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Rail News: April 2012

April 30

Passenger Rail
VTA to transition to smart-card fare system Read More »
C&S
CSXT to upgrade three Ohio grade crossings Read More »
Passenger Rail
NCTD assumes dispatching for San Diego's coastal rail corridor Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Terre Haute chamber honors Indiana Rail Road's wellness program Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA North Red Line stations to undergo $86 million worth of upgrades Read More »
Class Is
BNSF bestows employee achievement awards, boots up interactive map Read More »
Financials
Analysts to discuss Class I first-quarter earnings tomorrow during morning webcast Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Teamsters Canada Rail Conference members favor CP strike if contract renewal stalls Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Conference committee to meet May 8 on surface transportation bill Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Amtrak issues updated fleet plan Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California legislator proposes measure requiring CHSRA consultants to be more transparent Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California agriculture board to discuss HSR's impact on farmland Read More »

April 27

Class Is
NS honors 45 chemical shippers' safety efforts; CSX ranks high on 'climate leaders' list Read More »
People
NARP recognizes Rep. Patrick Meehan with 'Golden Spike Award' Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit identifies route, station options for light-rail expansion Read More »
Financials
Analysts to discuss Class I first-quarter earnings at May 1 webcast Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak receives energy grant; Twin Cities' council awards $15.7 million in TOD grants Read More »
Passenger Rail
SFMTA announces bid for subway station project Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak to combine emergency management, security functions Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Intermodal volume up, but carloads down for U.S. railroads last week Read More »

April 26

Supplier Spotlight
April 26: Updates from GE Transportation, Boatright, Bombardier, Trinity and RailComm Read More »
Intermodal
Slag processing, distribution facility coming to Indiana port Read More »
Safety
Amtrak engineers honored for rail safety, Barkan receives NARP's Academic Award Read More »
Intermodal
NS and KCS, Pacer and CRST form intermodal partnerships Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver's RTD board decides against FasTracks ballot initiative in 2012 Read More »
People
AAR recognizes UP's Iden, Sen. Udall as 2012 Chafee award recipients Read More »
Passenger Rail
Construction begins on Seattle's new streetcar line Read More »
Financials
RailAmerica reports strong Q1 results, assigns Lewis as CCO Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Parsons Brinckerhoff names Whately to California HSR program management team Read More »

April 25

Passenger Rail
MBTA, Masabi to offer smartphone rail-ticket system Read More »
Labor
STB: U.S. Class I workforce enlarged in March Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA prepares for Expo Line's launch on Saturday Read More »
Financials
Analysts to discuss Class I first-quarter earnings at May 1 webcast Read More »
Mechanical
ARCI: Rail-car orders ratcheted down, deliveries ratcheted up in Q1 Read More »
Class Is
UP advances trackwork in Idaho and Colorado, acknowledges 'UP Day' in Illinois Read More »
Passenger Rail
Grand Central Terminal upgrades will slash energy consumption, MTA says Read More »
Mechanical
BART recommends Bombardier to build rail 'Fleet of the Future' Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS set four financial records, equaled another in Q1 Read More »

April 24

Supplier Spotlight
April 24: Updates from Progress Rail, IAS, Cubic and Auto Truck; Also: remembering Brown Railroad Equipment's Daniel Brown Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Diego MTS authorizes trolley purchase option Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR records best on-time performance in first quarter Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
ASLRRA hands out annual safety awards, first-ever Schlosser memorial award Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver RTD: Unsolicited proposal for light-rail project has merit Read More »
Labor
NCCC: BMWED ratifies national agreement, capping off current bargaining round Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS set four financial records in Q1 Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN: Solid Q1 results stem from 'executing well on all fronts' Read More »

April 23

Passenger Rail
ConnDOT to recycle train station project materials; initiates quiet-car pilot Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Georgia ports set container-handling record in March Read More »
Class Is
CSX lands on magazine's top corporate citizens list, attains military association's honor Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak completes Hialeah maintenance facility Read More »
MOW
Florida port to extend berth, complete container yard Read More »
MOW
Ohio agency to help fund rail infrastructure improvements Read More »
Passenger Rail
HART begins construction of new rail system's foundation Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT opens bidding for USA-made passenger-rail cars Read More »
Financials
Analysts to discuss Class I first-quarter earnings at May 1 webcast Read More »

April 20

Supplier Spotlight
April 20: Updates from Bombardier, HiRail, Cubic and Bechtel Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Europe's high-speed rail system off to a fast start in 2012 Read More »
Intermodal
Consolidated Fastfrate to co-locate cross-dock facility with CP intermodal yard Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hampton Roads Transit reaches 1 million light-rail rides Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak names Stadtler VP of operations Read More »
Intermodal
Alameda Corridor now a decade old Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR on week No. 15: U.S. carloads still down, Canadian carloads remain up Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP: Better operating metrics meant better financial results in Q1 Read More »
High-Speed Rail
USDOT releases RFP for standardized bi-level intercity passenger-rail cars Read More »

April 19

C&S
NS to upgrade Ohio crossing Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail to improve more than 50 stations Read More »
People
Bourque becomes Canadian rail association's top executive Read More »
Class Is
U.S. Development Group expands UP-served crude oil terminal in Louisiana Read More »
Passenger Rail
CATS to mark state grant agreement for LYNX Blue Line extension Read More »
Passenger Rail
SFMTA's board OKs two-year budget with maintenance improvements Read More »
Financials
UP scored record financial results in Q1 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House passes SAFETEA-LU extension with Keystone provision Read More »

April 18

Passenger Rail
Houston METRO, university partner on leadership development program Read More »
Class Is
American Carbon Registry provides 'excellence' award to NS Read More »
Labor
BLET-represented engineers ratify collective bargaining agreement with UP Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA to repair Baltimore light-rail, subway systems Read More »
Passenger Rail
TSA gives Amtrak security program 'gold standard' rating Read More »
Labor
GCRTA contract with ATU ties wage hikes to agency performance

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CSX Transportation
CSX reports first-quarter results Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California LAO recommends against funding high-speed rail in upcoming state budget Read More »

April 17

Supplier Spotlight
April 17: Updates from Bombardier and CAF USA Read More »
Passenger Rail
Durango & Silverton takes delivery of observation car featuring unique trucks Read More »
Logistics
BNSF Logistics names 2011 Carrier Excellence Award winners Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak expands eTicketing pilot to Capitol Corridor, San Joaquin services Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Saskatchewan government doles out grants to 11 short lines Read More »
People
APTA names Childress CFO Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North records all-time best on-time performance in first quarter Read More »
Class Is
NS set to begin Bellevue yard expansion Read More »

April 16

Passenger Rail
Starbucks coming to Chicago's 'L' train Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCSM is ExxonMobil Mexico's top supplier for 2011 Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail completes Vancouver Station renovation Read More »
Intermodal
L.A.-area ports pumped up volume in March Read More »
Intermodal
New York port, Missouri town seek TIGER IV grants for rail-related projects Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Pershing Square exec addresses CP shareholders in new letter Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Obama's executive order establishes 'fracking' oversight group Read More »
Passenger Rail
Federal, California officials break ground on BART's Berryessa extension Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP responds to Pershing Square shareholder letter Read More »

April 13

Supplier Spotlight
April 13: Updates from Alstom, Siemens, Rocla, eVERIFILE.COM, JMA Railroad Supply and Parsons Brinckerhoff Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP honors 74 chemical shippers' hazmat safety efforts Read More »
C&S
North Carolina DOT schedules public meeting on proposed crossing closure Read More »
Intermodal
Army Corps releases final environmental report for Savannah Harbor expansion Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak, BNSF discuss Southwest Chief route's future Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Rhode Island officials unveil Providence station project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit purchases land for East Link line, easements for Eastside corridor Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. carload traffic still stuck in lower gear Read More »
High-Speed Rail
CHSRA board signs off on revised business plan, northern and southern California MOUs Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Washington State, Oregon DOTs partner to jointly manage Amtrak Cascades corridor Read More »

April 12

C&S
Metrolink implements first phase of communication system upgrade Read More »
MOW
UP to bolster Kansas line; NS and W&LE to upgrade Ohio crossings Read More »
Class Is
MoDOT seeks public input on state rail plan Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
RailAmerica's traffic tumbled in March Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canadian government to help fund track restoration for Vancouver Island Railway Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BTS: Freight TSI up, Passenger TSI down in February Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT provision provides transit agencies flexibility to manage rising fuel costs Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak ridership stayed growth course in FY2012's first half Read More »
High-Speed Rail
MoDOT seeks public input on state rail plan Read More »

April 11

Passenger Rail
DART tests light-rail train in Irving, introduces emergency text system Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
R.J. Corman serves Toyota's Mississippi auto plant Read More »
Logistics
South Africa's Transnet crafts seven-year plan to shift modal focus on rail Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP expects much higher earnings, much better operating metrics in Q1 results Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet posted ridership increase for 12th straight month Read More »
Passenger Rail
Federal, local officials break ground on Dearborn intermodal station Read More »
Passenger Rail
Fairfax County confirms role in Dulles rail project's second phase Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT unveils new locomotive safety rule Read More »
High-Speed Rail
House oversight committee to examine CHSRA spending, compliance Read More »

April 10

Supplier Spotlight
April 10: Updates from Alstom, Oregon Iron, CIT, Mitsui Rail and Greenbrier Read More »
MOW
North Carolina DOT to review bridge, crossing project at public workshop Read More »
Passenger Rail
Commuter rail to serve Wickford Junction station, garage Read More »
MOW
WMATA to resume major trackwork through December Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP wins Toyota Logistics awards; CSXT scores more ethanol business Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain posts all-time high weekday ridership Read More »
People
AAR names six nominees for Chafee environmental stewardship award Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Watco acquires Cudahy Car Shop Read More »

April 9

Passenger Rail
NS to begin Michigan trackwork next week Read More »
Safety
TRANSCAER names national award winners Read More »
Passenger Rail
UTA to open new commuter-rail line in December Read More »
Intermodal
OOCL lands long-term lease for Long Beach port's planned container terminal Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Obama is committed to passenger-rail expansion, Szabo says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT: Grants sought in TIGER IV applications well exceed $500 million pot Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: More mixed traffic results for U.S. roads in March Read More »
Passenger Rail
Updated revenue, ridership figures improve WMATA's FY2013 prospects Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Eno's Schank weighs in on revised CHSRA business plan Read More »

April 5

Supplier Spotlight
April 5: Updates from Harsco, Bombardier, RailComm and Magnetech Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail traffic graphics updated on ProgressiveRailroading.com Read More »
Amtrak
Grassroots movement pushes for restoration of Amtrak Sunset Limited route Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS seeks locomotive shop recruits in Pennsylvania Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
U.S. needs long-term infrastructure investment for economic growth, Geithner says Read More »
MOW
Illinois DOT to fund design for BNSF viaduct replacement Read More »
Passenger Rail
PANYNJ approves $256 million Harrison station replacement Read More »
Safety
Rail fatalities in Canada reached five-year low last year, safety board says Read More »

April 4

People
Capital Metro's Watson named to Texas 'Hall of Honor' board; Brimmeier joins Pittsburgh port authority's board Read More »
Logistics
GT Logistics opens UP-served rail terminal at Texas multi-modal park Read More »
Passenger Rail
Lautenberg endorses MTA's support for Amtrak Gateway Tunnel project Read More »
Intermodal
Cold Train, Interstate Distributor team up on short-haul drayage at Washington intermodal terminal Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit advances tunnel boring for University Link project Read More »
Class Is
Evergreen Shipping honors CN as top railroad of 2011 Read More »
PTC
Congressmen seek more federal funding for PTC research, emergency response training Read More »
Passenger Rail
Foothill extension authority green lights work on light-rail alignment Read More »
High-Speed Rail
France's SNCF exercises $1.2 billion option on Alstom Euroduplex contract Read More »

April 3

Supplier Spotlight
April 3: Updates from Unitrac, EMCOR Group, Cubic Transportation, Progress Rail and STV Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA launches campaign to combat sexual harassment of riders Read More »
Passenger Rail
VTA continues elevator, escalator upgrades Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP's coal train loadings lagged in March Read More »
Intermodal
California commission provides $271 million for rail, highway projects Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
ASLRRA names three 2012 Marketing Award winners Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Standard & Poor's: Transportation's 'unpredictable' funding could have 'severe consequences' for economy, safety Read More »
Class Is
CN, CSXT craft steel-wheel interchange in Chicago Read More »

April 2

Passenger Rail
UTA's board passes fines for distracted behavior Read More »
Passenger Rail
GCRTA posted ridership spike on St. Patrick's Day Read More »
Financials
Alaska Railroad posted revenue, ridership gains in 2011 Read More »
MOW
KCS finishes trackwork in Texas, starts MOW project in Louisiana Read More »
Passenger Rail
North Carolina DOT, Charlotte to gauge developers' interest in Gateway Station project Read More »
People
Iowa Interstate installs Miller as vice chairman, Lipka as president/CEO Read More »
Passenger Rail
Tucson selects joint venture team for streetcar project Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Pershing Square tabs former NS COO Tobias as seventh nominee for CP's board Read More »
High-Speed Rail
CHSRA's revised business plan outlines faster, cheaper way to build system Read More »
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