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Rail News: August 2010

August 31

USDOT announces new design standards for high-speed passenger cars Caltrain staff to recommend keeping Gilroy, weekend service NS wins AREMA's 'Hay' award for Heartland Corridor project STB schedules hearing on coal routing case Operation Lifesaver honors Glenn, Hakey with national safety awards WMATA to implement new safety manual BNSF to be featured on Green Magazine Television Updates from RailWorks, Harsco, Balfour Beatty, Nomad Digital, Jacobs Engineering, L.B. Foster and KiwiRail

August 30

East Texas HSR feasibility study could begin soon Stewart Southern Railway becomes Saskatchewan's 11th short line CSX partners with Alabama, Mississippi for safety measures Sound Transit awards contract to expand commuter-rail service CN reaches EJ&E-related mitigation agreement with Long Grove TransLink receives first shipment of new rail cars EPA, Missouri DNR recognize KCSR's locomotive-idle control project UP invests $11.5 million in track improvements Springfield Terminal Railway workers ratify TCU contract; Fulton County Railway workers join UTU

August 27

AAR report: U.S. roads set another weekly intermodal volume record Save the date - FRA webcast Sept. 15 Caltrain eyes service cuts, fare hikes; BART delays fare increase Report: HSR will create jobs in southern California Denver RTD breaks ground on FasTracks' East Corridor line Sweden set to open new HSR line Tie purchases plummeted, production jumped in July, RTA says DHS, FEMA certify TTCI emergency reponse center's tank-car course KCSR appoints Redd, Godwin to VP posts Ohio port authority hires project administrator for grade separation Updates from L.B. Foster, FreightCar America, Parsons Brinckerhoff, OSI Systems, DriveCam and Cambridge Systematics

August 26

Metropolitan Council awards contracts for Minneapolis light-rail segment The community backlash against HSR, and how states are coping Six states seek TIGER II grants for NS' Crescent Corridor California lawmakers approve bill seeking HSR contract bidders' role in Holocaust Rail industry needs to better detect, report broken tank-car stub sills, Canada's TSB says SEPTA seeks TIGER II grant for Smart Card system, completes trolley projects TriMet eyes service changes to close budget gap Ohio DOT seeks TIGER II grants for 12 projects; Oregon port seeks USDOT grant for Coos Bay line UP takes wraps off prototype AutoFlex multi-level car WMATA implements 'peak-of-the-peak' pricing

August 25

CP to streamline regions from 11 to six Ohio seeks TIGER grants for two 3C Corridor projects St. Louis Metro names Nations president, CEO L.B. Foster providing rail for Downeaster project Second Amtrak Cascades train surpasses ridership expectations AECOM appoints Siegel to oversee HSR planning Containers begin to flow into North Dakota intermodal facility Vossloh to provide high-speed rail fastener systems for China line Perishable traffic on uptick for 'Cold Train' refrigerated service Connecticut riders want more bar cars, survey says UP to bolster track in Wisconsin Updates from Greenbrier, RMI, RailComm, Vossloh and AECOM

August 24

Public comment period extended for Southeast HSR project Valley Metro receives FTA's development approval for Central Mesa extension STB schedules oral argument for Arizona Electric Power/BNSF rate case Watco Transportation Services joins the AAR Denver RTD considers fare hikes to balance 2011 budget Fortune Minerals to work with CN to haul metallurgical coal Illinois port gains TIGER grant for rail loop Coming soon: Iowa rail port, Nebraska grain shuttle WMATA to modernize elevators as part of Red Line rehab

August 23

FRA's Szabo on HSR development: 'Past the point of no return' USDOT signs off on grant agreement for R.J. Corman rail rehab project Grade crossing projects advance in Ohio, Washington TriMet close to capping off station improvements Gates elected chairman of northeastern Illinois RTA National Gateway planners promote intermodal route at Maryland event Indiana ports help pump up state's economy, study says Abrams joins South Florida RTA's board Updates from Global Railway, Bombardier, Shannon & Wilson, AECOM, EWI and Grand Canyon Railway

August 20

Florida rail division to hold DBE meetings U.S. Class I worker count climbs in July, STB data shows AAR: U.S. roads set 2010 intermodal volume, all-time container volume records in week No. 32 ATU members reject Greater Cleveland RTA's tentative agreement Pittsburgh port authority holds public hearing on fare hikes, service cuts NS, Virginia rail department cap off key Crescent Corridor project USDOT awards $13.8 million for transportation research, education WMATA plans station repairs to boost safety North Carolina DOT solicits public feedback on choosing mobility fund-worthy projects

August 19

Rhode Island breaks ground on Wickford Junction commuter-rail station Alaska Railroad contracts Kiewit Pacific for northern extension's first phase Chicago to study express service to O'Hare STB sends fall peak letters to railroads, appoints staff members California's Capitol Corridor posts fiscal-year ridership record in July Ohio county seeks federal, state funds for grade separation Ridley Terminals anticipates a cargo-handling record in 2010 Updates from Hanson, Dow, Marsh, Mallory Alexander, USA Truck and MTU Detroit Diesel

August 18

Connecticut bond commission approves $260 million for high-speed rail Massachusetts seeks proposals for MBTA station First line supervisors' class action suit against CN can proceed, Ontario superior court says Sound Transit breaks ground on station upgrades, readies for rail car delivery California, Pennsylvania governors stump for more federal transportation infrastructure funding Foundation complete for New York MTA's Fulton Street Transit Center Farmrail's Betke joins STB grain car council Shevell reappointed vice chairman of NJ Transit Wilmington & Western begins to build educational/administrative facility in Delaware

August 17

FTA extends EIS comment period for Honolulu light-rail project San Francisco agency to install new fare gates, ticket machines BNSF Logistics lands on magazine's top 10 3PL list for seventh-straight year WMATA installs platform warning lights RICA honors KCS, CSX for dimensional load services North Carolina Railroad caps off Kinston track project's first phase Updates from Ansaldo STS, L.B. Foster, Carmanah, T.Y. Lin and Global Crossing

August 16

Caltrain to consider fare increases, service suspensions IANA on 2Q: International container volume growth exceeds domestic container gain for first time in four years NS to launch double-stack train operations on Heartland Corridor in September Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit receives six bids from DMU builders UP to bolster line between Nebraska, Wyoming NMB introduces intern program to teach students about labor relations In memoriam: Former NITL President Harry Gobrecht Updates from CXT/L.B. Foster, Miller Felpax, TPSC and Parsons Brinckerhoff

August 13

RailTrends early bird rate available through Aug. 13 LaHood blog: 40 jobs created as a result of ARRA-funded Downeaster project AAR weekly report: U.S. railroads register 'moderate' carload gain Denver RTD closes on $397.8 private activity bonds, sets Aug. 26 groundbreaking for FasTracks Eagle P3 project Pennsylvania's latest 12-year plan drastically cuts transportation dollars BART has an extra $8.5 million in its budget Patriot Rail to serve North Carolina DOT's P&N corridor Four crossing upgrades, one closure advance in Ohio Quality public transportation = quality of life, APTA report says Updates from Vossloh, RailComm, Unit Rail, Western Extrusions and Global Railway

August 12

Transportation Services Index inched up in June Transbay Joint Powers Authority breaks ground on $4.2 billion Transbay Transit Center In memoriam: Former N&W leader, NS 'architect' John Fishwick Denver RTD considers budget gap-closing options Tacoma port posts progress with emission-reduction efforts AAR's Macdonald to represent freight-rail industry on Maryland commission Milwaukee port wins USDOT's Pacesetter award Genesee & Wyoming gains traffic in July UP to shore up Oregon line

August 11

North Carolina considers options for routing of high-speed line Two DART line extensions hinge on proposed budget, long-term financial plan FRA stresses need to prevent switching fatalities Toronto Terminals Railway, CAW reach tentative accord Military magazine honors Class Is as top veteran employers in 2010 Washington city's port, rail access ideal for high-tech plants, Boyd Co. says New York MTA introduces online tool to track capital projects RailAmerica registers carload gain in July Updates from ENSCO, Atlantic Track, VR Mergers & Acquisitions, Jacobs Engineering, Ansaldo STS and CANAC

August 10

AAR: Seasonally adjusted data shows incremental U.S. traffic gains in July Patriot Rail to acquire Weyerhaeuser's six short lines WMATA pledges to create board safety committee Amtrak reaches deal to advance Niantic Bridge replacement UP to bolster lines in three states TransLink's Canada SkyTrain on track to surpass ridership forecasts Santa Clara VTA appoints new members to advisory committees Kelliher joins NMB as mediator

August 9

Hollysys to provide signaling systems for China's HSR lines Freight-rail capacity expansion bill enters Senate Sound Transit projects long-term capital funding to drop 25 percent CN forges service-enhancement pact with Quebec port, terminal operator Amtrak breaks ground on Illinois intermodal facility KCS assigns Evans, McVaney to sales/marketing AVP roles WMATA to make data available to third-party software developers UP to upgrade lines in Missouri, Nebraska X Train names Zilliken CFO

August 6

FRA to provide $25 million for high-speed rail research AAR report: Weekly U.S. carloads, intermodal loads reach 2010 highs California agrees to focus on Bay Area line alternatives that 'sharply reduce' right-of-way property acquisitions Denver RTD, UP pen deal to advance FasTracks project Short-line tax credit extension still stuck in Senate, ASLRRA says AECOM to acquire Davis Langdon in $324 million deal Connecticut to purchase 80 more cars for Metro-North line New York/New Jersey port authority's board OKs rail car purchase, WTC contracts TCU's MOW supervisors ratify Amtrak contract In Memoriam: Robert Downing, the driving force behind the Burlington Northern Railroad merger Updates from Bombardier, Koppers Holdings, The Andersons and Parsons Brinckerhoff

August 5

American High Speed Rail Alliance names Weber, Simmons to advisory board L.B. Foster to provide rail for New England project VRE marks arrival of first locomotive from 19-unit order CTA dismisses farmer's 'breach of service obligation' suit against CN CREATE partners create website for 75th Street corridor project Ocean carrier adds service at Long Beach port Kentucky Soybean Board to join Soy Transportation Coalition Stabler joins TTCI as VP of operations, training Metro-North collects items for Grand Central Terminal's centennial exhibit Updates from Railserve, Strategic Rail Advisors, AECOM, Portec Rail, Pacer, FreightCar America and Avalon Risk Management

August 4

UP's SPRB coal train loadings jump in July STB to form toxic cargo committee Metrolinx installs new chair, president/CEO Genesee & Wyoming more than doubles earnings, sets operating ratio record Plastics maker builds spur at Indiana plant Ohio utilities commission OKs two crossing upgrades Johnson joins UTA's board Updates from EMD, Jacobs Engineering, Parsons Brinckerhoff, TRAC Intermodal, DVB Bank and AngelTrax

August 3

FREIGHT Act companion bill enters House Amtrak back on track for Lancaster station renovation Fox to succeed the retiring Lampe as Chicago South Shore's CEO New mid-day train boosts North Carolina's Amtrak ridership Progress Rail caps off EMD purchase; First Union Rail buys 2,370 cars Rail Runner trading post to be restored in New Mexico MARTA's Leonard to chair APTA's members committee USDOT's LaHood, TSA's Pistole observe training and technological advances at TTCI

August 2

Virginia, CSX reach agreement on high-speed rail project House approves FY2011 transportation appropriations Amtrak extends Boardman's CEO contract through 2013 EPA lowers 2010 rail-car production forecast from 16,000 to 13,250 units NS completes annual coal line maintenance 'blitz' in Pennsylvania FTA approves environmental review for Houston METRO's University line Metrolinx to assume control of Ontario's Air Rail Link project Vancouver port pumps up volume in year's first half Updates from Amsted Rail, Vossloh, Miner Enterprises, TCS, L.B. Foster and Cubic Transportation Systems << Previous Next >>
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