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Rail News: December 2010

December 30

TIGER grants on way to Alabama, Tennessee for NS terminals USDOT obligates nearly $2.3 billion in HSR funds for California Keewatin Railway completes Canadian government-funded projects Virginia-North Carolina HSR compact to meet next week Port Metro Vancouver lists 2010 accomplishments Missouri DOT seeks public input on state's rail plan Unions seek workable hours-of-service revision act RAC: 2010 a good year for Canadian roads after a trying 2009 Soy Transportation Coalition elects new officers S.F. Bay fare-payment card sets usage record

December 29

RTA: Tie purchases climbed, production tumbled in November UTU, Florida East Coast reach tentative agreements Colorado awards $21 million for state, regional transit projects Caltrain stresses safety projects in 2010 FTA awards $1.8 million for K.C.-area transit study RRIF loan application in flux, ACTA says Watco assigns GMs to four short lines Updates from TranSystems/Hill International, Koppers, Alstom and Thales/Dimetronic

December 28

Railroad Day on Capitol Hill rescheduled for July 2011 FTA advances $182.4 million in New Starts funds for seven transit projects USDOT releases TIGER grant for Colton Crossing project Caltrain to raise fares, cut four midday trains STB decision green lights Maine's plan to purchase Montreal, Maine & Atlantic lines Schlosser to succeed George as Fort Worth & Western's CEO CTA continues to test 10 prototype rail cars Puget Sound Energy finalizes acquisition of easement rights along port's rail corridor

December 23

Illinois DOT, FRA, railroads sign HSR agreement for Chicago-St. Louis corridor Congress approves short-term funding, extends SAFETEA-LU AAR weekly report: Intermodal loads bear brunt of latest gains Washington state DOT to acquire more hoppers for Grain Train L.A. Metro lands grants to fund Van Nuys corridor study, transit-forecasting projects New York City Transit activates 'countdown clocks' at 100 stations Amtrak marks Acela Express' 10th year AAR issues latest edition of statistical reference guide Updates from L.B. Foster, Siemens, Bombardier, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Harsco

December 22

CN negotiates 26th Chicago-area mitigation pact, receives STB fine for reporting violations FTA issues $25.7 million in transit planning grants President Obama to consider emissions reduction reauthorization measure TriMet lands TIGGER grant for regenerative braking initiative Sen. Udall calls on DHS' Napolitano to consider TTCI's security contributions Cleveland RTA lands $1.2 million in local grants Ohio commission approves warning device upgrades at 13 crossings Updates from GE, RMI, Siemens, Bombardier and Automotive Resources

December 21

CHSRA to extend Central Valley construction to Bakersfield Amtrak marks 10 years of Acela service Virginia, NS agreement sets stage for restarting Norfolk passenger-rail service CN caps off first EJ&E-related rail connection Metra completes first round of emission testing Watco acquires Gulf Coast industrial park Obama tabs Begeman for STB post San Francisco agency plans new fare kiosks Amtrak adds northeast weekend service Rain-damaged QNS&L Railway line remains out of service

December 20

Enacted tax relief bill extends short-line tax credit, two transit tax provisions Wisconsin mayor won't give up on high-speed rail Sound Transit adopts 2011 budget, eyes expansion DesertXpress President Stone retires Houston METRO settles rail-car contracts with CAF USA Iowa Interstate to build locomotive servicing shop next year USDOT issues TIGER grant for Boston-area station upgrades WMATA, tri-state committee agree on safety oversight Pierce wins another four-year term as BLET national president Updates from L.B. Foster/Portec Rail, Progress Rail, Ansaldo STS, Norgren and Gannett Fleming

December 17

Virtual locomotive, car conference & expo coming in 2011 U.S. Class I workforce swelled in every segment last month, STB data shows AAR: North American roads registered more traffic gains in 49th week FTA to grant Houston METRO $50 million for light-rail lines USDOT, Ohio finalize TIGER grant pact for National Gateway corridor Sonoma-Marin agency awards DMU contract to Sumitomo/Nippon Sharyo L.A. Metro survey shows most riders are satisfied UP opens new yard office in Iowa Maine DOT seeks short line to operate former MMA lines Smith to chair VIA Rail board; Franklin, McPartland to lead BART board

December 16

Connecticut DOT delays revenue service for M-8 cars to continue tests Kinder Morgan agrees to invest millions in Watco USDOT unveils new 'Buy America' webpage MTA boosts use of minority-, women-owned firms for bond financing Center releases guidebook on transit-oriented development typology Ohio commission approves four crossing upgrade projects Updates from Alstom, Rail Safety Consulting, Quintiq and Harsco

December 15

APTA: Public transportation use slipped slightly in 3Q AHSRA meets with USDOT officials, reviews high-speed program and financing opportunities USDOT unveils new 'Buy America' webpage State funding means Pittsburgh port authority workforce, service cuts won't be as deep Alstom to build high-speed trains for Morocco's ONCF ProLogis: Container traffic market share shift could benefit NS, CSX Russian Railways launches high-speed line to Finland Iowa commission OKs $7.5 million in rail project grants Parsons Brinckerhoff names Fothergill to oversee project controls, reporting for California HSR project UP joins environmental management group Iowa Northern workers ratify agreement Updates from L.B. Foster/Portec, RailComm, Railhead, Jacobs Engineering, Cubic and Nomad Digital

December 14

New York MTA receives high marks in first agency-wide customer satisfaction survey Watco wins grain transportation contract in Australia Caltrain to pilot weekend express service North Carolina DOT caps off crossing work, christens Amtrak locomotives NYCT renovates Jay Street station, offers new R line transfer Genesee & Wyoming commissions second GenSet for Buffalo & Pittsburgh RailAmerica registered more carloads in November Updates from ARI, Bombardier, Wabtec and HDR

December 13

Illinois DOT chooses Chicago/Rockford Amtrak route APTA: House passes continuing resolution; Senate to vote on commuter benefit tax credit KCS creates international rail operations support team Virginia proposes $4 billion transportation spending plan for next three years North Carolina Railroad preps for faster trains in Kinston Genesee & Wyoming's carloads climbed in November

December 10

Wisconsin Governor-elect Walker would consider support for freight-rail projects The HSR funding redirection in context AAR: Seven U.S. traffic segments posted double-digit gains last week Phoenix-area government association approves streetcar plan Rail labor unions oppose BNSF/Ferromex petition to inspect, test trains in Mexico Ohio commission green lights eight crossing upgrades Orange County Transportation Authority advances projects totaling $525 million in 2010 FECR promotes Stevens to VP-engineering post Updates from Koppers/Portec Rail/L.B. Foster, Greenbrier and Kinkisharyo

December 9

Twin Cities council awards contract for Central Corridor operations/maintenance facility U.S. DOT to redirect high-speed stimulus funds intended for Wisconsin, Ohio to other states TSI remained on uptick in October, BTS says Next World Congress on High Speed Rail to be held in D.C. MBTA extends service to Rhode Island's T.F. Green station Bay Coast Railroad's barge service to resume next week in Virginia Capitol Corridor ridership jumped 10 percent in November Mica fills chairman's seat on House T&I committee Updates from Axion International, RailComm, Thales and Timken

December 8

PennDOT purchases site for new Middletown station Strickland makes case for continuing 3C project to Ohio Governor-elect Kasich New York/New Jersey port authority green lights $7.2 billion spending plan for 2011 Mica becomes chairman of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee ASLRRA: White House/Congress 'framework' deal might extend short-line tax credit Santa Clara VTA seeks input on environmental report for BART extension Watco makes five management appointments Rickershauser joins OmniTRAX's advisory board Updates from Amsted Rail, Invensys Rail, Interfleet Technology and J. B. Hunt Transport

December 7

AAR: November the 11th straight month with year-over-year traffic gains GE, CSR establish joint venture to develop high-speed equipment in the U.S. Amtrak's Wilmington Station reopens for service Alstom, Bombardier ink partnership agreements with Chinese railway ministry MTA awards contract under small-business program UP's PRB coal train loadings climbed in November Illinois commission OKs bridge, grade crossing projects UP to boost train speed on Wisconsin line Updates from FreightCar America, Railmark Holdings and Rogers Corp.

December 6

DART launches Green Line service Delaware DOT receives HSIPR grant for feasibility study San Francisco MTA advances streetcar rehab, completes canopy Virginia, North Carolina business representatives, planners discuss HSR's importance to the region FECR sets failure-free service record for UPS KCSM, Mexican university team up to develop geo-mapping system Hawaii analyzes financial impact of Honolulu light-rail project Class 8 truck orders reached four-year high in November Unemployment rate nudged up in November

December 3

CHSRA approves construction starting point President's deficit commission recommends gas tax hike to fund transportation improvements Thanksgiving doesn't weigh down U.S. roads' weekly volume, AAR says Pennsylvania governor proposes additional funds for Pittsburgh port authority WMATA seeks to reprogram dollars for safety measures, award track circuit replacement contract Seattle port sets 2011 budget, prioritizes rail projects NITL elects Bunch as chairman, shuffles executive commitee Updates from Progress Rail, MTU Detroit Diesel, Bombardier, Siemens, Thales and Encore Rail Systems

December 2

Transport Canada seeks industry input on proposed locomotive emission regulations California congressman opposes CHSRA's choice for first HSR construction segment Global passenger rail-car market to grow rapidly during next five years, Lucintel says Global passenger rail-car market to grow rapidly during next five years, Lucintel says USDOT to help fund biofuel, biodegradable lubricant research URS, Mott MacDonald and Grimshaw obtain engineering contract for U.K. high-speed system Railroad Research Foundation obtains USDOT grant for TIH routing tool USDOT issues TIGER grant for Kentucky portion of R.J. Corman project Patriot Rail to serve P&N for North Carolina DOT Rail Europe adds Amtrak tool to online training course

December 1

Value of goods moving between NAFTA nations soared in September Genesee & Wyoming acquires Australia's FreightLink Metrolink to unveil new rail cars RTA report: Tie production climbed, purchases plummeted in October BART's SFO ridership spikes over Thanksgiving weekend North Carolina Railroad, Operation Lifesaver launch billboard campaign Cowen, Deitchman join Operation Lifesaver's board Updates from Kinkisharyo International, Marsh, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Peab << Previous Next >>
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