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Rail News: February 2011

February 28

Passenger Rail
Metra CEO Clifford institutes policy changes in light of consultants' reports Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Washington State DOT secures stimulus funds Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit's Weinstein proposes new accountability measures Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Gov. Scott: 'My position on high-speed rail remains unchanged' Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP, Montreal port forge collaboration pact Read More »
Passenger Rail
Port Authority of New York, New Jersey awards last major contract for World Trade Center hub Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Tie production, purchases jumped in January, RTA says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS headquarters earns EPA's ENERGY STAR rating Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Wabtec acquires U.K.'s Brush Traction Group Read More »
Passenger Rail
Northern Indiana commuter district to install ticket vending machines Read More »

February 25

Rail Industry Trends
CREATE flyover funds at stake in House FY2011 spending bill, congressmen say Read More »
High-Speed Rail
LaHood gives Scott more time to consider Florida HSR project Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA to buy Union Station for $75 million Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Florida governor says 'nay' to alternative HSR project proposal Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Illinois DOT launches environmental study for Chicago-St. Louis corridor second track Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR weekly report: Intermodal demand drives U.S. roads' traffic gains Read More »
High-Speed Rail
LACMTA to buy Union Station for $75 million Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Private freight-car owners not making enough returns, report says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Illinois governor wants Amtrak to analyze possible 110 mph O'Hare-Chicago Union Station connection Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
House bill would extend short-line tax credit another six years Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CAW members ratify four-year CP contract Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Alstom, AECOM, L.B. Foster, American Railcar Industries, Sam Schwartz and Indra Read More »

February 24

Passenger Rail
Valley Metro seeks public input on Phoenix I-10 West corridor plan Read More »
High-Speed Rail
House eliminates HSR funds in proposed FY2011 continuing resolution; Senate expected to develop its own resolution Read More »
Passenger Rail
BLET, MBCR reach tentative agreement Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Harris Poll: Many U.S. citizens unaware of HSR projects in their state, but majority support state and federal HSR funding Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailAmerica registers revenue, income gains Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF's Rose one of 22 members on president's jobs, competitiveness council Read More »
Class Is
CN, CP agree to improve grain service for Viterra Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Crossing upgrades advance in Ohio, Washington Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Francisco's Metropolitan Transportation Commission elects officers, members Read More »

February 23

Rail Industry Trends
CSX can challenge Alabama's fuel tax, Supreme Court says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
L.A., Long Beach ports pumped up volumes in January Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS orders 1,500 coal cars from FreightCar America Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX opens National Gateway terminal in Ohio Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Heavier trucks would divert traffic away from Class Is, study shows Read More »
Passenger Rail
South Florida RTA launches Opa-locka shuttle service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from GE, RMI, Wabtec, RailComm, Nomad Digital and Miner Enterprises Read More »

February 22

Rail Industry Trends
FREIGHT Act returns for second act in Senate Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Tampa city attorney: Florida cities, counties could create independent agency to oversee HSR project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Toronto's Metrolinx OKs vehicle purchase for Air Rail Link Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Mica proposes rescue plan for Florida HSR project as deadline to present new options quickly approaches Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP reaches collaboration pact with Vancouver port Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Bill backing heavier trucks re-enters House Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA to consider governance committee work plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
Department of Homeland Security recognizes Rail Runner's security programs Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Whirlpool honors KCS' post-Hurricane Alex performance Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak eyes more free Wi-Fi service, launches YouTube channel Read More »

February 18

Rail Industry Trends
AAR weekly report: U.S. railroads' traffic rebounded from severe storms Read More »
High-Speed Rail
LaHood gives Florida congressmen one week to find a way to salvage Tampa-Orlando project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RRIF program needs reforms to incent private rail investments, Mica and Shuster say Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Missouri DOT moving on state rail plan, track construction design Read More »
Passenger Rail
Houston METRO receives $14 million refund from CAF USA Read More »
High-Speed Rail
RRIF program needs reforms to incent private rail investments, Mica and Shuster say Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA Metro-North posts ridership increase, receives $3 million for projects Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Illinois senator wants state to design 220-mph HSR system Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN's Mongeau: Canada needs a more innovative, collaborative grain supply chain Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Indiana ports registered record volumes last year Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Ansaldo, AECOM, Thales, FreightCar America, Trinity and DuPont Read More »

February 17

Rail Industry Trends
U.S. Class I workforce a touch smaller in early 2011, STB data shows Read More »
High-Speed Rail
For Gov. Scott, fiscal conservatism reigns supreme, Florida business group leader says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Rural access to intercity rail declines, BTS says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California, Washington, Illinois show interest in Florida's HSR funds Read More »
Passenger Rail
Groundbreaking scheduled for Honolulu light-rail project Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Sen. Nelson vows to seek alternative ways to build Florida's HSR line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Metra, UP to tout train warning system on West line Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Florida elected officials criticize Scott's decision to reject federal HSR dollars Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ARCI: Rail-car orders, deliveries finished 2010 on high notes Read More »
Passenger Rail
Alaska Railroad installs Leary as chairwoman Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF uses Internet to prompt dialogue on nation's supply chain issues Read More »
Passenger Rail
Nashville's Music City Star reaches record daily ridership Read More »

February 16

Passenger Rail
FTA touts transit funding in Administration's FY2012 budget proposal Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Florida governor to reject HSR funds Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB proposes rulemaking to lower shippers' filing fees Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Industry reacts to Scott's funding rejection Read More »
Passenger Rail
Arbitration award issued for SacRT, ATU contract Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Oklahoma DOT seeks public input on new rail plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
R.J. Corman launches Appalachian Regional Short Line Project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak California unveils San Diego-to-L.A. express service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Greer becomes BNSF Logistics' first president Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from ARINC, L.B. Foster, Railserve, CIT and AECOM Read More »

February 15

Passenger Rail
FY2012 budgets: Administration proposes $129 billion for transportation, Amtrak proposes $2.2 billion Read More »
Passenger Rail
Proposed federal budget would quadruple light-rail line's funding, Twin Cities council says Read More »
Labor
CAW members ratify CN contracts, continue to consider CP pact Read More »
Passenger Rail
TransLink's 2010 ridership boosted by Olympics, new line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT credit council approves ACTA's RRIF loan application Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ohio utilities commission to install Snitchler as chairman Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Pourney joins Gross & Janes as president, CEO Read More »

February 14

Passenger Rail
Metra's board receives assessment reports from two consultants Read More »
High-Speed Rail
President releases FY12 budget, proposes surface transportation bill Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Chemical, coal and intermodal demand to drive rail traffic growth this year, Baird says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Amtrak seeks $2.2 billion in FY12, proposes to add Acela cars Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Georgia Ports Authority names Lynch COO, reports 2010 volume gains Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UTU-represented FEC, Nebraska Central workers ratify contracts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
European unions raise concerns about containers Read More »
Passenger Rail
Clipper system to go live this week on VTA Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP to bolster track on Arizona line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from RailComm, Knorr-Bremse and Trimble Read More »

February 11

Rail Industry Trends
AAR weekly report: U.S. carloadings snowed under by winter storms Read More »
High-Speed Rail
USHSR summit encourages lobbying efforts Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak, TriMet and Capitol Corridor report uptick in January ridership Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Minnesota DOT continues plan for Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago HSR corridor Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB to determine if Class Is should separately report PTC costs Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA to study integration of light-rail, streetcar systems Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Washington state ports pursue partnership to spur economic growth Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ohio rail commission adds three members Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from The Andersons, Tunnel Radio, Transpo, Perpetuum, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Salco Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA to move prototype 5000-series car tests to Red Line Read More »

February 10

Passenger Rail
Appropriations Committee's proposed spending cuts include passenger rail Read More »
High-Speed Rail
USHSR proposes legislation encouraging private investment in HSR Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TSI climbed a tad higher in December, BTS says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
CHSRA seeks private-sector interest in rail construction Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN sets 2011 capital spending budget at $1.7 billion Read More »
High-Speed Rail
U.S. High Speed Rail Summit: Day Two Overview Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit appoints O'Connor VP, GM of rail operations Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Appropriations Committee's proposed spending cuts include HSR Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Collaboration, innovation key to rail's growth, Canadian transport minister says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Obama's HSR proposal faces 'uphill battle,' NRC's Baker says Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA's Rogoff tours GCRTA construction site as part of 'Build Week' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ASLRRA seeks nominees for first 'Safety Professional of the Year' award Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Bombardier, Siemens, Pepco, Baker, Mitsubishi Electric and Axion Read More »

February 9

Passenger Rail
Passenger rail constituents applaud Obama's $53 billion rail plan; GOP's Mica is skeptical Read More »
High-Speed Rail
USHSR Summit, Day Two: Mica pushes for private-sector participation, detailed HSR proposal in surface transportation bill Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New Senate bill would reduce route miles requiring PTC installation Read More »
High-Speed Rail
USHSR Summit: Day One Overview Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Domestic equipment volume surged to all-time record in 4Q, IANA says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Rail industry groups react to Obama's $53 billion high-speed plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: January marked 13th straight month of combined carloads, intermodal traffic gains Read More »
High-Speed Rail
GE, Bombardier, Alstom welcome Obama's latest rail proposal Read More »
Passenger Rail
UTA proposes fare increases spread over three years Read More »
Passenger Rail
PATCO establishes citizen advisory committee Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ohio Central to commission GenSet Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minneapolis council names Born regional administrator Read More »

February 8

High-Speed Rail
Vice President Biden unveils Administration's $53 billion plan for high-speed rail Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF's capital spending climbs to a Class I-high $3.5 billion Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak officials, New Jersey senators announce $13.5 billion Hudson tunnel proposal Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP's coal train loadings climbed in first month Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS to provide switching services at Indiana port Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA launches new diesel-electric locomotive Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Genesee & Wyoming drove up income, drove down operating ratio Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Nordco, ARINC, Alstom, TUV Rheinland, Astaldi and Cornerstone Read More »

February 7

High-Speed Rail
Iowa governor cuts HSR funding for 2012, but still has 'interest' in project, state DOT official says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB resets rail competition hearing for June Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Amtrak officials, New Jersey senators announce $13.5 billion Hudson tunnel proposal Read More »
Labor
CP, Canadian Auto Workers reach tentative agreement Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA to conduct supplemental environmental assessment of Twin Cities' light-rail project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain's board elects new members, sets budget hearings Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCS sets monthly run-time performance record on Meridian Speedway Read More »
Passenger Rail
Samson elected chair of New York, New Jersey port authority Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FRA provides grant for stress disorder program development Read More »

February 4

Rail Industry Trends
AAR weekly report: North American roads registered carload gains Read More »
High-Speed Rail
CHSRA extends environmental work timeframe for Bay Area, L.A. segments Read More »
Passenger Rail
Federal grant agreement sent to Congress for Twin Cities' light-rail project Read More »
High-Speed Rail
CHSRA aims to establish small-business participation in HSR contracts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail-car deliveries to reach 27,000 units in 2011, EPA says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Alaska Railroad seeks two 2011 herbicide use permits from state Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet's WES commuter rail marks second year with more riders Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP assigns McGavock, Lischer to general superintendent posts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Sommers to manage U.S. Steel's short lines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Siemens, Nordco, Axion, Envitech, Getzner Werkstoffe and Parsons Brinckerhoff Read More »

February 3

Rail Industry Trends
Analysis by Tony Hatch: Rails' Q4 earnings-expectations finally catch up to the (old) reality Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Alstom's Mehlman outlines priorities for company's North American HSR efforts Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA: Key committee members reveal plans for surface transportation reauthorization bill Read More »
High-Speed Rail
CHSRA to offer station-area planning funds to local communities Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN reaches service agreements with Montreal port, terminal operators Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS landed 67 new plants, 28 facility expansion projects in 2010 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak announces 40th anniversary activities, adds Cascades Wi-Fi service Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sacramento RT seeks public comments on proposed light-rail extension Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP to boost train speeds in western Wisconsin Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS to upgrade crossing in Ohio Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro's board elects new officers Read More »

February 2

Passenger Rail
Chicago's Metra names Clifford executive director, CEO Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA: Businesses predict revenue losses, layoffs if transportation bill action is delayed Read More »
Passenger Rail
CREATE partners modify program's final feasibility plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
California transportation authority lands state funds for projects, launches crossing upgrades Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP sets annual injury rate record in 2010 Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA awards $450,000 to California workforce training consortium Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Tennessee soybean board joins Soy Transportation Coalition Read More »

February 1

Passenger Rail
SEPTA plans new payment system, rail-car purchase and station renovation Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FedEx to use rail intermodal service for first time in 40-year history, NS says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Stimulus-funded streetcar line extension opens in Tampa Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
Vancouver port plans to boost container-handling capacity Read More »
Passenger Rail
Community summits call for public hearings on Caltrain funding Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Iowa Interstate promotes Lipka to EVP, CFO Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TMCA changes name to Transportation Marketing and Sales Association Read More »
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