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Rail News: August 2012

August 31

Rail supplier updates from Invensys, RailComm, Las Vegas Railway and Hatch Mott MacDonald

Amtrak Virginia service to Norfolk to launch Dec. 12

CN solicits help from New Brunswick to preserve service on declining-volume line

Weekly intermodal volume strong in U.S., but carloads still weak

West Virginia officials award contract for NS intermodal terminal

San Diego trolley project reaches milestone

Three senators ask GAO to review rail safety

LaHood calls on states, D.C. to prepare for new transit safety regs

FRA, Virginia rail agency complete final EIS for Richmond-Hampton Roads HSR corridor

August 30

Arkansas rail overpass wins regional AASHTO award

Baltimore port broke cargo volume record in July

Sacramento transit agency adds light-rail service at night

VIA Rail posts declining revenue, ridership for 2Q

Union Pacific to replace collapsed bridge in Chicago suburb

'Early bird' rate still available for fall RailTrends conference

Court ruling prompts Honolulu to halt transit-rail project

Norfolk Southern marks completion of Toledo intermodal terminal upgrades

Denver's RTD OKs short-term plan for FasTracks

August 29

UTU promotes International VP Previsich to assistant president

Costa Rican delegation tours expanding south Florida port

California commission allocates $60 million for Metrolink fleet upgrades

Savage completes BNSF-served crude oil terminal in North Dakota

North Texas transit agencies plan fare adjustments

BTS: Value of freight moved via surface transportation between NAFTA partners jumped in June

Construction to start today on Milpitas light-rail station

GOP platform calls for ending Amtrak subsidy, high-speed rail funding

GOP platform calls for ending Amtrak, high-speed rail funding

August 28

NIT League asks presidential candidates to share views on transportation issues

Cargill to expand Canadian Pacific-served grain facility in Manitoba

New York's MTA submits $65 million in claims for Tropical Storm Irene damage

Alaska Railroad honors employees, architectural firm for freight shed project

PBF Energy to move more crude oil by rail at Delaware refinery; GT Logistics completes rail lines at Texas terminal

Construction under way to restore passenger-rail service in 'Knowledge Corridor'

BART Silicon Valley extension receives $40 million state allocation

Railroads prepare for impending Gulf Coast hurricane

August 27

Rail supplier news from GE, Whitmore, CTC, dFuzion, Crossrail and Cubic (Aug. 27)

Amtrak offers podcast of Texas Eagle route's points of interest

Columbia & Cowlitz Railway workers ratify agreement

Kansas City Southern expands supplier diversity program

Grays Harbor port marks 100,000th export Chrysler vehicle

Oregon DOT soliciting public input on Portland-to-Eugene passenger-rail improvements

FRA proposes state rail plan guidance, roadway worker protection rulemaking

Oregon DOT soliciting public input on Portland-to-Eugene passenger-rail improvements

August 24

Rail supplier updates from RR Mergers, Siemens, Axion, Alternative Motive Power, L.B. Foster, Parsons Brinckerhoff (Aug. 24)

Las Vegas Railway Express picks architect for X Train project

Tampa Port Authority installs Klug as interim chief executive

Sound Transit recognized for environmental excellence

Santrol expands proppant, frac sand terminal roster in Eagle Ford Shale

New York MTA to appeal judge's ruling against payroll mobility tax

USDOT forms Freight Policy Council; LaHood tours Idaho port

AAR: Weekly U.S. traffic held true to recurring carloads down, intermodal up trend

August 23

New York MTA issues initial findings of Second Avenue subway blasting incident

SEPTA hires Bradford as marketing director

Ohio, Washington utilities commissions approve crossing upgrades

Former RailAmerica, Patriot Rail execs form International Rail Partners

Chicago Transit Authority adds service to reduce crowding

North Carolina Railroad eyes infrastructure improvements

Draft environmental report released for Metro Gold Line Foothill light-rail project

Union Pacific brings experimental locomotive to California yard

CHSRA extends comment period for Fresno-Bakersfield environmental document

August 22

Velez joins Kansas City Southern as VP of business solutions, marketing

BNSF budgets more than $150 million for projects in Illinois, Iowa

SEPTA makes key personnel changes

Sound Transit solicits comments on Tacoma Link expansion, receives national award for procurement process

Truss bridge move scheduled for Chicago grade separation project, CREATE partners say

Metra starts reconstruction of Fox River Grove Station, unveils design of Healy Station

President Obama expedites four transportation projects through 'We Can't Wait' initiative

Labor deal enables Pittsburgh port authority to postpone service cuts

August 21

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, Winchester, Ansaldo, Axion, Strato and HNTB (Aug. 21)

Columbia Terminal Railroad to celebrate silver anniversary

Houston's METRO schedules Nov. 6 referendum for mobility program

Union Pacific drops a slot among largest U.S. companies by market capitalization; CSX ranks among top 'socially responsible' stocks

North Carolina DOT, Charlotte seek developer qualifications for Gateway Station area

Rhode Island awarded federal highway grant for Warwick Station, bridge projects

National Grain Car Council to address fall harvest rail needs at September meeting

Port of Vancouver USA to start rail entrance project

August 20

CN, UTU reach tentative agreement covering Illinois Central yardmasters

Union Pacific among American Metals Market's top transportation providers

Virginia port set volume record for third-straight month

Sound Transit breaks ground on Northgate light-rail extension

Americans for Prosperity joins fight against Milwaukee streetcar project

Ontario government reveals next steps of Ontario Northland Transportation divestiture

Transportation choke points could threaten global competitiveness of U.S. soybeans, USB study shows

Obama targets $473 million in unspent 'earmarks' at transportation projects

Romney threatens to eliminate Amtrak subsidy if elected; Eno's Schank weighs in on potential implications

Italy’s Trenitalia unveils mock-up of Bombardier’s new high-speed train

August 17

Rep. Lucas, Farmrail, RailWorks and NRC part of rail project meeting in Oklahoma

Volume climbed for Port Metro Vancouver in first half

Florida East Coast names top executives for All Aboard Florida

Honolulu transit authority to add 800 seats to rail-car fleet

Pennsylvania & Southern eyes growth from leased CSX line; Alabama & Gulf Coast serves new crude oil terminal

Los Angeles transit agency, union reach contract agreement

AAR: Weekly carloads fell for all North American rail sectors

FRA OKs grant to study return of Amtrak route in Alabama

Latest STB data shows U.S. Class I workforce bigger than last year, but smaller than previous month

Florida East Coast names top executives for All Aboard Florida

August 16

DART: Carlson becomes general counsel, Adams joins board

Three TTCI researchers attain honor for wheel rail interface management model

Riverport Railroad, Watco make top management changes

BART adding service to Richmond-Millbrae Line

San Bruno grade separation is nearly half completed, Caltrain says

Ohio utilities commission approves safety upgrades at 14 crossings

L.A.-area ports report mixed container traffic results for July; Seattle port advances corridor preservation plan

TriMet's WES commuter-rail route posted record ridership last month

August 15

Rail supplier updates from L.B. Foster, Vossloh, Nordco, SYSTRA and Jacobs (Aug. 15)

Riverport Railroad, Rescar launch construction on rail-car cleaning facility

Sound Transit awarded $400,000 state grant for energy efficiency projects

CSX Intermodal, EMH&T win engineering excellence award in Ohio for National Gateway terminal

Pennsylvania's updated transportation plan includes transit, freight-rail projects

Chicago Transit Authority posts 16 consecutive months of ridership growth

Canadian Pacific to close intermodal operations at Milwaukee port; city's mayor asks railroad to reconsider

FRA to Congress: Partial, rather than full, PTC implementation is likely by 2015's end

August 14

Railroad supplier news from Wabtec, Siemens, Alion, L.B. Foster and Stella-Jones; Also, in memoriam: Midland's Keith Miller (Aug. 14)

Rep. Westmoreland, CSX and NRC part of Kia plant event in Georgia

Railway Tie Association: Production stabilized, purchases ratcheted up in June

Iowa Pacific Holdings acquires Texas State Railroad

Capital Metro marks milestone with one-millionth rail rider

North Carolina transportation board adopts long-range plan

CN lands Superior Silica contract to move frac sand from new Wisconsin plant

Union Pacific to test locomotive emission-reducing technologies in California, help establish grain facility in Kansas

August 13

North County Transit District makes progress on rail-horn technology project

Shaffer to join Reading and Northern as business development VP

Regional Rail acquires majority stake in Diamondback Signal

Mammoet honors Kansas City Southern's efforts with cross-border transformer move

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signs $1.5 billion transportation funding bill

Georgia Ports Authority commemorates new highway bridge over ICTF tracks

Federal Railroad Administration to host meetings on Northeast Corridor's future

Federal Transit Administration issues 'record of decision' on Los Angeles subway extension

Federal Railroad Administration to host meetings on Northeast Corridor

High-speed rail institute being proposed at UNLV

Georgia DOT issues RFP for Atlanta-Columbus high-speed line

August 10

Railway Supply Institute sells out exhibit space, extends early registration rate for Chicago event

Twin Cities to host key rail conference in 2014

BLET, UTU announce new and ratified agreements

Genesee & Wyoming's Rail Link earns recognition for health, safety

Five iron-ore miners to help CN determine feasibility of iron-ore range line

San Francisco agency's leaders respond to report critical of Muni's 'switchback' use

Two Florida ports advance growth plans to prepare for Panama Canal expansion

AAR on week No. 31: Carloads up in all three North American rail sectors

August 9

June's Transportation Services Index showed slight growth

Chicago Transit Authority amends contract for station improvement project

New Jersey Transit registers improvement in rider satisfaction

Fertilizer producer becomes Stockton Terminal and Eastern's newest customer

Chicago's Metra breaks ground on Cicero Station rehab project

Portland port completes rail yard expansion

Sound Transit begins signal, rail testing on Sounder extension

Kansas City Southern promotes EVP Ebbrecht to COO

August 8

Rail supplier news from Siemens, RailComm, Hub Group, Las Vegas Railway, FreightCar America, Crouch, Gannett Fleming and PTSI (Aug. 8)

New Jersey Transit to make room for more bicycles on trains

Schneider National's intermodal service wins national logistics award in Mexico

Greater Cleveland RTA's Calabrese recognized locally for leadership

Norfolk Southern, Kentucky cabinet forge funding pact for Louisville grade crossing project

Rising natural gas prices a good sign for Class Is - especially CSX, Qineqt says

Capitol Corridor to trim service to address diesel costs

Union Pacific: July coal train loadings were 'strong' in PRB, Colorado/Utah regions

August 7

Utility line relocation to begin on San Francisco's Central Subway tunnel project

Transportation Research Board accepting 'IDEA' proposals for safety, performance

TTS tabs Union Pacific as top rail carrier for 2011

Union Pacific, TriMet and Portland officials collaborate on salmon habitat project

BNSF, Union Pacific budget millions for trackwork in three states

Watco to begin operating Texas short line next month

SEPTA earns APTA's 'gold' recognition for sustainability efforts

Amtrak completes first phases of Seattle maintenance facility, adds motor coach connections in North Carolina

IANA 2Q report: North American intermodal volume climbed, international container total reached four-year high

August 6

Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, L.B. Foster, Bombardier, Alstom, GE Transportation and Pacer (Aug. 6)

North Carolina ports pumped up volume in FY2012

Plains All American Pipeline to build two rail-served oil facilities; Ultra Green Energy opens biodiesel transload terminal

Sound Transit moves buildings to make way for Link light-rail expansion

Senate bill would extend short-line tax credit by two years, ASLRRA says

Caltrain announces federal grant for advanced signal system, sets ridership record in June

MARTA board to discuss post-referendum strategy

FMC study: Rail rate disparities one reason cargo is shifting from U.S. ports to Canadian and Mexican ports

August 3

Rep. Westmoreland to discuss rail's role in Georgia's economy at Kia Motors event

Norfolk Southern joins automotive industry group

New York City officials mark completion of subway station rehab projects

Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett to step down from port authority's board

Pacific Harbor Line among L.A.-area ports' air quality award winners

Deadline extension: LRIW 'Outstanding Woman of the Year' nominations now due Aug. 31

Valley Metro posts 5 percent ridership gain in FY2012

Florida East Coast builds spur, organizes unit trains to deliver aggregate for runway extension

All-time-high weekly volume in July keeps intermodal on record pace in 2012, AAR says

CHSRA, design-build teams to meet with small and disadvantaged businesses

IDOT, FRA seek feedback on Chicago-St. Louis Draft EIS

Parsons Brinckerhoff to provide on-call project management services for Detroit-Chicago rail upgrades

CHSRA board member Burns resigns

Indiana environmental council to host meetings on Chicago-Indianapolis-Cincinnati higher-speed route

August 2

Rail supplier updates from Parsons Brinckerhoff, STV, Harsco, Hub Group and Sam Schwartz (Aug. 2)

South Florida transportation authority names Abrams chair, Barreiro vice chair

Ohio utilities commission approves safety upgrades at nine crossings

North Carolina DOT to host meeting on proposed Raleigh station

Two Norfolk Southern EVPs switch roles; former Kansas City Southern CEO Shoener joins Patriot Rail's board

APM Terminals to build, operate KCSM-served terminal at Mexican port

Richard, Scott and Washington honored as White House transportation 'innovators'

Genesee & Wyoming reports strong 2Q financial results, announces pact with Canadian iron-ore miner

August 1

Union Pacific wins two service awards from Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

Crossing and trespassing safety data reveals 'troubling trend,' Operation Lifesaver says

MTA Metro-North Railroad to refurbish two bridges

Genesee & Wyoming's Australian subsidiary purchases intermodal terminal

MBTA's ridership grew 5.7 percent in FY2012

PANYNJ's ExpressRail posted cargo gain in first half

IANA part of legal brief filing in FMCSA hours-of-service rule case

Atlanta-area voters reject transportation tax

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