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Rail News: June 2009

June 30

CSXT commits to carbon dioxde-lowering goal by 2011; BNSF unveils hydrogen fuel-cell switcher

Amtrak to renovate Pennsylvania station

NYC planning commission approves ARC tunnel project's land use application

July fuel surcharges: CSXI's heads up, NS' and UP's hold steady

San Francisco agency to hike fares July 1

RTA report: Tie purchases, production plummet in May

AAR, BOE recognize four chemical shippers' haz-mat safety efforts

Value Recovery Group investors acquire former Colorado Railcar DMU

June 29

Transit agencies now can use ARRA funds for operating costs

BART approves nine-day contract extension with two unions

FRA issues grants for Maine trackwork, California college rail-defect detection R&D

Toronto Transit Commission green lights $1.2 billion LRV order with Bombardier

Iowa senator seeks details on Amtrak inspector general's 'unexpected' retirement

FRA seeks comments on planned hours-of-service law enforcements; two BMWED federations merge

New York/New Jersey port launches second shipper incentive program

Updates from GE Security, Alstom, Bombardier, Cattron and ARCADIS

June 26

WMATA approves FY10 budget

AAR weekly report: U.S. railroads' traffic remains in doldrums

Chicago's RTA projects $61 million revenue drop

Rail-car demand a tad stronger in June, Longbow Research survey shows

WMATA to inspect all signal circuits following Red Line crash

Florida port takes first step toward more containerized traffic

CSXT to introduce GenSet switchers at New York yard

Brazilian miner Vale to make switch to biodiesel

June 25

FRA's high-speed rail plan too general, GAO says

Two BART unions seek wage increases

Short-line tax credit bill garners 122 congressional co-sponsors, ASLRRA says

DART Orange Line to connect with DFW Airport

AAR backs 'transportation efficiency' bill

Raritan Central to establish short line at Arkansas industrial park

UP lands on 'best employer' list for promoting a healthy workplace

Updates from Thales, Knorr-Bremse, Mitsui Rail, RailComm and Atlantic Track & Turnout

June 24

BART's sales tax revenue plummets, labor agreements near expiration  

California ports' volume on the light side in May

Two senators seek appropriation for rail safety grant program

NJ Transit completes Rutherford Station exterior work, begins interior upgrades

Western Pennsylvania needs more passenger-rail service, Shuster says

Senate committee approves TTCI appropriation

Transplace's Abernathy is TMCA's top marketing executive of '09

Updates from Miner Enterprises, Iteris, Lodging Enterprises and Dingo/Scientifics

June 23

Two WMATA trains collide near nation's capital

USDOT issues 54 more stimulus grants

MARTA signs off on $787 million FY10 budget

EMD delivers first two 'repowered' locomotives to KCS

BNSF boots up intermodal/truck analysis tool

RailAmerica sells eight-year notes to refinance debt

Updates from Alstom, HDR, C.R. England, General Cable and NICE Systems

June 22

Administration seeks to implement short-term surface transportation bill

U.S. needs national freight policy, BNSF's Rose says

Denver RTD set to launch full construction on West Corridor

Progressive Railroading to host 'Rail Car Counts 2009' Webcast tomorrow

North Carolina multi-modal industrial park to add rail line

Amtrak inspector general Weiderhold retires

GM recognizes UP as a supplier of the year

Hersman's nomination as NTSB chair heads to Senate

June 19

House committee leaders introduce surface transportation authorization bill

AAR data: North American railroads' traffic a tad heavier of late

Metra awards contracts for several stimulus-funded projects

Teamsters Canada Rail Conference to Ontario: Help fund short-line infrastructure upgrades

CN hammers out EJ&E-related mitigation agreement with 17th Chicago-area city

BNSF boots up carbon estimator tool

Queensland Rail adds more double track Down Under

Updates from R.J. Corman/Railpower, Bombardier, Veolia Transportation, MISCOR Group and Parsons Brinckerhoff

June 18

USDOT unveils application guidelines for high-speed stimulus dollars

Short liners seek more co-sponsors for tax credit bill

Canada amends 'dangerous goods' act to prevent haz-mat accidents

GO Transit to add service on Milton line

Russian Railways to reduce workforce by more than 53,000

Raab, Russell take on GM roles at southern short lines

Greenberg joins New York MTA's board

June 17

U.S. Class I workforce shrinks significantly in May, STB data shows

APTA: Nine of 10 transit agencies are raising fares and/or cutting service

Nation's freight transportation system needs an efficiency boost, RAND researchers say

Congressman wants Tri-Rail/Florida East Coast partnership to advance

Progressive Railroading to host 'Rail Car Counts 2009' Webcast next week

EPA joins USDOT/HUD 'livability' task force

Texas port to launch rail yard relocation project

Updates from Ansaldo STS USA, AECOM Technology, RailComm, Everbridge and Railinc

June 16

Bill seeking to bolster surface transportation system enters House

Q1 public transit ridership exceeds expectations, APTA says

UP's PRB, Colorado/Utah coal loadings continue to lag 2008's pace

LACMTA wins APTA's Rail Rodeo for second-straight year

Genesee & Wyoming to close curtain on Huron Central Railway

Martin Marietta acquires three quarries, becomes sole owner of ballast-supplying operation

Metra elects vice chair, treasurer

Updates from Vossloh, Ansaldo STS, Tideworks Technology, Affiliated Computer Services and SBB

June 15

TriMet's ridership tumbles in May

KCSM adds second WILD; KCSR sets launch date for new Texas service

BART approves interim FY10 budget

BLET and UTU to FRA: Ban one-man crews

General Mills to build rail-served distribution center in Georgia

UP to upgrade Wisconsin line

Los Angeles MTA boots up transit data site

Updates from THE Partnership, RailComm, Invensys Rail, Parsons Brinckerhoff and North American Technologies Group

June 12

APTA: New surface transportation bill unlikely to be approved by September deadline

FTA awards $909.4 million in 77 ARRA grants

U.S. railroads' weekly traffic tallies show slight improvement, AAR says

U.S. trade gap a tad wider in April — IHS Global Insight

North Carolina Railroad schedules second-half projects, prepares to analyze commuter-rail a second time

IBM opens rail innovation facility in China

UP to add sixth unit to California yard's Genset fleet

Updates from Global Railway Industries, Cambridge Systematics and NCC Construction Sweden

June 11

BART pushes to wrap up labor union negotiations by July 1

TSI falls a few more pegs in April, BTS says

Georgia transportation authority to reallocate stimulus dollars to MARTA

Obama tabs Hersman as NTSB chair, Hoglander as NMB member

NJ Transit exercises option with Bombardier for additional locomotives

Genesee & Wyoming has not-so-great expectations for second-quarter revenue, earnings

Progressive Railroading to host 'Rail Car Counts 2009' Webinar on June 23

Updates from AT&T, Invensys Rail, ESW Canada, Greenbrier and Echo Global Logistics

June 10

New 'transportation productivity' coalition backs truck weight-boosting bill

California intercity rail ridership plummets in May

UP employs 'greener' refrigerated cars, donates locomotive to Texas firefighter academy

NYC-area port authority, TSA to test passenger screening technology at PATH stations

CSXT, New Jersey utility to purchase three GenSets

UTA posts progress on West Valley extension

FRA grants help two RailAmerica short lines shore up flood-damaged track

Updates from ARM, Bombardier, Nexus Distribution and Greenbrier

June 9

FTA commits $1.35 billion for early construction work on NJ Transit's Access to the Region's Core

KCS seeks name for new Houston-to-Mexico intermodal service

For truckers, 'technology-based efficiency' is the competitive key — Stifel Nicolaus note

Bipartisan Policy Center releases surface transportation policy reform proposal

Short-line set's carloads way down through May, RMI index shows

Canada's Keewatin Railway obtains federal funds to upgrade passenger service

Watco Cos., late founder Webb win chamber of commerce awards in Kansas town

Updates from SYSTRA, A&K Railroad Materials, Siemens, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Aconex and ChemLogix

June 8

FTA names McMillan deputy administrator

Canada's First Nations railroad obtains federal capital improvement funds

Less coal used to generate electricity means railroads' coal traffic downer will drag on, Kolstad says

UP to upgrade Idaho, Texas lines

Gavilon Group to build rail-served fertilizer storage facility in North Dakota

Maryland Transit Administration to expand light-rail parking lot

Updates from Bombardier, Parsons Brinckerhoff and OPW Fluid Transfer Group

June 5

AAR: North American freight-rail traffic malaise continued in May

California high-speed authority's board awards program oversight contract, appoints new members

West Coast port seeks non-polluting ways to move containers between marine terminals, rail yard

Delaware River port authority to outline transit expansion plans

BNSF adds automated gate system at California intermodal terminal

Rail shippers association installs new officers

Cuyahoga Valley railroad to implement GPS commentary system on excursion trains

Updates from Alstom, Bombardier, BASF ProVM and DuPont

June 4

Amtrak to operate new state-supported route in Virginia

Caltrain proposes new budget-reduction measures

An 'ethical' high-speed rail-based intermodal transportation system needed ASAP, ITI's Carmichael says

Trucking industry's near-term fundamentals are 'as bad as we've ever witnessed' — Stifel Nicolaus analysts

Rail Runner hits 2 million passenger mark in New Mexico

Washington city contracts HDR to design industrial park line

MSU's rail management program offers scholarships to two short-line workers

Illinois commission OKs two grade crossing upgrades

June 3

Biden, LaHood to meet with state transportation leaders on high-speed rail grant program

UP: PRB, Colorado/Utah coal train loadings lag in May

Biodiesel distributor to tap intermodal connections at Connecticut port

MBTA completes accessibility improvements at Arlington Station

Transport Canada hires consultant to conduct freight-rail service survey

BART receives Bay Area recognition for digital marketing 'excellence'

Obama tabs Trottenberg as USDOT transportation policy secretary

Updates from Stadler Rail, RailComm, OPW Fluid Transfer, Bombardier, Logistick and Bird-X

June 2

Kohl, Rockefeller oust rail antitrust bill from Senate until they usher in new joint legislation

Toronto Transit Commission sets 12-month ridership record

NS marks Conrail integration's 10th anniversary, wins logistics award

BART contracts Shimmick/Skanska to construct portion of Warm Springs extension

Stifel Nicolaus analysts put CSX, NS and UP in 'buy' category

NJ Transit breaks ground on Edison Station parking project

Russ, Chunko take on SVP roles at Genesee & Wyoming

Canadian private equity firm acquires Nordco

June 1

Illinois legislators approve capital funds for Chicago-area transit agencies

LACMTA, developer complete Purple Line mixed-use project

KCS leaders push partnerships, trackage rights resolutions at Mexico meeting

NIT League throws support behind rail antitrust enforcement bill

TriMet launches construction on Green Line transit police facility

CTA to obtain feedback on Red Line extension

Florida East Coast Railway wins utility's environmental award

Updates from GE Transportation, GATX/PotashCorp, Trinity Industries and Interfleet Technology

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