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Rail News: November 2012

November 30

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from GE, Bombardier, Alstom, Kelso and Ex-Im Bank (Nov. 30) Read More »
C&S
Ohio, Washington commissions OK crossing upgrades Read More »
Passenger Rail
Iowa DOT to host hearings on Chicago-Council Bluffs-Omaha passenger-rail study Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Western Carolina Railway Service to launch Aiken Railway in South Carolina Read More »
MOW
CTA to reopen Lawrence Red Line Station Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern completes upgrades to Virginia export coal facility Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx unveils next wave of 'Big Move' projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: More mixed results for U.S. traffic in 47th week Read More »

November 29

MOW
North Carolina DOT schedules public hearing on proposed grade separation Read More »
People
Johnson to succeed Kempton as Orange County Transportation Authority's CEO Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx, Toronto officials ink agreements to expand light rail Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hurricane Sandy update: NJ Transit to begin testing trains on Morris, Essex lines Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT provides $3.2 million for Washington state siding extension Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN CMO Ruest to address RailTrends next month Read More »
M&A
Siemens to acquire Invensys Rail for $2.8 billion Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA finalizes grant agreement for Sacramento light-rail extension Read More »
Labor
Longshore & Warehouse Union clerical workers launch strike at L.A.-area ports Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Shuster named chair of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Read More »
High-Speed Rail
USDOT provides $3.2 million for Washington state siding extension Read More »

November 28

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Steel Dynamics, AXION, REMSA, Urban Engineers, AREMA and DNJ Intermodal (Nov. 28) Read More »
People
Frione joins South Florida Regional Transportation Authority Read More »
People
Black, Despos join Watco's management ranks Read More »
C&S
Crossing improvements advance in Iowa, North Carolina Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Cleveland short line adds CEMEX to customer list Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS rings in 125th anniversary at NYSE Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California's High Desert Corridor project evolves to possibly include high-speed rail connector Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hurricane Sandy update: MTA's repair bill is $5 billion, Gov. Cuomo says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California's High Desert Corridor project evolves to possibly include high-speed rail connector Read More »

November 27

Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific to boost train speed on Kansas line Read More »
Intermodal
Savannah port pursues paving project to support heavy machinery exports Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak fills key senior operations posts with Pohlot, Quigley Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Enbridge, Canopy Prospecting to develop crude oil unit-train facility near Philadelphia Read More »
MOW
TriMet begins welding first segments of rail on Portland-Milwaukie light-rail line Read More »
C&S
Metro-North begins Port Jervis Line signalization project, restores Grand Central's Whispering Gallery Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New speakers on tap for next month's RailTrends conference Read More »
Intermodal
Baltimore port on pace for annual cargo record, Gov. O'Malley says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House transportation committee to hold another Amtrak hearing Read More »

November 26

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from BMT Group, Vossloh, Axion, Nomad Digital and MERMEC (Nov. 26) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index inched up in September Read More »
People
AASHTO names Wright executive director Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak installs Hanson as police chief, earns accreditation from law enforcement group Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN reaches land-use agreement with Chicago-area forest preserve district Read More »
Intermodal
Florida port, CSX play roles in corn imports from Brazil Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak operates Lincoln Service trains at 110 mph in Illinois Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. carloadings, intermodal loads continue to net opposite outcomes Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Amtrak operates Lincoln Service trains at 110 mph in Illinois Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Report: European HSR projects cause track product demand to rise Read More »

November 21

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Siemens, Ansaldo STS, Kelso and GATX (Nov. 21) Read More »
MOW
SEDA-COG rail authority reviewed bridge replacement project at public meeting Read More »
Passenger Rail
Post-Hurricane Sandy update: MTA offers free shuttle service to Rockaway Peninsula Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCSM seeks to serve more Mexican industrial parks Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro's October ridership broke record Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX should remove three abandoned bridges in New York, Sen. Schumer says; Demolition plans are in play, Class I says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Santa Clara VTA proposes extending light rail to Los Gatos Read More »
Intermodal
Georgia to provide more funds for Savannah Harbor expansion Read More »
Passenger Rail
Chicago Transit Authority's proposed 2013 budget addresses $165 million shortfall Read More »

November 20

Passenger Rail
VIA Rail opens new station in Windsor Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
EIA: Average cost to ship coal by rail in U.S. rose about 50 percent from 2001 to 2010 Read More »
Amtrak
Capitol Corridor breaks ridership record in FY2012 Read More »
Intermodal
California, Virginia ports notched volume gains in October Read More »
Labor
Five of six U.S. Class I workforce segments increased in October Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Honolulu transit authority, FTA to sign $1.55 billion grant agreement for rail project Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
AAR calls on STB to reintroduce indirect competition as coal rate case factor; Mulvey to retain board seat after term expires Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Illinois Gov. Quinn announces $352 million rail-car contract for high-speed lines Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Illinois Gov. Quinn announces $352 million rail-car contract for high-speed lines Read More »

November 19

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Cleveland Track and Harsco (Nov.19) Read More »
Shippers
Cargill to build CSXT-served rail loop at Illinois grain elevator Read More »
Passenger Rail
Chicago Transit Authority awards contract for Red Line South project Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS names Atlanta rail fabrication plant after former MOW group leader Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hurricane Sandy update: NJ Transit restores all but one rail line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit to jointly study transit expansion with Seattle, add parking at Edmonds Station Read More »
Intermodal
Georgia Ports Authority marks opening of expanded container transfer facility in Savannah Read More »
Safety
FRA, rail industry launch collaborative anti-distraction effort Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California judge denies farmers' preliminary injunction request against CHSRA Read More »

November 16

Rail Industry Trends
AAR issues 2012 fact book Read More »
Canadian Pacific
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Canadian Pacific reach tentative pact Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak adds four rail cars to accommodate strong demand for Virginia service launch Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
First Nations, tribal leaders support Alaska-Alberta rail link Read More »
Passenger Rail
Los Angeles transit agency posts double-digit ridership gain Read More »
Class Is
AAR: U.S. carloads continue to fall while intermodal volume climbs Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hurricane Sandy update: Feds speed up $25 million in funding to help New Jersey Transit restore train service Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Illinois, FRA sign off on environmental statement for Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail line Read More »

November 15

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Greenbrier, Siemens, VYCON, IntegriCo and Kelso (Nov. 15) Read More »
Intermodal
Baltimore, Estonia ports forge formal cooperation pact Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak, NJ Transit to complete electrical substation repairs on Friday Read More »
Passenger Rail
Los Angeles transit agency begins utility work for Westside Subway Extension Read More »
Intermodal
National Retail Federation: November appears promising for U.S. port volume despite Hurricane Sandy Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX opens relocated bulk transfer facility in Massachusetts Read More »
PTC
NTSB's 'most wanted' list for 2013 includes PTC implementation Read More »
High-Speed Rail
IDOT, FRA sign off on Tier 1 environmental statement for Chicago-St. Louis high-speed line Read More »
High-Speed Rail
US High-Speed Rail Association appoints Diridon chairman Read More »

November 14

Passenger Rail
WMATA announces Inauguration Day fare card, operation hours Read More »
C&S
Ohio, Washington state commissions approve crossing upgrades Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Minnesota DOT, regional rail authority to review freight-rail capacity study Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Anchor Drilling Fluids opens production facility in Ohio intermodal park Read More »
Passenger Rail
Refurbished rail cars undergo testing for proposed commuter-rail services in southeast Michigan Read More »
Passenger Rail
Calgary to launch service on West LRT line next month Read More »
People
Patriot Rail, Twin Cities & Western install new VPs Read More »
Passenger Rail
PATH, LIRR resume more services as storm repairs continue Read More »

November 13

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Sasser, AllTranstek and HDR (Nov. 13) Read More »
People
NIT League honors ATA leader Graves as top logistics executive for 2012 Read More »
Mechanical
CTA places 5000-series cars into service on Red Line Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Carloads rose for RailAmerica, fell for Genesee & Wyoming in October Read More »
MOW
Union Pacific to replace track in Portland tunnel Read More »
Labor
United Steel Workers members ratify CP contract Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA unveils plan to reduce energy costs Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART prepares opening of Blue, Orange line extensions Read More »

November 12

Passenger Rail
Public transportation systems reaching out to veterans, APTA says Read More »
MOW
Nebraska Central opens new six-span bridge Read More »
Mechanical
A need for more crude oil-carrying tank cars drove rail-car demand in 3Q, EPA says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Cleveland transit agency begins gathering rider data for project planning purposes Read More »
Mechanical
Miami-Dade County authorizes contract to replace rail-car fleet Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Pennsylvania provides more than $18 million for 24 freight-rail projects Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak, New Jersey Transit offer expanded rail service Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX, Florida officials break ground for intermodal terminal Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Talgo sues state of Wisconsin over high-speed train deal Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Alstom to maintain high-speed trains for Turkish railway Read More »

November 9

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from RailComm, Thales and Siemens (Nov. 9) Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA hosts job recruiting event for vets, transitioning military members Read More »
Passenger Rail
D.C. transportation officials analyze responses to streetcar information request Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
West Texas and Lubbock to develop a second transload facility, Iowa Pacific says Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
Proposed CN-served potash terminal at Prince Rupert port passes environmental muster Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak appoints Varn GM of long distance services Read More »
Intermodal
Harbor commission lets contracts for grade separation, buildings at L.A. port container terminal Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Hurricane put hurt on U.S. carload counts in late October Read More »

November 8

Labor
Brotherhood of Railway Carmen Division members ratify CN contract Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Progressive Rail to commemorate new passing tracks in Wisconsin; Farmrail to serve more oilfield customers in Oklahoma Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit seeks input on Federal Way Transit extension Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak to reopen three storm-damaged tunnels by late Friday Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Iowa Interstate opens locomotive maintenance shop Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Shuster seeks House T&I Committee chairmanship Read More »
Labor
Five Class Is among G.I. Jobs' top 100 military friendly employers Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Pro-transit initiatives passed in a majority of local ballots on Tuesday Read More »

November 7

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from TESMEC, Bombardier, A&K and Railserve (Nov. 7) Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific: Coal loadings dropped in October; trackwork projects up and running in Colorado, Illinois Read More »
Passenger Rail
Houston's METRO receives state recognition for financial transparency, reporting Read More »
People
Metra board elects O'Halloran, Partelow to leadership posts Read More »
MOW
RTA: Crosstie production climbed, purchases slipped in September Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Post-Sandy supplies could best come to New York via rail, Long Island association and state senator say Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB to review Tongue River Railroad's entire rail line proposal Read More »
Passenger Rail
Port Authority Trans-Hudson restores limited commuter-rail service; MTA opens more lines Read More »

November 6

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Georgetown Rail, Stella-Jones, AllTranstek and AREMA (Nov. 6) Read More »
Financials
Revenue, operating ratio rose for Genesee & Wyoming in 3Q Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA's scheduled fare hike to take effect Sunday Read More »
Passenger Rail
The T to solicit more public input on TEX Rail project Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF: Revenue, expenses rise in third quarter Read More »
Labor
Chicago Transit Authority reaches tentative agreement for construction, maintenance workers Read More »
Intermodal
Domestic container volume posted double-digit growth for fourth-straight quarter, IANA says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Crude oil market: CN to build Alabama unloading facility with Arc Terminals; Inergy to acquire Rangeland's BNSF-served facility in Bakken Read More »

November 5

Financials
RailAmerica reports higher revenue, higher expenses in 3Q Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit broke ridership records in September Read More »
Intermodal
Emissions drop in Puget Sound region, maritime forum says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain's ridership rose to record height, but on-time performance dipped in September Read More »
MOW
Construction begins on L.A.-area railroad trench Read More »
Passenger Rail
Chicago's RTA posts transit ridership increase through August Read More »
Intermodal
Virginia port to temporarily handle damaged New York port's diverted cargo Read More »
Passenger Rail
In Sandy's wake: Building America's Future calls for long-term infrastructure strategy, MTA restores more service Read More »

November 2

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Alstom, FreightCar America, Greenbrier, L.B. Foster and GEI Consultants (Nov. 2) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
BNSF: Columbus & Greenville is short line of the year, Burlington Junction and Riverport Railroad earn achievement awards Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB proposes interchange commitment disclosure rule, receives NGFA comments on bolstering rate challenge policies Read More »
Passenger Rail
North Carolina DOT choses Hines Group as Gateway Station master developer Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. carloads tumbled more steeply in October's last full week Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak restoring more Northeast services today, including Acela Read More »
BNSF Railway
Bobb succeeds Lanigan as BNSF's CMO; Branscum and Farmer assume new roles Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Transportation, labor departments announce millions more for hurricane cleanup Read More »
High-Speed Rail
CHSRA postpones design/build deadline for first construction segment Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Kansas State University to test how concrete ties hold up in cold weather Read More »

November 1

C&S
Ohio utilities commission advances safety upgrades at 10 crossings Read More »
Intermodal
Army Corps of Engineers signs off on harbor deepening at Georgia port Read More »
People
Rose to succeed Sramek as Operation Lifesaver's president Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Kansas City streetcar plan receives FTA's environmental OK Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA reports September ridership increase Read More »
Passenger Rail
Seattle secures funds for streetcar extension's design phase Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Freight railroads make post-storm strides in the Northeast Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hurricane aftermath: Passenger-rail, subway service reopening gradually; USDOT provides $13 million in 'quick-release' emergency funds Read More »
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