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Rail News: February 2012

February 29

C&S
Washington commission approves funds for crossing upgrades Read More »
C&S
WMATA launches new email, text message system Read More »
MOW
Genesee & Wyoming reopens derailment-damaged bridge in Australia Read More »
Shippers
The Andersons to acquire Iowa ethanol production facility Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro Transit to host open houses on Central Corridor transit service study Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink receives $3.7 million from state to enhance crossing safety Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS: Graab to succeed Heilig as VP-mechanical, Bush joins board Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Surface transportation legislation revisions still unclear, Mica says Read More »

February 28

Supplier Spotlight
Feb. 28: Updates from Harsco, Ex-Im Bank, Timken, Michael Baker, Unitrac and Nortrak Read More »
MOW
Ohio economic development agency provides funds for industrial park spur Read More »
Class Is
CP, Parks Canada announce bear-protection research grants Read More »
MOW
UP eyes trackwork in Missouri, earns pipe industry award Read More »
MOW
California commission approves funding for ACE grade separation Read More »
People
HART board names former MBTA leader as CEO finalist Read More »
Logistics
Kinder Morgan, Martin Midstream to develop crude oil rail terminal in Texas Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
APTA 'encouraged' by House leadership's shift on transit funding Read More »

February 27

Passenger Rail
Twin Cities' Metropolitan Council chooses 'METRO' as name for LRT/BRT system Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro Transit-St. Louis posted ridership gain in first half of FY2012 Read More »
Class Is
Millennium Bulk Terminals to build export coal facility at Washington port Read More »
MOW
RTA: Tie purchases jumped, production climbed in January Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Iowa Interstate to serve new GROWMARK fertilizer storage facility Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit's board OKs $24 million budget amendment to fund light-rail extension Read More »
Passenger Rail
SFMTA acquires property for subway station, schedules budget meetings Read More »
BNSF Railway
Berkshire Hathaway: BNSF set earnings record in 2011, seeks to continue 'massive' reinvestments in 2012 Read More »
High-Speed Rail
San Diego government association joins with other agencies to push for HSR funds, upgrade coastal corridor Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Caltrain: Blended approach to HSR development is 'only one we are willing to embrace' Read More »

February 24

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Unitrac, Progress Rail, L.B. Foster and CXT Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Business confidence level up a tad among equipment finance sector constituents, foundation survey shows Read More »
Passenger Rail
Pittsburgh port authority's agreement with Steelers, casino extends free-fare zone Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet solar system now operational on MAX Green, Yellow lines Read More »
Passenger Rail
PATCO to launch 'quiet car' pilot program Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Pennsylvania provides $23 million in grants for 16 freight-rail projects Read More »
Intermodal
Canadian government helps fund current, completed port projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Week No. 7 carloads fell in U.S. and Mexico, climbed in Canada Read More »

February 23

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from RMI, RailComm, Wabtec, Whitmore and American Railcar Read More »
Passenger Rail
North Carolina DOT seeks public input on long-range transportation plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA launches online public opinion survey on budget, fare issues Read More »
Intermodal
NOL renews UP contract for intermodal services Read More »
Class Is
Viterra expands CN-served grain elevator in Saskatchewan Read More »
Mechanical
KCSR lands RRIF loan to acquire 30 GE locomotives Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTD to consider replacing rail line with bus service to Denver's northwest suburbs Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House transportation bill would result in 'dire consequences' for many agencies, transit leaders say Read More »

February 22

People
RTD, TriMet add board members Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART beefs up security on trains Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA unveils reforms to better manage parts, materials Read More »
Mechanical
Savannah port's 11 locomotives sport idle-control devices Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF pursues hundreds of economic development projects after a strong 2011 Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet posts ridership increase in January Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Pershing Square tabs Haggis as sixth nominee for CP's board Read More »
Labor
U.S. Class I workforce shrunk slightly in January, STB data shows Read More »

February 21

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Koppers, RailComm and FreightCar America Read More »
Class Is
CGB Enterprises to build CSXT-served grain facility in Ohio Read More »
People
Keith to retire after a quarter century as grain association's president Read More »
People
Valley Metro tabs Banta to oversee light rail, bus operations Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN sets 2012 capital spending budget; NS ranks high on 'clean capitalism' list; CP seeks mediator for contract negotiations Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Patriot Rail operates first train on NCDOT's P&N corridor Read More »
Passenger Rail
LaHood, Rogoff help launch Cincinnati streetcar construction Read More »
Shippers
PANYNJ posted cargo volume record in 2011 Read More »

February 17

Safety
TRE closes Galvez Avenue crossing as safety precaution Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
Canada needs greater corporate innovation and productivity to better compete globally, CN's Mongeau says Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA to host community meetings on LAX rail link study Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB to hold hearing on cost determination effects of Berkshire's BNSF purchase Read More »
Mechanical
VRE awards passenger car contract to Sumitomo, Nippon Sharyo Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. carloads climbed, intermodal loads fell last week Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sen. Kohl proposes rail antitrust act as amendment to Senate's surface transportation bill Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House vote delayed on transport bill; APTA continues push for transit funding Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Bankrupt Maglev Inc. to sell assets Read More »

February 16

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Wi-Tronix, Bombardier, Parsons Brinckerhoff, T.Y. Lin and Trinity Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North completes $37.4 million Cortland Station project Read More »
Intermodal
Canadian government to help fund multi-user dock at Quebec port Read More »
Intermodal
Volume up at L.A. port, down at Long Beach port in January Read More »
MOW
Wisconsin DOT seeks public input on 'Truesdell Crossovers' project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. retailers rang up more sales in January, National Retail Federation says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
TIFIA loan demand 'overwhelming,' LaHood says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Amtrak marks 110-mph service to Michigan, plans more high-speed improvements Read More »

February 15

People
Hoeffner to lead Michigan's new Office of Rail Read More »
C&S
Crossing upgrades advance in North Carolina, Ohio and Washington Read More »
People
In memoriam: Former Florida East Coast engineering executive Wayne Russell Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP earns Silver LEED certification for Nebraska headquarters Read More »
Mechanical
Deputy Transportation Secretary Porcari addresses manufacturers, suppliers at Chicago rail forum Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Providence and Worcester, New England Central forge 'Great Eastern Route' alliance Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT recommends $2.2 billion for rail, bus transit projects Read More »
MOW
UP to expand capacity in Louisiana, bolster track in California and Oregon Read More »
High-Speed Rail
President's budget includes funding for HSR, proposal to merge Amtrak 'stand-alone subsidiaries' into competitive program Read More »

February 14

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Alstom, Louisville Railcar, RailComm and HandsOn Read More »
People
DCTA appoints Soileau to plan rail, bus services Read More »
Class Is
KCS reorganizes international mechanical departments Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailAmerica's carloads rose, Genesee & Wyoming's fell in January Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
VTA's Silicon Valley project included in Obama’s FY2013 budget proposal Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS is nation's first renewable diesel user, Class I says Read More »
PTC
California senators ask FRA to issue PTC implementation progress report next month Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Obama's budget request includes $476 billion for surface transportation over six years Read More »

February 13

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from General Bearing, Kiewit, Bentley, Railinc, Hotstart and Kelso Read More »
Intermodal
Baltimore port sets volume records; Oshawa port nets port authority Read More »
People
Indiana Rail Road realigns marketing, sales department Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA to host public meetings on FY2013 budget, fare proposals Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART approves partnership to explore Livermore extension Read More »
Mechanical
Lease rate, purchase outlook looks promising for some freight cars, Longbow Research says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Texas A&M to create rail research center Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Representatives preparing amendment to restore transit account in House bill Read More »

February 10

Union Pacific Railroad
UP, EPA reach settlement on alleged environmental violations Read More »
Labor
Steelworkers union members ratify CN contract Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro prepares for Central Mesa light-rail construction Read More »
Mechanical
Farmrail acquires five GP-38 locomotives Read More »
Safety
New Jersey DOT unveils track safety plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
SFMTA gets FTA OK for Central Subway project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. rail traffic strong vs. weak 2011 comparison period Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Senate votes to advance transportation bill; AAR encourages passage of House bill Read More »

February 9

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Skanska USA, Cooper Bearings, Pacer, Timken and CF Rail Read More »
People
Weaver to become NS' labor relations VP; Goldsberry to become Idaho short line's GM Read More »
Financials
CTA seeks financial advice on public-private partnerships for transit projects Read More »
C&S
North Carolina DOT upgrades seven crossings; Texas town launches quiet zone work Read More »
Financials
RailAmerica ramped up revenue, registered higher costs Read More »
Financials
TriMet proposes service cuts, fare increases to address projected deficit Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Transportation bill: Concerns linger about truck-limit proposals; Schumer includes transit benefit in Senate mark-up Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index reached 2011 high in December Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Strategies to build support for U.K. high-speed system can be replicated in U.S., U.K. HSR advocate says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Virginia, North Carolina transportation departments issue draft recommendations for Richmond-Raleigh HSR line Read More »
High-Speed Rail
LaHood meets with California pols and business leaders, restates Obama administration's commitment to HSR Read More »

February 8

Short Lines & Regionals
Vermont Rail System's bolstered track improves Amtrak transit times Read More »
Financials
Genesee & Wyoming registers more revenue and income, sets earnings record Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA develops more options to modernize North Red, Purple lines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP's PRB coal train loadings lagged a bit in January Read More »
Financials
Audit shows PANYNJ's management structure needs 'top-to-bottom overhaul' Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak gets go-ahead to operate 110-mph trains in Michigan Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA gives Honolulu authority OK to advance rail project Read More »
Safety
FRA proposes rule on safety regulation training standards Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House gas tax proposal would 'erode' transit agencies' credit ratings, APTA says Read More »

February 7

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Thales, RailComm, Axion, Jones Lang LaSalle, Vossloh and URS Read More »
People
VTA seats new board members Read More »
C&S
Ohio commission advances crossing upgrades Read More »
Passenger Rail
Plans under way for Grand Central Terminal's centennial celebration in 2013 Read More »
People
Houston port tabs Waterworth as interim leader Read More »
Class Is
Appalachian coal production cut to trim CSXT's traffic, Baird says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Michigan, New Hampshire DOTs advance state rail plans Read More »
Passenger Rail
LaHood tours Denver RTD’s West Rail Line project Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Amtrak gets go-ahead to operate 110 mph trains in Michigan Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Iowa DOT, FRA to study Chicago-Omaha route Read More »

February 6

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Progress Rail, Cubic, Salco Products, Wood Energy and PowerRail Distribution Read More »
Intermodal
Tacoma, Vancouver ports pumped up volume in 2011 Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Ohio rail commission provides grant for Ashland Railway track upgrades Read More »
MOW
Missouri commission awards contract for rail bridge project Read More »
Intermodal
CN opens intermodal terminal in Wisconsin Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Pershing Square touts CEO candidate Harrison, five board nominees at CP shareholder meeting Read More »
Passenger Rail
Pittsburgh port authority proposes fare increase, service cuts Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak requests lower operating, higher capital funding for FY2013 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House Ways and Means Committee passes measure that cuts mass transit funds Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Five consortiums set to bid on California high-speed rail project Read More »
High-Speed Rail
CHSRA board appoints Richard chairman Read More »

February 3

Passenger Rail
MBCR boosted on-time performance in January Read More »
Mechanical
BNSF opens new car shop, inspection tracks in North Dakota Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP begins to move crude oil from another Saskatchewan transload facility Read More »
Intermodal
Container volume set records in 4Q and 2011, IANA says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denton County agency seeks FRA waiver for new crashworthy rail vehicles Read More »
People
VRE CEO Zehner to retire in June Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Average weekly intermodal volume reached third-highest January level Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passes bill without truck weight, size increases Read More »
Labor
NCCC, BMWED reach tentative agreement well before Wednesday deadline Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Amendment will prevent surface transportation bill dollars from being used on California HSR project Read More »

February 2

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Thales, Parker Hannifin, Axion, SFK, CH2M Hill and CIT Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Watco launches 26th short line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Construction begins on Atlanta streetcar line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Honolulu mayor proposes line of credit for transit-rail project Read More »
Intermodal
South Florida port to develop container transfer facility with FEC, install new leader Read More »
M&A
RailAmerica swing deals to acquire Marquette Rail, land majority interest in Wellsboro and Corning Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF boosts capex budget to $3.9 billion for 2012 Read More »
Labor
Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, American Train Dispatchers Association members ratify national contracts Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House, Senate committees take up long-term surface transportation bills Read More »

February 1

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Alstom, Bombardier, RR Mergers, Rescar, HNTB and Ashcroft Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA: Orange Line Extension on track for June opening Read More »
Passenger Rail
LaHood, Philadelphia officials break ground on transit center project Read More »
Mechanical
EPA: After a robust 2011, rail-car assemblies will total 58,000 in 2012 Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Florida East Coast receives high mark for automotive service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Lackluster U.S. rail traffic means no economic ramp up on tap, Fitch Ratings says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT launches TIGER grant program's fourth iteration Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House transportation bill includes PTC deadline extension, RRIF program changes Read More »
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