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Rail News: May 2012

May 31

Rail supplier updates from GE Transportation, Bombardier, Alstom, Gannett Fleming and Parsons Brinckerhoff (May 31)

Ohio utilities commission approves upgrades at three crossings

MTA completes third Queens tunnel early

Flynn resigns as National Labor Relations Board member

BNSF budgets $306 million for infrastructure projects in three states

Budget shortfall prompts Metrolink fare increase

Valley Metro breaks ground on light-rail extension

Teamsters strike update: Return-to-work bill might pass muster today, CP might resume operations tomorrow

California Senate passes bill calling for creation of statewide passenger-rail plan

May 30

Progressive Railroading to present webcast on European Union rail marketplace on June 8

WMATA installs final 'Guarded 8' rail switch

Chrysler honors Union Pacific Distribution Services with 'partnership' award

VIA Rail posted revenue gains in 2011

RTA: Tie purchases accelerated in April

VTA solicits comments on proposed light-rail extension

SEPTA approves $1.3 billion operating, $303 million capital budgets for FY2013

University of Denver introduces major covering global commerce, transportation

NAFTA partners' surface transportation trade value reached record high in March, BTS says

CHSRA appoints Parsons Brinckerhoff SVP Morales as new chief

May 29

Rail supplier updates from Skanska, Cubic and Michael Baker (May 29)

BNSF budgets $111 million for Montana infrastructure projects

Caltrain reviews plan to add six trains, adjust service

Canadian government, VIA officials announce funding for Winnipeg station project

Indiana Rail Road CEO Hoback obtains honorary degree from Rose-Hulman Institute

USDOT notes close call reporting system, R&D strides in rail industry

Canada's House of Commons introduces return-to-work bill after CP-TCRC talks stall; TCRC-represented dispatchers ratify CN contract

LACMTA board OKs remainder of Westside subway extension project

CHSRA in process of hiring new top exec

Chicago DOT releases Union Station master plan study

May 25

Progressive Railroading to present webcast on European Union rail marketplace on June 8

VIA Rail opens rehabbed Panorama Lounge at Toronto Union Station

New York & Ogdensburg helps transport large turbine blades to wind farm

Rep. Reed tours Western New York & Pennsylvania, hears call for short-line tax credit extension

California Transportation Commission allocates funds for grade separation

Denver RTD to open first FasTracks rail line next spring

Chicago DOT releases Union Station master plan study

AAR: Another intermodal up, carloads down week for U.S. rail traffic

WMATA board signs off on FY2013 budget

UP set to pre-qualify bidders for Illinois HSR Tier 2 bid package

May 24

Rail supplier updates from GE Transportation, Siemens, Wabtec, GATX, RailComm and Parsons Brinckerhoff (May 24)

New York MTA signs off on agreements for taxi service at Long Island Rail Road stations

Ohio public utilities commission approves upgrades to five crossings

Georgia ports reached high cargo, auto volume marks in April

SEPTA completes Ryers Station renovation

GO Transit marks 45th anniversary

BNSF to maintain track, boost rail capacity in two states

CP to lay off more than 3,000 workers due to Teamsters strike

Progressive Railroading to present webcast on European Union rail marketplace on June 8

May 23

Elevator, escalator maintenance efforts paying off, NYCT says

AAR names numerous haz-mat safety award winners for 2011

RailAmerica's board ponders potential sale

Federal, state officials kick off Eads Bridge project in St. Louis

Canada, Ontario to support preliminary engineering study for commuter-rail link

U.S. Class I workforce expanded in April, STB says

Rogoff signs $745.2 million grant agreement for TriMet's Portland-Milwaukie light-rail project

Teamsters Canada Rail Conference launches strike at CP

May 22

Rail supplier updates from Bechtel, AECOM, Trinity and International Logistics (May 22)

FRA should require railroads to cover debris-carrying cars, Schumer says

Long Island Rail Road budgets $211.5 million for mainline infrastructure projects

Georgia ports support jobs and state's economy, college study shows

L.A. port pumped up volume in April

STB authorizes R.J. Corman to build Pennsylvania line

Metro Transit-St. Louis, BART to implement fare increases

May 21

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Bourque Logistics, Traktionssysteme and OPW (May 21)

CN honors 109 chemical shippers' safety efforts

Iowa Pacific to operate Santa Cruz branch line

Sound Transit Deputy CEO Kupersmith to retire

USDOT awards $85 million in New Starts funds to Portland-to-Milwaukie line

CSX presents 'Partnershipping' award to Montgomery chamber of commerce

Teamsters Canada Rail Conference issues 72-hour strike notice to CP

May 18

LIRR to prohibit alcohol on weekends

PUCO OKs Wheeling & Lake Erie plan to upgrade crossing

TransLink to solicit public input on North Shore Transit Plan

CSX's wellness programs recognized by northeast Florida group

PANYNJ to hire new security officer, centralize security operations

Central Manitoba Railway wins Canadian rail association's marketing award

AAR: U.S. traffic follows intermodal up, carloads down trend

CP installs Tobias as interim CEO, Paquin as acting chair

North Carolina, Virginia transportation agencies hand over SEHSR recommendation report to FRA

Parsons Brinckerhoff to provide design services for U.K.'s HS2

May 17

Rail supplier updates from CalAmp, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Bombardier and Gannett Fleming (May 17)

UP honors North Platte with Train Town USA membership

SBA recognizes MTA's diversity officer

Long Beach port registers traffic dip in April

NCTD names Zoll chief of security

Ontario government to offer GO Transit service guarantee

Charlotte transit agency signs Blue Line extension agreements with North Carolina Railroad, NS

CP's Green resigns in advance of shareholder meeting

May 16

CN's Mongeau: Business agenda is shaped by Class I's standards, values

WMATA opens first 'bike-and-ride' facility

Ramsey County rail authority set to begin negotiations for Union Depot property management, bicycle center

TTCI appoints Irani, Florom and Sherer to VP posts

TriMet posts April ridership gains in all modes

Sound Transit's light-rail tunnels reach downtown Seattle

BNSF details capital spending plans for Kansas, Missouri

Volatile gas prices drive Americans to ride trains, buses, study says

May 15

Rail supplier updates from L.B. Foster, Bombardier, Alstom, RailTerm, TUV Rheinland, SourceOne and Cubic (May 15)

Kuk succeeds Laman as Indiana port's director

Central Corridor light-rail project reaches halfway mark

NYCT completes Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue Station rehab project

Long Beach port kicks off Middle Harbor modernization project

New England passenger-rail agency adds station platforms for Downeaster expansion

Rail Runner adds express train, other amenities; implements fare increase

May 14

Ohio commission approves bridge repairs, line rehabilitation work

Idaho short-line workers ratified new contract, BLET says

GO Transit to operate weekend service along Barrie corridor

CSX, Amtrak and NYSDOT need to include pedestrian path in rail bridge plans, Sen. Schumer says

Hursh to succeed Smith as VTA's COO

Domestic coal decline isn't hampering railroads' earnings, Paragon Report says

Amtrak revamps operations to strengthen performance, service

WMATA board to consider $2.3 billion budget for FY2013

Japan-U.S. partnership seeks to launch 220 mph rail service serving Dallas, Houston

New England passenger-rail agency adds station platforms for Downeaster expansion

Amtrak revamps operations to strengthen performance, service

May 11

Rail supplier updates from Invensys, Ricardo, Bombardier, RailComm, RailTerm, Auto Truck and Cubic (May 11)

Ohio commission approves NS crossing upgrade

Transportation Services Index slipped in March

California commission OKs funds for grade separation project

USDOT announces $15.8 million grant to eliminate rail bottleneck in Detroit

BART's board approves Bombardier car contract

AAR reports carload drop in week 18; RailAmerica and GWI report carload declines in April

PANYNJ, local board award Moynihan Station contract to Skanska

May 10

Amtrak launches eTicketing service for Heartland Flyer passengers

Colorado, Texas short-line workers ratify new contracts

GO Transit to add weekday rush-hour rides

UP loads fewer coal trains in April, wins Lowe's top carrier award

BNSF increased revenue, income in Q1

NJ Transit posts gains in rider satisfaction

LACMTA proposes 8 percent budget increase for FY2013

USDOT revises PTC implementation regulations

USDOT, Michigan approve funding for West Detroit connector track project

May 9

Rail supplier updates from Axion, FreightCar America and Plasser (May 9)

Pacer and CSXT, Schneider National and BNSF renew intermodal pacts

LaHood, UTA officials to launch construction on Sugar House Streetcar

Domestic container volume surged in Q1, IANA says

HART CEO proposes 7 percent budget cut

SteelRiver to acquire Patriot Rail; Metrolink's Fenton to succeed Marino as CEO

AAR names winners of E.H. Harriman, Harold F. Hammond safety awards

Boxer, Mica call on conference committee to forge agreement on transportation bill

STB: Michigan DOT does not need approval to acquire NS line

May 8

May 8: Updates from Ansaldo, Osmose and Norgren

OneRail Coalition to brief congressional staffers on rail industry's infrastructure investment

STB proposes new demurrage liability rule

Iowa Holdings teams up with Rail Logistics to better manage refrigerated car fleet

IDOT unveils new multi-modal transportation program

Shift away from coal as power plant feedstock is in play, Fitch Ratings says

CN, KCS make top management changes

WMATA registers performance improvements in first quarter

May 7

May 7: Updates from ARS, Lilee Systems, Koppers, Stella-Jones and CTLGroup

Chicago South Shore & South Bend appoints CMO, superintendent

Rogoff helps dedicate new Massachusetts intermodal center

Crosstex Energy to boost capacity at Louisiana crude oil transload facility

Three Class Is make jobseeker web site's list of top military employers

USDOT signs off on Oklahoma DOT's TIGER III grant for track upgrades

Caltrain board OKs regional pact for electrification

Fare increase to take effect tomorrow on Capitol Corridor

Midwestern states to study options for congestion relief, faster trains between Chicago and Detroit

May 4

May 4: Updates from Veolia, Skanska Koch, Modjeski and Masters, RMI, TUV Rheinland and NRC

NARP presents Golden Spike Award to Sen. Inouye

The Andersons acquires Iowa ethanol facility

Bartlett Grain to build KCSR-served facility in Illinois

LaHood makes another pitch for 'Buy America'

SMART completes bond sale to fund new commuter-rail service

CTA boosts price index component of CN's, CP's grain revenue cap

AAR: U.S. coal volume sagged to lowest year-over-year percentage drop last month

CHSRA board approves final environmental documents for Merced-Fresno corridor

Caltrain signs off on electrification MOU

May 3

Ohio grade crossing upgrades advance, Illinois grade separation remains under study

DART, Metra and PANYNJ announce personnel changes

Tacoma port crafts 10-year plan

San Francisco officials OK key resolutions to advance Central Subway project

Surface transportation trade value shot up in February, BTS says

Caltrain board to consider dipping into 'one-time funds' to address fiscal crunch

Metrolink to solicit public input on proposed fare hike

NS begins to build new Charlotte intermodal terminal

May 2

May 2: Updates from Whitmore, GATX, Parsons Brinckerhoff and AllTranstek

KCSR wins ACC's 'responsible partner' award

Maryland Transportation Secretary Swaim-Staley to resign

Patriot Rail subsidiary to serve Arizona industrial park

MBTA, DHS to test bioterrorism sensors

BNSF budgets $202 million for Nebraska projects, helps launch California trackwork

Valley Metro solicits public opinion on recommended light-rail, transit extension

EPA: After Q1, rail-car delivery projection remains at 58,000 units for 2012

May 1

May 1: Updates from MAC Products, Wabtec, Koppers, Axion Power and The Andersons

GWI reports Q1 results, announces NS line lease in Alabama

Baltimore mayor urges CSXT to build intermodal facility in city; NS locomotive shop workers set safety record

RTA: Tie purchases plummeted, production climbed in March

Amtrak unveils plan for fleet replacement

CTA opens first new 'L' station in 18 years

Project Green Fleet seeks railroads interested in applying for EPA grants

Pittsburgh port authority weighs fare hike, service and staff cuts

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