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Rail News: August 2010

August 31

USDOT announces new design standards for high-speed passenger cars

Caltrain staff to recommend keeping Gilroy, weekend service

NS wins AREMA's 'Hay' award for Heartland Corridor project

STB schedules hearing on coal routing case

Operation Lifesaver honors Glenn, Hakey with national safety awards

WMATA to implement new safety manual

BNSF to be featured on Green Magazine Television

Updates from RailWorks, Harsco, Balfour Beatty, Nomad Digital, Jacobs Engineering, L.B. Foster and KiwiRail

August 30

East Texas HSR feasibility study could begin soon

Stewart Southern Railway becomes Saskatchewan's 11th short line

CSX partners with Alabama, Mississippi for safety measures

Sound Transit awards contract to expand commuter-rail service

CN reaches EJ&E-related mitigation agreement with Long Grove

TransLink receives first shipment of new rail cars

EPA, Missouri DNR recognize KCSR's locomotive-idle control project

UP invests $11.5 million in track improvements

Springfield Terminal Railway workers ratify TCU contract; Fulton County Railway workers join UTU

August 27

AAR report: U.S. roads set another weekly intermodal volume record

Save the date - FRA webcast Sept. 15

Caltrain eyes service cuts, fare hikes; BART delays fare increase

Report: HSR will create jobs in southern California

Denver RTD breaks ground on FasTracks' East Corridor line

Sweden set to open new HSR line

Tie purchases plummeted, production jumped in July, RTA says

DHS, FEMA certify TTCI emergency reponse center's tank-car course

KCSR appoints Redd, Godwin to VP posts

Ohio port authority hires project administrator for grade separation

Updates from L.B. Foster, FreightCar America, Parsons Brinckerhoff, OSI Systems, DriveCam and Cambridge Systematics

August 26

Metropolitan Council awards contracts for Minneapolis light-rail segment

The community backlash against HSR, and how states are coping

Six states seek TIGER II grants for NS' Crescent Corridor

California lawmakers approve bill seeking HSR contract bidders' role in Holocaust

Rail industry needs to better detect, report broken tank-car stub sills, Canada's TSB says

SEPTA seeks TIGER II grant for Smart Card system, completes trolley projects

TriMet eyes service changes to close budget gap

Ohio DOT seeks TIGER II grants for 12 projects; Oregon port seeks USDOT grant for Coos Bay line

WMATA implements 'peak-of-the-peak' pricing

August 25

CP to streamline regions from 11 to six

Ohio seeks TIGER grants for two 3C Corridor projects

St. Louis Metro names Nations president, CEO

L.B. Foster providing rail for Downeaster project

Second Amtrak Cascades train surpasses ridership expectations

AECOM appoints Siegel to oversee HSR planning

Containers begin to flow into North Dakota intermodal facility

Vossloh to provide high-speed rail fastener systems for China line

Perishable traffic on uptick for 'Cold Train' refrigerated service

Connecticut riders want more bar cars, survey says

UP to bolster track in Wisconsin

Updates from Greenbrier, RMI, RailComm, Vossloh and AECOM

August 24

Public comment period extended for Southeast HSR project

Valley Metro receives FTA's development approval for Central Mesa extension

STB schedules oral argument for Arizona Electric Power/BNSF rate case

Watco Transportation Services joins the AAR

Denver RTD considers fare hikes to balance 2011 budget

Fortune Minerals to work with CN to haul metallurgical coal

Illinois port gains TIGER grant for rail loop

Coming soon: Iowa rail port, Nebraska grain shuttle

WMATA to modernize elevators as part of Red Line rehab

August 23

FRA's Szabo on HSR development: 'Past the point of no return'

USDOT signs off on grant agreement for R.J. Corman rail rehab project

Grade crossing projects advance in Ohio, Washington

TriMet close to capping off station improvements

Gates elected chairman of northeastern Illinois RTA

National Gateway planners promote intermodal route at Maryland event

Indiana ports help pump up state's economy, study says

Abrams joins South Florida RTA's board

Updates from Global Railway, Bombardier, Shannon & Wilson, AECOM, EWI and Grand Canyon Railway

August 20

Florida rail division to hold DBE meetings

U.S. Class I worker count climbs in July, STB data shows

AAR: U.S. roads set 2010 intermodal volume, all-time container volume records in week No. 32

ATU members reject Greater Cleveland RTA's tentative agreement

Pittsburgh port authority holds public hearing on fare hikes, service cuts

NS, Virginia rail department cap off key Crescent Corridor project

USDOT awards $13.8 million for transportation research, education

WMATA plans station repairs to boost safety

North Carolina DOT solicits public feedback on choosing mobility fund-worthy projects

August 19

Rhode Island breaks ground on Wickford Junction commuter-rail station

Alaska Railroad contracts Kiewit Pacific for northern extension's first phase

Chicago to study express service to O'Hare

STB sends fall peak letters to railroads, appoints staff members

California's Capitol Corridor posts fiscal-year ridership record in July

Ohio county seeks federal, state funds for grade separation

Ridley Terminals anticipates a cargo-handling record in 2010

Updates from Hanson, Dow, Marsh, Mallory Alexander, USA Truck and MTU Detroit Diesel

August 18

Connecticut bond commission approves $260 million for high-speed rail

Massachusetts seeks proposals for MBTA station

First line supervisors' class action suit against CN can proceed, Ontario superior court says

Sound Transit breaks ground on station upgrades, readies for rail car delivery

California, Pennsylvania governors stump for more federal transportation infrastructure funding

Foundation complete for New York MTA's Fulton Street Transit Center

Farmrail's Betke joins STB grain car council

Shevell reappointed vice chairman of NJ Transit

Wilmington & Western begins to build educational/administrative facility in Delaware

August 17

FTA extends EIS comment period for Honolulu light-rail project

San Francisco agency to install new fare gates, ticket machines

BNSF Logistics lands on magazine's top 10 3PL list for seventh-straight year

WMATA installs platform warning lights

RICA honors KCS, CSX for dimensional load services

North Carolina Railroad caps off Kinston track project's first phase

Updates from Ansaldo STS, L.B. Foster, Carmanah, T.Y. Lin and Global Crossing

August 16

Caltrain to consider fare increases, service suspensions

IANA on 2Q: International container volume growth exceeds domestic container gain for first time in four years

NS to launch double-stack train operations on Heartland Corridor in September

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit receives six bids from DMU builders

UP to bolster line between Nebraska, Wyoming

NMB introduces intern program to teach students about labor relations

In memoriam: Former NITL President Harry Gobrecht

Updates from CXT/L.B. Foster, Miller Felpax, TPSC and Parsons Brinckerhoff

August 13

RailTrends early bird rate available through Aug. 13

LaHood blog: 40 jobs created as a result of ARRA-funded Downeaster project

AAR weekly report: U.S. railroads register 'moderate' carload gain

Denver RTD closes on $397.8 private activity bonds, sets Aug. 26 groundbreaking for FasTracks Eagle P3 project

Pennsylvania's latest 12-year plan drastically cuts transportation dollars

BART has an extra $8.5 million in its budget

Patriot Rail to serve North Carolina DOT's P&N corridor

Four crossing upgrades, one closure advance in Ohio

Quality public transportation = quality of life, APTA report says

Updates from Vossloh, RailComm, Unit Rail, Western Extrusions and Global Railway

August 12

Transportation Services Index inched up in June

Transbay Joint Powers Authority breaks ground on $4.2 billion Transbay Transit Center

In memoriam: Former N&W leader, NS 'architect' John Fishwick

Denver RTD considers budget gap-closing options

Tacoma port posts progress with emission-reduction efforts

AAR's Macdonald to represent freight-rail industry on Maryland commission

Milwaukee port wins USDOT's Pacesetter award

Genesee & Wyoming gains traffic in July

UP to shore up Oregon line

August 11

North Carolina considers options for routing of high-speed line

Two DART line extensions hinge on proposed budget, long-term financial plan

FRA stresses need to prevent switching fatalities

Toronto Terminals Railway, CAW reach tentative accord

Military magazine honors Class Is as top veteran employers in 2010

Washington city's port, rail access ideal for high-tech plants, Boyd Co. says

New York MTA introduces online tool to track capital projects

RailAmerica registers carload gain in July

Updates from ENSCO, Atlantic Track, VR Mergers & Acquisitions, Jacobs Engineering, Ansaldo STS and CANAC

August 10

AAR: Seasonally adjusted data shows incremental U.S. traffic gains in July

Patriot Rail to acquire Weyerhaeuser's six short lines

WMATA pledges to create board safety committee

Amtrak reaches deal to advance Niantic Bridge replacement

UP to bolster lines in three states

TransLink's Canada SkyTrain on track to surpass ridership forecasts

Santa Clara VTA appoints new members to advisory committees

Kelliher joins NMB as mediator

August 9

Hollysys to provide signaling systems for China's HSR lines

Freight-rail capacity expansion bill enters Senate

Sound Transit projects long-term capital funding to drop 25 percent

CN forges service-enhancement pact with Quebec port, terminal operator

Amtrak breaks ground on Illinois intermodal facility

KCS assigns Evans, McVaney to sales/marketing AVP roles

WMATA to make data available to third-party software developers

UP to upgrade lines in Missouri, Nebraska

X Train names Zilliken CFO

August 6

FRA to provide $25 million for high-speed rail research

AAR report: Weekly U.S. carloads, intermodal loads reach 2010 highs

California agrees to focus on Bay Area line alternatives that 'sharply reduce' right-of-way property acquisitions

Denver RTD, UP pen deal to advance FasTracks project

Short-line tax credit extension still stuck in Senate, ASLRRA says

AECOM to acquire Davis Langdon in $324 million deal

Connecticut to purchase 80 more cars for Metro-North line

New York/New Jersey port authority's board OKs rail car purchase, WTC contracts

TCU's MOW supervisors ratify Amtrak contract

In Memoriam: Robert Downing, the driving force behind the Burlington Northern Railroad merger

Updates from Bombardier, Koppers Holdings, The Andersons and Parsons Brinckerhoff

August 5

American High Speed Rail Alliance names Weber, Simmons to advisory board

L.B. Foster to provide rail for New England project

VRE marks arrival of first locomotive from 19-unit order

CTA dismisses farmer's 'breach of service obligation' suit against CN

CREATE partners create website for 75th Street corridor project

Ocean carrier adds service at Long Beach port

Kentucky Soybean Board to join Soy Transportation Coalition

Stabler joins TTCI as VP of operations, training

Metro-North collects items for Grand Central Terminal's centennial exhibit

Updates from Railserve, Strategic Rail Advisors, AECOM, Portec Rail, Pacer, FreightCar America and Avalon Risk Management

August 4

UP's SPRB coal train loadings jump in July

STB to form toxic cargo committee

Metrolinx installs new chair, president/CEO

Genesee & Wyoming more than doubles earnings, sets operating ratio record

Plastics maker builds spur at Indiana plant

Ohio utilities commission OKs two crossing upgrades

Johnson joins UTA's board

Updates from EMD, Jacobs Engineering, Parsons Brinckerhoff, TRAC Intermodal, DVB Bank and AngelTrax

August 3

FREIGHT Act companion bill enters House

Amtrak back on track for Lancaster station renovation

Fox to succeed the retiring Lampe as Chicago South Shore's CEO

New mid-day train boosts North Carolina's Amtrak ridership

Progress Rail caps off EMD purchase; First Union Rail buys 2,370 cars

Rail Runner trading post to be restored in New Mexico

MARTA's Leonard to chair APTA's members committee

USDOT's LaHood, TSA's Pistole observe training and technological advances at TTCI

August 2

Virginia, CSX reach agreement on high-speed rail project

House approves FY2011 transportation appropriations

Amtrak extends Boardman's CEO contract through 2013

EPA lowers 2010 rail-car production forecast from 16,000 to 13,250 units

NS completes annual coal line maintenance 'blitz' in Pennsylvania

FTA approves environmental review for Houston METRO's University line

Metrolinx to assume control of Ontario's Air Rail Link project

Vancouver port pumps up volume in year's first half

Updates from Amsted Rail, Vossloh, Miner Enterprises, TCS, L.B. Foster and Cubic Transportation Systems

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