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Rail News: January 2012

January 31

Class Is
KCSM opens new transload center in Mexico Read More »
C&S
Grade separations advance in California, crossing projects advance in Ohio and North Carolina Read More »
Passenger Rail
GO Transit launches service at Allandale Waterfront station Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro's ridership grew 4 percent in 2011 Read More »
Labor
LACMTA OKs targeted hiring program for construction projects Read More »
Labor
18 transportation unions band together to oppose FAA reauthorization bill provisions Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Pershing Square schedules meeting to stress need for CP management changes; CP leaders book road trip to tout progress to investors Read More »
People
Harrell hired as HRT president, CEO Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
AAR to fight truck weight, size provisions in surface transportation bill Read More »

January 30

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Talgo, RailComm and Parsons Brinckerhoff Read More »
Labor
Teamsters ratify CN contract; BLET and UTU advance short-line agreements Read More »
MOW
Tie production and purchases dropped in December, RTA says Read More »
Intermodal
Cleveland port authority awards rail loop contract, notes 2011 traffic gains Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hiawatha ridership reached record level in 2011 Read More »
People
In memoriam: Railway Association of Canada leader, transportation industry champion Cliff Mackay Read More »
Passenger Rail
Florida officials broke ground on SunRail commuter-rail project last week Read More »
Class Is
AAR: Class Is budget record $13 billion for capex, seek more than 15,000 new hires in 2012 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House transportation committee to consider long-term reauthorization measure on Thursday, Mica says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Parsons Brinckerhoff appoints lead estimator for California HSR project Read More »

January 27

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Bombardier, Invensys, Banyan Rail, RMI and PowerRail Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Reading and Northern carried record carloads, expanded operations in 2011 Read More »
Intermodal
Seattle port's container volume exceeded 2 million TEUs for second-straight year Read More »
Passenger Rail
Capitol Corridor posted gains in ridership, revenue and performance in first fiscal quarter Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART approves engineering contract for Transbay Tube upgrades Read More »
Labor
TCU/IAM criticizes FAA bill's rail labor implications; UTU scores organizing win and ratifications Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
LaHood highlights need for young women to study STEM subjects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: More volume gains for U.S. roads in January's third week Read More »

January 26

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from AECOM, Ansaldo, Kelso, Axion, Hanson and MagneMotion Read More »
MOW
P&N corridor reconstruction work to end next month, North Carolina DOT says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Wisconsin DOT seeks public input on site for Milwaukee train maintenance facility Read More »
Passenger Rail
First contracts let on Vancouver's Evergreen Line project Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Watco to serve San Antonio railport Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia lawmakers announce $116 million from feds for Dulles Rail Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP: Revenue and income climb, but so does the operating ratio Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
LaHood proposes streamlining transit funding; business groups petition for transportation funding bill Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Obama reiterates support for HSR in 'blueprint,' but hopes for additional funding remain dim Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California auditor issues recommendations for 'risky' HSR project Read More »

January 25

Passenger Rail
VIA Rail introduces new schedules to attract more passengers Read More »
Intermodal
Georgia ports boosted volume, advanced harbor-deepening project in 2011 Read More »
Passenger Rail
PATH set ridership record in 2011 Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP sets new reportable injury rate record, schedules trackwork in Texas Read More »
Financials
NS boosts capital spending by 12 percent for 2012 Read More »
Class Is
Kinder Morgan, Arch Coal pact could boost exports railed to Gulf Coast Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Obama calls on Congress to fund infrastructure projects; Mica and Boxer respond Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS set several financial records in 4Q Read More »
High-Speed Rail
New APTA report offers rebuttals to anti-HSR rhetoric Read More »

January 24

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from, TUV Rheinland, L.B. Foster, Thales and Wilson & Co. Read More »
MOW
Wisconsin & Southern putting last touches on $17 million project Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX: Munoz becomes COO, Eliasson becomes CFO Read More »
Amtrak
BLET members ratify Amtrak contract Read More »
Passenger Rail
Despite Tropical Storm Irene, Metro-North posted ridership gains in 2011 Read More »
Mechanical
ARCI: Rail-car deliveries up, orders down in 4Q Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS sets several revenue and volume records Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN generates 'best-ever' quarterly revenue, ratchets up income Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX bends, but doesn't break from coal and intermodal sector headwinds Read More »

January 23

Passenger Rail
Connecticut commuter council reports highs, lows of 2011 Read More »
Class Is
CP, CN land long-term potash transportation pacts from Canpotex Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak outlines next phase of Lancaster Station projects Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP, Colorado wheat growers create work group Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain schedules meetings to discuss proposed fare increases Read More »
Intermodal
Indiana's three ports pumped up 2011 volume Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
APTA's Melaniphy calls on Congress to pass multi-year surface transportation bill Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP commits $1 billion to Nebraska infrastructure, makes UPS' peak performance grade Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California governor reiterates support for HSR in 'State of State' address Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Schumer urges Amtrak, FRA, CSX and NYSDOT to sign HSR agreements for Buffalo-Albany segment Read More »

January 20

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from RailComm, R.J. Corman, Bombardier, Cubic, Amsted RPS and Yangtze Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA takes action in response to alleged thefts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Farm2Rail proposes multi-loop rail facility in Minnesota Read More »
People
WTS chapter names Illinois transportation leaders Schneider, Lafleur 'Women of the Year' Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Halliburton to build sand terminal in Colorado industrial park Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT grants target three rail, intermodal research centers Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak service launch in Norfolk moved up to late December Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. roads registered carload gains in week No. 2 Read More »

January 19

Class Is
Illinois kicks off state rail plan development with new website Read More »
C&S
Ohio utilities commission OKs upgrades at three crossings Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minnesota Gov. Dayton's financing proposal includes light-rail funds Read More »
Mechanical
CP opens locomotive 'super shop' in Toronto Read More »
Passenger Rail
Illinois Gov. Quinn announces plans for Rockford-area multi-modal station Read More »
Labor
U.S. Class I workforce shrunk slightly in December Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sen. Boxer calls on Congress to pass a surface transportation bill Read More »
Financials
UP pumped up profits and revenue, drove down operating ratio in 4Q Read More »

January 18

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Faiveley Transport, L.B. Foster, Alstom, Sapa, Oracle and Parson Brinckerhoff Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT provides $77 million in research and education grants, $40.8 million to help upgrade transit in national parks Read More »
Intermodal
Canadian government to help fund Port of Saguenay's rail project Read More »
Intermodal
L.A. port pumped up volume in 2011 Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS double-stack trains begin to traverse 'Heartland Connector' in Ohio Read More »
Passenger Rail
Twin Cities’ Metro Transit, Cleveland’s RTA posted ridership gains in 2011 Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP boosts capital spending budget for 2012 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Chicago Mayor Emanuel opens renovated Grand Avenue station, announces other station projects Read More »

January 17

C&S
CTA enhances 'Train Tracker' service with text messaging Read More »
MOW
Wisconsin grants help fund two freight-rail projects Read More »
MOW
MARTA joins other entities to begin pedestrian bridge project Read More »
MOW
MTA, NYCT complete 'FASTRACK' repair project on Lexington line Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
OmniTRAX short line to serve Mercuria Energy's new crude oil terminal in Texas Read More »
CSX Transportation
Schneider National renews intermodal pact with CSXT Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House Transportation Committee Chair Mica endorses Romney for president Read More »
Intermodal
Long Beach port's container volume lagged in 2011 Read More »
Labor
Three more unions ratify contracts with NCCC Read More »

January 16

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from EMD, Bombardier, CF Rail Services and HiRail Read More »
People
Denver's RTD elects 2012 officers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Chinese university delegation ponders collaboration with TTCI Read More »
Safety
NTSB issues safety recommendations to address rear-end train collision concerns Read More »
Intermodal
In memoriam: Schneider National trailblazer, 'visionary' Don Schneider Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minnesota Gov. Dayton calls on state DOT to form transportation finance advisory group Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak's Boardman responds to Northeast Corridor's expedited environmental review Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS sets volume record at Virginia coal transload facility Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Securing security measures: TSA works to implement standards for U.S. HSR systems Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Eno's Schank weighs in on CHSRA executive shake-up, HSR's near-term future Read More »

January 13

People
VTA names Fabela general counsel Read More »
C&S
Indiana rail working group mulls multiple grade separations, crossing upgrades Read More »
People
IANA, Seattle port elect officers for 2012 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sen. Lautenberg calls on federal geological agency to assess hydraulic fracturing's seismic impacts Read More »
Passenger Rail
Tri-Rail posted 'strong' ridership in 2011, SFRTA says Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA conference highlighted Portland streetcar project Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA's Sarles recommends $1.6 billion operating, $997 million capital budget for FY2013 Read More »
High-Speed Rail
CHSRA CEO van Ark resigns, Chairman Umberg steps down Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North American carloads slipped in week No. 1; GWI's traffic dipped in December Read More »
High-Speed Rail
CHSRA's van Ark resigns, board chairman steps down Read More »
High-Speed Rail
USDOT, environmental quality council to expedite environmental reviews for NEC high-speed project Read More »

January 12

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Gross & Janes, Vossloh, Alstom and L.B. Foster Read More »
Passenger Rail
SFMTA launches escalator rehabilitation program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR issues 2011 edition of statistical reference book Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailAmerica's carloads declined in December, fourth quarter Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Preferred Sands provides unit train service to Pennsylvania; Musket proposes pipeline-by-rail facility in Colorado Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index held steady in November Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA to begin public review period for Regional Connector project's final environmental statement Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Amtrak outlines 2012 priorities Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak outlines infrastructure renewal, fleet and other priorities for 2012 Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California's Harkey calls for halting state debt funds for HSR project; Feinstein calls on governor for 'swift action' to get project on track Read More »

January 11

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from GE, AECOM, OPW Fluid Group and Stantec Read More »
Financials
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association lists top 10 acquisition trends Read More »
People
Marzano becomes Tacoma port's president for 2012 Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet posted double-digit rail ridership gains last month Read More »
Passenger Rail
Riders recommend DART, survey says Read More »
People
STB appoints seven new members to railroad-shipper advisory council Read More »
Class Is
CSX unveils 'Select Sites' to help fast-track industrial development efforts Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
BART's Berryessa extension project 'days away' from receiving federal grant Read More »

January 10

People
Clough re-elected to GCRTA board post Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Patriot Rail donates Mississippi & Skuna Valley for public trail; Iowa Interstate installs Woodward as chief engineer Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS to derive business benefits from 73 new industrial facilities, 27 expanded plants Read More »
Passenger Rail
Alaska Railroad solicits public input on 2012 capital plans Read More »
Mechanical
WMATA completes rail-car inspection Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx approves GO Transit fare increase Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
STB rejects Wisconsin legislators' petition to delay the sale of WSOR to Watco Read More »
MOW
Legislation, PTC and rail safety were hot topics at NRC's annual conference Read More »

January 9

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from RailComm, Greenbrier and Colo Railroad; ALSO, in memoriam: Delta Railroad Construction CEO Larry Laurello Read More »
C&S
Ohio utilities commission OKs crossing upgrades Read More »
Mechanical
Brake-detachment incident prompts WMATA to inspect 464 cars Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North to launch 'quiet cars' in Connecticut Read More »
People
Wade succeeds Silverstein as Alaska Railroad's top business development exec Read More »
Class Is
Dozens of new or expanded manufacturing plants mean more revenue for CSXT Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP has 'clear plan' to lower operating ratio and drive growth, Chairman Cleghorn tells shareholders Read More »
Safety
Harriman and Hammond awards to be 'retired'; rail industry to develop programs that focus on 'best-practice' sharing, AAR spokeswoman says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California governor proposes creating new transportation agency to oversee CHSRA Read More »

January 6

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from ENSCO, OMNI, Amsted RPS, PowerRail, Whitmore, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Flagler Read More »
Class Is
Mining company recognizes UP as 'supplier of the year' Read More »
Passenger Rail
States' 'budget austerity' is the new norm, S&P report says Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA issues record of decision for Crenshaw/LAX light-rail project Read More »
Passenger Rail
SMART, Stacy and Witbeck/Herzog negotiate contract for commuter-rail project's first phase Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North American railroads post traffic gains in 2011 Read More »
Labor
Three unions ratify contracts with NCCC Read More »

January 5

Passenger Rail
DART solicits public opinions on proposed route changes Read More »
People
Former Long Beach port GM McJunkin dies Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink reviews 2011 accomplishments Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
APTA: Congressional inaction on commuter benefits amounts to $550 tax increase for transit riders Read More »
People
Mulvey to serve another stint as STB vice chair Read More »
High-Speed Rail
USDOT awards $186 million for Chicago-St. Louis corridor Read More »
People
Hampton Roads Transit committee recommends Harrell for president, CEO post Read More »
High-Speed Rail
What does 2012 hold for U.S. high-speed rail? Find out in our near-term outlook report Read More »

January 4

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from GE Transportation, Skanska, Thales and Pacific Alaska Read More »
People
Patriot Rail restructures operational management team Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Broe Group acquires more land for Colorado short line-served industrial park Read More »
Financials
MBTA proposes 'significant' fare increases, service cuts to deal with deficit Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA OKs final design stage for Honolulu transit-rail project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP capped off 2011 with strong coal train volume Read More »
MOW
CREATE program posted progress, missed out on TIGER III grant in 2011 Read More »
Safety
FRA proposes changes to passenger train emergency systems Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California HSR review panel recommends halting project Read More »
High-Speed Rail
USDOT awards $186 million for Chicago-St. Louis corridor Read More »

January 3

People
San Diego MTS names Burke chief of police Read More »
C&S
Washington transportation commission helps fund crossing surface work Read More »
Passenger Rail
Twin Cities' Metropolitan Council awards $11.3 million in development grants Read More »
Labor
TCU, IAMAW complete merger Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSXT opens Louisville intermodal terminal Read More »
Intermodal
Texas port to lease land for short line's proposed bulk container terminal Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP board members have not approached Harrison about top post, Chairman Cleghorn says Read More »

January 2

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from American Wera and Hatch Mott MacDonald Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
OmniTRAX's Chicago Rail Link lands liquid asphalt business Read More »
M&A
Five Wisconsin legislators seek delay in Watco's WSOR acquisition Read More »
Class Is
CN merges three U.S. subsidiaries at year's end Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA marks achievements in 2011 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Metra notifies riders of pre-tax transit benefit cuts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S., Canadian carloads climbed by double digits in pre-holiday week Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Illinois DOT to concentrate 2012 high-speed construction on two segments Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Chinese rail crash caused by design flaws, relaxed safety controls, final report says Read More »
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