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Rail News: December 2010

December 30

Rail Industry Trends
TIGER grants on way to Alabama, Tennessee for NS terminals Read More »
High-Speed Rail
USDOT obligates nearly $2.3 billion in HSR funds for California Read More »
Passenger Rail
Keewatin Railway completes Canadian government-funded projects Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Virginia-North Carolina HSR compact to meet next week Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Port Metro Vancouver lists 2010 accomplishments Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Missouri DOT seeks public input on state's rail plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Unions seek workable hours-of-service revision act Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RAC: 2010 a good year for Canadian roads after a trying 2009 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Soy Transportation Coalition elects new officers Read More »
Passenger Rail
S.F. Bay fare-payment card sets usage record Read More »

December 29

Rail Industry Trends
RTA: Tie purchases climbed, production tumbled in November Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UTU, Florida East Coast reach tentative agreements Read More »
Passenger Rail
Colorado awards $21 million for state, regional transit projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain stresses safety projects in 2010 Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA awards $1.8 million for K.C.-area transit study Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RRIF loan application in flux, ACTA says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Watco assigns GMs to four short lines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from TranSystems/Hill International, Koppers, Alstom and Thales/Dimetronic Read More »

December 28

Rail Industry Trends
Railroad Day on Capitol Hill rescheduled for July 2011 Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA advances $182.4 million in New Starts funds for seven transit projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT releases TIGER grant for Colton Crossing project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain to raise fares, cut four midday trains Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB decision green lights Maine's plan to purchase Montreal, Maine & Atlantic lines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Schlosser to succeed George as Fort Worth & Western's CEO Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA continues to test 10 prototype rail cars Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Puget Sound Energy finalizes acquisition of easement rights along port's rail corridor Read More »

December 23

High-Speed Rail
Illinois DOT, FRA, railroads sign HSR agreement for Chicago-St. Louis corridor Read More »
Passenger Rail
Congress approves short-term funding, extends SAFETEA-LU Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR weekly report: Intermodal loads bear brunt of latest gains Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Washington state DOT to acquire more hoppers for Grain Train Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro lands grants to fund Van Nuys corridor study, transit-forecasting projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York City Transit activates 'countdown clocks' at 100 stations Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak marks Acela Express' 10th year Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR issues latest edition of statistical reference guide Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from L.B. Foster, Siemens, Bombardier, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Harsco Read More »

December 22

Rail Industry Trends
CN negotiates 26th Chicago-area mitigation pact, receives STB fine for reporting violations Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA issues $25.7 million in transit planning grants Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
President Obama to consider emissions reduction reauthorization measure Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet lands TIGGER grant for regenerative braking initiative Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Sen. Udall calls on DHS' Napolitano to consider TTCI's security contributions Read More »
Passenger Rail
Cleveland RTA lands $1.2 million in local grants Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ohio commission approves warning device upgrades at 13 crossings Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from GE, RMI, Siemens, Bombardier and Automotive Resources Read More »

December 21

High-Speed Rail
CHSRA to extend Central Valley construction to Bakersfield Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Amtrak marks 10 years of Acela service Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia, NS agreement sets stage for restarting Norfolk passenger-rail service Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN caps off first EJ&E-related rail connection Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra completes first round of emission testing Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Watco acquires Gulf Coast industrial park Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Obama tabs Begeman for STB post Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Francisco agency plans new fare kiosks Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak adds northeast weekend service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rain-damaged QNS&L Railway line remains out of service Read More »

December 20

Rail Industry Trends
Enacted tax relief bill extends short-line tax credit, two transit tax provisions Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Wisconsin mayor won't give up on high-speed rail Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit adopts 2011 budget, eyes expansion Read More »
High-Speed Rail
DesertXpress President Stone retires Read More »
Passenger Rail
Houston METRO settles rail-car contracts with CAF USA Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Iowa Interstate to build locomotive servicing shop next year Read More »
Passenger Rail
USDOT issues TIGER grant for Boston-area station upgrades Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA, tri-state committee agree on safety oversight Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Pierce wins another four-year term as BLET national president Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from L.B. Foster/Portec Rail, Progress Rail, Ansaldo STS, Norgren and Gannett Fleming Read More »

December 17

Rail Industry Trends
Virtual locomotive, car conference & expo coming in 2011 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. Class I workforce swelled in every segment last month, STB data shows Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: North American roads registered more traffic gains in 49th week Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA to grant Houston METRO $50 million for light-rail lines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT, Ohio finalize TIGER grant pact for National Gateway corridor Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sonoma-Marin agency awards DMU contract to Sumitomo/Nippon Sharyo Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro survey shows most riders are satisfied Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP opens new yard office in Iowa Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Maine DOT seeks short line to operate former MMA lines Read More »
Passenger Rail
Smith to chair VIA Rail board; Franklin, McPartland to lead BART board Read More »

December 16

Passenger Rail
Connecticut DOT delays revenue service for M-8 cars to continue tests Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Kinder Morgan agrees to invest millions in Watco Read More »
Passenger Rail
USDOT unveils new 'Buy America' webpage Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA boosts use of minority-, women-owned firms for bond financing Read More »
Passenger Rail
Center releases guidebook on transit-oriented development typology Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ohio commission approves four crossing upgrade projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Updates from Alstom, Rail Safety Consulting, Quintiq and Harsco Read More »

December 15

Passenger Rail
APTA: Public transportation use slipped slightly in 3Q Read More »
High-Speed Rail
AHSRA meets with USDOT officials, reviews high-speed program and financing opportunities Read More »
High-Speed Rail
USDOT unveils new 'Buy America' webpage Read More »
Passenger Rail
State funding means Pittsburgh port authority workforce, service cuts won't be as deep Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Alstom to build high-speed trains for Morocco's ONCF Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ProLogis: Container traffic market share shift could benefit NS, CSX Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Russian Railways launches high-speed line to Finland Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Iowa commission OKs $7.5 million in rail project grants Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Parsons Brinckerhoff names Fothergill to oversee project controls, reporting for California HSR project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP joins environmental management group Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Iowa Northern workers ratify agreement Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from L.B. Foster/Portec, RailComm, Railhead, Jacobs Engineering, Cubic and Nomad Digital Read More »

December 14

Passenger Rail
New York MTA receives high marks in first agency-wide customer satisfaction survey Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Watco wins grain transportation contract in Australia Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain to pilot weekend express service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North Carolina DOT caps off crossing work, christens Amtrak locomotives Read More »
Passenger Rail
NYCT renovates Jay Street station, offers new R line transfer Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Genesee & Wyoming commissions second GenSet for Buffalo & Pittsburgh Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailAmerica registered more carloads in November Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from ARI, Bombardier, Wabtec and HDR Read More »

December 13

Passenger Rail
Illinois DOT chooses Chicago/Rockford Amtrak route Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA: House passes continuing resolution; Senate to vote on commuter benefit tax credit Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCS creates international rail operations support team Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia proposes $4 billion transportation spending plan for next three years Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North Carolina Railroad preps for faster trains in Kinston Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Genesee & Wyoming's carloads climbed in November Read More »

December 10

Rail Industry Trends
Wisconsin Governor-elect Walker would consider support for freight-rail projects Read More »
High-Speed Rail
The HSR funding redirection in context Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Seven U.S. traffic segments posted double-digit gains last week Read More »
Passenger Rail
Phoenix-area government association approves streetcar plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail labor unions oppose BNSF/Ferromex petition to inspect, test trains in Mexico Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ohio commission green lights eight crossing upgrades Read More »
Passenger Rail
Orange County Transportation Authority advances projects totaling $525 million in 2010 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FECR promotes Stevens to VP-engineering post Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Koppers/Portec Rail/L.B. Foster, Greenbrier and Kinkisharyo Read More »

December 9

Passenger Rail
Twin Cities council awards contract for Central Corridor operations/maintenance facility Read More »
High-Speed Rail
U.S. DOT to redirect high-speed stimulus funds intended for Wisconsin, Ohio to other states Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TSI remained on uptick in October, BTS says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Next World Congress on High Speed Rail to be held in D.C. Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA extends service to Rhode Island's T.F. Green station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bay Coast Railroad's barge service to resume next week in Virginia Read More »
Passenger Rail
Capitol Corridor ridership jumped 10 percent in November Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Mica fills chairman's seat on House T&I committee Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Axion International, RailComm, Thales and Timken Read More »

December 8

Passenger Rail
PennDOT purchases site for new Middletown station Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Strickland makes case for continuing 3C project to Ohio Governor-elect Kasich Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York/New Jersey port authority green lights $7.2 billion spending plan for 2011 Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Mica becomes chairman of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ASLRRA: White House/Congress 'framework' deal might extend short-line tax credit Read More »
Passenger Rail
Santa Clara VTA seeks input on environmental report for BART extension Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Watco makes five management appointments Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rickershauser joins OmniTRAX's advisory board Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Amsted Rail, Invensys Rail, Interfleet Technology and J. B. Hunt Transport Read More »

December 7

Rail Industry Trends
AAR: November the 11th straight month with year-over-year traffic gains Read More »
High-Speed Rail
GE, CSR establish joint venture to develop high-speed equipment in the U.S. Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak's Wilmington Station reopens for service Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Alstom, Bombardier ink partnership agreements with Chinese railway ministry Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA awards contract under small-business program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP's PRB coal train loadings climbed in November Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Illinois commission OKs bridge, grade crossing projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP to boost train speed on Wisconsin line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from FreightCar America, Railmark Holdings and Rogers Corp. Read More »

December 6

Passenger Rail
DART launches Green Line service Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Delaware DOT receives HSIPR grant for feasibility study Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Francisco MTA advances streetcar rehab, completes canopy Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Virginia, North Carolina business representatives, planners discuss HSR's importance to the region Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FECR sets failure-free service record for UPS Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCSM, Mexican university team up to develop geo-mapping system Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hawaii analyzes financial impact of Honolulu light-rail project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Class 8 truck orders reached four-year high in November Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Unemployment rate nudged up in November Read More »

December 3

High-Speed Rail
CHSRA approves construction starting point Read More »
Passenger Rail
President's deficit commission recommends gas tax hike to fund transportation improvements Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Thanksgiving doesn't weigh down U.S. roads' weekly volume, AAR says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Pennsylvania governor proposes additional funds for Pittsburgh port authority Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA seeks to reprogram dollars for safety measures, award track circuit replacement contract Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Seattle port sets 2011 budget, prioritizes rail projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NITL elects Bunch as chairman, shuffles executive commitee Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Progress Rail, MTU Detroit Diesel, Bombardier, Siemens, Thales and Encore Rail Systems Read More »

December 2

Rail Industry Trends
Transport Canada seeks industry input on proposed locomotive emission regulations Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California congressman opposes CHSRA's choice for first HSR construction segment Read More »
Passenger Rail
Global passenger rail-car market to grow rapidly during next five years, Lucintel says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Global passenger rail-car market to grow rapidly during next five years, Lucintel says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT to help fund biofuel, biodegradable lubricant research Read More »
High-Speed Rail
URS, Mott MacDonald and Grimshaw obtain engineering contract for U.K. high-speed system Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Railroad Research Foundation obtains USDOT grant for TIH routing tool Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT issues TIGER grant for Kentucky portion of R.J. Corman project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Patriot Rail to serve P&N for North Carolina DOT Read More »
Passenger Rail
Rail Europe adds Amtrak tool to online training course Read More »

December 1

Rail Industry Trends
Value of goods moving between NAFTA nations soared in September Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Genesee & Wyoming acquires Australia's FreightLink Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink to unveil new rail cars Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RTA report: Tie production climbed, purchases plummeted in October Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART's SFO ridership spikes over Thanksgiving weekend Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North Carolina Railroad, Operation Lifesaver launch billboard campaign Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Cowen, Deitchman join Operation Lifesaver's board Read More »
Passenger Rail
Updates from Kinkisharyo International, Marsh, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Peab Read More »
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