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Rail News: February 2011

February 28

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

February 25

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

February 24

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

February 23

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

February 22

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

February 18

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

February 17

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

February 16

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

February 15

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

February 14

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

February 11

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

February 10

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

February 9

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

February 8

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

February 7

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

February 4

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

February 3

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

February 2

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

February 1

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