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Rail News: July 2010

July 30

House approves $1.4 billion for high-speed rail as part of FY2011 appropriations

AAR notes 'steady' U.S. carloads, presents auto service awards to NS

UP's Duffy to retire, Fritz to head operations

Russian Railways opens new high-speed line

CTA advances new rail car testing on Blue Line

BNSF completes 'Chihuahuita Connection' at U.S.-Mexico border

WMATA, MDOT pursue two development plans

Pickett retains BRS presidential post; CN, TCU share contract developments

RTA report: Tie purchases, production jump in June

Updates from Siemens, LTK, Invensys Rail, Trinity, American Railcar and eAccess

July 29

MTA to raise fares 7.5 percent as part of four-year plan

CN, TSI forge service level agreement for Vancouver gateway

House resolution pays homage to U.S. freight-rail industry

World trade to grow over next two years, IHS says

UP achieves best-ever safety performance in first half

Houston port commission ponies up $500,000 for locomotive/marine emission program

RailAmerica registers quarterly revenue, traffic gains

Updates from Wabtec, Lovat, Vossloh, Trainyard Tech, TKDA and L.B. Foster

July 28

Survey shows Californians support state's HSR project, CHSRA says

NS becomes third Class I to nudge second-quarter operating ratio under 70

CP registers higher revenue and income, lower operating ratio

Hollysys Automation Technologies lands $12.4 million signaling pact from China's Tai-Zhong-Yin Railway

WMATA to purchase 428 rail cars from Kawasaki

Busy turnstiles prompt Amtrak to increase capacity on San Joaquin line

CN, UTU reach tentative DM&IR agreement; RAC, First Nations forge training pact

Metro-North to buy land for Fordham Station improvements

Senate committee allocates $150 million for Houston METRO light-rail projects

Medina to manage KCSM's intermodal sales in Mexico

July 27

Connecticut to bond for $260 million to upgrade corridor for high-speed rail

KCS posts 35 percent revenue increase, sets operating ratio record

Coming tomorrow: Progressive Railroading webcast on long, heavy trains

TriMet receives 50 percent federal share for light-rail project

Sound Transit ridership reaches record high in June

Washington short line lands $2 million Senate appropriation for infrastructure project

USDOT expands program to encourage women to work in transportation

STB issues draft EIS for R.J. Corman's Pennsylvania project

BNSF rebases fuel surcharge

Updates from CRSBG-Donovan, RailComm, Bombardier, SAM, LTK and HDR

July 26

Amtrak awards $298.1 million contract to CAF USA for 130 rail cars

Reminder: You can (re)view July 19 webcast ('Current State of High-Speed Rail') at your convenience

Illinois awards $500 million for transit projects

Denver receives $300 million from USDOT for Union Station project

New York gets green light for Moynihan Station project's first phase

Sound Transit inks BNSF pact to add Sounder trains, picks preferred East Link route alternative

Pittsburgh port authority approves service cuts, fare hikes

BART's board OKs new Oakland Connector funding plan, surplus spending strategy

Aberdeen Carolina & Western creates 'mother-mate' pair to pare down emissions, fuel usage

July 23

Senate committee cuts high-speed funding for FY2011

Sen. Lautenberg's newly minted FREIGHT Act seeks to 'transform' U.S. transportation policy

CN drives up earnings and revenue, drives down operating ratio

Senate committee ups Amtrak appropriation, cuts high-speed rail funding

USDOT, Illinois DOT ink TIGER grant pact for five CREATE projects

TriMet, VIA Rail and CP note labor contract developments

AAR weekly report: Carloads up in U.S. and Canada, down in Mexico

Amtrak Cascades reports highest second-quarter ridership since 1994

WMATA takes steps additional steps to enhance safety

July 22

DesertXpress awaits final EIS, aims to become private railroad

UP's quarterly operating ratio falls below 70 for first time

Transit systems need $77.7 billion to reach state of good repair, FTA says

2Q rail-car orders down, deliveries up vs. 1Q, ARCI says

Transit CIOs form consortium to share information technology

WMATA to institute second round of fare hikes next month

CN contributes $325,000 to Illinois university's rail engineering program

Port authority of New York, New Jersey sells $400 million in bonds

Updates from Siemens, Alstom, Pandrol USA, Koppers Holdings, GATX, Railinc and Cornerstone

July 21

High-speed rail a top North American infrastructure project, consulting firm says

STB: U.S. Class Is add workers in June

WMATA completes inspections, repairs on Series 4000 cars

Amtrak to help communities develop stations for new service

Hurricane Alex (the aftermath): 'Our gateways to Mexico are open,' Ferromex says

Camp Case Railroad to rehabilitate old Ohio bridge

Arkansas and Missouri makes management changes

Russian Railways hastens work on line for 2014 Winter Olympics

S.F. transportation agency seeks feedback on public participation plan

July 20

St. Louis Metro to restore service ahead of schedule

Illinois, UP reach agreement on HSR plan; construction to begin on track improvements

Russian Railways builds high-speed rail line in anticipation of 2014 Winter Olympics

Maritime Employers Association locks out longshoremen at Montreal port

Westcode to outfit Korean high-speed trains with power converter equipment

BART considers options for $4.5 million surplus

Iowa Northern, EPA to exhibit environmentally friendly railroad slug

Tampa transit authority to study proposed light-rail extension

Ohio utilities commission OKs several grade crossing upgrades

Sound Transit marks first year of Central Link service

Updates from GATX, Wabtec, Parsons Brinckerhoff, TRC and RailInc

July 19

New $17.7 million MBTA station under way in Dorchester

Amtrak, MDOT break ground on Pontiac intermodal station

Cincinnati lands federal grant for streetcar project

BTS issues latest edition of transportation databases

Metrolink tests new rail cars

Metra to begin replacing UP North Line bridges in August

UP to honor Kansas county sheriffs' rail safety efforts

Updates from Siemens, Voith, PowerRail and Marsh

July 16

AAR weekly report: U.S. roads register holiday-related carload drop

Chinese Ministry of Railways order 40 more CRH1 trainsets from Bombardier JV

AAR backs carbon capture, storage bill

NJ Transit to test quiet cars on commuter trains

Maryland moves forward with MARC station improvements

New Mexico lands EDA grant to study cross-border rail bypass

Alabama & Gulf Coast MOW workers approve UTU-negotiated agreement

UP honored for diversity efforts

Denver RTD marks 10 years of service on the Southwest line

July 15

FRA issues final rule on bridge maintenance, safety procedures

MassDOT OKs MotivePower contract for MBTA locomotives

NJ Transit approves FY2011 budget, OKs rolling stock purchase

Wabtec acquires G&B Specialties, Bach-Simpson from Global Railways

Transportation Services Index inched up in May, BTS says

Work under way on Vancouver port rail bridge, underpass project

Canada to provide funding for Ashcroft Terminal expansion

Transit board supports CTA's ADA efforts

July 14

AECOM names deputy director of high-speed rail

Ohio rail commission green lights NS project in Toledo

AAR: June traffic levels suggest still-recovering economy

KCSM needs more time to repair hurricane-damaged bridge, KCS says

Middletown lobbies for SEPTA service

Demand for Chinese furniture is driving up U.S. import container volume, PIERS says

Valley Metro ridership up in first half

Mineta Transportation Institute appoints chair, vice chair and trustees

Updates from Thales, Cummins, Granite Construction, Harsco, CIT, RP3 Agency and PDI Rail Solutions

July 13

Virginia, N.C. form compact to advance Southeast HSR projects

American High Speed Rail Alliance tabs labor officials for advisory board

CSX beats Wall Street projections, sets several financial records

FTA pre-authorizes WMATA system improvements

California's Capitol Corridor gains riders in June despite government furloughs

CSXT, North Charleston agree to reroute line, build intermodal yard

Several unions note progress, impasse in contract negotiations

L.A. Metro applies federal grant to electrical system upgrades

Speakman to retire from Railroad Retirement Board

Updates from VTG Aktiengesellschaft, Knorr-Bremse, Harsco, Vertical Transportation Excellence, GATX and RailPros

July 12

'Current State of High-Speed Rail' webcast for HSRupdates subscribers set for July 19

AASHTO report: Nation needs to boost freight transportation capacity, dependability

Conference demonstrates mixed feelings over Wisconsin's high-speed plans

WMATA posts progress on safety improvement plans

Sen. Byrd's death, holiday recess put short-line tax credit extension on temporary hold, ASLRRA says

Albuquerque lands federal grant for intermodal facility

Illinois law creates port district, supports intermodal development

Rhode Island joins multi-state rail coalition

KCSM names Vargas assistant VP of HR

Hahn succeeds DeLong as ACTA chairman

July 9

AAR weekly report: North American railroads maintain traffic momentum

California High-Speed Rail Authority OKs shared-track option study of L.A.-to-Anaheim leg

American High Speed Rail Alliance tabs BLET's Tolman to serve on advisory board

USDOT awards grants for streetcar projects, transit facilities

BNSF, UP and Texas DOT seek TIGER II grant for Tower 55 project

KCSM in track-repair mode after Hurricane Alex

Gladstone sells A. Stucki to management group, Quad-C affiliate

Amtrak Virginia to expand service

South Florida RTA elects chairman, vice chair

Updates from TransCore, Greenbrier, VR Mergers & Acquisitions, Georgetown Rail Equipment, RuggedCom and Skelly and Loy

July 8

TÜVRheinland acquires Rail Sciences

California High-Speed Rail Authority, Belgium ink high-speed rail planning pact

MIT, Maher forge pact for new Nova Scotia terminal

Truck and trailer orders up in June, but recovery still at risk, FTR says

CSXT completes annual coal line trackwork

L.A. Metro appoints Knabe chairman

Buffalo & Pittsburgh to unveil low-emission locomotive

National Gateway launches Facebook, Twitter pages

Wisconsin & Southern turns 30

July 7

USDOT, Maine finalize grant agreement for Downeaster extension

UP's PRB coal train loadings jump in June

Caltrain considers fare hikes, service cuts

Santa Clara VTA obtains state funding for BART extension

TTCI lands DHS grant for emergency response training program

MBTA registers ridership gains for third-straight month

Truck, ship and rail part of new Churchill-to-Nunavut service in Canada

Updates from Alstom, Mitsubishi Electric, Banyan Rail, ARCADIS, International Fuel and G.W. Peoples

July 6

Calfornia high-speed ridership estimates are not reliable, state university says

House subcommittee cuts passenger-rail spending

Rep. Ruppersberger introduces commuters' 'Bill of Rights'

New York MTA initiates consolidation plan, hires cost-reduction czar

FRA seeks researcher for train crew trauma study, orders 10 states to develop crossing safety plans

BNSF reassigns Langston, Burchfield to AVP posts; Pierce assumes BLET's presidency

New Mexico's Rail Runner to improve Belen Station

UP to bolster track in three states

Updates from ENSCO, Thales, SYSTRA, Federal Signal, Armtec Infrastructure and CIT Group

July 2

AAR: Week No. 25 another good one for North American railroads

High-speed rail, Japan style, does translate, Chicago seminar attendees are told

Federal funding on way to New York to ready intermodal station for HSR

San Francisco MTA to consider restoring previously cut service

WMATA, Virginia seek to finalize rail-car purchase pact

Santa Clara VTA to upgrade eight crossings

L.A. Metro receives recognition for light-rail project

NMB: Hoglander assumes chairmanship again, Brown fills senior mediator spot

SacRT reopens stations

UP attains Owens Corning's 'carrier excellence' honor

July 1

California High-Speed Rail Authority responds to state audit

RailAmerica acquires Atlas Railroad Construction

HSR in Wisconsin: Gov. Doyle unveils Madison high-speed rail station location

SEPTA implements first fare hike in three years

Ohio utilities commission OKs grade crossing upgrades

Hampton Roads Transit assesses Virginia Beach extension study

Carter joins CSX's board

Updates from Bombardier, Siemens, Alstom, Railinc, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam

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