern states seeking more than $11 billion in high-speed stimulus funds

CTA maps out additional cost-cutting measures for 2010

National Gateway gains support; Jacksonville port lands federal grant

STB to hear arguments for major cases in public forum

North Carolina Railroad to study proposed commuter-rail line's potential

Denver RTD turns 15

October 7

FRA to announce all high-speed rail grant recipients in winter

Ontario minister: Metrolinx must meet 18 environmental conditions to advance GO Transit corridor expansion

Massachusetts to help pay for MBTA parking facility in Salem

UP's monthly coal train loadings lag again in PRB, Colorado/Utah

Utah Transit Authority obtains FTA grant for Orem intermodal center

CTA's Carter rejoins FTA as chief counsel

Updates from Siemens, L.B. Foster, Invensys Rail, TransContainer/DB Schenker and RSI

October 6

Walder takes helm as New York MTA's CEO; APTA elects exec committee heads

UP, Progress Rail Services test prototype locomotive for more than 500 hours

Coming soon to Metrolink: Inward-facing locomotive cameras

KCS appoints Strong to head multi-modal accounts, promotes Mexican 'Palm Island' project

FTA recognizes DART's FEIS for Orange Line project

Updates from Alstom, RailComm, PowerRail Distribution, SynchroNet Marine and Xorail

October 5

Michigan DOT seeks comments on Chicago-Detroit environmental assessment

N.C. DOT lands eight FRA grants for rail projects

Obama tabs Rosekind for open NTSB seat; FRA, TTCI renew partnership pact

Long Beach port obtains more public feedback on proposed rail facility

Color by numbers: MARTA uses primary colors to code four lines

KCSR to close another Louisiana crossing

October 2

New Umler system up and running, Railinc says

AAR weekly report: Southeast floods rain on U.S. railroads' traffic

UP cuts ribbon on new Kate Shelley Bridge in Iowa

Stimulus funds should target high unemployment areas and create jobs more quickly, Mica says

Honolulu begins to build transit center

Updates from Skanska USA Civil, Siemens, Interfleet, GlobalOptions Group and RailComm

October 1

New Hampshire DOT will not apply for Track 2 stimulus funds

BART, Metra launch major infrastructure improvement projects

L.A. MTA to begin pre-revenue testing on Metro Gold Line extension

Steelworkers ratify CP pact

Transportation fatalities down in '08, NTSB says; crossing deaths a distracted driver issue, OLI says

NJ Transit to offer weekend trains on Montclair-Boonton Line

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