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Rail News: September 2012

September 28

Construction begins on CSXT-served intermodal port in Indiana; federal grant helps jumpstart upgrades to short line-served route in Ohio

AAR: Year-long intermodal up, carloads down trend continues in U.S.

CTA to introduce open fare system next year

Santa Clara VTA to mark start of Fremont project

Sound Transit addresses proposed 2013 budget, approves contract for Sea-Tac project

Environmental report backs intermodal facility's 'green' qualities, BNSF says

California commission releases $39.8 million for Caltrain modernization project

CN to test natural gas-powered locomotives

California, Midwest DOTs issue notice on passenger train contract

September 27

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, Alstom, Railserve, Raildecks, Colo and Road & Rail (Sept. 27)

Metrolink prepares for more riders during 'Carmageddon II'

Former J.B. Hunt CMO Bergant wins IANA's Silver Kingpin Award

Canadian Pacific appoints first Southeast Asia rep, opens first Vietnam office

MTA ridership surveys show improved satisfaction

Union Pacific attains best-ever carbon disclosure performance

Charlotte receives $18 million federal grant for light-rail line

Panama Canal expansion nearly half complete, authority says

September 26

IANA, NITL to hold separate trade shows in 2014

Arizona land department issues study on proposed UP yard site

APTA to honor L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa for championing public transportation

L.A. port advances channel deepening project's final phase

San Diego MTS sells more trolley cars to Argentinian city

New York City Transit opens new subway transfer

Union Pacific reassigns three operating department execs

DART approves $1 billion FY2013 budget

September 25

New York City Transit's Bianco joins TTCI board

Alaska Railroad crews work round the clock to repair washed out track

Tampa port rail project to be completed next month

Amtrak testing trains at 165 mph in Northeast Corridor

UTU, BLET advance agreements

Long Beach port lets contract for major rail project

Federal, North Carolina officials mark full funding of new Raleigh station

MARTA's Scott named next GM of MBTA

September 24

Rail supplier updates from AMEC, Vossloh, Vision Industries and Boatright (Sept. 24)

Redeker assumes CIO post at Canadian Pacific

New York MTA marks tunnel breakthrough for East Side Access megaproject

Bridger Transfer moves first crude-oil unit train from BNSF-served Bakken facility

FTA, transit industry officials hold first safety oversight meeting

Ironhorse Resources to establish transload facility in New Mexico

Florida port lands federal grant to purchase two locomotives; Gulf & Ohio Railways markets two repowered locomotives

USDOT awards funds to improve Amtrak, freight line in North Carolina

Construction begins on Joliet, Ill., transportation center

Amtrak to operate 165-mph test trains in Northeast Corridor

September 21

Vermont transportation agency, city propose rail-yard access project

Alameda Corridor authority identifies recommended firms for grade separation design work

New York-area port authority to study direct rail extension to Newark airport

The T projects higher ridership, cost for TEX Rail project

Year-long U.S. traffic trends held firm in 37th week, AAR data shows

Orange County-area officials break ground on Anaheim intermodal station

STB: U.S. Class I workforce shrank a smidgen in August

Amtrak friends and foes testify at latest House hearing

Obama administration announces plans to expedite California high-speed rail project

September 20

Rail supplier updates from GE, Invensys, SYSTRA, Amsted, RailComm and Colo (Sept. 20)

DCTA to solicit public input on fare proposals

Riverport Railroad, Anacostia Rail Holdings make top management changes

Wisconsin DOT allocates $12 million for freight-rail projects

AREMA honors BNSF with Hay Award for 2011 flood-recovery efforts

CSX again makes Dow Jones list of top sustainability performers

Norfolk Southern: Of carbon disclosure, 3Q earnings and new business developments

Mica to host third in series of congressional hearings on Amtrak

September 19

Rail supplier updates from GE, Bombardier/EMD, Thales, AECOM, Railserve and RailWorks (Sept. 19)

Mississippi Export Railroad to turn 90

Caltrain adds trains, service to alleviate crowding during peak hours

SEDA-COG rail authority's Stover to participate in White House forum

NS, GE hold sustainability symposium in South Carolina

Cleveland agency to break ground on Red Line station reconstruction project

Major rail program at L.A.-area ports reviewed at AREMA conference

Massachusetts prepares to take over CSX track for commuter-rail expansion

FRA issues Record of Decision for Merced-Fresno high-speed rail segment

Virginia receives federal funds for Arkendale-Powell's Creek third track

Colorado DOT seeks technology input for I-70 Mountain Corridor

All Aboard Florida contracts AMEC for engineering services

Bombardier to supply components for Saudi railways' high-speed trains

September 18

MTA New York City Transit names Lambert chief transportation officer of Rapid Transit Operations

Watco installs Rainville, Barksdale in VP posts

TransLink proposal calls for cost-cutting, drawing on reserve fund

ASCE report: U.S. ports, waterways need additional infrastructure investments by 2020

RTA proposes $2.5 billion capital improvement initiative for Chicago-area transit

August port volumes: Up in Long Beach, down in L.A.

Transportation Services Index inched up in July

Public transportation ridership up for sixth straight quarter

September 17

Obama nominates Beall as Amtrak board member

New Jersey DOT provides $6.6 million for eight freight-rail projects

BNSF wins defense department award for supporting employees with military duties

Maryland's MARC posts record August on-time performance

CSX to serve Indianapolis industrial park

Canadian Pacific unveils faster transcontinental intermodal services

House approves continuing resolution for federal programs; transit security and tax programs advance in Congress

Metrolink tabs DePallo as CEO; MARTA names Bland, Parker as GM finalists

CHSRA appoints Boehm to last of three regional director position

September 14

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, Colo Railroad, Siemens, Gannett Fleming and Jacobs Associates (Sept. 14)

CSX lands on carbon disclosure leadership indices

NTSB drops five safety recommendations for WMATA

Rail industry's cost of capital rose in 2011, STB says

Amtrak Downeaster to begin serving Freeport, Brunswick on Nov. 1

California DOT releases draft environmental report on Tehachapi double-track project

Three proposals submitted for Ottawa light-rail project

AAR: U.S. carloads slipped again in September's first full week

September 13

Rail supplier updates from Siemens, ENSCO, L.B. Foster, RailWorks, FreightCar America and Vossloh (Sept. 13)

Illinois village seeks FRA approval to establish quiet zones; Ohio commission approves crossing upgrades

Container counts climbed at Virginia port last month

Sound Transit to kick off commuter-rail service to South Tacoma, Lakewood next month

Iowa commission allocates more than $4 million for rail projects

Chicago Transit Authority awards $220 million contract for Red Line reconstruction

CSX implements interim loading plan at damaged coal terminal in Baltimore

Metrolinx awards major tunnel-boring contract for light-rail expansion

Indiana receives USDOT grant for gateway project

Amtrak Downeaster to begin serving Freeport, Brunswick on Nov. 1

September 12

Saratoga & North Creek boosted passenger boardings in August

Traffic tumbled for Genesee & Wyoming in August

League of Railway Industry Women names IDMC's DeLeon 'Woman of the Year'

New Jersey provides grant for Salem County rail rehab; Grafton and Upton starts second part of track upgrade

Metrolink marks first test of positive train control system

Sen. Boxer calls on House Speaker Boehner to restore transportation funds

CSX, Maryland DOT identify potential Baltimore site for smaller intermodal facility

Mica: Report highlights Amtrak's failure to compete

September 11

Rail supplier updates from AECOM, Ansaldo, ENSCO, Caterpillar/EMD, SNCF Geodis and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Sept. 11)

Sen. Collins, Rep. Tipton tour rail facilities

CN derailment shows rail-flaw testing should be more stringent, TSB says

North Carolina DOT alters grade separation plans

Valley Metro puts Phoenix light-rail extension on fast track to completion

Texas port takes wraps off repowered switcher

WMATA posts $28 million operating surplus for FY2012

Amtrak posts record monthly ridership; Mica to hold congressional hearing to review railroad's 'monopoly'

September 10

Ohio utilities commission advances two crossing projects

APTA elects officers, new board members

Former San Diego Trolley leader Langley Powell dies

Amtrak removes old Niantic River Bridge from service

KCS crafts security training program for front-line workers

CSX will face strong utility coal headwinds into 2013, Sterne Agee says

Canadian government, railroads form research lab at Alberta university

Virginia Railway Express appoints Allen CEO

Illinois DOT: Chicago-St. Louis project has not been delayed

September 7

Rail supplier updates from Trinity, Alstom, Siemens, CANARAIL, URS and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Sept. 7)

Sramek to retire from top Operation Lifesaver post in November

Metro-North Railroad to host meetings on proposed East Bronx service

Tie purchases ballooned and production contracted in July, RTA says

Valley Metro to publicly present information on proposed light-rail extension

AAR: August followed familiar carloads down, intermodal up pattern in U.S.

FRA approves TIGER II grant for Niagara Falls Amtrak station and intermodal center, Sen. Schumer says

Democrats call for long-term infrastructure investments

September 6

RailAmerica reboots industrial development website

Central Corridor project reaches milestone with track weld

CN to enlarge locomotive shop in British Columbia

WMATA solicits public opinions on rail-service standards

D.C. DOT receives 20 responses to priority streetcar system development

Union Pacific releases high coal train counts for August, starts trackwork in Iowa

Chicago's Metra breaks ground on Ravenswood Station reconstruction

STB accepts Genesee & Wyoming's application to acquire RailAmerica, deems deal a 'minor' transaction

Chinese Ministry of Railways changes high-speed train order with Bombardier joint venture

State DOTs to host meetings on Chicago-Detroit HSR corridor

September 5

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, Ansaldo, Thales, EI Systems and TMSA (Sept. 5)

Amtrak to roll out 'Great Dome' car on Adirondack service

Washington transportation commission helps fund crossing upgrades

Farmrail to begin rehabbing track in Oklahoma

'Early bird' rate still available for fall RailTrends conference

VIA Rail seeks investors for Halifax station development

Metro Gold Line extension authority completes structural bridge work

CN to add thousands of rail cars, containers to rolling stock fleet

BNSF boosts capacity in Williston Basin

September 4

Innotrans continues to offer North American attendees discounted registration to Germany trade show

Chicago Transit Authority releases plan for contracting opportunities

Twin Cities' Metro Transit names Harrington chief of police

R. J. Corman promotes Henderson to VP of strategic sales, marketing

First of 14 substations installed along Central Corridor light-rail line in Minnesota

UTU, TCU members ratify contracts

Sound Transit names Harbour deputy CEO

USDOT provides $900,000 to relocate freight-rail traffic in Indianapolis

Virginia port preps for potential longshoremen's strike

CSHRA makes numerous executive appointments

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