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Rail News: July 2009

July 31

North American rail traffic strengthened slightly last week, AAR says NYC council OKs land use plan for Mass Transit Tunnel Metrolinx completes initial assessment of GO Transit's Georgetown line expansion Genesee & Wyoming registers lower earnings, higher operating ratio Oregon enacts transportation funding bill Updates from IBM, Christensen Associates, The Vossloh Group and Professional Transportation

July 30

Progressive Railroading to boot up HSRupdates.com on Sept. 8 CP reins in costs, lowers operating ratio in midst of rough economy KCS: Expenses way down, but operating ratio way up New York MTA unveils preliminary 2010 budget, four-year financial plan Four transit agencies land more than $20 million from ARRA programs Illinois commission revises five-year funding program for crossing projects

July 29

NS notes cost cuts and service-metric gains despite significant earnings drop 'Comprehensive and systematic changes' in nation's transportation approach would improve air quality, APTA says SEPTA registers ridership, revenue gains in FY2009 Long takes helm as OmniTRAX's president, CEO CTA to reopen Brown Line's Wellington station Updates from L.B. Foster, FreightCar America, Pacer, Thales/Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell and Loram

July 28

Eight governors and Chicago mayor team up to advance Midwest HSR corridor, form steering group with freight-rail stakeholders Rail industry maintains pursuit of emission-reducing practices House subcommittee members laud short-line tax credit extension; Kentucky lawmakers create small-road tax credit CenterPoint Properties to advance UP intermodal terminal in Illinois DART expansion to boost economic activity and create jobs, study says

July 27

VIA Rail locomotive engineers end two-day strike STB orders UP to provide Oklahoma utility rate reparations, reductions CSXT and NS push for federal tax incentives, public-private partnerships KCS, BNSF and Metro-North fill key posts New York, New Jersey port authority advances rail-related measures Updates from Alstom, Wabtec, Knorr-Bremse, Gerens Hill International and RailComm

July 24

BNSF boosts earnings, reduces expenses and operating ratio House OKs transportation spending bill with billions for HSR; LACMTA shows support for California HSR lines AAR tallies weekly carload totals, releases online traffic trends report Longbow Securities survey: Rail-car demand remains sluggish CN helps coordinate wind turbine blade move in Canada Updates from GATX, Koppers, Siemens Mobility, Gannett Fleming and Starfire Engineering & Technologies

July 23

UP: Cost controls, service and safety gains add up to 'solid' quarter Virginia seeks more than $2 billion in ARRA funds to advance HSR Railinc postpones new Umler system launch until Aug. 31 Ohio gains first quiet zone Rosenker, Higgins to depart NTSB LRIW seeks 'Woman of the Year' nominees

July 22

CN marks opening of jet fuel offloading facility in Toronto U.S. Class I workforce a tad smaller in June, STB data shows Teamsters Canada Rail Conference places VIA Rail on strike notice LACMTA schedules public meetings to review subway extension CP grade separation under way in Windsor Updates from Ansaldo STS, GE Transportation/UGL Rail, Veolia Transport, Georgetown Rail and Parsons Brinckerhoff

July 21

Placed in perspective, second-quarter performance was mostly 'stellar,' CN says Santa Clara VTA proposes service cuts, earlier-than-scheduled fare hike to offset budget deficit New Jersey governor, congressman back NJ Transit light-rail extension UTU appoints four execs to VP posts Iowa governor rides rails to promote proposed Amtrak lines

July 20

House subcommittee advances appropriations bill; Senate committee approves SAFETEA-LU extension measure Talgo to supply Amtrak Hiawatha trains, establish assembly/maintenance facility in Wisconsin AAR weekly report: North American railroads continue to log fewer loads Greater Cleveland RTA might cut service, but sidestep fare hike Sound Transit opens Seattle-to-Tukwila Link line Updates from Sinara/Siemens, China Advanced Construction Materials Group, Morton Manufacturing, FreightScan and Hollysys Automation Technologies

July 17

FRA receives 278 pre-applications for high-speed rail grants, issues proposed PTC implementation rules VIA Rail, CN and Canadian government team up to expand passenger road's infrastructure NS selects Tennessee site for Crescent Corridor intermodal terminal Denver RTD reaches initial land sale agreement with BNSF for FasTracks lines KCS, logistics provider to open vehicle distribution center at Houston-area intermodal hub Updates from Houston Rapid Transit Joint Venture, RailWorks, Hirschmann Automation and Control, RailComm and MTU

July 16

Progressive Railroading honors CN's Harrison as a 'railroad innovator' Colorado, New Mexico and Texas team up to obtain 11th and final federal HSR corridor designation CTA balances operating budget despite second drop in public funding California DOT converts locomotive to cleaner-diesel 'Repower' unit Community committee to help Metrolinx study GO Transit electrification North Carolina DOT opens Amtrak station in Durham Updates from GE Transportation, Miner, Bombardier, Kelso and Railinc

July 15

WMATA needs train-control system enhancements, NTSB says; Agency needs better train-control technology, WMATA says Walder to take helm as N.Y. MTA's top officer; Koons and Barreiro to lead South Florida RTA's board ATU rejects latest BART agreement UP/BMWED, CSXT/UTU reach labor agreements of a different sort Kansas DOT and Amtrak make headway with ARRA applications, allocations

July 14

CSX: Revenue and earnings on downside, but expenses and OR show upside Six governors team up to pursue a high-speed rail system in New England NS selects site for Alabama terminal, launches refrigerated trailer service with UP USDOT provides another $961.3 million in stimulus funds for transportation projects Tri-Met sets trip record in FY09; Capitol Corridor authority posts ridership drops in June Updates from Ansaldo STS USA, GE Transportation, Parsons Brinckerhoff, L.K. Comstock and Kilfrost

July 13

California commission provides $40 million for VTA's proposed BART extension BART's largest unions consider contract proposal; Alabama & Gulf Coast's MOW workers join UTU AAR weekly report: North American railroads continue to register traffic declines into July New York/New Jersey port places seven new PATH cars in service South Florida RTA receives stimulus dollars to buy locomotive Updates from Stadler Winterthur, Parsons Brinckerhoff, URS and AnsaldoBreda

July 10

WMATA committee approves first system-wide maintenance program for Metrorail NTSB issues annual accident investigation report to Congress TSI falls to 11-year low in May, BTS says Washington DOT, Amtrak advance plans for second ‘Cascades’ train UP-donated rail inspection building opens in Texas town Updates from GE Transportation and BASF Professional Vegetation Management

July 9

Ohio's '3C' corridor garners support; Midwest HSR association releases feasibility study on St. Louis-to-Chicago line NJ Transit adopts FY10 operating budget, capital program Federal, provincial governments pony up funds for Canadian short-line upgrades UP reaps rewards from bolstered intermodal network; Ports America lands Pacer service at Mexican terminal Illinois commission green lights seven crossing projects Updates from Siemens, Bombardier, HNTB, ProTran1 and ALK Technologies

July 8

LACMTA installs Najarian as chairman, nears light-rail extension opening Queensland Rail wins long-term coal-hauling contract from Peabody Energy Australia Pennsylvania rail authority opens bulk terminal NY/NJ port authority boots up new Web site; Miami-Dade Transit starts up rider alert system Kansas City Southern de México turns 12 Updates from Skanska USA Civil, Ansaldo STS USA, Harsco, Greenbrier and Rail Safety Consulting

July 7

President Obama tabs Elliott to chair STB UP's coal train loadings remain on light side in June Caltrain approves FY2010 capital budget, late summer service cuts NS installs VP; UP shuffles operations staff Australian state proposes corridor alignment for Sydney metro extension

July 6

USDOT, two states agree to extend California HSR corridor from L.A. to Las Vegas AAR report: U.S., Canadian railroads' traffic swoon continued in June Metra begins to build Rock Island line station Washington DOT seeks TIGER grant for short-line project Updates from Bombardier, L.B. Foster, GE, Cubic and HAX Technologies

July 2

Surface transportation trade among NAFTA partners plunges in April California High Speed Rail Authority completes draft of San Jose-San Francisco report BNSF, Seattle port agree to postpone corridor acquisition deadline TSA to begin patrolling Metra trains Short-line tax credit bill garners 134 congressional co-sponsors, ASLRRA says Metro-North to advance transit-oriented development project in Harrison UP continues to improve track in Colorado, Nebraska Updates from Bombardier, Chicago Freight Car Leasing, e-VERIFILE.COM, AECOM and Skelly and Loy

July 1

Midwest high-speed rail association proposes 220 mph Chicago-to-St. Louis trains Amtrak to provide House committee info on Weiderhold's retirement UP transfers Boulder Industrial Lead to Denver RTD NMB installs Dougherty as chairman Commercial truck production remains at low ebb, FTR says STB: Arkansas utility can pursue ICC provision in UP/short line lease case UP improves Oregon line Updates from Siemens, AT&T, RMI, Railinc, The Andersons, PDI and Knichel Logistics << Previous Next >>
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