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Rail News: December 2009

December 30

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook Public-private partners mark completion of CREATE's seventh project BART assigns Butler as interim police chief Vermont agency, Amtrak schedule daily stops at refurbished Castleton depot NJ Transit takes wraps off Edison Station parking lot New York, North Carolina and Georgia agencies mark milestones An update from Gannett Fleming. Also: In Memoriam - Kevin Lawlor

December 29

PATCO postpones fare hike, proposes 2010 budget Cost of Muni ride to rise in San Francisco New York City Transit turns to real-time rider information system Metra expands parking at Crystal Lake station Sound Transit opens airport LRT extension Updates from AECOM Technology, Wabtec, MISCOR Group and Encore Rail Systems

December 28

Virginia DRPT seeks feedback on Richmond/Hampton Roads high-speed report AAR weekly report: Carloads flat in U.S., up in Canada and Mexico CN's board bids bon voyage to CEO Harrison, welcomes successor Mongeau Vancouver port lands federal appropriation for freight-rail access project Connecticut receives first two new rail cars for Metro-North service Illinois commission OKs two grade crossing upgrades

December 23

Local Texas governments form high-speed rail organization 'Port Tracker' report: Container volume gains on near-term horizon for U.S. ports Health care bill debate diverts Senate's attention from short-line tax credit measure, ASLRRA says Rail represented 40 percent of total ton-miles in '07, federal commodity flow survey shows UP is minority supplier development council's corporation of the year NJ Transit to close Little Falls station Updates from Siemens Mobility, Bombardier and Parsons Brinckerhoff

December 22

APTA: Transit-rail ridership tumbles in year's first nine months N.Y. MTA completes No. 7 subway extension's first phase Metrolinx begins to build Toronto light-rail line; VIA Rail lands new CEO Seattle port acquires BNSF corridor Arbitrator onboard for CN/TCRC; CN yardmasters join UTU; BLET promotes two execs Updates from AnsaldoBreda, FreightCar America, GE South African Technologies, RailComm and Georgetown Rail Equipment

December 21

STB report: U.S. Class I workforce continues to contract CTA's 2010 budget locked in at $1.27 billion, locked onto service cuts BNSF, UP to serve new Wyoming logistics hub RailAmerica subsidiary terminates lease of CP line Alliance Grain to acquire Finora's rail-served processing plants in Canada

December 18

Illinois senators make case for high-speed funding Rockefeller introduces STB reauthorization bill in Senate STB reauthorization bill mark-up a non-event - commentary by Tony Hatch Greater Cleveland RTA rejects staff's 2010 budget proposal; WMATA faces service cuts to trim operating budget deficit AAR weekly report: Carloads up in Canada and Mexico, down in U.S BLET members ratify five-year BNSF contract Updates from Bombardier, Ansaldo STS USA, Knorr-Bremse, GE Transportation and Parsons Brinckerhoff

December 17

Florida governor signs high-speed, commuter-rail bill into law Florida enacts bill to spur passenger rail; FTA advances light-rail project in Texas New York MTA approves 2010 budget Baird report: Spot market demand, traffic volume a tad better for rail sector N.C. DOT, NCRR and NS complete second mainline restoration Denver RTD selects Washington as next GM/CEO Updates from Stella-Jones, Thales, Siemens, Pacer International, Invensys Rail and U.S. Development Group

December 16

Upon further review(s): A diary of a week's worth of dissecting the STB reauthorization bill draft - by Tony Hatch Metrolinx acquires portion of CN line in Toronto Massachusetts, MBTA dignitaries launch Fitchburg line improvements KCS reassigns Goode to VP post; RailAmerica assigns three execs to VP positions Santa Clara VTA funds more Caltrain safety upgrades Texas town to create industrial rail park

December 15

Congress signs off on FY10 transportation funds CHSRA releases new business plan Solow steps down as Metrolink CEO to oversee 'interagency collaboration' KCSR obtains EPA grants to upgrade locomotives FRA study shows variable start-time T&E workers are less alert, UTU says RTA report: Tie purchases climb, but production falls in November Santa Clara VTA institutes more cost-saving measures Updates from Greenbrier, Vossloh, ProTran1, Nomad Digital and Railinc

December 14

Rockefeller advances draft version of STB reauthorization bill in Senate Five transit agency boards carry out busy agendas U.S. railroads maintain recent traffic momentum; UP sets monthly ag unit train, grain volume records CN/TCRC, BLET and UTU note recent developments Pennsylvania DOT provides $24.5 million for 39 freight-rail projects

December 11

Florida legislators sign off on passenger-rail bill, improve odds of receiving HSR funds Western U.S. planning agencies form new HSR alliance Alstom to supply signal system for Spain's new high-speed line House/Senate conferees sign off on FY10 appropriations bill BNSF schedules stockholder vote for Berkshire buyout; UP marks 'Pipeline Express' milestone; CP cements police union contract Iowa Pacific lands $64.4 million RRIF loan Metro Transit sets station opening, notches initial Northstar ridership Denver RTD names three finalists for vacant GM post Updates from Alstom, Thales and RailComm

December 10

Conference committee includes $2.5 billion for HSR in FY10 appropriations bill October's Transportation Services Index tumbles to eight-year low NJ Transit awards first Mass Transit Tunnel contract, advances bridge and light-rail projects UP reassigns four executives November traffic totals an '09 highlight for U.S. railroads, AAR says CN negotiates 21st local mitigation agreement for EJ&E integration Updates from CIT, Koppers, Eta Phi Systems, C.K. Industries and REMSA

December 9

Bill would bolster 'weak' transit-rail safety oversight, USDOT's LaHood says New siding eliminates Amtrak, UP bottleneck in Missouri Denver RTD forms panel to help recruit GM UP's coal train loadings lag again in November NS becomes U.S. Green Building Council's first Class I member

December 8

Berkshire/BNSF deal passes antitrust muster, faces class-action suit USDOT doles out dollars for Intelligent Transportation Systems in Dallas, San Diego MBTA station garage garners additional funding, advances to construction phase BNSF takes on switching, classification duties at Houston-area yard Illinois commission OKs two grade crossing improvement projects Updates from Summation Research, IBM, Bombardier and Knichel Logistics

December 7

Virginia DRPT completes draft EIS for Richmond-Hampton Roads higher-speed rail project Short-line tax credit extension gains congressional backers; Iowa short line lands USDOT grant APTA: House 'sends message' to DHS, TSA about bolstering transportation security WMATA ponders FY2011 budget possibilities CSX's National Gateway garners additional backers Canadian railway association reaches 90-year marker

December 4

Rail suppliers say they would bump up U.S. manufacturing for HSR development New York, New Jersey port authority proposes $6.3 billion budget for 2010 North American railroads register slight traffic declines during holiday week, AAR says UTA's TRAX light-rail system turns 10 Maryland Transit Administration to upgrade freight-rail line OnTrackAmerica receives $75,000 donation from Rail World's Burkhardt Updates from GE Transportation, Vossloh and Midland Manufacturing

December 3

Midwest high-speed association's Harnish recounts HSR observations from trip to Japan, China Florida lawmakers discussing high-speed funding during special session Ohio DOT, rail commission urge 3C communities to consider station-area development CN, TCRC reach strike-ending agreement Nation needs to provide $15 billion for public transportation, APTA says Toronto lines up developer, construction manager for Union Station upgrades Massachusetts Coastal to acquire CSXT's operating rights on South Coast Lines Canadian railway association releases new 'trends' publication Updates from Bombardier, Siemens Mobility and Parsons Brinckerhoff; In memoriam: WABCO's Turner

December 2

TCRC strike update: CN makes pitch to end walkout, union claims Class I has rejected several offers Value of freight transported among NAFTA nations slips in September, USDOT says Streetcar projects eligible for new USDOT grants Capitol Corridor authority installs Kutrosky as managing director, extends BART's management contract UP to increase train speed on Wisconsin line

December 1

Illinois officials, Midwest high-speed group lobby for $4 billion HSR appropriation in 2010 U.S. roads reach highest weekly carload total in '09, AAR says Brown to succeed Ingram as CSXT's COO Toronto subway extension under way New Mexico county OKs mixed-use development near Rail Runner station Jacobs returns as Kansas and Oklahoma's GM Updates from Ansaldo STS USA, RailComm, Nomad Digital, ISIS Consultants and ChemLogix << Previous Next >>
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