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Rail News: December 2009

December 30

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Public-private partners mark completion of CREATE's seventh project

BART assigns Butler as interim police chief

Vermont agency, Amtrak schedule daily stops at refurbished Castleton depot

NJ Transit takes wraps off Edison Station parking lot

New York, North Carolina and Georgia agencies mark milestones

An update from Gannett Fleming. Also: In Memoriam - Kevin Lawlor

December 29

PATCO postpones fare hike, proposes 2010 budget

Cost of Muni ride to rise in San Francisco

New York City Transit turns to real-time rider information system

Metra expands parking at Crystal Lake station

Sound Transit opens airport LRT extension

Updates from AECOM Technology, Wabtec, MISCOR Group and Encore Rail Systems

December 28

Virginia DRPT seeks feedback on Richmond/Hampton Roads high-speed report

AAR weekly report: Carloads flat in U.S., up in Canada and Mexico

CN's board bids bon voyage to CEO Harrison, welcomes successor Mongeau

Vancouver port lands federal appropriation for freight-rail access project

Connecticut receives first two new rail cars for Metro-North service

Illinois commission OKs two grade crossing upgrades

December 23

Local Texas governments form high-speed rail organization

'Port Tracker' report: Container volume gains on near-term horizon for U.S. ports

Health care bill debate diverts Senate's attention from short-line tax credit measure, ASLRRA says

Rail represented 40 percent of total ton-miles in '07, federal commodity flow survey shows

UP is minority supplier development council's corporation of the year

NJ Transit to close Little Falls station

Updates from Siemens Mobility, Bombardier and Parsons Brinckerhoff

December 22

APTA: Transit-rail ridership tumbles in year's first nine months

N.Y. MTA completes No. 7 subway extension's first phase

Metrolinx begins to build Toronto light-rail line; VIA Rail lands new CEO

Seattle port acquires BNSF corridor

Arbitrator onboard for CN/TCRC; CN yardmasters join UTU; BLET promotes two execs

Updates from AnsaldoBreda, FreightCar America, GE South African Technologies, RailComm and Georgetown Rail Equipment

December 21

STB report: U.S. Class I workforce continues to contract

CTA's 2010 budget locked in at $1.27 billion, locked onto service cuts

BNSF, UP to serve new Wyoming logistics hub

RailAmerica subsidiary terminates lease of CP line

Alliance Grain to acquire Finora's rail-served processing plants in Canada

December 18

Illinois senators make case for high-speed funding

Rockefeller introduces STB reauthorization bill in Senate

STB reauthorization bill mark-up a non-event - commentary by Tony Hatch

Greater Cleveland RTA rejects staff's 2010 budget proposal; WMATA faces service cuts to trim operating budget deficit

AAR weekly report: Carloads up in Canada and Mexico, down in U.S

BLET members ratify five-year BNSF contract

Updates from Bombardier, Ansaldo STS USA, Knorr-Bremse, GE Transportation and Parsons Brinckerhoff

December 17

Florida governor signs high-speed, commuter-rail bill into law

Florida enacts bill to spur passenger rail; FTA advances light-rail project in Texas

New York MTA approves 2010 budget

Baird report: Spot market demand, traffic volume a tad better for rail sector

N.C. DOT, NCRR and NS complete second mainline restoration

Denver RTD selects Washington as next GM/CEO

Updates from Stella-Jones, Thales, Siemens, Pacer International, Invensys Rail and U.S. Development Group

December 16

Upon further review(s): A diary of a week's worth of dissecting the STB reauthorization bill draft - by Tony Hatch

Metrolinx acquires portion of CN line in Toronto

Massachusetts, MBTA dignitaries launch Fitchburg line improvements

KCS reassigns Goode to VP post; RailAmerica assigns three execs to VP positions

Santa Clara VTA funds more Caltrain safety upgrades

Texas town to create industrial rail park

December 15

Congress signs off on FY10 transportation funds

CHSRA releases new business plan

Solow steps down as Metrolink CEO to oversee 'interagency collaboration'

KCSR obtains EPA grants to upgrade locomotives

FRA study shows variable start-time T&E workers are less alert, UTU says

RTA report: Tie purchases climb, but production falls in November

Santa Clara VTA institutes more cost-saving measures

Updates from Greenbrier, Vossloh, ProTran1, Nomad Digital and Railinc

December 14

Rockefeller advances draft version of STB reauthorization bill in Senate

Five transit agency boards carry out busy agendas

U.S. railroads maintain recent traffic momentum; UP sets monthly ag unit train, grain volume records

CN/TCRC, BLET and UTU note recent developments

Pennsylvania DOT provides $24.5 million for 39 freight-rail projects

December 11

Florida legislators sign off on passenger-rail bill, improve odds of receiving HSR funds

Western U.S. planning agencies form new HSR alliance

Alstom to supply signal system for Spain's new high-speed line

House/Senate conferees sign off on FY10 appropriations bill

BNSF schedules stockholder vote for Berkshire buyout; UP marks 'Pipeline Express' milestone; CP cements police union contract

Iowa Pacific lands $64.4 million RRIF loan

Metro Transit sets station opening, notches initial Northstar ridership

Denver RTD names three finalists for vacant GM post

Updates from Alstom, Thales and RailComm

December 10

Conference committee includes $2.5 billion for HSR in FY10 appropriations bill

October's Transportation Services Index tumbles to eight-year low

NJ Transit awards first Mass Transit Tunnel contract, advances bridge and light-rail projects

UP reassigns four executives

November traffic totals an '09 highlight for U.S. railroads, AAR says

CN negotiates 21st local mitigation agreement for EJ&E integration

Updates from CIT, Koppers, Eta Phi Systems, C.K. Industries and REMSA

December 9

Bill would bolster 'weak' transit-rail safety oversight, USDOT's LaHood says

New siding eliminates Amtrak, UP bottleneck in Missouri

Denver RTD forms panel to help recruit GM

UP's coal train loadings lag again in November

NS becomes U.S. Green Building Council's first Class I member

December 8

Berkshire/BNSF deal passes antitrust muster, faces class-action suit

USDOT doles out dollars for Intelligent Transportation Systems in Dallas, San Diego

MBTA station garage garners additional funding, advances to construction phase

BNSF takes on switching, classification duties at Houston-area yard

Illinois commission OKs two grade crossing improvement projects

Updates from Summation Research, IBM, Bombardier and Knichel Logistics

December 7

Virginia DRPT completes draft EIS for Richmond-Hampton Roads higher-speed rail project

Short-line tax credit extension gains congressional backers; Iowa short line lands USDOT grant

APTA: House 'sends message' to DHS, TSA about bolstering transportation security

WMATA ponders FY2011 budget possibilities

CSX's National Gateway garners additional backers

Canadian railway association reaches 90-year marker

December 4

Rail suppliers say they would bump up U.S. manufacturing for HSR development

New York, New Jersey port authority proposes $6.3 billion budget for 2010

North American railroads register slight traffic declines during holiday week, AAR says

UTA's TRAX light-rail system turns 10

Maryland Transit Administration to upgrade freight-rail line

OnTrackAmerica receives $75,000 donation from Rail World's Burkhardt

Updates from GE Transportation, Vossloh and Midland Manufacturing

December 3

Midwest high-speed association's Harnish recounts HSR observations from trip to Japan, China

Florida lawmakers discussing high-speed funding during special session

Ohio DOT, rail commission urge 3C communities to consider station-area development

CN, TCRC reach strike-ending agreement

Nation needs to provide $15 billion for public transportation, APTA says

Toronto lines up developer, construction manager for Union Station upgrades

Massachusetts Coastal to acquire CSXT's operating rights on South Coast Lines

Canadian railway association releases new 'trends' publication

Updates from Bombardier, Siemens Mobility and Parsons Brinckerhoff; In memoriam: WABCO's Turner

December 2

TCRC strike update: CN makes pitch to end walkout, union claims Class I has rejected several offers

Value of freight transported among NAFTA nations slips in September, USDOT says

Streetcar projects eligible for new USDOT grants

Capitol Corridor authority installs Kutrosky as managing director, extends BART's management contract

UP to increase train speed on Wisconsin line

December 1

Illinois officials, Midwest high-speed group lobby for $4 billion HSR appropriation in 2010

U.S. roads reach highest weekly carload total in '09, AAR says

Brown to succeed Ingram as CSXT's COO

Toronto subway extension under way

New Mexico county OKs mixed-use development near Rail Runner station

Jacobs returns as Kansas and Oklahoma's GM

Updates from Ansaldo STS USA, RailComm, Nomad Digital, ISIS Consultants and ChemLogix

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