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Rail News: September 2009

September 30

Study identifies preferred route for Minnesota portion of Twin Cities-Chicago high-speed line

OneRail Coalition, AAR seek to drum up Senate support for transportation bill's rail measures

FTA blesses Houston METRO's civil rights compliance program

NS boots up Web site to promote Crescent Corridor, public-private partnerships

Four Class Is land on Newsweek's 'greenest' company list

Virginia to gain additional Amtrak service along the Northeast Corridor

Updates from AECOM, L.B. Foster, Siemens/Bombardier, Mass. Electric Construction and Stantec

September 29

PennDOT completes environmental assessment, prepares stimulus application for Harrisburg-Philadelphia line

U.S. high-speed association to host conference in October

Minnesota rail alliance to release evaluation of possible Twin Cities-Chicago passenger-rail routes

APTA first-half report: Light-rail trips up, heavy- and commuter-rail trips down

NS takes wraps off electric locomotive, KCSM takes delivery of 'Repower' units

STB calculates rail industry's cost of capital in '08

Soy Transportation Coalition issues report to address rail rates, volumes

Tie purchases continued to climb, production continued to drop off in August, RTA says

September 28

Iowa, Illinois DOTs complete environmental assessment for Chicago-Iowa City service

Bombardier joint venture obtains $4 billion high-speed rolling stock contract in China

CSXI rolls out new international services, KCSM rolls out new container cars

St. Louis Metro retains Baer as CEO; WMATA extends GM Catoe's contract

STB completes environmental review of Alaska Railroad's northern extension

Iowa Pacific Holdings seeks TIGER grants for two short lines

Wisconsin doles out $30.5 million for 10 freight-rail projects

Updates from Parsons Brinckerhoff, Parsons Transportation Group, Safetran, e-VERIFILE.COM and WAGO

September 25

Northeast, California, Midwest identified as 'best' potential HSR corridors, study says

L.A. MTA to seek FFGAs for major subway, light-rail projects

AAR weekly report: North American railroads report smaller year-over-year traffic declines

BNSF begins to replace Iowa bridge, CN caps off Tennessee yard reconstruction

Ohio transit agency and regional win stimulus grants; Connecticut city/port hope to land TIGER grant

New York/New Jersey port lands federal transit security grant, caps off freight-rail projects

Updates from GE Transportation, Parsons, Vossloh Cogifer/Thales and IONX. Also: In Memoriam - James Lewis Pearsall Jr.

September 24

California High Speed Rail Authority sends stimulus applications to governor for approval

Sen. Schumer urges House/Senate conferees to provide $4 billion for HSR in FY10 transportation bill

Two associations call on House-Senate conferees to provide $4 billion for HSR in FY10

NTSB addresses concerns about audio-frequency track circuit failures

CSXT, Massachusetts hammer out multi-year transportation agreement

FTA ponies up $9.9 million more for San Francisco subway project

CN boots up new online emission-estimating tool, reaches 19th EJ&E-related mitigation agreement

Alaska Railroad lays off 127 workers

September 23

Midwest High Speed Rail Association gears up for annual conference

Illinois, Iowa DOTs to release Chicago-to-Iowa City environmental report

Four states' TIGER grant-funded projects would yield millions in public benefits, BNSF says

VIA Rail to overhaul 78 cars, 21 locomotives

UP ranks higher on BusinessWeek's list of top employers for college grads

Ontario Northland CEO Carmichael to retire next year

BART kicks tires on new text-message service for riders

Updates from DAPCO Industries/Simmons Machine Tool, Ansaldo STS USA, FreightCar America, RailComm and Vossloh

September 22

California High Speed Rail Authority recommends projects for Track 2 applications

USDOT ponies up $100 million for 43 'green' transit projects

FRA provides more than $14 million for seven freight-rail projects

UP's Shelton wins IANA's first Chairman's Award

KCS, KCSM continue to pursue international bridge, double-track line

Latest L.A. MTA poll shows more riders give thumbs up to service performance

September 21

Senate passes FY2010 transportation budget measure

D.C. credit council recommends federal loan for S.F. transit center

Major U.S. ports' container volume might finish year on high note, 'Port Tracker' predicts

Maine DOT seeks TIGER grants for three rail projects

Empire Builder trains to add stop in Washington tourist town

Updates from Bombardier, e-VERIFILE.COM, ShipXpress and CentrePort Canada

September 18

France's SNCF expresses interest in U.S. high-speed rail development

U.S. Class I workforce returns to shrinking ways in August

NJ Transit's board advances light-rail extension, awards transit center contract

Labor Day clouds year-over-year comparisons of U.S. railroads' weekly carloads

Metro-North fare hike in Connecticut postponed until next year, commuter council says

Louisiana, Maine to craft long-range rail strategies

Balfour Beatty strikes deal to acquire Parsons Brinckerhoff

September 17

Balfour Beatty strikes deal to acquire Parsons Brinckerhoff

Several states, municipalities apply for TIGER grants by Tuesday's deadline

New York reaches initial agreement on Amtrak station, provides funds for short-line projects

NS issues second-annual sustainability report, ranks among top employers for college grads

Watco seeks STB approval to launch fourth short line in Idaho

Santa Clara VTA takes flood control measures ahead of BART extension

Updates from Parsons, L.B. Foster, Siemens Mobility, Transportation Certification Services and Unit Rail

September 16

CREATE, Crescent Corridor PPPs seek TIGER grants

Maryland drafts statewide freight plan, seeks TIGER grants for rail projects

Ohio rail commission provides dollars, support for freight-rail projects

CSXT selects contractor for Alabama bridge alterations

Illinois university to provide online training courses for Metra workers

Updates from New York Air Brake, Bombardier, RailComm, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Rail Safety Consulting

September 15

Amtrak completes ridership, revenue study for Ohio's 3C Corridor

Ohio rail commission to apply for Track 2 stimulus funds for 3C Corridor

CN reaches EJ&E-related mitigation agreement with Chicago-area village

L.A. MTA seeks public feedback on Crenshaw Corridor plan

BNSF kicks tires on fuel optimization system

NYCT closes more A Line station platforms for Rockaway Branch program

IANA honors REZ-1 for developing online capacity matching tool

September 14

Senate to discuss FY10 transportation bill

WMATA advances infrastructure, security improvement projects

CN opens new auto compound near Toronto

Freight transportation industry can expect slow economic recovery, FTR event stresses

BLET members ratify CSXT contract; BMWED federations merge

Grade crossing upgrades slated in Illinois, Ohio

Updates from Balfour Beatty Rail, Norgren and MTU Detroit Diesel

September 11

USDOT issues maglev grants for projects in Pennsylvania, Georgia/Tennessee

Signs of hope in latest North American rail traffic tallies

Transportation Services Index increased a tad in July

VIA Rail to replace station in Ontario town

Santa Clara VTA revises transit service cuts

TriMet posts fewer trips in August

September 10

Amtrak to upgrade stations along Ohio's proposed '3C' route

Oklahoma DOT seeks feedback on HSR proposal

WMATA revises capital improvement priority list

Ohio commission to consider several rail projects, one rail-car plant proposal

Amtrak, TSA conduct Northeast Corridor security exercise

Iowa Interstate expands locomotive fleet, tests bio-diesel blends

USDOT, highway administration develop freight management software

Updates from Alstom, Skanska, B.H.I.T and MATECH

September 9

APTA's annual meeting to include two HSR sessions

Wisconsin to form regional authority for southeastern transit services

Metro-North to prepare environmental assessment of new Penn Station services

Chemical producer to build tank-car equipping/repair facility in Indiana

Boston commuter-rail agency seeks proposals for new diesel-electric locomotives

Genesee & Wyoming generates fewer carloads in August

September 8

Netherlands' operator launches HSR service between Amsterdam, Rotterdam

Santa Clara VTA amends ATU contract to help cut costs

Heavy truck orders reach nine-month high in August, FTR says

CTA to complete Dearborn Subway project this year

KCS conference sheds light on transload network growth

Swaim-Staley to helm Maryland's DOT

Updates from Parsons Brinckerhoff, Colo Railroad Builders and LTK Engineering

September 4

UP launches construction on Joliet intermodal terminal

North American railroads' weekly carloads reach eight-month high

BNSF reassigns Bischler and Piggott to VP posts; dedicates new Montana station

Finger Lakes Railway project lands federal grant

Canadian, Quebec governments pursue yard revitalization project in Montreal

September 3

Northeast governors renew commitment to, outline plans for HSR development

North Carolina DOT submits ARRA applications totaling $92 million

Vermont seeks $52 million in ARRA funds for track improvements

Illinois commission to discuss Chicago-to-St. Louis corridor

Progressive Railroading to boot up HSRupdates.com next week

UP's August coal train loadings trail '08 totals

Denver's RTD receives first of 55 LRVs for FasTracks program

Indiana county obtains federal dollars for NS/industrial park spur

BART to cut off-peak service as part of deficit-reduction plan

Locomotive production to plummet in 2010, GE says

Updates from L.B. Foster, Bombardier, SNCF/Eurotunnel, RailComm and Rosenqvist Rail AB

September 2

Minnesota's Northstar, Oregon's TriMet to launch new services

Long Beach port seeks public input on planned on-dock rail facility

Sacramento agency hikes fares

CG/LA Infrastructure chooses Virginia as year's top 'infrastructure state'

Gardner to helm Toldeo's intermodal project

September 1

Pittsburgh port authority to increase service, but not base fares

VIA Rail to build station, mainlines in Ontario town

FTA doles out major chunk of ARRA transit formula dollars

North Carolina DOT, city team up with Class Is to build connector track

Updates from AECOM Technology, ShipXpress, Wi-Tronix and EKE-Electronics

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