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Rail News: October 2012

October 31

Passenger Rail
RTD extends free ride program to military through 2014 Read More »
Labor
Gary Railway workers ratify agreements Read More »
Passenger Rail
Austin's Capital Metro solicits public input on transportation study Read More »
People
American Association of Railroad Superintendents bestows 'excellence' awards, scholarships Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro Transit to open new Northstar line station next month Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canadian government to provide more funds through Asia-Pacific Gateway initiative Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Dakota Southern Railway, South Dakota DOT cap off track rehabilitation project Read More »
Amtrak
East Coast storm cleanup continues; Amtrak begins operating limited service in Northeast Read More »

October 30

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Miner, Bombardier, Siemens, CTC, Cubic and New York Air Brake (Oct. 30) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Canada awards another 'early works' contract for Evergreen Line Read More »
Intermodal
Nation needs more reliable transportation to and from ports, Rendell says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit awards construction management contract for Northgate Link project Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Indiana Northeastern opens new locomotive maintenance facility Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF, Illinois officials commemorate completion of Galesburg grade separation Read More »
Passenger Rail
East Coast passenger railroads work to restore service after massive storm Read More »
MOW
Northeast storm update: The aftereffects for freight railroads, ports Read More »

October 29

Intermodal
J.B. Hunt, Schneider National and Hub Group win 'core carrier' awards Read More »
Intermodal
Record-setting-size container ship calls on Port Everglades Read More »
People
Vermont Rail Action Network honors RailAmerica's Hunter, Amtrak's Kujula Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denton County Transportation Authority approves fare changes, posts annual ridership gain Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA to fund $400,000 for Hudson-Bergen light-rail study Read More »
People
Wlotko to retire from Patriot Rail Jan. 1 Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART marks completion of Warm Springs tunnel project Read More »
Passenger Rail
East Coast passenger railroads prep for high winds, flooding from 'super storm' Read More »
High-Speed Rail
CHSRA names Vacca chief program manager Read More »

October 26

Passenger Rail
Metrolink reaches two decades of commuter-rail operation Read More »
CSX Transportation
Massachusetts economic development agency seeks public input on CSX bridge design Read More »
People
APTA names Parsons Brinckerhoff's Henke the 'outstanding' business member for 2012 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro, Mesa officials to update public on next light-rail project planning phase Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Coming next week: RailTrends 2012 Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern: Wheeler succeeds Drake as VP of engineering; Evans succeeds Wheeler as VP of transportation Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR Week 42 scorecard: Only seven U.S. carload commodity groups posted gains Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART notes quarterly ridership increase, cleaner cars Read More »
MOW
California Transportation Commission to help fund three major rail projects Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California Transportation Commission issues Prop 1A funds for ACE project Read More »

October 25

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Pacer, The Andersons, Alstom, Axion, Trinity and Greenbrier (Oct. 25) Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Railroad Research Foundation obtains two FRA grants for R&D projects Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX picks Indiana logistics park as 'Select Site' Read More »
Passenger Rail
Fort Worth Transportation Authority OKs some fare hikes Read More »
MOW
Conrail, New Jersey constituents sign off on TIGER III grant for rail project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Utah Transit Authority to launch new Airport TRAX light-rail line in April Read More »
Passenger Rail
Cincinnati passenger-rail plan advances with funding, preferred alignment decisions Read More »
BNSF Railway
STB blesses BNSF's plan to purchase Nebraska Northeastern line Read More »

October 24

People
Franczak, Kummant assume exec roles for Australian freight-rail operator Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail honored for Pacific Central Station restoration Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
Canadian environmental agency to assess proposed rail line in Quebec mining region Read More »
Passenger Rail
Greater Cleveland transit agency opens Buckeye-Woodhill Station Read More »
CSX Transportation
Making headway on National Gateway: CSX halfway through intermodal initiative's first phase Read More »
Passenger Rail
D.C. airports authority reveals five teams competing for Dulles Corridor Phase 2 contract Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Coming (very) soon: RailTrends 2012 Read More »
Passenger Rail
SFMTA seeks bids for Central Subway construction contract Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP: 3Q financial results show 'momentum is building' Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Weak coal, merchandise volumes too much for NS to overcome in 3Q Read More »

October 23

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, GE, Bombardier, Alstom, Miner and Hatch Mott MacDonald (Oct. 23) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink 'wraps' another car to boost weekend ridership Read More »
MOW
WMATA completes Dupont Circle escalator project Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Indiana Rail Road starts work on new locomotive shop, acquires land for transload facility Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSXT's coal pier resumes operation in Baltimore Read More »
Passenger Rail
Phoenix's Valley Metro seeks public input on proposed fare changes Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Iowa Pacific Holdings acquires Cape Rail Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN posts solid 3Q financial results, appoints Drysdale as investor relations VP Read More »

October 22

Passenger Rail
GO Transit opens new parking structure Read More »
Passenger Rail
Long Island Rail Road opens second train wash facility Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. Class I workforce was a bit smaller in September, STB data shows Read More »
MOW
Three grade separations under way along Roberts Bank corridor in B.C. Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Ontario Northland employees part of plan to acquire company's assets Read More »
Passenger Rail
D.C. Mayor Gray sets up task force for proposed streetcar system Read More »
Mechanical
ARCI: Rail-car orders, deliveries dropped in 3Q Read More »
Passenger Rail
Toronto reports record ridership on transit system Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Amtrak hits 110 mph on segment of Chicago-St. Louis corridor Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Bombardier's ZEFIRO receives German design award Read More »

October 19

Supplier Spotlight
Railway Interchange 2013 organizers seek sponsorships Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Bechtel, Bombardier, Siemens and Hatch Mott MacDonald (Oct. 19) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
EDA to award disaster funding for New York and Susquehanna track repairs, Schumer says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Delaware DOT launches third-track project near Wilmington Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Weak ag, coal and scrap steel volumes held down U.S. carloads in 41st week Read More »
Intermodal
September container counts mixed at L.A.-area ports; state grant awarded for industrial park at Vancouver port Read More »
Amtrak
Lack of access to bus, air service in smaller communities boosts Amtrak ridership, Boardman says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Gas prices helped boost LACMTA ridership in September Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN, Tundra Energy to construct crude oil terminal in Manitoba Read More »
Kansas City Southern
Kansas City Southern set all-time revenue, volume records in 3Q Read More »

October 18

Safety
Railway Association of Canada honors four railroads with safety awards Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN earns environmental policy accolades, awaits public comments on terminal expansion environmental report Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink completes L.A. Union Station track reconstruction project Read More »
MOW
CREATE program caps off another Chicago-area grade separation Read More »
Passenger Rail
Texas DOT to study Oklahoma-to-south Texas rail service Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
OneRail Coalition asks Obama, Romney to emphasize rail Read More »
Passenger Rail
Bombardier to operate MARC trains Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS opens Crescent Corridor intermodal terminal in Alabama Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP logs best-ever results, sets five financial records in 3Q Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Delaware DOT begins third-track project near Wilmington Read More »

October 17

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Ansaldo, CalAmp, Jacobs Engineering, dFuzion, Baker and Freeborn & Peters (Oct. 17) Read More »
Labor
Canadian Auto Workers to form new union with CEP Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific's Schmid wins AAR's environmental excellence award Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak names DeCataldo GM of Northeast Corridor Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific assigns three SVPs to operations team Read More »
Passenger Rail
Chicago's Metra releases proposed 2013 budget for public review Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific were revenue adequate for 2011, STB says Read More »
Passenger Rail
CATS receives full funding grant agreement for LYNX light-rail extension Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX: Revenue and income drops in 3Q reflect coal, economic headwinds Read More »

October 16

Intermodal
Yusen Logistics' Bailey to chair Intermodal Transportation Institute Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Buckeye Partners adds crude oil services at New York port Read More »
MOW
NJ Transit authorizes restoration of historic station's exterior Read More »
MOW
Metrolink to receive $7.8 million in state funds for grade crossing improvements Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit to solicit public comments on proposed service changes Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Progressive Rail acquires Iowa Traction Railroad Read More »
Intermodal
Panama Canal set tonnage record in FY2012 Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York MTA proposes fare, toll increases Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Amtrak names DeCataldo Northeast Corridor GM Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Texas DOT to study Oklahoma-to-south-Texas rail service Read More »

October 15

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from National Salvage, Bombardier, Nomad, HP, Jacob Associates, Lilee and Parsons-Odebrecht (Oct. 15) Read More »
People
DART board elects officers Read More »
Mechanical
X Train acquires more rail cars for L.A.-Las Vegas service Read More »
Intermodal
Virginia port pumped up volume again in September Read More »
Passenger Rail
Vancouver Island foundation seeks regional funding for rail upgrades Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF to dedicate new Mississippi River bridge in Iowa Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Commerce department forms supply chain advisory committee Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro receives $75 million FTA grant for light-rail extension Read More »
High-Speed Rail
CHSRA board member Balgenorth resigns Read More »

October 12

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from TTX, FreightCar America, L.B. Foster, Jacobs Engineering, MERMEC and CANARAIL (Oct. 12) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index slid a bit in August, BTS says Read More »
Passenger Rail
UTA prepares for Dec. 10 opening of new FrontRunner line Read More »
Mechanical
Locomotive repower projects garner DERA grants from EPA Read More »
Passenger Rail
Houston's METRO marks progress on light-rail expansion project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Intermodal still up, carloads still down for U.S. railroads in week 40 Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Grassby to succeed McQuade as Canadian Pacific's CFO Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
San Francisco MTA receives $942 million in New Starts funding for light-rail extension to Chinatown Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Point Defiance Bypass environmental study now complete Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Amtrak posts ridership record in FY2012 Read More »

October 11

Rail Industry Trends
FTR: Capacity for carriers, shippers continues to tighten Read More »
MOW
Virginia transportation board seeks input on six-year improvement programs Read More »
Labor
UTU, EJ&E ratify new agreement for yardmasters and hostlers Read More »
Passenger Rail
First Central Corridor light-rail vehicle arrives in downtown Minneapolis Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific improving Nebraska rail line Read More »
Labor
CTA announces new agreement with ironworkers Read More »
Mechanical
WMATA unveils mock-up of its new rail cars Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA issues FY2013 guidance, funding information under MAP-21 Read More »

October 10

Passenger Rail
NJ Transit considers eliminating free travel for non-union employees, retirees Read More »
Passenger Rail
MassDOT strives for travel-mode shift to reduce traffic, GHG emissions Read More »
People
Railway Supply Institute elects 2013 officers, new board members Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART to offer new mobile ticketing technology Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail completes upgrades to Windsor, Belleville and Oshawa stations Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Equipment investment growth to slow during tail end of 2012, foundation says Read More »
MOW
Metro-North to launch $30 million Harlem River Bridge project Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak posts ridership record in FY2012 Read More »

October 9

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Siemens, Bombardier, ALLTRANSTEK, NREC and Sygnet Rail; also, in memoriam: Frank Wilkinson (Oct. 9) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Indiana Rail Road to boost train speed through Bloomington Read More »
Passenger Rail
Independent review shows Honolulu's financial plan for new rail system is 'reasonable' Read More »
Intermodal
Georgia ports register strong start to FY2013 Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP acquires Oklahoma-owned rail line Read More »
People
MARTA picks Parker as next GM, CEO Read More »
Amtrak
California creates local authority to oversee Pacific Surfliner service Read More »
People
In memoriam: Respected businessman and entrepreneur Patsy Crisafi Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF on Rockefeller's call for federal review of Berkshire acquisition: Short-line ownership issue will be resolved quickly Read More »
People
Progressive Railroading, RailTrends honor UP's Jim Young as 'Railroad Innovator' Read More »

October 8

Supplier Spotlight
Long Island economic development organization lands federal grant for rail suppliers alliance Read More »
Passenger Rail
PATCO to end contactless bank-card pilot program Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART names Calcano VP of human resources Read More »
MOW
Alameda Corridor authority obtains bids for Baldwin Avenue grade separation work Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North to add 79 trains as part of service improvement initiative Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Global Partners, U.S. Silica land rail-related business deals in shales Read More »
MOW
Gov. Quinn advances CREATE overpass project in Illinois Read More »
Amtrak
USDOT, FRA mark completion of Vermonter rail project Read More »
People
ARS Co-President Mike Heridia confirms tragic death of business partner Vinnie Vaccarello Read More »
High-Speed Rail
USDOT, FRA mark completion of Vermonter rail project Read More »

October 5

MOW
RTA: Tie production way up, purchases way down in August Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific advances trackwork in two states, appoints Hess to head national customer center Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak to start speeding up trains on Norfolk Southern track in preparation for Norfolk-Richmond service Read More »
Passenger Rail
British Columbia selects preferred contractor for Evergreen Line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Chicago mayor unveils renderings of CTA's new Wilson Avenue Station Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak joins federal effort to stop human trafficking Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. intermodal gains stretched to 34th straight month in September, AAR says Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX, Massachusetts officials finalize agreement on Framingham/Worcester line Read More »

October 4

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Kelso, Professional Transportation, Trinity, NREC and the Burns Group (Oct. 4) Read More »
MOW
Major bridge program in the works for Wisconsin and Southern Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA Long Island Rail Road to extend station waiting room hours Read More »
MOW
Alameda construction authority backs sales tax extension, seeks grade separation bids Read More »
Intermodal
Louisiana port receives federal grant to rebuild flood-damaged rail line Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN opens new office in India Read More »
Passenger Rail
Houston METRO's FY2013 budget continues rail expansion Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx, Toronto commission agree on light-rail operations and maintenance Read More »

October 3

Short Lines & Regionals
Long Creek Railroad becomes Saskatchewan's 13th short line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Norfolk light-rail service is keeping cars off roads, survey says Read More »
People
APTA honors agencies, leaders for excellence in public transportation Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific cites September coal train counts, shares two execs' recent honors Read More »
MOW
MTA Metro-North kicks off six-station rehab project on New Haven Line Read More »
MOW
NS, U S Rail partner with grain shipper to revive dormant Indiana line; BNSF and UP to serve new Houston industrial park Read More »
Amtrak
USDOT announces $120 million in high-speed rail funds for Connecticut Read More »
MOW
CREATE partners cap off another key project Read More »

October 2

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, Bombardier, STV, Benesch, Jacobs, Schneider National and A&K Railroad Materials (Oct. 2) Read More »
People
APTA elects Flora chair for 2012-13 Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
Richardson International to expand storage capacity at CN-served port terminal in Vancouver Read More »
People
Franczak resigns as Canadian Pacific's COO; Schollaert becomes KCS' sales and marketing VP Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR ads: Freight-rail industry to reinvest $23 billion this year Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
L.A. light-rail project cleared for $545.9 million TIFIA loan Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Obama's 'We Can't Wait' initiative expedites Minneapolis, Cleveland transit projects Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Genesee & Wyoming completes RailAmerica acquisition, places control of holding company in voting trust Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Connecticut receives more federal funds for New Haven-Springfield corridor Read More »

October 1

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from AECOM, Bombardier, Mermec, RailComm, CTC and United Railcar (Oct. 1) Read More »
Intermodal
Cleveland port unveils new rail loop Read More »
Passenger Rail
Tarrytown station project completed on schedule, Metro-North says Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific makes several top management changes Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern eyes fruits of expansion at Marcellus Shale sand terminal Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT awards grants for rail service study, electric locomotive research and safety system development Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA's current economics are unsustainable, audit firm says Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN to construct central training centers in Canada, U.S. Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California, Midwest DOTs issue notice on passenger-car contract Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California commission releases $39.8 million for Caltrain modernization project Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Teamsters show support for DesertXpress project Read More »
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