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Rail News: January 2013

January 31

Rail supplier updates from RTS Holdings, Siemens, Eurotech, Bombardier, BMT and Georgetown Rail (Jan .31)

North Carolina Railroad, DOT announce appointments

Carload Express begins to restore Ohio route for new short line

Teamsters Canada MOW division members ratify Canadian Pacific contract

FTA streamlines transit project environmental paperwork

Despite Hurricane Sandy, Metro-North posted slight ridership gain in 2012

ASLRRA leader Timmons to retire by August's end

CTA set ridership records in 2012

January 30

Rail supplier updates from Koppers, Bombardier, Alstom, Siemens, IDS and TranSystems

NAPTA names O'Brien Primmer next chair

Georgia, Washington ports pumped up volumes in December

CN, port authority project in Prince Rupert won't greatly impact the environment, minister says

The T seeks public input on proposed TEX Rail changes

New Mexico's Rio Metro seeks proposals for commuter-rail operation, maintenance

Eighty-Eight Oil to build BNSF-served unit train facility at Wyoming hub

FRA extends comment period for proposed PTC rulemaking

January 29

Wisconsin provides grants for two freight-rail projects

New Orleans opens Loyola Avenue streetcar line

LIRR posted slight ridership gain in 2012 despite Hurricane Sandy

Union Pacific set safety record in 2012

Norfolk Southern breaks down $2 billion capex budget for 2013

Canadian Pacific made some strides along 'transformational journey' in 4Q

South Florida transportation authority to take over rail corridor operation from CSXT

Senate passes $50.7 billion Hurricane Sandy relief bill; PATH and NJ Transit continue to restore services

LaHood won't serve a second term as transportation secretary

January 28

WMATA provided 779,000 rides for Obama inauguration, APTA says

Global Partners to acquire BNSF-served crude oil transload facility in Oregon

California High-Speed Rail Authority awards project oversight contract

Kansas City Southern arm to move more vehicles from Mexican port

Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit to receive $12.5 million in state funds for airport extension

Capitol Corridor ridership dipped, revenue rose in December and first fiscal quarter

Texas-New Mexico Railroad operates first crude oil unit train

CSX to build intermodal terminal in Quebec

January 25

Virginia transportation officials schedule public meeting to address high-speed rail plan

Rail-car orders, deliveries dipped in 4Q, ARCI says

Wisconsin, Maryland officials seek new revenue sources for transportation projects

AAR: Carloads down in U.S., up in Canada and Mexico in week No. 3

WMATA drafts 'Momentum' plan to define transit system's future

CSX opens double-stack route in New England; Union Pacific upgrades Oregon line

Caltrans to unveil draft rail plan that incorporates California's high-speed project

Alabama port authority advances intermodal facility; Canadian government helps fund Vancouver port project

January 24

Rail supplier updates from Vossloh, L.B. Foster, GE Transportation and TranSystems (Jan. 24)

Florida East Coast Railway tabs Chinnici to head engineering, purchasing

Minnesota Gov. Dayton proposes dedicated sales tax for transit funding

Norfolk Southern installs Hall as VP of intermodal operations, gains approval to upgrade crossings in Ohio

SEPTA schedules meetings on Norristown high-speed line, releases sustainability report

Capex: CSX's budget set at $2.3 billion, UP's at $3.6 billion for 2013

Virginia governor recommends $1 billion for rail, transit

Union Pacific set four financial records in 4Q, including a 67 OR

January 23

UP's Young to be inducted into Omaha Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame

King joins R. J. Corman as president

AREMA accepting scholarship applications, announces architectural design competition

Metro Transit to review transit options for Midtown Corridor

House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee vice chairs, ranking members named

CSX financial results reflect soft coal market

CN: 'Solid execution' leads to record revenue, volume

Norfolk Southern financial results impacted by declining coal shipments; plans $2 billion in capital improvements in 2013

January 22

MTA, Metro-North ready for Grand Central's centennial celebration

Canada's Operation Lifesaver seeks Roger Cyr Award nominees

Valley Metro to raise fares on March 1

RTD Denver to host bridge-lighting event on West Rail Line

NS opens Crescent Corridor facility in Pennsylvania

Honolulu rail project's delay costs coming in lower than budgeted

CSX to expand River Line capacity

KCS registers record volume, revenue for fourth quarter and full year

January 21

Santa Clara VTA's board elects chairman, vice chairman

STB: U.S. Class I workforce remained mostly level in late 2012

WMATA awards $151 million contract for escalator work

Greater Cleveland RTA posts ridership gain in 2012

U.S. port capacity continues to slip behind global competitors, Building America's Future says

USDOT announces $25 million TIGER grant for Detroit streetcar project

FRA data shows rail industry had safest-ever year in 2012; NTSB data shows transportation deaths declined in 2011

BNSF budgets record $4.1 billion for capex in 2013

January 18

Rail supplier updates from GE and Alstom (Jan. 18)

National Safety Council honors WMATA's Sarles for safety leadership

Operation Lifesaver elects Stayton chair, adds Hanson and Brewin to board

Crossing upgrades advance in North Carolina, Washington

AAR: More mixed traffic results for U.S., Canadian roads

CN to build intermodal ramp at Chicago-area yard

RTA approves $3.7 billion budget for CTA, Metra and Pace

Florida port breaks ground for container transfer facility

January 17

BNSF, other Class Is help Red Cross return emergency response vehicles to home states

Annual port volumes: Up in South Carolina, slightly down in Long Beach

MassDOT outlines proposed rail projects in 10-year plan

Name set for NS' soon-to-be-built intermodal terminal in West Virginia

Shuster names House transportation subcommittee chairs

CN, Indiana Rail Road to launch intermodal service targeting Asian traffic

Amtrak, California high-speed authority to announce plans for next-generation trainsets; Amtrak to expand Lancaster Station project

APTA, AASHTO leaders outline legislative and strategic priorities

January 16

Rail supplier updates from BNSF Logistics, RailComm, Railinc and Bombardier (Jan. 16)

Chilean blueberries to be imported through Georgia port

NCTD advances PTC installation on Coaster system

Genesee & Wyoming, RailAmerica report traffic declines for December

Metro Transit ridership tops 81 million in 2012

L.A. port breaks ground on yard project, reports year-end volumes

House passes Hurricane Sandy relief bill

BNSF to voluntarily revise on-the-job injury policies per OSHA pact

January 15

IANA installs Union Pacific's Michaels as chair, elects officers

MBTA conductors to receive real-time service information on mobile devices

BART's 2012 rider satisfaction ratings improve over 2010, survey shows

Colorado university collaborates with TTCI to launch railroad engineering master's program

Rockefeller won't seek re-election next year

Canadian Pacific opens new intermodal terminal in Saskatchewan

APTA survey: Majority of Americans support public transportation

Massachusetts officials outline 10-year transportation investment plan

January 14

Metrolink elects Morris chairman to succeed Katz

FTA awards $7 million in transit workforce development funds

Koch Industries seeks STB approval to acquire Texas South-Eastern

TriMet to raise parkway grade as part of Portland-Milwaukie light-rail project

KCS boots up online tool to help boost cross-border business

CSX installs two intermodal execs, reassigns another

Hurricane Sandy update: NJ Transit fully restores rail service into New York City

Virginia port hit second-highest volume level in 2012; Indiana port has new leader

January 11

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, Freightcar America, Axion Power, Teknoware and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Jan. 11)

TTCI earns ASCE honor for work on Hybrid Composite Beam

Texas State Railroad tests connection to Union Pacific line

New York City Transit's FASTRACK repair program to cover more lines in 2013

San Diego transit system launches low-floor trolley service on Orange Line

PATH resumes round-the-clock service in some locations

AAR: U.S. rail traffic still sluggish in 2013's first week

CN opens new intermodal terminal near Calgary

January 10

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, Parallel Infrastructure and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Jan. 10)

Ohio utilities commission advances three crossing projects; Kentucky city schedules crossing closure

Jacksonville port joins 'responsible transportation' coalition; Tacoma port installs Meyer as president

Transportation systems should be self-sustaining, Reason Foundation says

FTA unveils changes to New Starts/Small Starts program

Transportation Services Index increased in November

Amtrak's 2013 agenda features infrastructure, equipment and high-speed upgrades

Virginia Gov. McDonnell proposes transportation funding overhaul, gas tax elimination

January 9

Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, AXION, CANARAIL, Greenbrier and GE (Jan. 9)

BNSF Logistics acquires Canadian shipping firm Albacor

Anacostia Rail makes management changes at two short lines

Santa Clara VTA marks 25 years of light-rail service

Trucking index reflects improved market conditions, FTR says

STB to consider Tongue River's supplemental coal line application

Global Partners, Canadian Pacific to transport Bakken crude for Phillips 66

New York, Susquehanna & Western, Massena Terminal Railway receive state funds for freight-rail projects

January 8

Railway Interchange 2013 opens registration, hotel reservation processes

Farmrail set traffic record in 2012

Metro-North Railroad reaches 30-year milestone

Tri-Rail ridership neared record level in 2012

CSX a 'socially responsible' stock, Dividend Channel says

Amtrak expands Acela Express high-speed service

RTA: Short-line tax credit extension means more tie demand in 2013

CSX scores strong industrial development results in 2012

USDOT commits $135 million to Sacramento light-rail expansion

January 7

Rail supplier updates from AECOM, R&R Contracting, Balfour Beatty, Invensys, FreightCar America and Hollysys (Jan. 7)

PATCO makes quiet cars permanent

Anderton assumes assistant director post at Port Everglades

Washington transportation commission, Montana DOT pursue crossing projects

Valley Metro to kick off Northwest light-rail construction

Begeman succeeds Mulvey as STB's vice chair

Federal judge rules Honolulu transit-rail project can advance after downtown studies are completed

Norfolk Southern's industrial development efforts paid off in 2012

January 4

Rail supplier updates from CalAmp, Siemens, Ansaldo, PowerRail and Bentley Systems (Jan. 4)

Sidman becomes Anacostia Rail Holdings' first general counsel

WMATA approves transit-oriented development agreement for New Carrollton station

Penn State researchers seek ways to to prolong battery life for NS' electric locomotive

Caltrain elects officers, notes November ridership gain

Amtrak appoints El-Sibaie, McDonough to senior operations posts

Pioneer Railcorp acquires Maumee & Western line in Indiana, Ohio

U.S. railroads capped off an up-and-down traffic year in 2012

January 3

UTU reassigns, appoints several officers

Senate confirms two Amtrak board members

Valley Metro names internship in honor of Glendale Mayor Scruggs

MasterCard passes Union Pacific at No. 47 on S&P 500 large cap list

Massachusetts DOT awards $43 million contract for Green Line light-rail extension

Union Pacific: December coal train loadings lagged in Power River Basin, rose in two-state region

APTA: Fiscal-cliff bill includes transit tax benefits

Short-line tax credit extended through 2013

January 2

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier and Ansaldo STS (Jan. 2)

BART elects president and VP, adds new board members

FRA provides $2.4 million grant for new rail bridge in Pennsylvania

Watco to acquire Ann Arbor Railroad; San Pedro & Southwestern sets safety record

Oregon DOT to host January open houses for Eugene-Portland passenger-rail project

CN: EJ&E and Wisconsin Central merger complete, tentative electrical workers pact in place

Eleventh-hour agreement averted port strike on East, Gulf coasts last week

Reports: Congress to adjourn without vote on Hurricane Sandy relief

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