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Rail News: December 2012

December 28

APTA: Take a train or bus and save more than $9,000 a year

UTU's Strunk to retire rather than assume general secretary, treasurer role

GO Transit to add travel options in January

Virginia DOT to advance intermodal connector project for Norfolk port

Sound Transit names new light-rail station, adds round trip to Sounder train

Canadian environmental agency seeks public participation to help assess proposed ore line

U.S. roads tallied traffic gains in week No. 51

USDOT finalizes changes to New Starts/Small Starts grant program

December 27

VIA Rail Canada appoints Mallory, Sergieh to its board

USDOT arm to provide grants for University Transportation Centers

Twin Cities' Central Corridor attracts $1.2 billion in real estate development

Port authorities association turns 100

West Virginia authority seeks more public input on state rail plan

Sound Transit to develop transit-oriented development strategy

Light-rail strike averted, Valley Metro says

Berkshire sells second short line to meet STB divestiture obligation

China launches service on world's longest high-speed rail line

December 26

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, Siemens, Ansaldo STS, Alstom, Stage 8 and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Dec. 26)

NRC honors Railroad Construction CEO Daloisio as hall of fame inductee

Amtrak names Hardison chief of marketing, sales

RTA: Tie production, purchases slowed last month

Kansas City Southern aims to carry 2012 successes into 2013, CEO Starling says

Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Murray, MBTA break ground for new commuter-rail station

Norfolk Southern to launch more intermodal services along Crescent Corridor

Sound Transit's 2013 budget focuses on ridership growth, light-rail expansions

December 21

Rail supplier updates from Greenbrier, Thales, Bombardier, CBS Outdoor and Atkins (Dec. 21)

Ohio utilities commission OKs upgrades at two crossings

San Diego transit agency temporarily closes Fifth Avenue Trolley Station for renovation

Twin Cities' Metropolitan Council picks two firms for Southwest Line's preliminary engineering work

Indiana Rail Road, Watco make upper management changes

Ottawa council OKs Confederation Line light-rail project

AAR: More mixed traffic results for U.S. railroads

STB blesses Genesee & Wyoming's RailAmerica acquisition

December 20

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Siemens, Trinity, Harsco, Arriva and SISCOG (Dec. 20)

Virginia port sets November volume records; Florida port gains marine terminal operator

With two more agreements in place, 'labor situation is settled,' Canadian Pacific says

FRA issues record of decision for Chicago-St. Louis corridor

CTA's board approves $1.4 billion budget for 2013

CSX reassigns Bethel, Lonegro and Brandt to high-ranking positions

USDOT signs $1.55 billion funding agreement for Honolulu transit-rail project

Canadian Transportation Agency: CN, CP slightly exceeded their grain revenue caps in latest crop year

MTA: CEO Lhota to step down, board approves 2013 budget and fare hikes

December 19

Houston METRO CEO Greanias to resign

American Railcar's proposed acquisition price 'grossly undervalues' the company, Greenbrier says

Cleveland RTA approves operating, capital budgets for 2013

Wisconsin DOT allocates funds for freight-rail restoration project

Number of U.S. Class I workers nudged up in November

Metrolink to buy Tier 4-compliant locomotive engines from EMD

PATH resumes service at Hoboken Station, promotes Marino

FRA to address hours-of-service recordkeeping, engineer certification as part of USDOT initiative

FRA issues record of decision for Chicago-St. Louis corridor

December 18

Partnership for Public Service again honors STB as top small agency workplace

Union Pacific, Cargill expand Kansas elevator's capacity

KCSM honors 15 Mexican shippers' emission-reduction efforts

Amtrak appoints Nichols chief transportation officer

TriMet fare increase, service cuts blamed for 3Q ridership slip

FRA signs Record of Decision for Virginia passenger-rail study

Illinois congressman calls on CN to help Metra expand Heritage Corridor service

Major port strike possible if longshoremen's association, maritime alliance fail to reach agreement soon, National Retail Federation says

Fort Worth transportation agency prefers diesel multiple units for TEX Rail

December 17

Rail supplier updates from Vossloh, Alstom, Harbor Rail, Michael Baker, Global Railway, HDR and PricewaterhouseCoopers (Dec. 17)

Soy Transportation Coalition elects officers; Intermodal Transportation Institute adds board members

Fuchs becomes Wisconsin & Southern's GM; MacDonald joins TTCI board

L.A. crews begin utility work on Regional Connector light-rail project

Long Beach port posted steep volume rise, L.A. port registered large drop in November

New York DOT releases draft environmental report on Portageville Bridge project

USDOT approves $120 million loan for Dallas light-rail extension

Maryland Transit Administration sends Red Line environmental statement to FTA

FRA signs Record of Decision for Virginia passenger-rail study

Schenk reappointed to California high-speed rail board

December 14

LIRR unveils environmental assessment for Colonial Road project

Long Beach port gains pier stakeholder; Savannah port gains electrified gantry cranes

Metropolitan Council awards $10 million for transit-oriented development in Twin Cities

Another weekly traffic decline for U.S. roads as holidays draw near

Delaware River Port Authority, PATCO set 2013 budget

Florida East Coast, Port Everglades to jointly promote container transfer facility

CN lands export coal contract, forges another EJ&E-related voluntary mitigation pact

Amtrak eyes high-speed trains in Northeast Corridor, launches Norfolk service

Amtrak eyes high-speed trains in Northeast Corridor

U.S. high-speed association honors Diridon, Richard and Perl

December 13

Rail supplier updates from L.B. Foster, Progress Rail, NRC and Interfleet (Dec. 13)

Canadian Pacific, Teamsters' MOW division reach tentative agreement; BLET members ratify Montana Rail Link pact

Carload Express, Hannibal Real Estate revive rail line in Ohio

Capitol Corridor posted slight decline in November ridership

Alaska Railroad: FRA signs off on environmental report for crossing project, girders reach site of bridge project

Transportation Services Index slipped in October

NJ Transit resumes full service on Raritan Valley Line, promises better preparation for future storms

USDOT, Charlotte officials break ground on new streetcar starter line

December 12

Hurricane Sandy update: Canadian Pacific presents $250,000 to relief effort; LIRR operating full rush-hour service

TTCI's FAST program wins UIC research award, AAR says

Mica's latest hearing on Amtrak to examine high-speed rail in Northeast Corridor

Patriot Rail promotes Eyermann, assigns Marzec to VP post

Santa Clara VTA completes creek restoration as part of BART Silicon Valley project

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick kicks off first phase of Green Line extension project

FRA proposes amendments to PTC regulations

'Fair Rail Freight Service Act' enters Canadian legislature; additional rail regulation isn't warranted, CN and CP say

December 11

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, RailComm, Greenbrier, Thales and Trinity (Dec. 11)

Kansas City Southern moves wind towers from Colorado to Mexico

Amtrak set ridership, ticket revenue records in Thanksgiving period

BART to give hiring preference to job-seeking veterans

UP to display Genset switcher at Chicago yard

Seattle port pursues new 25-year plan

New York DOT to construction manage, Amtrak to operate Rochester intermodal center

APTA: Transit ridership rose 2.6 percent in 2012's first nine months

Michigan DOT, FRA sign track purchase agreement with NS

December 10

Washington transportation commission allocates funds for three crossing projects

Sen. Brown calls for relocating Amtrak service in Ohio

STB seeks nominees for four rail advisory committee seats

CSX: New Georgia industrial park a 'Select Site'

PANYNJ approves operating budget for 2013

Transport Canada: Light-rail station completed in Calgary, contract awarded for Evergreen Line in British Columbia

Women Executive Network names CP's O'Hagan one of Canada's 'most powerful' female executives

Union Depot's $243 million restoration completed in St. Paul

December 7

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, Alstom, Siemens, CTC and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Dec. 7)

GO Transit completes switch replacement project

Alameda Corridor authority seeks construction management consultant for two grade separations

Long Beach port, Panama Canal Authority renew 'mutually beneficial' pact

NRC's Baker to review Hurricane Sandy response efforts at next week's RailTrends conference

Florida East Coast adds containers for intermodal business

Santa Clara VTA receives $50 million state grant for BART extension

AAR: Another plus for intermodal, minus for carloads on U.S. roads' ledger in November

Post-Hurricane Sandy: Amtrak requests $336 million in emergency funds; New Jersey Transit estimates damage at $400 million

GAO: California high-speed rail cost estimates are accurate - for the most part

December 6

U.S. Development Group sells five crude-by-rail terminals to Plains All American Pipeline

LaHood to testify at House transportation committee hearing on high-speed rail

Oakland port seeks design-build contractor, rail operator for new yard

Canada's transit ridership grew 3.2 percent in 2012's first half

STB schedules oral argument for BNSF, Union Pacific dispute; extends comment deadline for proposed Tongue River line study

Ottawa recommends Rideau Transit Group to build light-rail line

Strike ends at L.A.-area ports

Amtrak, CSX lease agreement takes effect for Hudson Line

Amtrak, CSX lease agreement takes effect for Hudson Line

December 5

Rail supplier updates from GE, Nomad Digital, Alstom, ProTran, Avtec and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (Dec. 5)

North Carolina DOT lets contract for freight-rail project

UTA to mark opening of new FrontRunner South Line

SEPTA promotes Lund to assistant GM; Valley Metro names Brown chief engineer

RTA: Tie production exceeded purchases again in October

NRC's Baker to review Hurricane Sandy response efforts at next week's RailTrends conference

New Jersey Transit resumes Gladstone Branch service

State, local pact will enable South Carolina to build intermodal facility for Charleston port

Canadian Pacific: New 'rapid change agenda' includes job cuts, headquarters relocation, DM&E line divestiture and mid-60s operating ratio

December 4

Seattle port sets next year's budget

VIA Rail completes service improvements, reports third-quarter results

Union Pacific reports mixed coal train counts for November

L.A. transportation authority to host meeting on Union Station master plan

WMATA pursues 'comprehensive approach' to fatigue management

CSX deems North Carolina industrial area a 'Select Site'

CN's corporate culture among Canada's most admired, Waterstone says

New York-area port authority to consider $2.7 billion budget proposal for 2013

December 3

Idle reduction initiative pays dividends for Alaska Railroad

Metrolink reports ridership record for Thanksgiving weekend

FRA provides grant for trackwork in Alabama

Honolulu transit officials receive first steel shipment for rail project

Sound Transit to host public meetings on Tacoma Link expansion

Genesee & Wyoming lands its largest Utica Shale customer

Canadian Pacific: The latest on a PRB extension, police association pact and Regina intermodal facility

DART opens new segments on Blue, Orange lines

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