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Rail News: June 2011

June 30

SFRTA board elects chair, vice chair

UP a 'best diversity' company, magazine says

SEPTA unveils rebuilt Langhorne Station

Canadian, U.S. firms seek to expand rail capacity for crude oil business

Value of cargo transported among NAFTA nations climbed in April, BTS says

USDOT offers $101.4 million to promote clean fuel, energy-saving technology in transit

FTA, Detroit agree on final environmental report for light-rail line

Amtrak receives RRIF loan for NEC locomotive purchase

China launches Beijing-to-Shanghai high-speed line

June 29

Intermodal institute adds board member, elects two others to emeritus status

Chicago's Metra updates 'quiet car' program

FTA awards asset management contract to Parsons Brinckerhoff

ShipCarsNow unveils mobile application

Proposed Florida 'intermodal campus' lines up project adviser

BART sets Sunday ridership record

British Columbia provides funds to help restart passenger trains on Vancouver Island

FTA approves next phase for Baltimore light-rail project

Amtrak receives RRIF loan for NEC locomotive purchase

June 28

Updates from Siemens, CAD Railway, Orgo-Thermit, Axion and Timken

L.A. port's Knatz to anchor international port association

Metro-North to issue RFP for station-area development

Railway clearance association recognizes North America's top 10 ports

KCS' Upchurch is top K.C.-area CFO, newspaper says

Springfield rail consolidation stakeholders should meet again, Sen. Durbin says

CTA to cut 10 percent of senior management positions

USDOT to provide $1.6 billion for 27 major transit projects

June 27

Updates from Sumitomo, Unitrac, Aconex and Railserve

IANA introduces online buyer's guide

WMATA's Sarles testifies at House hearing on transit security progress

Iowa Pacific subsidiaries transload coal at new U.K. terminal

Final major Central Link contract ready for closeout, Sound Transit says

NTSB releases annual list of 'most wanted' safety improvements

Pittsburgh port authority signs off on higher FY2012 operating budget

FTA awards $55 million in New Starts funds for Honolulu light-rail project

June 24

Allegheny County port authority's transit council elects new officers

Long Beach harbor commission OKs port's FY2012 budget

HDR's Keller takes reins as ARDA's new president

AAR: U.S. intermodal volume soared to 2011 high for second-straight week

BART board signs off on Warm Springs contract

WMATA OKs $2.5 billion budget for FY2012

NS/Amtrak/IDOT pact will advance Englewood flyover project, Sen. Durbin says

FRA awards $16 million grant for new signaling system along Caltrain corridor

FRA obligates funds to IDOT for Englewood Flyover project

June 23

KCS' Mike Haverty to receive 'railroad innovator' honor at RailTrends

Updates from Alstom, Kelso, HDR and NRC

Indiana & Ohio crossing in sync with nearby highway intersection

Nashville RTA posted 29 percent ridership gain in April

Motiva, Vecenergy to build rail offloading facility at FEC-served ethanol terminal

CN's fuel management program fuels efficiency gains; CSX's annual report cites emission reductions

MARTA approves FY2012 operating, capital budgets

Mica-Shuster Amtrak plan 'unrealistic' and will cost taxpayers, Boardman says

Rail industry stakeholders speak out at STB's 'rail competition' hearing

FRA hands over $16 million to CHSRA for San Francisco-San Jose PTC system design

Mica-Shuster privatization proposal would have negative impact on rail service, operating costs and labor, passenger-rail and labor groups say

June 22

U.S. Development Group to open Texas crude oil terminal next month

California Northern Railroad wins 'clean air champion' award

CTA to step up security measures

Metrolink, DART and TRE set ridership records

New head of continuous improvement, new trackwork project on UP's slate

Norfolk's light-rail service to launch Aug. 19

FTA clears way for GCRTA's $10.5 million TIGER II grant for new station

U.S. rail traffic gains should continue in the second half, Baird says

June 21

Updates from EMD, AECOM, Eagle-SWS, Timken, NRG Thermal and China Information Technology

Fitch downgrades DART's sales tax revenue bonds

CSX tabs Sorfleet as chief human resources officer

Oregon bill annexes Coos Bay line into port district

Utah Transit Authority expands district, awards fastener contract

New Mexico Rail Runner to eliminate weekend service

Sen. Schumer: FRA should consider RRIF loan for MTA's East Side Access project

Sen. Kirk proposes bill to spur private investment in transportation infrastructure

Sen. Kirk proposes bill to encourage more private participation in HSR, other infrastructure projects

UP one step closer to issuing RFP for Chicago-St. Louis HSR project

June 20

Updates from Invensys, G4S Technology, Lilee Systems, HDR, Harsco and Parsons Brinckerhoff

TransLink to add elevator at Scott Road Station

SFRTA breaks ridership record on 'Dump the Pump' day

Rep. Fleischmann joins House transportation committee

Twin Cities' Metro Transit to maintain service if state government shuts down

Amtrak bolsters security, names Sorozan CIO

Three Pacific Northwest ports post progress with emission goals

Tunnel boring begins for Toronto subway extension

HSR a hot topic at APTA Rail Conference

June 17

CATS CEO Flowers recognized as 'Outstanding Business Woman'

Jackson to succeed Mackil as CEO of Beard Land, Modesto & Empire Traction

More than 125 public transit agencies participate in 'Dump the Pump Day'

CN's Mongeau: Four short lines, infrastructure investments are paying off in carloads

Sen. Hutchison calls for greater rail security resources

AAR: U.S., Canadian roads continued to boost weekly carloads

USDOT to provide $175 million in transit grants

U.S. Class I workforce a smidge larger in May, STB data shows

June 16

Updates from L.B. Foster, Alstom, Frederick Intermodal, URS and Cambridge Systematics

Ontario regional council OKs LRT plan

WMATA wins top honors at APTA's rail rodeo

TCU: Two rail labor union coalitions reject terms of tentative UTU/NCCC pact

MBTA to end refunds for service delays

Metro-North Railroad launches third set of M-8 rail cars

Virginia DOT lands six-year budget, forms public-private partnership office

CN to sell IC RailMarine Terminal's assets to Raven Energy

Mica, Shuster share 'new direction' for nation's intercity passenger-rail system

House Appropriations Committee approves bill that would use $1 billion in HSR funds to pay for flood relief

More comments from Amtrak's Boardman regarding NEC privatization proposal

June 15

Updates from Bombardier, Miner, Pacer, RMI, Professional Transportation, HDR and VOTG Tanktainer

BNSF, Yellowstone Valley modify lease agreement for Montana line

Amtrak appoints Geary vice president of operations

TriMet: Commuter-rail ridership reaches record in May; light-rail bridge construction to begin July 1

GCRTA to break ground on station

Montreal's AMT takes delivery of first bimodal locomotive

NY/NJ port authority restructures terminal lease, secures major shipper as anchor tenant

CN to launch construction on Calgary Logistics Park in summer

FTA program funds now available in Florida

Florida port, FEC to jointly develop new intermodal facility

Amtrak's Boardman: Mica proposal is 'broader than the NEC'

Mica, Shuster push for private involvement in NEC high-speed rail, Amtrak long-distance routes

International peer review shows support for Amtrak's next-gen HSR system

June 14

Denver RTD receives FTA grant for workforce initiative

Genesee & Wyoming railroads, other small roads registered carload gains in May

MBTA lands $2 million grant for station parking lot upgrade

Illinois commission approves crossing, bridge projects

Chicago Transit Board approves reverse auction process for CTA

MBCR appoints chief transportation, mechanical officers

Lautenberg, Holt voice opposition to cutting federal rail security funding

CREATE partners to begin grade separation project in Bridgeview

June 13

Updates from Alstom, Thales, Hub Group, Brown Industries and HNTB

KCS honors chemical shippers' haz-mat safety efforts

DART light-rail project recognized for 'outstanding' civil engineering

Mississippi rail authority to study new short line; Mississippi Export selects Savage to operate transload terminal

LACMTA to solicit public feedback on subway extension project

Stabler to succeed Allen as TTCI president

SEPTA completes station restoration

CP selects site for new Regina intermodal terminal

June 10

Updates from Skanska, Ansaldo, Alstom, Bombardier, Saft and APS Technology

Now available: Maintenance of Way Spending Report 2011

GCRTA, police labor council agree on new contract

Tacoma port completes grade separation project

Severe weather rained on UP's SPRB coal train loadings in May

Hampton Roads Transit's light-rail project slated for Aug. 1 completion

UP, CSX win awards for environmental stewardship

FTA to provide $3 million for workforce development programs

AAR report: U.S. rail traffic still trending up in June

Iowa HSR project hangs in the balance as legislature debates state budget

Minnesota's Northern Lights Express project advances 'under the radar'

New York passenger-rail group says 90 mph is OK for upstate intercity passenger trains

HNTB hires four execs to help oversee Northeast rail projects

June 9

New York MTA, St. Louis Metro add board members

NJ Transit riders can text security concerns

UTU, St. Louis terminal road team up to develop security awareness program

BNSF caps off double track in New Mexico's Abo Canyon

LACMTA lets preliminary design contract for downtown connector

Transportation Services Index slipped in April

May marked 19 consecutive months of Amtrak ridership growth

Oxbow sues BNSF, UP for alleged price-fixing practices

June 8

Updates from Bombardier, RailComm, RTI, Bourque Logistics, Koppers and NWMRC

Anacostia & Pacific relocates Chicago HQ; Watco assigns Baton Rouge Southern GM

SFMTA to raise price of Muni passes, parking fees

North Carolina DOT schedules citizens' workshop for CSXT yard relocation plan

CSX reaches emission-reduction goal a year early

New Orleans RTA breaks ground on streetcar project

AAR report: U.S. roads ramped up carloads, workforce in May

MBTA breaks ground on $16 million Boston station

June 7

UP receives 'healthy lifestyle' award

TriMet proposes September fare increase

USDOT gauges supplier interest in manufacturing streetcar rails

Caltrain to increase fare, parking fees

BART's proposed $1.36 billion budget includes funds for 'priority' projects

CSX Transportation breaks ground on $100 million Massachusetts rail-yard expansion

Alabama facility will be 'critical' to Crescent Corridor, Moorman says

June 6

Updates from Bombardier and TUV Rheinland

Nordgren joins NMB as mediator

Sound Transit's rail overpass construction, street upgrades to begin Wednesday

Crossings: One upgrade in Pennsylvania, one closure in North Carolina

West Virginia awards bridge contract for NS intermodal facility

BNSF reassigns three execs; AAR tabs Knight to fill government affairs post

VTA adopts two-year budget, transit service plan

USHSR Chicago conference conversation: HSR benefits, politics and marketing

California Senate seeks more control over CHSRA

CHSRA elects new chair and vice chair, appoints southern California HSR planning director

June 3

RSI provides scholarships to six students for 2011/12 academic year

DART appoints Cheney to board

UP's La Puente-Flowers named 'Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever'

MBTA completes commuter-rail station improvements

Many Oahu residents back the Honolulu Rail Transit project, survey says

CSX weaves community service into management training

NS, CSX to break ground on intermodal projects

AAR: U.S. roads notched more carloads in week No. 21

June 2

Updates from Siemens, Alstom, HDR and Cambridge Systematics

Now available: Maintenance of Way Spending Report 2011

Caltrain increases bicycle capacity on trains

APTA seeks nominations for business member board

U.K's DB Schenker Rail appoints logistics manager, tests 'High Speed' route trains

UP's ShipCarsNow teams up with independent auto dealer association

Teamsters Canada members ratify four-year contract with VIA Rail

New Orleans commission recommends governance changes for Public Belt

Defense department honors CSX with 'employer support' award

Illinois to study 220 mph rail service between Chicago, Champaign

June 1

Updates from Wabtec, RailComm, MTU Detroit Diesel, Bombardier, VTG and RailTerm

Hampshire-Cowan joins WMATA's board

Indiana DOT to update state's rail plan

UP tops Soy Transportation Coalition's 2011 shipper satisfaction index

UP releases annual sustainability, citizenship report

Pittsburgh port authority extends CEO Bland's contract

BTS: Surface transportation-moved freight among NAFTA partners reached record value in March

SEPTA approves $1.2 billion budget for FY2012

Progressive Railroading's June cover story: HSR's beaten and blurry path

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