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Rail News: August 2011

August 31

Updates from Railserve, Nomad, Bombardier, Midwest, Timken and Skanska NS develops mobile app for smart phones SFRTA receives national procurement, marketing honors Railed cargo value among NAFTA nations jumped in June, BTS says ATU members plan strike against GO Transit Amtrak continues to restore service along East Coast USDOT to sign over TIGER II grant for Tower 55 project in Texas

August 30

Target honors Swift Transportation's service efforts Metra to begin replacing 22 bridges on UP North line Canadian environmental agency seeks public input on study for potash terminal, rail loop at B.C. port VIA Rail reports higher revenue, lower costs in Q2 TriMet to increase fares, add light-rail service Indiana Rail Road begins to build locomotive shop CSX to expand Ohio terminal for National Gateway initiative Railroads continue to restore service post-Hurricane Irene

August 29

USDOT honors Sound Transit for small, disadvantaged business efforts UP is TTS' top rail carrier of 2010 Small railroads boosted carloads in year's 33rd week, RMI index shows UP continues to combat hot, dry conditions in central Texas TransLink reports ridership gains in 2011's first half BNSF to reopen key flood-impacted subdivision Sept. 3 Railroads on East Coast continue to deal with Hurricane Irene's wrath

August 26

Updates from Alstom, Railserve, RailComm, Timken and HDR Hart takes helm as NTSB vice chair for second term Gov. Malloy appoints Redeker Connecticut DOT commissioner UP, Louisiana law enforcement officers clamp down on crossing violations RTA report: Tie purchases jumped, production fell back in July NJ Transit marks completion of rebuilt Somerville Station Construction begins on GO Transit's Allandale station U.S. roads' carloads, intermodal loads climbed in week No. 33, AAR says CHSRA gives sneak peak at upcoming business plan

August 25

Kentucky town commemorates 100th anniversary of railed coal shipments Thousands try Norfolk's new light-rail service during first weekend L.A.-area ports target zero-emission projects; Seattle port offers online carbon calculator Three of four private transit-serving firms report lackluster business, APTA study shows TriMet posted ridership gains in July CN's grain volume climbed to near-record levels in past crop year DHS allocates more than $2.1 billion to 12 security programs AAR files lawsuit against USDOT, FRA challenging PRIIA mandate Rossi to join CHSRA board

August 24

Updates from Bombardier, Kratos, RR M&A, RSI Logistics and Frederick Intermodal Gov. Walker tabs Plale as Wisconsin's railroad commissioner UP to upgrade Utah line SMART names Mansourian new GM RTA sues two Illinois towns for ignoring tax agreements Broward County OKs container transfer facility pact with Florida East Coast Major grade separation under way in Chicago, Illinois Gov. Quinn says AASHTO: Federal transportation funding is urgently needed CHSRA seeking public outreach, communications services

August 23

Updates from Ansaldo, Harsco, R.J. Corman, Bombardier, HJ Skelton and Gannett Fleming ELFA July index: New business rises slightly year over year, but plummets compared with June KCS extends two exchange offers TriMet contracts Parsons Brinckerhoff to design light-rail maintenance facility San Pedro & Southwestern begins serving central Arizona industrial park MBTA appoints Davis acting general manager USDOT proposes PTC amendment that eliminates analyses required for PIH rerouting Amtrak hires KPMG team to develop NEC business, financial plan IDOT receives crossing elimination grant for Chicago-St. Louis corridor California governor appoints Richards to CHSRA board

August 22

L.A. port posts progress with emission-reduction efforts RFP period closed for Metrolinx Air Rail Link, station project Dow Mexico recognizes KCSM's best practices BART letter explains interruption of cell phone service FRA obligates $28.2 million for new Dearborn train station Regional Rail to acquire Tyburn Railroad’s short-line, transload assets PANYNJ board approves fiscal plan including PATH fare increases U.S. customs agency, UP agree on border security-enhancing measures USDOT obligates $745 million for NEC improvements

August 19

Updates from Invensys, GBS Group, Stella-Jones, Parsons Brinckerhoff and DNJ Intermodal; Also, in memoriam: Invensys' Bob Scesny Indiana port wins USDOT's 'Pacesetter' award for ninth time The Tide opens in Norfolk Washington port lands federal grant for BNSF overpass; UP advances trackwork between two states Amtrak completes upgrades to L.A. equipment maintenance facility AAR weekly report: Carloads down in U.S., up in Canada and Mexico Caltrain recommends new operator contract, releases 'blended' operation study and receives FTA grant Size of U.S. Class I workforce shrunk a bit in July, STB data shows FRA obligates $28.2 million for new Dearborn train station California Gov. Brown gives thumbs up to state's HSR project New York town receives USDOT grant for HSR-related crossing work

August 18

Updates from Axion, FAAC, Spectrum Infrared, H.J. Skelton, Kelso and Parsons Brinckerhoff Swift Transportation launches U.S.-Mexico COFC service with KCS SkyTrain marks 25th year in service RailAmerica entices shippers to build, expand plants along its lines Federal grant in hand for Metra station modernization Baird: U.S. rail volume forecast favorable for export coal and domestic intermodal, adverse for ag Metrolink secures $46.3 million to fully fund PTC program Transit agencies hike fares, cut services to offset less government funding, APTA says Proposed 'blended' Caltrain, HSR system could work, LTK study shows

August 17

Texas town considers quiet zone Hampton Roads Transit prepares for Friday's light rail grand opening Proposed fare, toll increases 'absolutely necessary,' PANYNJ's Ward says Georgia Ports Authority, Logistec to expand Brunswick port terminal's capacity ARG Trans inks interim operator contract, assigns GM for Oregon line Parsons Brinckerhoff to design L.A. light-rail line's second phase Atlanta regional transportation group drafts project list for voter referendum Fewer import containers flowed into L.A.-area ports last month

August 16

Updates from Grainger, RailComm, Axion, Global Railway and RSI; Also, in memoriam: Rail recycling industry veteran Mike Kearns Transportation improvements will drive productivity in Toronto area, study says Chrysler Group honors UP's service performance Montreal port to gain two more GenSets Ohio port dedicates work on new rail line for future intermodal terminal Houston METRO lays track for light-rail line BNSF: Flood-damage repairs, traffic detours will continue into October LACMTA's rail ridership rose 8.4 percent in July

August 15

Grade separation to gain further study in southern California Tacoma port marks 1 millionth Kia vehicle KCS upgrades computer platforms in U.S., Mexico LACMTA to solicit public input on proposed LAX link Colorado DOT issues draft of statewide rail 'vision' Transportation Services Index increased in June FRA allocates $55 million to Caltrans for PTC, capacity improvements USDOT launches plan to prevent rail employee fatigue

August 12

Updates from Bombardier, Unitrac, Michael Baker and Kustom Seating Iowa small roads to receive federal grants for flood-damage repairs Genesee & Wyoming's carloads climbed, RailAmerica's fell in July New York-area port authority OKs public meeting on proposed fare, toll hikes Vermont Rail System posts progress on trackwork for Amtrak's Ethan Allen service BART to receive $40 million for Berryessa extension AAR weekly report: Carload volume crept up for North American roads FRA awards $25 million for GPS-based PTC equipment on Pacific Surfliner Chinese train manufacturer recalls high-speed trains; government slows operating speeds and suspends project approvals

August 11

Mineta institute report examines ballot initiatives for light-rail funding CN signs pact, expands capacity to better serve Canadian lumber exporters In memoriam: Rail supply industry entrepreneur and former NRC Chairman Phil Stout Huron Central starts trackwork project; Arkansas industrial park spur lands federal grant Raleigh council recommends light-rail route Chicago job fair drew thousands of railroad job seekers, Rep. Rush says CTA to study corporate sponsorships, naming rights BNSF boosts 2011 capex budget to $3.8 billion, summarizes 2Q financial results

August 10

Updates from Midwest Railcar, Railinc, Bombardier, Voith, Michael Baker and H.J. Skelton CATS advertising program generates revenue Hersman helms NTSB for second term Alaska Railroad schedules open house, groundbreaking for bridge project Hybrid locomotives to number 500 by 2020, Pike Research says SFMTA adds Clipper card readers to San Francisco's cable car system AAR, UIC name Brunel design award winners; UP nabs Heinz North America's top carrier honor IANA: Domestic, international intermodal volumes 'solid' in 2Q

August 9

Houston METRO CEO Greanias returns to work following suspension Futhey wins second term as UTU president Toran becomes TriMet's new general counsel Atlanta roundtable selects seven transit projects for 2012 referendum Cline succeeds Weyandt as KCS financial exec FTA forms panel to help advance light rail, transit in Michigan Bipartisan coalition calls for major investment in U.S. infrastructure UP begins to build intermodal ramp, rail yard in New Mexico FRA obligates another $179 million in HSIPR funds to California CHSRA issues draft environmental reports for two Central Valley segments

August 8

Updates from Chicago Freight Car, CIT, Siemens and L.B. Foster Metrolink to introduce two 'bicycle cars' Watco makes management changes Amtrak names chair, vice chair to Mayors' Advisory Council UP to speed up trains on Kansas line North Carolina DOT adds safety devices at eight crossings USDOT provides grant for New York station project, selects six agencies to pilot asset management program Transportation impacts varied under new debt deal, APTA says Chinese rail officials need to determine HSR accident's cause quickly and transparently, U.S. observers say FRA obligates grant funds for two New York projects

August 5

Updates from Greenbrier, FreightCar America, RailTerm, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Sam Schwartz and HNTB UP sets second-quarter, first-half injury rate records WMATA declares union arbitration award 'generous' Sound Transit adopts sustainability plan Better Bakken Shale-serving rail facilities on tap in Louisiana, North Dakota Vancouver, Georgia ports post volume gains MBTA's Davey named MassDOT secretary, CEO AAR: U.S. carloads declined in July's last week, remained down for entire month The debt deal: How it could impact HSR Sen. Schumer: Government agencies, railroads need to agree on HSR funding soon

August 4

North Carolina Railroad adds five board members FTA names Metro Transit-St. Louis COO Friem 'Manager of the Year' Anderson joins KCS as automotive sales VP TriMet to hike some fares in September UP bolsters track in Nebraska, repairs drought-damaged track in Texas CN to redevelop Indiana yard, relocate Chicago-area locomotive shop California's ACE to build $58 million train maintenance facility Four-way pact paves way for second Osage River bridge in Missouri Australian government to conduct more detailed analysis of proposed HSR system Hollysys to demonstrate high-speed signaling system for Chinese supplier

August 3

Updates from Bombardier, Harsco, Brandt, Wavion and Nomad North Carolina commissions refurbished 'City of Durham' locomotive Long Beach port posts progress with emission-reduction programs North Carolina DOT lets contract for remaining P&N corridor work Twin Cities' Metro Transit posts ridership gains in June, first half OmniTRAX acquires Stockton Terminal & Eastern; Regional Rail launches operations on leased NS line CN completes terminal transaction, sets course to double export coal volume Amtrak Keystone service posts fiscal-year ridership record USDOT obligates rolling stock funds to six states; multi-state procurement process begins Amtrak Keystone service posts fiscal-year ridership record

August 2

Caltrain begins ballast deliveries EMD to supply seven locomotives for Emirates rail network WMATA adds Bethesda escalator replacement to six-year capital plan Genesee & Wyoming signs deal to acquire Arizona short line, sets several financial records Houston METRO's CEO suspended for violating computer policy Floods didn't drag down UP's PRB coal loadings in July TriMet's MAX Red Line reaches 10-year, 10 million-ride marks CSX to build $15 million intermodal terminal in Kentucky

August 1

Iowa DOT seeks applicants for rail funding program New York municipality mulls downtown intermodal center TriMet, APTA make management changes Wisconsin & Southern transloads large electrical equipment Valley Metro posts slight light-rail ridership gain in FY2011 EPA forecast: Rail-car assemblies to reach 37,900 in '11, 48,300 in '12 Sound Transit adopts East Link route, station sites Updates from Siemens, Alstom, American Railcar, Sam Schwartz and Hirschmann California high-speed agency to seek RFQs for initial construction within three months << Previous Next >>
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