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Rail News: October 2010

October 29

Amtrak
Amtrak contracts Siemens to supply 70 electric locomotives Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Amtrak contracts Siemens to supply 70 electric locomotives Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR weekly report: North American rail traffic remains in high gear Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Illinois provides $32 million for Joliet intermodal station Read More »
Passenger Rail
Illinois provides $32 million for Joliet intermodal station Read More »
High-Speed Rail
APTA: Majority of U.S. travelers would use high-speed rail services Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP reassigns four operating department managers Read More »
High-Speed Rail
AHSRA names former U.S. transportation secretary Slater to advisory board Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro ready to begin final environmental, preliminary engineering work on two projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailAmerica drives up 3Q revenue and traffic, scores Nova Scotia funding pact Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Wisconsin & Southern lays welded rail on Madison Sub line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Updates from Bombardier, Comet Industries, Con-way Multimodal, Transportation Certification Services, Spectrum Infrared and Qual-Tran Products Read More »

October 28

High-Speed Rail
California Inspector General: CHSRA making progress on project controls, but still not prepared to distribute stimulus funds Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS boosted revenue, traffic for fifth-straight quarter Read More »
Passenger Rail
New Jersey governor officially terminates ARC project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Illinois provides $64 million for CREATE-related grade separation Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
'Unsafe' marshalling practices on long, heavy trains can cause derailments, Canadian safety board says Read More »
Passenger Rail
T.F. Green Airport intermodal facility opens in Rhode Island Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN solidifies pact, reaches tentative agreement with Teamsters Canada Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Mobile port to add intermodal rail yards Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Alstom, Knorr-Bremse, Wabtec and Trinity Industries Read More »

October 27

High-Speed Rail
North Carolina launches construction on Cary Depot expansion Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN scored more revenue in all seven sectors, logged industry-best operating ratio Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Revenue and income rose, operating ratio fell for CP Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink contracts Parsons to design, install PTC system Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF's Clark wins AAR environmental excellence award Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSX takes wraps off Maryland's first ultra-low-emission GenSet Read More »
Passenger Rail
Greater Cleveland RTA obtains TIGER II grant to upgrade University Circle station Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA improves Bethesda station Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP to donate 'heritage' equipment to commemorate Canadian transcontinental railroad's 125th anniversary Read More »

October 26

Kansas City Southern
Hurricane Alex didn't severely dent KCS' quarterly performance Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR, TTCI create research advisory board Read More »
Passenger Rail
Iowa Interstate ready to resume passenger-rail service, regional says Read More »
Passenger Rail
More Ohioans using Amtrak service, ODOT says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Two magazines recognize UP's environmental efforts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Jackson & Lansing acquires Michigan line from NS Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP to upgrade lines in three states Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from L.B. Foster, Trinity Industries, Pike Research, Stantec and Gannett Fleming Read More »

October 25

Amtrak
Amtrak eliminates COO post; Crosbie departs railroad Read More »
Passenger Rail
PANYNJ continues to post progress on WTC Transportation Hub Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX ranks high on Newsweek's annual 'greenest companies' list Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Illinois commission orders Keokuk Junction to fix crossing surface; order is 'fundamentally unjust,' railroad says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak Cascades posts ridership growth, obtains favorable border-fee ruling from feds Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Connecticut college to offer rail engineering program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ohio commission OKs crossing upgrades, North Carolina DOT completes crossing work Read More »
Passenger Rail
Updates from Bombardier/Alstom and Johnson Matthey Read More »

October 22

Rail Industry Trends
STB hearing to determine if certain regulation exemptions remain 'good policy' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR weekly report: North American rail traffic remained on uptick Read More »
Passenger Rail
Federal, state and local dollars locked up for Illinois Amtrak station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS moves up in Newsweek's annual rankings of top environmentally minded companies Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail lobbyist Keith Hartwell assesses 'wave election' prospects at RTA confab Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak bridge work in Connecticut remains on pace for 2014 completion Read More »
Passenger Rail
Updates from Bombardier, Siemens, Alstom Transport, Salco Products, Pacer International and Construction Polymers Technologies Read More »

October 21

Rail Industry Trends
USDOT doles out TIGER II grants for 75 transportation projects Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Florida DOT seeks proposals for several HSR 'early works' projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP: 'Most profitable quarter' included several financial records Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Illinois provides $12 million for new Nippon Sharyo rail-car plant Read More »
Passenger Rail
Illinois provides $12 million for new Nippon Sharyo rail-car plant Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Wisconsin city receives TIGER II grant to begin work on downtown intermodal terminal Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro lands TIFIA loan for Crenshaw/LAX light-rail project Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Survey: Wisconsin residents split on HSR support; most wouldn't use Milwaukee-Madison HSR service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB report: U.S. Class I workforce expanded a smidge in September Read More »
Passenger Rail
Moynihan Station construction begins in New York City Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART begins to build Oakland Airport Connector Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Maine purchases MMA lines, plans to contract private rail operator Read More »

October 20

Rail Industry Trends
Miami port to receive TIGER II grant for intermodal project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Australia's STI-GLOBAL purchases New Mexico short line, seeks to develop PTC solution Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP's container transfer facility expansion remains under review; NS' new Pennsylvania terminal gets under way Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ohio to award operating funds to state transit agencies Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN, Western Stevedoring team up with forest-product firms to improve traffic flows Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RAC hands out 2010 safety, environmental awards Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS creates new advertising campaign Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Electro-Motive Diesel and RailComm Read More »

October 19

Rail Industry Trends
North Dakota, Maine and Texas DOTs land TIGER II grants for rail projects Read More »
High-Speed Rail
CHSRA sets criteria to choose which segment will receive high-speed stimulus funds Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak completes new Auto Train station, notes improvements at Mattoon facility Read More »
High-Speed Rail
China ACM to provide ready-mix concrete for Chinese HSR system Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Nottingham won't seek second STB term Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA launches construction on Wachusett commuter-rail project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF selects civil contractor, lands state grant for Kansas terminal Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro to host workshops for Crenshaw/LAX light-rail line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Updates from Amberg Technologies, Crown Products & Services and Interfleet Read More »

October 18

Passenger Rail
Feds refinance Amtrak debt Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra proposes more than $1 billion spending plan for 2011 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP to open Illinois terminal, NS to start Pennsylvania facility Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCSR adds automotive tracking system to Texas terminal Read More »
Passenger Rail
North Carolina Amtrak ridership jumps 15 percent in FY10 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UTU-represented Illinois & Midland workers ratify contract Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from GATX, Parsons Brinckerhoff and HDR Read More »

October 15

High-Speed Rail
Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate calls for public hearing on Milwaukee-Madison HSR line Read More »
Passenger Rail
New study outlines ARC Tunnel benefits; project must advance for New Jersey to remain competitive, Sen. Lautenberg says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North American railroads continue to register weekly traffic gains Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Rail industry-saving Staggers Act reaches 30th anniversary Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA could soon launch rehab program on Blue, Orange lines Read More »
Passenger Rail
TTC schedules 'Toronto Rocket' subway car for December lift off Read More »
Passenger Rail
Orange County Transportation Authority completes crossing improvements Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index slipped in July, BTS says Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART awards first contract for Contra Costa County extension Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Progressive Railroading to provide free PTC webcast on Oct. 20 Read More »

October 14

Passenger Rail
Rhode Island DOT, MBTA sign commuter-rail operating agreement Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Schwarzenegger vetoes CHSRA accountability provision in state budget Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN nets EJ&E mitigation pact with another Illinois town Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California county offers up farm land for potential high-speed train maintenance facility Read More »
Passenger Rail
Capitol Corridor ridership holds steady in FY10 Read More »
High-Speed Rail
LaHood, Reid voice support for DesertXpress Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Regional Rail to lease, operate NS track in New York Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT issues grants to support universities' transportation research Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York Penn Station turns 100 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Peek and Pantier assume GM roles for Watco; Cooper takes on CSX account for R.J. Corman Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from GE Transportation and Stantec Read More »

October 13

CSX Transportation
CSX sets operating income and ratio records, increases 2010 capex Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Initial analysis of Canadian freight-rail service elicits positive, negative feedback from railroads and shippers Read More »
Passenger Rail
Pittsburgh port authority ditches 'premium' fare proposal Read More »
Passenger Rail
Massachusetts commuter-rail operator assigns Kiley to GM post Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT proposes new guidelines for RRIF program, ASLRRA says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP donates $33,000 to Michigan Tech's rail program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Progressive Railroading to provide free PTC webcast on Oct. 20 Read More »

October 12

Passenger Rail
Obama Administration reiterates the need for additional transportation infrastructure investment Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Report: CHSRA's ridership, revenue models don't add up; CHSRA says report 'findings' are challenges they continue to address Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR report: September rail traffic, car storage data suggest slow ongoing recovery Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Northeast Corridor commission holds first meeting Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak reaches new ridership high in FY2010 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Brookhaven Rail Terminal, US Rail launch construction on Long Island facility Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail advances fleet renewal program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Comtrak Logistics founder Bruns to receive IANA's Silver Kingpin Award Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North Carolina Railroad, NS repair tropical storm-damaged track Read More »
Passenger Rail
Updates from Ansaldo STS, Bombardier Transportation and Parkeon Read More »

October 11

Passenger Rail
NJ Transit to pursue new options for ARC project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
More TCU/ARASA members ratify Amtrak pacts; NCCC/UTU contract negotiations continue Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain approves fare hike, service cuts Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCSM opens Mexican transload terminal near Toluca Read More »
Passenger Rail
Santa Clara VTA launches 'Commuter Express' service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Darr joins NMB as mediator Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCSR promotes Honc to AVP purchasing post Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Salt storage building opens in Massachusetts Central's new industrial park Read More »

October 8

Passenger Rail
New Jersey Gov. Christie terminates ARC project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR weekly traffic report: Steady as she goes for North American railroads Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA raises fares 7.5 percent to offset $900 million budget gap Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN creates car staging facilities, acquires gondolas for steel traffic Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Motiva Enterprises enhances NS rail capabilities at Georgia ethanol hub Read More »
Passenger Rail
Capital Metro proposes fare hikes to offset higher operating costs Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Watco assigns five to management positions Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Amsted Rail, AECOM, Alstom, Advanced Transit Manufacturing, Cornerstone Systems and Thales Read More »

October 7

Passenger Rail
Work resumes on New Jersey transit projects after one-day stoppage Read More »
High-Speed Rail
CHSRA launches overhauled website Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NTSB: U.S. transportation, rail fatalities fell in 2009 Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Eurostar to refurbish old, purchase new high-speed rail vehicles Read More »
Passenger Rail
Turner to manage Transbay Transit Center construction Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP resumes double-track project on Sunset Route Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CP lands long-term coal contract from Canadian miner Read More »
Passenger Rail
Utah Transit Authority to drop fuel surcharge next month Read More »
Passenger Rail
SFMTA to launch track improvements Read More »
Passenger Rail
UTA's FrontLines program fronts association's project honorees for 2010 Read More »

October 6

Passenger Rail
Canadian bill would enable SMT to buy subway cars from Bombardier-Alstom consortium Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA issues grant for North Charleston intermodal facility Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
China to import corn in 2011, grain council says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Four Iowa railroads obtain FRA funds for 2008 flood damage Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA recognizes 2010's top public transportation leaders Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Norfolk transloading facility handles large coal cargo for NS Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Class 8 truck orders rose in September Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from RailComm, Schindler Elevator, Steel Dynamics, Axion and Parsons Brinckerhoff Read More »

October 5

High-Speed Rail
FRA's draft EIS could delay DesertXpress project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rep. Richardson introduces Freight FOCUS Act Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak to spend $40 million on Chicago Union Station upgrades Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink awards $120 million contract for PTC implementation Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP's PRB coal train count soared in September Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXT, PANYNJ to commemorate new Liberty Corridor Freightway Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA elects 2010-11 executive committee Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ohio commission OKs quiet zone project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Russian Railways marks seventh year in operation Read More »

October 4

Rail Industry Trends
RailTrends 2010: A few highlights (by Tony Hatch) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN, Teamsters Rail Conference reach tentative contract Read More »
High-Speed Rail
All freight-rail hosts, states to come to stakeholder-agreement terms by year's end, FRA's Szabo predicts Read More »
Passenger Rail
Massachusetts issues South Coast Rail community grants, investment order Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Amtrak to give Chicago's Union Station a facelift Read More »
High-Speed Rail
CHSRA's van Ark offers assessment of high-speed rail progress, challenges Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville receives expanded foreign trade zone designation Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailAmerica signs agreement to operate portion of Ottawa Valley Railway Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FTR's Trucking Conditions Index shows slight increase Read More »
Passenger Rail
Transport Association of Canada hands out annual awards Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from ALK Technologies, L.B. Foster, Amberg Technologies and J.L. Patterson & Associates Read More »

October 1

High-Speed Rail
Florida DOT to host high-speed rail forum Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR report: U.S. roads reach weekly intermodal highs again Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF asks state court to overturn sanctions, damages in Minnesota collision case Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB calculates rail industry's cost of capital for 2009 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Utah Transit Authority to open two TRAX light-rail lines in August 2011 Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA creates safety committee, revises mission statement Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Louisiana terminal begins receiving crude oil via rail Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail CEO frames future of passenger rail Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bridge, crossing projects advance in Illinois and Ohio Read More »
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