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Rail News: May 2012

May 31

Rail supplier updates from GE Transportation, Bombardier, Alstom, Gannett Fleming and Parsons Brinckerhoff (May 31) Ohio utilities commission approves upgrades at three crossings MTA completes third Queens tunnel early Flynn resigns as National Labor Relations Board member BNSF budgets $306 million for infrastructure projects in three states Budget shortfall prompts Metrolink fare increase Valley Metro breaks ground on light-rail extension Teamsters strike update: Return-to-work bill might pass muster today, CP might resume operations tomorrow California Senate passes bill calling for creation of statewide passenger-rail plan

May 30

Progressive Railroading to present webcast on European Union rail marketplace on June 8 WMATA installs final 'Guarded 8' rail switch Chrysler honors Union Pacific Distribution Services with 'partnership' award VIA Rail posted revenue gains in 2011 RTA: Tie purchases accelerated in April VTA solicits comments on proposed light-rail extension SEPTA approves $1.3 billion operating, $303 million capital budgets for FY2013 University of Denver introduces major covering global commerce, transportation NAFTA partners' surface transportation trade value reached record high in March, BTS says CHSRA appoints Parsons Brinckerhoff SVP Morales as new chief

May 29

Rail supplier updates from Skanska, Cubic and Michael Baker (May 29) BNSF budgets $111 million for Montana infrastructure projects Caltrain reviews plan to add six trains, adjust service Canadian government, VIA officials announce funding for Winnipeg station project Indiana Rail Road CEO Hoback obtains honorary degree from Rose-Hulman Institute USDOT notes close call reporting system, R&D strides in rail industry Canada's House of Commons introduces return-to-work bill after CP-TCRC talks stall; TCRC-represented dispatchers ratify CN contract LACMTA board OKs remainder of Westside subway extension project CHSRA in process of hiring new top exec Chicago DOT releases Union Station master plan study

May 25

Progressive Railroading to present webcast on European Union rail marketplace on June 8 VIA Rail opens rehabbed Panorama Lounge at Toronto Union Station New York & Ogdensburg helps transport large turbine blades to wind farm Rep. Reed tours Western New York & Pennsylvania, hears call for short-line tax credit extension California Transportation Commission allocates funds for grade separation Denver RTD to open first FasTracks rail line next spring Chicago DOT releases Union Station master plan study AAR: Another intermodal up, carloads down week for U.S. rail traffic WMATA board signs off on FY2013 budget UP set to pre-qualify bidders for Illinois HSR Tier 2 bid package

May 24

Rail supplier updates from GE Transportation, Siemens, Wabtec, GATX, RailComm and Parsons Brinckerhoff (May 24) New York MTA signs off on agreements for taxi service at Long Island Rail Road stations Ohio public utilities commission approves upgrades to five crossings Georgia ports reached high cargo, auto volume marks in April SEPTA completes Ryers Station renovation GO Transit marks 45th anniversary BNSF to maintain track, boost rail capacity in two states CP to lay off more than 3,000 workers due to Teamsters strike Progressive Railroading to present webcast on European Union rail marketplace on June 8

May 23

Elevator, escalator maintenance efforts paying off, NYCT says AAR names numerous haz-mat safety award winners for 2011 RailAmerica's board ponders potential sale Federal, state officials kick off Eads Bridge project in St. Louis Canada, Ontario to support preliminary engineering study for commuter-rail link U.S. Class I workforce expanded in April, STB says Rogoff signs $745.2 million grant agreement for TriMet's Portland-Milwaukie light-rail project Teamsters Canada Rail Conference launches strike at CP

May 22

Rail supplier updates from Bechtel, AECOM, Trinity and International Logistics (May 22) FRA should require railroads to cover debris-carrying cars, Schumer says Long Island Rail Road budgets $211.5 million for mainline infrastructure projects Georgia ports support jobs and state's economy, college study shows L.A. port pumped up volume in April STB authorizes R.J. Corman to build Pennsylvania line Metro Transit-St. Louis, BART to implement fare increases

May 21

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Bourque Logistics, Traktionssysteme and OPW (May 21) CN honors 109 chemical shippers' safety efforts Iowa Pacific to operate Santa Cruz branch line Sound Transit Deputy CEO Kupersmith to retire USDOT awards $85 million in New Starts funds to Portland-to-Milwaukie line CSX presents 'Partnershipping' award to Montgomery chamber of commerce Teamsters Canada Rail Conference issues 72-hour strike notice to CP

May 18

LIRR to prohibit alcohol on weekends PUCO OKs Wheeling & Lake Erie plan to upgrade crossing TransLink to solicit public input on North Shore Transit Plan CSX's wellness programs recognized by northeast Florida group PANYNJ to hire new security officer, centralize security operations Central Manitoba Railway wins Canadian rail association's marketing award AAR: U.S. traffic follows intermodal up, carloads down trend CP installs Tobias as interim CEO, Paquin as acting chair North Carolina, Virginia transportation agencies hand over SEHSR recommendation report to FRA Parsons Brinckerhoff to provide design services for U.K.'s HS2

May 17

Rail supplier updates from CalAmp, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Bombardier and Gannett Fleming (May 17) UP honors North Platte with Train Town USA membership SBA recognizes MTA's diversity officer Long Beach port registers traffic dip in April NCTD names Zoll chief of security Ontario government to offer GO Transit service guarantee Charlotte transit agency signs Blue Line extension agreements with North Carolina Railroad, NS CP's Green resigns in advance of shareholder meeting

May 16

CN's Mongeau: Business agenda is shaped by Class I's standards, values WMATA opens first 'bike-and-ride' facility Ramsey County rail authority set to begin negotiations for Union Depot property management, bicycle center TTCI appoints Irani, Florom and Sherer to VP posts TriMet posts April ridership gains in all modes Sound Transit's light-rail tunnels reach downtown Seattle BNSF details capital spending plans for Kansas, Missouri Volatile gas prices drive Americans to ride trains, buses, study says

May 15

Rail supplier updates from L.B. Foster, Bombardier, Alstom, RailTerm, TUV Rheinland, SourceOne and Cubic (May 15) Kuk succeeds Laman as Indiana port's director Central Corridor light-rail project reaches halfway mark NYCT completes Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue Station rehab project Long Beach port kicks off Middle Harbor modernization project New England passenger-rail agency adds station platforms for Downeaster expansion Rail Runner adds express train, other amenities; implements fare increase

May 14

Ohio commission approves bridge repairs, line rehabilitation work Idaho short-line workers ratified new contract, BLET says GO Transit to operate weekend service along Barrie corridor CSX, Amtrak and NYSDOT need to include pedestrian path in rail bridge plans, Sen. Schumer says Hursh to succeed Smith as VTA's COO Domestic coal decline isn't hampering railroads' earnings, Paragon Report says Amtrak revamps operations to strengthen performance, service WMATA board to consider $2.3 billion budget for FY2013 Japan-U.S. partnership seeks to launch 220 mph rail service serving Dallas, Houston New England passenger-rail agency adds station platforms for Downeaster expansion Amtrak revamps operations to strengthen performance, service

May 11

Rail supplier updates from Invensys, Ricardo, Bombardier, RailComm, RailTerm, Auto Truck and Cubic (May 11) Ohio commission approves NS crossing upgrade Transportation Services Index slipped in March California commission OKs funds for grade separation project USDOT announces $15.8 million grant to eliminate rail bottleneck in Detroit BART's board approves Bombardier car contract AAR reports carload drop in week 18; RailAmerica and GWI report carload declines in April PANYNJ, local board award Moynihan Station contract to Skanska

May 10

Amtrak launches eTicketing service for Heartland Flyer passengers Colorado, Texas short-line workers ratify new contracts GO Transit to add weekday rush-hour rides UP loads fewer coal trains in April, wins Lowe's top carrier award BNSF increased revenue, income in Q1 NJ Transit posts gains in rider satisfaction LACMTA proposes 8 percent budget increase for FY2013 USDOT revises PTC implementation regulations USDOT, Michigan approve funding for West Detroit connector track project

May 9

Rail supplier updates from Axion, FreightCar America and Plasser (May 9) Pacer and CSXT, Schneider National and BNSF renew intermodal pacts LaHood, UTA officials to launch construction on Sugar House Streetcar Domestic container volume surged in Q1, IANA says HART CEO proposes 7 percent budget cut SteelRiver to acquire Patriot Rail; Metrolink's Fenton to succeed Marino as CEO AAR names winners of E.H. Harriman, Harold F. Hammond safety awards Boxer, Mica call on conference committee to forge agreement on transportation bill STB: Michigan DOT does not need approval to acquire NS line

May 8

May 8: Updates from Ansaldo, Osmose and Norgren OneRail Coalition to brief congressional staffers on rail industry's infrastructure investment STB proposes new demurrage liability rule Iowa Holdings teams up with Rail Logistics to better manage refrigerated car fleet IDOT unveils new multi-modal transportation program Shift away from coal as power plant feedstock is in play, Fitch Ratings says CN, KCS make top management changes WMATA registers performance improvements in first quarter

May 7

May 7: Updates from ARS, Lilee Systems, Koppers, Stella-Jones and CTLGroup Chicago South Shore & South Bend appoints CMO, superintendent Rogoff helps dedicate new Massachusetts intermodal center Crosstex Energy to boost capacity at Louisiana crude oil transload facility Three Class Is make jobseeker web site's list of top military employers USDOT signs off on Oklahoma DOT's TIGER III grant for track upgrades Caltrain board OKs regional pact for electrification Fare increase to take effect tomorrow on Capitol Corridor Midwestern states to study options for congestion relief, faster trains between Chicago and Detroit

May 4

May 4: Updates from Veolia, Skanska Koch, Modjeski and Masters, RMI, TUV Rheinland and NRC NARP presents Golden Spike Award to Sen. Inouye The Andersons acquires Iowa ethanol facility Bartlett Grain to build KCSR-served facility in Illinois LaHood makes another pitch for 'Buy America' SMART completes bond sale to fund new commuter-rail service CTA boosts price index component of CN's, CP's grain revenue cap AAR: U.S. coal volume sagged to lowest year-over-year percentage drop last month CHSRA board approves final environmental documents for Merced-Fresno corridor Caltrain signs off on electrification MOU

May 3

Ohio grade crossing upgrades advance, Illinois grade separation remains under study DART, Metra and PANYNJ announce personnel changes Tacoma port crafts 10-year plan San Francisco officials OK key resolutions to advance Central Subway project Surface transportation trade value shot up in February, BTS says Caltrain board to consider dipping into 'one-time funds' to address fiscal crunch Metrolink to solicit public input on proposed fare hike NS begins to build new Charlotte intermodal terminal

May 2

May 2: Updates from Whitmore, GATX, Parsons Brinckerhoff and AllTranstek KCSR wins ACC's 'responsible partner' award Maryland Transportation Secretary Swaim-Staley to resign Patriot Rail subsidiary to serve Arizona industrial park MBTA, DHS to test bioterrorism sensors BNSF budgets $202 million for Nebraska projects, helps launch California trackwork Valley Metro solicits public opinion on recommended light-rail, transit extension EPA: After Q1, rail-car delivery projection remains at 58,000 units for 2012

May 1

May 1: Updates from MAC Products, Wabtec, Koppers, Axion Power and The Andersons GWI reports Q1 results, announces NS line lease in Alabama Baltimore mayor urges CSXT to build intermodal facility in city; NS locomotive shop workers set safety record RTA: Tie purchases plummeted, production climbed in March Amtrak unveils plan for fleet replacement CTA opens first new 'L' station in 18 years Project Green Fleet seeks railroads interested in applying for EPA grants Pittsburgh port authority weighs fare hike, service and staff cuts << Previous Next >>
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