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Rail News: January 2013

January 31

Rail supplier updates from RTS Holdings, Siemens, Eurotech, Bombardier, BMT and Georgetown Rail (Jan .31) North Carolina Railroad, DOT announce appointments Carload Express begins to restore Ohio route for new short line Teamsters Canada MOW division members ratify Canadian Pacific contract FTA streamlines transit project environmental paperwork Despite Hurricane Sandy, Metro-North posted slight ridership gain in 2012 ASLRRA leader Timmons to retire by August's end CTA set ridership records in 2012

January 30

Rail supplier updates from Koppers, Bombardier, Alstom, Siemens, IDS and TranSystems NAPTA names O'Brien Primmer next chair Georgia, Washington ports pumped up volumes in December CN, port authority project in Prince Rupert won't greatly impact the environment, minister says The T seeks public input on proposed TEX Rail changes New Mexico's Rio Metro seeks proposals for commuter-rail operation, maintenance Eighty-Eight Oil to build BNSF-served unit train facility at Wyoming hub FRA extends comment period for proposed PTC rulemaking

January 29

Wisconsin provides grants for two freight-rail projects New Orleans opens Loyola Avenue streetcar line LIRR posted slight ridership gain in 2012 despite Hurricane Sandy Union Pacific set safety record in 2012 Norfolk Southern breaks down $2 billion capex budget for 2013 Canadian Pacific made some strides along 'transformational journey' in 4Q South Florida transportation authority to take over rail corridor operation from CSXT Senate passes $50.7 billion Hurricane Sandy relief bill; PATH and NJ Transit continue to restore services LaHood won't serve a second term as transportation secretary

January 28

WMATA provided 779,000 rides for Obama inauguration, APTA says Global Partners to acquire BNSF-served crude oil transload facility in Oregon California High-Speed Rail Authority awards project oversight contract Kansas City Southern arm to move more vehicles from Mexican port Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit to receive $12.5 million in state funds for airport extension Capitol Corridor ridership dipped, revenue rose in December and first fiscal quarter Texas-New Mexico Railroad operates first crude oil unit train CSX to build intermodal terminal in Quebec

January 25

Virginia transportation officials schedule public meeting to address high-speed rail plan Rail-car orders, deliveries dipped in 4Q, ARCI says Wisconsin, Maryland officials seek new revenue sources for transportation projects AAR: Carloads down in U.S., up in Canada and Mexico in week No. 3 WMATA drafts 'Momentum' plan to define transit system's future CSX opens double-stack route in New England; Union Pacific upgrades Oregon line Caltrans to unveil draft rail plan that incorporates California's high-speed project Alabama port authority advances intermodal facility; Canadian government helps fund Vancouver port project

January 24

Rail supplier updates from Vossloh, L.B. Foster, GE Transportation and TranSystems (Jan. 24) Florida East Coast Railway tabs Chinnici to head engineering, purchasing Minnesota Gov. Dayton proposes dedicated sales tax for transit funding Norfolk Southern installs Hall as VP of intermodal operations, gains approval to upgrade crossings in Ohio SEPTA schedules meetings on Norristown high-speed line, releases sustainability report Capex: CSX's budget set at $2.3 billion, UP's at $3.6 billion for 2013 Virginia governor recommends $1 billion for rail, transit Union Pacific set four financial records in 4Q, including a 67 OR

January 23

UP's Young to be inducted into Omaha Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame King joins R. J. Corman as president AREMA accepting scholarship applications, announces architectural design competition Metro Transit to review transit options for Midtown Corridor House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee vice chairs, ranking members named CSX financial results reflect soft coal market CN: 'Solid execution' leads to record revenue, volume Norfolk Southern financial results impacted by declining coal shipments; plans $2 billion in capital improvements in 2013

January 22

MTA, Metro-North ready for Grand Central's centennial celebration Canada's Operation Lifesaver seeks Roger Cyr Award nominees Valley Metro to raise fares on March 1 RTD Denver to host bridge-lighting event on West Rail Line NS opens Crescent Corridor facility in Pennsylvania Honolulu rail project's delay costs coming in lower than budgeted CSX to expand River Line capacity KCS registers record volume, revenue for fourth quarter and full year

January 21

Santa Clara VTA's board elects chairman, vice chairman STB: U.S. Class I workforce remained mostly level in late 2012 WMATA awards $151 million contract for escalator work Greater Cleveland RTA posts ridership gain in 2012 U.S. port capacity continues to slip behind global competitors, Building America's Future says USDOT announces $25 million TIGER grant for Detroit streetcar project FRA data shows rail industry had safest-ever year in 2012; NTSB data shows transportation deaths declined in 2011 BNSF budgets record $4.1 billion for capex in 2013

January 18

Rail supplier updates from GE and Alstom (Jan. 18) National Safety Council honors WMATA's Sarles for safety leadership Operation Lifesaver elects Stayton chair, adds Hanson and Brewin to board Crossing upgrades advance in North Carolina, Washington AAR: More mixed traffic results for U.S., Canadian roads CN to build intermodal ramp at Chicago-area yard RTA approves $3.7 billion budget for CTA, Metra and Pace Florida port breaks ground for container transfer facility

January 17

BNSF, other Class Is help Red Cross return emergency response vehicles to home states Annual port volumes: Up in South Carolina, slightly down in Long Beach MassDOT outlines proposed rail projects in 10-year plan Name set for NS' soon-to-be-built intermodal terminal in West Virginia Shuster names House transportation subcommittee chairs CN, Indiana Rail Road to launch intermodal service targeting Asian traffic Amtrak, California high-speed authority to announce plans for next-generation trainsets; Amtrak to expand Lancaster Station project APTA, AASHTO leaders outline legislative and strategic priorities

January 16

Rail supplier updates from BNSF Logistics, RailComm, Railinc and Bombardier (Jan. 16) Chilean blueberries to be imported through Georgia port NCTD advances PTC installation on Coaster system Genesee & Wyoming, RailAmerica report traffic declines for December Metro Transit ridership tops 81 million in 2012 L.A. port breaks ground on yard project, reports year-end volumes House passes Hurricane Sandy relief bill BNSF to voluntarily revise on-the-job injury policies per OSHA pact

January 15

IANA installs Union Pacific's Michaels as chair, elects officers MBTA conductors to receive real-time service information on mobile devices BART's 2012 rider satisfaction ratings improve over 2010, survey shows Colorado university collaborates with TTCI to launch railroad engineering master's program Rockefeller won't seek re-election next year Canadian Pacific opens new intermodal terminal in Saskatchewan APTA survey: Majority of Americans support public transportation Massachusetts officials outline 10-year transportation investment plan

January 14

Metrolink elects Morris chairman to succeed Katz FTA awards $7 million in transit workforce development funds Koch Industries seeks STB approval to acquire Texas South-Eastern TriMet to raise parkway grade as part of Portland-Milwaukie light-rail project KCS boots up online tool to help boost cross-border business CSX installs two intermodal execs, reassigns another Hurricane Sandy update: NJ Transit fully restores rail service into New York City Virginia port hit second-highest volume level in 2012; Indiana port has new leader

January 11

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, Freightcar America, Axion Power, Teknoware and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Jan. 11) TTCI earns ASCE honor for work on Hybrid Composite Beam Texas State Railroad tests connection to Union Pacific line New York City Transit's FASTRACK repair program to cover more lines in 2013 San Diego transit system launches low-floor trolley service on Orange Line PATH resumes round-the-clock service in some locations AAR: U.S. rail traffic still sluggish in 2013's first week CN opens new intermodal terminal near Calgary

January 10

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, Parallel Infrastructure and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Jan. 10) Ohio utilities commission advances three crossing projects; Kentucky city schedules crossing closure Jacksonville port joins 'responsible transportation' coalition; Tacoma port installs Meyer as president Transportation systems should be self-sustaining, Reason Foundation says FTA unveils changes to New Starts/Small Starts program Transportation Services Index increased in November Amtrak's 2013 agenda features infrastructure, equipment and high-speed upgrades Virginia Gov. McDonnell proposes transportation funding overhaul, gas tax elimination

January 9

Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, AXION, CANARAIL, Greenbrier and GE (Jan. 9) BNSF Logistics acquires Canadian shipping firm Albacor Anacostia Rail makes management changes at two short lines Santa Clara VTA marks 25 years of light-rail service Trucking index reflects improved market conditions, FTR says STB to consider Tongue River's supplemental coal line application Global Partners, Canadian Pacific to transport Bakken crude for Phillips 66 New York, Susquehanna & Western, Massena Terminal Railway receive state funds for freight-rail projects

January 8

Railway Interchange 2013 opens registration, hotel reservation processes Farmrail set traffic record in 2012 Metro-North Railroad reaches 30-year milestone Tri-Rail ridership neared record level in 2012 CSX a 'socially responsible' stock, Dividend Channel says Amtrak expands Acela Express high-speed service RTA: Short-line tax credit extension means more tie demand in 2013 CSX scores strong industrial development results in 2012 USDOT commits $135 million to Sacramento light-rail expansion

January 7

Rail supplier updates from AECOM, R&R Contracting, Balfour Beatty, Invensys, FreightCar America and Hollysys (Jan. 7) PATCO makes quiet cars permanent Anderton assumes assistant director post at Port Everglades Washington transportation commission, Montana DOT pursue crossing projects Valley Metro to kick off Northwest light-rail construction Begeman succeeds Mulvey as STB's vice chair Federal judge rules Honolulu transit-rail project can advance after downtown studies are completed Norfolk Southern's industrial development efforts paid off in 2012

January 4

Rail supplier updates from CalAmp, Siemens, Ansaldo, PowerRail and Bentley Systems (Jan. 4) Sidman becomes Anacostia Rail Holdings' first general counsel WMATA approves transit-oriented development agreement for New Carrollton station Penn State researchers seek ways to to prolong battery life for NS' electric locomotive Caltrain elects officers, notes November ridership gain Amtrak appoints El-Sibaie, McDonough to senior operations posts Pioneer Railcorp acquires Maumee & Western line in Indiana, Ohio U.S. railroads capped off an up-and-down traffic year in 2012

January 3

UTU reassigns, appoints several officers Senate confirms two Amtrak board members Valley Metro names internship in honor of Glendale Mayor Scruggs MasterCard passes Union Pacific at No. 47 on S&P 500 large cap list Massachusetts DOT awards $43 million contract for Green Line light-rail extension Union Pacific: December coal train loadings lagged in Power River Basin, rose in two-state region APTA: Fiscal-cliff bill includes transit tax benefits Short-line tax credit extended through 2013

January 2

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier and Ansaldo STS (Jan. 2) BART elects president and VP, adds new board members FRA provides $2.4 million grant for new rail bridge in Pennsylvania Watco to acquire Ann Arbor Railroad; San Pedro & Southwestern sets safety record Oregon DOT to host January open houses for Eugene-Portland passenger-rail project CN: EJ&E and Wisconsin Central merger complete, tentative electrical workers pact in place Eleventh-hour agreement averted port strike on East, Gulf coasts last week Reports: Congress to adjourn without vote on Hurricane Sandy relief << Previous Next >>
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