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Rail News: June 2010

June 30

Senate committee adopts transit safety bill

Canadian Pacific reopens flooded mainline

DHS' new national transit-rail security program to focus on Northeast

Value of goods shipped between U.S., neighboring nations climbs again in April, BTS says

VIA Rail workplace leaders support new agreement

Amtrak adds three board members

BNSF attains magazine's 'best diversity' firm status

Long Beach port seeks to spend fewer dollars in FY11

June 29

Starling to succeed Haverty as KCS' CEO in August

FRA to provide another $2.3 billion for HSR development; applications due Aug. 6

St. Louis Metro restores service after voters approve transit tax

Teamsters Rail Conference, BMWED elect officers

SEPTA completes work on Wayne station

NS, ports among Virginia's DHS grant recipients

Nation needs 'ethical and sustainable' intermodal system, Carmichael says

Tacoma port earns magazine's sustainability honor

Updates from Ansaldo STS, Bombardier, Thales, L.B. Foster and Aconex

June 28

VIA Rail, CAW reach tentative agreement to avoid strike

WMATA approves $1.4 billion operating budget, $5 billion capital spending plan

Santa Clara VTA, L.A. Metro post progress on line extensions

N.Y./N.J port authority acquires property to expand container terminal

Port Authority of Allegheny County adopts $330 million budget for FY11

SEPTA approves naming rights pact for Pattison Station

California air agency seeks fewer emissions at four rail yards

Stolzman succeeds Fox as PHL president; Fox assumes managing director role

June 25

AAR weekly report: U.S. roads' intermodal volume reaches 19-month high

CAW issues strike notice to VIA Rail

Hundreds take part in transit counterterrorism exercise

RTA: Tie purchases, production plummet in May

Passenger rail-car supply industry has growth potential, Duke study shows

GCRTA considers intermodal facility, station improvements

Bombardier seeks large stake in Russian Railways' signaling subsidiary

Long Beach port commission elects officers

June 24

New York senate legislation would create high-speed planning board

USDOT forms transit-rail safety advisory committee

CP teams up with two terminal operators to boost productivity

Walsh lands Twin Cities light-rail line's first heavy construction contract

New York county advances quiet zone project

Sen. Durbin calls on banking committee to quickly draft safety bill

SFRTA receives finance, public procurement awards

Hampton Roads Transit tabs Riddick as chairman

Updates from Alstom, Miner, Cornerstone Systems, Michael Baker Jr., Planar Systems and Railinc

June 23

NS to extend Heartland Corridor to Cincinnati

American High Speed Rail Alliance appoints 12-member advisory board

DART opts to delay several projects due to sales tax shortfall

N.Y./N.J. port authority awards World Trade Center contracts

STB moves ahead with public hearing on MMA's proposed abandonment

TriMet spends stimulus money to improve MAX station

USDOT, HUD launch joint effort to foster 'sustainable communities'

UP crews at work on Nebraska line

Updates from Wabtec, Mitsubishi, T.Y. Lin, Ansaldo STS, RailComm and Johnson Matthey

June 22

GAO report outlines what state high-speed planners could learn from past service start-ups

Russian Railways to test Alstom high-speed train

VIA Rail releases contingency plan for potential CAW strike

Maryland agency to revamp subway system's busiest transit center

Sound Transit names Kupersmith deputy CEO

Amtrak Service Workers Council approves five-year pact

FTA to host webinar on proposed project evaluation rulemaking

Allegheny County Transit Council elects new board members

North Carolina DOT bolsters two crossings

Operation Lifesaver observes international crossing awareness day

June 21

U.S. Class Is take on a tad more workers in May, STB data shows

Of guidance and growing pains: FRA, states, freight-rail hosts aim to iron-out stakeholder agreement issues

Ag, coal and intermodal carloads should climb in second half, Baird says

Virginia-North Carolina Interstate High-Speed Rail Compact meeting set for July 12

NJ Transit opens rebuilt Montclair station

BART completes environmental report for Livermore extension

Roadwork begins for CentrePort Canada project

Journet joins Montreal, Maine & Atlantic as senior sales manager

AAR releases commodity statistics report

Updates from Alstom, Siemens, MISCOR Group, GT Software and Nomad Digital

June 18

AAR: U.S. railroads' security measures have surpassed federal risk reduction targets

Quebec officials tout importance of U.S. high-speed projects

MassDOT, CSXT reach deal to restore South Coast service

Russian Railways to begin service on Moscow-Nizhny Novgorod line next month

CP, port authority and Borealis join forces for new rail tunnel

AAR weekly report: North American railroads register more traffic gains

SacRT to make service cuts

Austin Metro tabs Watson as CEO

Utah Transit Authority unveils new light-rail vehicles

UP lands on top-performing stock, IT award lists

June 17

U.S. roads haven't closed security gaps, Teamsters Rail Conference says

L.A. Metro to increase fares next month

Amtrak to complete Union Station upgrades, add control center in Chicago

Western Canadian farmers: 'We want reasonable rail rates'

Bay Area transit agencies introduce Clipper payment card

NJ Transit approves station improvement contract, retail space lease

UP to bolster lines in Illinois, Missouri

Updates from Burns & McDonnell, Bombardier, New York Air Brake, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Hatch Mott MacDonald

June 16

Albany port notes progress on rail, wharf improvements

Knorr-Bremse and partners land high-speed contracts in China

Denver Transit Partners preferred bidder for portion of Denver RTD's Fastracks project

China ACM receives $2.5 million pact to provide ready-mix concrete services for China high-speed line

Miami Metrorail extension renamed AirportLink

Wide-span cranes on way to CSX's new Ohio terminal

Long Beach port emitted fewer air pollutants in '09

Tacoma port tabs Wolfe for top post

Metra hires Blackman Kallick to perform risk assessment

North Carolina DOT adds warning devices at four crossings

June 15

Ontario approves Metrolinx's 'Five in 10' plan

Acquisition of Madrid-based INOCSA augments AECOM's high-speed 'footprint' in Europe

Inland port plans advance in Georgia

FTA approves environmental report for Honolulu light-rail line

Jump in CATS' May ridership spurs expansion talks

Alaska doles out dollars for Port MacKenzie rail extension

TriMet's rail ridership rose in May

TCU supports Public Transportation Preservation Act

RailAmerica's carloads climbed in May

June 14

CAW members back proposed VIA Rail strike

U.S. mayors issue study touting high-speed rail's potential impact

Capitol Corridor ridership rises in May despite government furlough days

West Virginia port authority postpones Heartland Corridor terminal plans

CN, TSI team up to improve service at Vancouver port

AAR honors haz-mat safety achievements

WMATA to gauge performance in new monthly report

Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville boosts rail volume

Updates from Bombardier, MTU Detroit Diesel, RMI, Schneider National, Thales, Interfleet Technology and HDR

June 11

AAR: U.S. railroads report 'steady' carloads for year's 22nd week

Get past the hype so you can get down to business, APTA 'Fact or Myth' webcast presenters say

BART approves budget, sets surplus spending plan

Sound Transit completes first mixed-use development

STB to weigh in on BNSF's coal dust dispersal rules

BNSF assigns four executives to new posts

Trade gap widens, while imports and exports lag in April

New York Air Brake, Invensys Rail partner to provide fuel-efficient system

BNSF to conduct more work on Iowa bridge; Shreveport to build new structure

June 10

Pacific Northwest cities sign pact to pursue high-speed rail

Transportation Services Index inched up in April, BTS says

First-quarter earnings help reduce TransLink's deficit

NS teams up with Axion Power to develop locomotive battery system

Phoenix's Valley Metro advances expansion plans

Voters approve bonds to preserve Montreal, Maine & Atlantic line

Number of stored freight cars falls in May, logistics report shows

MTA names Metzger senior policy advisor

Updates from APS Technology, Railinc, Wabtec, Bombardier, RAIL.ONE, David J. Joseph and Bowman, Barrett & Associates

June 9

Alstom unveils new high-speed train

Progressive Railroading honors BNSF CEO Rose as 'Railroad Innovator'

State of New York to host June 14 rail summit

Four congressmen unveil 'rail-car enhancement act'

Genesee & Wyoming to acquire Australia's FreightLink franchise

Canadian feds to help fund Ottawa's light-rail system

Denver RTD wins top honors at APTA rail rodeo

MassDOT introduces plan to reduce emissions

Railroad Management Association to provide latest job openings online

Las Vegas Railway Express, Z-Train win injunction

Updates from Nordco, Ansaldo STS, GE Transportation, HDR, STV and AECOM

June 8

APTA report: Transit ridership declined at slower rate in Q1

It's time to 'get serious' about funding high-speed rail, Rep. Brown says

Amtrak urges FRA to forge 'clear national vision' for rail system

AAR: U.S. intermodal volume jumps, carload traffic takes a few lumps in May

UP partners with Texas town, county to streamline local switching

BART to consider budget, surplus options

Illinois commission to help fund bridge, crossing projects

St. Louis Metro eyes soil erosion on Illinois line

IANA introduces equipment reporting, processing system

June 7

Desert Lightning joins the race for high-speed rail to Sin City

CSXI to merge with CSXT

From 0 to 12,000 mph to something in between: FRA's Rae talks high-speed rail at APTA's 2010 Rail Conference

NS to adopt GE's 'movement planner' software system-wide

Toronto breaks ground on Union Station improvements

Coalition urges Congress to fund rail initiatives

South Carolina Public Railways to retrofit two locomotive engines

SEPTA stresses need for more state funding

KCSR to demolish former locomotive shop in Kansas

Updates from Alternate Concepts, Alstom, Pacer, Axion International, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Railinc, RMI and Interfleet Technology

June 4

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

Virginia seeks options for funding new passenger-rail service

FTA seeks public feedback on proposed transit project evaluation changes

Colorado DOT creates transit, rail division

3PL opens inland port near BNSF's Dallas terminal

TransLink to address capacity concerns on Canada Line

Infrastructure Ontario begins process for building light-rail maintenance facility

South Carolina ports authority, warehouse operators team up to target rail-served export cargo

June 3

California outlines alternatives for two segments of high-speed line

UP's PRB coal train loadings climbed in May

North Carolina, Virginia complete draft environmental impact statement for SEHSR corridor

MBTA to acquire new locomotives from Utah Transit Authority

Denver RTD fills several management positions

CSX's South Carolina division HQ earns 'green' building distinction

CTA to test passes for convention visitors

BLET's Sorrow to retire from presidential post next month

Clark, Saragoza join TriMet's board

Updates from LTK, MasterCard, RailComm, Benesch, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Bombardier and ALK Technologies

June 2

SEPTA approves fare hikes to help balance budget

China Rail awards $1.3 million ready-mix concrete services pact

FRA waiver paves way for Caltrain electrification

Canada poised to amend rail safety act

RTA report: Tie purchases climbed, production flattened in April

Connecticut lands federal grants to step up rail security

CN contracts Roche Ltd. to inspect Quebec Bridge

UP to improve line running between Iowa, Nebraska

AARS boots up career center

June 1

New York, CSX reach agreements on high-speed rail project

Hollysys Automation to supply signaling for Chinese high-speed line

Progress Rail to acquire EMD

USDOT to award $600 million in 'TIGER II' grants

House passes 'extenders' bill, but short-line tax credit extension still faces Senate scrutiny

CN, Vancouver port forge pact to boost supply-chain performance

Hertwig to join Florida East Coast Railway as president/CEO

Teamsters MOW division members ratify CP contract

Pego joins South Florida RTA's board

Updates from Alstom, Bombardier, Pandrol and Hollysis Automation Technologies

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