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Rail News: September 2009

September 30

Study identifies preferred route for Minnesota portion of Twin Cities-Chicago high-speed line OneRail Coalition, AAR seek to drum up Senate support for transportation bill's rail measures FTA blesses Houston METRO's civil rights compliance program NS boots up Web site to promote Crescent Corridor, public-private partnerships Four Class Is land on Newsweek's 'greenest' company list Virginia to gain additional Amtrak service along the Northeast Corridor Updates from AECOM, L.B. Foster, Siemens/Bombardier, Mass. Electric Construction and Stantec

September 29

PennDOT completes environmental assessment, prepares stimulus application for Harrisburg-Philadelphia line U.S. high-speed association to host conference in October Minnesota rail alliance to release evaluation of possible Twin Cities-Chicago passenger-rail routes APTA first-half report: Light-rail trips up, heavy- and commuter-rail trips down NS takes wraps off electric locomotive, KCSM takes delivery of 'Repower' units STB calculates rail industry's cost of capital in '08 Soy Transportation Coalition issues report to address rail rates, volumes Tie purchases continued to climb, production continued to drop off in August, RTA says

September 28

Iowa, Illinois DOTs complete environmental assessment for Chicago-Iowa City service Bombardier joint venture obtains $4 billion high-speed rolling stock contract in China CSXI rolls out new international services, KCSM rolls out new container cars St. Louis Metro retains Baer as CEO; WMATA extends GM Catoe's contract STB completes environmental review of Alaska Railroad's northern extension Iowa Pacific Holdings seeks TIGER grants for two short lines Wisconsin doles out $30.5 million for 10 freight-rail projects Updates from Parsons Brinckerhoff, Parsons Transportation Group, Safetran, e-VERIFILE.COM and WAGO

September 25

Northeast, California, Midwest identified as 'best' potential HSR corridors, study says L.A. MTA to seek FFGAs for major subway, light-rail projects AAR weekly report: North American railroads report smaller year-over-year traffic declines BNSF begins to replace Iowa bridge, CN caps off Tennessee yard reconstruction Ohio transit agency and regional win stimulus grants; Connecticut city/port hope to land TIGER grant New York/New Jersey port lands federal transit security grant, caps off freight-rail projects Updates from GE Transportation, Parsons, Vossloh Cogifer/Thales and IONX. Also: In Memoriam - James Lewis Pearsall Jr.

September 24

California High Speed Rail Authority sends stimulus applications to governor for approval Sen. Schumer urges House/Senate conferees to provide $4 billion for HSR in FY10 transportation bill Two associations call on House-Senate conferees to provide $4 billion for HSR in FY10 NTSB addresses concerns about audio-frequency track circuit failures CSXT, Massachusetts hammer out multi-year transportation agreement FTA ponies up $9.9 million more for San Francisco subway project CN boots up new online emission-estimating tool, reaches 19th EJ&E-related mitigation agreement Alaska Railroad lays off 127 workers

September 23

Midwest High Speed Rail Association gears up for annual conference Illinois, Iowa DOTs to release Chicago-to-Iowa City environmental report Four states' TIGER grant-funded projects would yield millions in public benefits, BNSF says VIA Rail to overhaul 78 cars, 21 locomotives UP ranks higher on BusinessWeek's list of top employers for college grads Ontario Northland CEO Carmichael to retire next year BART kicks tires on new text-message service for riders Updates from DAPCO Industries/Simmons Machine Tool, Ansaldo STS USA, FreightCar America, RailComm and Vossloh

September 22

California High Speed Rail Authority recommends projects for Track 2 applications USDOT ponies up $100 million for 43 'green' transit projects FRA provides more than $14 million for seven freight-rail projects UP's Shelton wins IANA's first Chairman's Award KCS, KCSM continue to pursue international bridge, double-track line Latest L.A. MTA poll shows more riders give thumbs up to service performance

September 21

Senate passes FY2010 transportation budget measure D.C. credit council recommends federal loan for S.F. transit center Major U.S. ports' container volume might finish year on high note, 'Port Tracker' predicts Maine DOT seeks TIGER grants for three rail projects Empire Builder trains to add stop in Washington tourist town Updates from Bombardier, e-VERIFILE.COM, ShipXpress and CentrePort Canada

September 18

France's SNCF expresses interest in U.S. high-speed rail development U.S. Class I workforce returns to shrinking ways in August NJ Transit's board advances light-rail extension, awards transit center contract Labor Day clouds year-over-year comparisons of U.S. railroads' weekly carloads Metro-North fare hike in Connecticut postponed until next year, commuter council says Louisiana, Maine to craft long-range rail strategies Balfour Beatty strikes deal to acquire Parsons Brinckerhoff

September 17

Balfour Beatty strikes deal to acquire Parsons Brinckerhoff Several states, municipalities apply for TIGER grants by Tuesday's deadline New York reaches initial agreement on Amtrak station, provides funds for short-line projects NS issues second-annual sustainability report, ranks among top employers for college grads Watco seeks STB approval to launch fourth short line in Idaho Santa Clara VTA takes flood control measures ahead of BART extension Updates from Parsons, L.B. Foster, Siemens Mobility, Transportation Certification Services and Unit Rail

September 16

CREATE, Crescent Corridor PPPs seek TIGER grants Maryland drafts statewide freight plan, seeks TIGER grants for rail projects Ohio rail commission provides dollars, support for freight-rail projects CSXT selects contractor for Alabama bridge alterations Illinois university to provide online training courses for Metra workers Updates from New York Air Brake, Bombardier, RailComm, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Rail Safety Consulting

September 15

Amtrak completes ridership, revenue study for Ohio's 3C Corridor Ohio rail commission to apply for Track 2 stimulus funds for 3C Corridor CN reaches EJ&E-related mitigation agreement with Chicago-area village L.A. MTA seeks public feedback on Crenshaw Corridor plan BNSF kicks tires on fuel optimization system NYCT closes more A Line station platforms for Rockaway Branch program IANA honors REZ-1 for developing online capacity matching tool

September 14

Senate to discuss FY10 transportation bill WMATA advances infrastructure, security improvement projects CN opens new auto compound near Toronto Freight transportation industry can expect slow economic recovery, FTR event stresses BLET members ratify CSXT contract; BMWED federations merge Grade crossing upgrades slated in Illinois, Ohio Updates from Balfour Beatty Rail, Norgren and MTU Detroit Diesel

September 11

USDOT issues maglev grants for projects in Pennsylvania, Georgia/Tennessee Signs of hope in latest North American rail traffic tallies Transportation Services Index increased a tad in July VIA Rail to replace station in Ontario town Santa Clara VTA revises transit service cuts TriMet posts fewer trips in August

September 10

Amtrak to upgrade stations along Ohio's proposed '3C' route Oklahoma DOT seeks feedback on HSR proposal WMATA revises capital improvement priority list Ohio commission to consider several rail projects, one rail-car plant proposal Amtrak, TSA conduct Northeast Corridor security exercise Iowa Interstate expands locomotive fleet, tests bio-diesel blends USDOT, highway administration develop freight management software Updates from Alstom, Skanska, B.H.I.T and MATECH

September 9

APTA's annual meeting to include two HSR sessions Wisconsin to form regional authority for southeastern transit services Metro-North to prepare environmental assessment of new Penn Station services Chemical producer to build tank-car equipping/repair facility in Indiana Boston commuter-rail agency seeks proposals for new diesel-electric locomotives Genesee & Wyoming generates fewer carloads in August

September 8

Netherlands' operator launches HSR service between Amsterdam, Rotterdam Santa Clara VTA amends ATU contract to help cut costs Heavy truck orders reach nine-month high in August, FTR says CTA to complete Dearborn Subway project this year KCS conference sheds light on transload network growth Swaim-Staley to helm Maryland's DOT Updates from Parsons Brinckerhoff, Colo Railroad Builders and LTK Engineering

September 4

UP launches construction on Joliet intermodal terminal North American railroads' weekly carloads reach eight-month high BNSF reassigns Bischler and Piggott to VP posts; dedicates new Montana station Finger Lakes Railway project lands federal grant Canadian, Quebec governments pursue yard revitalization project in Montreal

September 3

Northeast governors renew commitment to, outline plans for HSR development North Carolina DOT submits ARRA applications totaling $92 million Vermont seeks $52 million in ARRA funds for track improvements Illinois commission to discuss Chicago-to-St. Louis corridor Progressive Railroading to boot up HSRupdates.com next week UP's August coal train loadings trail '08 totals Denver's RTD receives first of 55 LRVs for FasTracks program Indiana county obtains federal dollars for NS/industrial park spur BART to cut off-peak service as part of deficit-reduction plan Locomotive production to plummet in 2010, GE says Updates from L.B. Foster, Bombardier, SNCF/Eurotunnel, RailComm and Rosenqvist Rail AB

September 2

Minnesota's Northstar, Oregon's TriMet to launch new services Long Beach port seeks public input on planned on-dock rail facility Sacramento agency hikes fares CG/LA Infrastructure chooses Virginia as year's top 'infrastructure state' Gardner to helm Toldeo's intermodal project

September 1

Pittsburgh port authority to increase service, but not base fares VIA Rail to build station, mainlines in Ontario town FTA doles out major chunk of ARRA transit formula dollars North Carolina DOT, city team up with Class Is to build connector track Updates from AECOM Technology, ShipXpress, Wi-Tronix and EKE-Electronics << Previous Next >>
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