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Rail News: December 2010

December 30

TIGER grants on way to Alabama, Tennessee for NS terminals

USDOT obligates nearly $2.3 billion in HSR funds for California

Keewatin Railway completes Canadian government-funded projects

Virginia-North Carolina HSR compact to meet next week

Port Metro Vancouver lists 2010 accomplishments

Missouri DOT seeks public input on state's rail plan

Unions seek workable hours-of-service revision act

RAC: 2010 a good year for Canadian roads after a trying 2009

Soy Transportation Coalition elects new officers

S.F. Bay fare-payment card sets usage record

December 29

RTA: Tie purchases climbed, production tumbled in November

UTU, Florida East Coast reach tentative agreements

Colorado awards $21 million for state, regional transit projects

Caltrain stresses safety projects in 2010

FTA awards $1.8 million for K.C.-area transit study

RRIF loan application in flux, ACTA says

Watco assigns GMs to four short lines

Updates from TranSystems/Hill International, Koppers, Alstom and Thales/Dimetronic

December 28

Railroad Day on Capitol Hill rescheduled for July 2011

FTA advances $182.4 million in New Starts funds for seven transit projects

USDOT releases TIGER grant for Colton Crossing project

Caltrain to raise fares, cut four midday trains

STB decision green lights Maine's plan to purchase Montreal, Maine & Atlantic lines

Schlosser to succeed George as Fort Worth & Western's CEO

CTA continues to test 10 prototype rail cars

Puget Sound Energy finalizes acquisition of easement rights along port's rail corridor

December 23

Illinois DOT, FRA, railroads sign HSR agreement for Chicago-St. Louis corridor

Congress approves short-term funding, extends SAFETEA-LU

AAR weekly report: Intermodal loads bear brunt of latest gains

Washington state DOT to acquire more hoppers for Grain Train

L.A. Metro lands grants to fund Van Nuys corridor study, transit-forecasting projects

New York City Transit activates 'countdown clocks' at 100 stations

Amtrak marks Acela Express' 10th year

AAR issues latest edition of statistical reference guide

Updates from L.B. Foster, Siemens, Bombardier, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Harsco

December 22

CN negotiates 26th Chicago-area mitigation pact, receives STB fine for reporting violations

FTA issues $25.7 million in transit planning grants

President Obama to consider emissions reduction reauthorization measure

TriMet lands TIGGER grant for regenerative braking initiative

Sen. Udall calls on DHS' Napolitano to consider TTCI's security contributions

Cleveland RTA lands $1.2 million in local grants

Ohio commission approves warning device upgrades at 13 crossings

Updates from GE, RMI, Siemens, Bombardier and Automotive Resources

December 21

CHSRA to extend Central Valley construction to Bakersfield

Amtrak marks 10 years of Acela service

Virginia, NS agreement sets stage for restarting Norfolk passenger-rail service

CN caps off first EJ&E-related rail connection

Metra completes first round of emission testing

Watco acquires Gulf Coast industrial park

Obama tabs Begeman for STB post

San Francisco agency plans new fare kiosks

Amtrak adds northeast weekend service

Rain-damaged QNS&L Railway line remains out of service

December 20

Enacted tax relief bill extends short-line tax credit, two transit tax provisions

Wisconsin mayor won't give up on high-speed rail

Sound Transit adopts 2011 budget, eyes expansion

DesertXpress President Stone retires

Houston METRO settles rail-car contracts with CAF USA

Iowa Interstate to build locomotive servicing shop next year

USDOT issues TIGER grant for Boston-area station upgrades

WMATA, tri-state committee agree on safety oversight

Pierce wins another four-year term as BLET national president

Updates from L.B. Foster/Portec Rail, Progress Rail, Ansaldo STS, Norgren and Gannett Fleming

December 17

Virtual locomotive, car conference & expo coming in 2011

U.S. Class I workforce swelled in every segment last month, STB data shows

AAR: North American roads registered more traffic gains in 49th week

FTA to grant Houston METRO $50 million for light-rail lines

USDOT, Ohio finalize TIGER grant pact for National Gateway corridor

Sonoma-Marin agency awards DMU contract to Sumitomo/Nippon Sharyo

L.A. Metro survey shows most riders are satisfied

UP opens new yard office in Iowa

Maine DOT seeks short line to operate former MMA lines

Smith to chair VIA Rail board; Franklin, McPartland to lead BART board

December 16

Connecticut DOT delays revenue service for M-8 cars to continue tests

Kinder Morgan agrees to invest millions in Watco

USDOT unveils new 'Buy America' webpage

MTA boosts use of minority-, women-owned firms for bond financing

Center releases guidebook on transit-oriented development typology

Ohio commission approves four crossing upgrade projects

Updates from Alstom, Rail Safety Consulting, Quintiq and Harsco

December 15

APTA: Public transportation use slipped slightly in 3Q

AHSRA meets with USDOT officials, reviews high-speed program and financing opportunities

USDOT unveils new 'Buy America' webpage

State funding means Pittsburgh port authority workforce, service cuts won't be as deep

Alstom to build high-speed trains for Morocco's ONCF

ProLogis: Container traffic market share shift could benefit NS, CSX

Russian Railways launches high-speed line to Finland

Iowa commission OKs $7.5 million in rail project grants

Parsons Brinckerhoff names Fothergill to oversee project controls, reporting for California HSR project

UP joins environmental management group

Iowa Northern workers ratify agreement

Updates from L.B. Foster/Portec, RailComm, Railhead, Jacobs Engineering, Cubic and Nomad Digital

December 14

New York MTA receives high marks in first agency-wide customer satisfaction survey

Watco wins grain transportation contract in Australia

Caltrain to pilot weekend express service

North Carolina DOT caps off crossing work, christens Amtrak locomotives

NYCT renovates Jay Street station, offers new R line transfer

Genesee & Wyoming commissions second GenSet for Buffalo & Pittsburgh

RailAmerica registered more carloads in November

Updates from ARI, Bombardier, Wabtec and HDR

December 13

Illinois DOT chooses Chicago/Rockford Amtrak route

APTA: House passes continuing resolution; Senate to vote on commuter benefit tax credit

KCS creates international rail operations support team

Virginia proposes $4 billion transportation spending plan for next three years

North Carolina Railroad preps for faster trains in Kinston

Genesee & Wyoming's carloads climbed in November

December 10

Wisconsin Governor-elect Walker would consider support for freight-rail projects

The HSR funding redirection in context

AAR: Seven U.S. traffic segments posted double-digit gains last week

Phoenix-area government association approves streetcar plan

Rail labor unions oppose BNSF/Ferromex petition to inspect, test trains in Mexico

Ohio commission green lights eight crossing upgrades

Orange County Transportation Authority advances projects totaling $525 million in 2010

FECR promotes Stevens to VP-engineering post

Updates from Koppers/Portec Rail/L.B. Foster, Greenbrier and Kinkisharyo

December 9

Twin Cities council awards contract for Central Corridor operations/maintenance facility

U.S. DOT to redirect high-speed stimulus funds intended for Wisconsin, Ohio to other states

TSI remained on uptick in October, BTS says

Next World Congress on High Speed Rail to be held in D.C.

MBTA extends service to Rhode Island's T.F. Green station

Bay Coast Railroad's barge service to resume next week in Virginia

Capitol Corridor ridership jumped 10 percent in November

Mica fills chairman's seat on House T&I committee

Updates from Axion International, RailComm, Thales and Timken

December 8

PennDOT purchases site for new Middletown station

Strickland makes case for continuing 3C project to Ohio Governor-elect Kasich

New York/New Jersey port authority green lights $7.2 billion spending plan for 2011

Mica becomes chairman of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

ASLRRA: White House/Congress 'framework' deal might extend short-line tax credit

Santa Clara VTA seeks input on environmental report for BART extension

Watco makes five management appointments

Rickershauser joins OmniTRAX's advisory board

Updates from Amsted Rail, Invensys Rail, Interfleet Technology and J. B. Hunt Transport

December 7

AAR: November the 11th straight month with year-over-year traffic gains

GE, CSR establish joint venture to develop high-speed equipment in the U.S.

Amtrak's Wilmington Station reopens for service

Alstom, Bombardier ink partnership agreements with Chinese railway ministry

MTA awards contract under small-business program

UP's PRB coal train loadings climbed in November

Illinois commission OKs bridge, grade crossing projects

UP to boost train speed on Wisconsin line

Updates from FreightCar America, Railmark Holdings and Rogers Corp.

December 6

DART launches Green Line service

Delaware DOT receives HSIPR grant for feasibility study

San Francisco MTA advances streetcar rehab, completes canopy

Virginia, North Carolina business representatives, planners discuss HSR's importance to the region

FECR sets failure-free service record for UPS

KCSM, Mexican university team up to develop geo-mapping system

Hawaii analyzes financial impact of Honolulu light-rail project

Class 8 truck orders reached four-year high in November

Unemployment rate nudged up in November

December 3

CHSRA approves construction starting point

President's deficit commission recommends gas tax hike to fund transportation improvements

Thanksgiving doesn't weigh down U.S. roads' weekly volume, AAR says

Pennsylvania governor proposes additional funds for Pittsburgh port authority

WMATA seeks to reprogram dollars for safety measures, award track circuit replacement contract

Seattle port sets 2011 budget, prioritizes rail projects

NITL elects Bunch as chairman, shuffles executive commitee

Updates from Progress Rail, MTU Detroit Diesel, Bombardier, Siemens, Thales and Encore Rail Systems

December 2

Transport Canada seeks industry input on proposed locomotive emission regulations

California congressman opposes CHSRA's choice for first HSR construction segment

Global passenger rail-car market to grow rapidly during next five years, Lucintel says

Global passenger rail-car market to grow rapidly during next five years, Lucintel says

USDOT to help fund biofuel, biodegradable lubricant research

URS, Mott MacDonald and Grimshaw obtain engineering contract for U.K. high-speed system

Railroad Research Foundation obtains USDOT grant for TIH routing tool

USDOT issues TIGER grant for Kentucky portion of R.J. Corman project

Patriot Rail to serve P&N for North Carolina DOT

Rail Europe adds Amtrak tool to online training course

December 1

Value of goods moving between NAFTA nations soared in September

Genesee & Wyoming acquires Australia's FreightLink

Metrolink to unveil new rail cars

RTA report: Tie production climbed, purchases plummeted in October

BART's SFO ridership spikes over Thanksgiving weekend

North Carolina Railroad, Operation Lifesaver launch billboard campaign

Cowen, Deitchman join Operation Lifesaver's board

Updates from Kinkisharyo International, Marsh, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Peab

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