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Rail News: April 2011

April 29

Updates from Bombardier, Alstom, American Railcar, Trinity, EMD and Strategic Rail Finance Tacoma Rail to repower three locomotives, serve new Sound Refining spur SFMTA drafts strategy to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions Genesee & Wyoming and RailAmerica notch higher revenue, note higher expenses WMATA revises FY2012 budget CN, NS and St. Louis Metro support post-natural disaster relief efforts FTA hosts two-day meeting on transit safety, provides $4 million station renovation grant AAR weekly report: U.S. carloads slipped for second-straight week

April 28

Rail-related projects advance in Indiana, North Carolina Nashville's Music City Star served more riders in March UP to bolster track in Missouri, Wyoming Caltrans receives $100 million federal grant to purchase passenger cars, locomotives VTA's proposed two-year budget calls for infrastructure spending, no fare increases ARG Trans, Genesee & Wyoming land new business Denver RTD won't pursue FasTracks tax this year NS sets three financial-performance records, registers effects from insurance ruling Midwest High Speed Rail Association releases study on 220 mph Chicago hub system

April 27

Updates from Wabtec, ALK Technologies and CF Rail Services RSI white paper proposes changes to 'Buy America' program Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett creates transportation funding advisory group CN issues third annual sustainability report TriMet proposes fare hikes for adult, youth monthly passes North Carolina transportation board issues grants to nine short lines NS, UP note operational achievements CN: Brisk headwinds didn't hold back revenue and income Caltrans receives $100 million HSIPR grant to purchase intercity passenger cars, locomotives

April 26

NTSB restores online safety recommendations database UP, Watco and OmniTRAX make management changes LACMTA begins geotechnical tests for regional connector project Canadian Transportation Agency adjusts grain revenue cap index for CN, CP Chicago mayor, CTA mark completion of Red Line station renovations Washington and Oregon governors propose design, seek federal funding for new I-5 bridge Coming tomorrow: Virtual locomotive, rail-car conference and expo Updates from Wi-Tronix, AECOM, RailComm, Timken and HDR RSI white paper proposes changes to Buy America program so suppliers can better meet standards

April 25

Updates from Miller Felpax, American Railcar, Wabtec and Handheld Group Coalition survey cites opposition to heavier truck weight limits Ten short lines land grants from Saskatchewan government Chlorine Institute: Federal government, not RailAmerica, is 'appropriate entity' to implement haz-mat safety rules CN forges EJ&E-related mitigation pacts with two Illinois towns Honolulu submits draft of transit project's financial plan AAR weekly report: A slight slip for U.S. carloadings Chicago Mayor-Elect Emanuel tabs Claypool as CTA president, retains Peterson as CTA chair Winter has 'brutal' impact on CP's first-quarter results Ohio rail group seeks to advance smaller passenger-rail projects within 3C Corridor U.S. High Speed Rail Association announces June conference in Chicago

April 21

Amtrak reports technical problems with online reservation, ticketing system RTA report: Tie production, purchases climbed in March WTS' Texas chapter names Capital Metro's Silas 'Woman of the Year' RailAmerica, chemical shipper group disagree on haz-mat safety measures U.S. Class Is hiked up headcount in March, STB data shows Minnesota, FTA to ink grant agreement for Twin Cities' light-rail project KCS sets 1Q operating ratio record, chalks up more revenue and income UP scores record first-quarter results

April 20

Updates from R.J. Corman, Canpotex, Hub Group and Parsons Brinckerhoff Honolulu rail project oversight authority gains initial members Houston METRO appoints Frazier vice president, chief information officer Saskatchewan, California cities seek to redevelop rail properties WMATA ridership flattened following fare increases U.S. rail volumes surpassed typical carload growth rates in 1Q, Baird says Gov. McDonnell signs bill to invest $4 billion in Virginia's transportation infrastructure CSX overcomes weather, fuel-cost headwinds to register record results

April 19

Retooled website, Facebook page added to CREATE program's information-sharing arsenal Updates from Perella Weinberg, Bombardier, GATX, Granite Construction, Axion and Gannett Fleming Begeman gains Senate approval to join STB Metro Transit's Northstar ridership rose 6 percent in 1Q Study shows rail is vital to Sauk County shippers, Wisconsin & Southern says Connecticut planning agency drafts long-term transportation plan Caltrain to study feasibility of high-speed rail FTA fines Metra $90,000, ends restrictions on federal fund access Coming next week: Virtual locomotive, rail-car conference and expo Now available: Maintenance of Way Spending Report 2011 California legislators propose CHSRA streamline Bay Area segment with Caltrain system; Caltrain to study electrification, integration feasibility

April 18

Progress Rail to acquire Balfour Beatty's U.K. trackwork business MBTA to expand 'Quiet Car,' update 'Rail Radio' service USDOT issues TIGER II grant for Pennsylvania short lines; Rail Link wins Wyoming Governor's Award BART, Nashville MTA announce personnel changes CSXT honors 59 shippers' safety achievements; UP upgrades Illinois line TriMet unveils proposed FY2012 budget; NICTD to raise fares AAR weekly report: North American roads continued to log more carloads WMATA committee recommends project to improve safety, capacity at Union Station L.A.-area ports report mixed March volume results; Alberta port appoints first CEO LACMTA, BNSF amend agreement for Foothill light-rail extension ELPC's Learner: HSR funding cut disappointing, but doesn't mean program is dead Progress Rail to acquire Balfour Beatty's U.K. trackwork business

April 14

Updates from Gannett Fleming, Noveko, Axion and RailRunner; Also, in memoriam: Balfour Beatty Rail's Mark Meyer RSSI installs Drudy as executive director TRANSCAER names achievement, chairman's award winners Houston's METRO names Trevino general counsel Genesee & Wyoming, RailAmerica registered carload gains in March BART GM Dugger resigns; agency launches search for successor Virginia DOT completes multi-modal freight study's second phase Transportation Services In slipped in February Rep. McNerney introduces bill to expand Altamont Corridor Rail Rep. McNerney introduces bill to improve Altamont Corridor

April 13

Updates from Alstom, Miner Enterprises, AECOM, Rail Safety, Vossloh and Jacobs Engineering CN teams up with Earth Day Canada to promote environmental stewardship among employees Wyoming DOT to consider crossing upgrades for quiet zones Commerce Department: Nation's exports, imports fell in February Amtrak cites priorities for next surface transportation bill CN, partners seek to develop liquefied natural gas-powered locomotive APTA outlines latest budget cuts aimed at transit, high-speed rail

April 12

LACMTA's HQ achieves LEED 'gold' designation Former CN CEO Harrison to fill in as Dynegy's chief exec TriMet rail ridership rose in March Watco inaugurates short line in Alabama Capitol Corridor ridership remained on the rise in March Intermodal containers for CN; port project for BNSF; chemical safety honorees for UP AAR: U.S. intermodal, carload volumes continued to climb in March House transportation committee members criticize Obama's stimulus grant selection process FY11 continuing resolution zeros out funding for high-speed rail

April 11

Updates from Ansaldo, Alstom, Wabtec, Banyan Rail, Interfleet Technology and Kelso Crossing upgrades advance in North Carolina, Washington USDOT signs off on TIGER II grant for Nebraska freight-rail project VIA Rail, Teamsters reach tentative agreement KCSM opens transloading facility in Mexico Caltrain board postpones decision on service cuts RailAmerica to acquire Gulf and Ohio's three Alabama short lines USDOT obligates $300 million for intercity passenger-rail corridors Federal budget includes $1 billion for HSR GAO: FRA should be more clear with reasoning behind HSR grant selections

April 8

BART solicits public opinion on new station, extension STB to hear arguments for CN, GNP cases next month SFMTA drafts strategic plan for transit 'effectiveness' CSXT, NS to serve new Volkswagen plant in Tennessee WMATA to continue operations if government shuts down AAR weekly report: U.S. railroads rang up most carloads since late 2008 Amtrak ridership rose 5.5 percent in March PTC, haz-mat and truck size were hot topics at railroad subcommittee's regulatory reform hearing Washington signs for $145 million in HSR funds Federal HSR funds released to Connecticut California authority to fund local station planning

April 7

Updates from Siemens, Greenbrier, VTG, Westcode and RailComm Steinke to retire from Long Beach port's top post Watco assigns Cox, Davis to management positions DART receives recognition for design-build projects FRA publishes final rule on concrete ties NYCT launches pilot test of station communication system Short-line tax credit extension measure enters Senate Latest Caltrain agreement reins in proposed service cuts LaHood announces $3.3 million in HSR funds for New York

April 6

UTU members ratify York Railway agreements Hampton Roads Transit shelves light-rail study Maine DOT contracts Eastern Maine Railway to operate state-owned lines Illinois DOT agrees to fund study of proposed Metra expansion UP loaded more PRB coal trains in March BART Berryessa extension advances in federal New Starts program House's latest continuing resolution would cut transit funds Newly minted New Mexico law paves way for UP intermodal facility LaHood: Twenty-four states, D.C. and Amtrak seek redirected HSR funds APTA report outlines business case for federal investment in HSR

April 5

Updates from Bombardier, Corys Thunder, Axion and Parsons Brinckerhoff UP promotes three execs in finance department CTA testing prototype cars along Purple Line CSX seeks public's environment-protection ideas on Facebook Connecticut governor backs commuter-rail plan LACMTA begins testing on Expo light-rail line MBTA selects HDR/Gilbane team for Green Line extension AAR asks USDOT to modify six 'obsolete' rail regulations Amtrak's Engel talks 'next-generation' high-speed rail

April 4

Updates from Skanska, Sumitomo, Bombardier, Gannett Fleming, URS and Racine Railroad Alaska Railroad releases 2010 annual report Illinois high-speed rail corridor work under way Cold Train eyes expansion after reaching one-year mark Hub Group acquires Exel Transportation Services Amtrak issues updated fleet plan DCTA to begin testing signal, communications equipment on A-train corridor KCS, Savage team up to establish multi-user rail terminal in Texas

April 1

Updates from Bombardier, Global Railway, Knorr-Bremse and Greenbrier Louisiana environmental office recognizes New Orleans short line's emission-reduction efforts TriMet receives $1.2 million federal grant for security cameras Global trade forecast: Modest growth for now, explosive growth later AAR weekly report: North American roads logged more carloads Ontario, Toronto officials agree on revised transit plan IFG Port Holdings to build UP-served export grain terminal at Louisiana port Amtrak issues updated fleet plan << Previous Next >>
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