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Rail News: November 2012

November 30

Rail supplier updates from GE, Bombardier, Alstom, Kelso and Ex-Im Bank (Nov. 30)

Ohio, Washington commissions OK crossing upgrades

Iowa DOT to host hearings on Chicago-Council Bluffs-Omaha passenger-rail study

Western Carolina Railway Service to launch Aiken Railway in South Carolina

CTA to reopen Lawrence Red Line Station

Norfolk Southern completes upgrades to Virginia export coal facility

Metrolinx unveils next wave of 'Big Move' projects

AAR: More mixed results for U.S. traffic in 47th week

November 29

North Carolina DOT schedules public hearing on proposed grade separation

Johnson to succeed Kempton as Orange County Transportation Authority's CEO

Metrolinx, Toronto officials ink agreements to expand light rail

Hurricane Sandy update: NJ Transit to begin testing trains on Morris, Essex lines

USDOT provides $3.2 million for Washington state siding extension

CN CMO Ruest to address RailTrends next month

Siemens to acquire Invensys Rail for $2.8 billion

FTA finalizes grant agreement for Sacramento light-rail extension

Longshore & Warehouse Union clerical workers launch strike at L.A.-area ports

Shuster named chair of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

USDOT provides $3.2 million for Washington state siding extension

November 28

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Steel Dynamics, AXION, REMSA, Urban Engineers, AREMA and DNJ Intermodal (Nov. 28)

Frione joins South Florida Regional Transportation Authority

Black, Despos join Watco's management ranks

Crossing improvements advance in Iowa, North Carolina

Cleveland short line adds CEMEX to customer list

KCS rings in 125th anniversary at NYSE

California's High Desert Corridor project evolves to possibly include high-speed rail connector

Hurricane Sandy update: MTA's repair bill is $5 billion, Gov. Cuomo says

California's High Desert Corridor project evolves to possibly include high-speed rail connector

November 27

Union Pacific to boost train speed on Kansas line

Savannah port pursues paving project to support heavy machinery exports

Amtrak fills key senior operations posts with Pohlot, Quigley

Enbridge, Canopy Prospecting to develop crude oil unit-train facility near Philadelphia

TriMet begins welding first segments of rail on Portland-Milwaukie light-rail line

Metro-North begins Port Jervis Line signalization project, restores Grand Central's Whispering Gallery

New speakers on tap for next month's RailTrends conference

Baltimore port on pace for annual cargo record, Gov. O'Malley says

House transportation committee to hold another Amtrak hearing

November 26

Rail supplier updates from BMT Group, Vossloh, Axion, Nomad Digital and MERMEC (Nov. 26)

Transportation Services Index inched up in September

AASHTO names Wright executive director

Amtrak installs Hanson as police chief, earns accreditation from law enforcement group

CN reaches land-use agreement with Chicago-area forest preserve district

Florida port, CSX play roles in corn imports from Brazil

Amtrak operates Lincoln Service trains at 110 mph in Illinois

AAR: U.S. carloadings, intermodal loads continue to net opposite outcomes

Amtrak operates Lincoln Service trains at 110 mph in Illinois

Report: European HSR projects cause track product demand to rise

November 21

Rail supplier updates from Siemens, Ansaldo STS, Kelso and GATX (Nov. 21)

SEDA-COG rail authority reviewed bridge replacement project at public meeting

Post-Hurricane Sandy update: MTA offers free shuttle service to Rockaway Peninsula

KCSM seeks to serve more Mexican industrial parks

Valley Metro's October ridership broke record

CSX should remove three abandoned bridges in New York, Sen. Schumer says; Demolition plans are in play, Class I says

Santa Clara VTA proposes extending light rail to Los Gatos

Georgia to provide more funds for Savannah Harbor expansion

Chicago Transit Authority's proposed 2013 budget addresses $165 million shortfall

November 20

VIA Rail opens new station in Windsor

EIA: Average cost to ship coal by rail in U.S. rose about 50 percent from 2001 to 2010

Capitol Corridor breaks ridership record in FY2012

California, Virginia ports notched volume gains in October

Five of six U.S. Class I workforce segments increased in October

Honolulu transit authority, FTA to sign $1.55 billion grant agreement for rail project

AAR calls on STB to reintroduce indirect competition as coal rate case factor; Mulvey to retain board seat after term expires

Illinois Gov. Quinn announces $352 million rail-car contract for high-speed lines

Illinois Gov. Quinn announces $352 million rail-car contract for high-speed lines

November 19

Rail supplier updates from Cleveland Track and Harsco (Nov.19)

Cargill to build CSXT-served rail loop at Illinois grain elevator

Chicago Transit Authority awards contract for Red Line South project

NS names Atlanta rail fabrication plant after former MOW group leader

Hurricane Sandy update: NJ Transit restores all but one rail line

Sound Transit to jointly study transit expansion with Seattle, add parking at Edmonds Station

Georgia Ports Authority marks opening of expanded container transfer facility in Savannah

FRA, rail industry launch collaborative anti-distraction effort

California judge denies farmers' preliminary injunction request against CHSRA

November 16

AAR issues 2012 fact book

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Canadian Pacific reach tentative pact

Amtrak adds four rail cars to accommodate strong demand for Virginia service launch

First Nations, tribal leaders support Alaska-Alberta rail link

Los Angeles transit agency posts double-digit ridership gain

AAR: U.S. carloads continue to fall while intermodal volume climbs

Hurricane Sandy update: Feds speed up $25 million in funding to help New Jersey Transit restore train service

Illinois, FRA sign off on environmental statement for Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail line

November 15

Rail supplier updates from Greenbrier, Siemens, VYCON, IntegriCo and Kelso (Nov. 15)

Baltimore, Estonia ports forge formal cooperation pact

Amtrak, NJ Transit to complete electrical substation repairs on Friday

Los Angeles transit agency begins utility work for Westside Subway Extension

National Retail Federation: November appears promising for U.S. port volume despite Hurricane Sandy

CSX opens relocated bulk transfer facility in Massachusetts

NTSB's 'most wanted' list for 2013 includes PTC implementation

IDOT, FRA sign off on Tier 1 environmental statement for Chicago-St. Louis high-speed line

US High-Speed Rail Association appoints Diridon chairman

November 14

WMATA announces Inauguration Day fare card, operation hours

Ohio, Washington state commissions approve crossing upgrades

Minnesota DOT, regional rail authority to review freight-rail capacity study

Anchor Drilling Fluids opens production facility in Ohio intermodal park

Refurbished rail cars undergo testing for proposed commuter-rail services in southeast Michigan

Calgary to launch service on West LRT line next month

Patriot Rail, Twin Cities & Western install new VPs

PATH, LIRR resume more services as storm repairs continue

November 13

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Sasser, AllTranstek and HDR (Nov. 13)

NIT League honors ATA leader Graves as top logistics executive for 2012

CTA places 5000-series cars into service on Red Line

Carloads rose for RailAmerica, fell for Genesee & Wyoming in October

Union Pacific to replace track in Portland tunnel

United Steel Workers members ratify CP contract

SEPTA unveils plan to reduce energy costs

DART prepares opening of Blue, Orange line extensions

November 12

Public transportation systems reaching out to veterans, APTA says

Nebraska Central opens new six-span bridge

A need for more crude oil-carrying tank cars drove rail-car demand in 3Q, EPA says

Cleveland transit agency begins gathering rider data for project planning purposes

Miami-Dade County authorizes contract to replace rail-car fleet

Pennsylvania provides more than $18 million for 24 freight-rail projects

Amtrak, New Jersey Transit offer expanded rail service

CSX, Florida officials break ground for intermodal terminal

Talgo sues state of Wisconsin over high-speed train deal

Alstom to maintain high-speed trains for Turkish railway

November 9

Rail supplier updates from RailComm, Thales and Siemens (Nov. 9)

WMATA hosts job recruiting event for vets, transitioning military members

D.C. transportation officials analyze responses to streetcar information request

West Texas and Lubbock to develop a second transload facility, Iowa Pacific says

Proposed CN-served potash terminal at Prince Rupert port passes environmental muster

Amtrak appoints Varn GM of long distance services

Harbor commission lets contracts for grade separation, buildings at L.A. port container terminal

AAR: Hurricane put hurt on U.S. carload counts in late October

November 8

Brotherhood of Railway Carmen Division members ratify CN contract

Progressive Rail to commemorate new passing tracks in Wisconsin; Farmrail to serve more oilfield customers in Oklahoma

Sound Transit seeks input on Federal Way Transit extension

Amtrak to reopen three storm-damaged tunnels by late Friday

Iowa Interstate opens locomotive maintenance shop

Shuster seeks House T&I Committee chairmanship

Five Class Is among G.I. Jobs' top 100 military friendly employers

Pro-transit initiatives passed in a majority of local ballots on Tuesday

November 7

Rail supplier updates from TESMEC, Bombardier, A&K and Railserve (Nov. 7)

Union Pacific: Coal loadings dropped in October; trackwork projects up and running in Colorado, Illinois

Houston's METRO receives state recognition for financial transparency, reporting

Metra board elects O'Halloran, Partelow to leadership posts

RTA: Crosstie production climbed, purchases slipped in September

Post-Sandy supplies could best come to New York via rail, Long Island association and state senator say

STB to review Tongue River Railroad's entire rail line proposal

Port Authority Trans-Hudson restores limited commuter-rail service; MTA opens more lines

November 6

Rail supplier updates from Georgetown Rail, Stella-Jones, AllTranstek and AREMA (Nov. 6)

Revenue, operating ratio rose for Genesee & Wyoming in 3Q

MARTA's scheduled fare hike to take effect Sunday

The T to solicit more public input on TEX Rail project

BNSF: Revenue, expenses rise in third quarter

Chicago Transit Authority reaches tentative agreement for construction, maintenance workers

Domestic container volume posted double-digit growth for fourth-straight quarter, IANA says

Crude oil market: CN to build Alabama unloading facility with Arc Terminals; Inergy to acquire Rangeland's BNSF-served facility in Bakken

November 5

RailAmerica reports higher revenue, higher expenses in 3Q

Sound Transit broke ridership records in September

Emissions drop in Puget Sound region, maritime forum says

Caltrain's ridership rose to record height, but on-time performance dipped in September

Construction begins on L.A.-area railroad trench

Chicago's RTA posts transit ridership increase through August

Virginia port to temporarily handle damaged New York port's diverted cargo

In Sandy's wake: Building America's Future calls for long-term infrastructure strategy, MTA restores more service

November 2

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, FreightCar America, Greenbrier, L.B. Foster and GEI Consultants (Nov. 2)

BNSF: Columbus & Greenville is short line of the year, Burlington Junction and Riverport Railroad earn achievement awards

STB proposes interchange commitment disclosure rule, receives NGFA comments on bolstering rate challenge policies

North Carolina DOT choses Hines Group as Gateway Station master developer

AAR: U.S. carloads tumbled more steeply in October's last full week

Amtrak restoring more Northeast services today, including Acela

Bobb succeeds Lanigan as BNSF's CMO; Branscum and Farmer assume new roles

Transportation, labor departments announce millions more for hurricane cleanup

CHSRA postpones design/build deadline for first construction segment

Kansas State University to test how concrete ties hold up in cold weather

November 1

Ohio utilities commission advances safety upgrades at 10 crossings

Army Corps of Engineers signs off on harbor deepening at Georgia port

Rose to succeed Sramek as Operation Lifesaver's president

Kansas City streetcar plan receives FTA's environmental OK

MBTA reports September ridership increase

Seattle secures funds for streetcar extension's design phase

Freight railroads make post-storm strides in the Northeast

Hurricane aftermath: Passenger-rail, subway service reopening gradually; USDOT provides $13 million in 'quick-release' emergency funds

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