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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 'Donít 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 Commissionís 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 RailTrendsģ 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

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