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Rail News: June 2012

June 29

Congress passes major surface transportation bill

Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, Bombardier, Alstom, Thales, Wartsila and Pricelock (June 29)

Farmrail System obtains temporary FRA waiver for Oklahoma line

Patriot Rail installs Schultz as EVP, chief administrative officer

Sound Transit's board adopts $2.1 billion light-rail budget, schedule

AAR: Both carloads, intermodal loads climbed for U.S. roads in week No. 25

Industry leaders respond to transportation bill's compromises

Alaska Railroad's transit funding less shaky under transportation bill

Harrison takes helm as Canadian Pacific's CEO; CN intends to continue pursuing legal action against Harrison

Congress passes surface transportation bill

IDOT to spend $8.6 million on more engineering studies for Springfield HSR corridor

June 28

Former New York Gov. Paterson joins MTA's board

George resigns from Canadian Pacific's board; Georgia Ports Authority elects board officers

World's largest container cranes come to Baltimore port

West Baltimore MARC station project advances

BNSF, Union Pacific bolster lines in Illinois and Oklahoma

CN lands long-term bitumen transportation agreement with Southern Pacific

VIA Rail advances modernization efforts

House, Senate conference committee strikes deal on new transportation bill

Progressive Railroading to present free fuel management webcast tomorrow

June 27

Rail supplier updates from R.J. Corman, Bombardier, Atkins and Parsons Brinckerhoff; Also, in memoriam: PB's William Kennedy (June 27)

Rep. Huizenga tours Marquette Rail yard, demonstrates support for short-line tax credit

Kansas City Southern de Mexico turns 15; Schneider National marks 20 years in Mexico

SEPTA modernizes Spring Garden, Girard subway stations

Oregon Transportation Commission considers funding for 38 multi-modal projects

Amtrak completes Union Station improvements in Chicago

Surface transportation trade value tumbled in April, BTS says

June 26

Rail supplier updates from PS Technology, Bombardier, Mitsubishi, Sygnet and Konecranes (June 26)

Amtrak hires Molfetas as chief information officer

California construction authority receives six bids for San Gabriel trench; Arizona DOT sets public meeting to address grade separation study

CSX releases 2011 'social responsibility' report

Long Beach port's board accepts TIGER III grant for rail project; Stockton port completes trackwork

New York City's MTA awards Second Avenue Subway contract

Pittsburgh-area port authority adopts operating, capital budgets

U.S. Class I workforce shrank a smidgen in May, STB data shows

Progressive Railroading to present free fuel management webcast on Friday

June 25

Rail supplier updates from NCC Construction, RailComm, Thales, Caterpillar, Kasgro and Cubic (June 25)

Santa Clara transit agency switches to smart card fare system

USDOT signs pact to share transportation stats with neighboring nations, provides funds for Amtrak station project

SFMTA's Muni fares to increase July 1

Port of Tacoma projects container volume boost from new ocean carrier service

New York City's MTA seeks real estate management proposals

Canadian freight-rail service review facilitator issues recommendations; CN urges feds to favor commercial solutions to service issues

USDOT selects 47 projects for TIGER IV grant awards

USDOT reimburses Wisconsin DOT for costs incurred on Milwaukee-Madison high-speed line

Florida East Coast Industries can operate All Aboard Florida trains to Orlando airport, aviation authority says

North Carolina DOT secures TIGER grant for Raleigh Union Station

June 22

Rail supplier updates from EMD, Kelso, Columbus Steel, Raymond James, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Gulf Intermodal and IMC Cos. (June 22)

APTA promotes national 'Dump the Pump Day'

BNSF honors 98 shippers' haz-mat safety efforts

Canadian Pacific to serve Wisconsin frac sand mine; Union Pacific to upgrade Nebraska line

AAR on week No. 24: Carloads continued to fall, intermodal volume continued to rise in U.S.

Rail shippers' fuel surcharge-fixing suits now a class action case; Class Is claim case is 'unfounded'

Virginia allocates $11.4 billion for transportation improvements

Congressional leaders appear closer to agreement on transportation bill

Progressive Railroading to present free fuel management webcast on June 29

June 21

WMATA investigates latest friction ring incident

Ohio utilities commission approves safety upgrades at four crossings

Cook to succeed Spiegel Meynarez as Port Everglades' finance director

Pittsburgh port authority to raise fares July 1

L.A.-area officials dedicate Expo Line's Culver City Station

Public transit ridership reached record high in 2011, Canadian Urban Transit Association says

Politicians, railroads tout impending TIGER IV grants

Regional agreement reached to fund Caltrain modernization

June 20

Rail supplier updates from Boatright, Racine Railroad and Lat-Lon (June 20)

CN partners with Ducks Unlimited Canada to support wetland conservation, restoration

Cincinnati Metro appoints Grether streetcar project manager

Sen. Boxer releases statement on Conference Committee's work

Keyera Corp. to build Calgary terminal

BNSF outlines maintenance work in Colorado, Wyoming

Virginia Railway Express names Dalton acting CEO

June 19

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Skanska and CIT Rail (June 19)

Denton County agency celebrates A-train's first year, starts running new Stadler trains

Virginia port reports strong May volume; Oregon port installs Koch as CEO

Tongue River Railroad Co. to file revised application with STB

U.S. Chamber calls on Congress to pass transportation bill

New website addresses rail worker fatigue

Kansas City Southern's Haverty among National Railroad Hall of Fame inductees

Federal Railroad Administration proposes seven more environmental procedure exclusions

Federal Railroad Administration proposes seven more environmental procedure exclusions

June 18

Long Island Rail Road expands quiet car program

BNSF to build sand storage facility with U.S. Silica in Eagle Ford Shale, serve expanded Musket crude-by-rail facility in Bakken Shale

Delaware transit agency installs Skiver as executive director

Amtrak to add motor coach service to eastern North Carolina

Florida East Coast Railway is Anheuser Busch's top intermodal carrier

Capitol Corridor celebrates 20 million riders

Chicago DOT seeks design engineering services provider for two grade separations

Transportation Safety Board issues 'watch list' of safety issues in Canada

June 15

Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, Skanska, Bombardier, Parsons Brinckerhoff and RailWorks (June 15)

Maryland Transit Administration announces grant availability for local transit

Phoenix-area transit agency's ridership on the rise

Ohio utilities commission OKs crossing upgrades; New York DOT schedules hearing on proposed public crossing

Pennsylvania rail authority approves North Shore Railroad sale to management team

AAR: Carloads fell in U.S., rose in Canada and Mexico last week

BART's FY2013 budget includes slight fare increases

Florida boosts funding for port improvements; California ports log mixed May results

Union Pacific, Illinois DOT to launch last leg of major construction on Chicago-St. Louis route

June 14

Chicago Transit Authority inks deal with Groupon to attract new riders

Transportation Services Index: April tally exceeded March's mark

Caltrain electrification plan would boost California's economy, Bay-area council study shows

Iowa Pacific marks completion of locomotive shop, track upgrades at Texas-New Mexico Railroad

Minnesota advisory committee seeks public input on Southern Rail Corridor study

Portland transit agency's FY2013 budget includes fare increases, service cuts

Railroads gained market share last year, supply chain council report shows

Transportation, construction advocates rally for surface transportation reauthorization

Progressive Railroading features article on California HSR

Caltrain electrification plan would boost California's economy, Bay-area council study shows

June 13

Rail supplier updates from Siemens, Harsco and GATX (June 13)

Genesee & Wyoming reports May traffic decline; Nebraska Central logs new locomotives

San Diego transit agency hires Castillo as marketing, communications manager

Port of West Sacramento advances loop track, renewable fuels facility

Washington transit agency renames station 'NoMa-Gallaudet U'

Amtrak marks opening of renewed Battle Creek station

Union Pacific develops mobile classrooms to provide localized training

New Federal Railroad Administration regulations require toll-free telephone numbers posted at crossings

June 12

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Birdsall Services and Performance Team (June 12)

Washington state DOT seeks applicants for freight-rail funding

RailAmerica registered more carloads in May

BNSF moves first outbound unit train from Rangeland Energy's Bakken Shale terminal in North Dakota

WMATA to launch customer-service improvement initiative

Santa Clara VTA holds hearings on draft EIS for light-rail extension, awards track relocation contract

Raisbeck resigns from Canadian Pacific's board

Twin tunnel section completed for Toronto-area subway extension

June 11

Virginia Port Authority, Army Corps of Engineers forge pact for Craney Island project

CSX, Schneider National forge pact to expand Ohio intermodal services

MTA New York City Transit adds trips to ease L Line overcrowding

Port of Los Angeles: Next fiscal year's budget a smidge smaller

Public hearing slated for Dulles Airport corridor project

Metrolink's fare, service changes to take effect next month

House transportation appropriations bill would cut TIGER funding in FY2013

HNTB's Gertler still a high-speed-rail believer

DesertXpress to be renamed 'XpressWest'

House appropriations subcommittee proposes no funding for HSR in FY13

Fuller to lead North Carolina DOT

June 8

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Parsons, Voith, Nomad Digital, STV, RailTerm and Railliance (June 8)

Fuller to lead North Carolina DOT's rail division

Genesee & Wyoming: Brown to succeed Benz as COO

Port of Coos Bay seeks bids for Oregon track rehabilitation project

Honolulu officials OK funding 'safeguard' for elevated rail project

FTA allows Sacramento transit agency to begin light-rail extension's final design

San Francisco transit agency ramps up subway construction, appoints head of capital programs

Association of American Railroads: Weekly intermodal volume average reached record high in May

June 7

Massachusetts plans new commuter-rail station at New Balance site in Brighton

Ohio utilities commission OKs three grade crossing upgrades; Washington transportation commission funds one crossing upgrade

United Transportation Union: Missouri & Northern Arkansas workers ratify pact, San Luis & Rio Grande workers sign up

Track project remains on track, Pennsylvania joint rail authority says

St. Louis transit agency wins top honor at APTA Rail Rodeo

Long Beach port's board approves FY2013 budget, elects officers

Coming tomorrow: Progressive Railroading webcast on European Union rail marketplace

Los Angeles transit authority prepares station openings along new Metro Expo Line

Californians rethinking support of high-speed rail project, USC poll finds

June 6

In memoriam: Ohio rail supporter, 'pragmatic visionary' James Seney

Dallas Area Rapid Transit serves 250 millionth light-rail rider

Track mechanics expert Arnold Kerr dies

Allegheny County port authority to cut 13 light-rail stops

CSX chooses Illinois business park as first 'select site'

Coming Friday: Progressive Railroading to present webcast on European Union rail marketplace

BNSF, Union Pacific pursue trackwork projects; Union Pacific reports weak PRB coal traffic in May

L.A. transportation authority begins advanced utility relocation for Crenshaw/LAX corridor project

TriMet posts May ridership gains

June 5

Rail supplier updates from CIT Rail, Bombardier, L.B. Foster, AECOM, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Thales (June 5)

Regional Rail acquires debris transfer station in Pennsylvania

Double-track project to begin on busy southern California corridor

FRA issues alternative-design vehicle waiver to Denton County Transportation Authority

Chicago Transit Authority to reconstruct Dan Ryan Branch next year

California DOT doles out Proposition 1B grants to several transit agencies

Canadian Pacific elects Haggis as chairman

American Public Transportation Association: Transit ridership jumps 5 percent in first quarter

June 4

TransLink reviews 2011 accomplishments

Kansas City Southern slates train speed boost in Mississippi, names haz-mat safety award winners

RSSI 2012 recap: Attendees talk rail technology, trends

Chicago-area transit agencies receive high marks in rider satisfaction survey

Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division back committee's roadway worker safety report

NTSB issues reports on three Washington Metro accidents

CSX to cut emissions another 8 percent by 2020

Coming Friday: Progressive Railroading to present webcast on European Union rail marketplace

Norfolk Southern marks 30th anniversary

UIC, APTA release speaker list for high-speed rail world congress

June 1

North Carolina DOT schedules workshop on Charlotte crossing alternatives

CTA offers naming rights to 11 stations, enacts veterans hiring policy

The T solicits public comments on two proposed TEX Rail stations in Fort Worth

UP publishes sustainability, citizenship report

AASHTO leader calls on Congress to advance transportation bill

UP tops Soy Transportation Coalition's service report card for second time

DART to hold meetings, public hearing on proposed fare changes

AAR weekly report: Carloads climbed for U.S. railroads

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