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Rail News: November 2011

November 30

Updates from Gross & Janes, Cubic, Bombardier and Birmingham Rail

CSX boots up new-and-improved 'carbon calculator'

WMATA to mark completion of escalator work at two stations

UP wins National Chamber Foundation's award for military hiring efforts

PANYNJ committee picks two firms for agency review

Canadian public transit modes post ridership gain in 2011's first half

Watco to acquire controlling interest in Wisconsin & Southern, operate new Wyoming short line

NCCC, three unions remain on 'cooling off' period clock as extension attempt fails

Milwaukee labor, community groups highlight HSR-related job losses

Indiana high-speed association launches redesigned website

November 29

Ansaldo STS joint venture lands signed contract for Honolulu transit-rail project

TriMet begins solar panel installation on light-rail lines

Amtrak launches Wi-Fi on Capitol Corridor, San Joaquin and Pacific Surfliner

Washington transportation commission to help fund BNSF crossing upgrades

Modesto & Empire Traction turns 100; Arkansas & Missouri turns 25

Metro-North to open new Fairfield Station on New Haven Line

Seattle port sets 2012 budget

FTA signs $900 million agreements for Houston METRO's light-rail expansion

November 28

Updates from ABB, Bombardier, RailComm, Alstom, TUV Rheinland, RailTerm and Hanson

Honolulu transportation authority sets FY2013 budgets, seeks new CEO

Poll shows little support for SMART repeal, business group says

Valley Metro holds hearings on proposed fare increases

STB grants rate relief to Arizona utility, initiates proceeding on BNSF's coal dust practice

VIA Rail posts ridership, revenue gains in third quarter

AAR: More traffic gains for North American railroads last week

BMWED, NCCC propose to extend 'cooling off' period until February

Coming soon: Near-term outlook report on U.S. high-speed rail development

November 23

Fort Worth, TriMet boards elect leaders

Washington state transportation commission OKs funding for crossing upgrades

CTA completes security camera installation on 'L' stops ahead of schedule

DART police building’s LEED certification makes history

Tie purchases and production showed seasonal slips in September, RTA says

Capitol Corridor authority receives grant for standby power units at Amtrak’s Sacramento Valley station

North Carolina DOT to review proposed improvements along NCRR, NS track

STB: U.S. Class I workforce continued to widen in October

November 22

Updates from Wabtec, Brookville, Alstom, Siemens and ACS Transport Solutions

TCU to conduct ratification vote on national agreement

SFRTA to receive $5.7 million TIGGER grant for 'green' Tri-Rail station

TriMet posted ridership gains across all categories last month

TIGER III grant application for intermodal project garners support, Washington state port says

BNSF cites drivers for nine-month revenue, cost increases in SEC filing

STB authorizes new Alaska Railroad line

Ports authority OKs container transfer facility project in Savannah

USDOT obligates funds for projects in California, Michigan

Washington state DOT receives funds to begin King Street Station project

November 21

STB issues final environmental report for R.J. Corman's proposed Pennsylvania project

Valley Metro receives $4 million in TIGGER grants for 'green' projects

FRA develops 'model' state legislation targeting grade crossing safety

October container volume plunged at Long Beach port, climbed at L.A. port

BART adopts 'Buy America' policy

USDOT awards $21 million to Caltrans for passenger-rail projects

Federal bill provision will help advance Detroit's light-rail project, Sen. Levin says

Obama signs bill that will fund public transportation in FY2012

Land management bureau signs off on DesertXpress right of way

November 18

Updates from Alstom, CalAmp, Cummins, International Fuel, dFuzion, HAKS and Hatch Mott MacDonald

CN remains on Dow Jones Sustainability Index

SMART board approves bond funding for commuter-line project

L.A. construction authority, Caltrans OK design for new Gold Line bridge

FTA issues record of decision approving Sound Transit's East Link

AAR weekly report: U.S., Mexican railroads notched volume gains

NCCC reaches tentative agreements with four more unions

House Republicans announce plans for transportation reauthorization bill

Congress approves bill that zeroes out HSR funding in FY2012

USDOT obligates funds to California, Texas

November 17

New York, New Jersey port authority selects HDR for yard rehabilitation project

STB again tops best workplace list for small federal agencies

GCRTA's FY2012 budget includes additional service

D.C.-area airports authority ratifies funding agreement for Dulles extension

CTA OKs 2012 budget, new fare-collection system

NCCC reaches tentative agreement with IBEW

House, Senate negotiators agree to protect state-supported Amtrak routes

MTA updates financial plan, releases final proposed 2012 budget

MnDOT, FRA choose Mississippi River route as preferred St. Paul-to-Chicago HSR alignment

November 16

Updates from GE, Siemens, Cubic Transportation, Neel Co., Spartan Solutions and Alfred Benesch

UP to upgrade Nebraska line segment

NYCT crafts plan to minimize service disruptions during track and signal repairs

Georgia, Maryland ports note volume gains

Montreal's AMT outlines strategic plan for public transit

USDOT: TIGER III grant requests 'far surpass' available funding

Bellevue council approves MOU with Sound Transit

NCCC, three rail labor unions reach tentative agreements

Congressional negotiators eliminate HSR funding for FY2012

CHSRA issues RFQ for Central Valley construction segment

November 15

STB to change procedures for certain Office of Proceedings decisions

North Carolina DOT seeks public input on safety improvements at 18 crossings

BART restructures communications functions

Ohio rail commission OKs two rail projects

Amtrak, Metro-North to resume service on flood-damaged lines

RTD declines to pursue unsolicited proposal for North Metro Rail project

Five Class Is land on G.I. Jobs' list of top military friendly employers

Rep. Gibbs to hold hearing on potential 'fracking' regulations

Michigan DOT issues RFP for Chicago-Detroit planning, environmental work

November 14

Updates from Vossloh, Stella-Jones and Thales

BNSF, Arizona DOT to install warning devices at two crossings

Lytle might succeed Steinke as Long Beach port's executive director

Oregon passenger-rail project moves into EIS phase

STB withdraws Grenada Railway's abandonment proposal, reassigns Marvin to government affairs office

Three congressmen back New England Central's TIGER III grant application

Metra's board adopts 2012 budget and fare increases

LaHood: Agreement reached to fund Phase 2 of Dulles Silver Line Rail project

Sacramento Superior Court rules in favor of CHSRA on 'key' Bay Area-Central Valley issues, but requires further analysis of traffic impacts

Oregon passenger-rail project moves into EIS phase

November 11

Smoking ban to take effect outside Metro-North, LIRR stations

New Iowa Pacific short line seeks to operate New York route; RailAmerica and GWI report October traffic

RTD: Poll indicates residents' support of FasTracks expansion

BNSF to serve crude oil, ethanol terminals; Louisiana & Northwest to serve tie reclamation firm

Missouri to receive $3.6 million for third track on St. Louis Grand Avenue-to-Gratiot corridor

CSX solidifies plan to build intermodal terminal in Florida

Passenger coalition seeks funding approval for Amtrak, high-speed rail

AAR: North American railroads ramped up carloads last week

November 10

Updates from Alstom, Bombardier, Duos Technologies, RMI and Graham-White

CN, Coalspur Mines reach understanding on future export coal moves

Iowa Transportation Commission provides loans, grants for nine rail projects

All three transportation service indices rose 0.9 percent in September, BTS says

New Jersey rail safety committee outlines efforts to reduce crossing fatalities

British Columbia ministry seeks Evergreen Line bids from three short-listed teams

APTA: Voters back transit in Nov. 8 ballot measures

Senate committee unanimously OKs transportation reauthorization bill

November 9

Florida East Coast Railway, Cryo-Trans earn recognition

Capital Metro names Dawson VP of marketing, communications

CN lands on Carbon Disclosure Project's 'leadership index' for third straight year

Indiana Rail Road's carload count reaches 2 million

CTA unveils new rail cars

Colton Crossing grade separation under way in California

AAR: One in five new hires are military vets; WMATA sets vet recruitment event

Mica says he's willing to compromise with Amtrak on NEC high-speed proposal

High-speed rail operations to spike globally in coming years, research institute says

November 8

Updates from Koppers, Alstom, Greenbrier and Deetrak Supply

MBTA completes $22 million modernization of Science Park/West End Station

Canadian government to provide additional funds for grade crossing improvements

GCRTA receives $175,000 grant from Cleveland Foundation

CREATE project completed in southern Chicago suburb

NS notes success with ethanol virtual management and delivery system

VRE achieves record on-time performance; Valley Metro posts ridership high

IANA: Domestic container volumes jump, trailer volumes dip in 3Q

November 7

Metro Transit-St. Louis begins light-rail improvements

Thirty years and counting for Farmrail

Track upgrades completed on VIA Rail's Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto line

UP cranked up coal train loadings in October

STB delays decision on NITL reciprocal switching petition, schedules hearing on Grenada Railway proposal

Sens. Boxer, Inhofe, Baucus and Vitter release surface transportation bill; Boehner calls for linking energy production to infrastructure

PEB releases recommendations for labor agreement

UP unveils employee-designed AutoFlex car

November 4

Updates from Invensys, Ansaldo STS, Siemens, Kelso, Zurich and Roadway Worker Training

Sen. Hoeven urges USDOT to approve North Dakota's TIGER III grant for trackwork

USDOT awards $7.9 million for Washington state station

NS seeks to recruit 500 more workers in 2011

UP only 'revenue adequate' Class I in 2010, STB says

Illinois to provide more funding for two CTA projects

CSX, Florida close on SunRail corridor sale

AAR: U.S. roads' weekly carload average hit three-year high in October

November 3

Operation Lifesaver gives safety education grants, props to several transit agencies

Heavy construction wrapping up on Central Corridor light-rail project

UP part of FRA's award-winning pilot project; UP workers played role in multi-level car design

NCTD receives FTA grant for parking study at Solana Beach station

President Obama promotes ways to help fund, accelerate transportation projects

MTA to purchase 54 cars for Maryland's MARC

Senate appropriations bill includes $15 million for Amtrak tunnel project

Senate approves FY2012 transportation appropriations

Senate appropriations bill includes $15 million for Amtrak tunnel project

USDOT obligates funds to WSDOT for new Tukwila station

November 2

Canadian government tabs Dinning to oversee part of freight-rail service analysis

Amtrak adds free Wi-Fi service to 12 East Coast routes

Melaniphy assumes post as APTA's new president

Inland Illinois port secures TIGER grant for rail/harbor project

BNSF bestows annual short-line awards; Patriot Rail lands transload business; GWI leases NS line

Rhode Island officials to add commuter-rail stop at airport

CN lands supply-chain logistics agreement; CSX unveils iPhone app for shipment services

Government officials laud agreement for Atlanta multi-modal station

Amtrak creates new NEC development division, names Gardner to oversee business line

Senate approves 2012 transportation appropriations

November 1

Updates from Invensys Rail, Thales, FreightCar America, L.B. Foster, RailComm and STV

Genesee & Wyoming sets income, revenue and operating ratio records

Amtrak: No ill effects from renewable biodiesel fuel on Heartland Flyer

EPA grant to help Alabama port authority repower short line's switcher

GCRTA ponders transit management academy

PANYNJ completes rail-car fleet replacement

Pershing Square acquires 12.2 percent stake in CP

Jacksonville port, Texas DOT seek TIGER III grants for rail projects

CHSRA unveils draft business plan

Amtrak creates new NEC development division, names Gardner to oversee new business line; Engel to depart railroad in December

UP cites issues with draft environmental reports for CHSRA's Central Valley segment

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