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Rail News: June 2011

June 30

Passenger Rail
SFRTA board elects chair, vice chair Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP a 'best diversity' company, magazine says Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA unveils rebuilt Langhorne Station Read More »
Logistics
Canadian, U.S. firms seek to expand rail capacity for crude oil business Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Value of cargo transported among NAFTA nations climbed in April, BTS says Read More »
Passenger Rail
USDOT offers $101.4 million to promote clean fuel, energy-saving technology in transit Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA, Detroit agree on final environmental report for light-rail line Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak receives RRIF loan for NEC locomotive purchase Read More »
High-Speed Rail
China launches Beijing-to-Shanghai high-speed line Read More »

June 29

People
Intermodal institute adds board member, elects two others to emeritus status Read More »
Passenger Rail
Chicago's Metra updates 'quiet car' program Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA awards asset management contract to Parsons Brinckerhoff Read More »
Class Is
ShipCarsNow unveils mobile application Read More »
Intermodal
Proposed Florida 'intermodal campus' lines up project adviser Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART sets Sunday ridership record Read More »
Passenger Rail
British Columbia provides funds to help restart passenger trains on Vancouver Island Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA approves next phase for Baltimore light-rail project Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Amtrak receives RRIF loan for NEC locomotive purchase Read More »

June 28

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Siemens, CAD Railway, Orgo-Thermit, Axion and Timken Read More »
People
L.A. port's Knatz to anchor international port association Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North to issue RFP for station-area development Read More »
Intermodal
Railway clearance association recognizes North America's top 10 ports Read More »
Class Is
KCS' Upchurch is top K.C.-area CFO, newspaper says Read More »
Class Is
Springfield rail consolidation stakeholders should meet again, Sen. Durbin says Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA to cut 10 percent of senior management positions Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT to provide $1.6 billion for 27 major transit projects Read More »

June 27

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Sumitomo, Unitrac, Aconex and Railserve Read More »
Intermodal
IANA introduces online buyer's guide Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA's Sarles testifies at House hearing on transit security progress Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Iowa Pacific subsidiaries transload coal at new U.K. terminal Read More »
Passenger Rail
Final major Central Link contract ready for closeout, Sound Transit says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
NTSB releases annual list of 'most wanted' safety improvements Read More »
Financials
Pittsburgh port authority signs off on higher FY2012 operating budget Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA awards $55 million in New Starts funds for Honolulu light-rail project Read More »

June 24

People
Allegheny County port authority's transit council elects new officers Read More »
Intermodal
Long Beach harbor commission OKs port's FY2012 budget Read More »
People
HDR's Keller takes reins as ARDA's new president Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. intermodal volume soared to 2011 high for second-straight week Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART board signs off on Warm Springs contract Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA OKs $2.5 billion budget for FY2012 Read More »
MOW
NS/Amtrak/IDOT pact will advance Englewood flyover project, Sen. Durbin says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
FRA awards $16 million grant for new signaling system along Caltrain corridor Read More »
High-Speed Rail
FRA obligates funds to IDOT for Englewood Flyover project Read More »

June 23

People
KCS' Mike Haverty to receive 'railroad innovator' honor at RailTrends Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Alstom, Kelso, HDR and NRC Read More »
C&S
Indiana & Ohio crossing in sync with nearby highway intersection Read More »
Passenger Rail
Nashville RTA posted 29 percent ridership gain in April Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Motiva, Vecenergy to build rail offloading facility at FEC-served ethanol terminal Read More »
Class Is
CN's fuel management program fuels efficiency gains; CSX's annual report cites emission reductions Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA approves FY2012 operating, capital budgets Read More »
Amtrak
Mica-Shuster Amtrak plan 'unrealistic' and will cost taxpayers, Boardman says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Rail industry stakeholders speak out at STB's 'rail competition' hearing Read More »
High-Speed Rail
FRA hands over $16 million to CHSRA for San Francisco-San Jose PTC system design Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Mica-Shuster privatization proposal would have negative impact on rail service, operating costs and labor, passenger-rail and labor groups say Read More »

June 22

Class Is
U.S. Development Group to open Texas crude oil terminal next month Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
California Northern Railroad wins 'clean air champion' award Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA to step up security measures Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink, DART and TRE set ridership records Read More »
People
New head of continuous improvement, new trackwork project on UP's slate Read More »
Passenger Rail
Norfolk's light-rail service to launch Aug. 19 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA clears way for GCRTA's $10.5 million TIGER II grant for new station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic gains should continue in the second half, Baird says Read More »

June 21

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from EMD, AECOM, Eagle-SWS, Timken, NRG Thermal and China Information Technology Read More »
Financials
Fitch downgrades DART's sales tax revenue bonds Read More »
People
CSX tabs Sorfleet as chief human resources officer Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Oregon bill annexes Coos Bay line into port district Read More »
Passenger Rail
Utah Transit Authority expands district, awards fastener contract Read More »
Passenger Rail
New Mexico Rail Runner to eliminate weekend service Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sen. Schumer: FRA should consider RRIF loan for MTA's East Side Access project Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sen. Kirk proposes bill to spur private investment in transportation infrastructure Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Sen. Kirk proposes bill to encourage more private participation in HSR, other infrastructure projects Read More »
High-Speed Rail
UP one step closer to issuing RFP for Chicago-St. Louis HSR project Read More »

June 20

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Invensys, G4S Technology, Lilee Systems, HDR, Harsco and Parsons Brinckerhoff Read More »
Passenger Rail
TransLink to add elevator at Scott Road Station Read More »
Passenger Rail
SFRTA breaks ridership record on 'Dump the Pump' day Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Rep. Fleischmann joins House transportation committee Read More »
Passenger Rail
Twin Cities' Metro Transit to maintain service if state government shuts down Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak bolsters security, names Sorozan CIO Read More »
Intermodal
Three Pacific Northwest ports post progress with emission goals Read More »
Passenger Rail
Tunnel boring begins for Toronto subway extension Read More »
High-Speed Rail
HSR a hot topic at APTA Rail Conference Read More »

June 17

People
CATS CEO Flowers recognized as 'Outstanding Business Woman' Read More »
People
Jackson to succeed Mackil as CEO of Beard Land, Modesto & Empire Traction Read More »
Passenger Rail
More than 125 public transit agencies participate in 'Dump the Pump Day' Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN's Mongeau: Four short lines, infrastructure investments are paying off in carloads Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sen. Hutchison calls for greater rail security resources Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S., Canadian roads continued to boost weekly carloads Read More »
Passenger Rail
USDOT to provide $175 million in transit grants Read More »
Labor
U.S. Class I workforce a smidge larger in May, STB data shows Read More »

June 16

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from L.B. Foster, Alstom, Frederick Intermodal, URS and Cambridge Systematics Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ontario regional council OKs LRT plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA wins top honors at APTA's rail rodeo Read More »
Labor
TCU: Two rail labor union coalitions reject terms of tentative UTU/NCCC pact Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA to end refunds for service delays Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North Railroad launches third set of M-8 rail cars Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia DOT lands six-year budget, forms public-private partnership office Read More »
Class Is
CN to sell IC RailMarine Terminal's assets to Raven Energy Read More »
Passenger Rail
Mica, Shuster share 'new direction' for nation's intercity passenger-rail system Read More »
High-Speed Rail
House Appropriations Committee approves bill that would use $1 billion in HSR funds to pay for flood relief Read More »
High-Speed Rail
More comments from Amtrak's Boardman regarding NEC privatization proposal Read More »

June 15

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Bombardier, Miner, Pacer, RMI, Professional Transportation, HDR and VOTG Tanktainer Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
BNSF, Yellowstone Valley modify lease agreement for Montana line Read More »
People
Amtrak appoints Geary vice president of operations Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet: Commuter-rail ridership reaches record in May; light-rail bridge construction to begin July 1 Read More »
Passenger Rail
GCRTA to break ground on station Read More »
Mechanical
Montreal's AMT takes delivery of first bimodal locomotive Read More »
Intermodal
NY/NJ port authority restructures terminal lease, secures major shipper as anchor tenant Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN to launch construction on Calgary Logistics Park in summer Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA program funds now available in Florida Read More »
Intermodal
Florida port, FEC to jointly develop new intermodal facility Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Amtrak's Boardman: Mica proposal is 'broader than the NEC' Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Mica, Shuster push for private involvement in NEC high-speed rail, Amtrak long-distance routes Read More »
High-Speed Rail
International peer review shows support for Amtrak's next-gen HSR system Read More »

June 14

Passenger Rail
Denver RTD receives FTA grant for workforce initiative Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Genesee & Wyoming railroads, other small roads registered carload gains in May Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA lands $2 million grant for station parking lot upgrade Read More »
C&S
Illinois commission approves crossing, bridge projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Chicago Transit Board approves reverse auction process for CTA Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBCR appoints chief transportation, mechanical officers Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Lautenberg, Holt voice opposition to cutting federal rail security funding Read More »
Class Is
CREATE partners to begin grade separation project in Bridgeview Read More »

June 13

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Alstom, Thales, Hub Group, Brown Industries and HNTB Read More »
Class Is
KCS honors chemical shippers' haz-mat safety efforts Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART light-rail project recognized for 'outstanding' civil engineering Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Mississippi rail authority to study new short line; Mississippi Export selects Savage to operate transload terminal Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA to solicit public feedback on subway extension project Read More »
People
Stabler to succeed Allen as TTCI president Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA completes station restoration Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP selects site for new Regina intermodal terminal Read More »

June 10

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Skanska, Ansaldo, Alstom, Bombardier, Saft and APS Technology Read More »
MOW
Now available: Maintenance of Way Spending Report 2011 Read More »
Labor
GCRTA, police labor council agree on new contract Read More »
Intermodal
Tacoma port completes grade separation project Read More »
Class Is
Severe weather rained on UP's SPRB coal train loadings in May Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hampton Roads Transit's light-rail project slated for Aug. 1 completion Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP, CSX win awards for environmental stewardship Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA to provide $3 million for workforce development programs Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR report: U.S. rail traffic still trending up in June Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Iowa HSR project hangs in the balance as legislature debates state budget Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Minnesota's Northern Lights Express project advances 'under the radar' Read More »
High-Speed Rail
New York passenger-rail group says 90 mph is OK for upstate intercity passenger trains Read More »
High-Speed Rail
HNTB hires four execs to help oversee Northeast rail projects Read More »

June 9

People
New York MTA, St. Louis Metro add board members Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit riders can text security concerns Read More »
Safety
UTU, St. Louis terminal road team up to develop security awareness program Read More »
MOW
BNSF caps off double track in New Mexico's Abo Canyon Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA lets preliminary design contract for downtown connector Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index slipped in April Read More »
Amtrak
May marked 19 consecutive months of Amtrak ridership growth Read More »
Class Is
Oxbow sues BNSF, UP for alleged price-fixing practices Read More »

June 8

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Bombardier, RailComm, RTI, Bourque Logistics, Koppers and NWMRC Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Anacostia & Pacific relocates Chicago HQ; Watco assigns Baton Rouge Southern GM Read More »
Passenger Rail
SFMTA to raise price of Muni passes, parking fees Read More »
Class Is
North Carolina DOT schedules citizens' workshop for CSXT yard relocation plan Read More »
Class Is
CSX reaches emission-reduction goal a year early Read More »
Passenger Rail
New Orleans RTA breaks ground on streetcar project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR report: U.S. roads ramped up carloads, workforce in May Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA breaks ground on $16 million Boston station Read More »

June 7

Union Pacific Railroad
UP receives 'healthy lifestyle' award Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet proposes September fare increase Read More »
Passenger Rail
USDOT gauges supplier interest in manufacturing streetcar rails Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain to increase fare, parking fees Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART's proposed $1.36 billion budget includes funds for 'priority' projects Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX Transportation breaks ground on $100 million Massachusetts rail-yard expansion Read More »
Class Is
Alabama facility will be 'critical' to Crescent Corridor, Moorman says Read More »

June 6

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Bombardier and TUV Rheinland Read More »
People
Nordgren joins NMB as mediator Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit's rail overpass construction, street upgrades to begin Wednesday Read More »
C&S
Crossings: One upgrade in Pennsylvania, one closure in North Carolina Read More »
Intermodal
West Virginia awards bridge contract for NS intermodal facility Read More »
People
BNSF reassigns three execs; AAR tabs Knight to fill government affairs post Read More »
Passenger Rail
VTA adopts two-year budget, transit service plan Read More »
High-Speed Rail
USHSR Chicago conference conversation: HSR benefits, politics and marketing Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California Senate seeks more control over CHSRA Read More »
High-Speed Rail
CHSRA elects new chair and vice chair, appoints southern California HSR planning director Read More »

June 3

Labor
RSI provides scholarships to six students for 2011/12 academic year Read More »
People
DART appoints Cheney to board Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP's La Puente-Flowers named 'Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever' Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA completes commuter-rail station improvements Read More »
Passenger Rail
Many Oahu residents back the Honolulu Rail Transit project, survey says Read More »
Class Is
CSX weaves community service into management training Read More »
Intermodal
NS, CSX to break ground on intermodal projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. roads notched more carloads in week No. 21 Read More »

June 2

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Siemens, Alstom, HDR and Cambridge Systematics Read More »
MOW
Now available: Maintenance of Way Spending Report 2011 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain increases bicycle capacity on trains Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA seeks nominations for business member board Read More »
Intermodal
U.K's DB Schenker Rail appoints logistics manager, tests 'High Speed' route trains Read More »
Logistics
UP's ShipCarsNow teams up with independent auto dealer association Read More »
Labor
Teamsters Canada members ratify four-year contract with VIA Rail Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
New Orleans commission recommends governance changes for Public Belt Read More »
Class Is
Defense department honors CSX with 'employer support' award Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Illinois to study 220 mph rail service between Chicago, Champaign Read More »

June 1

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Wabtec, RailComm, MTU Detroit Diesel, Bombardier, VTG and RailTerm Read More »
People
Hampshire-Cowan joins WMATA's board Read More »
Passenger Rail
Indiana DOT to update state's rail plan Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP tops Soy Transportation Coalition's 2011 shipper satisfaction index Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP releases annual sustainability, citizenship report Read More »
People
Pittsburgh port authority extends CEO Bland's contract Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BTS: Surface transportation-moved freight among NAFTA partners reached record value in March Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA approves $1.2 billion budget for FY2012 Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Progressive Railroading's June cover story: HSR's beaten and blurry path Read More »
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