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Rail News: July 2012

July 31

Rail updates from Siemens, CIT, Cubic, Mermec, ZETA-TECH, Burns Group and Duos Technologies (July 31)

BART contracting plan would boost small business opportunities

Amtrak expands electronic ticketing to national network

Norfolk Southern completes trackwork blitz on Pennsylvania coal line

Cold storage facility opens at New Orleans port

Twin Cities' Metro Transit to trim fares on Northstar commuter-rail line

Union Pacific ranks as top healthy lifestyle-promoting employer; Knight lands on top CFOs list

Economic Planning Associates drops 2012 rail-car deliveries projection from 58,000 to 55,300

July 30

CSX donates last section of High Line to New York City

New York's MTA recognizes its subsidiaries' safety efforts

Kansas City Southern participates in frac sand summit

Metrorail Orange Line opens to Miami International Airport

APTA names SEPTA 'Outstanding Public Transportation System' for 2012

Seattle port gains more super-size cranes; Georgia ports set annual cargo records

USDOT awards funds for Kentucky bridges and Alaska trackwork, extends university research program grants

LaHood announces expansion of transportation project finance fund

Florida East Coast hires architect for All Aboard Florida stations

Parsons Brinckerhoff appoints Yirigian to oversee Connecticut HSR program

July 27

Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, Crouch Engineering, Trinity, American Railcar, Harsco and Investec (July 27)

MTA completes tunnel boring work on 'megaprojects'

Metrolinx to bring GO Transit service to Acton, Ontario

CEO Koraleski joins Union Pacific's board

PATH on pace to set ridership record for second straight year

AAR: U.S. intermodal volume climbed, carload count fell last week

Energy Information Administration: Rail deliveries of crude oil, petroleum products climbed in 2012's first half

July 26

Alameda Corridor construction authority seeks bids for grade separation work

Sen. Durbin, CSX CEO Ward discuss rail safety

TriMet posts record annual ridership of 102 million trips

Local government association approves Valley Metro's light-rail plan, route

Denver RTD to contract Kiewit Infrastructure to build I-225 light-rail line

MTA's financial plan shows balanced budget in 2012 and 2013, but deficits thereafter

Amtrak forges $7 billion revitalization plan for D.C.'s Union Station

Surface Transportation Board proposes rule reforms, proceeding to provide captive shippers 'rate relief'

July 25

Rail supplier updates from L.B. Foster, Wabtec, Bombardier, Alfred Benesch, Stella-Jones, Unitrac, Michael Baker Jr. and Nordco (July 25)

Las Vegas X Train contracts engineering firm for station work

RailAmerica posts second-quarter gains in net income, revenue

Cold Train to acquire more containers, add service

Massachusetts' Union Station to get an overhaul

Canadian Pacific: Revenue up, earnings down in 2Q

CN's robust 2Q financial results 'show a lot of strength,' says CEO Mongeau

Norfolk Southern copes with soft utility coal volume, sets four financial records in 2Q

Amtrak forges $7 billion revitalization plan for D.C.'s Union Station

Massachusetts' Union Station to get an overhaul

July 24

Intermodal design seminar to be part of AREMA's annual conference

VIA Rail, Air Transat to offer rail and air ticket packages

Indiana Rail Road teams up with Arrow Reload to co-market transload services

Track relocation-related contract let for TransLink's Evergreen Line

Cleveland transit agency records another ridership increase in June

Arlington County board signs off on long-range capital plan

Union Pacific Railroad proposes to build one of Texas' largest classification yards, Hearne mayor says

USDOT doles out FY2012 state-of-good-repair grants

Genesee & Wyoming: RailAmerica acquisition would mean more growth, diversification in addition to more railroads

July 23

Las Vegas Railway Express names Wilson COO; South Florida RTA appoints Wolfe to board

OmniTRAX's Ogborn to retire

ARCI: Rail-car orders, deliveries surged in second quarter

Alameda Corridor construction authority set to award San Gabriel trench contract

Majority of Congress backs short-line tax credit extension legislation, ASLRRA says

Obama Administration expedites seven infrastructure projects at five U.S. ports

New York MTA announces transportation service improvements

Genesee & Wyoming lands agreement to acquire RailAmerica

July 20

Rail supplier updates from GE, Alstom, Skanska Shimmick Herzog and Trinity Marine (July 20)

Sound Transit celebrates third anniversary of Link light-rail system

OSHA finds Illinois Central, Fort Wayne & Eastern railroads in violation of railroad safety act rules

STB: Class I jobs rose in June

Port of Virginia set volume, rail container records in June

Long Island Rail Road to invest in additional service

New Nippon Sharyo plant opens, will produce Metra's new Highliner cars

AAR: U.S. Canadian and Mexican railroads posted traffic gains last week

July 19

InnoTrans offers North American attendees discounted registration to Germany event

D.C. transit agency fixes computer glitch that stopped rail service

Nashville RTA registers ridership gain on Music City Star

Canadian Pacific, Smart Sand partner to provide frac sand for shale plays

Chicago's Metra rehabbing rail cars, adding amenities

Union Pacific Railroad lands Peabody Energy contract to move coal from Colorado to Texas

San Francisco transportation agency completes first revenue bond sale

Union Pacific posts 'best-ever' quarterly results

July 18

Railroad supplier updates from Bechtel, RATP, Crouch, PowerRail, Railserve and Parsons Brinckerhoff (July 18)

Red River Valley & Western to mark 25th anniversary

Genesee & Wyoming to increase Australian iron-ore volume; Indiana Harbor Belt to boost potash traffic

Ottawa light-rail project receives federal environmental assessment approval

Chicago Transit Authority unveils plan to rehab rail, bus maintenance facilities

Los Angeles, Long Beach ports cranked up container volumes in June

California officials order L.A. track, train protection system repairs

CSX: Productivity, intermodal gains help offset utility coal losses in 2Q

California governor signs HSR funding legislation

Colorado DOT launches HSR study

CHSRA issues revised environmental documents for Fresno-Bakersfield segment

July 17

Arbitrator rules in TriMet's favor in labor contract dispute

Amtrak's Downeaster service breaks annual ridership record

CTA completes Granville Station rehab project

FRA issues safety advisory to raise awareness about track buckles

Intermodal rail a 'sensible' transportation option for U.S. Postal Service, inspector general report says

OSHA, FRA team up to better enforce federal whistleblower provision

MAP-21 provides FTA safety oversight of transit systems

Kansas City Southern set revenue, income and operating ratio records in 2Q

July 16

Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, Ansaldo, RailComm, Veolia and Parsons Brinckerhoff (July 16)

MTA Metro-North to test smartphone ticketing

Ohio Rail Development Commission to consider four rail grants at Thursday meeting

Genesee & Wyoming's traffic slipped in June, second quarter

Sen. Durbin asks STB to address Amtrak's performance delays related to freight rail

CSX dedicates new Ohio bridge on National Gateway

MBTA's Green Line extension clears environmental review

Norfolk Southern Railway opens Crescent Corridor terminal in Tennessee

Heard around the halls at the 8th World Congress on High-Speed Rail

U.S. high-speed rail likely to be built incrementally, consultants say at 8th world congress

High-speed rail world congress: speeches and stories from the opening session

July 13

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Railinc, Bombardier, HP, KYDEX and Michael Baker (July 13)

Port Everglades tabs Vanderbeek to head business development

Metrolink, local businesses offer riders 'exclusive' discounts

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service unveils container availability report

Government agencies in three states advance crossing, bridge projects

Miami-Dade Transit's AirportLink nears completion

FTA creates MAP-21 informational website

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

July 12

Grand Central Terminal's 'whispering gallery' to get makeover

Coralville lets contract for Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway flood protection work

Railway Tie Association: Production up, purchases down in May

Metrolink adds service in Orange County

Amtrak among U.S. railroads seeking to recruit more military veterans

CSX Transportation completes track maintenance 'Jamboree'

May's Transportation Services Index slipped slightly vs. April, BTS says

NJ Transit's board adopts FY2013 budget, capital program

LaHood addresses high-speed rail at Philadelphia event

LaHood addresses high-speed rail at Philadelphia event

July 11

Rail supplier updates from GE, New York Air Brake, Wabtec, Harsco, Wood Creek Capital and Gannett Fleming (July 11)

WMATA repairs track affected by 'heat kink'

Watco promotes Vaughn to senior regulatory oversight post

Port awards trench contract for West Vancouver Freight Access project

American Trucking Associations report: Rail's total tonnage share to shrink slightly by 2023

Hennepin County breaks ground on Minneapolis rail transit hub

Illinois to provide $800 million for mass transit, rail improvements

Rail industry commits to hiring 5,000 veterans in 2012

July 10

Pennsylvania rail authority completes siding on Nittany and Bald Eagle line

CSX partners with EPA, New Orleans planning commission to retrofit locomotive

DART preps for Orange Line's July 30 opening

South Carolina authority awards preliminary engineering contract for inland port

FTA OKs CATS' light-rail extension for final design

Nova Scotia municipality proposes construction of container terminal

Amtrak updates Northeast Corridor plan

California Legislature's high-speed-rail funding approval will help advance Caltrain's modernization

APTA report: High-speed rail benefits outweigh costs

California Legislature's HSR funding approval will help advance Caltrain modernization

July 9

Rail supplier updates from Ansaldo, Bombardier and HDR Engineering (July 9)

Caltrain, Metra advance train information systems

Canadian transit association launches campaign to promote public transit

Railroad Development Corp. wins arbitration case against Guatemalan government

Ingram resigns from Canadian Pacific's board

Bay Area commission to hold hearing on transportation plan

Union Pacific attains minority council honor for diverse supplier base

Texas DOT's new Panama Canal working group holds inaugural meeting

California Legislature signs off on bond sale for high-speed rail project

California Legislature signs off on bond sale for high-speed rail project

Amtrak unveils updated Northeast Corridor planning, investment strategy

July 6

Rutgers ad sales to raise $5,000 monthly for PATCO rail line

Portland port, union agreement temporarily solves work dispute

Cleveland transit authority's 2013 tax budget 'stable'

Reading and Northern to become Pennsylvania industrial park's service provider

Charlotte transit agency hikes fares

Citizens committee reviews Santa Clara VTA's Measure A spending

CN to build five long sidings on busy B.C. North Line

U.S. intermodal volume through June slightly ahead of record-year pace, AAR says

July 5

Foundation's matching grant supports nonprofit's attempt to rehab steam locomotive in Alaska

Ohio utilities commission directs CSXT to upgrade crossing

UP's Chandler becomes National Association of Railway Business Women's 37th president

Union Pacific's PRB coal train loadings lagged in June

Rail coalition calls for better surface transportation programs

Silver Line extension to Dulles advances with Loudoun County vote

Long Beach port crafts incentive programs to attract larger ships, more rail volume

FTA issues decision on L.A. transit corridor's environmental guidelines

July 3

Rail supplier news from Alstom-Bombardier, Siemens, Greenbrier and Parsons Brinckerhoff (July 3)

Tacoma Rail to host National Railway Historical Society's 'RailCamp'

Hoglander to chair National Mediation Board for fourth time

U.S. Customs and Border Protection to use centralized station at Savannah port

TriMet begins second year of Portland-Milwaukie light-rail bridge construction

Cloud Peak Energy acquires undeveloped Powder River Basin mine on BNSF line

CTA debuts 5000-series rail cars on Green Line

L.A. transit board OKs contract for Union Station's master plan

California Transportation Commission approves high-speed connectivity funds for San Francisco's Central Subway

July 2

Surface Transportation Board seeks public input on proposed mediation rules

Kansas City Southern promotes Songer to VP, chief engineer

FRA proposes rulemaking on passenger train emergency preparedness standards, plans to begin environmental review of Northeast Corridor upgrades

Ontario officials OK Toronto's transit plan

League of Railway Industry Women seeks nominees for 'Outstanding Woman of the Year'

Amtrak opens new station in Nebraska to serve Zephyr line

Union Pacific turns 150

Honolulu officials apply for $1.55 billion in grants for transit-rail project

Surface transportation reauthorization bill awaits President Obama's signature

FRA to launch Northeast Corridor environmental work

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