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Rail News: January 2011

January 31

Rail Industry Trends
Iowa Interstate boosts 2011 capital spending budget Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hampton Roads Transit extends top exec's contract; Pittsburgh port authority elects officers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
EMD lands locomotive orders from Ferromex, Quebec regional Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Tacoma port ramped up intermodal rail business in 2010 Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX double-stack route will create more than 50,000 new jobs, National Gateway partners say Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA completes platform repairs ahead of schedule Read More »
Passenger Rail
Fitch rates Cleveland RTA bonds A+; New York port authority sells bonds Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from, Alstom, L.B. Foster, Environmental Packaging, RailComm and CargoWise Read More »

January 28

Rail Industry Trends
AAR traffic report: Week No. 3 good, but not great, for U.S. roads Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Northeast Corridor hearing highlights need for federal, private investment in high-speed rail Read More »
High-Speed Rail
FRA grants $750,000 to Pennsylvania for Keystone Corridor expansion study Read More »
Passenger Rail
Guelph, CN close agreement on land for new intermodal station Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA elects new board officers; installs Sarles as GM/CEO Read More »
High-Speed Rail
AASHTO report details HSR-related projects launched during past year Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Eurostar attracts more U.S. travelers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSX to remain a 'Climate Corps' participant in 2011 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Vancouver port's 2010 cargo volume climbed to record-setting mark Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak to relocate Denver station during FasTracks-related construction Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Haka to join FEC as EVP, COO Read More »
Passenger Rail
Smith first woman to be elected chair of UTU local Read More »

January 27

Canadian Pacific
CP drives up revenue and income, drives down operating ratio Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS: Double-digit revenue growth, cost control add up to record operating ratio Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx board recommends electrification of two GO Transit corridors Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA's rail ridership up in 2010; Amtrak's 1Q ridership soars in Michigan Read More »
Passenger Rail
Nashville's RTA restructures to pursue regional transportation plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ohio rail commission approves grants for freight-rail projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Automation association forms group to focus on rail industry technologies Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Railinc, Ansaldo, Harsco and HJ Skelton Read More »

January 26

High-Speed Rail
GE Transportation's Simonelli discusses China partnership Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN's 4Q results cap off 'strong performance' for 2010, Mongeau says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Transportation industry reacts to State of the Union address Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS 'profitably grew the business' in 2010, Moorman says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR, Transportation Trades, U.S. Rep. Mica respond to President Obama's State of the Union address Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Congressional hearing to focus on HSR in the Northeast Corridor Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Shuster supports HSR investment, but questions stimulus funding disbursement Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Seattle port set annual volume record in 2010 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Illinois commission to monitor CN's EJ&E-related mitigation pacts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RAC's Lafreniere to head Canadian radio advisory board Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA recognized for budget presentation Read More »

January 25

High-Speed Rail
Infrastructure center report: California transportation leaders stand behind high-speed rail Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX sets operating ratio records on drive to 65 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Alaska Railroad opposes EPA's position on bridge's location Read More »
High-Speed Rail
PB appoints Albright planning manager to oversee California HSR outreach program Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF to serve Bakken Shale railport in North Dakota Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN, wood pulp supply chain partners agree to boost efficiencies Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA schedules more public meetings on Red, Purple line improvements Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP wins Toyota Canada's 'logistics partner' award Read More »
Passenger Rail
UTA launches online tools for riders Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from RailComm, Nordco, INIT, Kinkisharyo and Sodrugestvo Group Read More »

January 24

Rail Industry Trends
CAW, CN reach tentative strike-averting agreements; Ontario Northland, steelworkers reach tentative pacts Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx study recommends electrification of two GO Transit corridors Read More »
Passenger Rail
Texas, USDOT agencies explore commuter-rail connections Read More »
Passenger Rail
'Well-targeted' transportation investments will accelerate economic recovery, Bipartisan Policy Center says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sarles to assume WMATA's top post Read More »
Passenger Rail
Chicago's Metra sets up citizen advisory board; Fort Worth's T elects board officers, members Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Tie production, purchases ended 2010 on a high note, RTA says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Alstom, Axion, GATX, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Michael Baker Read More »

January 21

Passenger Rail
Republican committee members propose to slash transit funding through spending-cut bill Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Republican spending-cut bill unlikely to pass, but still 'worrisome,' says AHSRA's Baker Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Republican committee members propose to slash high-speed, intercity rail funding through spending-cut bill Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. Class I workforce declined in December, STB data shows Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Florida DOT to hold public meeting in Lakeland Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S., Mexican railroads registered carload gains in week No. 2 Read More »
Passenger Rail
California agency OKs Santa Cruz line acquisition from UP Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain foresees budget deficit, major service cuts Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA signs TIGER grant agreements for five transit-rail projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR, APTA praise TTI report on easing highway gridlock Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rosters set for House transportation committee, railroad subcommittee Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FRA issues guidance documents on crossing, station safety Read More »

January 20

High-Speed Rail
CHSRA allocates $30 million in HSR funds to southern California Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP sets income, earnings and operating ratio records Read More »
High-Speed Rail
AECOM names former CHSRA director Barna to lead North American high-speed division Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Free webcast to highlight CSX's sustainability strategy Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Annual ridership up for Amtrak's Cascades Read More »
Passenger Rail
SFMTA's board approves financial plan for Central Subway project Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA gives thumbs up to Honolulu light-rail project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Cleveland port, short line forge business-building agreement Read More »
Passenger Rail
Annual ridership up for Washington's Amtrak Cascades, Twin Cities' Metro Transit Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
California, Minnesota ports pumped up volumes in 2010 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Hatch among keynoters at Railway Interchange 2011 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from GE, RailComm, Invensys, Axion, Parsons, Michael Baker and Gannett Fleming Read More »

January 19

Passenger Rail
Transportation hub project under way in St. Paul Read More »
High-Speed Rail
GE, Chinese railway ministry reaffirm commitment to U.S.-based HSR joint venture Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Minnesota rail alliance brands Rochester-Twin Cities proposed HSR system as Zip Rail Read More »
Passenger Rail
Austin's Capital Metro increases fares, expands MetroRail service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Southern Gateway Project to tackle Memphis area's transportation needs Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
GE, TESSCO team up to offer integrated PTC system for dark territories Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Freight growth on tap for 2011, FTR Associates says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Wisconsin & Southern to reopen paint shop Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak to add quiet car for Keystone Service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rocky Mountaineer workers join Teamsters Canada union Read More »

January 18

Rail Industry Trends
Free webcast to highlight CSX's sustainability strategy Read More »
Passenger Rail
NCTD lowers fares, increases service hours in San Diego area Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NCDOT teams up with NS, NCRR to enhance crossing safety Read More »
Passenger Rail
Twin Cities airport opens new skyway for Hiawatha riders Read More »
Passenger Rail
NCDOT accepting applications for advanced technology grants Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ARRC to solicit public input on capital improvements Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Operation Lifesaver Canada seeks Roger Cyr Award candidates Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RMI honors 2011 'FastTrack' winners Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Alstom, HDR, Cubic/IBM and ALK Technologies Read More »

January 17

High-Speed Rail
Florida DOT official updates state Senate committee members on HSR Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Alstom appoints Mehlman to oversee North American operations Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FRA clears Maine's path to purchase MMA track Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA accelerates schedule for capital improvements Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Washington state port to demo buildings for freight access project Read More »
Passenger Rail
NFTA's board appoints Minkel executive director Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Carriers' conference, unions continue to negotiate national contracts Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA tests 5000-series cars on Yellow, Purple lines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ohio rail commission to consider six freight-rail projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from GE, Siemens, Control Chief, Birmingham Rail and STV/Ralph Whitehead Read More »

January 14

Labor
Canadian Auto Workers union sets strike deadlines for CN, CP Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S., Canadian roads get out of 2011 traffic gate in good shape Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA GM lays out proposed fiscal-year 2012 budget Read More »
Passenger Rail
More commuters riding Nashville's Music City Star Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
L.A. port pumped up volume, broke export record in 2010 Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet's light-, commuter-rail ridership rose in December Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Arch preps for West Coast coal exports; Alderon readies rail capacity for Canadian iron ore project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain's board adds Kniss Read More »

January 13

Passenger Rail
Pittsburgh port authority to trim service 15 percent in March Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Florida business organization to create HSR coalition Read More »
High-Speed Rail
America 2050 aims to clear up report 'misinterpretation' about Florida project ranking Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Allegro service carries 23,000 passengers in first month Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index stood pat in November, BTS says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Alaska Railroad, Sound Transit to host public meetings on rail projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Chicago Transit Authority approves contract for tech support Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailAmerica, Genesee & Wyoming registered traffic gains in December Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BLET members ratify CSXT agreements Read More »
Passenger Rail
Santa Clara VTA's board sports new officers, member Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Bombardier, Voith Turbo, Marlin Technologies, Vinci and TranSystems Read More »

January 12

Rail Industry Trends
STB schedules May hearing to address rail competition concerns Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP budgets about $1 billion for 2011 capital expenditures Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. rail traffic percentage gains reached 22-year highs in 2010 Read More »
Passenger Rail
California's Capitol Corridor ends 2010 with more riders, money Read More »
Passenger Rail
Austin's Capital Metro appoints Clark VP of rail operations Read More »
Passenger Rail
GO Transit begins Pickering bridge construction; Santa Clara VTA awards bridge contract Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ohio utilities commission authorizes two crossing projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Ansaldo, Odyssey Logistics, Knorr-Bremse, Bourque Logistics, Nossaman and Parsons Brinckerhoff Read More »

January 11

High-Speed Rail
America 2050 ranks HSR corridors based on ridership potential Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN to adopt environmentally friendly container chassis Read More »
Passenger Rail
New Jersey unveils five-year transportation improvement plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXT's business development efforts paid off in 2010 Read More »
Passenger Rail
CATS recommends cost-cutting measure for light-rail extension Read More »
Passenger Rail
California transit-rail district to hold contractor symposium for corridor project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ohio DOT approves $2.2 million for GCRTA services Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Patriot Rail assigns six execs to key posts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from RailComm, Wi-Tronix, Axion, Spectrum Infrared, Professional Transportation and Burns White Read More »

January 10

High-Speed Rail
Report says Florida HSR project could be more costly than anticipated, but Florida DOT information shows figures are misleading Read More »
Passenger Rail
House rule change eliminates funding guarantees for public transit projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FRA develops model legislation to improve grade crossing safety Read More »
Passenger Rail
New quiet zone, wayside horns to take effect in Oregon town Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCS forms sales operations group Read More »
Passenger Rail
Zeigler to succeed Morange as head of New York MTA's security Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain phasing out paper 8-ride tickets, monthly pass Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Class 8 truck orders dropped slightly in December, FTR says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Greenbrier, Bombardier, Pacer, Gannett, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Strategic Rail Read More »

January 7

Rail Industry Trends
AAR: North American roads maintained traffic gains at 2010's end Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN, CP remained under grain revenue caps in latest crop year Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Caltrain/CHSRA's Doty to assume high-speed rail position with HNTB Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain moving forward on selecting commuter-rail operator Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA gives go-ahead to L.A. Metro subway extension engineering phase Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Alaska Railroad to seek public input on 2011 capital improvement plans Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Teamsters Canada Rail Conference calls on feds to retain Ontario refinery jobs Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver's RTD board elects officers, seats four new directors for 2011 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Long Beach port turns 100 in June Read More »

January 6

Rail Industry Trends
President Obama reauthorizes diesel-engine emission act Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CREATE partners apply TIGER funds to five projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail Canada invests $923 million in fleet renewal Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Value of goods moving between NAFTA nations soared nearly 15 percent in October Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Oregon port acquires Coos Bay line section from UP Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP to relocate ShipCarsNow to Omaha Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Patriot Rail takes ownership of Weyerhaeuser's six short lines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Bombardier, Colo, Wabtec, Alstom, China Information Technology and Parsons Read More »

January 5

Rail Industry Trends
NS nearly sets coal volume record at Virginia transloading facility Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Mississippi co-op files rate complaints against NS with U.S. court, STB Read More »
Passenger Rail
NYCT begins next phase of $275.5 million line rehab Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Nottingham to succeed Mulvey as STB vice chair; Rubin to succeed Branscum as IANA chair Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Marshall University institute to analyze Appalachian region's intermodal potential Read More »
Passenger Rail
Reconnecting America issues report on transit-oriented development Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Bombardier, KBR, Sam Schwartz Engineering, The Whitmore Group and Invensys Rail Read More »

January 4

Rail Industry Trends
UP closed out 2010 with PRB coal loading boost Read More »
Passenger Rail
Chicago, Boston-area commuter railroads to test 'quiet cars' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Cumber appointed exec VP of Florida East Coast Railway Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
In memoriam: Former Red River Valley & Western President Tom Kotnour Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Texas town to designate five quiet zones Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA reviews major moments of 2010 Read More »
Passenger Rail
'Discover Rail Line Communities' campaign kicks off in Washington State Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Atlantic Track and Turnout, Rail Scale, Balfour Beatty Rail, Hatch Mott MacDonald and Axion Read More »

January 3

High-Speed Rail
Schwarzenegger announces three appointments to CHSRA board before leaving office Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR report: Christmas week another good one for North American roads Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA receives $150 million from FTA for safety repairs Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA to unveil pilot version of online 'Train Tracker' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
California Air Resources Board to help fund switcher particulate filter project in L.A. Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Texas short line to acquire Oklahoma DOT line Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA issues RFP for new fare payment system Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver RTD reviews 2010 milestones Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Iowa Pacific's U.K. short line lands operating license from feds Read More »
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