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Rail News: December 2011

December 29

Columbia Tap Trail reopens near METRO line in Houston

Capital Metro Chairman Martinez is APT's 'government leader of the year'

Australian cyclone derails train, washes out track, Genesee & Wyoming says

RAC report: Canadian railroads increased investments, revenue in 2010

Upgrades to BNSF mainline in North Dakota might start in spring

Amtrak to lead next phase of Lancaster station renovations

AASHTO lists 'Top 10' transportation issues for 2012

CP above, CN below government-set grain revenue caps

December 28

Updates from GE Transportation, Bombardier, RailComm, ProTran1, Gannett Fleming and Skelly and Loy

McGrath rejoins SMART as CFO

Soy Transportation Coalition's top officers retain seats

Watco forms compliance services division

TriMet marks one-year milestone for Portland-Milwaukie light-rail bridge

ASLRRA: Tax credit extension measure won't be in place by year's end

U.S. Class I workforce leveled off in November

Poll respondents favor user fees, PPPs to pay for transportation, Reason Foundation says

Now available: Near-term outlook report for U.S. high-speed and intercity passenger rail

December 27

SMART completes bond sale

STB schedules oral arguments for chemical transportation dispute

RTA: Tie production nudged down, purchases nose-dived in November

Long Island, Metro North railroads post ridership gains in December

AAR: U.S. railroads registered more traffic gains in week No. 50

Metra approves 2012 budget, fare increases

FTA funds transit climate change adaptation pilot projects

TCU, UTU members ratify railroad contracts

CHSRA: Definitions for project-related jobs estimates 'imprecise and potentially confusing'

Americans favor user fees, PPPs to pay for transportation improvements, according to Reason Foundation poll

December 22

Updates from EVRAZ, Armtec and NRC

Hare to remain Canadian Transportation Agency’s chairman

Twin Cities' Central Corridor light-rail projects help spur additional development, Metropolitan Council says

Farmrail taps into the Anadarko Basin’s oil production-related traffic

WMATA withdraws 16 rail cars from service after 'mechanical failure'

CSXT to start on-dock rail services at Virginia port next month

BLET, Amtrak agree on tentative five-year deal

MTA OKs 2012 budget and four-year financial plan

California congressman requests GAO study of California high-speed rail project

Siemens to manufacture more high-speed trains for Russian Railways

December 21

VTA to upgrade elevators, escalators at eight light-rail stations

Toyota Canada honors CN's service performance

UTU, sheet metal workers' union now merged as SMART

VIA Rail Canada introduces new schedule for Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto service

KCS' annual carloads to exceed 2 million for first time, CEO Starling says

Houston's METRO posted ridership gain in November

Capital Metro OKs long-term financial plan

Public-private partners cap off Canadian corridor program's first project

December 20

Updates from Alstom, Thales, Progress Rail, Sumitomo, The Andersons and Miner Enterprises

CTA to install movie, video game kiosks at stations

RailAmerica CMO Patterson to retire at year's end

BLET's advisory board urges members to ratify NCCC agreement

Metrolink, LIRR launch efforts to better communicate travel times

Pittsburgh port authority to begin testing cars on light-rail extension

CN, CP sign grain service-enhancement pacts with global food manufacturer

Rail fatalities rose in 2010, NTSB data shows

Now available: Near-term outlook report for U.S. high-speed and intercity passenger rail

December 19

Watco assigns Rhodes, Cathey to short-line GM posts

North Carolina DOT commissions commuter locomotive

Minneapolis rail interchange receives $10 million in federal funds

GO Transit completes improvements to Clarkson Station

CN, steelworkers union reach tentative agreement for MOW workers

Long Beach port lands TIGER III grant, logs volume drop in November

CTA removes new rail cars from Pink Line service after inspectors find flaws

APTA provides update on surface transportation bill negotiations, other rail legislation

December 16

Ohio commission authorizes crossing upgrades

CP adds board members; BART elects officers

North Carolina DOT seeks eligible projects for 'Mobility Fund' allocations

TriMet begins public discussion of FY2013 budget; anticipates shortfall

NYCT to bring 'FASTRACK' to Lexington Avenue Line

AAR: U.S., Canadian railroads maintained carload momentum last week

Sound Transit adopts 2012 budget, continues ST2 expansion and elects new chair

USDOT doles out 46 TIGER III grants totaling $511 million

Congressional hearing on California HSR: Witnesses, committee members highlight concerns about and need for project

December 15

Updates from AECOM, Bombardier, BASF, HDR, Trinity, CIT and Schneider National

TriMet fare enforcement plan nets increase in citations, revenue

Transportation Services Index slipped slightly in October, BTS says

Senate committee OKs bill's key freight policy provisions, intermodal coalition says

CP, Manitoba sign 10-year collaboration agreement

DART awards design-build contract for DFW Airport connection

Sound Transit, GCRTA receive TIGER III grants

TIGER III grants to help fund NS intermodal projects in Pennsylvania, West Virginia

Now available: Near-term outlook report for U.S. high-speed and intercity passenger rail

December 14

Damage prevention/loading group to become TTCI business unit

MARTA elects 2012 board officers

TriMet posts 2 percent gain in November ridership

CP caps off first year of three-year mainline upgrade program

USDOT awards $15 million TIGER III grant for San Antonio intermodal hub

EPA grant to help repower two locomotives in New York

CATS' light-rail line lands federal funds, nets favorable FTA decision

TIGER III grants to help fund rail projects in four states

December 13

Updates from Stacy and Witbeck, AECOM, Siemens, Ansaldo and OPW Fluid

CN, Teamsters rail conference reach tentative agreement

Class I-served frac sand plant coming to Illinois town

GCRTA approves 2012 budget

Florida intermodal facility, Illinois passenger-rail projects land TIGER III grants

Long Beach port, CP address grain-handling capabilities

USDOT provides $116 million for new light-rail service in Utah

Bipartisan Senate coalition calls for extension of mass-transit commuter benefit

December 12

NCTD's Miller named a 'premier IT leader' by Computerworld

BNSF, Watco make upper management changes

KCS takes delivery of seven GE locomotives

SEPTA receives $1.2 million federal grant to improve air quality

NICTD approves fare hike, considers another for 2012

New York provides economic development program dollars for several rail-related projects

Rep. Smith reintroduces National Freight Mobility Infrastructure Act

VTA awards $722 million contract for BART extension

USDOT obligates funds to IDOT for Chicago-Quad Cities service

Georgia, D.C. receive funds to further study Southeast high-speed rail projects

UIC reports outline environmental, economic benefits of HSR

Ansaldo to supply signaling equipment for second phase of East European high-speed line

December 9

Updates from Stella-Jones, Ansaldo STS, Railinc and Crouch Engineering

CP's logistics unit develops supply-chain solution for wind energy components

California short line acquires low-emission switcher

Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Murray tours MBTA station site

Short-line tax credit extension bill racks up majority of House supporters

AAR: U.S. carload volume reached eight-month high in November

PANYNJ approves preliminary $7 billion budget for 2012

Public transit ridership increased in 2011's first three quarters, APTA says

Now available: Near-term outlook report for U.S. high-speed and intercity passenger rail

House subcommittee hearing: Mica, Shuster, LaHood debate administration's execution of HSR program

December 8

North Dakota county OKs 'energy park' rail loop

CSX offers online tools tailored for people with disabilities, language barriers

Las Vegas Monorail serves 50 millionth rider

Connecticut considers funds for rail station

Proposed lease accounting changes could erode U.S. economy, ELFA says

USDOT OKs I-5 bridge improvement plans

CP opens Bakken-serving transload facility in Saskatchewan

Bipartisan coalition urges Obama to support six-year transportation bill

December 7

Updates from CANARAIL, AECOM, Parsons Brinckerhoff, HDR, Gannett Fleming and Emerson Bearing

GO Transit opens new parking structure

Enbridge Energy eyes unit-train loading facility in Bakken Shale; USDG opens terminal in Niobrara Shale

LACMTA begins testing trains, signal systems on Expo Line

Illinois senators call on STB to reconsider Barrington grade separation; CN says decision shouldn't be reexamined

CP rolls out new high-horsepower locomotives, initiates program to modernize yard motive power

L.A. port extends environmental report review period for BNSF's proposed intermodal facility

Transit riders face higher commuting costs if Congress doesn't act, APTA says

December 6

Updates from Granite Construction, Keolis, ETA Transit, Brandt, Atlantic Track and Hatch Mott MacDonald

Columbus mayor creates commission to take part in proposed Georgia passenger-rail line

Watco, Patriot Rail assign three executives

Amtrak marks completion of Kansas station improvements

Minnesota rail authority issues RFPs, RFQ for St. Paul depot development

UP's PRB coal loadings nudged up in November

CP to further push long-train envelope

WMATA's preliminary FY2013 operating budget proposes rush-hour expansion, fare increase

December 5

North Carolina, Illinois DOTs pursue proposed rail projects

Kansas DOT releases passenger-rail service development plan

FCC to review concerns raised by BART's cell phone policy

Buckingham Branch installs new CEO, president and SVP

USDOT OKs $280 million loan for Denver's Eagle P3 commuter-rail project

Watco to acquire Birmingham Southern Railway's assets

FRA issues advisory, final rule to help better protect rail workers

House Democrats introduce 'Buy America' bill for transportation, infrastructure

House Democrats introduce 'Buy America' bill for transportation, infrastructure projects

CHSRA selects preferred route for Merced-Fresno segment

Kansas DOT releases passenger-rail service development plan

December 2

Adamiak assumes AVP post in KCS' sales and marketing department

Georgia DOT chooses real estate firm to develop Atlanta multi-modal hub

MDOT, MBTA solicit public comments on capital plans

AAR announces more weekly traffic gains, adds Alaska Railroad as member

BART's board adopts new policy on cell phone interruptions

CP, Iowa Northern forge mutually beneficial trackage rights pact

CTA, union agree to reinstate laid-off rail-car servers

Two more tentative agreements, one 'cooling-off' period extension thwart national rail strike, NCCC says

December 1

Updates from VTG Rail, Thales, Westport Innovations/EMD, RailWorks and Trinity

Sumwalt begins second term at NTSB

Amtrak marked record ridership during Thanksgiving holiday, preliminary figures show

RTD FasTracks program earns recognition for 'sound management'

North Carolina DOT proposes track, crossing upgrades; Washington commission OKs crossing project funds

MBTA posted ridership gains in October

RTA: Tie purchases, production tumbled in October

Federal funds available for Honolulu Rail Transit project, Sen. Inouye says

California Legislative Analyst's Office finds 'major issues' with CHSRA business and financial plans

Alstom unveils high-speed trains for United Kingdom, Italy

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