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Rail News: September 2011

September 30

Updates from Alstom, Railinc, RAIL.ONE, ROBEL and TC Communications Rep. Higgins calls on FRA to investigate New York crossing 'malfunctions' Patriot Rail boots up revamped website Houston Metro's board approves 'Buy America' proposal for new rail cars Georgia port to expand refrigerated container storage capacity Amtrak San Joaquin corridor sets annual ridership record at 1 million Capital Metro OKs FY2012 budget AAR: U.S. roads' weekly intermodal volume climbed to four-year high Pennsylvania DOT receives Keystone Corridor funds Michigan Lt. Gov. Calley OKs funds for rail project

September 29

Updates from Vossloh, Colo Railroad Builders, PowerRail, Faiveley, ETA and Green Energy Solutions Navistar to take ownership of former National Steel Car plant in Alabama New York MTA begins wireless service at six subway stations Graduate student helps CSX boost sustainability efforts BNSF, UP take home shippers' top 'carrier of the year' awards New Mexico Rail Runner Express considers fare hikes STB to analyze BNSF purchase price's effects on costing system MTC approves $33.1 million in regional funds, $18 million in federal funds for SMART Michigan legislature OKs bill to allow state to collect federal grants for HSR

September 28

Updates from Michael Baker, Sygnet, Bombardier, RSI, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Cubic Transportation MARSH USA's Beardsley receives 2011 David W. Fries Award Sound Transit to mark Tacoma Link service at new station KCS, research foundation gain EPA grant for emission-reduction project Patriot Rail develops transload facility for Louisiana short line Houston Metro's board to consider FY2012 budget BTS: Value of cargo moved between NAFTA nations climbed in July DART's FY2012 budget lays groundwork for rail expansion, cuts 35 employees Oct. 5 webcast: Marketing High-Speed Rail in a Volatile Political Climate USDOT issues $13.6 million to Oregon DOT

September 27

UP: Trackwork under way on Iowa line Alaska Railroad begins to build Tanana River Bridge KCS wins Whirlpool's top railroad honor, launches redesigned website Long Beach port seeks public input on proposed terminal's environmental reports Hampton Roads Transit's Shucet to step down after contract expires LIRR to launch bridge rehab project; Amtrak to replace track in East River tunnels UP intermodal exec Michaels wins IANA's Silver Kingpin Award Metro-North completes flood damage assessment of Port Jervis Line North Carolina, Virginia and Delaware receive high-speed grant awards

September 26

Binder wins TRANSCAER's chairman's award UP to bolster Missouri line Metro-North to test quiet car concept in October Wisconsin DOT to provide grants, loans for six rail projects Work to begin on Miami intermodal station Sound Transit proposes $1 billion budget for FY2012 Draft environmental report out for BNSF's proposed 'green' L.A. terminal; private partners to open 'sustainable' Long Island facility Senate committee approves 2012 transportation funding bill USDOT approves $149.3 million grant award to New York state for Empire Corridor work Report: Federal government should expand its role, employ new policies to create successful HSR systems in U.S.

September 23

Updates from Thales, RailComm and MPL Technology APTA elects executive committee STB to weigh arguments next month in NS tariff dispute Big Sky Rail becomes Saskatchewan's newest short line MTA completes tunneling for first phase of subway project BNSF wins American Honda performance award; UP bolsters track in Colorado LACMTA certifies environmental statement, report for Crenshaw/LAX light-rail project AAR: U.S. roads registered mixed traffic results last week

September 22

Updates from Bombardier, AECOM, Thales, Alstom and New York Air Brake New England Central back to normal post-hurricane Metrolink to designate quiet cars on all weekday trains RTA: Tie production, purchases posted gains in August Transportation coalition stresses job creation in next surface transportation bill Supply-chain collaboration helps CP prep for growth, Green says Illinois senators seek explanation for Metra fare hike, consulting fees AAR's Hamberger joins 10 other CEOs in call for federal tax reforms Senate Appropriations Committee approves amendment to provide limited HSR funding in FY12

September 21

Virginia transportation board seeks public input on next six-year plan Amtrak caps off this season's Chicago-to-St. Louis trackwork CSX wins U.S. Guard and Reserve agency's 'employer support' award for second time LaHood: Twin Cities' light-rail, Union Depot projects put Americans to work UP to add double track on key corridor between Nebraska, Iowa CTA to repair 100 stations by fall 2012 STB report: U.S. Class I workforce exceeded 160,000 in August House proposals to slash transit, eliminate HSR funding would cost 620,000 jobs, APTA says Oct. 5 webcast: 'Marketing High-Speed Rail in a Volatile Political Climate' USDOT issues high-speed program funds for Cascades corridor improvements

September 20

Dyke to serve as Virginia representative on WMATA board VIA Rail finishes Winnipeg Union Station renovation CN, Montreal port partner note supply-chain enhancements GO Transit's McNeil wins Canadian transportation association's 'person of the year' award Transit groups organize 'Don’t X Out Public Transit Day' in response to House-proposed funding cuts British Columbia to help fund Prince Rupert port rail project FTA issues streetcar grant to Charlotte CSX, Tampa port and Kinder Morgan team up on ethanol unit train project American Jobs Act would create thousands of rail and HSR jobs, LaHood says USDOT obligates funds to Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont and Connecticut

September 19

Updates from Alstom, FreightCar America, GE, Timken, TCS, Gannett Fleming and Parsons Brinckerhoff MBTA partners with state, private developer to improve Wonderland Station pedestrian access Iowa Pacific Holdings to upgrade Texas-New Mexico's track, motive power Minnesota rail authority passes 2012 levy to support Northstar Corridor U.S., Canadian politicians praise benefits of government-funded rail projects Container volume plunged at L.A.-area ports last month Mica to address RailTrends® conference in November Congress approves six-month SAFETEA-LU extension USDOT obligates funds for New Haven-Hartford-Springfield project CHSRA appoints Fellenz chief counsel

September 16

Updates from Loram/Tranergy, Ansaldo, Evraz, TranSystems, RS&H and Gulf Intermodal TriMet gained riders in August Ohio rail commission signs off on five rail projects NCTD contracts Herzog to implement PTC on COASTER system CSX joins 'leadership index' for emission-reduction efforts MTA awards Second Avenue Subway station contract USDOT issues rule to improve accessibility at intercity, commuter and high-speed rail stations AAR: U.S. carloads up a smidge in September's first full week FRA issues directives to improve CHSRA's DBE outreach USDOT issues grant funds for Susquehanna River Bridge engineering, environmental work

September 15

Updates from HDR, UGL, GREX, Invensys, Railhead, Brookville and L.B. Foster Minnesota research council joins Soy Transportation Coalition Sound Transit to open new Tacoma station SFMTA to authorize, advance $233.5 million subway tunneling contract Transportation Services Index increased in July Work to begin on NYCT's 7 Subway Line extension NJ Transit issues contracts to replace station roof, bridges and inspection vehicle USDOT disburses $19.4 million for eight rail line program projects Iowa to FRA: Split HSR grant so Illinois can begin Chicago-Quad cities work USDOT issues rule to improve accessibility at high-speed, intercity and commuter-rail stations

September 14

North Carolina DOT pursues more crossing closures SEPTA's Fox Chase station achieves LEED sustainability certification Ohio rail commission to consider rail projects Nashville's Music City Star sets annual ridership record Northern Lines Railway, Watco make management changes Full California Zephyr service to be restored soon BNSF honors truck drivers' contributions, dedicates website to rail advocates House passes short-term extension of surface transportation bill URS to design crossing improvements for Chicago-St. Louis corridor

September 13

Updates from Nomad Digital, Mitsubishi, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Encon Solutions, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin and Barnhart Crane Metra seeks public input on proposed schedule changes CenterPoint Properties attains IANA's 'intermodal achievement' honor Daily 'Clipper' card usage surpasses the half-million mark, MTC says Volume up for Genesee & Wyoming, down for RailAmerica in August Metro-North provides bus service for Port Jervis Line riders New England Central closer to restoring hurricane-damaged network BNSF tops military magazine's best veteran employers list Massachusetts DOT receives HSIPR funds for South Station expansion project Canadian Parliament member urges government to invest in HSR

September 12

Updates from Pacer, STV Group, Bombardier, Siemens, Axion and R.J. Corman CHEMTREC celebrates 40th anniversary in September SEPTA completes renovations at historic Chestnut Hill station UP combats wildfires, lingering drought conditions in Texas UTU, TRRA receive federal grant for rail security initiative Byford to become Toronto Transit Commission’s new COO NS holds sustainability symposium with GE; Dow Jones selects CSX for sustainability indices Texas' TRE, Maryland's MTA to launch station construction work Obama calls for more investment in high-speed rail Peer review panel 'satisfied' with CHSRA ridership model CHSRA appoints Simmens to oversee communications, outreach

September 9

EGT to build BNSF-served unit train loading facility in Montana WMATA to step up, outsource escalator repairs Cimarron Valley Railroad to replace six wildfire-damaged bridges MassDOT names Fox new manager of South Coast Rail project NS files objection to OSHA dismissal finding, faces traffic delays from eastern floods SFMTA, local leaders mark $20 million from feds for Central Subway AAR: August, 35th week were tough traffic periods for U.S. roads House transportation budget proposal would eliminate state-supported Amtrak service USDOT obligates $5 million for Northern Lights high-speed rail project

September 8

Updates from Railhead, Siemens, Alstom, Invensys, Wabtec, RailComm and Transportation Services NASSTRAC elects Wenzinger to executive committee Rickel to become Louisville & Indiana's first VP Pennsylvania authority receives remainder of TIGER II grant for rail upgrades SFRTA, MDT launch regional monthly pass NS making strides with emission reduction goals, annual sustainability report shows Metro-North assesses hurricane damage to Port Jervis Line; MTA reopens Cortlandt Street station Early rate for RailTrends® conference expires tomorrow UP's SPRB coal train loadings reached two-year high in August House transportation budget plan would eliminate HSIPR, state-supported Amtrak service Invensys Rail installs signaling system on Turkey's new HSR line

September 7

LaHood to provide keynote at NIT League's TransComp conference in November Caltrain swears in Nolan as newest board member Long Beach port buys new HQ building, renews Toyota lease Australia's QR National to build rail line for new export coal terminal Santa Clara VTA contracts firm to build Fremont grade separation UP's Brandl a 'woman worth watching,' diversity journal says Eleven unions headed for PEB resolution to national contract disputes

September 6

Updates from Bombardier, Kinetic Traction, HDR and Hardesty & Hanover Lario Logistics to open BNSF-served rail hub in Bakken by month's end KCS takes stock of MOW work in three states Genesee & Wyoming completes Arizona Eastern acquisition TriMet marks 25 years of MAX light-rail service FTA OKs Minneapolis LRT corridor's engineering phase UTU members ratify national contract Oct. 5 webcast: Marketing the HSR message FRA close to obligating $5 million for Minnesota's Northern Lights Express NLX alliance moves forward with Minneapolis-Duluth-Superior high-speed rail plans

September 2

UP to bolster Wyoming line Three Pacific Northwest ports make headway with joint air-quality goals MTA receives $295 million federal grant to improve Harold Interlocking Ohio commission approves crossing upgrade U.S. mayors echo Obama's call for SAFETEA-LU extension FTA approves release of environmental document for LACMTA's Crenshaw/LAX corridor AAR weekly report: U.S. traffic tallies tumbled in week No. 34 Caltrain board OKs TransitAmerica as new operator USDOT obligates $15 million to Texas for HSR environmental, engineering work

September 1

Updates from Amsted, AECOM, TCS, Tranergy, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Gulf Intermodal STB's rail energy transportation committee schedules September meeting Vermont Rail System restores freight, Amtrak service after hit from Hurricane Irene Florida East Coast earns American Honda's 'performance excellence' award BART names Crunican new GM Amtrak to step up security measures for 9/11 anniversary USDOT provides $1 billion for Denver RTD's Eagle P3 commuter-rail project Obama calls on Congress to pass new surface transportation funding measure Obama calls on Congress to pass new surface transportation funding measure << Previous Next >>
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