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Rail News: July 2011

July 29

More trackwork, another rail carrier award for UP

RailAmerica rings up more revenue, income

CTA to spend $10 million on beefed up police presence

Texas port to begin loop track project

California construction agency awards $486 million contract for light-rail project

Sound Transit to speed up construction of South Link light-rail extension

AAR weekly report: U.S. roads register slight carload, intermodal gains

MTA releases preliminary 2012 budget, long-term capital plan

WSDOT, BNSF ink deal for Cascades corridor improvements; work to begin in fall

Iowa, Nevada land federal HSR funds to develop state rail plans

July 28

Updates from Skanska, Alstom, Axion, Navis and GATX Corp.

UIC's 2010 report: Freight traffic robust in Russia, passenger counts climbed in Asia

Houston proposes grade separation for METRO's East End line

RTA report: Tie production, purchases jumped in June

Car orders down, deliveries up in 2Q, ARCI says

APTA names Melaniphy president, CEO

FTA grants environmental clearance for DART streetcar project

Floods drown CP's financial results

July 27

Updates from Spectrum Infrared, AECOM, RailComm, Trinity Industries, Wabtec and CIT Rail

GCRTA to add third Red Line train following lightning strike

UP works on Minnesota line, wins rail carrier award

Pennsylvania Northeastern seeks STB approval to operate 'Lansdale Cluster'

Iowa Pacific introduces intercity passenger-rail service in New York

Valley Metro to use design-build approach for Central Mesa light-rail extension

Illinois Sen. Durbin announces $11 million in federal funds for CTA project

Five financial records, high-60s operating ratio color NS' results

CHSRA, federal agencies sign MOU to adopt sustainable practices

July 26

Four transit agencies elect board members; Santa Clara VTA general counsel to retire

Twin Cities & Western reaches 20th anniversary

Nashville's Music City Star posts June ridership record

Pittsburgh port authority approves agreement with police union

Wisconsin transit authority terminates proposed KRM project

TriMet's annual ridership again tops 100 million

Baird on U.S. traffic outlook: Intermodal, industrial volumes to drive 2H gains

From floods to mudslides, adverse weather didn't adversely affect CN's results

Wednesday webcast: Indiana Rail Road's record MOW program

July 25

Updates from Progress Rail, Bombardier, GE Transportation and J.B. Hunt

Kansas logistics park lands wind turbine equipment plant

NS makes magazine's Top 40 list for diversity efforts

Metro-North to open Fairfield station in fall

Amtrak Cascades surpassed ridership records in second quarter

Illinois port district lands another TIGER grant for rail/harbor project

SFMTA names Reiskin transportation director

Construction authority eyes M&O facility site, design-build contractor for Pasadena light-rail extension

July 22

OmniTRAX owner seeks to acquire Stockton Terminal & Eastern Railroad

WMATA board receives 'best practice' recommendations, adopts governance reform package

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

'Toronto Rocket' subway trains now in revenue service

Number of U.S. Class I workers jumped in June, STB report shows

New York MTA CEO Walder to join Hong Kong's MTR Corp.

KCS sets revenue and volume records, lowers operating ratio

July 21

Updates from Axion, Alstom, Kelso, International Fuel and Parsons Brinckerhoff

Savage begins to build BNSF-served terminal, forges operator pact with Indiana Harbor Belt

BART partners with BMW firm to develop rail-car concepts

Connecticut orders another 25 M8s for New Haven Line

NS completes three months' worth of trackwork in eight days

MTA to shave $2 billion from five-year capital program

Severe floods don't drown UP in the red

Connecticut proposes fare hikes for Metro-North, Shore Line East services to address budget shortfall

USDOT, Pennsylvania sign $24.3 million grant agreement for Keystone Corridor crossing closures

Iowa legislature maintains $5 million in previously appropriated intercity passenger-rail funds, eliminates FY12-13 dollars

July 20

MoDOT appoints Teel to head multi-modal division

New Orleans mulls fall referendum for Public Belt board changes

Bombardier to build another 300 cars for CTA

Iowa Interstate begins to build locomotive shop, yard

TransLink begins installing new fare gates at SkyTrain stations

CN to extend two more northern Ontario sidings

San Francisco agency receives local funds for Central Subway tunnel boring

CSX: Record income, high-60s operating ratio add up to 'excellent quarter'

MoDOT appoints Teel to head multi-modal division

Mott MacDonald to analyze proposed HSR system in India

July 19

Updates from Gross & Janes, Parsons, INIT Innovations and TranSystems

BTS unveils livable communities survey results, 2011 transportation atlas

UTU: STB ruling protects wages for Manufacturers Railway workers

Channel Tunnel operator purchases SNCF freight locomotives

Two North Shore roads win NS short-line awards

Rail Runner to continue offering weekend service, seek other cost-saving measures

Five Class Is, five ports attain sustainability honors

FTA inks SunRail grant agreement

July 18

Updates from Whiting Equipment, HDR, Thales, CAD Railway and RailTerm

Equipment finance market was a tad more active in 2010, survey says

Metrolink to ax late-night service on two lines

Genesee & Wyoming's traffic climbed, RailAmerica's fell in June

UTU/Fulton County Railway, BMWED/SEPTA reach tentative agreements

CTA lets contracts to renew loop track, replace viaducts

In memoriam: Former UP CEO and 'industry giant' John Kenefick

FTA set to sign SunRail FFGA today

House approves measure to rescind HSR funds

CHSRA board reviews initial operating segments, environmental reports

July 15

Updates from Ansaldo STS, Alstom, Invensys and STV Canada

Amtrak to resume Empire Builder service next week

L.A.-area ports report mixed June traffic results; Washington state port seeks own rail system

Ottawa city council OKs $2.1 billion for light-rail project

Illinois law advances proposed Chicago coal plant; CSXT moves unit trains from new Pennsylvania plant

Phoenix light-rail extension gains environmental clearance from FTA

AAR weekly report: U.S. rail traffic slid a smidge

'Day on Capitol Hill' drew attention to rail industry's legislative pursuits

House expected to shift unobligated HSR funds to use for Midwestern flood relief

July 14

Arizona airport authority seeks rail operator for industrial park

WMATA's new calendar details major trackwork schedule

CG/LA Infrastructure lists top 100 transportation projects in North America

FTA gives green light to begin work on Atlanta streetcar project

CSX boosts 2011 capex budget; KCS settles Mexican hurricane insurance claim

NJ Transit adopts FY2012 budgets, awards transit center contract

Transportation Services Index inched down in May

FTA announces list of competitive funding opportunities

Mica/Shuster's Amtrak privatization proposal may violate constitution, report states

July 13

Woodbury elected chair of Hampton Roads Transit, VP of Virginia Transit Association

Montana DOT to upgrade two grade crossings next year

Obama appoints MARTA's Scott to national infrastructure council

Springfield rail consolidation stakeholders review next steps

Louisiana DOT lets engineering contract for New Orleans freight-rail modernization

New report outlines ways to improve California's public transit system

Florida East Coast to break ground on Port of Miami project

Annual ridership to exceed 30 million for first time, Amtrak says

Feds give DesertXpress green light to enter engineering phase

CHSRA halts San Francisco-San Jose environmental work pending Caltrain study results

July 12

Updates from Invensys, Axion and XL Insurance

MBTA seeks public input on locomotive design

M&G Group to build new Class I-served chemical plants in Texas

Milwaukee's proposed streetcar system set for common council vote

TransLink updates transportation expansion plan

Regional Rail to lease NS line in Pennsylvania for East Penn subsidiary

Florida DOT OKs design of SunRail corridor, locomotives

AAR report: U.S. carloads remain relatively weak, intermodal still relatively strong

Virginia, North Carolina transportation departments to present alternative HSR alignments

July 11

Illinois village creates nine quiet zones

WMATA unveils designs for next-generation rail cars

Ottawa releases RFQ for light-rail project

Sen. Kohl calls on two federal agencies to back his 'rail antitrust' bill

L.A.-area port's board seeks new executive director, installs officers

KWG Resources advances plan to form short line in Ontario

Twenty senators seek $2.2 billion for Amtrak

House GOP budget/Mica proposal would cut 140,000 public transportation jobs, Democrats say

July 8

Updates from Alstom, Parsons, IBI Group, Invensys, Vossloh and Greenbrier

Canadian transportation safety agency to step up monitoring efforts

CSX, OmniTRAX and Rio Grande Pacific fill key management posts

STB should adopt new reciprocal switching rules, NITL says

Sound Transit issues final environmental report for light-rail link

Illinois Gov. Quinn signs bill requiring universal fare system

AAR weekly report: Carloads climbed for all North American roads

STB to drastically cut complaint filing fees for shippers

Mica unveils outline for six-year surface transportation reauthorization bill

July 7

Connecticut station opens expanded parking lot

In memoriam: Short-line entrepreneur Jack Haley

AAR: Next year's international train control conference coming to Denver

Watco installs Inselbuch as CFO, Baden as COO

SMART's acting director declares rail project 'sound and on track'

UP boosted PRB coal train loadings in June despite Missouri River floods

USDOT includes LACMTA subway extension in TIFIA loan applicant pool

Mica's reauthorization proposal includes several HSR-related elements

California city files lawsuit against CHSRA over Grapevine route study

July 6

Updates from Siemens, RMI, Knorr-Bremse, Tadiran and Ansaldo STS

APL to build Joliet container facility near BNSF, UP terminals

San Diego MTS dedicates trolley station to former chairman Williams

L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa to chair LACMTA

Kinn to head Virginia DOT's new public-private partnership office

Seven Canadian towns seek feds' help to acquire CP line

KCS makes sales/marketing personnel changes to prep for business growth

July 5

Puchala succeeds Hoglander as NMB chair; Hersman to remain NTSB chair

N.Y./N.J. port authority awarded 30 percent more contracts to minority, women-owned and small businesses last year

Sen. Brown marks opening of CSXT's new Ohio intermodal facility

TriMet begins construction on Portland-Milwaukie light-rail bridge

KCS celebrates 14th anniversary of Mexican railroad concession

GAO recommends ways WMATA's board can improve governance

USDOT obligates grant to Massachusetts for Vermonter line improvements

Mica to introduce transportation authorization bill details this week, APTA says

APTA: Mica to introduce transportation authorization bill details this week

Teamsters call for Amtrak designation as Northeast Corridor's HSR operator

July 1

RTA: Crosstie purchases plummeted, production posted small gain in May

Northstar Corridor solicits RFP for transit-oriented development

CSXT adds GenSet at New York yard, appoints three execs

Task force recommends options for Denver RTD's long-term viability

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

SFMTA names Johnson acting director/CEO, approves tunneling contract

USDOT to divvy up $527 million for TIGER program's third round

Updates from Wabtec, Bombardier, RailComm, AdaCore, RMI and Hollysys

USDOT obligates HSIPR grant to Massachusetts for Vermonter line improvements

Florida Gov. Scott gives go-ahead for SunRail project

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