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Rail News: June 2011

June 30

SFRTA board elects chair, vice chair UP a 'best diversity' company, magazine says SEPTA unveils rebuilt Langhorne Station Canadian, U.S. firms seek to expand rail capacity for crude oil business Value of cargo transported among NAFTA nations climbed in April, BTS says USDOT offers $101.4 million to promote clean fuel, energy-saving technology in transit FTA, Detroit agree on final environmental report for light-rail line Amtrak receives RRIF loan for NEC locomotive purchase China launches Beijing-to-Shanghai high-speed line

June 29

Intermodal institute adds board member, elects two others to emeritus status Chicago's Metra updates 'quiet car' program FTA awards asset management contract to Parsons Brinckerhoff ShipCarsNow unveils mobile application Proposed Florida 'intermodal campus' lines up project adviser BART sets Sunday ridership record British Columbia provides funds to help restart passenger trains on Vancouver Island FTA approves next phase for Baltimore light-rail project Amtrak receives RRIF loan for NEC locomotive purchase

June 28

Updates from Siemens, CAD Railway, Orgo-Thermit, Axion and Timken L.A. port's Knatz to anchor international port association Metro-North to issue RFP for station-area development Railway clearance association recognizes North America's top 10 ports KCS' Upchurch is top K.C.-area CFO, newspaper says Springfield rail consolidation stakeholders should meet again, Sen. Durbin says CTA to cut 10 percent of senior management positions USDOT to provide $1.6 billion for 27 major transit projects

June 27

Updates from Sumitomo, Unitrac, Aconex and Railserve IANA introduces online buyer's guide WMATA's Sarles testifies at House hearing on transit security progress Iowa Pacific subsidiaries transload coal at new U.K. terminal Final major Central Link contract ready for closeout, Sound Transit says NTSB releases annual list of 'most wanted' safety improvements Pittsburgh port authority signs off on higher FY2012 operating budget FTA awards $55 million in New Starts funds for Honolulu light-rail project

June 24

Allegheny County port authority's transit council elects new officers Long Beach harbor commission OKs port's FY2012 budget HDR's Keller takes reins as ARDA's new president AAR: U.S. intermodal volume soared to 2011 high for second-straight week BART board signs off on Warm Springs contract WMATA OKs $2.5 billion budget for FY2012 NS/Amtrak/IDOT pact will advance Englewood flyover project, Sen. Durbin says FRA awards $16 million grant for new signaling system along Caltrain corridor FRA obligates funds to IDOT for Englewood Flyover project

June 23

KCS' Mike Haverty to receive 'railroad innovator' honor at RailTrends Updates from Alstom, Kelso, HDR and NRC Indiana & Ohio crossing in sync with nearby highway intersection Nashville RTA posted 29 percent ridership gain in April Motiva, Vecenergy to build rail offloading facility at FEC-served ethanol terminal CN's fuel management program fuels efficiency gains; CSX's annual report cites emission reductions MARTA approves FY2012 operating, capital budgets Mica-Shuster Amtrak plan 'unrealistic' and will cost taxpayers, Boardman says Rail industry stakeholders speak out at STB's 'rail competition' hearing FRA hands over $16 million to CHSRA for San Francisco-San Jose PTC system design Mica-Shuster privatization proposal would have negative impact on rail service, operating costs and labor, passenger-rail and labor groups say

June 22

U.S. Development Group to open Texas crude oil terminal next month California Northern Railroad wins 'clean air champion' award CTA to step up security measures Metrolink, DART and TRE set ridership records New head of continuous improvement, new trackwork project on UP's slate Norfolk's light-rail service to launch Aug. 19 FTA clears way for GCRTA's $10.5 million TIGER II grant for new station U.S. rail traffic gains should continue in the second half, Baird says

June 21

Updates from EMD, AECOM, Eagle-SWS, Timken, NRG Thermal and China Information Technology Fitch downgrades DART's sales tax revenue bonds CSX tabs Sorfleet as chief human resources officer Oregon bill annexes Coos Bay line into port district Utah Transit Authority expands district, awards fastener contract New Mexico Rail Runner to eliminate weekend service Sen. Schumer: FRA should consider RRIF loan for MTA's East Side Access project Sen. Kirk proposes bill to spur private investment in transportation infrastructure Sen. Kirk proposes bill to encourage more private participation in HSR, other infrastructure projects UP one step closer to issuing RFP for Chicago-St. Louis HSR project

June 20

Updates from Invensys, G4S Technology, Lilee Systems, HDR, Harsco and Parsons Brinckerhoff TransLink to add elevator at Scott Road Station SFRTA breaks ridership record on 'Dump the Pump' day Rep. Fleischmann joins House transportation committee Twin Cities' Metro Transit to maintain service if state government shuts down Amtrak bolsters security, names Sorozan CIO Three Pacific Northwest ports post progress with emission goals Tunnel boring begins for Toronto subway extension HSR a hot topic at APTA Rail Conference

June 17

CATS CEO Flowers recognized as 'Outstanding Business Woman' Jackson to succeed Mackil as CEO of Beard Land, Modesto & Empire Traction More than 125 public transit agencies participate in 'Dump the Pump Day' CN's Mongeau: Four short lines, infrastructure investments are paying off in carloads Sen. Hutchison calls for greater rail security resources AAR: U.S., Canadian roads continued to boost weekly carloads USDOT to provide $175 million in transit grants U.S. Class I workforce a smidge larger in May, STB data shows

June 16

Updates from L.B. Foster, Alstom, Frederick Intermodal, URS and Cambridge Systematics Ontario regional council OKs LRT plan WMATA wins top honors at APTA's rail rodeo TCU: Two rail labor union coalitions reject terms of tentative UTU/NCCC pact MBTA to end refunds for service delays Metro-North Railroad launches third set of M-8 rail cars Virginia DOT lands six-year budget, forms public-private partnership office CN to sell IC RailMarine Terminal's assets to Raven Energy Mica, Shuster share 'new direction' for nation's intercity passenger-rail system House Appropriations Committee approves bill that would use $1 billion in HSR funds to pay for flood relief More comments from Amtrak's Boardman regarding NEC privatization proposal

June 15

Updates from Bombardier, Miner, Pacer, RMI, Professional Transportation, HDR and VOTG Tanktainer BNSF, Yellowstone Valley modify lease agreement for Montana line Amtrak appoints Geary vice president of operations TriMet: Commuter-rail ridership reaches record in May; light-rail bridge construction to begin July 1 GCRTA to break ground on station Montreal's AMT takes delivery of first bimodal locomotive NY/NJ port authority restructures terminal lease, secures major shipper as anchor tenant CN to launch construction on Calgary Logistics Park in summer FTA program funds now available in Florida Florida port, FEC to jointly develop new intermodal facility Amtrak's Boardman: Mica proposal is 'broader than the NEC' Mica, Shuster push for private involvement in NEC high-speed rail, Amtrak long-distance routes International peer review shows support for Amtrak's next-gen HSR system

June 14

Denver RTD receives FTA grant for workforce initiative Genesee & Wyoming railroads, other small roads registered carload gains in May MBTA lands $2 million grant for station parking lot upgrade Illinois commission approves crossing, bridge projects Chicago Transit Board approves reverse auction process for CTA MBCR appoints chief transportation, mechanical officers Lautenberg, Holt voice opposition to cutting federal rail security funding CREATE partners to begin grade separation project in Bridgeview

June 13

Updates from Alstom, Thales, Hub Group, Brown Industries and HNTB KCS honors chemical shippers' haz-mat safety efforts DART light-rail project recognized for 'outstanding' civil engineering Mississippi rail authority to study new short line; Mississippi Export selects Savage to operate transload terminal LACMTA to solicit public feedback on subway extension project Stabler to succeed Allen as TTCI president SEPTA completes station restoration CP selects site for new Regina intermodal terminal

June 10

Updates from Skanska, Ansaldo, Alstom, Bombardier, Saft and APS Technology Now available: Maintenance of Way Spending Report 2011 GCRTA, police labor council agree on new contract Tacoma port completes grade separation project Severe weather rained on UP's SPRB coal train loadings in May Hampton Roads Transit's light-rail project slated for Aug. 1 completion UP, CSX win awards for environmental stewardship FTA to provide $3 million for workforce development programs AAR report: U.S. rail traffic still trending up in June Iowa HSR project hangs in the balance as legislature debates state budget Minnesota's Northern Lights Express project advances 'under the radar' New York passenger-rail group says 90 mph is OK for upstate intercity passenger trains HNTB hires four execs to help oversee Northeast rail projects

June 9

New York MTA, St. Louis Metro add board members NJ Transit riders can text security concerns UTU, St. Louis terminal road team up to develop security awareness program BNSF caps off double track in New Mexico's Abo Canyon LACMTA lets preliminary design contract for downtown connector Transportation Services Index slipped in April May marked 19 consecutive months of Amtrak ridership growth Oxbow sues BNSF, UP for alleged price-fixing practices

June 8

Updates from Bombardier, RailComm, RTI, Bourque Logistics, Koppers and NWMRC Anacostia & Pacific relocates Chicago HQ; Watco assigns Baton Rouge Southern GM SFMTA to raise price of Muni passes, parking fees North Carolina DOT schedules citizens' workshop for CSXT yard relocation plan CSX reaches emission-reduction goal a year early New Orleans RTA breaks ground on streetcar project AAR report: U.S. roads ramped up carloads, workforce in May MBTA breaks ground on $16 million Boston station

June 7

UP receives 'healthy lifestyle' award TriMet proposes September fare increase USDOT gauges supplier interest in manufacturing streetcar rails Caltrain to increase fare, parking fees BART's proposed $1.36 billion budget includes funds for 'priority' projects CSX Transportation breaks ground on $100 million Massachusetts rail-yard expansion Alabama facility will be 'critical' to Crescent Corridor, Moorman says

June 6

Updates from Bombardier and TUV Rheinland Nordgren joins NMB as mediator Sound Transit's rail overpass construction, street upgrades to begin Wednesday Crossings: One upgrade in Pennsylvania, one closure in North Carolina West Virginia awards bridge contract for NS intermodal facility BNSF reassigns three execs; AAR tabs Knight to fill government affairs post VTA adopts two-year budget, transit service plan USHSR Chicago conference conversation: HSR benefits, politics and marketing California Senate seeks more control over CHSRA CHSRA elects new chair and vice chair, appoints southern California HSR planning director

June 3

RSI provides scholarships to six students for 2011/12 academic year DART appoints Cheney to board UP's La Puente-Flowers named 'Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever' MBTA completes commuter-rail station improvements Many Oahu residents back the Honolulu Rail Transit project, survey says CSX weaves community service into management training NS, CSX to break ground on intermodal projects AAR: U.S. roads notched more carloads in week No. 21

June 2

Updates from Siemens, Alstom, HDR and Cambridge Systematics Now available: Maintenance of Way Spending Report 2011 Caltrain increases bicycle capacity on trains APTA seeks nominations for business member board U.K's DB Schenker Rail appoints logistics manager, tests 'High Speed' route trains UP's ShipCarsNow teams up with independent auto dealer association Teamsters Canada members ratify four-year contract with VIA Rail New Orleans commission recommends governance changes for Public Belt Defense department honors CSX with 'employer support' award Illinois to study 220 mph rail service between Chicago, Champaign

June 1

Updates from Wabtec, RailComm, MTU Detroit Diesel, Bombardier, VTG and RailTerm Hampshire-Cowan joins WMATA's board Indiana DOT to update state's rail plan UP tops Soy Transportation Coalition's 2011 shipper satisfaction index UP releases annual sustainability, citizenship report Pittsburgh port authority extends CEO Bland's contract BTS: Surface transportation-moved freight among NAFTA partners reached record value in March SEPTA approves $1.2 billion budget for FY2012 Progressive Railroading's June cover story: HSR's beaten and blurry path << Previous Next >>
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