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Rail News: April 2011

April 29

Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Bombardier, Alstom, American Railcar, Trinity, EMD and Strategic Rail Finance Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Tacoma Rail to repower three locomotives, serve new Sound Refining spur Read More »
Passenger Rail
SFMTA drafts strategy to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions Read More »
Financials
Genesee & Wyoming and RailAmerica notch higher revenue, note higher expenses Read More »
Financials
WMATA revises FY2012 budget Read More »
Class Is
CN, NS and St. Louis Metro support post-natural disaster relief efforts Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA hosts two-day meeting on transit safety, provides $4 million station renovation grant Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR weekly report: U.S. carloads slipped for second-straight week Read More »

April 28

Rail Industry Trends
Rail-related projects advance in Indiana, North Carolina Read More »
Passenger Rail
Nashville's Music City Star served more riders in March Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP to bolster track in Missouri, Wyoming Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrans receives $100 million federal grant to purchase passenger cars, locomotives Read More »
Passenger Rail
VTA's proposed two-year budget calls for infrastructure spending, no fare increases Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ARG Trans, Genesee & Wyoming land new business Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver RTD won't pursue FasTracks tax this year Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS sets three financial-performance records, registers effects from insurance ruling Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Midwest High Speed Rail Association releases study on 220 mph Chicago hub system Read More »

April 27

Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Wabtec, ALK Technologies and CF Rail Services Read More »
Passenger Rail
RSI white paper proposes changes to 'Buy America' program Read More »
Passenger Rail
Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett creates transportation funding advisory group Read More »
Passenger Rail
CN issues third annual sustainability report Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet proposes fare hikes for adult, youth monthly passes Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North Carolina transportation board issues grants to nine short lines Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
NS, UP note operational achievements Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN: Brisk headwinds didn't hold back revenue and income Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Caltrans receives $100 million HSIPR grant to purchase intercity passenger cars, locomotives Read More »

April 26

Rail Industry Trends
NTSB restores online safety recommendations database Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP, Watco and OmniTRAX make management changes Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA begins geotechnical tests for regional connector project Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Canadian Transportation Agency adjusts grain revenue cap index for CN, CP Read More »
Passenger Rail
Chicago mayor, CTA mark completion of Red Line station renovations Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Washington and Oregon governors propose design, seek federal funding for new I-5 bridge Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Coming tomorrow: Virtual locomotive, rail-car conference and expo Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Wi-Tronix, AECOM, RailComm, Timken and HDR Read More »
High-Speed Rail
RSI white paper proposes changes to Buy America program so suppliers can better meet standards Read More »

April 25

Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Miller Felpax, American Railcar, Wabtec and Handheld Group Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Coalition survey cites opposition to heavier truck weight limits Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ten short lines land grants from Saskatchewan government Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Chlorine Institute: Federal government, not RailAmerica, is 'appropriate entity' to implement haz-mat safety rules Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN forges EJ&E-related mitigation pacts with two Illinois towns Read More »
Passenger Rail
Honolulu submits draft of transit project's financial plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR weekly report: A slight slip for U.S. carloadings Read More »
Passenger Rail
Chicago Mayor-Elect Emanuel tabs Claypool as CTA president, retains Peterson as CTA chair Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Winter has 'brutal' impact on CP's first-quarter results Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Ohio rail group seeks to advance smaller passenger-rail projects within 3C Corridor Read More »
High-Speed Rail
U.S. High Speed Rail Association announces June conference in Chicago Read More »

April 21

Passenger Rail
Amtrak reports technical problems with online reservation, ticketing system Read More »
Passenger Rail
WTS' Texas chapter names Capital Metro's Silas 'Woman of the Year' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RTA report: Tie production, purchases climbed in March Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailAmerica, chemical shipper group disagree on haz-mat safety measures Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. Class Is hiked up headcount in March, STB data shows Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minnesota, FTA to ink grant agreement for Twin Cities' light-rail project Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS sets 1Q operating ratio record, chalks up more revenue and income Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP scores record first-quarter results Read More »

April 20

Rail Industry Trends
Updates from R.J. Corman, Canpotex, Hub Group and Parsons Brinckerhoff Read More »
Passenger Rail
Honolulu rail project oversight authority gains initial members Read More »
Passenger Rail
Houston METRO appoints Frazier vice president, chief information officer Read More »
Passenger Rail
Saskatchewan, California cities seek to redevelop rail properties Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA ridership flattened following fare increases Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail volumes surpassed typical carload growth rates in 1Q, Baird says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Gov. McDonnell signs bill to invest $4 billion in Virginia's transportation infrastructure Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX overcomes weather, fuel-cost headwinds to register record results Read More »

April 19

Rail Industry Trends
Retooled website, Facebook page added to CREATE program's information-sharing arsenal Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Perella Weinberg, Bombardier, GATX, Granite Construction, Axion and Gannett Fleming Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Begeman gains Senate approval to join STB Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro Transit's Northstar ridership rose 6 percent in 1Q Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Study shows rail is vital to Sauk County shippers, Wisconsin & Southern says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Connecticut planning agency drafts long-term transportation plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain to study feasibility of high-speed rail Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA fines Metra $90,000, ends restrictions on federal fund access Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Coming next week: Virtual locomotive, rail-car conference and expo Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Now available: Maintenance of Way Spending Report 2011 Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California legislators propose CHSRA streamline Bay Area segment with Caltrain system; Caltrain to study electrification, integration feasibility Read More »

April 18

Rail Industry Trends
Progress Rail to acquire Balfour Beatty's U.K. trackwork business Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA to expand 'Quiet Car,' update 'Rail Radio' service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT issues TIGER II grant for Pennsylvania short lines; Rail Link wins Wyoming Governor's Award Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART, Nashville MTA announce personnel changes Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXT honors 59 shippers' safety achievements; UP upgrades Illinois line Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet unveils proposed FY2012 budget; NICTD to raise fares Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR weekly report: North American roads continued to log more carloads Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA committee recommends project to improve safety, capacity at Union Station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
L.A.-area ports report mixed March volume results; Alberta port appoints first CEO Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA, BNSF amend agreement for Foothill light-rail extension Read More »
High-Speed Rail
ELPC's Learner: HSR funding cut disappointing, but doesn't mean program is dead Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Progress Rail to acquire Balfour Beatty's U.K. trackwork business Read More »

April 14

Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Gannett Fleming, Noveko, Axion and RailRunner; Also, in memoriam: Balfour Beatty Rail's Mark Meyer Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RSSI installs Drudy as executive director Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TRANSCAER names achievement, chairman's award winners Read More »
Passenger Rail
Houston's METRO names Trevino general counsel Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Genesee & Wyoming, RailAmerica registered carload gains in March Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART GM Dugger resigns; agency launches search for successor Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Virginia DOT completes multi-modal freight study's second phase Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services In slipped in February Read More »
Passenger Rail
Rep. McNerney introduces bill to expand Altamont Corridor Rail Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Rep. McNerney introduces bill to improve Altamont Corridor Read More »

April 13

Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Alstom, Miner Enterprises, AECOM, Rail Safety, Vossloh and Jacobs Engineering Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN teams up with Earth Day Canada to promote environmental stewardship among employees Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Wyoming DOT to consider crossing upgrades for quiet zones Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Commerce Department: Nation's exports, imports fell in February Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak cites priorities for next surface transportation bill Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN, partners seek to develop liquefied natural gas-powered locomotive Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA outlines latest budget cuts aimed at transit, high-speed rail Read More »

April 12

Passenger Rail
LACMTA's HQ achieves LEED 'gold' designation Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Former CN CEO Harrison to fill in as Dynegy's chief exec Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet rail ridership rose in March Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Watco inaugurates short line in Alabama Read More »
Passenger Rail
Capitol Corridor ridership remained on the rise in March Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Intermodal containers for CN; port project for BNSF; chemical safety honorees for UP Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. intermodal, carload volumes continued to climb in March Read More »
Passenger Rail
House transportation committee members criticize Obama's stimulus grant selection process Read More »
High-Speed Rail
FY11 continuing resolution zeros out funding for high-speed rail Read More »

April 11

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Ansaldo, Alstom, Wabtec, Banyan Rail, Interfleet Technology and Kelso Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Crossing upgrades advance in North Carolina, Washington Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT signs off on TIGER II grant for Nebraska freight-rail project Read More »
Labor
VIA Rail, Teamsters reach tentative agreement Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCSM opens transloading facility in Mexico Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain board postpones decision on service cuts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailAmerica to acquire Gulf and Ohio's three Alabama short lines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT obligates $300 million for intercity passenger-rail corridors Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Federal budget includes $1 billion for HSR Read More »
High-Speed Rail
GAO: FRA should be more clear with reasoning behind HSR grant selections Read More »

April 8

Passenger Rail
BART solicits public opinion on new station, extension Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB to hear arguments for CN, GNP cases next month Read More »
Passenger Rail
SFMTA drafts strategic plan for transit 'effectiveness' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXT, NS to serve new Volkswagen plant in Tennessee Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA to continue operations if government shuts down Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR weekly report: U.S. railroads rang up most carloads since late 2008 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak ridership rose 5.5 percent in March Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
PTC, haz-mat and truck size were hot topics at railroad subcommittee's regulatory reform hearing Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Washington signs for $145 million in HSR funds Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Federal HSR funds released to Connecticut Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California authority to fund local station planning Read More »

April 7

Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Siemens, Greenbrier, VTG, Westcode and RailComm Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Steinke to retire from Long Beach port's top post Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Watco assigns Cox, Davis to management positions Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART receives recognition for design-build projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FRA publishes final rule on concrete ties Read More »
Passenger Rail
NYCT launches pilot test of station communication system Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Short-line tax credit extension measure enters Senate Read More »
Passenger Rail
Latest Caltrain agreement reins in proposed service cuts Read More »
High-Speed Rail
LaHood announces $3.3 million in HSR funds for New York Read More »

April 6

Rail Industry Trends
UTU members ratify York Railway agreements Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hampton Roads Transit shelves light-rail study Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Maine DOT contracts Eastern Maine Railway to operate state-owned lines Read More »
Passenger Rail
Illinois DOT agrees to fund study of proposed Metra expansion Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP loaded more PRB coal trains in March Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART Berryessa extension advances in federal New Starts program Read More »
Passenger Rail
House's latest continuing resolution would cut transit funds Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Newly minted New Mexico law paves way for UP intermodal facility Read More »
High-Speed Rail
LaHood: Twenty-four states, D.C. and Amtrak seek redirected HSR funds Read More »
High-Speed Rail
APTA report outlines business case for federal investment in HSR Read More »

April 5

Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Bombardier, Corys Thunder, Axion and Parsons Brinckerhoff Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP promotes three execs in finance department Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA testing prototype cars along Purple Line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSX seeks public's environment-protection ideas on Facebook Read More »
Passenger Rail
Connecticut governor backs commuter-rail plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA begins testing on Expo light-rail line Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA selects HDR/Gilbane team for Green Line extension Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR asks USDOT to modify six 'obsolete' rail regulations Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Amtrak's Engel talks 'next-generation' high-speed rail Read More »

April 4

Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Skanska, Sumitomo, Bombardier, Gannett Fleming, URS and Racine Railroad Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Alaska Railroad releases 2010 annual report Read More »
Passenger Rail
Illinois high-speed rail corridor work under way Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Cold Train eyes expansion after reaching one-year mark Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Hub Group acquires Exel Transportation Services Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak issues updated fleet plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
DCTA to begin testing signal, communications equipment on A-train corridor Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS, Savage team up to establish multi-user rail terminal in Texas Read More »

April 1

Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Bombardier, Global Railway, Knorr-Bremse and Greenbrier Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Louisiana environmental office recognizes New Orleans short line's emission-reduction efforts Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet receives $1.2 million federal grant for security cameras Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Global trade forecast: Modest growth for now, explosive growth later Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR weekly report: North American roads logged more carloads Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ontario, Toronto officials agree on revised transit plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
IFG Port Holdings to build UP-served export grain terminal at Louisiana port Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Amtrak issues updated fleet plan Read More »
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