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Rail News: September 2010

September 30

Bombardier receives $2.1 billion high-speed contract from Trenitalia

CTA proposes $1.3 billion budget, no fare or service changes

TIGER grant-funded signal upgrades under way for CREATE program

D.C. DOT awards contract for streetcar project

New York allocates funds for freight-, passenger-rail projects

CSXT's Sanborn, UP's Duren are 'Women Worth Watching,' magazine says

CN earns Dow Jones Sustainability Index ranking for second-straight year

APTA launches 'video wall' to stress need for surface transportation bill

Updates from Bombardier, Omni Products, CH2M Hill, RailInc, C.R. England and Infinity Transportation

September 29

U.S. DOT releases National Rail Plan progress report

USDOT provides progress report on National Rail Plan

DART approves FY2011 budget, 20-year financial plan

New California legislation will enable Metrolink to advance PTC implementation

CN implements new coal supply chain approach

Capital Metro approves $168.2 million operating budget

CTA seeking proposals for new fare-collection system

Santa Clara VTA to host contractor forum for BART Silicon Valley Project

September 28

Amtrak issues long-range vision for HSR in Northeast Corridor

New York MTA set to save $54 million in overtime costs

Santa Clara VTA introduces Commuter Express light-rail service

Huron Central Railway receives federal, provincial funds to continue operations

Sound Transit to negotiate terms for new Tacoma Link stop

Evans becomes Iowa Interstate's VP of sales, marketing

South Florida RTA joins AAR affiliate member ranks

Updates from Bombardier, RailComm, Alstom, AECOM and Greenbrier

September 27

Ohio DOT to advance work on 3C corridor

RailTrends to feature two short-line industry leaders

Sound Transit ponders priorities to help close $3.9 billion funding gap

Pittsburgh port authority delays vote on service cuts, fare hikes

CN signs pact with Montreal port; UP earns 'responsible care' certification

CSX's Tyler wins RIMA's David W. Fries Award

KCSR completes locomotive repower project in Louisiana

Houston Metro to increase workers' healthcare premiums to balance budget

USDOT provides $9.2 million for transportation research

In memoriam: Former Railway Supply Institute executive secretary, 'contributing leader' Marilyn Tonn

September 24

AAR weekly report: U.S. roads set 2010 intermodal record, all-time container mark

USDOT notes 'overwhelming' response to call for TIGER II grant applications

Metrolinx requests proposals for light-rail maintenance facility

GE lands large locomotive order in Brazil, establishes business partnership in Mongolia

Quebec's AMT unveils new dual-mode locomotive

Haselwood takes helm as TRANSFLO's president; Vogl joins KCS in VP role

MARTA seeks additional revenue sources to maintain service levels

Port of Richmond opens automotive distribution center

September 23

Hanson, Parsons to complete EIS for Illinois high-speed line

Ramsey County selects construction manager for St. Paul transit depot

Amtrak tabs Engel to oversee HSR department

Amtrak Cascades might drop second Vancouver train due to Canadian border fees

HNTB names Share, Blankenzee to help oversee Florida HSR project

Metropolitan Council awards third major contract for Twin Cities light-rail line

CHSRA's van Ark comments on Asia trade mission

WMATA, Maryland DOT seek development team for New Carrollton project

O'Toole to succeed Lockhead as FirstGroup's top executive

BART to consider new advertising opportunities

San Francisco MTA seeks public input on long-range strategic plan

Updates from Harsco, Thales, Knorr Bremse, Axion, Siemens, Alstom and Bentley

September 22

Minnesota rail authority hires construction manager for St. Paul depot project

Amberg Technologies supplies track surveying systems for Chinese HSR projects

APTA report: Quarterly ridership increases for first time since late 2008

CREATE partners seek $85.2 million TIGER II grant

Shared rail corridors could be better shared, Conference Board of Canada says

Building America's Future lobbies for national infrastructure bank

New York MTA sells ads on NYCT, LIRR cars to increase revenue

Perma-Fix to build spur at radioactive waste-handling facility in Washington

UP to boost trains speeds in two Nebraska towns

Updates from Sumitomo, Railinc, Thales, Bombardier, Kinkisharyo and Kenco Logistic Services

September 21

U.S. Class I workforce a smidge smaller in August, STB data shows

Tie production climbed to 11-month high in August, RTA says

CABT opposes bigger truck allowances in Maine, Vermont

BNSF to honor truckers during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Illinois allocates $79 million for major rail projects in Galesburg

CSX attains highest industrial firm score from Carbon Disclosure Project

Metra adjusts track schedule to rebuild 22 bridges

ONTC to offer Dream Catcher Express fall service

September 20

In case you missed it: Sept. 15 webcast available on demand

Midwest economy, congestion and environment would benefit from HSR, report says

Houston Metro names Greanias president, CEO

Gallegly bill proposes to increase liability cap in certain railroad accidents

APTA to urge Congress to increase public transportation funding

Prince Rupert pact adds to CN's arsenal of 'service-level' agreements

Rail labor union coalition, freight railroads begin mediated negotiations

Sound Transit's Sounder service celebrates 10th anniversary

Illinois commission to help fund rail safety education, enforcement programs

Updates from Invensys Rail, ENSCO, Colo Railroad Builders, HDR and Aon; also, in memoriam: NREC founder Lawrence Beal

September 17

AAR weekly report: U.S. carloads show slight traffic pinch from Labor Day

Illinois begins construction on HSR track upgrades between Alton, Lincoln

WMATA pegs federal grant for security upgrades, considers creating safety committee

Kansas joins States for Passenger Rail Coalition

BART prepares to award contracts for Oakland Airport Connector

CN, DP World forge 'service-level' pact for Vancouver terminal

GM, board members resign from New Orleans Public Belt in wake of over-spending claims

VIA Rail Canada, Communauto team up to offer train/auto service

Kansas joins States for Passenger Rail Coalition

UP's historic steam locomotive to embark on 2,200-mile tour

September 16

Senate commerce committee report, hearing on potential rail reforms generate more debate

CTA notes budget savings, appoints inspector general

Better end-to-end transportation services require better supply-chain partnerships, CN's Mongeau says

MBTA launches construction on parking facility

Miller becomes Genesee & Wyoming's first CMO

Bay Area could better boost transit security awareness, Mineta institute report shows

British Columbia port lands $2.5 million from feds for shore power project

Updates from Alstom, Axion International, Cubic Transportation Systems and APS Technology Group

September 15

AECOM video series highlights HSR development issues

NJ Transit suspends work on Access to the Region's Core project

CSXT, Florida utility co-op settle rate case

CP signal workers ratify three-year pact

RailAmerica posts year-over-year carload jump

TriMet's Green Line marks one year of service

CSX, Environmental Defense Fund join forces to reduce emissions, save energy

Weardale Railways off to strong start with new line

Updates from Kenco Logistic Services, Jacobs Engineering, ALK Technologies and RailRunner

September 14

Caltrain appeals to CHSRA to refocus environmental review

Would-be high-speed rail players to Florida, California: 'We can help you achieve your HSR vision'

Amtrak to participate in 'close call' reporting program

CAF USA calls on Houston Metro to prevent rebidding of light-rail contract

MBTA breaks ground on Waterfront Square development project

Genesee & Wyoming posts carload increase in August

CN's Prince George intermodal terminal gains upgraded entry road

Illinois port district launches construction on rail loop

Direct ChassisLink, Port of Long Beach receive IANA's Intermodal Achievement award

Updates from RailComm, Dell Services, HDR, Nomad Digital and Brenny Transportation

September 13

Aadnesen to take helm as Alaska Railroad's president, CEO

Transit safety committee opens first meeting

RailTrends 2010: Rail Traffic Still Strong, 10 Years of Rail & Other Thoughts

New York DOT to study possibility of streetcar service in Brooklyn

Capitol Corridor reports rise in August ridership, other lines show slight decrease

Ohio rail commission actions help advance several rail projects

Washington state DOT reviews grant, loan applications for 21 freight-rail projects

Updates from Alstom, Trinity Industries, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Syncron International AB, Hill International, URS and TMI

September 10

URS Corp. acquires Scott Wilson Group, expands capabilities in HSR market

AECOM names Elton HSR project director

AAR report: U.S. roads set carload volume record for second-straight week

BART to receive $20 million from state for Oakland Airport Connector

Transportation Services Index inched up in July, BTS says

CAW, CN begin contract negotiations; UTU, Illinois Midland Railroad reach tentative pact

BNSF commemorates closing of 5,000th grade crossing

SFMTA to begin $24 million cable-car infrastructure project

UP's ShipCarsNow boots up international auto transportation service

Trucking conditions to remain positive for remainder of 2010, FTR says

September 9

UP: August PRB train loadings climbed to 20-month high

FTA finds Houston Metro violated 'Buy America' requirements

Two proposed intermodal hubs in South Carolina would have opposite economic impacts, study shows

Sound Transit appoints Kupersmith deputy CEO

CP, Saskatchewan reach conditional agreement on Regina land sale

WMATA receives FEMA funding for February snow removal costs

American Honda to open rail-car loading facility at California port

Updates from Nordco, HDR, GATX, M.C. Dean and Kenco Management Services

September 8

Transportation organizations, legislator weigh in on Obama's infrastructure proposal

Washington State, BNSF sign framework agreement for Cascades corridor work

Colorado DOT appoints Imhoff to oversee Transit and Rail Division

DM&E, DM&IR workers ratify long-term agreements

Denver RTD schedules 16 public meetings to discuss belt-tightening measures

Colorado DOT installs Imhoff as state's first director of transit, rail

KCSM opens transload facility in Mexico

SacRT reopens light-rail station

FreightCar America to acquire DTE Rail Services

Iowa Interstate shuffles exec staff

Updates from Alstom, Bombardier, Wabtec, Battelle, Nomad Digital and Interfleet Technology

September 7

President Obama proposes $50 billion for transportation infrastructure upgrades

The politics of HSR: Can a governor stop a project?

AAR's Rail Time Indicators report: U.S. carloads, intermodal loads climbed in August

Obama announces infrastructure plan, calls for integrating HSR into surface transportation framework

Kansas DOT considers alternatives for expanded passenger-rail service

Caltrain predicts more budget predicaments in FY2012

NS schedules ceremony to mark first Heartland Corridor train

L.A. Metro Gold Line authority seeks proposals for light-rail extension

SEPTA, Viridity Energy land state funding for energy recycling project

Carrizales joins DART's board

September 3

AAR report: U.S. roads set more weekly traffic records

Burbank approves intermodal center development

Post-hurricane, KCS' traffic and revenue at tailwind strength

Capital Metro proposes $170 million operating budget

L.A. Metro receives $1.45 million from USDOT for intermodal transit center

Canada to cover one-third of Ontario rapid transit system's cost

STB sets policy for 'plain language' decision summaries, repeats 'Best Places to Work' top ranking

NJ Transit offers family rate to encourage travel to Newark airport

September 2

TranSystems' Miller to chair AREMA's HSR committee

Metropolitan Council, University of Minnesota reach deal on light-rail project

Gulf & Ohio to acquire Lancaster and Chester Railway

NS aims to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions 10 percent by 2014

FRA proposes rulemaking on concrete ties

Group lobbies for increased transit funding to create jobs

Ohio commission OKs crossing warning device upgrades

USDOT climbs 'Best Places to Work' rankings for 2010

NJ Transit seeks proposals for Wi-Fi network

September 1

Amtrak, FRA unveil new passenger-car design specs

CN creates 'scheduled plan' for grain harvest

Texas DOT seeks TIGER II grant for Tower 55 project

KCSM creates credit facility, promotes law department exec

SEPTA procures electricity to save millions of dollars

House-approved appropriations bill proposes funds for Maricopa grade separation

Conference to focus on expanding Colorado's intercity passenger-rail services

Updates from Progress Rail, Bombardier, Cubic, ETA Transit Systems, RailRunner and Parsons Brinckerhoff

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