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Rail News: October 2010

October 29

Amtrak contracts Siemens to supply 70 electric locomotives

Amtrak contracts Siemens to supply 70 electric locomotives

AAR weekly report: North American rail traffic remains in high gear

Illinois provides $32 million for Joliet intermodal station

Illinois provides $32 million for Joliet intermodal station

APTA: Majority of U.S. travelers would use high-speed rail services

UP reassigns four operating department managers

AHSRA names former U.S. transportation secretary Slater to advisory board

L.A. Metro ready to begin final environmental, preliminary engineering work on two projects

RailAmerica drives up 3Q revenue and traffic, scores Nova Scotia funding pact

Wisconsin & Southern lays welded rail on Madison Sub line

Updates from Bombardier, Comet Industries, Con-way Multimodal, Transportation Certification Services, Spectrum Infrared and Qual-Tran Products

October 28

California Inspector General: CHSRA making progress on project controls, but still not prepared to distribute stimulus funds

NS boosted revenue, traffic for fifth-straight quarter

New Jersey governor officially terminates ARC project

Illinois provides $64 million for CREATE-related grade separation

'Unsafe' marshalling practices on long, heavy trains can cause derailments, Canadian safety board says

T.F. Green Airport intermodal facility opens in Rhode Island

CN solidifies pact, reaches tentative agreement with Teamsters Canada

Mobile port to add intermodal rail yards

Updates from Alstom, Knorr-Bremse, Wabtec and Trinity Industries

October 27

North Carolina launches construction on Cary Depot expansion

CN scored more revenue in all seven sectors, logged industry-best operating ratio

Revenue and income rose, operating ratio fell for CP

Metrolink contracts Parsons to design, install PTC system

BNSF's Clark wins AAR environmental excellence award

CSX takes wraps off Maryland's first ultra-low-emission GenSet

Greater Cleveland RTA obtains TIGER II grant to upgrade University Circle station

WMATA improves Bethesda station

CP to donate 'heritage' equipment to commemorate Canadian transcontinental railroad's 125th anniversary

October 26

Hurricane Alex didn't severely dent KCS' quarterly performance

AAR, TTCI create research advisory board

Iowa Interstate ready to resume passenger-rail service, regional says

More Ohioans using Amtrak service, ODOT says

Two magazines recognize UP's environmental efforts

Jackson & Lansing acquires Michigan line from NS

UP to upgrade lines in three states

Updates from L.B. Foster, Trinity Industries, Pike Research, Stantec and Gannett Fleming

October 25

Amtrak eliminates COO post; Crosbie departs railroad

PANYNJ continues to post progress on WTC Transportation Hub

CSX ranks high on Newsweek's annual 'greenest companies' list

Illinois commission orders Keokuk Junction to fix crossing surface; order is 'fundamentally unjust,' railroad says

Amtrak Cascades posts ridership growth, obtains favorable border-fee ruling from feds

Connecticut college to offer rail engineering program

Ohio commission OKs crossing upgrades, North Carolina DOT completes crossing work

Updates from Bombardier/Alstom and Johnson Matthey

October 22

STB hearing to determine if certain regulation exemptions remain 'good policy'

AAR weekly report: North American rail traffic remained on uptick

Federal, state and local dollars locked up for Illinois Amtrak station

NS moves up in Newsweek's annual rankings of top environmentally minded companies

Rail lobbyist Keith Hartwell assesses 'wave election' prospects at RTA confab

Amtrak bridge work in Connecticut remains on pace for 2014 completion

Updates from Bombardier, Siemens, Alstom Transport, Salco Products, Pacer International and Construction Polymers Technologies

October 21

USDOT doles out TIGER II grants for 75 transportation projects

Florida DOT seeks proposals for several HSR 'early works' projects

UP: 'Most profitable quarter' included several financial records

Illinois provides $12 million for new Nippon Sharyo rail-car plant

Illinois provides $12 million for new Nippon Sharyo rail-car plant

Wisconsin city receives TIGER II grant to begin work on downtown intermodal terminal

L.A. Metro lands TIFIA loan for Crenshaw/LAX light-rail project

Survey: Wisconsin residents split on HSR support; most wouldn't use Milwaukee-Madison HSR service

STB report: U.S. Class I workforce expanded a smidge in September

Moynihan Station construction begins in New York City

BART begins to build Oakland Airport Connector

Maine purchases MMA lines, plans to contract private rail operator

October 20

Miami port to receive TIGER II grant for intermodal project

Australia's STI-GLOBAL purchases New Mexico short line, seeks to develop PTC solution

UP's container transfer facility expansion remains under review; NS' new Pennsylvania terminal gets under way

Ohio to award operating funds to state transit agencies

CN, Western Stevedoring team up with forest-product firms to improve traffic flows

RAC hands out 2010 safety, environmental awards

NS creates new advertising campaign

Updates from Electro-Motive Diesel and RailComm

October 19

North Dakota, Maine and Texas DOTs land TIGER II grants for rail projects

CHSRA sets criteria to choose which segment will receive high-speed stimulus funds

Amtrak completes new Auto Train station, notes improvements at Mattoon facility

China ACM to provide ready-mix concrete for Chinese HSR system

Nottingham won't seek second STB term

MBTA launches construction on Wachusett commuter-rail project

BNSF selects civil contractor, lands state grant for Kansas terminal

L.A. Metro to host workshops for Crenshaw/LAX light-rail line

Updates from Amberg Technologies, Crown Products & Services and Interfleet

October 18

Feds refinance Amtrak debt

Metra proposes more than $1 billion spending plan for 2011

UP to open Illinois terminal, NS to start Pennsylvania facility

KCSR adds automotive tracking system to Texas terminal

North Carolina Amtrak ridership jumps 15 percent in FY10

UTU-represented Illinois & Midland workers ratify contract

Updates from GATX, Parsons Brinckerhoff and HDR

October 15

Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate calls for public hearing on Milwaukee-Madison HSR line

New study outlines ARC Tunnel benefits; project must advance for New Jersey to remain competitive, Sen. Lautenberg says

North American railroads continue to register weekly traffic gains

AAR: Rail industry-saving Staggers Act reaches 30th anniversary

WMATA could soon launch rehab program on Blue, Orange lines

TTC schedules 'Toronto Rocket' subway car for December lift off

Orange County Transportation Authority completes crossing improvements

Transportation Services Index slipped in July, BTS says

BART awards first contract for Contra Costa County extension

Progressive Railroading to provide free PTC webcast on Oct. 20

October 14

Rhode Island DOT, MBTA sign commuter-rail operating agreement

Schwarzenegger vetoes CHSRA accountability provision in state budget

CN nets EJ&E mitigation pact with another Illinois town

California county offers up farm land for potential high-speed train maintenance facility

Capitol Corridor ridership holds steady in FY10

LaHood, Reid voice support for DesertXpress

Regional Rail to lease, operate NS track in New York

USDOT issues grants to support universities' transportation research

New York Penn Station turns 100

Peek and Pantier assume GM roles for Watco; Cooper takes on CSX account for R.J. Corman

Updates from GE Transportation and Stantec

October 13

CSX sets operating income and ratio records, increases 2010 capex

Initial analysis of Canadian freight-rail service elicits positive, negative feedback from railroads and shippers

Pittsburgh port authority ditches 'premium' fare proposal

Massachusetts commuter-rail operator assigns Kiley to GM post

USDOT proposes new guidelines for RRIF program, ASLRRA says

UP donates $33,000 to Michigan Tech's rail program

Progressive Railroading to provide free PTC webcast on Oct. 20

October 12

Obama Administration reiterates the need for additional transportation infrastructure investment

Report: CHSRA's ridership, revenue models don't add up; CHSRA says report 'findings' are challenges they continue to address

AAR report: September rail traffic, car storage data suggest slow ongoing recovery

Northeast Corridor commission holds first meeting

Amtrak reaches new ridership high in FY2010

Brookhaven Rail Terminal, US Rail launch construction on Long Island facility

VIA Rail advances fleet renewal program

Comtrak Logistics founder Bruns to receive IANA's Silver Kingpin Award

North Carolina Railroad, NS repair tropical storm-damaged track

Updates from Ansaldo STS, Bombardier Transportation and Parkeon

October 11

NJ Transit to pursue new options for ARC project

More TCU/ARASA members ratify Amtrak pacts; NCCC/UTU contract negotiations continue

Caltrain approves fare hike, service cuts

KCSM opens Mexican transload terminal near Toluca

Santa Clara VTA launches 'Commuter Express' service

Darr joins NMB as mediator

KCSR promotes Honc to AVP purchasing post

Salt storage building opens in Massachusetts Central's new industrial park

October 8

New Jersey Gov. Christie terminates ARC project

AAR weekly traffic report: Steady as she goes for North American railroads

MTA raises fares 7.5 percent to offset $900 million budget gap

CN creates car staging facilities, acquires gondolas for steel traffic

Motiva Enterprises enhances NS rail capabilities at Georgia ethanol hub

Capital Metro proposes fare hikes to offset higher operating costs

Watco assigns five to management positions

Updates from Amsted Rail, AECOM, Alstom, Advanced Transit Manufacturing, Cornerstone Systems and Thales

October 7

Work resumes on New Jersey transit projects after one-day stoppage

CHSRA launches overhauled website

NTSB: U.S. transportation, rail fatalities fell in 2009

Eurostar to refurbish old, purchase new high-speed rail vehicles

Turner to manage Transbay Transit Center construction

UP resumes double-track project on Sunset Route

CP lands long-term coal contract from Canadian miner

Utah Transit Authority to drop fuel surcharge next month

SFMTA to launch track improvements

UTA's FrontLines program fronts association's project honorees for 2010

October 6

Canadian bill would enable SMT to buy subway cars from Bombardier-Alstom consortium

FTA issues grant for North Charleston intermodal facility

China to import corn in 2011, grain council says

Four Iowa railroads obtain FRA funds for 2008 flood damage

APTA recognizes 2010's top public transportation leaders

Norfolk transloading facility handles large coal cargo for NS

Class 8 truck orders rose in September

Updates from RailComm, Schindler Elevator, Steel Dynamics, Axion and Parsons Brinckerhoff

October 5

FRA's draft EIS could delay DesertXpress project

Rep. Richardson introduces Freight FOCUS Act

Amtrak to spend $40 million on Chicago Union Station upgrades

Metrolink awards $120 million contract for PTC implementation

UP's PRB coal train count soared in September

CSXT, PANYNJ to commemorate new Liberty Corridor Freightway

APTA elects 2010-11 executive committee

Ohio commission OKs quiet zone project

Russian Railways marks seventh year in operation

October 4

RailTrends 2010: A few highlights (by Tony Hatch)

CN, Teamsters Rail Conference reach tentative contract

All freight-rail hosts, states to come to stakeholder-agreement terms by year's end, FRA's Szabo predicts

Massachusetts issues South Coast Rail community grants, investment order

Amtrak to give Chicago's Union Station a facelift

CHSRA's van Ark offers assessment of high-speed rail progress, challenges

Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville receives expanded foreign trade zone designation

RailAmerica signs agreement to operate portion of Ottawa Valley Railway

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index shows slight increase

Transport Association of Canada hands out annual awards

Updates from ALK Technologies, L.B. Foster, Amberg Technologies and J.L. Patterson & Associates

October 1

Florida DOT to host high-speed rail forum

AAR report: U.S. roads reach weekly intermodal highs again

BNSF asks state court to overturn sanctions, damages in Minnesota collision case

STB calculates rail industry's cost of capital for 2009

Utah Transit Authority to open two TRAX light-rail lines in August 2011

WMATA creates safety committee, revises mission statement

Louisiana terminal begins receiving crude oil via rail

VIA Rail CEO frames future of passenger rail

Bridge, crossing projects advance in Illinois and Ohio

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