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Rail News: November 2011

November 30

Updates from Gross & Janes, Cubic, Bombardier and Birmingham Rail CSX boots up new-and-improved 'carbon calculator' WMATA to mark completion of escalator work at two stations UP wins National Chamber Foundation's award for military hiring efforts PANYNJ committee picks two firms for agency review Canadian public transit modes post ridership gain in 2011's first half Watco to acquire controlling interest in Wisconsin & Southern, operate new Wyoming short line NCCC, three unions remain on 'cooling off' period clock as extension attempt fails Milwaukee labor, community groups highlight HSR-related job losses Indiana high-speed association launches redesigned website

November 29

Ansaldo STS joint venture lands signed contract for Honolulu transit-rail project TriMet begins solar panel installation on light-rail lines Amtrak launches Wi-Fi on Capitol Corridor, San Joaquin and Pacific Surfliner Washington transportation commission to help fund BNSF crossing upgrades Modesto & Empire Traction turns 100; Arkansas & Missouri turns 25 Metro-North to open new Fairfield Station on New Haven Line Seattle port sets 2012 budget FTA signs $900 million agreements for Houston METRO's light-rail expansion

November 28

Updates from ABB, Bombardier, RailComm, Alstom, TUV Rheinland, RailTerm and Hanson Honolulu transportation authority sets FY2013 budgets, seeks new CEO Poll shows little support for SMART repeal, business group says Valley Metro holds hearings on proposed fare increases STB grants rate relief to Arizona utility, initiates proceeding on BNSF's coal dust practice VIA Rail posts ridership, revenue gains in third quarter AAR: More traffic gains for North American railroads last week BMWED, NCCC propose to extend 'cooling off' period until February Coming soon: Near-term outlook report on U.S. high-speed rail development

November 23

Fort Worth, TriMet boards elect leaders Washington state transportation commission OKs funding for crossing upgrades CTA completes security camera installation on 'L' stops ahead of schedule DART police building’s LEED certification makes history Tie purchases and production showed seasonal slips in September, RTA says Capitol Corridor authority receives grant for standby power units at Amtrak’s Sacramento Valley station North Carolina DOT to review proposed improvements along NCRR, NS track STB: U.S. Class I workforce continued to widen in October

November 22

Updates from Wabtec, Brookville, Alstom, Siemens and ACS Transport Solutions TCU to conduct ratification vote on national agreement SFRTA to receive $5.7 million TIGGER grant for 'green' Tri-Rail station TriMet posted ridership gains across all categories last month TIGER III grant application for intermodal project garners support, Washington state port says BNSF cites drivers for nine-month revenue, cost increases in SEC filing STB authorizes new Alaska Railroad line Ports authority OKs container transfer facility project in Savannah USDOT obligates funds for projects in California, Michigan Washington state DOT receives funds to begin King Street Station project

November 21

STB issues final environmental report for R.J. Corman's proposed Pennsylvania project Valley Metro receives $4 million in TIGGER grants for 'green' projects FRA develops 'model' state legislation targeting grade crossing safety October container volume plunged at Long Beach port, climbed at L.A. port BART adopts 'Buy America' policy USDOT awards $21 million to Caltrans for passenger-rail projects Federal bill provision will help advance Detroit's light-rail project, Sen. Levin says Obama signs bill that will fund public transportation in FY2012 Land management bureau signs off on DesertXpress right of way

November 18

Updates from Alstom, CalAmp, Cummins, International Fuel, dFuzion, HAKS and Hatch Mott MacDonald CN remains on Dow Jones Sustainability Index SMART board approves bond funding for commuter-line project L.A. construction authority, Caltrans OK design for new Gold Line bridge FTA issues record of decision approving Sound Transit's East Link AAR weekly report: U.S., Mexican railroads notched volume gains NCCC reaches tentative agreements with four more unions House Republicans announce plans for transportation reauthorization bill Congress approves bill that zeroes out HSR funding in FY2012 USDOT obligates funds to California, Texas

November 17

New York, New Jersey port authority selects HDR for yard rehabilitation project STB again tops best workplace list for small federal agencies GCRTA's FY2012 budget includes additional service D.C.-area airports authority ratifies funding agreement for Dulles extension CTA OKs 2012 budget, new fare-collection system NCCC reaches tentative agreement with IBEW House, Senate negotiators agree to protect state-supported Amtrak routes MTA updates financial plan, releases final proposed 2012 budget MnDOT, FRA choose Mississippi River route as preferred St. Paul-to-Chicago HSR alignment

November 16

Updates from GE, Siemens, Cubic Transportation, Neel Co., Spartan Solutions and Alfred Benesch UP to upgrade Nebraska line segment NYCT crafts plan to minimize service disruptions during track and signal repairs Georgia, Maryland ports note volume gains Montreal's AMT outlines strategic plan for public transit USDOT: TIGER III grant requests 'far surpass' available funding Bellevue council approves MOU with Sound Transit NCCC, three rail labor unions reach tentative agreements Congressional negotiators eliminate HSR funding for FY2012 CHSRA issues RFQ for Central Valley construction segment

November 15

STB to change procedures for certain Office of Proceedings decisions North Carolina DOT seeks public input on safety improvements at 18 crossings BART restructures communications functions Ohio rail commission OKs two rail projects Amtrak, Metro-North to resume service on flood-damaged lines RTD declines to pursue unsolicited proposal for North Metro Rail project Five Class Is land on G.I. Jobs' list of top military friendly employers Rep. Gibbs to hold hearing on potential 'fracking' regulations Michigan DOT issues RFP for Chicago-Detroit planning, environmental work

November 14

Updates from Vossloh, Stella-Jones and Thales BNSF, Arizona DOT to install warning devices at two crossings Lytle might succeed Steinke as Long Beach port's executive director Oregon passenger-rail project moves into EIS phase STB withdraws Grenada Railway's abandonment proposal, reassigns Marvin to government affairs office Three congressmen back New England Central's TIGER III grant application Metra's board adopts 2012 budget and fare increases LaHood: Agreement reached to fund Phase 2 of Dulles Silver Line Rail project Sacramento Superior Court rules in favor of CHSRA on 'key' Bay Area-Central Valley issues, but requires further analysis of traffic impacts Oregon passenger-rail project moves into EIS phase

November 11

Smoking ban to take effect outside Metro-North, LIRR stations New Iowa Pacific short line seeks to operate New York route; RailAmerica and GWI report October traffic RTD: Poll indicates residents' support of FasTracks expansion BNSF to serve crude oil, ethanol terminals; Louisiana & Northwest to serve tie reclamation firm Missouri to receive $3.6 million for third track on St. Louis Grand Avenue-to-Gratiot corridor CSX solidifies plan to build intermodal terminal in Florida Passenger coalition seeks funding approval for Amtrak, high-speed rail AAR: North American railroads ramped up carloads last week

November 10

Updates from Alstom, Bombardier, Duos Technologies, RMI and Graham-White CN, Coalspur Mines reach understanding on future export coal moves Iowa Transportation Commission provides loans, grants for nine rail projects All three transportation service indices rose 0.9 percent in September, BTS says New Jersey rail safety committee outlines efforts to reduce crossing fatalities British Columbia ministry seeks Evergreen Line bids from three short-listed teams APTA: Voters back transit in Nov. 8 ballot measures Senate committee unanimously OKs transportation reauthorization bill

November 9

Florida East Coast Railway, Cryo-Trans earn recognition Capital Metro names Dawson VP of marketing, communications CN lands on Carbon Disclosure Project's 'leadership index' for third straight year Indiana Rail Road's carload count reaches 2 million CTA unveils new rail cars Colton Crossing grade separation under way in California AAR: One in five new hires are military vets; WMATA sets vet recruitment event Mica says he's willing to compromise with Amtrak on NEC high-speed proposal High-speed rail operations to spike globally in coming years, research institute says

November 8

Updates from Koppers, Alstom, Greenbrier and Deetrak Supply MBTA completes $22 million modernization of Science Park/West End Station Canadian government to provide additional funds for grade crossing improvements GCRTA receives $175,000 grant from Cleveland Foundation CREATE project completed in southern Chicago suburb NS notes success with ethanol virtual management and delivery system VRE achieves record on-time performance; Valley Metro posts ridership high IANA: Domestic container volumes jump, trailer volumes dip in 3Q

November 7

Metro Transit-St. Louis begins light-rail improvements Thirty years and counting for Farmrail Track upgrades completed on VIA Rail's Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto line UP cranked up coal train loadings in October STB delays decision on NITL reciprocal switching petition, schedules hearing on Grenada Railway proposal Sens. Boxer, Inhofe, Baucus and Vitter release surface transportation bill; Boehner calls for linking energy production to infrastructure PEB releases recommendations for labor agreement UP unveils employee-designed AutoFlex car

November 4

Updates from Invensys, Ansaldo STS, Siemens, Kelso, Zurich and Roadway Worker Training Sen. Hoeven urges USDOT to approve North Dakota's TIGER III grant for trackwork USDOT awards $7.9 million for Washington state station NS seeks to recruit 500 more workers in 2011 UP only 'revenue adequate' Class I in 2010, STB says Illinois to provide more funding for two CTA projects CSX, Florida close on SunRail corridor sale AAR: U.S. roads' weekly carload average hit three-year high in October

November 3

Operation Lifesaver gives safety education grants, props to several transit agencies Heavy construction wrapping up on Central Corridor light-rail project UP part of FRA's award-winning pilot project; UP workers played role in multi-level car design NCTD receives FTA grant for parking study at Solana Beach station President Obama promotes ways to help fund, accelerate transportation projects MTA to purchase 54 cars for Maryland's MARC Senate appropriations bill includes $15 million for Amtrak tunnel project Senate approves FY2012 transportation appropriations Senate appropriations bill includes $15 million for Amtrak tunnel project USDOT obligates funds to WSDOT for new Tukwila station

November 2

Canadian government tabs Dinning to oversee part of freight-rail service analysis Amtrak adds free Wi-Fi service to 12 East Coast routes Melaniphy assumes post as APTA's new president Inland Illinois port secures TIGER grant for rail/harbor project BNSF bestows annual short-line awards; Patriot Rail lands transload business; GWI leases NS line Rhode Island officials to add commuter-rail stop at airport CN lands supply-chain logistics agreement; CSX unveils iPhone app for shipment services Government officials laud agreement for Atlanta multi-modal station Amtrak creates new NEC development division, names Gardner to oversee business line Senate approves 2012 transportation appropriations

November 1

Updates from Invensys Rail, Thales, FreightCar America, L.B. Foster, RailComm and STV Genesee & Wyoming sets income, revenue and operating ratio records Amtrak: No ill effects from renewable biodiesel fuel on Heartland Flyer EPA grant to help Alabama port authority repower short line's switcher GCRTA ponders transit management academy PANYNJ completes rail-car fleet replacement Pershing Square acquires 12.2 percent stake in CP Jacksonville port, Texas DOT seek TIGER III grants for rail projects CHSRA unveils draft business plan Amtrak creates new NEC development division, names Gardner to oversee new business line; Engel to depart railroad in December UP cites issues with draft environmental reports for CHSRA's Central Valley segment << Previous Next >>
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