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Rail News: October 2011

October 31

Updates from Alstom, American Railcar, RMI and Salco Products

Veolia Transportation, UTU reach agreement on initial Tri-Rail contract

Valley Metro board to combine top administrative posts

SEPTA, FTA officials open new Croydon station

Long Beach port extends public comment period for proposed container terminal

Sound Transit board approves MOU for East Link tunnel

EPA report: Robust demand will drive rail-car assemblies to 40,400 in 2011, 51,300 in 2012

Reps. Hahn, Poe form House caucus to help promote U.S. ports

October 28

Updates from Progress Rail, Bombardier, HDR, Pacer, Timken and Parsons Brinckerhoff

SFMTA renames streetcar yard

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

California commission awards $35.3 million for L.A. Expo Line's second phase

Michigan governor seeks ways to bolster the state's transportation infrastructure

Amtrak California locomotives to exceed EPA emission standards

California commission appropriates $336.6 million for ACE trench project

AAR: Carloads down for U.S. roads, up for Canadian and Mexican roads in week 42

October 27

GWI's Benz, OmniTRAX's Long join intermodal institute's board

GWI's Powell wins AAR environmental excellence award; TTCI's Trevizo wins RTA research excellence award

RailAmerica ramps up revenue, income

Metrolinx selects Aecon/Dufferin joint venture for Air Rail Link work

UP appoints two managers, advances two trackwork projects

TriMet faces budget shortfall for FY2013

STB approves DesertXpress route

NS sets income, earnings and operating ratio records

Saudi Railways issues contract for second phase of Haramain high-speed rail project

High-speed rail petition posted on White House website

October 26

Updates from Harsco, Carmanah, Vossloh, ENSCO, Kelso, Wabtec and Trinity

STB to schedule public meeting on Grenada Railway's abandonment proposal

More people rode Amtrak's Missouri River Runner in September

Denver RTD set to open new Auraria West station

BNSF lands labor agreement for L.A. terminal; Florida delegation backs proposed CSX facility

Wind turbine program to save MBTA $100,000 per year, state officials say

ARCI: Rail-car orders, deliveries climbed in 3Q

CN ratchets up revenue, drives down operating ratio

Registration still open for next week’s RailTrends® conference

STB approves DesertXpress route

October 25

Kingsberry to depart DTC, join PANYNJ

PANYNJ approves Foye as executive director; TriMet names labor relations, HR exec

LIRR drafts rider 'pledge' to improve service

Patriot Rail, CF Rail Services forge rolling stock services pact

Metro-North to resume full Port Jervis Line service a month ahead of schedule

Rio Metro increases New Mexico Rail Runner fares

CP: Revenue up, income and earnings down

FTA OKs $75 million grant agreement for MBTA's Fitchburg line

October 24

Updates from Balfour Beatty, Bombardier, RailComm and Parsons Brinckerhoff

UP to bolster track in Nebraska, Wyoming

Ontario Northland wins AMT car refurbishment contract

Twin Cities' Metro Transit to receive $3.2 million from FTA

MBTA, VIA Rail open new stations

San Antonio council approves new streetcar system

Container volume slipped at L.A.-area ports in September

Ottawa releases short list of bidders for light-rail system

Registration still open for next month's RailTrends® conference

FRA's Rae to join New York governor's office

October 21

Updates from Wabtec, AECOM, Colo Railroad, GATX and Ameresco Solar

BART to consider draft cell phone interruption policy

CN eyes efficiencies from agreements with Agri-Food Central, UTU

Grade separations under way in California along BNSF line

North American railroads registered mixed traffic results last week, AAR says

Senate committee to consider two-year surface transportation bill on Nov. 9

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo appoints Rae to state transportation post, nominates Lhota to top MTA office

KCS sets third-quarter volume, revenue records

Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Murray, FRA's Szabo announce Knowledge Corridor project

October 20

DART names new VPs of commuter rail, marketing

Valley Metro posted light-rail ridership record in September

Work on NS' West Virginia intermodal terminal slated for spring

Class Is land on magazine's top 500 'green' rankings; FEC wins environmental award

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo recommends Foye as PANYNJ's executive director

CTA's Claypool releases 2012 budget recommendations

Natural Resources Defense Council files federal lawsuit against BNSF, UP over California yard emissions

UP registers quarterly best revenue, income and earnings

October 19

Updates from Jason Inc., GE, Sapa, Tata Steel and Arch Insurance

TriMet launches multi-modal trip planner for riders

AASHTO's board elects Steudle president and Lewis, VP

CN acquires more eco-friendly containers, chassis

Canadian rail association honors roads' environmental, safety achievements

U.S. Class I headcount rose slightly in September, STB says

U.S. transportation, commerce departments partner to enforce 'Buy America' standards

CSX: 'Underlying fundamentals' drive strong financial results

FRA obligates $7.9 million to New York for Hudson Line signal improvements

Canadian high-speed group releases federal report on proposed Ontario-Quebec corridor

October 18

Watco: Cox to head engineering, Williams to help manage short line

Study will help solicit funding for Tideflats-area transportation needs, Tacoma port says

New bus service expands Amtrak access in Wisconsin

Missouri DOT seeks public input on statewide rail plan

Metro-North, Amtrak projects attain Brunel design honors

Amtrak's Capitol Corridor 'shattered' ridership, revenue records in FY2011

CP lands Contrans account, eyes more collapsible container business

Transit projects to receive share of $928.5 million in federal funds, LaHood says

U.S. Departments of Transportation, Commerce partner to unearth U.S. suppliers for high-speed passenger car components

October 17

Updates from Skanska, Global Railway, STM-Service, Power Drives, RMI and Gannett Fleming

Quiet zone coming to Nebraska city; Upgraded crossing on tap for Michigan town

CSX: Reinke to succeed Ruehling as VP of federal legislation

Michigan, Missouri Amtrak routes ramped up ridership

NS, CSXT launch container services at Virginia port

Metra's proposed 2012 budget includes 25 percent fare hike

Atlanta roundtable finalizes list of transportation projects for 2012 tax referendum

House bill would help restore transit service and jobs, supporters say

FRA, Illinois DOT to hold hearings on Tier 1 EIS for HSR service; UP to issue RFP for Dwight-Pontiac permitting, reconstruction

CHSRA receives $4 million in state bond funds to advance Los Angeles-San Diego engineering

Central Illinois planning commission to study passenger-rail service to Peoria

October 14

TriMet posted ridership gain in September

September carloads up for Genesee & Wyoming, down for RailAmerica

Transportation index slipped slightly in August, BTS says

USDOT to help fund transit projects in three states

Connecticut, New York announce funding for transportation planning projects

Amtrak tops 30 million riders in FY2011

AAR: North American carloads climbed in October's first week

Surface transportation funding measure could pass by year's end, LaHood says

October 13

Updates from Stella-Jones, Bombardier, RailComm, Transplace, Simmons, Hatch Mott MacDonald and SYSTRA

DART board elects officers

North Carolina DOT bolsters safety at four public crossings

Caltrain to install new rail bridge in San Francisco

In memoriam: Fort Worth & Western, short-line association leader Tom Schlosser

(Re)opening soon: BNSF's last flood-impacted subdivision

New Hampshire DOT to draft new state rail plan next year

Mica reiterates opposition to national infrastructure bank

October 12

KCS promotes Fussell to AVP post in carload business unit

Sound Transit kicks off next phase of 'ST2' project

CN, animal feed firm forge supply chain collaboration pact

Expo Line upgrades under way in Vancouver to improve communications

FTA OKs preliminary engineering phase for Maryland light-rail line

CSXT posts progress on National Gateway; Schneider National unveils 'Canada Direct' service

L.A., Baltimore transit lines among Obama administration's expedited infrastructure projects

FRA issues advisory to address switching operation safety

October 11

CP set to collect food, monetary donations on the annual Holiday Train

Metrolink adds 10 cars for bicycle enthusiasts

FTA recognizes TriMet's light-rail project for 'outstanding achievement'

NJ Transit opens new Plauderville Station

U.S. labor department data: September job growth slightly better than expected

Politicians break ground for Englewood Flyover project

Canadian legislators again seek rail safety act amendments

CTA cuts more than 200 jobs in wake of FY2012 budget's release

October 10

Updates from Knorr-Bremse, Bombardier and PTSI Transportation

Stabler, Kalay assume new TTCI posts; Wisconsin DOT seeks rail specialist

RTD receives final FasTracks light-rail car

Grafton and Upton opens transload terminal in Massachusetts

Four unions at CN's Algoma Central Railway ratify new contract

North Carolina DOT seeks public feedback on proposed grade separation

Military magazine honors UP's recruitment efforts

California commission bans use of personal electronic devices by train operators

CHSRA to revise Draft EIR/EIS for Fresno-Bakersfield segment

Englewood Flyover groundbreaking to be held today

California congressman proposes bill that would freeze California's HSR money

CHSRA appoints Ross as deputy director of legislation

October 7

Updates from Alstom, Kelso, Railinc, ProTran1, ZF Group, Whitmore Group and NRC

CATS solicits public input on EIS for Lynx light-rail extension

CN aims to become a 'supply chain enabler,' Mongeau says

Caltrain: Board approves FY2013 budget, August ridership sets record

GCRTA to hold grand opening for new station

BNSF's flood-related costs? About $375 million, Rose says

AAR: U.S. roads registered traffic gains in September

President Obama forms PEB to help resolve national contract dispute between NCCC, 11 unions

October 6

Savage takes wraps off BNSF-served railport in Kansas

Las Vegas Railway Express elects Lamphere chairman

APTA honors several individuals, agencies for public transportation 'excellence'

Private investor group acquires Iowa line from UP

San Diego agency's new low-floor trolleys enter service

Georgia port pumped up volume in FY2011

Sen. Schumer calls on three federal agencies to help fund Ronkonkoma Hub project

Arizona DOT to solicit public input on proposed Phoenix-to-Tucson line

Michigan DOT reaches purchase agreement with NS for Kalamazoo-Dearborn corridor

October 5

North Carolina DOT upgrades equipment at three crossings

FTA recognizes DART's streetcar environmental assessment report

NS names West Virginia yard building after late coal executive

CTA facing $277 million deficit in 2012

Indiana airport authority signs off on CSX pact for CN track relocation work

Growth propels public transit to $55 billion industry, APTA says

September coal train loadings neared 1,100 in PRB, UP says

Mica seeks six-year surface transportation reauthorization bill at current funding levels, spokesman says

USDOT awards $196 million grant to Michigan for track, signal work

CHSRA delays release of business plan by at least two weeks

October 4

Updates from Siemens, Koppers, SNC-Lavalin and HNTB

HRT launches online ticket sales for The Tide

Nova Scotia to help fund RailAmerica short line for three more years

CSX summit shone spotlight on bioenergy market

BLET members back strike; UTU reaches tentative pact with Texas short line

Rail industry's after-tax cost of capital rose in 2010, STB says

Public transportation ridership rose in first half, APTA says

Oct. 5 webcast: Marketing High-Speed Rail in a Volatile Political Climate

October 3

Watco assigns three execs to HR positions

TransLink earns gold sustainability status from APTA

Sound Transit to solicit public input on light-rail extension

Pacific Harbor Line to add low-emission engines to 16 locomotives

PANYNJ chairman appoints special committee to review agency practices

British Columbia to help fund upgrades to Vancouver port rail link

USDOT OKs New Jersey's plan to reimburse feds for cancelled ARC Tunnel project

Connecticut DOT won’t cut rail or bus services, will hike fares

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