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Rail News: June 2012

June 29

Congress passes major surface transportation bill Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, Bombardier, Alstom, Thales, Wartsila and Pricelock (June 29) Farmrail System obtains temporary FRA waiver for Oklahoma line Patriot Rail installs Schultz as EVP, chief administrative officer Sound Transit's board adopts $2.1 billion light-rail budget, schedule AAR: Both carloads, intermodal loads climbed for U.S. roads in week No. 25 Industry leaders respond to transportation bill's compromises Alaska Railroad's transit funding less shaky under transportation bill Harrison takes helm as Canadian Pacific's CEO; CN intends to continue pursuing legal action against Harrison Congress passes surface transportation bill IDOT to spend $8.6 million on more engineering studies for Springfield HSR corridor

June 28

Former New York Gov. Paterson joins MTA's board George resigns from Canadian Pacific's board; Georgia Ports Authority elects board officers World's largest container cranes come to Baltimore port West Baltimore MARC station project advances BNSF, Union Pacific bolster lines in Illinois and Oklahoma CN lands long-term bitumen transportation agreement with Southern Pacific VIA Rail advances modernization efforts House, Senate conference committee strikes deal on new transportation bill Progressive Railroading to present free fuel management webcast tomorrow

June 27

Rail supplier updates from R.J. Corman, Bombardier, Atkins and Parsons Brinckerhoff; Also, in memoriam: PB's William Kennedy (June 27) Rep. Huizenga tours Marquette Rail yard, demonstrates support for short-line tax credit Kansas City Southern de Mexico turns 15; Schneider National marks 20 years in Mexico SEPTA modernizes Spring Garden, Girard subway stations Oregon Transportation Commission considers funding for 38 multi-modal projects Amtrak completes Union Station improvements in Chicago Surface transportation trade value tumbled in April, BTS says

June 26

Rail supplier updates from PS Technology, Bombardier, Mitsubishi, Sygnet and Konecranes (June 26) Amtrak hires Molfetas as chief information officer California construction authority receives six bids for San Gabriel trench; Arizona DOT sets public meeting to address grade separation study CSX releases 2011 'social responsibility' report Long Beach port's board accepts TIGER III grant for rail project; Stockton port completes trackwork New York City's MTA awards Second Avenue Subway contract Pittsburgh-area port authority adopts operating, capital budgets U.S. Class I workforce shrank a smidgen in May, STB data shows Progressive Railroading to present free fuel management webcast on Friday

June 25

Rail supplier updates from NCC Construction, RailComm, Thales, Caterpillar, Kasgro and Cubic (June 25) Santa Clara transit agency switches to smart card fare system USDOT signs pact to share transportation stats with neighboring nations, provides funds for Amtrak station project SFMTA's Muni fares to increase July 1 Port of Tacoma projects container volume boost from new ocean carrier service New York City's MTA seeks real estate management proposals Canadian freight-rail service review facilitator issues recommendations; CN urges feds to favor commercial solutions to service issues USDOT selects 47 projects for TIGER IV grant awards USDOT reimburses Wisconsin DOT for costs incurred on Milwaukee-Madison high-speed line Florida East Coast Industries can operate All Aboard Florida trains to Orlando airport, aviation authority says North Carolina DOT secures TIGER grant for Raleigh Union Station

June 22

Rail supplier updates from EMD, Kelso, Columbus Steel, Raymond James, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Gulf Intermodal and IMC Cos. (June 22) APTA promotes national 'Dump the Pump Day' BNSF honors 98 shippers' haz-mat safety efforts Canadian Pacific to serve Wisconsin frac sand mine; Union Pacific to upgrade Nebraska line AAR on week No. 24: Carloads continued to fall, intermodal volume continued to rise in U.S. Rail shippers' fuel surcharge-fixing suits now a class action case; Class Is claim case is 'unfounded' Virginia allocates $11.4 billion for transportation improvements Congressional leaders appear closer to agreement on transportation bill Progressive Railroading to present free fuel management webcast on June 29

June 21

WMATA investigates latest friction ring incident Ohio utilities commission approves safety upgrades at four crossings Cook to succeed Spiegel Meynarez as Port Everglades' finance director Pittsburgh port authority to raise fares July 1 L.A.-area officials dedicate Expo Line's Culver City Station Public transit ridership reached record high in 2011, Canadian Urban Transit Association says Politicians, railroads tout impending TIGER IV grants Regional agreement reached to fund Caltrain modernization

June 20

Rail supplier updates from Boatright, Racine Railroad and Lat-Lon (June 20) CN partners with Ducks Unlimited Canada to support wetland conservation, restoration Cincinnati Metro appoints Grether streetcar project manager Sen. Boxer releases statement on Conference Committee's work Keyera Corp. to build Calgary terminal BNSF outlines maintenance work in Colorado, Wyoming Virginia Railway Express names Dalton acting CEO

June 19

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Skanska and CIT Rail (June 19) Denton County agency celebrates A-train's first year, starts running new Stadler trains Virginia port reports strong May volume; Oregon port installs Koch as CEO Tongue River Railroad Co. to file revised application with STB U.S. Chamber calls on Congress to pass transportation bill New website addresses rail worker fatigue Kansas City Southern's Haverty among National Railroad Hall of Fame inductees Federal Railroad Administration proposes seven more environmental procedure exclusions Federal Railroad Administration proposes seven more environmental procedure exclusions

June 18

Long Island Rail Road expands quiet car program BNSF to build sand storage facility with U.S. Silica in Eagle Ford Shale, serve expanded Musket crude-by-rail facility in Bakken Shale Delaware transit agency installs Skiver as executive director Amtrak to add motor coach service to eastern North Carolina Florida East Coast Railway is Anheuser Busch's top intermodal carrier Capitol Corridor celebrates 20 million riders Chicago DOT seeks design engineering services provider for two grade separations Transportation Safety Board issues 'watch list' of safety issues in Canada

June 15

Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, Skanska, Bombardier, Parsons Brinckerhoff and RailWorks (June 15) Maryland Transit Administration announces grant availability for local transit Phoenix-area transit agency's ridership on the rise Ohio utilities commission OKs crossing upgrades; New York DOT schedules hearing on proposed public crossing Pennsylvania rail authority approves North Shore Railroad sale to management team AAR: Carloads fell in U.S., rose in Canada and Mexico last week BART's FY2013 budget includes slight fare increases Florida boosts funding for port improvements; California ports log mixed May results Union Pacific, Illinois DOT to launch last leg of major construction on Chicago-St. Louis route

June 14

Chicago Transit Authority inks deal with Groupon to attract new riders Transportation Services Index: April tally exceeded March's mark Caltrain electrification plan would boost California's economy, Bay-area council study shows Iowa Pacific marks completion of locomotive shop, track upgrades at Texas-New Mexico Railroad Minnesota advisory committee seeks public input on Southern Rail Corridor study Portland transit agency's FY2013 budget includes fare increases, service cuts Railroads gained market share last year, supply chain council report shows Transportation, construction advocates rally for surface transportation reauthorization Progressive Railroading features article on California HSR Caltrain electrification plan would boost California's economy, Bay-area council study shows

June 13

Rail supplier updates from Siemens, Harsco and GATX (June 13) Genesee & Wyoming reports May traffic decline; Nebraska Central logs new locomotives San Diego transit agency hires Castillo as marketing, communications manager Port of West Sacramento advances loop track, renewable fuels facility Washington transit agency renames station 'NoMa-Gallaudet U' Amtrak marks opening of renewed Battle Creek station Union Pacific develops mobile classrooms to provide localized training New Federal Railroad Administration regulations require toll-free telephone numbers posted at crossings

June 12

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Birdsall Services and Performance Team (June 12) Washington state DOT seeks applicants for freight-rail funding RailAmerica registered more carloads in May BNSF moves first outbound unit train from Rangeland Energy's Bakken Shale terminal in North Dakota WMATA to launch customer-service improvement initiative Santa Clara VTA holds hearings on draft EIS for light-rail extension, awards track relocation contract Raisbeck resigns from Canadian Pacific's board Twin tunnel section completed for Toronto-area subway extension

June 11

Virginia Port Authority, Army Corps of Engineers forge pact for Craney Island project CSX, Schneider National forge pact to expand Ohio intermodal services MTA New York City Transit adds trips to ease L Line overcrowding Port of Los Angeles: Next fiscal year's budget a smidge smaller Public hearing slated for Dulles Airport corridor project Metrolink's fare, service changes to take effect next month House transportation appropriations bill would cut TIGER funding in FY2013 HNTB's Gertler still a high-speed-rail believer DesertXpress to be renamed 'XpressWest' House appropriations subcommittee proposes no funding for HSR in FY13 Fuller to lead North Carolina DOT

June 8

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Parsons, Voith, Nomad Digital, STV, RailTerm and Railliance (June 8) Fuller to lead North Carolina DOT's rail division Genesee & Wyoming: Brown to succeed Benz as COO Port of Coos Bay seeks bids for Oregon track rehabilitation project Honolulu officials OK funding 'safeguard' for elevated rail project FTA allows Sacramento transit agency to begin light-rail extension's final design San Francisco transit agency ramps up subway construction, appoints head of capital programs Association of American Railroads: Weekly intermodal volume average reached record high in May

June 7

Massachusetts plans new commuter-rail station at New Balance site in Brighton Ohio utilities commission OKs three grade crossing upgrades; Washington transportation commission funds one crossing upgrade United Transportation Union: Missouri & Northern Arkansas workers ratify pact, San Luis & Rio Grande workers sign up Track project remains on track, Pennsylvania joint rail authority says St. Louis transit agency wins top honor at APTA Rail Rodeo Long Beach port's board approves FY2013 budget, elects officers Coming tomorrow: Progressive Railroading webcast on European Union rail marketplace Los Angeles transit authority prepares station openings along new Metro Expo Line Californians rethinking support of high-speed rail project, USC poll finds

June 6

In memoriam: Ohio rail supporter, 'pragmatic visionary' James Seney Dallas Area Rapid Transit serves 250 millionth light-rail rider Track mechanics expert Arnold Kerr dies Allegheny County port authority to cut 13 light-rail stops CSX chooses Illinois business park as first 'select site' Coming Friday: Progressive Railroading to present webcast on European Union rail marketplace BNSF, Union Pacific pursue trackwork projects; Union Pacific reports weak PRB coal traffic in May L.A. transportation authority begins advanced utility relocation for Crenshaw/LAX corridor project TriMet posts May ridership gains

June 5

Rail supplier updates from CIT Rail, Bombardier, L.B. Foster, AECOM, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Thales (June 5) Regional Rail acquires debris transfer station in Pennsylvania Double-track project to begin on busy southern California corridor FRA issues alternative-design vehicle waiver to Denton County Transportation Authority Chicago Transit Authority to reconstruct Dan Ryan Branch next year California DOT doles out Proposition 1B grants to several transit agencies Canadian Pacific elects Haggis as chairman American Public Transportation Association: Transit ridership jumps 5 percent in first quarter

June 4

TransLink reviews 2011 accomplishments Kansas City Southern slates train speed boost in Mississippi, names haz-mat safety award winners RSSI 2012 recap: Attendees talk rail technology, trends Chicago-area transit agencies receive high marks in rider satisfaction survey Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division back committee's roadway worker safety report NTSB issues reports on three Washington Metro accidents CSX to cut emissions another 8 percent by 2020 Coming Friday: Progressive Railroading to present webcast on European Union rail marketplace Norfolk Southern marks 30th anniversary UIC, APTA release speaker list for high-speed rail world congress

June 1

North Carolina DOT schedules workshop on Charlotte crossing alternatives CTA offers naming rights to 11 stations, enacts veterans hiring policy The T solicits public comments on two proposed TEX Rail stations in Fort Worth UP publishes sustainability, citizenship report AASHTO leader calls on Congress to advance transportation bill UP tops Soy Transportation Coalition's service report card for second time DART to hold meetings, public hearing on proposed fare changes AAR weekly report: Carloads climbed for U.S. railroads << Previous Next >>
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