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Rail News: November 2011

November 30

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Gross & Janes, Cubic, Bombardier and Birmingham Rail Read More »
Class Is
CSX boots up new-and-improved 'carbon calculator' Read More »
PowerRail Distribution | Sponsored
LED Bulbs – Are They Worth the Investment?
Passenger Rail
WMATA to mark completion of escalator work at two stations Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP wins National Chamber Foundation's award for military hiring efforts Read More »
Shippers
PANYNJ committee picks two firms for agency review Read More »
Passenger Rail
Canadian public transit modes post ridership gain in 2011's first half Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Watco to acquire controlling interest in Wisconsin & Southern, operate new Wyoming short line Read More »
Labor
NCCC, three unions remain on 'cooling off' period clock as extension attempt fails Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Milwaukee labor, community groups highlight HSR-related job losses Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Indiana high-speed association launches redesigned website Read More »

November 29

Passenger Rail
Ansaldo STS joint venture lands signed contract for Honolulu transit-rail project Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet begins solar panel installation on light-rail lines Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak launches Wi-Fi on Capitol Corridor, San Joaquin and Pacific Surfliner Read More »
C&S
Washington transportation commission to help fund BNSF crossing upgrades Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Modesto & Empire Traction turns 100; Arkansas & Missouri turns 25 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North to open new Fairfield Station on New Haven Line Read More »
Intermodal
Seattle port sets 2012 budget Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA signs $900 million agreements for Houston METRO's light-rail expansion Read More »

November 28

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from ABB, Bombardier, RailComm, Alstom, TUV Rheinland, RailTerm and Hanson Read More »
Passenger Rail
Honolulu transportation authority sets FY2013 budgets, seeks new CEO Read More »
Passenger Rail
Poll shows little support for SMART repeal, business group says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro holds hearings on proposed fare increases Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB grants rate relief to Arizona utility, initiates proceeding on BNSF's coal dust practice Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail posts ridership, revenue gains in third quarter Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: More traffic gains for North American railroads last week Read More »
Labor
BMWED, NCCC propose to extend 'cooling off' period until February Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Coming soon: Near-term outlook report on U.S. high-speed rail development Read More »

November 23

People
Fort Worth, TriMet boards elect leaders Read More »
C&S
Washington state transportation commission OKs funding for crossing upgrades Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA completes security camera installation on 'L' stops ahead of schedule Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART police building’s LEED certification makes history Read More »
MOW
Tie purchases and production showed seasonal slips in September, RTA says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Capitol Corridor authority receives grant for standby power units at Amtrak’s Sacramento Valley station Read More »
MOW
North Carolina DOT to review proposed improvements along NCRR, NS track Read More »
Labor
STB: U.S. Class I workforce continued to widen in October Read More »

November 22

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Wabtec, Brookville, Alstom, Siemens and ACS Transport Solutions Read More »
Labor
TCU to conduct ratification vote on national agreement Read More »
Passenger Rail
SFRTA to receive $5.7 million TIGGER grant for 'green' Tri-Rail station Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet posted ridership gains across all categories last month Read More »
Intermodal
TIGER III grant application for intermodal project garners support, Washington state port says Read More »
Financials
BNSF cites drivers for nine-month revenue, cost increases in SEC filing Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB authorizes new Alaska Railroad line Read More »
Intermodal
Ports authority OKs container transfer facility project in Savannah Read More »
High-Speed Rail
USDOT obligates funds for projects in California, Michigan Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Washington state DOT receives funds to begin King Street Station project Read More »

November 21

Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB issues final environmental report for R.J. Corman's proposed Pennsylvania project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro receives $4 million in TIGGER grants for 'green' projects Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA develops 'model' state legislation targeting grade crossing safety Read More »
Intermodal
October container volume plunged at Long Beach port, climbed at L.A. port Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART adopts 'Buy America' policy Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT awards $21 million to Caltrans for passenger-rail projects Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Federal bill provision will help advance Detroit's light-rail project, Sen. Levin says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Obama signs bill that will fund public transportation in FY2012 Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Land management bureau signs off on DesertXpress right of way Read More »

November 18

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Alstom, CalAmp, Cummins, International Fuel, dFuzion, HAKS and Hatch Mott MacDonald Read More »
Class Is
CN remains on Dow Jones Sustainability Index Read More »
Passenger Rail
SMART board approves bond funding for commuter-line project Read More »
MOW
L.A. construction authority, Caltrans OK design for new Gold Line bridge Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA issues record of decision approving Sound Transit's East Link Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR weekly report: U.S., Mexican railroads notched volume gains Read More »
Labor
NCCC reaches tentative agreements with four more unions Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House Republicans announce plans for transportation reauthorization bill Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Congress approves bill that zeroes out HSR funding in FY2012 Read More »
High-Speed Rail
USDOT obligates funds to California, Texas Read More »

November 17

Intermodal
New York, New Jersey port authority selects HDR for yard rehabilitation project Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB again tops best workplace list for small federal agencies Read More »
Financials
GCRTA's FY2012 budget includes additional service Read More »
Passenger Rail
D.C.-area airports authority ratifies funding agreement for Dulles extension Read More »
Financials
CTA OKs 2012 budget, new fare-collection system Read More »
Labor
NCCC reaches tentative agreement with IBEW Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House, Senate negotiators agree to protect state-supported Amtrak routes Read More »
Financials
MTA updates financial plan, releases final proposed 2012 budget Read More »
High-Speed Rail
MnDOT, FRA choose Mississippi River route as preferred St. Paul-to-Chicago HSR alignment Read More »

November 16

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from GE, Siemens, Cubic Transportation, Neel Co., Spartan Solutions and Alfred Benesch Read More »
MOW
UP to upgrade Nebraska line segment Read More »
MOW
NYCT crafts plan to minimize service disruptions during track and signal repairs Read More »
Intermodal
Georgia, Maryland ports note volume gains Read More »
Passenger Rail
Montreal's AMT outlines strategic plan for public transit Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT: TIGER III grant requests 'far surpass' available funding Read More »
Passenger Rail
Bellevue council approves MOU with Sound Transit Read More »
Labor
NCCC, three rail labor unions reach tentative agreements Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Congressional negotiators eliminate HSR funding for FY2012 Read More »
High-Speed Rail
CHSRA issues RFQ for Central Valley construction segment Read More »

November 15

Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB to change procedures for certain Office of Proceedings decisions Read More »
C&S
North Carolina DOT seeks public input on safety improvements at 18 crossings Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART restructures communications functions Read More »
MOW
Ohio rail commission OKs two rail projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak, Metro-North to resume service on flood-damaged lines Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTD declines to pursue unsolicited proposal for North Metro Rail project Read More »
Class Is
Five Class Is land on G.I. Jobs' list of top military friendly employers Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Rep. Gibbs to hold hearing on potential 'fracking' regulations Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Michigan DOT issues RFP for Chicago-Detroit planning, environmental work Read More »

November 14

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Vossloh, Stella-Jones and Thales Read More »
C&S
BNSF, Arizona DOT to install warning devices at two crossings Read More »
People
Lytle might succeed Steinke as Long Beach port's executive director Read More »
Passenger Rail
Oregon passenger-rail project moves into EIS phase Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB withdraws Grenada Railway's abandonment proposal, reassigns Marvin to government affairs office Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Three congressmen back New England Central's TIGER III grant application Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra's board adopts 2012 budget and fare increases Read More »
Passenger Rail
LaHood: Agreement reached to fund Phase 2 of Dulles Silver Line Rail project Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Sacramento Superior Court rules in favor of CHSRA on 'key' Bay Area-Central Valley issues, but requires further analysis of traffic impacts Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Oregon passenger-rail project moves into EIS phase Read More »

November 11

Safety
Smoking ban to take effect outside Metro-North, LIRR stations Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
New Iowa Pacific short line seeks to operate New York route; RailAmerica and GWI report October traffic Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTD: Poll indicates residents' support of FasTracks expansion Read More »
Class Is
BNSF to serve crude oil, ethanol terminals; Louisiana & Northwest to serve tie reclamation firm Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Missouri to receive $3.6 million for third track on St. Louis Grand Avenue-to-Gratiot corridor Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX solidifies plan to build intermodal terminal in Florida Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Passenger coalition seeks funding approval for Amtrak, high-speed rail Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: North American railroads ramped up carloads last week Read More »

November 10

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Alstom, Bombardier, Duos Technologies, RMI and Graham-White Read More »
Class Is
CN, Coalspur Mines reach understanding on future export coal moves Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Iowa Transportation Commission provides loans, grants for nine rail projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
All three transportation service indices rose 0.9 percent in September, BTS says Read More »
Safety
New Jersey rail safety committee outlines efforts to reduce crossing fatalities Read More »
Passenger Rail
British Columbia ministry seeks Evergreen Line bids from three short-listed teams Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA: Voters back transit in Nov. 8 ballot measures Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Senate committee unanimously OKs transportation reauthorization bill Read More »

November 9

Short Lines & Regionals
Florida East Coast Railway, Cryo-Trans earn recognition Read More »
People
Capital Metro names Dawson VP of marketing, communications Read More »
Class Is
CN lands on Carbon Disclosure Project's 'leadership index' for third straight year Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Indiana Rail Road's carload count reaches 2 million Read More »
Mechanical
CTA unveils new rail cars Read More »
MOW
Colton Crossing grade separation under way in California Read More »
Class Is
AAR: One in five new hires are military vets; WMATA sets vet recruitment event Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Mica says he's willing to compromise with Amtrak on NEC high-speed proposal Read More »
High-Speed Rail
High-speed rail operations to spike globally in coming years, research institute says Read More »

November 8

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Koppers, Alstom, Greenbrier and Deetrak Supply Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA completes $22 million modernization of Science Park/West End Station Read More »
Safety
Canadian government to provide additional funds for grade crossing improvements Read More »
Passenger Rail
GCRTA receives $175,000 grant from Cleveland Foundation Read More »
MOW
CREATE project completed in southern Chicago suburb Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS notes success with ethanol virtual management and delivery system Read More »
Passenger Rail
VRE achieves record on-time performance; Valley Metro posts ridership high Read More »
Intermodal
IANA: Domestic container volumes jump, trailer volumes dip in 3Q Read More »

November 7

Passenger Rail
Metro Transit-St. Louis begins light-rail improvements Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Thirty years and counting for Farmrail Read More »
MOW
Track upgrades completed on VIA Rail's Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto line Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP cranked up coal train loadings in October Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB delays decision on NITL reciprocal switching petition, schedules hearing on Grenada Railway proposal Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sens. Boxer, Inhofe, Baucus and Vitter release surface transportation bill; Boehner calls for linking energy production to infrastructure Read More »
Labor
PEB releases recommendations for labor agreement Read More »
Mechanical
UP unveils employee-designed AutoFlex car Read More »

November 4

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Invensys, Ansaldo STS, Siemens, Kelso, Zurich and Roadway Worker Training Read More »
MOW
Sen. Hoeven urges USDOT to approve North Dakota's TIGER III grant for trackwork Read More »
Passenger Rail
USDOT awards $7.9 million for Washington state station Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS seeks to recruit 500 more workers in 2011 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
UP only 'revenue adequate' Class I in 2010, STB says Read More »
MOW
Illinois to provide more funding for two CTA projects Read More »
Class Is
CSX, Florida close on SunRail corridor sale Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. roads' weekly carload average hit three-year high in October Read More »

November 3

Safety
Operation Lifesaver gives safety education grants, props to several transit agencies Read More »
Passenger Rail
Heavy construction wrapping up on Central Corridor light-rail project Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP part of FRA's award-winning pilot project; UP workers played role in multi-level car design Read More »
Passenger Rail
NCTD receives FTA grant for parking study at Solana Beach station Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
President Obama promotes ways to help fund, accelerate transportation projects Read More »
Mechanical
MTA to purchase 54 cars for Maryland's MARC Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Senate appropriations bill includes $15 million for Amtrak tunnel project Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Senate approves FY2012 transportation appropriations Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Senate appropriations bill includes $15 million for Amtrak tunnel project Read More »
High-Speed Rail
USDOT obligates funds to WSDOT for new Tukwila station Read More »

November 2

Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canadian government tabs Dinning to oversee part of freight-rail service analysis Read More »
C&S
Amtrak adds free Wi-Fi service to 12 East Coast routes Read More »
People
Melaniphy assumes post as APTA's new president Read More »
Intermodal
Inland Illinois port secures TIGER grant for rail/harbor project Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
BNSF bestows annual short-line awards; Patriot Rail lands transload business; GWI leases NS line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Rhode Island officials to add commuter-rail stop at airport Read More »
Class Is
CN lands supply-chain logistics agreement; CSX unveils iPhone app for shipment services Read More »
Passenger Rail
Government officials laud agreement for Atlanta multi-modal station Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak creates new NEC development division, names Gardner to oversee business line Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Senate approves 2012 transportation appropriations Read More »

November 1

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Invensys Rail, Thales, FreightCar America, L.B. Foster, RailComm and STV Read More »
Financials
Genesee & Wyoming sets income, revenue and operating ratio records Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak: No ill effects from renewable biodiesel fuel on Heartland Flyer Read More »
Mechanical
EPA grant to help Alabama port authority repower short line's switcher Read More »
Passenger Rail
GCRTA ponders transit management academy Read More »
Mechanical
PANYNJ completes rail-car fleet replacement Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Pershing Square acquires 12.2 percent stake in CP Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Jacksonville port, Texas DOT seek TIGER III grants for rail projects Read More »
High-Speed Rail
CHSRA unveils draft business plan Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Amtrak creates new NEC development division, names Gardner to oversee new business line; Engel to depart railroad in December Read More »
High-Speed Rail
UP cites issues with draft environmental reports for CHSRA's Central Valley segment Read More »
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