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Rail News: June 2009

June 30

Rail Industry Trends
CSXT commits to carbon dioxde-lowering goal by 2011; BNSF unveils hydrogen fuel-cell switcher Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak to renovate Pennsylvania station Read More »
Passenger Rail
NYC planning commission approves ARC tunnel project's land use application Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
July fuel surcharges: CSXI's heads up, NS' and UP's hold steady Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Francisco agency to hike fares July 1 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RTA report: Tie purchases, production plummet in May Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR, BOE recognize four chemical shippers' haz-mat safety efforts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Value Recovery Group investors acquire former Colorado Railcar DMU Read More »

June 29

Passenger Rail
Transit agencies now can use ARRA funds for operating costs Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART approves nine-day contract extension with two unions Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FRA issues grants for Maine trackwork, California college rail-defect detection R&D Read More »
Passenger Rail
Toronto Transit Commission green lights $1.2 billion LRV order with Bombardier Read More »
Passenger Rail
Iowa senator seeks details on Amtrak inspector general's 'unexpected' retirement Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FRA seeks comments on planned hours-of-service law enforcements; two BMWED federations merge Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New York/New Jersey port launches second shipper incentive program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from GE Security, Alstom, Bombardier, Cattron and ARCADIS Read More »

June 26

Passenger Rail
WMATA approves FY10 budget Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR weekly report: U.S. railroads' traffic remains in doldrums Read More »
Passenger Rail
Chicago's RTA projects $61 million revenue drop Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail-car demand a tad stronger in June, Longbow Research survey shows Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA to inspect all signal circuits following Red Line crash Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Florida port takes first step toward more containerized traffic Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXT to introduce GenSet switchers at New York yard Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Brazilian miner Vale to make switch to biodiesel Read More »

June 25

Passenger Rail
FRA's high-speed rail plan too general, GAO says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Two BART unions seek wage increases Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Short-line tax credit bill garners 122 congressional co-sponsors, ASLRRA says Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART Orange Line to connect with DFW Airport Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR backs 'transportation efficiency' bill Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Raritan Central to establish short line at Arkansas industrial park Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP lands on 'best employer' list for promoting a healthy workplace Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Thales, Knorr-Bremse, Mitsui Rail, RailComm and Atlantic Track & Turnout Read More »

June 24

Passenger Rail
BART's sales tax revenue plummets, labor agreements near expiration   Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
California ports' volume on the light side in May Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Two senators seek appropriation for rail safety grant program Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit completes Rutherford Station exterior work, begins interior upgrades Read More »
Passenger Rail
Western Pennsylvania needs more passenger-rail service, Shuster says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Senate committee approves TTCI appropriation Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transplace's Abernathy is TMCA's top marketing executive of '09 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Miner Enterprises, Iteris, Lodging Enterprises and Dingo/Scientifics Read More »

June 23

Passenger Rail
Two WMATA trains collide near nation's capital Read More »
Passenger Rail
USDOT issues 54 more stimulus grants Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA signs off on $787 million FY10 budget Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
EMD delivers first two 'repowered' locomotives to KCS Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF boots up intermodal/truck analysis tool Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailAmerica sells eight-year notes to refinance debt Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Alstom, HDR, C.R. England, General Cable and NICE Systems Read More »

June 22

Passenger Rail
Administration seeks to implement short-term surface transportation bill Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. needs national freight policy, BNSF's Rose says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver RTD set to launch full construction on West Corridor Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Progressive Railroading to host 'Rail Car Counts 2009' Webcast tomorrow Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North Carolina multi-modal industrial park to add rail line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak inspector general Weiderhold retires Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
GM recognizes UP as a supplier of the year Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Hersman's nomination as NTSB chair heads to Senate Read More »

June 19

Passenger Rail
House committee leaders introduce surface transportation authorization bill Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR data: North American railroads' traffic a tad heavier of late Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra awards contracts for several stimulus-funded projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Teamsters Canada Rail Conference to Ontario: Help fund short-line infrastructure upgrades Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN hammers out EJ&E-related mitigation agreement with 17th Chicago-area city Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF boots up carbon estimator tool Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Queensland Rail adds more double track Down Under Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from R.J. Corman/Railpower, Bombardier, Veolia Transportation, MISCOR Group and Parsons Brinckerhoff Read More »

June 18

Passenger Rail
USDOT unveils application guidelines for high-speed stimulus dollars Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Short liners seek more co-sponsors for tax credit bill Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canada amends 'dangerous goods' act to prevent haz-mat accidents Read More »
Passenger Rail
GO Transit to add service on Milton line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Russian Railways to reduce workforce by more than 53,000 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Raab, Russell take on GM roles at southern short lines Read More »
Passenger Rail
Greenberg joins New York MTA's board Read More »

June 17

Rail Industry Trends
U.S. Class I workforce shrinks significantly in May, STB data shows Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA: Nine of 10 transit agencies are raising fares and/or cutting service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Nation's freight transportation system needs an efficiency boost, RAND researchers say Read More »
Passenger Rail
Congressman wants Tri-Rail/Florida East Coast partnership to advance Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Progressive Railroading to host 'Rail Car Counts 2009' Webcast next week Read More »
Passenger Rail
EPA joins USDOT/HUD 'livability' task force Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Texas port to launch rail yard relocation project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Ansaldo STS USA, AECOM Technology, RailComm, Everbridge and Railinc Read More »

June 16

Rail Industry Trends
Bill seeking to bolster surface transportation system enters House Read More »
Passenger Rail
Q1 public transit ridership exceeds expectations, APTA says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP's PRB, Colorado/Utah coal loadings continue to lag 2008's pace Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA wins APTA's Rail Rodeo for second-straight year Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Genesee & Wyoming to close curtain on Huron Central Railway Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Martin Marietta acquires three quarries, becomes sole owner of ballast-supplying operation Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra elects vice chair, treasurer Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Vossloh, Ansaldo STS, Tideworks Technology, Affiliated Computer Services and SBB Read More »

June 15

Passenger Rail
TriMet's ridership tumbles in May Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCSM adds second WILD; KCSR sets launch date for new Texas service Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART approves interim FY10 budget Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BLET and UTU to FRA: Ban one-man crews Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
General Mills to build rail-served distribution center in Georgia Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP to upgrade Wisconsin line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Los Angeles MTA boots up transit data site Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from THE Partnership, RailComm, Invensys Rail, Parsons Brinckerhoff and North American Technologies Group Read More »

June 12

Passenger Rail
APTA: New surface transportation bill unlikely to be approved by September deadline Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA awards $909.4 million in 77 ARRA grants Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. railroads' weekly traffic tallies show slight improvement, AAR says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. trade gap a tad wider in April — IHS Global Insight Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North Carolina Railroad schedules second-half projects, prepares to analyze commuter-rail a second time Read More »
Passenger Rail
IBM opens rail innovation facility in China Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP to add sixth unit to California yard's Genset fleet Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Global Railway Industries, Cambridge Systematics and NCC Construction Sweden Read More »

June 11

Passenger Rail
BART pushes to wrap up labor union negotiations by July 1 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TSI falls a few more pegs in April, BTS says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Georgia transportation authority to reallocate stimulus dollars to MARTA Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Obama tabs Hersman as NTSB chair, Hoglander as NMB member Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit exercises option with Bombardier for additional locomotives Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Genesee & Wyoming has not-so-great expectations for second-quarter revenue, earnings Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Progressive Railroading to host 'Rail Car Counts 2009' Webinar on June 23 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from AT&T, Invensys Rail, ESW Canada, Greenbrier and Echo Global Logistics Read More »

June 10

Rail Industry Trends
New 'transportation productivity' coalition backs truck weight-boosting bill Read More »
Passenger Rail
California intercity rail ridership plummets in May Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP employs 'greener' refrigerated cars, donates locomotive to Texas firefighter academy Read More »
Passenger Rail
NYC-area port authority, TSA to test passenger screening technology at PATH stations Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXT, New Jersey utility to purchase three GenSets Read More »
Passenger Rail
UTA posts progress on West Valley extension Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FRA grants help two RailAmerica short lines shore up flood-damaged track Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from ARM, Bombardier, Nexus Distribution and Greenbrier Read More »

June 9

Passenger Rail
FTA commits $1.35 billion for early construction work on NJ Transit's Access to the Region's Core Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCS seeks name for new Houston-to-Mexico intermodal service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
For truckers, 'technology-based efficiency' is the competitive key — Stifel Nicolaus note Read More »
Passenger Rail
Bipartisan Policy Center releases surface transportation policy reform proposal Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Short-line set's carloads way down through May, RMI index shows Read More »
Passenger Rail
Canada's Keewatin Railway obtains federal funds to upgrade passenger service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Watco Cos., late founder Webb win chamber of commerce awards in Kansas town Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from SYSTRA, A&K Railroad Materials, Siemens, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Aconex and ChemLogix Read More »

June 8

Passenger Rail
FTA names McMillan deputy administrator Read More »
Passenger Rail
Canada's First Nations railroad obtains federal capital improvement funds Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Less coal used to generate electricity means railroads' coal traffic downer will drag on, Kolstad says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP to upgrade Idaho, Texas lines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Gavilon Group to build rail-served fertilizer storage facility in North Dakota Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland Transit Administration to expand light-rail parking lot Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Bombardier, Parsons Brinckerhoff and OPW Fluid Transfer Group Read More »

June 5

Rail Industry Trends
AAR: North American freight-rail traffic malaise continued in May Read More »
Passenger Rail
California high-speed authority's board awards program oversight contract, appoints new members Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
West Coast port seeks non-polluting ways to move containers between marine terminals, rail yard Read More »
Passenger Rail
Delaware River port authority to outline transit expansion plans Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF adds automated gate system at California intermodal terminal Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail shippers association installs new officers Read More »
Passenger Rail
Cuyahoga Valley railroad to implement GPS commentary system on excursion trains Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Alstom, Bombardier, BASF ProVM and DuPont Read More »

June 4

Amtrak
Amtrak to operate new state-supported route in Virginia Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain proposes new budget-reduction measures Read More »
Passenger Rail
An 'ethical' high-speed rail-based intermodal transportation system needed ASAP, ITI's Carmichael says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Trucking industry's near-term fundamentals are 'as bad as we've ever witnessed' — Stifel Nicolaus analysts Read More »
Passenger Rail
Rail Runner hits 2 million passenger mark in New Mexico Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Washington city contracts HDR to design industrial park line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
MSU's rail management program offers scholarships to two short-line workers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Illinois commission OKs two grade crossing upgrades Read More »

June 3

Passenger Rail
Biden, LaHood to meet with state transportation leaders on high-speed rail grant program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP: PRB, Colorado/Utah coal train loadings lag in May Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Biodiesel distributor to tap intermodal connections at Connecticut port Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA completes accessibility improvements at Arlington Station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transport Canada hires consultant to conduct freight-rail service survey Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART receives Bay Area recognition for digital marketing 'excellence' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Obama tabs Trottenberg as USDOT transportation policy secretary Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Stadler Rail, RailComm, OPW Fluid Transfer, Bombardier, Logistick and Bird-X Read More »

June 2

Rail Industry Trends
Kohl, Rockefeller oust rail antitrust bill from Senate until they usher in new joint legislation Read More »
Passenger Rail
Toronto Transit Commission sets 12-month ridership record Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS marks Conrail integration's 10th anniversary, wins logistics award Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART contracts Shimmick/Skanska to construct portion of Warm Springs extension Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Stifel Nicolaus analysts put CSX, NS and UP in 'buy' category Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit breaks ground on Edison Station parking project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Russ, Chunko take on SVP roles at Genesee & Wyoming Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian private equity firm acquires Nordco Read More »

June 1

Passenger Rail
Illinois legislators approve capital funds for Chicago-area transit agencies Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA, developer complete Purple Line mixed-use project Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS leaders push partnerships, trackage rights resolutions at Mexico meeting Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NIT League throws support behind rail antitrust enforcement bill Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet launches construction on Green Line transit police facility Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA to obtain feedback on Red Line extension Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Florida East Coast Railway wins utility's environmental award Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from GE Transportation, GATX/PotashCorp, Trinity Industries and Interfleet Technology Read More »
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