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Rail News: February 2011

February 28

Metra CEO Clifford institutes policy changes in light of consultants' reports

Washington State DOT secures stimulus funds

NJ Transit's Weinstein proposes new accountability measures

Gov. Scott: 'My position on high-speed rail remains unchanged'

CP, Montreal port forge collaboration pact

Port Authority of New York, New Jersey awards last major contract for World Trade Center hub

Tie production, purchases jumped in January, RTA says

NS headquarters earns EPA's ENERGY STAR rating

Wabtec acquires U.K.'s Brush Traction Group

Northern Indiana commuter district to install ticket vending machines

February 25

CREATE flyover funds at stake in House FY2011 spending bill, congressmen say

LaHood gives Scott more time to consider Florida HSR project

LACMTA to buy Union Station for $75 million

Florida governor says 'nay' to alternative HSR project proposal

Illinois DOT launches environmental study for Chicago-St. Louis corridor second track

AAR weekly report: Intermodal demand drives U.S. roads' traffic gains

LACMTA to buy Union Station for $75 million

Private freight-car owners not making enough returns, report says

Illinois governor wants Amtrak to analyze possible 110 mph O'Hare-Chicago Union Station connection

House bill would extend short-line tax credit another six years

CAW members ratify four-year CP contract

Updates from Alstom, AECOM, L.B. Foster, American Railcar Industries, Sam Schwartz and Indra

February 24

Valley Metro seeks public input on Phoenix I-10 West corridor plan

House eliminates HSR funds in proposed FY2011 continuing resolution; Senate expected to develop its own resolution

BLET, MBCR reach tentative agreement

Harris Poll: Many U.S. citizens unaware of HSR projects in their state, but majority support state and federal HSR funding

RailAmerica registers revenue, income gains

BNSF's Rose one of 22 members on president's jobs, competitiveness council

CN, CP agree to improve grain service for Viterra

Crossing upgrades advance in Ohio, Washington

San Francisco's Metropolitan Transportation Commission elects officers, members

February 23

CSX can challenge Alabama's fuel tax, Supreme Court says

L.A., Long Beach ports pumped up volumes in January

NS orders 1,500 coal cars from FreightCar America

CSX opens National Gateway terminal in Ohio

Heavier trucks would divert traffic away from Class Is, study shows

South Florida RTA launches Opa-locka shuttle service

Updates from GE, RMI, Wabtec, RailComm, Nomad Digital and Miner Enterprises

February 22

FREIGHT Act returns for second act in Senate

Tampa city attorney: Florida cities, counties could create independent agency to oversee HSR project

Toronto's Metrolinx OKs vehicle purchase for Air Rail Link

Mica proposes rescue plan for Florida HSR project as deadline to present new options quickly approaches

CP reaches collaboration pact with Vancouver port

Bill backing heavier trucks re-enters House

WMATA to consider governance committee work plan

Department of Homeland Security recognizes Rail Runner's security programs

Whirlpool honors KCS' post-Hurricane Alex performance

Amtrak eyes more free Wi-Fi service, launches YouTube channel

February 18

AAR weekly report: U.S. railroads' traffic rebounded from severe storms

LaHood gives Florida congressmen one week to find a way to salvage Tampa-Orlando project

RRIF program needs reforms to incent private rail investments, Mica and Shuster say

Missouri DOT moving on state rail plan, track construction design

Houston METRO receives $14 million refund from CAF USA

RRIF program needs reforms to incent private rail investments, Mica and Shuster say

MTA Metro-North posts ridership increase, receives $3 million for projects

Illinois senator wants state to design 220-mph HSR system

CN's Mongeau: Canada needs a more innovative, collaborative grain supply chain

Indiana ports registered record volumes last year

Updates from Ansaldo, AECOM, Thales, FreightCar America, Trinity and DuPont

February 17

U.S. Class I workforce a touch smaller in early 2011, STB data shows

For Gov. Scott, fiscal conservatism reigns supreme, Florida business group leader says

Rural access to intercity rail declines, BTS says

California, Washington, Illinois show interest in Florida's HSR funds

Groundbreaking scheduled for Honolulu light-rail project

Sen. Nelson vows to seek alternative ways to build Florida's HSR line

Metra, UP to tout train warning system on West line

Florida elected officials criticize Scott's decision to reject federal HSR dollars

ARCI: Rail-car orders, deliveries finished 2010 on high notes

Alaska Railroad installs Leary as chairwoman

BNSF uses Internet to prompt dialogue on nation's supply chain issues

Nashville's Music City Star reaches record daily ridership

February 16

FTA touts transit funding in Administration's FY2012 budget proposal

Florida governor to reject HSR funds

STB proposes rulemaking to lower shippers' filing fees

Industry reacts to Scott's funding rejection

Arbitration award issued for SacRT, ATU contract

Oklahoma DOT seeks public input on new rail plan

R.J. Corman launches Appalachian Regional Short Line Project

Amtrak California unveils San Diego-to-L.A. express service

Greer becomes BNSF Logistics' first president

Updates from ARINC, L.B. Foster, Railserve, CIT and AECOM

February 15

FY2012 budgets: Administration proposes $129 billion for transportation, Amtrak proposes $2.2 billion

Proposed federal budget would quadruple light-rail line's funding, Twin Cities council says

CAW members ratify CN contracts, continue to consider CP pact

TransLink's 2010 ridership boosted by Olympics, new line

USDOT credit council approves ACTA's RRIF loan application

Ohio utilities commission to install Snitchler as chairman

Pourney joins Gross & Janes as president, CEO

February 14

Metra's board receives assessment reports from two consultants

President releases FY12 budget, proposes surface transportation bill

Chemical, coal and intermodal demand to drive rail traffic growth this year, Baird says

Amtrak seeks $2.2 billion in FY12, proposes to add Acela cars

Georgia Ports Authority names Lynch COO, reports 2010 volume gains

UTU-represented FEC, Nebraska Central workers ratify contracts

European unions raise concerns about containers

Clipper system to go live this week on VTA

UP to bolster track on Arizona line

Updates from RailComm, Knorr-Bremse and Trimble

February 11

AAR weekly report: U.S. carloadings snowed under by winter storms

USHSR summit encourages lobbying efforts

Amtrak, TriMet and Capitol Corridor report uptick in January ridership

Minnesota DOT continues plan for Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago HSR corridor

STB to determine if Class Is should separately report PTC costs

WMATA to study integration of light-rail, streetcar systems

Washington state ports pursue partnership to spur economic growth

Ohio rail commission adds three members

Updates from The Andersons, Tunnel Radio, Transpo, Perpetuum, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Salco

CTA to move prototype 5000-series car tests to Red Line

February 10

Appropriations Committee's proposed spending cuts include passenger rail

USHSR proposes legislation encouraging private investment in HSR

TSI climbed a tad higher in December, BTS says

CHSRA seeks private-sector interest in rail construction

CN sets 2011 capital spending budget at $1.7 billion

U.S. High Speed Rail Summit: Day Two Overview

NJ Transit appoints O'Connor VP, GM of rail operations

Appropriations Committee's proposed spending cuts include HSR

Collaboration, innovation key to rail's growth, Canadian transport minister says

Obama's HSR proposal faces 'uphill battle,' NRC's Baker says

FTA's Rogoff tours GCRTA construction site as part of 'Build Week'

ASLRRA seeks nominees for first 'Safety Professional of the Year' award

Updates from Bombardier, Siemens, Pepco, Baker, Mitsubishi Electric and Axion

February 9

Passenger rail constituents applaud Obama's $53 billion rail plan; GOP's Mica is skeptical

USHSR Summit, Day Two: Mica pushes for private-sector participation, detailed HSR proposal in surface transportation bill

New Senate bill would reduce route miles requiring PTC installation

USHSR Summit: Day One Overview

Domestic equipment volume surged to all-time record in 4Q, IANA says

Rail industry groups react to Obama's $53 billion high-speed plan

AAR: January marked 13th straight month of combined carloads, intermodal traffic gains

GE, Bombardier, Alstom welcome Obama's latest rail proposal

UTA proposes fare increases spread over three years

PATCO establishes citizen advisory committee

Ohio Central to commission GenSet

Minneapolis council names Born regional administrator

February 8

Vice President Biden unveils Administration's $53 billion plan for high-speed rail

BNSF's capital spending climbs to a Class I-high $3.5 billion

Amtrak officials, New Jersey senators announce $13.5 billion Hudson tunnel proposal

UP's coal train loadings climbed in first month

NS to provide switching services at Indiana port

MBTA launches new diesel-electric locomotive

Genesee & Wyoming drove up income, drove down operating ratio

Updates from Nordco, ARINC, Alstom, TUV Rheinland, Astaldi and Cornerstone

February 7

Iowa governor cuts HSR funding for 2012, but still has 'interest' in project, state DOT official says

STB resets rail competition hearing for June

Amtrak officials, New Jersey senators announce $13.5 billion Hudson tunnel proposal

CP, Canadian Auto Workers reach tentative agreement

FTA to conduct supplemental environmental assessment of Twin Cities' light-rail project

Caltrain's board elects new members, sets budget hearings

KCS sets monthly run-time performance record on Meridian Speedway

Samson elected chair of New York, New Jersey port authority

FRA provides grant for stress disorder program development

February 4

AAR weekly report: North American roads registered carload gains

CHSRA extends environmental work timeframe for Bay Area, L.A. segments

Federal grant agreement sent to Congress for Twin Cities' light-rail project

CHSRA aims to establish small-business participation in HSR contracts

Rail-car deliveries to reach 27,000 units in 2011, EPA says

Alaska Railroad seeks two 2011 herbicide use permits from state

TriMet's WES commuter rail marks second year with more riders

UP assigns McGavock, Lischer to general superintendent posts

Sommers to manage U.S. Steel's short lines

Updates from Siemens, Nordco, Axion, Envitech, Getzner Werkstoffe and Parsons Brinckerhoff

February 3

Analysis by Tony Hatch: Rails' Q4 earnings-expectations finally catch up to the (old) reality

Alstom's Mehlman outlines priorities for company's North American HSR efforts

APTA: Key committee members reveal plans for surface transportation reauthorization bill

CHSRA to offer station-area planning funds to local communities

CN reaches service agreements with Montreal port, terminal operators

NS landed 67 new plants, 28 facility expansion projects in 2010

Amtrak announces 40th anniversary activities, adds Cascades Wi-Fi service

Sacramento RT seeks public comments on proposed light-rail extension

UP to boost train speeds in western Wisconsin

NS to upgrade crossing in Ohio

Valley Metro's board elects new officers

February 2

Chicago's Metra names Clifford executive director, CEO

APTA: Businesses predict revenue losses, layoffs if transportation bill action is delayed

CREATE partners modify program's final feasibility plan

California transportation authority lands state funds for projects, launches crossing upgrades

UP sets annual injury rate record in 2010

FTA awards $450,000 to California workforce training consortium

Tennessee soybean board joins Soy Transportation Coalition

February 1

SEPTA plans new payment system, rail-car purchase and station renovation

FedEx to use rail intermodal service for first time in 40-year history, NS says

Stimulus-funded streetcar line extension opens in Tampa

Vancouver port plans to boost container-handling capacity

Community summits call for public hearings on Caltrain funding

Iowa Interstate promotes Lipka to EVP, CFO

TMCA changes name to Transportation Marketing and Sales Association

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