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Rail News: May 2010

May 28

U.S. railroads' traffic volume has leveled off, AAR says

WMATA sets aside $2 million for security

CSXT, Florida forge rail security pact

Metra appoints Hillard Heintze as interim inspector general

STB mulls options to update rail-cost methodology

New York, New Jersey port authority posts mixed results in Q1

Ohio rail commission, GWI to talk long-term lease for Panhandle Line

Updates from Kawasaki, L.B. Foster, Wartsila, Siemens and International Fuel Technology

May 27

Texas added as member of States for Passenger Rail Coalition

Thales obtains Spanish HSR contract

USDOT releases high-speed stimulus funds for five projects

Mixed-use tracks present new maintenance challenges

U.S. Class Is add to workforce in April, STB data shows

DART considers service, staffing cuts for FY2012

TCU-represented carmen, clerks ratify Amtrak agreement

Vancouver ridership remains high for TransLink after Olympic surge

BNSF Logistics earns EPA environmental distinction

Coal miner consortium makes bid for Queensland Rail's coal network

New York MTA pens Hudson Yards development deal

Updates from Siemens, HDR, Bombardier, VAE Nortrak, DB Schenker, Columbus Castings and ISIS Consultants

May 26

Rail-car deliveries won't crack 14,000 in 2010, Kolstad says

Bill proposing emergency public transportation funding enters Senate

CSXT recovers from Nashville floods ahead of schedule

Minnesota's Central Corridor to begin final design

Congress needs to extend short lines' tax credits, Rep. Jenkins says

AAR urges protection for railroads from loss of coal revenue

Chlorine Institute: FRA understates PTC's benefits to rail industry, public

L.A. Metro names Mitchell COO, Welburne executive director of planning

May 25

VRE: Keolis will be ready to assume operations June 28

UTU, NCCC continue contract talks; BLET seeks new national pact

Valley Metro alters service to address sales tax revenue decline

The Andersons becomes minority investor in Iowa Northern Railway

CTA to add security cameras at stations

Rail could open China's interior to export goods production, APL says

L.A. Metro lands state grant to install electric car chargers

Updates from Michael Baker Jr., Thales, HDR, Alstom, TCS, Greenbrier and Cubic Transportation Systems

May 24

Keolis not ready to take over VRE operations, Amtrak says

St. Louis Metro approves $232.4 million budget for FY2011

California commission OKs funds for Colton grade separation

KCSM seeks to strengthen relationships with Brownsville port, short line

Global Infrastructure needs mired in $2 trillion deficit, report shows

North Carolina DOT adds safety devices at six grade crossings

Administration sets first-ever GHG emission standards for trucks

May 21

'Rail Car Counts' webcast coming May 25

AAR report: U.S. roads' weekly intermodal volume reaches 18-month high

LACMTA adopts $3.8 billion annual budget

MTA to save $22 million by reducing overtime

National Coal sells Tennessee line to R.J. Corman; Boise Valley Railroad lands city agreements

Clement to succeed Hertwig as CSXI president

CP increases 2010 capex and quarterly dividend; RailAmerica sets senior note redemption

Maryland's MARC sets ridership record in April

LIRR to break ground on 'green' train wash facility

May 20

New York DOT appoints high-speed rail project director

Amtrak Virginia's Lynchburg route exceeds rider projections

STB to hear CSXT's, utility's rate-challenge arguments next month

Virginia to allot $2.1 billion for rail, public transportation

Toronto's Metrolinx revises plan to complete 'Big 5' transit projects by 2020

USDOT, women's transportation group team up to promote transportation careers to females

GCRTA approves construction contracts, attains diversity honor

Canadian minister promotes Asia-Pacific Gateway in China

Updates from Axion, Trinity, CrossGlobe Group, RuggedCom, Michael Baker Jr., Vossloh and Barix Audio; Also, In Memoriam: Robert Pattison

May 19

AAR hands out annual Harriman, Hammond safety awards

NY/NJ port to build barge-to-rail facility at century-old yard

MassDOT chooses site for MBTA maintenance facility

Ohio rail commission OKs state rail plan, freight-rail projects

American Railway Explorer to launch 'rail cruise'

Rail industry suppliers stay the R&D course despite economic woes, RSI says

Ford Foundation to invest in transit projects

Updates from RailWorks, Cattron, Unitrac, Holland, Invensys Rail, Bombardier and Diamond Group

May 18

Proposed FRA rule would ban on-duty workers from using electronic devices

Gov. Christie to New York-area port authority: Build barge-to-rail facility

TriMet breaks ground on 85th light-rail station

Wisconsin transit authority to seek federal New Starts standing for KRM line

Amtrak, labor council reach tentative agreement

FRA schedules public sessions to scrutinize proposed National Rail Plan

FTA reviews Houston Metro's compliance with Buy America program

Updates from Advanced Rail Management, Alstom, RailComm, Skanska and Global Railway

May 17

States for Passenger Rail Coalition lobbies feds for $2.5 billion in HSR funding in FY2011

Sens. Kerry, Lieberman introduce energy bill

MTA breaks ground on Second Avenue Subway tunnel

BNSF boots up redesigned website

Baird report: Export coal, intermodal volumes help railroads beat traffic expectations

Patriot Rail wins bid to restore North Carolina line; Stillwater Central assumes Oklahoma line operation

Laird becomes general superintendent of Amtrak's Pacific Northwest division

Australia's Asciano to provide intermodal services for freight forwarder

Updates from Railhead Vision Systems, Wabtec, LGC Skyrota, CIT Group, Transportation Certification Services and RailPros

May 14

Florida gets FRA go-ahead to launch work on Orlando-Tampa HSR line

North American intermodal volume surged in Q1, IANA says

AAR report: U.S. roads' traffic winning streak reaches 11 weeks

WMATA begins search for permanent GM

Virginia sets $492.7 million bond sale for transportation projects

NS addresses outlook, board issues at annual stockholders meeting

Metro-North, Poughkeepsie eye transit-oriented development plans

Pennsylvania DOT to help fund 11 freight-rail projects

Updates from L.B. Foster, Portec Rail, Railinc, Bombardier, Gannett Fleming, Bloom Cos. and Cambridge Systematics

May 13

America 2050 urges Congress to fund HSR at $4 billion in FY2011

WSDOT to conduct environmental assessment for Port Defiance Bypass project

AAR: All things considered, April was a good month for rail traffic

TSI a tad higher in March, BTS says

Construction to begin on Twin Cities' light-rail line in fall

North Carolina Railroad study touts benefits of commuter rail

CN offers shippers a sustainable modal shift 'protocol'

Two Las Vegas railroads continue to gear up for launch

RailAmerica, Genesee & Wyoming register volume gains in April

NJ Transit adds new online offerings

May 12

TriMet reports ridership jump in April

Rail needs to be part of U.S. transportation capacity expansions, OneRail Coalition says

Stifel Nicolaus' Larkin: CSX, NS top transportation performers

VIA Rail Canada changes schedule to shorten travel times

Widdows, Hemingway win containerization institute's 'Connie' awards

Sound Transit to expand parking lot

Intermodal institute masters program students gain European insight

Updates from Invensys Rail, Gunderson, Bombardier, Alstom, RMI and Thales

May 11

OneRail Coalition weighs in on National Rail Plan

J.L. Patterson to conduct design work for Oregon DOT's HSR project

NMB amends rail industry union election rules

Capitol Corridor ridership down slightly in April

CN, rail traffic controllers reach new agreement

Houston Metro president resigns

Canadian iron-ore miner completes rail line

BLET turns 147

Updates from Portec Rail, MGE, Eckert Seamans and ShipXpress

May 10

New York, federal officials work to resolve HSR issues

Metra's Pagano killed by train

USDOT's DBE proposal aims to increase accountability for agencies

Calgary breaks ground on transit improvements

Intermodal marketshare reaches record high in Q1, FTR says

Ohio commission to consider state rail plan, rail project funding

Pennsylvania officials calls for more transit funding

Canadian short line earns economic development honor

Ferrara named president of MTA bridges and tunnels

May 7

STB continues to back Nevada's DesertXpress high-speed proposal

FRA issues proposed rulemaking on high-speed train operations

Illinois Senate creates high-speed rail commission

AAR weekly report: North American railroads end April with a traffic bang

UP boosts coal train loadings again in April

Milwaukee gears up for streetcar project

Phoenix's Valley Metro sets ridership records in April

UP boosts 2010 capex and quarterly dividend, resumes share repurchases

CN hands out 2009 'Safe Handling' awards

Illinois commission to fund bridge, crossing projects

Updates from Bombardier, FreightCar America, Harsco, NCC, Pacer, Cattron, Transportation Management Services and Michael Baker

May 6

Sen. Schumer calls on state DOT, CSX to resolve HSR issues in New York

Intercity rail restoration between New Orleans, Jacksonville key to Florida's HSR connections

Wisconsin to build HSR station in downtown Madison

Sen. Kohl vows to continue championing antitrust provision in rail reform bill

California high-speed authority tabs Alstom exec as next leader

ASLRRA show session: Short-line tax credits might be extended by month's end

Ward: CSX needs to stay focused on the future

Transportation 'critically' under-funded in Pennsylvania, report states

Progress Rail acquires FCM Rail

Montreal port pumps up volume in Q1

BART survey shows positive rider response to mobile device application

Zilliken becomes VP of Las Vegas Railway Express

May 5

Report reinforces freight railroads' 'green' appeal, AAR says

Vancouver port seeks freight-rail service improvements

UP improves track in four states, wins health care award

CN reaches mitigation agreement with Barrington Hills

Denver university's intermodal institute re-elects Branscum as chairman, addresses national transportation policy

NS hands out 'Thoroughbred' chemical safety awards

Updates from RailComm, Knorr Bremse, Invensys Rail, Prover Technology, Averitt Express and Parsons Brinckerhoff

May 4

CN outlines service improvement measures in service review panel report

ASLRRA hands out annual safety awards

WMATA oversight committee submits audit response

MBTA kicks off project to improve Haverhill commuter line

Six crossings to be upgraded, three to be closed in Ohio city

UP named Lowe's 'rail carrier of the year'

KCSR begins to move wind tower parts in Texas

NARP names Stewart chairman

May 3

USDOT seeks applications for 'TIGER II' grant program

Freight-car deliveries to gradually increase during next two years, EPA says

Metra to look into executive director's financial dealings

New York & Atlantic lands federal grant to reduce locomotive emissions, idling

CTA to increase price index for CN's, CP's grain revenue caps in next crop year

SmartCard usage is another step toward Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's modernization efforts

Report to show bright future for freight rail in 'green' economy

Updates from Hirschmann Automation and Control, WL Ross-Greenbrier Rail, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Skire, IBM and Green Globe International

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