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Rail News: July 2009

July 31

North American rail traffic strengthened slightly last week, AAR says

NYC council OKs land use plan for Mass Transit Tunnel

Metrolinx completes initial assessment of GO Transit's Georgetown line expansion

Genesee & Wyoming registers lower earnings, higher operating ratio

Oregon enacts transportation funding bill

Updates from IBM, Christensen Associates, The Vossloh Group and Professional Transportation

July 30

Progressive Railroading to boot up on Sept. 8

CP reins in costs, lowers operating ratio in midst of rough economy

KCS: Expenses way down, but operating ratio way up

New York MTA unveils preliminary 2010 budget, four-year financial plan

Four transit agencies land more than $20 million from ARRA programs

Illinois commission revises five-year funding program for crossing projects

July 29

NS notes cost cuts and service-metric gains despite significant earnings drop

'Comprehensive and systematic changes' in nation's transportation approach would improve air quality, APTA says

SEPTA registers ridership, revenue gains in FY2009

Long takes helm as OmniTRAX's president, CEO

CTA to reopen Brown Line's Wellington station

Updates from L.B. Foster, FreightCar America, Pacer, Thales/Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell and Loram

July 28

Eight governors and Chicago mayor team up to advance Midwest HSR corridor, form steering group with freight-rail stakeholders

Rail industry maintains pursuit of emission-reducing practices

House subcommittee members laud short-line tax credit extension; Kentucky lawmakers create small-road tax credit

CenterPoint Properties to advance UP intermodal terminal in Illinois

DART expansion to boost economic activity and create jobs, study says

July 27

VIA Rail locomotive engineers end two-day strike

STB orders UP to provide Oklahoma utility rate reparations, reductions

CSXT and NS push for federal tax incentives, public-private partnerships

KCS, BNSF and Metro-North fill key posts

New York, New Jersey port authority advances rail-related measures

Updates from Alstom, Wabtec, Knorr-Bremse, Gerens Hill International and RailComm

July 24

BNSF boosts earnings, reduces expenses and operating ratio

House OKs transportation spending bill with billions for HSR; LACMTA shows support for California HSR lines

AAR tallies weekly carload totals, releases online traffic trends report

Longbow Securities survey: Rail-car demand remains sluggish

CN helps coordinate wind turbine blade move in Canada

Updates from GATX, Koppers, Siemens Mobility, Gannett Fleming and Starfire Engineering & Technologies

July 23

UP: Cost controls, service and safety gains add up to 'solid' quarter

Virginia seeks more than $2 billion in ARRA funds to advance HSR

Railinc postpones new Umler system launch until Aug. 31

Ohio gains first quiet zone

Rosenker, Higgins to depart NTSB

LRIW seeks 'Woman of the Year' nominees

July 22

CN marks opening of jet fuel offloading facility in Toronto

U.S. Class I workforce a tad smaller in June, STB data shows

Teamsters Canada Rail Conference places VIA Rail on strike notice

LACMTA schedules public meetings to review subway extension

CP grade separation under way in Windsor

Updates from Ansaldo STS, GE Transportation/UGL Rail, Veolia Transport, Georgetown Rail and Parsons Brinckerhoff

July 21

Placed in perspective, second-quarter performance was mostly 'stellar,' CN says

Santa Clara VTA proposes service cuts, earlier-than-scheduled fare hike to offset budget deficit

New Jersey governor, congressman back NJ Transit light-rail extension

UTU appoints four execs to VP posts

Iowa governor rides rails to promote proposed Amtrak lines

July 20

House subcommittee advances appropriations bill; Senate committee approves SAFETEA-LU extension measure

Talgo to supply Amtrak Hiawatha trains, establish assembly/maintenance facility in Wisconsin

AAR weekly report: North American railroads continue to log fewer loads

Greater Cleveland RTA might cut service, but sidestep fare hike

Sound Transit opens Seattle-to-Tukwila Link line

Updates from Sinara/Siemens, China Advanced Construction Materials Group, Morton Manufacturing, FreightScan and Hollysys Automation Technologies

July 17

FRA receives 278 pre-applications for high-speed rail grants, issues proposed PTC implementation rules

VIA Rail, CN and Canadian government team up to expand passenger road's infrastructure

NS selects Tennessee site for Crescent Corridor intermodal terminal

Denver RTD reaches initial land sale agreement with BNSF for FasTracks lines

KCS, logistics provider to open vehicle distribution center at Houston-area intermodal hub

Updates from Houston Rapid Transit Joint Venture, RailWorks, Hirschmann Automation and Control, RailComm and MTU

July 16

Progressive Railroading honors CN's Harrison as a 'railroad innovator'

Colorado, New Mexico and Texas team up to obtain 11th and final federal HSR corridor designation

CTA balances operating budget despite second drop in public funding

California DOT converts locomotive to cleaner-diesel 'Repower' unit

Community committee to help Metrolinx study GO Transit electrification

North Carolina DOT opens Amtrak station in Durham

Updates from GE Transportation, Miner, Bombardier, Kelso and Railinc

July 15

WMATA needs train-control system enhancements, NTSB says; Agency needs better train-control technology, WMATA says

Walder to take helm as N.Y. MTA's top officer; Koons and Barreiro to lead South Florida RTA's board

ATU rejects latest BART agreement

UP/BMWED, CSXT/UTU reach labor agreements of a different sort

Kansas DOT and Amtrak make headway with ARRA applications, allocations

July 14

CSX: Revenue and earnings on downside, but expenses and OR show upside

Six governors team up to pursue a high-speed rail system in New England

NS selects site for Alabama terminal, launches refrigerated trailer service with UP

USDOT provides another $961.3 million in stimulus funds for transportation projects

Tri-Met sets trip record in FY09; Capitol Corridor authority posts ridership drops in June

Updates from Ansaldo STS USA, GE Transportation, Parsons Brinckerhoff, L.K. Comstock and Kilfrost

July 13

California commission provides $40 million for VTA's proposed BART extension

BART's largest unions consider contract proposal; Alabama & Gulf Coast's MOW workers join UTU

AAR weekly report: North American railroads continue to register traffic declines into July

New York/New Jersey port places seven new PATH cars in service

South Florida RTA receives stimulus dollars to buy locomotive

Updates from Stadler Winterthur, Parsons Brinckerhoff, URS and AnsaldoBreda

July 10

WMATA committee approves first system-wide maintenance program for Metrorail

NTSB issues annual accident investigation report to Congress

TSI falls to 11-year low in May, BTS says

Washington DOT, Amtrak advance plans for second ‘Cascades’ train

UP-donated rail inspection building opens in Texas town

Updates from GE Transportation and BASF Professional Vegetation Management

July 9

Ohio's '3C' corridor garners support; Midwest HSR association releases feasibility study on St. Louis-to-Chicago line

NJ Transit adopts FY10 operating budget, capital program

Federal, provincial governments pony up funds for Canadian short-line upgrades

UP reaps rewards from bolstered intermodal network; Ports America lands Pacer service at Mexican terminal

Illinois commission green lights seven crossing projects

Updates from Siemens, Bombardier, HNTB, ProTran1 and ALK Technologies

July 8

LACMTA installs Najarian as chairman, nears light-rail extension opening

Queensland Rail wins long-term coal-hauling contract from Peabody Energy Australia

Pennsylvania rail authority opens bulk terminal

NY/NJ port authority boots up new Web site; Miami-Dade Transit starts up rider alert system

Kansas City Southern de México turns 12

Updates from Skanska USA Civil, Ansaldo STS USA, Harsco, Greenbrier and Rail Safety Consulting

July 7

President Obama tabs Elliott to chair STB

UP's coal train loadings remain on light side in June

Caltrain approves FY2010 capital budget, late summer service cuts

NS installs VP; UP shuffles operations staff

Australian state proposes corridor alignment for Sydney metro extension

July 6

USDOT, two states agree to extend California HSR corridor from L.A. to Las Vegas

AAR report: U.S., Canadian railroads' traffic swoon continued in June

Metra begins to build Rock Island line station

Washington DOT seeks TIGER grant for short-line project

Updates from Bombardier, L.B. Foster, GE, Cubic and HAX Technologies

July 2

Surface transportation trade among NAFTA partners plunges in April

California High Speed Rail Authority completes draft of San Jose-San Francisco report

BNSF, Seattle port agree to postpone corridor acquisition deadline

TSA to begin patrolling Metra trains

Short-line tax credit bill garners 134 congressional co-sponsors, ASLRRA says

Metro-North to advance transit-oriented development project in Harrison

UP continues to improve track in Colorado, Nebraska

Updates from Bombardier, Chicago Freight Car Leasing, e-VERIFILE.COM, AECOM and Skelly and Loy

July 1

Midwest high-speed rail association proposes 220 mph Chicago-to-St. Louis trains

Amtrak to provide House committee info on Weiderhold's retirement

UP transfers Boulder Industrial Lead to Denver RTD

NMB installs Dougherty as chairman

Commercial truck production remains at low ebb, FTR says

STB: Arkansas utility can pursue ICC provision in UP/short line lease case

UP improves Oregon line

Updates from Siemens, AT&T, RMI, Railinc, The Andersons, PDI and Knichel Logistics

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