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Rail News: August 2011

August 31

Updates from Railserve, Nomad, Bombardier, Midwest, Timken and Skanska

NS develops mobile app for smart phones

SFRTA receives national procurement, marketing honors

Railed cargo value among NAFTA nations jumped in June, BTS says

ATU members plan strike against GO Transit

Amtrak continues to restore service along East Coast

USDOT to sign over TIGER II grant for Tower 55 project in Texas

August 30

Target honors Swift Transportation's service efforts

Metra to begin replacing 22 bridges on UP North line

Canadian environmental agency seeks public input on study for potash terminal, rail loop at B.C. port

VIA Rail reports higher revenue, lower costs in Q2

TriMet to increase fares, add light-rail service

Indiana Rail Road begins to build locomotive shop

CSX to expand Ohio terminal for National Gateway initiative

Railroads continue to restore service post-Hurricane Irene

August 29

USDOT honors Sound Transit for small, disadvantaged business efforts

UP is TTS' top rail carrier of 2010

Small railroads boosted carloads in year's 33rd week, RMI index shows

UP continues to combat hot, dry conditions in central Texas

TransLink reports ridership gains in 2011's first half

BNSF to reopen key flood-impacted subdivision Sept. 3

Railroads on East Coast continue to deal with Hurricane Irene's wrath

August 26

Updates from Alstom, Railserve, RailComm, Timken and HDR

Hart takes helm as NTSB vice chair for second term

Gov. Malloy appoints Redeker Connecticut DOT commissioner

UP, Louisiana law enforcement officers clamp down on crossing violations

RTA report: Tie purchases jumped, production fell back in July

NJ Transit marks completion of rebuilt Somerville Station

Construction begins on GO Transit's Allandale station

U.S. roads' carloads, intermodal loads climbed in week No. 33, AAR says

CHSRA gives sneak peak at upcoming business plan

August 25

Kentucky town commemorates 100th anniversary of railed coal shipments

Thousands try Norfolk's new light-rail service during first weekend

L.A.-area ports target zero-emission projects; Seattle port offers online carbon calculator

Three of four private transit-serving firms report lackluster business, APTA study shows

TriMet posted ridership gains in July

CN's grain volume climbed to near-record levels in past crop year

DHS allocates more than $2.1 billion to 12 security programs

AAR files lawsuit against USDOT, FRA challenging PRIIA mandate

Rossi to join CHSRA board

August 24

Updates from Bombardier, Kratos, RR M&A, RSI Logistics and Frederick Intermodal

Gov. Walker tabs Plale as Wisconsin's railroad commissioner

UP to upgrade Utah line

SMART names Mansourian new GM

RTA sues two Illinois towns for ignoring tax agreements

Broward County OKs container transfer facility pact with Florida East Coast

Major grade separation under way in Chicago, Illinois Gov. Quinn says

AASHTO: Federal transportation funding is urgently needed

CHSRA seeking public outreach, communications services

August 23

Updates from Ansaldo, Harsco, R.J. Corman, Bombardier, HJ Skelton and Gannett Fleming

ELFA July index: New business rises slightly year over year, but plummets compared with June

KCS extends two exchange offers

TriMet contracts Parsons Brinckerhoff to design light-rail maintenance facility

San Pedro & Southwestern begins serving central Arizona industrial park

MBTA appoints Davis acting general manager

USDOT proposes PTC amendment that eliminates analyses required for PIH rerouting

Amtrak hires KPMG team to develop NEC business, financial plan

IDOT receives crossing elimination grant for Chicago-St. Louis corridor

California governor appoints Richards to CHSRA board

August 22

L.A. port posts progress with emission-reduction efforts

RFP period closed for Metrolinx Air Rail Link, station project

Dow Mexico recognizes KCSM's best practices

BART letter explains interruption of cell phone service

FRA obligates $28.2 million for new Dearborn train station

Regional Rail to acquire Tyburn Railroad’s short-line, transload assets

PANYNJ board approves fiscal plan including PATH fare increases

U.S. customs agency, UP agree on border security-enhancing measures

USDOT obligates $745 million for NEC improvements

August 19

Updates from Invensys, GBS Group, Stella-Jones, Parsons Brinckerhoff and DNJ Intermodal; Also, in memoriam: Invensys' Bob Scesny

Indiana port wins USDOT's 'Pacesetter' award for ninth time

The Tide opens in Norfolk

Washington port lands federal grant for BNSF overpass; UP advances trackwork between two states

Amtrak completes upgrades to L.A. equipment maintenance facility

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

Caltrain recommends new operator contract, releases 'blended' operation study and receives FTA grant

Size of U.S. Class I workforce shrunk a bit in July, STB data shows

FRA obligates $28.2 million for new Dearborn train station

California Gov. Brown gives thumbs up to state's HSR project

New York town receives USDOT grant for HSR-related crossing work

August 18

Updates from Axion, FAAC, Spectrum Infrared, H.J. Skelton, Kelso and Parsons Brinckerhoff

Swift Transportation launches U.S.-Mexico COFC service with KCS

SkyTrain marks 25th year in service

RailAmerica entices shippers to build, expand plants along its lines

Federal grant in hand for Metra station modernization

Baird: U.S. rail volume forecast favorable for export coal and domestic intermodal, adverse for ag

Metrolink secures $46.3 million to fully fund PTC program

Transit agencies hike fares, cut services to offset less government funding, APTA says

Proposed 'blended' Caltrain, HSR system could work, LTK study shows

August 17

Texas town considers quiet zone

Hampton Roads Transit prepares for Friday's light rail grand opening

Proposed fare, toll increases 'absolutely necessary,' PANYNJ's Ward says

Georgia Ports Authority, Logistec to expand Brunswick port terminal's capacity

ARG Trans inks interim operator contract, assigns GM for Oregon line

Parsons Brinckerhoff to design L.A. light-rail line's second phase

Atlanta regional transportation group drafts project list for voter referendum

Fewer import containers flowed into L.A.-area ports last month

August 16

Updates from Grainger, RailComm, Axion, Global Railway and RSI; Also, in memoriam: Rail recycling industry veteran Mike Kearns

Transportation improvements will drive productivity in Toronto area, study says

Chrysler Group honors UP's service performance

Montreal port to gain two more GenSets

Ohio port dedicates work on new rail line for future intermodal terminal

Houston METRO lays track for light-rail line

BNSF: Flood-damage repairs, traffic detours will continue into October

LACMTA's rail ridership rose 8.4 percent in July

August 15

Grade separation to gain further study in southern California

Tacoma port marks 1 millionth Kia vehicle

KCS upgrades computer platforms in U.S., Mexico

LACMTA to solicit public input on proposed LAX link

Colorado DOT issues draft of statewide rail 'vision'

Transportation Services Index increased in June

FRA allocates $55 million to Caltrans for PTC, capacity improvements

USDOT launches plan to prevent rail employee fatigue

August 12

Updates from Bombardier, Unitrac, Michael Baker and Kustom Seating

Iowa small roads to receive federal grants for flood-damage repairs

Genesee & Wyoming's carloads climbed, RailAmerica's fell in July

New York-area port authority OKs public meeting on proposed fare, toll hikes

Vermont Rail System posts progress on trackwork for Amtrak's Ethan Allen service

BART to receive $40 million for Berryessa extension

AAR weekly report: Carload volume crept up for North American roads

FRA awards $25 million for GPS-based PTC equipment on Pacific Surfliner

Chinese train manufacturer recalls high-speed trains; government slows operating speeds and suspends project approvals

August 11

Mineta institute report examines ballot initiatives for light-rail funding

CN signs pact, expands capacity to better serve Canadian lumber exporters

In memoriam: Rail supply industry entrepreneur and former NRC Chairman Phil Stout

Huron Central starts trackwork project; Arkansas industrial park spur lands federal grant

Raleigh council recommends light-rail route

Chicago job fair drew thousands of railroad job seekers, Rep. Rush says

CTA to study corporate sponsorships, naming rights

BNSF boosts 2011 capex budget to $3.8 billion, summarizes 2Q financial results

August 10

Updates from Midwest Railcar, Railinc, Bombardier, Voith, Michael Baker and H.J. Skelton

CATS advertising program generates revenue

Hersman helms NTSB for second term

Alaska Railroad schedules open house, groundbreaking for bridge project

Hybrid locomotives to number 500 by 2020, Pike Research says

SFMTA adds Clipper card readers to San Francisco's cable car system

AAR, UIC name Brunel design award winners; UP nabs Heinz North America's top carrier honor

IANA: Domestic, international intermodal volumes 'solid' in 2Q

August 9

Houston METRO CEO Greanias returns to work following suspension

Futhey wins second term as UTU president

Toran becomes TriMet's new general counsel

Atlanta roundtable selects seven transit projects for 2012 referendum

Cline succeeds Weyandt as KCS financial exec

FTA forms panel to help advance light rail, transit in Michigan

Bipartisan coalition calls for major investment in U.S. infrastructure

UP begins to build intermodal ramp, rail yard in New Mexico

FRA obligates another $179 million in HSIPR funds to California

CHSRA issues draft environmental reports for two Central Valley segments

August 8

Updates from Chicago Freight Car, CIT, Siemens and L.B. Foster

Metrolink to introduce two 'bicycle cars'

Watco makes management changes

Amtrak names chair, vice chair to Mayors' Advisory Council

UP to speed up trains on Kansas line

North Carolina DOT adds safety devices at eight crossings

USDOT provides grant for New York station project, selects six agencies to pilot asset management program

Transportation impacts varied under new debt deal, APTA says

Chinese rail officials need to determine HSR accident's cause quickly and transparently, U.S. observers say

FRA obligates grant funds for two New York projects

August 5

Updates from Greenbrier, FreightCar America, RailTerm, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Sam Schwartz and HNTB

UP sets second-quarter, first-half injury rate records

WMATA declares union arbitration award 'generous'

Sound Transit adopts sustainability plan

Better Bakken Shale-serving rail facilities on tap in Louisiana, North Dakota

Vancouver, Georgia ports post volume gains

MBTA's Davey named MassDOT secretary, CEO

AAR: U.S. carloads declined in July's last week, remained down for entire month

The debt deal: How it could impact HSR

Sen. Schumer: Government agencies, railroads need to agree on HSR funding soon

August 4

North Carolina Railroad adds five board members

FTA names Metro Transit-St. Louis COO Friem 'Manager of the Year'

Anderson joins KCS as automotive sales VP

TriMet to hike some fares in September

UP bolsters track in Nebraska, repairs drought-damaged track in Texas

CN to redevelop Indiana yard, relocate Chicago-area locomotive shop

California's ACE to build $58 million train maintenance facility

Four-way pact paves way for second Osage River bridge in Missouri

Australian government to conduct more detailed analysis of proposed HSR system

Hollysys to demonstrate high-speed signaling system for Chinese supplier

August 3

Updates from Bombardier, Harsco, Brandt, Wavion and Nomad

North Carolina commissions refurbished 'City of Durham' locomotive

Long Beach port posts progress with emission-reduction programs

North Carolina DOT lets contract for remaining P&N corridor work

Twin Cities' Metro Transit posts ridership gains in June, first half

OmniTRAX acquires Stockton Terminal & Eastern; Regional Rail launches operations on leased NS line

CN completes terminal transaction, sets course to double export coal volume

Amtrak Keystone service posts fiscal-year ridership record

USDOT obligates rolling stock funds to six states; multi-state procurement process begins

Amtrak Keystone service posts fiscal-year ridership record

August 2

Caltrain begins ballast deliveries

EMD to supply seven locomotives for Emirates rail network

WMATA adds Bethesda escalator replacement to six-year capital plan

Genesee & Wyoming signs deal to acquire Arizona short line, sets several financial records

Houston METRO's CEO suspended for violating computer policy

Floods didn't drag down UP's PRB coal loadings in July

TriMet's MAX Red Line reaches 10-year, 10 million-ride marks

CSX to build $15 million intermodal terminal in Kentucky

August 1

Iowa DOT seeks applicants for rail funding program

New York municipality mulls downtown intermodal center

TriMet, APTA make management changes

Wisconsin & Southern transloads large electrical equipment

Valley Metro posts slight light-rail ridership gain in FY2011

EPA forecast: Rail-car assemblies to reach 37,900 in '11, 48,300 in '12

Sound Transit adopts East Link route, station sites

Updates from Siemens, Alstom, American Railcar, Sam Schwartz and Hirschmann

California high-speed agency to seek RFQs for initial construction within three months

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