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Rail News: May 2010

May 28

U.S. railroads' traffic volume has leveled off, AAR says WMATA sets aside $2 million for security CSXT, Florida forge rail security pact Metra appoints Hillard Heintze as interim inspector general STB mulls options to update rail-cost methodology New York, New Jersey port authority posts mixed results in Q1 Ohio rail commission, GWI to talk long-term lease for Panhandle Line Updates from Kawasaki, L.B. Foster, Wartsila, Siemens and International Fuel Technology

May 27

Texas added as member of States for Passenger Rail Coalition Thales obtains Spanish HSR contract USDOT releases high-speed stimulus funds for five projects Mixed-use tracks present new maintenance challenges U.S. Class Is add to workforce in April, STB data shows DART considers service, staffing cuts for FY2012 TCU-represented carmen, clerks ratify Amtrak agreement Vancouver ridership remains high for TransLink after Olympic surge BNSF Logistics earns EPA environmental distinction Coal miner consortium makes bid for Queensland Rail's coal network New York MTA pens Hudson Yards development deal Updates from Siemens, HDR, Bombardier, VAE Nortrak, DB Schenker, Columbus Castings and ISIS Consultants

May 26

Rail-car deliveries won't crack 14,000 in 2010, Kolstad says Bill proposing emergency public transportation funding enters Senate CSXT recovers from Nashville floods ahead of schedule Minnesota's Central Corridor to begin final design Congress needs to extend short lines' tax credits, Rep. Jenkins says AAR urges protection for railroads from loss of coal revenue Chlorine Institute: FRA understates PTC's benefits to rail industry, public L.A. Metro names Mitchell COO, Welburne executive director of planning

May 25

VRE: Keolis will be ready to assume operations June 28 UTU, NCCC continue contract talks; BLET seeks new national pact Valley Metro alters service to address sales tax revenue decline The Andersons becomes minority investor in Iowa Northern Railway CTA to add security cameras at stations Rail could open China's interior to export goods production, APL says L.A. Metro lands state grant to install electric car chargers Updates from Michael Baker Jr., Thales, HDR, Alstom, TCS, Greenbrier and Cubic Transportation Systems

May 24

Keolis not ready to take over VRE operations, Amtrak says St. Louis Metro approves $232.4 million budget for FY2011 California commission OKs funds for Colton grade separation KCSM seeks to strengthen relationships with Brownsville port, short line Global Infrastructure needs mired in $2 trillion deficit, report shows North Carolina DOT adds safety devices at six grade crossings Administration sets first-ever GHG emission standards for trucks

May 21

'Rail Car Counts' webcast coming May 25 AAR report: U.S. roads' weekly intermodal volume reaches 18-month high LACMTA adopts $3.8 billion annual budget MTA to save $22 million by reducing overtime National Coal sells Tennessee line to R.J. Corman; Boise Valley Railroad lands city agreements Clement to succeed Hertwig as CSXI president CP increases 2010 capex and quarterly dividend; RailAmerica sets senior note redemption Maryland's MARC sets ridership record in April LIRR to break ground on 'green' train wash facility

May 20

New York DOT appoints high-speed rail project director Amtrak Virginia's Lynchburg route exceeds rider projections STB to hear CSXT's, utility's rate-challenge arguments next month Virginia to allot $2.1 billion for rail, public transportation Toronto's Metrolinx revises plan to complete 'Big 5' transit projects by 2020 USDOT, women's transportation group team up to promote transportation careers to females GCRTA approves construction contracts, attains diversity honor Canadian minister promotes Asia-Pacific Gateway in China Updates from Axion, Trinity, CrossGlobe Group, RuggedCom, Michael Baker Jr., Vossloh and Barix Audio; Also, In Memoriam: Robert Pattison

May 19

AAR hands out annual Harriman, Hammond safety awards NY/NJ port to build barge-to-rail facility at century-old yard MassDOT chooses site for MBTA maintenance facility Ohio rail commission OKs state rail plan, freight-rail projects American Railway Explorer to launch 'rail cruise' Rail industry suppliers stay the R&D course despite economic woes, RSI says Ford Foundation to invest in transit projects Updates from RailWorks, Cattron, Unitrac, Holland, Invensys Rail, Bombardier and Diamond Group

May 18

Proposed FRA rule would ban on-duty workers from using electronic devices Gov. Christie to New York-area port authority: Build barge-to-rail facility TriMet breaks ground on 85th light-rail station Wisconsin transit authority to seek federal New Starts standing for KRM line Amtrak, labor council reach tentative agreement FRA schedules public sessions to scrutinize proposed National Rail Plan FTA reviews Houston Metro's compliance with Buy America program Updates from Advanced Rail Management, Alstom, RailComm, Skanska and Global Railway

May 17

States for Passenger Rail Coalition lobbies feds for $2.5 billion in HSR funding in FY2011 Sens. Kerry, Lieberman introduce energy bill MTA breaks ground on Second Avenue Subway tunnel BNSF boots up redesigned website Baird report: Export coal, intermodal volumes help railroads beat traffic expectations Patriot Rail wins bid to restore North Carolina line; Stillwater Central assumes Oklahoma line operation Laird becomes general superintendent of Amtrak's Pacific Northwest division Australia's Asciano to provide intermodal services for freight forwarder Updates from Railhead Vision Systems, Wabtec, LGC Skyrota, CIT Group, Transportation Certification Services and RailPros

May 14

Florida gets FRA go-ahead to launch work on Orlando-Tampa HSR line North American intermodal volume surged in Q1, IANA says AAR report: U.S. roads' traffic winning streak reaches 11 weeks WMATA begins search for permanent GM Virginia sets $492.7 million bond sale for transportation projects NS addresses outlook, board issues at annual stockholders meeting Metro-North, Poughkeepsie eye transit-oriented development plans Pennsylvania DOT to help fund 11 freight-rail projects Updates from L.B. Foster, Portec Rail, Railinc, Bombardier, Gannett Fleming, Bloom Cos. and Cambridge Systematics

May 13

America 2050 urges Congress to fund HSR at $4 billion in FY2011 WSDOT to conduct environmental assessment for Port Defiance Bypass project AAR: All things considered, April was a good month for rail traffic TSI a tad higher in March, BTS says Construction to begin on Twin Cities' light-rail line in fall North Carolina Railroad study touts benefits of commuter rail CN offers shippers a sustainable modal shift 'protocol' Two Las Vegas railroads continue to gear up for launch RailAmerica, Genesee & Wyoming register volume gains in April NJ Transit adds new online offerings

May 12

TriMet reports ridership jump in April Rail needs to be part of U.S. transportation capacity expansions, OneRail Coalition says Stifel Nicolaus' Larkin: CSX, NS top transportation performers VIA Rail Canada changes schedule to shorten travel times Widdows, Hemingway win containerization institute's 'Connie' awards Sound Transit to expand parking lot Intermodal institute masters program students gain European insight Updates from Invensys Rail, Gunderson, Bombardier, Alstom, RMI and Thales

May 11

OneRail Coalition weighs in on National Rail Plan J.L. Patterson to conduct design work for Oregon DOT's HSR project NMB amends rail industry union election rules Capitol Corridor ridership down slightly in April CN, rail traffic controllers reach new agreement Houston Metro president resigns Canadian iron-ore miner completes rail line BLET turns 147 Updates from Portec Rail, MGE, Eckert Seamans and ShipXpress

May 10

New York, federal officials work to resolve HSR issues Metra's Pagano killed by train USDOT's DBE proposal aims to increase accountability for agencies Calgary breaks ground on transit improvements Intermodal marketshare reaches record high in Q1, FTR says Ohio commission to consider state rail plan, rail project funding Pennsylvania officials calls for more transit funding Canadian short line earns economic development honor Ferrara named president of MTA bridges and tunnels

May 7

STB continues to back Nevada's DesertXpress high-speed proposal FRA issues proposed rulemaking on high-speed train operations Illinois Senate creates high-speed rail commission AAR weekly report: North American railroads end April with a traffic bang UP boosts coal train loadings again in April Milwaukee gears up for streetcar project Phoenix's Valley Metro sets ridership records in April UP boosts 2010 capex and quarterly dividend, resumes share repurchases CN hands out 2009 'Safe Handling' awards Illinois commission to fund bridge, crossing projects Updates from Bombardier, FreightCar America, Harsco, NCC, Pacer, Cattron, Transportation Management Services and Michael Baker

May 6

Sen. Schumer calls on state DOT, CSX to resolve HSR issues in New York Intercity rail restoration between New Orleans, Jacksonville key to Florida's HSR connections Wisconsin to build HSR station in downtown Madison Sen. Kohl vows to continue championing antitrust provision in rail reform bill California high-speed authority tabs Alstom exec as next leader ASLRRA show session: Short-line tax credits might be extended by month's end Ward: CSX needs to stay focused on the future Transportation 'critically' under-funded in Pennsylvania, report states Progress Rail acquires FCM Rail Montreal port pumps up volume in Q1 BART survey shows positive rider response to mobile device application Zilliken becomes VP of Las Vegas Railway Express

May 5

Report reinforces freight railroads' 'green' appeal, AAR says Vancouver port seeks freight-rail service improvements UP improves track in four states, wins health care award Shippers to rally for rail competition during 'Rail Customer Day' CN reaches mitigation agreement with Barrington Hills Denver university's intermodal institute re-elects Branscum as chairman, addresses national transportation policy NS hands out 'Thoroughbred' chemical safety awards Updates from RailComm, Knorr Bremse, Invensys Rail, Prover Technology, Averitt Express and Parsons Brinckerhoff

May 4

CN outlines service improvement measures in service review panel report ASLRRA hands out annual safety awards WMATA oversight committee submits audit response MBTA kicks off project to improve Haverhill commuter line Six crossings to be upgraded, three to be closed in Ohio city UP named Lowe's 'rail carrier of the year' KCSR begins to move wind tower parts in Texas NARP names Stewart chairman

May 3

USDOT seeks applications for 'TIGER II' grant program Freight-car deliveries to gradually increase during next two years, EPA says Metra to look into executive director's financial dealings New York & Atlantic lands federal grant to reduce locomotive emissions, idling CTA to increase price index for CN's, CP's grain revenue caps in next crop year SmartCard usage is another step toward Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's modernization efforts Report to show bright future for freight rail in 'green' economy Updates from Hirschmann Automation and Control, WL Ross-Greenbrier Rail, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Skire, IBM and Green Globe International << Previous Next >>
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