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Rail News: October 2012

October 31

RTD extends free ride program to military through 2014

Gary Railway workers ratify agreements

Austin's Capital Metro solicits public input on transportation study

American Association of Railroad Superintendents bestows 'excellence' awards, scholarships

Metro Transit to open new Northstar line station next month

Canadian government to provide more funds through Asia-Pacific Gateway initiative

Dakota Southern Railway, South Dakota DOT cap off track rehabilitation project

East Coast storm cleanup continues; Amtrak begins operating limited service in Northeast

October 30

Rail supplier updates from Miner, Bombardier, Siemens, CTC, Cubic and New York Air Brake (Oct. 30)

Canada awards another 'early works' contract for Evergreen Line

Nation needs more reliable transportation to and from ports, Rendell says

Sound Transit awards construction management contract for Northgate Link project

Indiana Northeastern opens new locomotive maintenance facility

BNSF, Illinois officials commemorate completion of Galesburg grade separation

East Coast passenger railroads work to restore service after massive storm

Northeast storm update: The aftereffects for freight railroads, ports

October 29

J.B. Hunt, Schneider National and Hub Group win 'core carrier' awards

Record-setting-size container ship calls on Port Everglades

Vermont Rail Action Network honors RailAmerica's Hunter, Amtrak's Kujula

Denton County Transportation Authority approves fare changes, posts annual ridership gain

FTA to fund $400,000 for Hudson-Bergen light-rail study

Wlotko to retire from Patriot Rail Jan. 1

BART marks completion of Warm Springs tunnel project

East Coast passenger railroads prep for high winds, flooding from 'super storm'

CHSRA names Vacca chief program manager

October 26

Metrolink reaches two decades of commuter-rail operation

Massachusetts economic development agency seeks public input on CSX bridge design

APTA names Parsons Brinckerhoff's Henke the 'outstanding' business member for 2012

Valley Metro, Mesa officials to update public on next light-rail project planning phase

Coming next week: RailTrends 2012

Norfolk Southern: Wheeler succeeds Drake as VP of engineering; Evans succeeds Wheeler as VP of transportation

AAR Week 42 scorecard: Only seven U.S. carload commodity groups posted gains

BART notes quarterly ridership increase, cleaner cars

California Transportation Commission to help fund three major rail projects

California Transportation Commission issues Prop 1A funds for ACE project

October 25

Rail supplier updates from Pacer, The Andersons, Alstom, Axion, Trinity and Greenbrier (Oct. 25)

Railroad Research Foundation obtains two FRA grants for R&D projects

CSX picks Indiana logistics park as 'Select Site'

Fort Worth Transportation Authority OKs some fare hikes

Conrail, New Jersey constituents sign off on TIGER III grant for rail project

Utah Transit Authority to launch new Airport TRAX light-rail line in April

Cincinnati passenger-rail plan advances with funding, preferred alignment decisions

STB blesses BNSF's plan to purchase Nebraska Northeastern line

October 24

Franczak, Kummant assume exec roles for Australian freight-rail operator

VIA Rail honored for Pacific Central Station restoration

Canadian environmental agency to assess proposed rail line in Quebec mining region

Greater Cleveland transit agency opens Buckeye-Woodhill Station

Making headway on National Gateway: CSX halfway through intermodal initiative's first phase

D.C. airports authority reveals five teams competing for Dulles Corridor Phase 2 contract

Coming (very) soon: RailTrends 2012

SFMTA seeks bids for Central Subway construction contract

CP: 3Q financial results show 'momentum is building'

Weak coal, merchandise volumes too much for NS to overcome in 3Q

October 23

Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, GE, Bombardier, Alstom, Miner and Hatch Mott MacDonald (Oct. 23)

Metrolink 'wraps' another car to boost weekend ridership

WMATA completes Dupont Circle escalator project

Indiana Rail Road starts work on new locomotive shop, acquires land for transload facility

CSXT's coal pier resumes operation in Baltimore

Phoenix's Valley Metro seeks public input on proposed fare changes

Iowa Pacific Holdings acquires Cape Rail

CN posts solid 3Q financial results, appoints Drysdale as investor relations VP

October 22

GO Transit opens new parking structure

Long Island Rail Road opens second train wash facility

U.S. Class I workforce was a bit smaller in September, STB data shows

Three grade separations under way along Roberts Bank corridor in B.C.

Ontario Northland employees part of plan to acquire company's assets

D.C. Mayor Gray sets up task force for proposed streetcar system

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

Toronto reports record ridership on transit system

Amtrak hits 110 mph on segment of Chicago-St. Louis corridor

Bombardier's ZEFIRO receives German design award

October 19

Railway Interchange 2013 organizers seek sponsorships

Rail supplier updates from Bechtel, Bombardier, Siemens and Hatch Mott MacDonald (Oct. 19)

EDA to award disaster funding for New York and Susquehanna track repairs, Schumer says

Delaware DOT launches third-track project near Wilmington

Weak ag, coal and scrap steel volumes held down U.S. carloads in 41st week

September container counts mixed at L.A.-area ports; state grant awarded for industrial park at Vancouver port

Lack of access to bus, air service in smaller communities boosts Amtrak ridership, Boardman says

Gas prices helped boost LACMTA ridership in September

CN, Tundra Energy to construct crude oil terminal in Manitoba

Kansas City Southern set all-time revenue, volume records in 3Q

October 18

Railway Association of Canada honors four railroads with safety awards

CN earns environmental policy accolades, awaits public comments on terminal expansion environmental report

Metrolink completes L.A. Union Station track reconstruction project

CREATE program caps off another Chicago-area grade separation

Texas DOT to study Oklahoma-to-south Texas rail service

OneRail Coalition asks Obama, Romney to emphasize rail

Bombardier to operate MARC trains

NS opens Crescent Corridor intermodal terminal in Alabama

UP logs best-ever results, sets five financial records in 3Q

Delaware DOT begins third-track project near Wilmington

October 17

Rail supplier news from Ansaldo, CalAmp, Jacobs Engineering, dFuzion, Baker and Freeborn & Peters (Oct. 17)

Canadian Auto Workers to form new union with CEP

Union Pacific's Schmid wins AAR's environmental excellence award

Amtrak names DeCataldo GM of Northeast Corridor

Canadian Pacific assigns three SVPs to operations team

Chicago's Metra releases proposed 2013 budget for public review

Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific were revenue adequate for 2011, STB says

CATS receives full funding grant agreement for LYNX light-rail extension

CSX: Revenue and income drops in 3Q reflect coal, economic headwinds

October 16

Yusen Logistics' Bailey to chair Intermodal Transportation Institute

Buckeye Partners adds crude oil services at New York port

NJ Transit authorizes restoration of historic station's exterior

Metrolink to receive $7.8 million in state funds for grade crossing improvements

Sound Transit to solicit public comments on proposed service changes

Progressive Rail acquires Iowa Traction Railroad

Panama Canal set tonnage record in FY2012

New York MTA proposes fare, toll increases

Amtrak names DeCataldo Northeast Corridor GM

Texas DOT to study Oklahoma-to-south-Texas rail service

October 15

Rail supplier updates from National Salvage, Bombardier, Nomad, HP, Jacob Associates, Lilee and Parsons-Odebrecht (Oct. 15)

DART board elects officers

X Train acquires more rail cars for L.A.-Las Vegas service

Virginia port pumped up volume again in September

Vancouver Island foundation seeks regional funding for rail upgrades

BNSF to dedicate new Mississippi River bridge in Iowa

Commerce department forms supply chain advisory committee

Valley Metro receives $75 million FTA grant for light-rail extension

CHSRA board member Balgenorth resigns

October 12

Rail supplier updates from TTX, FreightCar America, L.B. Foster, Jacobs Engineering, MERMEC and CANARAIL (Oct. 12)

Transportation Services Index slid a bit in August, BTS says

UTA prepares for Dec. 10 opening of new FrontRunner line

Locomotive repower projects garner DERA grants from EPA

Houston's METRO marks progress on light-rail expansion project

AAR: Intermodal still up, carloads still down for U.S. railroads in week 40

Grassby to succeed McQuade as Canadian Pacific's CFO

San Francisco MTA receives $942 million in New Starts funding for light-rail extension to Chinatown

Point Defiance Bypass environmental study now complete

Amtrak posts ridership record in FY2012

October 11

FTR: Capacity for carriers, shippers continues to tighten

Virginia transportation board seeks input on six-year improvement programs

UTU, EJ&E ratify new agreement for yardmasters and hostlers

First Central Corridor light-rail vehicle arrives in downtown Minneapolis

Union Pacific improving Nebraska rail line

CTA announces new agreement with ironworkers

WMATA unveils mock-up of its new rail cars

FTA issues FY2013 guidance, funding information under MAP-21

October 10

NJ Transit considers eliminating free travel for non-union employees, retirees

MassDOT strives for travel-mode shift to reduce traffic, GHG emissions

Railway Supply Institute elects 2013 officers, new board members

DART to offer new mobile ticketing technology

VIA Rail completes upgrades to Windsor, Belleville and Oshawa stations

Equipment investment growth to slow during tail end of 2012, foundation says

Metro-North to launch $30 million Harlem River Bridge project

Amtrak posts ridership record in FY2012

October 9

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Siemens, Bombardier, ALLTRANSTEK, NREC and Sygnet Rail; also, in memoriam: Frank Wilkinson (Oct. 9)

Indiana Rail Road to boost train speed through Bloomington

Independent review shows Honolulu's financial plan for new rail system is 'reasonable'

Georgia ports register strong start to FY2013

UP acquires Oklahoma-owned rail line

MARTA picks Parker as next GM, CEO

California creates local authority to oversee Pacific Surfliner service

In memoriam: Respected businessman and entrepreneur Patsy Crisafi

BNSF on Rockefeller's call for federal review of Berkshire acquisition: Short-line ownership issue will be resolved quickly

Progressive Railroading, RailTrends honor UP's Jim Young as 'Railroad Innovator'

October 8

Long Island economic development organization lands federal grant for rail suppliers alliance

PATCO to end contactless bank-card pilot program

DART names Calcano VP of human resources

Alameda Corridor authority obtains bids for Baldwin Avenue grade separation work

Metro-North to add 79 trains as part of service improvement initiative

Global Partners, U.S. Silica land rail-related business deals in shales

Gov. Quinn advances CREATE overpass project in Illinois

USDOT, FRA mark completion of Vermonter rail project

ARS Co-President Mike Heridia confirms tragic death of business partner Vinnie Vaccarello

USDOT, FRA mark completion of Vermonter rail project

October 5

RTA: Tie production way up, purchases way down in August

Union Pacific advances trackwork in two states, appoints Hess to head national customer center

Amtrak to start speeding up trains on Norfolk Southern track in preparation for Norfolk-Richmond service

British Columbia selects preferred contractor for Evergreen Line

Chicago mayor unveils renderings of CTA's new Wilson Avenue Station

Amtrak joins federal effort to stop human trafficking

U.S. intermodal gains stretched to 34th straight month in September, AAR says

CSX, Massachusetts officials finalize agreement on Framingham/Worcester line

October 4

Rail supplier updates from Kelso, Professional Transportation, Trinity, NREC and the Burns Group (Oct. 4)

Major bridge program in the works for Wisconsin and Southern

MTA Long Island Rail Road to extend station waiting room hours

Alameda construction authority backs sales tax extension, seeks grade separation bids

Louisiana port receives federal grant to rebuild flood-damaged rail line

CN opens new office in India

Houston METRO's FY2013 budget continues rail expansion

Metrolinx, Toronto commission agree on light-rail operations and maintenance

October 3

Long Creek Railroad becomes Saskatchewan's 13th short line

Norfolk light-rail service is keeping cars off roads, survey says

APTA honors agencies, leaders for excellence in public transportation

Union Pacific cites September coal train counts, shares two execs' recent honors

MTA Metro-North kicks off six-station rehab project on New Haven Line

NS, U S Rail partner with grain shipper to revive dormant Indiana line; BNSF and UP to serve new Houston industrial park

USDOT announces $120 million in high-speed rail funds for Connecticut

CREATE partners cap off another key project

October 2

Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, Bombardier, STV, Benesch, Jacobs, Schneider National and A&K Railroad Materials (Oct. 2)

APTA elects Flora chair for 2012-13

Richardson International to expand storage capacity at CN-served port terminal in Vancouver

Franczak resigns as Canadian Pacific's COO; Schollaert becomes KCS' sales and marketing VP

AAR ads: Freight-rail industry to reinvest $23 billion this year

L.A. light-rail project cleared for $545.9 million TIFIA loan

Obama's 'We Can't Wait' initiative expedites Minneapolis, Cleveland transit projects

Genesee & Wyoming completes RailAmerica acquisition, places control of holding company in voting trust

Connecticut receives more federal funds for New Haven-Springfield corridor

October 1

Rail supplier updates from AECOM, Bombardier, Mermec, RailComm, CTC and United Railcar (Oct. 1)

Cleveland port unveils new rail loop

Tarrytown station project completed on schedule, Metro-North says

Union Pacific makes several top management changes

Norfolk Southern eyes fruits of expansion at Marcellus Shale sand terminal

USDOT awards grants for rail service study, electric locomotive research and safety system development

MARTA's current economics are unsustainable, audit firm says

CN to construct central training centers in Canada, U.S.

California, Midwest DOTs issue notice on passenger-car contract

California commission releases $39.8 million for Caltrain modernization project

Teamsters show support for DesertXpress project

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