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Rail News: February 2012

February 29

Washington commission approves funds for crossing upgrades

WMATA launches new email, text message system

Genesee & Wyoming reopens derailment-damaged bridge in Australia

The Andersons to acquire Iowa ethanol production facility

Metro Transit to host open houses on Central Corridor transit service study

Metrolink receives $3.7 million from state to enhance crossing safety

NS: Graab to succeed Heilig as VP-mechanical, Bush joins board

Surface transportation legislation revisions still unclear, Mica says

February 28

Feb. 28: Updates from Harsco, Ex-Im Bank, Timken, Michael Baker, Unitrac and Nortrak

Ohio economic development agency provides funds for industrial park spur

CP, Parks Canada announce bear-protection research grants

UP eyes trackwork in Missouri, earns pipe industry award

California commission approves funding for ACE grade separation

HART board names former MBTA leader as CEO finalist

Kinder Morgan, Martin Midstream to develop crude oil rail terminal in Texas

APTA 'encouraged' by House leadership's shift on transit funding

February 27

Twin Cities' Metropolitan Council chooses 'METRO' as name for LRT/BRT system

Metro Transit-St. Louis posted ridership gain in first half of FY2012

Millennium Bulk Terminals to build export coal facility at Washington port

RTA: Tie purchases jumped, production climbed in January

Iowa Interstate to serve new GROWMARK fertilizer storage facility

Sound Transit's board OKs $24 million budget amendment to fund light-rail extension

SFMTA acquires property for subway station, schedules budget meetings

Berkshire Hathaway: BNSF set earnings record in 2011, seeks to continue 'massive' reinvestments in 2012

San Diego government association joins with other agencies to push for HSR funds, upgrade coastal corridor

Caltrain: Blended approach to HSR development is 'only one we are willing to embrace'

February 24

Updates from Unitrac, Progress Rail, L.B. Foster and CXT

Business confidence level up a tad among equipment finance sector constituents, foundation survey shows

Pittsburgh port authority's agreement with Steelers, casino extends free-fare zone

TriMet solar system now operational on MAX Green, Yellow lines

PATCO to launch 'quiet car' pilot program

Pennsylvania provides $23 million in grants for 16 freight-rail projects

Canadian government helps fund current, completed port projects

AAR: Week No. 7 carloads fell in U.S. and Mexico, climbed in Canada

February 23

Updates from RMI, RailComm, Wabtec, Whitmore and American Railcar

North Carolina DOT seeks public input on long-range transportation plan

WMATA launches online public opinion survey on budget, fare issues

NOL renews UP contract for intermodal services

Viterra expands CN-served grain elevator in Saskatchewan

KCSR lands RRIF loan to acquire 30 GE locomotives

RTD to consider replacing rail line with bus service to Denver's northwest suburbs

House transportation bill would result in 'dire consequences' for many agencies, transit leaders say

February 22

RTD, TriMet add board members

DART beefs up security on trains

CTA unveils reforms to better manage parts, materials

Savannah port's 11 locomotives sport idle-control devices

BNSF pursues hundreds of economic development projects after a strong 2011

TriMet posts ridership increase in January

Pershing Square tabs Haggis as sixth nominee for CP's board

U.S. Class I workforce shrunk slightly in January, STB data shows

February 21

Updates from Koppers, RailComm and FreightCar America

CGB Enterprises to build CSXT-served grain facility in Ohio

Keith to retire after a quarter century as grain association's president

Valley Metro tabs Banta to oversee light rail, bus operations

CN sets 2012 capital spending budget; NS ranks high on 'clean capitalism' list; CP seeks mediator for contract negotiations

Patriot Rail operates first train on NCDOT's P&N corridor

LaHood, Rogoff help launch Cincinnati streetcar construction

PANYNJ posted cargo volume record in 2011

February 17

TRE closes Galvez Avenue crossing as safety precaution

Canada needs greater corporate innovation and productivity to better compete globally, CN's Mongeau says

LACMTA to host community meetings on LAX rail link study

STB to hold hearing on cost determination effects of Berkshire's BNSF purchase

VRE awards passenger car contract to Sumitomo, Nippon Sharyo

AAR: U.S. carloads climbed, intermodal loads fell last week

Sen. Kohl proposes rail antitrust act as amendment to Senate's surface transportation bill

House vote delayed on transport bill; APTA continues push for transit funding

Bankrupt Maglev Inc. to sell assets

February 16

Updates from Wi-Tronix, Bombardier, Parsons Brinckerhoff, T.Y. Lin and Trinity

Metro-North completes $37.4 million Cortland Station project

Canadian government to help fund multi-user dock at Quebec port

Volume up at L.A. port, down at Long Beach port in January

Wisconsin DOT seeks public input on 'Truesdell Crossovers' project

U.S. retailers rang up more sales in January, National Retail Federation says

TIFIA loan demand 'overwhelming,' LaHood says

Amtrak marks 110-mph service to Michigan, plans more high-speed improvements

February 15

Hoeffner to lead Michigan's new Office of Rail

Crossing upgrades advance in North Carolina, Ohio and Washington

In memoriam: Former Florida East Coast engineering executive Wayne Russell

UP earns Silver LEED certification for Nebraska headquarters

Deputy Transportation Secretary Porcari addresses manufacturers, suppliers at Chicago rail forum

Providence and Worcester, New England Central forge 'Great Eastern Route' alliance

USDOT recommends $2.2 billion for rail, bus transit projects

UP to expand capacity in Louisiana, bolster track in California and Oregon

President's budget includes funding for HSR, proposal to merge Amtrak 'stand-alone subsidiaries' into competitive program

February 14

Updates from Alstom, Louisville Railcar, RailComm and HandsOn

DCTA appoints Soileau to plan rail, bus services

KCS reorganizes international mechanical departments

RailAmerica's carloads rose, Genesee & Wyoming's fell in January

VTA's Silicon Valley project included in Obama’s FY2013 budget proposal

NS is nation's first renewable diesel user, Class I says

California senators ask FRA to issue PTC implementation progress report next month

Obama's budget request includes $476 billion for surface transportation over six years

February 13

Updates from General Bearing, Kiewit, Bentley, Railinc, Hotstart and Kelso

Baltimore port sets volume records; Oshawa port nets port authority

Indiana Rail Road realigns marketing, sales department

WMATA to host public meetings on FY2013 budget, fare proposals

BART approves partnership to explore Livermore extension

Lease rate, purchase outlook looks promising for some freight cars, Longbow Research says

Texas A&M to create rail research center

Representatives preparing amendment to restore transit account in House bill

February 10

UP, EPA reach settlement on alleged environmental violations

Steelworkers union members ratify CN contract

Valley Metro prepares for Central Mesa light-rail construction

Farmrail acquires five GP-38 locomotives

New Jersey DOT unveils track safety plan

SFMTA gets FTA OK for Central Subway project

AAR: U.S. rail traffic strong vs. weak 2011 comparison period

Senate votes to advance transportation bill; AAR encourages passage of House bill

February 9

Updates from Skanska USA, Cooper Bearings, Pacer, Timken and CF Rail

Weaver to become NS' labor relations VP; Goldsberry to become Idaho short line's GM

CTA seeks financial advice on public-private partnerships for transit projects

North Carolina DOT upgrades seven crossings; Texas town launches quiet zone work

RailAmerica ramped up revenue, registered higher costs

TriMet proposes service cuts, fare increases to address projected deficit

Transportation bill: Concerns linger about truck-limit proposals; Schumer includes transit benefit in Senate mark-up

Transportation Services Index reached 2011 high in December

Strategies to build support for U.K. high-speed system can be replicated in U.S., U.K. HSR advocate says

Virginia, North Carolina transportation departments issue draft recommendations for Richmond-Raleigh HSR line

LaHood meets with California pols and business leaders, restates Obama administration's commitment to HSR

February 8

Vermont Rail System's bolstered track improves Amtrak transit times

Genesee & Wyoming registers more revenue and income, sets earnings record

CTA develops more options to modernize North Red, Purple lines

UP's PRB coal train loadings lagged a bit in January

Audit shows PANYNJ's management structure needs 'top-to-bottom overhaul'

Amtrak gets go-ahead to operate 110-mph trains in Michigan

FTA gives Honolulu authority OK to advance rail project

FRA proposes rule on safety regulation training standards

House gas tax proposal would 'erode' transit agencies' credit ratings, APTA says

February 7

Updates from Thales, RailComm, Axion, Jones Lang LaSalle, Vossloh and URS

VTA seats new board members

Ohio commission advances crossing upgrades

Plans under way for Grand Central Terminal's centennial celebration in 2013

Houston port tabs Waterworth as interim leader

Appalachian coal production cut to trim CSXT's traffic, Baird says

Michigan, New Hampshire DOTs advance state rail plans

LaHood tours Denver RTD’s West Rail Line project

Amtrak gets go-ahead to operate 110 mph trains in Michigan

Iowa DOT, FRA to study Chicago-Omaha route

February 6

Updates from Progress Rail, Cubic, Salco Products, Wood Energy and PowerRail Distribution

Tacoma, Vancouver ports pumped up volume in 2011

Ohio rail commission provides grant for Ashland Railway track upgrades

Missouri commission awards contract for rail bridge project

CN opens intermodal terminal in Wisconsin

Pershing Square touts CEO candidate Harrison, five board nominees at CP shareholder meeting

Pittsburgh port authority proposes fare increase, service cuts

Amtrak requests lower operating, higher capital funding for FY2013

House Ways and Means Committee passes measure that cuts mass transit funds

Five consortiums set to bid on California high-speed rail project

CHSRA board appoints Richard chairman

February 3

MBCR boosted on-time performance in January

BNSF opens new car shop, inspection tracks in North Dakota

CP begins to move crude oil from another Saskatchewan transload facility

Container volume set records in 4Q and 2011, IANA says

Denton County agency seeks FRA waiver for new crashworthy rail vehicles

VRE CEO Zehner to retire in June

AAR: Average weekly intermodal volume reached third-highest January level

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passes bill without truck weight, size increases

NCCC, BMWED reach tentative agreement well before Wednesday deadline

Amendment will prevent surface transportation bill dollars from being used on California HSR project

February 2

Updates from Thales, Parker Hannifin, Axion, SFK, CH2M Hill and CIT

Watco launches 26th short line

Construction begins on Atlanta streetcar line

Honolulu mayor proposes line of credit for transit-rail project

South Florida port to develop container transfer facility with FEC, install new leader

RailAmerica swing deals to acquire Marquette Rail, land majority interest in Wellsboro and Corning

BNSF boosts capex budget to $3.9 billion for 2012

Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, American Train Dispatchers Association members ratify national contracts

House, Senate committees take up long-term surface transportation bills

February 1

Updates from Alstom, Bombardier, RR Mergers, Rescar, HNTB and Ashcroft

LACMTA: Orange Line Extension on track for June opening

LaHood, Philadelphia officials break ground on transit center project

EPA: After a robust 2011, rail-car assemblies will total 58,000 in 2012

Florida East Coast receives high mark for automotive service

Lackluster U.S. rail traffic means no economic ramp up on tap, Fitch Ratings says

USDOT launches TIGER grant program's fourth iteration

House transportation bill includes PTC deadline extension, RRIF program changes

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