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Rail News: May 2011

May 31

Updates from Bombardier, Ansaldo, Alstom, Signaling Solutions and Thales

Washington state commission OKs funds for four crossing projects

DART, East Texas agency seek expanded rail connections

Effective vegetation management includes herbicide applications, ARRC says

MBTA marks completion of Blue Line station project

Montreal port pumped up 2010 volumes

Iowa Northern seeks to operate UP line, gain rights to CP trackage

Amtrak caps off station renovation in Missouri

CHSRA tabs Ryan as chief of staff

Alstom to supply high-speed trains for Polish system

May 27

BART approves Taser purchase for police department

Ohio commission releases 2010 crossing safety report

WMATA's governance committee proposes permanent bylaws

AAR recognizes haz-mat safety achievements in three award categories

Sen. Brown targets SMART Act at rebuilding transit infrastructure

AAR report: U.S. rail traffic remained on uptick last week

LACMTA adopts $4 billion budget for FY2012, approves underground station plan

Mica, Shuster call for privatizing Northeast Corridor

New York, Rhode Island officials recognize importance of HSR grants

May 26

Greater Cleveland RTA adds Segway to patrol fleet

Morristown & Erie to operate newly rehabbed New Jersey line

VRE operator appoints Stegner equipment superintendent

Argus honors CRANDIC/Archer Daniels Midland partnership successes

Sound Transit attains WTS honor for diversity leadership in contracting, hiring

CN wins major TRANSCAER award for second-straight year

AEM leader calls on Congress to invest in transportation infrastructure

Senate committee members post progress with drafting next surface transportation bill

Mica, Shuster propose transferring NEC ownership to private entity

California HSR officials contend with criticism, seek private-sector participation

May 25

Vale to expand Brazilian port terminal, install new CEO

New Orleans RTA to cut price of one-day pass

AAR honors INVISTA for obtaining haz-mat safety awards from four Class Is

CSXT awards $5,000 for 'Tomorrow Moves' projects

Hunt Global Resources to produce more frac sand for shale drilling operations

Equipment finance sector continues to strengthen, ELFA says

New coalition aims to raise nation's awareness of transportation 'crisis'

TriMet to open Rockwood MAX station

May 24

Updates from Alstom, Axion, Rail Safety, Gannett Fleming and Control Chief

Now available: Maintenance of Way Spending Report 2011

Hensley becomes GM of Adrian & Blissfield

RTA report: Tie purchases, production dipped in April

SEPTA opens rebuilt Fox Chase Station

UP earns top Toyota Logistics award for third-straight year

Amtrak: Connecticut bridge projects post progress

Florida East Coast joins AAR

Metro Transit-St. Louis approves FY2012 operating, capital budget

Kansas university professors to study concrete ties for HSR applications

May 23

Updates from Invensys Rail, L.B. Foster, Alstom and Hollysys

North County Transit District receives local taxpayer 'Watchdog Award'

ASME releases rail vehicle safety standards

Illinois commission OKs new second track, upgrades to 14 crossings

Rail traffic gains likely to remain ahead of GDP growth through 2011, Baird says

FRA's Rae named WTS 'Woman of the Year'

USDOT to provide $7.6 billion for transit

ATA: Rail's share of U.S. freight volume to fall, intermodal's to rise by 2022

May 20

Logistics provider to build Brazil's largest intermodal terminal

MTA recognized for MWBE opportunities; CTA honored for 'Tracker' programs

North Carolina, Ohio agencies advance rail safety enhancement projects

MARTA awards $17.2 million streetcar contract to Siemens

UP opens yard in Wyoming

Amtrak high-speed rail business plan to include private investors

AAR weekly report: U.S. carloads rebound, Mexican carloads fall flat

May 19

Updates from Invensys, Miner, Wabtec, Sweco, Kahn and Parsons Brinckerhoff

SFMTA considers adding express bus service to light-rail route

BNSF receives two Toyota logistics awards, honors chemical shippers safety efforts

GO Transit ramped up ridership, boosted on-time performance in FY2010-11

CSX to provide another $160 million for National Gateway initiative

FCC's wireless telecommunications arm seeks comments on PTC radio spectrum issues

AAR hands out annual Harriman, Hammond awards

Amtrak pursues private investment in N.E. Corridor HSR plans

May 18

Canadian association pursues 'common vision' for rail's future

High-speed rail trackwork will affect Amtrak Lincoln Service, Texas Eagle routes

MBTA meetings will review single-person train operation plans

Sound Transit's light-rail tunneling set to begin

Senate bill would authorize more federal funding for TIGER grant program

FTA awards $6.7 million to build Albuquerque intermodal center

CN to boost intermodal capacity at Brampton terminal

Rockefeller, Lautenberg draft bill to drive private transportation investments

CHSRA signs information-exchange pact with United Kingdom

Rockefeller, Lautenberg draft bill to drive private transportation investments

May 17

Updates from Alstom, Bombardier, Banyan Rail, Stantec, Advanced Transit Manufacturing and Parsons Brinckerhoff

Metrolink OKs new ticketing options

RailAmerica's April carloads lagged last year's pace

Twin Cities' council, transportation advisory board release 2011 regional solicitation for projects

Illinois bill would benefit freight system planning, Metropolis Strategies says

Metra to expand quiet cars to all lines

L.A.-area ports pumped up April volumes

U.S. Class Is ramped up employment levels last month

World Congress on High-Speed Rail to be held in Philly in 2012

May 16

Now available: Maintenance of Way Spending Report 2011

KCS seeks to solidify short-line partnerships

GCRTA to open rapid transit station tomorrow

Intermodal equipment repair facility coming to Joliet area in fall

Kentucky provides more than $3.1 million for short-line infrastructure projects

Gallegly proposes bill to raise cap on Metrolink accident victim compensation

Parsons Brinckerhoff, STV joint venture wins LACMTA extension contract

Caltrain's express train service boosted April ridership

IANA: International container, domestic traffic gains drove up 1Q intermodal volume

May 13

Updates from Amsted Rail, Evraz, ISCO, AMEC and Integrated Business

APTA, ARTBA to launch transportation investment ad campaign featuring Presidents Reagan, Clinton

NS preps for future volume growth; CSXT honors Georgia development agency

Ohio rail commission OKs three freight-rail projects

TriMet registered record ridership in April

Texas transportation agency to begin train, signal and communications tests along commuter-rail corridor

GE Transportation to build locomotive plant in Texas

AAR: More mixed traffic results for U.S. roads in May's first week

May 12

Updates from Harsco, RailComm, Greenbrier, CH2M Hill, Booz Allen Hamilton and TransCore

Organizations, individuals attain honors for rail-related efforts

Genesee & Wyoming logged more carloads in April

NS honors chemical shippers' safety efforts, backs more storm relief efforts

USDOT awards Amtrak $450 million to upgrade New York-to-D.C. high-speed rail service

CTA installs Claypool as president

NJ Transit unveils dual-powered locomotive, advances light-rail line and adds quiet cars

March a lion for Transportation Services Index's growth

Amtrak ridership surged to record level in April

More details on Amtrak's HSR grant award

Rep. Braley urges Iowa governor to provide matching funds for HSR grant

CH2M Hill to acquire Booz Allen Hamilton's state, local government transportation consulting division

May 11

Updates from Alstom, Bombardier, Axion, Harsco, Jacobs Associates and Parsons

America 2050 praises USDOT's high-speed, intercity rail grants

Schumer: Nation needs to increase rail security funding, make Amtrak more secure

Veolia/Tri-Rail, MBCR/MBTA workers endorse contracts

Vancouver port lands high-speed rail grant for freight access project

Capitol Corridor registers record April ridership, receives $68 million from feds for rolling stock

CN to boost capacity in Alberta corridors

Virginia rail agency ponders expansion with Amtrak, Class Is

California legislative report: High-speed project needs better oversight, more government involvement

More details on the Vancouver port project

May 10

Teamsters Canada MOW division OKs Ontario Northland pact; Georgia short line workers join UTU

Santa Clara VTA awards creek improvement contract

Long Beach port leader Steinke wins Connie Award

ATU members approve two-year contract with Twin Cities' Metro Transit

Cordele Intermodal Services to open Georgia terminal next month

San Francisco-area congressional delegation urges support for BART's 'Fleet for Future'

AAR April report: U.S. carloadings fell for first time in 13 months

USDOT's high-speed rail funding decision attracts fans, foes

Former Florida Rail Enterprise chief joins Parsons

May 9

Updates from Keolis, Wabtec, FreightCar America, ARI and Parsons Brinckerhoff

Now available: Maintenance of Way Spending Report 2011

Air emissions continue to plummet at L.A. port

Communitech survey shows support for Waterloo-area light-rail line

Metrolink launches 16 new trains, adds express and light-night service

BTS: Train border crossings climbed in 2010

Cincinnati officials revise streetcar plan

California rail authority to resume freight-rail service on Northwestern Pacific line

APTA's Millar calls on Congress to increase transit security funding

LaHood: HSR grants allocated to states that are 'ready to get into the high-speed rail business'

USDOT announces new HSIPR grants

Bombardier to supply components for new Deutsche Bahn high-speed trains

May 6

BART adds new library service for riders

Railroad passenger association awards first academic award to Penn's Vuchic

North Carolina Railroad to bolster three rail bridges

UP boosts capex budget for 2011, wins environmental award in Texas

Houston METRO names new police chief; WMATA elects new board members

APTA hosts national career day; Canada transit agencies organize youth summit on sustainable transportation

AAR weekly report: U.S. roads closed April with mixed traffic results

CSXT's Spatafore wins Chafee award; Quebec-Gatineau Railway's Lewerenz wins Cyr award

Oklahoma to study PPP approach for implementing high-speed rail

May 5

Updates from Ansaldo, Televant, Vossloh, Southfield Capital and KBR

North Carolina DOT to close 'redundant' crossing

Virginia rail agency appoints Wilson chief of public transportation

Delaware DOT seeks public input on new state rail plan

Rio Grande Pacific installs Bach as president

MBTA weekday ridership surged 5 percent in March

BTS: Value of freight transported among NAFTA nations rose in February

LACMTA proposes 6.3 percent budget increase for FY2012

May 4

Washington state commission approves funds for five crossing projects

MBTA puts station project out for bids

CN provides scheduled service for potash shippers

Metrolink to launch new trains on May 9

U.S. mayors want more say in federal transportation funding, survey says

UP's PRB coal train loadings on uptick in April

USDOT sends SunRail grant agreement to Congress for review

Senate bill would freeze federal truck size, weight limits

May 3

Updates from Siemens, L.B. Foster, R.J. Corman, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Strategic Rail

Chicago South Shore, UTU ratify new contract

Begeman sworn in to U.S. Surface Transportation Board

Houston METRO to solicit public opinion on transit plan, rehires HR exec

ASLRRA hands out annual safety awards at San Antonio conference

EPA expects rail-car deliveries to reach 36,900 in 2011

AAR publishes annual 'Trends' report

May 2

Updates from Axion, Stadler, Invensys, Kinkisharyo, Siemens, CIT Rail and Orgo-Thermit Inc.

UP wins chemical shipper's 'excellence' award; subsidiary achieves high 'SmartWay' score

WMATA seeks amendment to pave way for transit-oriented development

Sound Transit approves acquisition of former BNSF right of way for light-rail link

NS breaks ground on Memphis intermodal terminal

UTU, carriers' committee forge tentative national pact

MARTA proposes $414 operating budget, $186 million capital budget for FY2012

ARCI: First-quarter rail-car orders exceeded entire 2010 total

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