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Rail News: April 2011

April 29

Updates from Bombardier, Alstom, American Railcar, Trinity, EMD and Strategic Rail Finance

Tacoma Rail to repower three locomotives, serve new Sound Refining spur

SFMTA drafts strategy to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions

Genesee & Wyoming and RailAmerica notch higher revenue, note higher expenses

WMATA revises FY2012 budget

CN, NS and St. Louis Metro support post-natural disaster relief efforts

FTA hosts two-day meeting on transit safety, provides $4 million station renovation grant

AAR weekly report: U.S. carloads slipped for second-straight week

April 28

Rail-related projects advance in Indiana, North Carolina

Nashville's Music City Star served more riders in March

UP to bolster track in Missouri, Wyoming

Caltrans receives $100 million federal grant to purchase passenger cars, locomotives

VTA's proposed two-year budget calls for infrastructure spending, no fare increases

ARG Trans, Genesee & Wyoming land new business

Denver RTD won't pursue FasTracks tax this year

NS sets three financial-performance records, registers effects from insurance ruling

Midwest High Speed Rail Association releases study on 220 mph Chicago hub system

April 27

Updates from Wabtec, ALK Technologies and CF Rail Services

RSI white paper proposes changes to 'Buy America' program

Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett creates transportation funding advisory group

CN issues third annual sustainability report

TriMet proposes fare hikes for adult, youth monthly passes

North Carolina transportation board issues grants to nine short lines

NS, UP note operational achievements

CN: Brisk headwinds didn't hold back revenue and income

Caltrans receives $100 million HSIPR grant to purchase intercity passenger cars, locomotives

April 26

NTSB restores online safety recommendations database

UP, Watco and OmniTRAX make management changes

LACMTA begins geotechnical tests for regional connector project

Canadian Transportation Agency adjusts grain revenue cap index for CN, CP

Chicago mayor, CTA mark completion of Red Line station renovations

Washington and Oregon governors propose design, seek federal funding for new I-5 bridge

Coming tomorrow: Virtual locomotive, rail-car conference and expo

Updates from Wi-Tronix, AECOM, RailComm, Timken and HDR

RSI white paper proposes changes to Buy America program so suppliers can better meet standards

April 25

Updates from Miller Felpax, American Railcar, Wabtec and Handheld Group

Coalition survey cites opposition to heavier truck weight limits

Ten short lines land grants from Saskatchewan government

Chlorine Institute: Federal government, not RailAmerica, is 'appropriate entity' to implement haz-mat safety rules

CN forges EJ&E-related mitigation pacts with two Illinois towns

Honolulu submits draft of transit project's financial plan

AAR weekly report: A slight slip for U.S. carloadings

Chicago Mayor-Elect Emanuel tabs Claypool as CTA president, retains Peterson as CTA chair

Winter has 'brutal' impact on CP's first-quarter results

Ohio rail group seeks to advance smaller passenger-rail projects within 3C Corridor

U.S. High Speed Rail Association announces June conference in Chicago

April 21

Amtrak reports technical problems with online reservation, ticketing system

WTS' Texas chapter names Capital Metro's Silas 'Woman of the Year'

RTA report: Tie production, purchases climbed in March

RailAmerica, chemical shipper group disagree on haz-mat safety measures

U.S. Class Is hiked up headcount in March, STB data shows

Minnesota, FTA to ink grant agreement for Twin Cities' light-rail project

KCS sets 1Q operating ratio record, chalks up more revenue and income

UP scores record first-quarter results

April 20

Updates from R.J. Corman, Canpotex, Hub Group and Parsons Brinckerhoff

Honolulu rail project oversight authority gains initial members

Houston METRO appoints Frazier vice president, chief information officer

Saskatchewan, California cities seek to redevelop rail properties

WMATA ridership flattened following fare increases

U.S. rail volumes surpassed typical carload growth rates in 1Q, Baird says

Gov. McDonnell signs bill to invest $4 billion in Virginia's transportation infrastructure

CSX overcomes weather, fuel-cost headwinds to register record results

April 19

Retooled website, Facebook page added to CREATE program's information-sharing arsenal

Updates from Perella Weinberg, Bombardier, GATX, Granite Construction, Axion and Gannett Fleming

Begeman gains Senate approval to join STB

Metro Transit's Northstar ridership rose 6 percent in 1Q

Study shows rail is vital to Sauk County shippers, Wisconsin & Southern says

Connecticut planning agency drafts long-term transportation plan

Caltrain to study feasibility of high-speed rail

FTA fines Metra $90,000, ends restrictions on federal fund access

Coming next week: Virtual locomotive, rail-car conference and expo

Now available: Maintenance of Way Spending Report 2011

California legislators propose CHSRA streamline Bay Area segment with Caltrain system; Caltrain to study electrification, integration feasibility

April 18

Progress Rail to acquire Balfour Beatty's U.K. trackwork business

MBTA to expand 'Quiet Car,' update 'Rail Radio' service

USDOT issues TIGER II grant for Pennsylvania short lines; Rail Link wins Wyoming Governor's Award

BART, Nashville MTA announce personnel changes

CSXT honors 59 shippers' safety achievements; UP upgrades Illinois line

TriMet unveils proposed FY2012 budget; NICTD to raise fares

AAR weekly report: North American roads continued to log more carloads

WMATA committee recommends project to improve safety, capacity at Union Station

L.A.-area ports report mixed March volume results; Alberta port appoints first CEO

LACMTA, BNSF amend agreement for Foothill light-rail extension

ELPC's Learner: HSR funding cut disappointing, but doesn't mean program is dead

Progress Rail to acquire Balfour Beatty's U.K. trackwork business

April 14

Updates from Gannett Fleming, Noveko, Axion and RailRunner; Also, in memoriam: Balfour Beatty Rail's Mark Meyer

RSSI installs Drudy as executive director

TRANSCAER names achievement, chairman's award winners

Houston's METRO names Trevino general counsel

Genesee & Wyoming, RailAmerica registered carload gains in March

BART GM Dugger resigns; agency launches search for successor

Virginia DOT completes multi-modal freight study's second phase

Transportation Services In slipped in February

Rep. McNerney introduces bill to expand Altamont Corridor Rail

Rep. McNerney introduces bill to improve Altamont Corridor

April 13

Updates from Alstom, Miner Enterprises, AECOM, Rail Safety, Vossloh and Jacobs Engineering

CN teams up with Earth Day Canada to promote environmental stewardship among employees

Wyoming DOT to consider crossing upgrades for quiet zones

Commerce Department: Nation's exports, imports fell in February

Amtrak cites priorities for next surface transportation bill

CN, partners seek to develop liquefied natural gas-powered locomotive

APTA outlines latest budget cuts aimed at transit, high-speed rail

April 12

LACMTA's HQ achieves LEED 'gold' designation

Former CN CEO Harrison to fill in as Dynegy's chief exec

TriMet rail ridership rose in March

Watco inaugurates short line in Alabama

Capitol Corridor ridership remained on the rise in March

Intermodal containers for CN; port project for BNSF; chemical safety honorees for UP

AAR: U.S. intermodal, carload volumes continued to climb in March

House transportation committee members criticize Obama's stimulus grant selection process

FY11 continuing resolution zeros out funding for high-speed rail

April 11

Updates from Ansaldo, Alstom, Wabtec, Banyan Rail, Interfleet Technology and Kelso

Crossing upgrades advance in North Carolina, Washington

USDOT signs off on TIGER II grant for Nebraska freight-rail project

VIA Rail, Teamsters reach tentative agreement

KCSM opens transloading facility in Mexico

Caltrain board postpones decision on service cuts

RailAmerica to acquire Gulf and Ohio's three Alabama short lines

Federal budget includes $1 billion for HSR

GAO: FRA should be more clear with reasoning behind HSR grant selections

April 8

BART solicits public opinion on new station, extension

STB to hear arguments for CN, GNP cases next month

SFMTA drafts strategic plan for transit 'effectiveness'

CSXT, NS to serve new Volkswagen plant in Tennessee

WMATA to continue operations if government shuts down

AAR weekly report: U.S. railroads rang up most carloads since late 2008

Amtrak ridership rose 5.5 percent in March

PTC, haz-mat and truck size were hot topics at railroad subcommittee's regulatory reform hearing

Washington signs for $145 million in HSR funds

Federal HSR funds released to Connecticut

California authority to fund local station planning

April 7

Updates from Siemens, Greenbrier, VTG, Westcode and RailComm

Steinke to retire from Long Beach port's top post

Watco assigns Cox, Davis to management positions

DART receives recognition for design-build projects

FRA publishes final rule on concrete ties

NYCT launches pilot test of station communication system

Short-line tax credit extension measure enters Senate

Latest Caltrain agreement reins in proposed service cuts

LaHood announces $3.3 million in HSR funds for New York

April 6

UTU members ratify York Railway agreements

Hampton Roads Transit shelves light-rail study

Maine DOT contracts Eastern Maine Railway to operate state-owned lines

Illinois DOT agrees to fund study of proposed Metra expansion

UP loaded more PRB coal trains in March

BART Berryessa extension advances in federal New Starts program

House's latest continuing resolution would cut transit funds

Newly minted New Mexico law paves way for UP intermodal facility

LaHood: Twenty-four states, D.C. and Amtrak seek redirected HSR funds

APTA report outlines business case for federal investment in HSR

April 5

Updates from Bombardier, Corys Thunder, Axion and Parsons Brinckerhoff

UP promotes three execs in finance department

CTA testing prototype cars along Purple Line

CSX seeks public's environment-protection ideas on Facebook

Connecticut governor backs commuter-rail plan

LACMTA begins testing on Expo light-rail line

MBTA selects HDR/Gilbane team for Green Line extension

AAR asks USDOT to modify six 'obsolete' rail regulations

Amtrak's Engel talks 'next-generation' high-speed rail

April 4

Updates from Skanska, Sumitomo, Bombardier, Gannett Fleming, URS and Racine Railroad

Alaska Railroad releases 2010 annual report

Illinois high-speed rail corridor work under way

Cold Train eyes expansion after reaching one-year mark

Hub Group acquires Exel Transportation Services

Amtrak issues updated fleet plan

DCTA to begin testing signal, communications equipment on A-train corridor

KCS, Savage team up to establish multi-user rail terminal in Texas

April 1

Updates from Bombardier, Global Railway, Knorr-Bremse and Greenbrier

Louisiana environmental office recognizes New Orleans short line's emission-reduction efforts

TriMet receives $1.2 million federal grant for security cameras

Global trade forecast: Modest growth for now, explosive growth later

AAR weekly report: North American roads logged more carloads

Ontario, Toronto officials agree on revised transit plan

IFG Port Holdings to build UP-served export grain terminal at Louisiana port

Amtrak issues updated fleet plan

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