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Rail News: August 2009

August 31

Kansas, Pennsylvania seek ARRA funds

California's Metrolink to negotiate engineer/conductor services contract with Amtrak

Former APTA chairman, hall of famer Alan Kiepper passes away

Twin Cities light-rail corridor advances

Workers at two short lines join UTU

August 28

North American roads register highest weekly carload total since early March

USDOT/FTA churn out 13 more ARRA grants

UP's August PRB train loadings a tad off last year's pace

San Diego agency sets another ridership record despite fewer trolley trips

Latina magazine honors BNSF's diversity efforts for Hispanics

Updates from New York Air Brake, JMA Railroad Supply, A. Stucki, Orgo-Thermit and Alliance Shippers

August 27

Progressive Railroading to boot up HSRupdates.com on Sept. 8

UP launches ShipCarsNow.com, schedules Joliet terminal groundbreaking and starts Kansas track upgrades

Sound Transit opens bids for University Link tunnel boring work

League of Railway Industry Women names UP's Valdez 'Woman of the Year'

Cleveland's RTA begins to build new 55th Street station

Florida coalition urges USDOT to back funding for HSR studies

August 26

ATU members ratify BART contract

New York lands ARRA grant for Metro-North station, seeks more stimulus grants for other projects

ARRA-funded Amtrak station work under way

RTA report: Tie purchases climb, production falls in July

CP receives recognition for governance practices

Updates from Wabtec and RailComm

August 25

Three states seek ARRA funds for HSR projects

KCS promotes Del Cueto, appoints Torres to key KCSM posts

Illinois law provides funds for intermodal facilities

Joint venture to begin underground phase of BART's Warm Springs extension

BNSF boosts on-time performance, adds new services

August 24

USDOT/FTA issue ARRA grants exceeding $1 billion

Illinois commission urges FRA to adopt safety guidelines for HSR crossings

Hart becomes NTSB's vice chair

San Francisco agency to install fare gates, ticket machines at nine stations

ACTA installs DeLong as chair, Hahn as vice chair

Updates from GE Transportation/EuroMaint Rail, Bombardier and MISCOR Group

August 21

U.S. Class I workforce a smidge larger in July, STB says

AAR weekly report: Thirty-second verse same as the first in '09 traffic song

Patriot Rail takes wraps off new Texas short line

L.A. authority collects soil samples for proposed subway extension

Port Tracker report: Major ports remain on pace to handle fewest containers in seven years

Updates from Global Railway Industries, FreightCar America, RailComm and Pacer International

August 20

CREATE partners alter program to suit CN's EJ&E acquisition

Sacramento agency closes budget shortfall without making more service cuts

Trucks lost market share to intermodal in 2Q, FTR says

Utah Transit Authority tweaks commuter, light rail services

WMATA to provide cell phone coverage in 20 underground stations

August 19

Houston's Metro gains FTA approval to design two light-rail lines

Ohio DOT, rail commission seek to advance '3C Quick Start' system

Florida leaders form lobbying group to land federal dollars for Orlando-Tampa-Miami HSR line

BNSF, Washington state port launch construction on loop track

Montreal port posts first-half volume drop

Updates from Wabtec, Railinc & Teradata, Interfleet Technology, Kelso Technologies and PowerRail Distribution

August 18

U.S. agencies team up with Mexican authorities to thwart drug, weapon smuggling

UP celebrates silver anniversary of first PRB coal train

Vancouver's Canada Line opens for business

New leader pegged for USDOT's haz-mat arm; NTSB and NMB make management changes

Oregon agency starts stimulus-funded project, changes fare-free area

August 17

USDOT/FTA provide 50 ARRA grants exceeding $1 billion

BART, ATU reach 11th-hour agreement and avert strike

Elliott takes seat as STB chairman

Mefford-Miller to head St Louis Metro's planning, system development

Arizona Railroad Group becomes ARG Trans

Updates from L.B. Foster, Simmons Machine Tool & Beena Vision Systems, Timken, National Academy of Railroad Sciences and Flatiron Construction

August 14

Early-bird rate for October RailTrends conference still available

FRA's proposed PTC rule would 'impose a financial burden beyond what Congress intended,' AAR says

ATU issues strike notice after BART imposes employment terms

AAR weekly report: North American railroads off to another slow traffic start in August

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic mulls plan to abandon or sell Maine lines

Providence and Worcester earns more income, generates less revenue

Updates from Pandrol, Siemens Mobility, Pentadyne Power, CANAC Railway Services and Interpipe

August 13

NS selects Pennsylvania site for Crescent Corridor terminal

CTA, NJ Transit advance major rail and station projects

Domestic container volume remains intermodal's only bright spot in second quarter, IANA says

TSI falls to lowest June level in 12 years, BTS says

Georgia university forecasts larger sales tax receipt shortfall for MARTA

August 12

One union OKs, another rejects BART's contract proposal

CSX to break ground on Ohio intermodal facility

KCS, Indiana Rail Road make management changes

Watco launches Alabama Warrior Railway

RailAmerica creates contract-switching subsidiary

Updates from Bombardier, Amberg Technologies, Gannett Fleming, RailComm and Electro-Motive Diesel

August 11

New York MTA issues proposed 2010-2014 capital program, 20-year capital needs assessment

California High-Speed Rail Authority institutes 'transparency' initiatives to ensure project schedule, budget and accountability

Progressive Railroading to boot up HSRupdates.com on Sept. 8

TriMet ridership dips in July

Russia's First Freight Co. forms joint venture with Finnish Railways

August 10

CSXT, BLET agree on tentative five-year pact

Santa Clara VTA approves fare increase acceleration

Caltrain quiets locomotive horn noise

Ohio city to create quiet zone

Mass transit a key cog in New Jersey's transportation landscape, study says

Updates for Alstom Transport, New York Air Brake, Faiveley Transport Australia and Unisys Australia

August 7

AAR's July traffic report: North American roads slog through another sluggish month

Nation needs to establish two or three 'model' HSR lines, Brown says

Toronto lands retail lease agreement for Union Station revitalization

FRA grants $1 million to Operation Lifesaver

MARTA boots up new Web site

August 6

Missouri DOT seeks stimulus dollars for 11 rail projects

CTA has 'zero tolerance' for employees who use electronic devices on duty

Tacoma port selects contractor for grade separation overpass

Amtrak marks Pere Marquette's silver anniversary, first stimulus-funded car overhaul

L.A.-area ports honor Pacific Harbor Line's clean-air efforts

Updates from Ansaldo STS USA, Miner Enterprises, American Railcar Industries, Cubic and Pacer

August 5

Maryland selects light rail as transit option for Purple, Red lines

CP sells Windsor Station to Cadillac Fairview

EPA report: Rail-car deliveries to drop to 24,800 units in '09, 14,750 units in '10

ARRA dollars help Houston's METRO expand police presence

Illinois commission approves crossing upgrades at 10 locations

August 4

'TRACS' bill back in Congress

Minnesota DOT seeks ARRA dollars for four passenger-rail projects

UP reaches six-month high for southern PRB coal loadings in July

L.A. Metro to test turnstile-gate waters at four subway stations

Senate proposes funds for Charlotte transit system's light-rail extension

Updates from Siemens/TVZ, Skanska, RailPros, Progress Rail Services and RailComm

August 3

Chicago's CREATE program lands $322 million from state of Illinois

BART, three labor unions reach tentative accord

USDOT to announce TIGER grant winners in January

MARTA lands DHS grant for police department

House judiciary subcommittee OKs 'rail antitrust' bill, CURE says

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