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Rail News: May 2011

May 31

Updates from Bombardier, Ansaldo, Alstom, Signaling Solutions and Thales Washington state commission OKs funds for four crossing projects DART, East Texas agency seek expanded rail connections Effective vegetation management includes herbicide applications, ARRC says MBTA marks completion of Blue Line station project Montreal port pumped up 2010 volumes Iowa Northern seeks to operate UP line, gain rights to CP trackage Amtrak caps off station renovation in Missouri CHSRA tabs Ryan as chief of staff Alstom to supply high-speed trains for Polish system

May 27

BART approves Taser purchase for police department Ohio commission releases 2010 crossing safety report WMATA's governance committee proposes permanent bylaws AAR recognizes haz-mat safety achievements in three award categories Sen. Brown targets SMART Act at rebuilding transit infrastructure AAR report: U.S. rail traffic remained on uptick last week LACMTA adopts $4 billion budget for FY2012, approves underground station plan Mica, Shuster call for privatizing Northeast Corridor New York, Rhode Island officials recognize importance of HSR grants

May 26

Greater Cleveland RTA adds Segway to patrol fleet Morristown & Erie to operate newly rehabbed New Jersey line VRE operator appoints Stegner equipment superintendent Argus honors CRANDIC/Archer Daniels Midland partnership successes Sound Transit attains WTS honor for diversity leadership in contracting, hiring CN wins major TRANSCAER award for second-straight year AEM leader calls on Congress to invest in transportation infrastructure Senate committee members post progress with drafting next surface transportation bill Mica, Shuster propose transferring NEC ownership to private entity California HSR officials contend with criticism, seek private-sector participation

May 25

Vale to expand Brazilian port terminal, install new CEO New Orleans RTA to cut price of one-day pass AAR honors INVISTA for obtaining haz-mat safety awards from four Class Is CSXT awards $5,000 for 'Tomorrow Moves' projects Hunt Global Resources to produce more frac sand for shale drilling operations Equipment finance sector continues to strengthen, ELFA says New coalition aims to raise nation's awareness of transportation 'crisis' TriMet to open Rockwood MAX station

May 24

Updates from Alstom, Axion, Rail Safety, Gannett Fleming and Control Chief Now available: Maintenance of Way Spending Report 2011 Hensley becomes GM of Adrian & Blissfield RTA report: Tie purchases, production dipped in April SEPTA opens rebuilt Fox Chase Station UP earns top Toyota Logistics award for third-straight year Amtrak: Connecticut bridge projects post progress Florida East Coast joins AAR Metro Transit-St. Louis approves FY2012 operating, capital budget Kansas university professors to study concrete ties for HSR applications

May 23

Updates from Invensys Rail, L.B. Foster, Alstom and Hollysys North County Transit District receives local taxpayer 'Watchdog Award' ASME releases rail vehicle safety standards Illinois commission OKs new second track, upgrades to 14 crossings Rail traffic gains likely to remain ahead of GDP growth through 2011, Baird says FRA's Rae named WTS 'Woman of the Year' USDOT to provide $7.6 billion for transit ATA: Rail's share of U.S. freight volume to fall, intermodal's to rise by 2022

May 20

Logistics provider to build Brazil's largest intermodal terminal MTA recognized for MWBE opportunities; CTA honored for 'Tracker' programs North Carolina, Ohio agencies advance rail safety enhancement projects MARTA awards $17.2 million streetcar contract to Siemens UP opens yard in Wyoming Amtrak high-speed rail business plan to include private investors AAR weekly report: U.S. carloads rebound, Mexican carloads fall flat

May 19

Updates from Invensys, Miner, Wabtec, Sweco, Kahn and Parsons Brinckerhoff SFMTA considers adding express bus service to light-rail route BNSF receives two Toyota logistics awards, honors chemical shippers safety efforts GO Transit ramped up ridership, boosted on-time performance in FY2010-11 CSX to provide another $160 million for National Gateway initiative FCC's wireless telecommunications arm seeks comments on PTC radio spectrum issues AAR hands out annual Harriman, Hammond awards Amtrak pursues private investment in N.E. Corridor HSR plans

May 18

Canadian association pursues 'common vision' for rail's future High-speed rail trackwork will affect Amtrak Lincoln Service, Texas Eagle routes MBTA meetings will review single-person train operation plans Sound Transit's light-rail tunneling set to begin Senate bill would authorize more federal funding for TIGER grant program FTA awards $6.7 million to build Albuquerque intermodal center CN to boost intermodal capacity at Brampton terminal Rockefeller, Lautenberg draft bill to drive private transportation investments CHSRA signs information-exchange pact with United Kingdom Rockefeller, Lautenberg draft bill to drive private transportation investments

May 17

Updates from Alstom, Bombardier, Banyan Rail, Stantec, Advanced Transit Manufacturing and Parsons Brinckerhoff Metrolink OKs new ticketing options RailAmerica's April carloads lagged last year's pace Twin Cities' council, transportation advisory board release 2011 regional solicitation for projects Illinois bill would benefit freight system planning, Metropolis Strategies says Metra to expand quiet cars to all lines L.A.-area ports pumped up April volumes U.S. Class Is ramped up employment levels last month World Congress on High-Speed Rail to be held in Philly in 2012

May 16

Now available: Maintenance of Way Spending Report 2011 KCS seeks to solidify short-line partnerships GCRTA to open rapid transit station tomorrow Intermodal equipment repair facility coming to Joliet area in fall Kentucky provides more than $3.1 million for short-line infrastructure projects Gallegly proposes bill to raise cap on Metrolink accident victim compensation Parsons Brinckerhoff, STV joint venture wins LACMTA extension contract Caltrain's express train service boosted April ridership IANA: International container, domestic traffic gains drove up 1Q intermodal volume

May 13

Updates from Amsted Rail, Evraz, ISCO, AMEC and Integrated Business APTA, ARTBA to launch transportation investment ad campaign featuring Presidents Reagan, Clinton NS preps for future volume growth; CSXT honors Georgia development agency Ohio rail commission OKs three freight-rail projects TriMet registered record ridership in April Texas transportation agency to begin train, signal and communications tests along commuter-rail corridor GE Transportation to build locomotive plant in Texas AAR: More mixed traffic results for U.S. roads in May's first week

May 12

Updates from Harsco, RailComm, Greenbrier, CH2M Hill, Booz Allen Hamilton and TransCore Organizations, individuals attain honors for rail-related efforts Genesee & Wyoming logged more carloads in April NS honors chemical shippers' safety efforts, backs more storm relief efforts USDOT awards Amtrak $450 million to upgrade New York-to-D.C. high-speed rail service CTA installs Claypool as president NJ Transit unveils dual-powered locomotive, advances light-rail line and adds quiet cars March a lion for Transportation Services Index's growth Amtrak ridership surged to record level in April More details on Amtrak's HSR grant award Rep. Braley urges Iowa governor to provide matching funds for HSR grant CH2M Hill to acquire Booz Allen Hamilton's state, local government transportation consulting division

May 11

Updates from Alstom, Bombardier, Axion, Harsco, Jacobs Associates and Parsons America 2050 praises USDOT's high-speed, intercity rail grants Schumer: Nation needs to increase rail security funding, make Amtrak more secure Veolia/Tri-Rail, MBCR/MBTA workers endorse contracts Vancouver port lands high-speed rail grant for freight access project Capitol Corridor registers record April ridership, receives $68 million from feds for rolling stock CN to boost capacity in Alberta corridors Virginia rail agency ponders expansion with Amtrak, Class Is California legislative report: High-speed project needs better oversight, more government involvement More details on the Vancouver port project

May 10

Teamsters Canada MOW division OKs Ontario Northland pact; Georgia short line workers join UTU Santa Clara VTA awards creek improvement contract Long Beach port leader Steinke wins Connie Award ATU members approve two-year contract with Twin Cities' Metro Transit Cordele Intermodal Services to open Georgia terminal next month San Francisco-area congressional delegation urges support for BART's 'Fleet for Future' AAR April report: U.S. carloadings fell for first time in 13 months USDOT's high-speed rail funding decision attracts fans, foes Former Florida Rail Enterprise chief joins Parsons

May 9

Updates from Keolis, Wabtec, FreightCar America, ARI and Parsons Brinckerhoff Now available: Maintenance of Way Spending Report 2011 Air emissions continue to plummet at L.A. port Communitech survey shows support for Waterloo-area light-rail line Metrolink launches 16 new trains, adds express and light-night service BTS: Train border crossings climbed in 2010 Cincinnati officials revise streetcar plan California rail authority to resume freight-rail service on Northwestern Pacific line APTA's Millar calls on Congress to increase transit security funding LaHood: HSR grants allocated to states that are 'ready to get into the high-speed rail business' USDOT announces new HSIPR grants Bombardier to supply components for new Deutsche Bahn high-speed trains

May 6

BART adds new library service for riders Railroad passenger association awards first academic award to Penn's Vuchic North Carolina Railroad to bolster three rail bridges UP boosts capex budget for 2011, wins environmental award in Texas Houston METRO names new police chief; WMATA elects new board members APTA hosts national career day; Canada transit agencies organize youth summit on sustainable transportation AAR weekly report: U.S. roads closed April with mixed traffic results CSXT's Spatafore wins Chafee award; Quebec-Gatineau Railway's Lewerenz wins Cyr award Oklahoma to study PPP approach for implementing high-speed rail

May 5

Updates from Ansaldo, Televant, Vossloh, Southfield Capital and KBR North Carolina DOT to close 'redundant' crossing Virginia rail agency appoints Wilson chief of public transportation Delaware DOT seeks public input on new state rail plan Rio Grande Pacific installs Bach as president MBTA weekday ridership surged 5 percent in March BTS: Value of freight transported among NAFTA nations rose in February LACMTA proposes 6.3 percent budget increase for FY2012

May 4

Washington state commission approves funds for five crossing projects MBTA puts station project out for bids CN provides scheduled service for potash shippers Metrolink to launch new trains on May 9 U.S. mayors want more say in federal transportation funding, survey says UP's PRB coal train loadings on uptick in April USDOT sends SunRail grant agreement to Congress for review Senate bill would freeze federal truck size, weight limits

May 3

Updates from Siemens, L.B. Foster, R.J. Corman, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Strategic Rail Chicago South Shore, UTU ratify new contract Begeman sworn in to U.S. Surface Transportation Board Houston METRO to solicit public opinion on transit plan, rehires HR exec ASLRRA hands out annual safety awards at San Antonio conference EPA expects rail-car deliveries to reach 36,900 in 2011 AAR publishes annual 'Trends' report

May 2

Updates from Axion, Stadler, Invensys, Kinkisharyo, Siemens, CIT Rail and Orgo-Thermit Inc. UP wins chemical shipper's 'excellence' award; subsidiary achieves high 'SmartWay' score WMATA seeks amendment to pave way for transit-oriented development Sound Transit approves acquisition of former BNSF right of way for light-rail link NS breaks ground on Memphis intermodal terminal UTU, carriers' committee forge tentative national pact MARTA proposes $414 operating budget, $186 million capital budget for FY2012 ARCI: First-quarter rail-car orders exceeded entire 2010 total << Previous Next >>
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