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Rail News: November 2009

November 30

Canadian locomotive engineers launch strike at CN

CP to test biodiesel in winter operations

Stimulus dollars to help fund rail spur rehab on Long Island

Sydney Metro receives three design/build bids for subway's first stage

'Day on the Hill' coming to D.C. in February

November 25

California governor, senators make their case for high-speed stimulus funds

Bombardier, German Aerospace Centre partner to conduct R&D for next-generation high-speed trains

Amtrak rings up more Illinois route riders in FY09

Watco launches Idaho railroad, Adrian & Blissfield plans HQ relocation

BNSF preps for UPS' peak season

Jacobs joins South Florida RTA's board

SEPTA rebuilds Crestmont station

Updates from Advanced Rail Management, Cubic Transportation Systems, DRI Corp. and GE Transportation

November 24

U.S. ports might pump up container volume come February, 'Port Tracker' says

UP improves Donner Pass tunnels to bolster double-stack operations

Two transit agencies, short line receive recognition

Glavin to manage Texas DOT's new rail division

St. Louis Metro to replace outdated bridge

November 23

TWU members approve SEPTA pact; FRA denies BLET/UTU attempt to prohibit one-person crews

Flowers to become Charlotte transit system's CEO

Ohio rail commission OKs grants for freight-rail projects

MBTA makes switch to six-car Blue Line trains

Illinois commission OKs improvements at three BNSF crossings

Updates from The Seneca Group, Diamond Phoenix and Fast Lane Transportation

November 20

Ohio to consider running DMUs on proposed 3C corridor

USDOT officials take notes on Russian high-speed rail program

Thales to maintain portion of Spain's high-speed rail network

Russian Railways to begin Moscow-St. Petersburg high-speed service next month

Freight rail more than doubles trucks' fuel efficiency, FRA study shows

AAR weekly report: North American railroads register slight traffic gain

CSXT introduces GenSet switchers at Indiana yard

Amtrak to rehab bridge, SEPTA to expand station parking lot

Southern Cal industrial organization honors UP's environmental efforts

Updates from Pentadyne Power, Siemens Mobility, Gannett Fleming, LTK Engineering and Railinc

November 19

New York MTA sets final spending plan for 2010

STB report: U.S. Class I workforce shrinks some more in October

BNSF bestows 'achievement' honors to three short lines

Tie purchases, production plummet in October, RTA says

GO Transit eyes Niagara Falls extension

November 18

FRA issues final HSR safety strategy and grade crossing guidelines

Sorrow becomes BLET's 22nd president

Sound Transit, Seattle work to advance First Hill streetcar line

CREATE partners modify Central Corridor portion of Chicago program

CN reaches EJ&E-related mitigation agreement with Lake Zurich

KCS the first Class I to implement new Umler system, railroad says

Updates from GE Transportation, RailAmerica Operations Shared Services, Balfour Beatty, RailComm, Tideworks Technology and Invensys Rail

November 17

GE, Chinese Ministry of Railways partner to capitalize on high-speed rail opportunities

Metra OKs 2010 operating budget

IANA: Federal amendment will advance global equipment registry

NJ Transit begins close-call reporting pilot program

Massachusetts spends stimulus dollars on MBTA trackwork laborers

CSX to create double-stack corridor in Philadelphia

November 16

URS tabs Simonetta to oversee HSR practice

CTA blesses 2010 budget, puts off fare hike

Metro-North, Amtrak and TransLink start or complete station projects

Transit, road contractors expect less business in 2010, coalition poll shows

Revenue, income plummet for Providence and Worcester

Austin's Capital Metro to hike fares in January

Updates from GATX, Tideworks Technology, Faively Transport, Portec and Mass. Electric

November 13

North Carolina DOT continues to plug away on incremental HSR plans

IANA, AAR note slight nudge in intermodal loads

USDOT's stimulus scorecard: More than 10,000 projects funded

Transportation Services Index slips in September

Railmark Holdings sells Michigan short line

VIA Rail to upgrade Chatham Subdivision line, build station

Updates from Global Railway Industries, Greenbrier, Thales, Savage Services and Axion International

November 12

Knorr-Bremse inks $746 million deal to supply components for Chinese high-speed trains

ASLRRA garners more congressional supporters for short-line tax credit extension

TriMet: MAX light-rail ridership rises, but total trips fall in October

RailAmerica drives up income, drives down operating ratio

Riders give DART high satisfaction rating in latest poll

TTCI's data warehouse reaches subscriber milestone

November 11

WMATA to appeal arbitration award governing ATU agreement

NS, BNSF draw attention for 'green' efforts

Biscan succeeds Cochran as South Central Florida Express VP

FRA's Coplen attains American Evaluation Association honor

Vendors to save CTA $1 million in 2010, Chicago agency says

Updates from GE Asset Intelligence, GE Transportation, Koppers, RailComm and New York Air Brake

November 10

RAC survey: Majority of Canadians support high-speed rail

Sound Transit to help Seattle port preserve Eastside rail corridor

Berkshire Hathaway to sell UP, NS shares prior to BNSF buyout

Caltrain releases draft short-range plan

UP one of nation's top military-friendly employers, GI Jobs says

New Oshawa station, board member on tap at VIA Rail

November 9

Foote to leave CN

Amtrak names Alves inspector general

Virginia transportation commissions approve Keolis operating contract for VRE

CSXT tabbed for Maryland's 'Green Registry'

Canadian minerals firm to build refinery near CN mainline

Updates from FreightCar America, Hollysys Automation Technologies, Trimble/China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group, Environmental Packaging Technologies and Nomad Digital

November 6

CHSRA signs cooperation agreement with southern California communities, seeks input on maintenance facility development

NYCT appoints Prendergast as Roberts' successor

BNSF, BLET reach tentative accord

AAR weekly report: North American rail traffic ends October with a thud

Congress extends SAFETEA-LU through mid-December

Pinsly to acquire two Arkansas short lines

Updates from J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Trinity Industries, American Railcar Industries, The Andersons and Wabtec/Vapor Rail

November 5

Roberts resigns as NYCT's president

BNSF to boot up new Umler system on Nov. 7

CSXT, chemical shipper complete track upgrades

'Class 8' orders skyrocket in October, FTR says

UTU proposes amendments to national contract

November 4

NMB's proposed union election rule changes draw support, criticism

California port pursues rail-related project for Honda traffic

TWU members launch strike at SEPTA

Canadian government funds 35 crossings projects; North Carolina DOT completes pedestrian crossing

RRDC teams up with German operator, British railway investor to operate Berlin intercity trains

Updates from RMI/ExpressYard, EnerSys, Pacer, Dapco and EMCOR Group

November 3

Skoropowski to help lead HNTB's southeastern high-speed, passenger-rail projects

Berkshire Hathaway to buyout BNSF for $44 billion

NS to upgrade Philadelphia intermodal terminal as part of Crescent Corridor initiative

UP's coal train loadings lag again in October

L.A. MTA to seek new car procurement bids after AnsaldoBreda declines option

Genesee & Wyoming generates less revenue, cuts more costs

November 2

SEPTA, TWU resume negotiations; BLET, UTU challenge FRA's hours-of-service rule changes

Amtrak unveils new long-term strategic, financial plans

New rail spurs coming to CSX-served coal facility in Kentucky, Canadian iron-ore processing plant in Quebec

California's Capitol Corridor caps off fiscal year with ridership, revenue drops

VIA Rail to rebuild 12 passenger cars for 'Canadian' line

Updates from CIT, Whitmore Manufacturing, Halcrow, Eta Phi Systems and SynchroNet Intermodal Services

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