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Rail News: April 2012

April 30

VTA to transition to smart-card fare system

CSXT to upgrade three Ohio grade crossings

NCTD assumes dispatching for San Diego's coastal rail corridor

Terre Haute chamber honors Indiana Rail Road's wellness program

CTA North Red Line stations to undergo $86 million worth of upgrades

BNSF bestows employee achievement awards, boots up interactive map

Analysts to discuss Class I first-quarter earnings tomorrow during morning webcast

Teamsters Canada Rail Conference members favor CP strike if contract renewal stalls

Conference committee to meet May 8 on surface transportation bill

Amtrak issues updated fleet plan

California legislator proposes measure requiring CHSRA consultants to be more transparent

California agriculture board to discuss HSR's impact on farmland

April 27

NS honors 45 chemical shippers' safety efforts; CSX ranks high on 'climate leaders' list

NARP recognizes Rep. Patrick Meehan with 'Golden Spike Award'

Sound Transit identifies route, station options for light-rail expansion

Analysts to discuss Class I first-quarter earnings at May 1 webcast

Amtrak receives energy grant; Twin Cities' council awards $15.7 million in TOD grants

SFMTA announces bid for subway station project

Amtrak to combine emergency management, security functions

Intermodal volume up, but carloads down for U.S. railroads last week

April 26

April 26: Updates from GE Transportation, Boatright, Bombardier, Trinity and RailComm

Slag processing, distribution facility coming to Indiana port

Amtrak engineers honored for rail safety, Barkan receives NARP's Academic Award

NS and KCS, Pacer and CRST form intermodal partnerships

Denver's RTD board decides against FasTracks ballot initiative in 2012

AAR recognizes UP's Iden, Sen. Udall as 2012 Chafee award recipients

Construction begins on Seattle's new streetcar line

RailAmerica reports strong Q1 results, assigns Lewis as CCO

Parsons Brinckerhoff names Whately to California HSR program management team

April 25

MBTA, Masabi to offer smartphone rail-ticket system

STB: U.S. Class I workforce enlarged in March

LACMTA prepares for Expo Line's launch on Saturday

Analysts to discuss Class I first-quarter earnings at May 1 webcast

ARCI: Rail-car orders ratcheted down, deliveries ratcheted up in Q1

UP advances trackwork in Idaho and Colorado, acknowledges 'UP Day' in Illinois

Grand Central Terminal upgrades will slash energy consumption, MTA says

BART recommends Bombardier to build rail 'Fleet of the Future'

NS set four financial records, equaled another in Q1

April 24

April 24: Updates from Progress Rail, IAS, Cubic and Auto Truck; Also: remembering Brown Railroad Equipment's Daniel Brown

San Diego MTS authorizes trolley purchase option

LIRR records best on-time performance in first quarter

ASLRRA hands out annual safety awards, first-ever Schlosser memorial award

Denver RTD: Unsolicited proposal for light-rail project has merit

NCCC: BMWED ratifies national agreement, capping off current bargaining round

KCS set four financial records in Q1

CN: Solid Q1 results stem from 'executing well on all fronts'

April 23

ConnDOT to recycle train station project materials; initiates quiet-car pilot

Georgia ports set container-handling record in March

CSX lands on magazine's top corporate citizens list, attains military association's honor

Amtrak completes Hialeah maintenance facility

Florida port to extend berth, complete container yard

Ohio agency to help fund rail infrastructure improvements

HART begins construction of new rail system's foundation

USDOT opens bidding for USA-made passenger-rail cars

Analysts to discuss Class I first-quarter earnings at May 1 webcast

April 20

April 20: Updates from Bombardier, HiRail, Cubic and Bechtel

Europe's high-speed rail system off to a fast start in 2012

Consolidated Fastfrate to co-locate cross-dock facility with CP intermodal yard

Hampton Roads Transit reaches 1 million light-rail rides

Amtrak names Stadtler VP of operations

Alameda Corridor now a decade old

AAR on week No. 15: U.S. carloads still down, Canadian carloads remain up

CP: Better operating metrics meant better financial results in Q1

USDOT releases RFP for standardized bi-level intercity passenger-rail cars

April 19

NS to upgrade Ohio crossing

VIA Rail to improve more than 50 stations

Bourque becomes Canadian rail association's top executive

U.S. Development Group expands UP-served crude oil terminal in Louisiana

CATS to mark state grant agreement for LYNX Blue Line extension

SFMTA's board OKs two-year budget with maintenance improvements

UP scored record financial results in Q1

House passes SAFETEA-LU extension with Keystone provision

April 18

Houston METRO, university partner on leadership development program

American Carbon Registry provides 'excellence' award to NS

BLET-represented engineers ratify collective bargaining agreement with UP

MTA to repair Baltimore light-rail, subway systems

TSA gives Amtrak security program 'gold standard' rating

GCRTA contract with ATU ties wage hikes to agency performance

CSX reports first-quarter results

California LAO recommends against funding high-speed rail in upcoming state budget

April 17

April 17: Updates from Bombardier and CAF USA

Durango & Silverton takes delivery of observation car featuring unique trucks

BNSF Logistics names 2011 Carrier Excellence Award winners

Amtrak expands eTicketing pilot to Capitol Corridor, San Joaquin services

Saskatchewan government doles out grants to 11 short lines

APTA names Childress CFO

Metro-North records all-time best on-time performance in first quarter

NS set to begin Bellevue yard expansion

April 16

Starbucks coming to Chicago's 'L' train

KCSM is ExxonMobil Mexico's top supplier for 2011

VIA Rail completes Vancouver Station renovation

L.A.-area ports pumped up volume in March

New York port, Missouri town seek TIGER IV grants for rail-related projects

Pershing Square exec addresses CP shareholders in new letter

Obama's executive order establishes 'fracking' oversight group

Federal, California officials break ground on BART's Berryessa extension

CP responds to Pershing Square shareholder letter

April 13

April 13: Updates from Alstom, Siemens, Rocla, eVERIFILE.COM, JMA Railroad Supply and Parsons Brinckerhoff

UP honors 74 chemical shippers' hazmat safety efforts

North Carolina DOT schedules public meeting on proposed crossing closure

Army Corps releases final environmental report for Savannah Harbor expansion

Amtrak, BNSF discuss Southwest Chief route's future

Rhode Island officials unveil Providence station project

Sound Transit purchases land for East Link line, easements for Eastside corridor

AAR: U.S. carload traffic still stuck in lower gear

CHSRA board signs off on revised business plan, northern and southern California MOUs

Washington State, Oregon DOTs partner to jointly manage Amtrak Cascades corridor

April 12

Metrolink implements first phase of communication system upgrade

UP to bolster Kansas line; NS and W&LE to upgrade Ohio crossings

MoDOT seeks public input on state rail plan

RailAmerica's traffic tumbled in March

Canadian government to help fund track restoration for Vancouver Island Railway

BTS: Freight TSI up, Passenger TSI down in February

USDOT provision provides transit agencies flexibility to manage rising fuel costs

Amtrak ridership stayed growth course in FY2012's first half

MoDOT seeks public input on state rail plan

April 11

DART tests light-rail train in Irving, introduces emergency text system

R.J. Corman serves Toyota's Mississippi auto plant

South Africa's Transnet crafts seven-year plan to shift modal focus on rail

CP expects much higher earnings, much better operating metrics in Q1 results

TriMet posted ridership increase for 12th straight month

Federal, local officials break ground on Dearborn intermodal station

Fairfax County confirms role in Dulles rail project's second phase

USDOT unveils new locomotive safety rule

House oversight committee to examine CHSRA spending, compliance

April 10

April 10: Updates from Alstom, Oregon Iron, CIT, Mitsui Rail and Greenbrier

North Carolina DOT to review bridge, crossing project at public workshop

Commuter rail to serve Wickford Junction station, garage

WMATA to resume major trackwork through December

UP wins Toyota Logistics awards; CSXT scores more ethanol business

Caltrain posts all-time high weekday ridership

AAR names six nominees for Chafee environmental stewardship award

Watco acquires Cudahy Car Shop

April 9

NS to begin Michigan trackwork next week

TRANSCAER names national award winners

UTA to open new commuter-rail line in December

OOCL lands long-term lease for Long Beach port's planned container terminal

Obama is committed to passenger-rail expansion, Szabo says

USDOT: Grants sought in TIGER IV applications well exceed $500 million pot

AAR: More mixed traffic results for U.S. roads in March

Updated revenue, ridership figures improve WMATA's FY2013 prospects

Eno's Schank weighs in on revised CHSRA business plan

April 5

April 5: Updates from Harsco, Bombardier, RailComm and Magnetech

Rail traffic graphics updated on

Grassroots movement pushes for restoration of Amtrak Sunset Limited route

NS seeks locomotive shop recruits in Pennsylvania

U.S. needs long-term infrastructure investment for economic growth, Geithner says

Illinois DOT to fund design for BNSF viaduct replacement

PANYNJ approves $256 million Harrison station replacement

Rail fatalities in Canada reached five-year low last year, safety board says

April 4

Capital Metro's Watson named to Texas 'Hall of Honor' board; Brimmeier joins Pittsburgh port authority's board

GT Logistics opens UP-served rail terminal at Texas multi-modal park

Lautenberg endorses MTA's support for Amtrak Gateway Tunnel project

Cold Train, Interstate Distributor team up on short-haul drayage at Washington intermodal terminal

Sound Transit advances tunnel boring for University Link project

Evergreen Shipping honors CN as top railroad of 2011

Congressmen seek more federal funding for PTC research, emergency response training

Foothill extension authority green lights work on light-rail alignment

France's SNCF exercises $1.2 billion option on Alstom Euroduplex contract

April 3

April 3: Updates from Unitrac, EMCOR Group, Cubic Transportation, Progress Rail and STV

WMATA launches campaign to combat sexual harassment of riders

VTA continues elevator, escalator upgrades

UP's coal train loadings lagged in March

California commission provides $271 million for rail, highway projects

ASLRRA names three 2012 Marketing Award winners

Standard & Poor's: Transportation's 'unpredictable' funding could have 'severe consequences' for economy, safety

CN, CSXT craft steel-wheel interchange in Chicago

April 2

UTA's board passes fines for distracted behavior

GCRTA posted ridership spike on St. Patrick's Day

Alaska Railroad posted revenue, ridership gains in 2011

KCS finishes trackwork in Texas, starts MOW project in Louisiana

North Carolina DOT, Charlotte to gauge developers' interest in Gateway Station project

Iowa Interstate installs Miller as vice chairman, Lipka as president/CEO

Tucson selects joint venture team for streetcar project

Pershing Square tabs former NS COO Tobias as seventh nominee for CP's board

CHSRA's revised business plan outlines faster, cheaper way to build system

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