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Rail News: November 2010

November 30

PATCO to hike fares on Jan. 1

Capitol Corridor carries record number of riders for Thanksgiving

ASLRRA continues to lobby Congress for tax credit extension

NS releases third annual sustainability report

Ontario Northland passenger-rail service coming to Iroquois Falls

North Carolina DOT adds warning devices at three grade crossings

BNSF offers financial data online

November 29

Connecticut would take returned HSR dollars, Rell says

Pittsburgh port authority to slash service in March

AAR weekly report: More traffic gains for North American railroads

Toronto's Metrolinx seeks firm to build Toronto airport spur

Teamsters Canada-represented engineers ratify CN contract

Sound Transit completes supplemental EIS for East Link project

VIA Rail teams up with Communauto, VRTUCAR to provide car-sharing services

Watco installs Thrall as interim regional VP

Updates from Laird Technologies/Cattron, Finmeccanica, MIRATECH and Timken

November 24

CHSRA recommends high-speed construction starting point

DART set to open remainder of Green Line on Dec. 6

L.A., Long Beach ports update 'clean air' action plan

Maryland Transit Administration renovates BWI station platforms

Toy retailers' brisk business means more containerized imports at U.S. ports, PIERS says

California agency unveils 25-year transportation plan

Trucked tonnage reached three-month high in October, ATA says

Russian, Finnish railways team up on container train service

November 23

Metrolink to purchase 20 more cars from Hyundai Rotem

CN earns 'excellence' grade in climate-change reporting

Ohio utilities commission OKs grade crossing work

BLET, UTU help craft fatigue management website

CTA continues to test prototype rail cars

TransLink retains one, adds two board members

Updates from Siemens Mobility, FreightCar America and Bombardier

November 22

Minnesota AFL-CIO urges Walker to reconsider plan to kill Milwaukee-Madison project

USDOT provides $50 million in grants for seven PTC projects

STB: Rail regulation review hearing reset for February

Ohio rail commission signs off on funds for seven freight-rail projects

Caltrain begins early work on San Bruno grade separation

KCSR completes trackwork on Missouri/Kansas line

Washington State DOT provides $2 million for Columbia Basin Railroad project

St. Lawrence Seaway experiences boon in export grain traffic, USDOT says

Updates from Ansaldo STS, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Professional Transportation Inc.

November 19

AAR weekly report: Rail traffic continues to outpace '09 levels

Long Beach port's volume hit three-year high in October

Toronto Transit Commission contracts Aecon-led consortium to build subway extension

TriMet gears up to open new station in Gresham

Florida port to advance cold storage transfer, intermodal facility projects

Houston METRO recognized by Texas comptroller for 'financial transparency'

Watco assigns Rudd, Goins and Jeschke to new posts

November 18

U.S. Class I workforce swelled in October, STB data shows

USDOT approves TIGER grant agreement for Minnesota's Union Depot

Amtrak's Lynchburg service surpasses ridership, revenue goals

UP wins California governor's award for GenSet; North Carolina DOT execs earn top honors for transit-rail efforts

Fort Worth's T signs off on strategic plan

Redfearn joins Patriot Rail as SVP, rejoins Marino's executive team

Grade crossing upgrades on tap in Iowa, Ohio

Updates from Westinghouse Air Brake and FreightCar America

November 17

Connecticut to order 42 more M-8s from Kawasaki

Florida Rail Enterprise meets with prospective project bidders

Expiration of federal tax provision could impact transit ridership in 2011, report says

Wisconsin congressmen introduce legislation to use HSR funds for deficit reduction; California senators say they want Wisconsin's HSR money

Teamsters Canada Rail Conference members ratify CN contracts

Progress Rail to repower 16 Pacific Harbor Line locomotives

TSA, L.A. Metro launch security campaign at Union Station

Conference Board of Canada honors former CN leader Tellier

Ohio rail commission to consider seven freight-rail projects

Updates from a Bombardier-Alstom consortium, Bombardier Transportation, PBS&J and RailComm

November 16

Seven firms form consortium to bid on Florida HSR project

MBTA launches construction on Yawkey Station project

Patriot Rail seeks STB exemption to control six Weyerhaeuser short lines

Canadian rail shipper coalition calls on feds to 'more effectively' address service issues

Amtrak's biodiesel locomotive makes TIME's 'best invention of 2010' list

Intermodal institute, national intermodal center weigh in on FRA's National Rail Plan

Seyedian initiates NMB's new internship program

Updates from GATX, Hulcher Services, Professional Transportation, Gaspesie Diesel, Cattron Group and VR Mergers & Acquisitions

November 15

Amtrak's Illinois ridership spikes in FY10

Labor, community groups rally for Wisconsin high-speed rail project

KCSR adds automotive tracking system to K.C. terminal

Hollysys obtains contract to supply train-protection system for Chinese HSR line

CP transports heavy transformers from Minnesota to Alberta

VIA Rail unveils design for Cobourg station

GO Transit to add new service on Georgetown line

Soy Transportation Coalition report: Rail still vital for soybean industry

BTS releases fact sheet on major East Coast container ports

Updates from IBM and Capgemini

November 12

Study: Successful international high-speed rail systems state case for building U.S. systems

New York DOT seeks feedback on Empire Corridor EIS

No Class I was 'revenue adequate' in '09, STB says

AAR weekly report: North American roads remain on traffic roll

NJ Transit receives federal security training grant, expands 'Quiet Commute' program

Austin's Capital Metro to hike fares in January

Rail bridges: Open in California, on tap in Indiana

Schaffer to oversee Watco's mechanical services

Sprint to provide wireless communications service in CTA subway

Updates from FuelQuest, Harsco, KBR, Huntington Bancshares, TRAC Intermodal, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Kustom Seating

November 11

Talgo outlines implications for Milwaukee site if Wisconsin cancels HSR program

CTA approves $1.3 billion spending plan for 2011

UP proposes $3 billion capital spending budget for next year

RTD explores funding options to complete FasTracks program

Transportation Services Index gained ground in September

Pennsylvania DOT ponies up $32.5 million for 38 freight-rail projects

VIA Rail completes design work for Belleville, Brockville stations

Five Class Is among magazine's top military-friendly employers

Texas town to open industrial rail park

November 10

Metra forms task force to examine, resolve emissions issues

California intercity corridors post ridership gains in October

UP earns ACC's 'responsible care' system certification

BNSF honors three short lines' business-building achievements

GO Transit creates Passenger Charter

KCS railroads earn training, service honors

Genesee & Wyoming's carloads climbed in October

Updates from Greenbrier, RailServe, Mallory Alexander International Logistics, Cryo-Trans and Spectrum Infrared

November 9

LaHood to Walker, Kasich: HSR stimulus funds can't be used for other purposes

AAR: U.S. carloads, intermodal loads climbed in October

Amtrak: 'We are not reviving the ARC tunnel'

CN speeds import vehicles through Halifax auto facility

Northstar Corridor Development Authority puts extension plans on backburner

VIA Rail to improve Windsor, Vancouver stations

South Carolina DOT allows heavier international containers to travel on state highways

Canadian government, CP honor transcontinental railroad's anniversary

Updates from Ansaldo STS, Bombardier, Thales, Nomad Digital, Parsons Brinckerhoff and EI Systems

November 8

Doyle: Walker, USDOT need to discuss HSR's future in Wisconsin

More projects, more funding still on CREATE's slate, UP's Payette says

Expansion work begins at Virginia Metrorail station

Tie production sizzled, purchases fizzled in September, RTA says

NARP: New Jersey should continue with 'right-sized' ARC project

North Carolina Railroad replaces ties; NCDOT completes six crossing projects

WMATA obtains federal grant to participate in FBI program

Brown becomes SVP-special projects for Watco

Updates from Wabtec, Portec Rail, Gannett Fleming, Parsons Brinckerhoff and MERMEC Group

November 5

IANA: International volume 'remarkable,' domestic volume 'record-setting' in 3Q

Minnesota DOT braces for election's possible impact on HSR plans

North American railroads extend weekly traffic gains through October, AAR says

Wisconsin halts work on HSR project

WMATA proposes six-year capital spending plan

Freight-rail execs address HSR-hosting issues at Wisconsin DOT conference

BNSF promotes Fox to EVP of operations

CN reaches EJ&E-related mitigation agreement with another Illinois village

BART slams previous ridership record during World Series parade

NS creates McKinnon scholarship at Intermodal Transportation Institute

St. Louis Metro honored for public participation in long-range plan

November 4

Central Valley will be first to receive California high-speed funds

For the most part, voters vote 'yes' on transportation

Value of goods moving between NAFTA partners escalated in August, BTS says

Updates from FreightCar America and RailComm

Appointments at RailWorks, Macquarie Rail, and Skelly and Loy

Class 8 truck orders rose for third-straight month, FTR says

November 3

UP: PRB coal train loadings climbed in October

HSR's future threatened in Wisconsin, Ohio as Walker and Kasich win governorships

SEPTA unveils first Silverliner V train

New York commits $2.5 million for Niagara Falls facility, creates HSR planning board

Intermodal Transportation Institute adds six board members

TransLink's West Coast Express service turns 15

CP displays special flat cars at Canadian wind energy conference

VIA Rail provides discounted fares for military personnel, veterans

November 2

Ice becomes BNSF's first president and COO; Rose remains chairman, CEO

BART begins to build East Contra Costa County extension

Montgomery to head Staten Island Railway

CN, North America Stevedoring to construct steel transload facility in Chicago

Genesee & Wyoming posts revenue, income gains

Texas developer launches Denton County TOD project

Updates from FreightCar America, Mitsui Rail, HDR, Vossloh and American Railcar Industries

November 1

Lautenberg launches investigation on ARC project cancellation

Progress Rail to establish locomotive assembly plant in Indiana

Canada needs more collaborative supply chain to be better Asian gateway, CN's Mongeau says

EPA: Rail-car deliveries to reach 13,500 in 2010, 22,500 in 2011

MBTA renovates Copley Station

WMATA completes survey examining agency's safety culture

Maritime Administration seeks new national advisory council members

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