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Rail News: December 2012

December 28

APTA: Take a train or bus and save more than $9,000 a year UTU's Strunk to retire rather than assume general secretary, treasurer role GO Transit to add travel options in January Virginia DOT to advance intermodal connector project for Norfolk port Sound Transit names new light-rail station, adds round trip to Sounder train Canadian environmental agency seeks public participation to help assess proposed ore line U.S. roads tallied traffic gains in week No. 51 USDOT finalizes changes to New Starts/Small Starts grant program

December 27

VIA Rail Canada appoints Mallory, Sergieh to its board USDOT arm to provide grants for University Transportation Centers Twin Cities' Central Corridor attracts $1.2 billion in real estate development Port authorities association turns 100 West Virginia authority seeks more public input on state rail plan Sound Transit to develop transit-oriented development strategy Light-rail strike averted, Valley Metro says Berkshire sells second short line to meet STB divestiture obligation China launches service on world's longest high-speed rail line

December 26

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, Siemens, Ansaldo STS, Alstom, Stage 8 and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Dec. 26) NRC honors Railroad Construction CEO Daloisio as hall of fame inductee Amtrak names Hardison chief of marketing, sales RTA: Tie production, purchases slowed last month Kansas City Southern aims to carry 2012 successes into 2013, CEO Starling says Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Murray, MBTA break ground for new commuter-rail station Norfolk Southern to launch more intermodal services along Crescent Corridor Sound Transit's 2013 budget focuses on ridership growth, light-rail expansions

December 21

Rail supplier updates from Greenbrier, Thales, Bombardier, CBS Outdoor and Atkins (Dec. 21) Ohio utilities commission OKs upgrades at two crossings San Diego transit agency temporarily closes Fifth Avenue Trolley Station for renovation Twin Cities' Metropolitan Council picks two firms for Southwest Line's preliminary engineering work Indiana Rail Road, Watco make upper management changes Ottawa council OKs Confederation Line light-rail project AAR: More mixed traffic results for U.S. railroads STB blesses Genesee & Wyoming's RailAmerica acquisition

December 20

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Siemens, Trinity, Harsco, Arriva and SISCOG (Dec. 20) Virginia port sets November volume records; Florida port gains marine terminal operator With two more agreements in place, 'labor situation is settled,' Canadian Pacific says FRA issues record of decision for Chicago-St. Louis corridor CTA's board approves $1.4 billion budget for 2013 CSX reassigns Bethel, Lonegro and Brandt to high-ranking positions USDOT signs $1.55 billion funding agreement for Honolulu transit-rail project Canadian Transportation Agency: CN, CP slightly exceeded their grain revenue caps in latest crop year MTA: CEO Lhota to step down, board approves 2013 budget and fare hikes

December 19

Houston METRO CEO Greanias to resign American Railcar's proposed acquisition price 'grossly undervalues' the company, Greenbrier says Cleveland RTA approves operating, capital budgets for 2013 Wisconsin DOT allocates funds for freight-rail restoration project Number of U.S. Class I workers nudged up in November Metrolink to buy Tier 4-compliant locomotive engines from EMD PATH resumes service at Hoboken Station, promotes Marino FRA to address hours-of-service recordkeeping, engineer certification as part of USDOT initiative FRA issues record of decision for Chicago-St. Louis corridor

December 18

Partnership for Public Service again honors STB as top small agency workplace Union Pacific, Cargill expand Kansas elevator's capacity KCSM honors 15 Mexican shippers' emission-reduction efforts Amtrak appoints Nichols chief transportation officer TriMet fare increase, service cuts blamed for 3Q ridership slip FRA signs Record of Decision for Virginia passenger-rail study Illinois congressman calls on CN to help Metra expand Heritage Corridor service Major port strike possible if longshoremen's association, maritime alliance fail to reach agreement soon, National Retail Federation says Fort Worth transportation agency prefers diesel multiple units for TEX Rail

December 17

Rail supplier updates from Vossloh, Alstom, Harbor Rail, Michael Baker, Global Railway, HDR and PricewaterhouseCoopers (Dec. 17) Soy Transportation Coalition elects officers; Intermodal Transportation Institute adds board members Fuchs becomes Wisconsin & Southern's GM; MacDonald joins TTCI board L.A. crews begin utility work on Regional Connector light-rail project Long Beach port posted steep volume rise, L.A. port registered large drop in November New York DOT releases draft environmental report on Portageville Bridge project USDOT approves $120 million loan for Dallas light-rail extension Maryland Transit Administration sends Red Line environmental statement to FTA FRA signs Record of Decision for Virginia passenger-rail study Schenk reappointed to California high-speed rail board

December 14

LIRR unveils environmental assessment for Colonial Road project Long Beach port gains pier stakeholder; Savannah port gains electrified gantry cranes Metropolitan Council awards $10 million for transit-oriented development in Twin Cities Another weekly traffic decline for U.S. roads as holidays draw near Delaware River Port Authority, PATCO set 2013 budget Florida East Coast, Port Everglades to jointly promote container transfer facility CN lands export coal contract, forges another EJ&E-related voluntary mitigation pact Amtrak eyes high-speed trains in Northeast Corridor, launches Norfolk service Amtrak eyes high-speed trains in Northeast Corridor U.S. high-speed association honors Diridon, Richard and Perl

December 13

Rail supplier updates from L.B. Foster, Progress Rail, NRC and Interfleet (Dec. 13) Canadian Pacific, Teamsters' MOW division reach tentative agreement; BLET members ratify Montana Rail Link pact Carload Express, Hannibal Real Estate revive rail line in Ohio Capitol Corridor posted slight decline in November ridership Alaska Railroad: FRA signs off on environmental report for crossing project, girders reach site of bridge project Transportation Services Index slipped in October NJ Transit resumes full service on Raritan Valley Line, promises better preparation for future storms USDOT, Charlotte officials break ground on new streetcar starter line

December 12

Hurricane Sandy update: Canadian Pacific presents $250,000 to relief effort; LIRR operating full rush-hour service TTCI's FAST program wins UIC research award, AAR says Mica's latest hearing on Amtrak to examine high-speed rail in Northeast Corridor Patriot Rail promotes Eyermann, assigns Marzec to VP post Santa Clara VTA completes creek restoration as part of BART Silicon Valley project Massachusetts Gov. Patrick kicks off first phase of Green Line extension project FRA proposes amendments to PTC regulations 'Fair Rail Freight Service Act' enters Canadian legislature; additional rail regulation isn't warranted, CN and CP say

December 11

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, RailComm, Greenbrier, Thales and Trinity (Dec. 11) Kansas City Southern moves wind towers from Colorado to Mexico Amtrak set ridership, ticket revenue records in Thanksgiving period BART to give hiring preference to job-seeking veterans UP to display Genset switcher at Chicago yard Seattle port pursues new 25-year plan New York DOT to construction manage, Amtrak to operate Rochester intermodal center APTA: Transit ridership rose 2.6 percent in 2012's first nine months Michigan DOT, FRA sign track purchase agreement with NS

December 10

Washington transportation commission allocates funds for three crossing projects Sen. Brown calls for relocating Amtrak service in Ohio STB seeks nominees for four rail advisory committee seats CSX: New Georgia industrial park a 'Select Site' PANYNJ approves operating budget for 2013 Transport Canada: Light-rail station completed in Calgary, contract awarded for Evergreen Line in British Columbia Women Executive Network names CP's O'Hagan one of Canada's 'most powerful' female executives Union Depot's $243 million restoration completed in St. Paul

December 7

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, Alstom, Siemens, CTC and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Dec. 7) GO Transit completes switch replacement project Alameda Corridor authority seeks construction management consultant for two grade separations Long Beach port, Panama Canal Authority renew 'mutually beneficial' pact NRC's Baker to review Hurricane Sandy response efforts at next week's RailTrends conference Florida East Coast adds containers for intermodal business Santa Clara VTA receives $50 million state grant for BART extension AAR: Another plus for intermodal, minus for carloads on U.S. roads' ledger in November Post-Hurricane Sandy: Amtrak requests $336 million in emergency funds; New Jersey Transit estimates damage at $400 million GAO: California high-speed rail cost estimates are accurate - for the most part

December 6

U.S. Development Group sells five crude-by-rail terminals to Plains All American Pipeline LaHood to testify at House transportation committee hearing on high-speed rail Oakland port seeks design-build contractor, rail operator for new yard Canada's transit ridership grew 3.2 percent in 2012's first half STB schedules oral argument for BNSF, Union Pacific dispute; extends comment deadline for proposed Tongue River line study Ottawa recommends Rideau Transit Group to build light-rail line Strike ends at L.A.-area ports Amtrak, CSX lease agreement takes effect for Hudson Line Amtrak, CSX lease agreement takes effect for Hudson Line

December 5

Rail supplier updates from GE, Nomad Digital, Alstom, ProTran, Avtec and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (Dec. 5) North Carolina DOT lets contract for freight-rail project UTA to mark opening of new FrontRunner South Line SEPTA promotes Lund to assistant GM; Valley Metro names Brown chief engineer RTA: Tie production exceeded purchases again in October NRC's Baker to review Hurricane Sandy response efforts at next week's RailTrends conference New Jersey Transit resumes Gladstone Branch service State, local pact will enable South Carolina to build intermodal facility for Charleston port Canadian Pacific: New 'rapid change agenda' includes job cuts, headquarters relocation, DM&E line divestiture and mid-60s operating ratio

December 4

Seattle port sets next year's budget VIA Rail completes service improvements, reports third-quarter results Union Pacific reports mixed coal train counts for November L.A. transportation authority to host meeting on Union Station master plan WMATA pursues 'comprehensive approach' to fatigue management CSX deems North Carolina industrial area a 'Select Site' CN's corporate culture among Canada's most admired, Waterstone says New York-area port authority to consider $2.7 billion budget proposal for 2013

December 3

Idle reduction initiative pays dividends for Alaska Railroad Metrolink reports ridership record for Thanksgiving weekend FRA provides grant for trackwork in Alabama Honolulu transit officials receive first steel shipment for rail project Sound Transit to host public meetings on Tacoma Link expansion Genesee & Wyoming lands its largest Utica Shale customer Canadian Pacific: The latest on a PRB extension, police association pact and Regina intermodal facility DART opens new segments on Blue, Orange lines << Previous Next >>
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