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Rail News: June 2012

June 29

Federal Legislation & Regulation
Congress passes major surface transportation bill Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, Bombardier, Alstom, Thales, Wartsila and Pricelock (June 29) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Farmrail System obtains temporary FRA waiver for Oklahoma line Read More »
People
Patriot Rail installs Schultz as EVP, chief administrative officer Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit's board adopts $2.1 billion light-rail budget, schedule Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Both carloads, intermodal loads climbed for U.S. roads in week No. 25 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Industry leaders respond to transportation bill's compromises Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Alaska Railroad's transit funding less shaky under transportation bill Read More »
People
Harrison takes helm as Canadian Pacific's CEO; CN intends to continue pursuing legal action against Harrison Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Congress passes surface transportation bill Read More »
High-Speed Rail
IDOT to spend $8.6 million on more engineering studies for Springfield HSR corridor Read More »

June 28

People
Former New York Gov. Paterson joins MTA's board Read More »
People
George resigns from Canadian Pacific's board; Georgia Ports Authority elects board officers Read More »
Intermodal
World's largest container cranes come to Baltimore port Read More »
Passenger Rail
West Baltimore MARC station project advances Read More »
MOW
BNSF, Union Pacific bolster lines in Illinois and Oklahoma Read More »
Class Is
CN lands long-term bitumen transportation agreement with Southern Pacific Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail advances modernization efforts Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House, Senate conference committee strikes deal on new transportation bill Read More »
Mechanical
Progressive Railroading to present free fuel management webcast tomorrow Read More »

June 27

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from R.J. Corman, Bombardier, Atkins and Parsons Brinckerhoff; Also, in memoriam: PB's William Kennedy (June 27) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Rep. Huizenga tours Marquette Rail yard, demonstrates support for short-line tax credit Read More »
Kansas City Southern
Kansas City Southern de Mexico turns 15; Schneider National marks 20 years in Mexico Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA modernizes Spring Garden, Girard subway stations Read More »
MOW
Oregon Transportation Commission considers funding for 38 multi-modal projects Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak completes Union Station improvements in Chicago Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Surface transportation trade value tumbled in April, BTS says Read More »

June 26

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from PS Technology, Bombardier, Mitsubishi, Sygnet and Konecranes (June 26) Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak hires Molfetas as chief information officer Read More »
C&S
California construction authority receives six bids for San Gabriel trench; Arizona DOT sets public meeting to address grade separation study Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX releases 2011 'social responsibility' report Read More »
Intermodal
Long Beach port's board accepts TIGER III grant for rail project; Stockton port completes trackwork Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York City's MTA awards Second Avenue Subway contract Read More »
Passenger Rail
Pittsburgh-area port authority adopts operating, capital budgets Read More »
Labor
U.S. Class I workforce shrank a smidgen in May, STB data shows Read More »
Mechanical
Progressive Railroading to present free fuel management webcast on Friday Read More »

June 25

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from NCC Construction, RailComm, Thales, Caterpillar, Kasgro and Cubic (June 25) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Santa Clara transit agency switches to smart card fare system Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT signs pact to share transportation stats with neighboring nations, provides funds for Amtrak station project Read More »
Passenger Rail
SFMTA's Muni fares to increase July 1 Read More »
Intermodal
Port of Tacoma projects container volume boost from new ocean carrier service Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York City's MTA seeks real estate management proposals Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canadian freight-rail service review facilitator issues recommendations; CN urges feds to favor commercial solutions to service issues Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT selects 47 projects for TIGER IV grant awards Read More »
High-Speed Rail
USDOT reimburses Wisconsin DOT for costs incurred on Milwaukee-Madison high-speed line Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Florida East Coast Industries can operate All Aboard Florida trains to Orlando airport, aviation authority says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
North Carolina DOT secures TIGER grant for Raleigh Union Station Read More »

June 22

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from EMD, Kelso, Columbus Steel, Raymond James, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Gulf Intermodal and IMC Cos. (June 22) Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA promotes national 'Dump the Pump Day' Read More »
Shippers
BNSF honors 98 shippers' haz-mat safety efforts Read More »
Class Is
Canadian Pacific to serve Wisconsin frac sand mine; Union Pacific to upgrade Nebraska line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR on week No. 24: Carloads continued to fall, intermodal volume continued to rise in U.S. Read More »
Class Is
Rail shippers' fuel surcharge-fixing suits now a class action case; Class Is claim case is 'unfounded' Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia allocates $11.4 billion for transportation improvements Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Congressional leaders appear closer to agreement on transportation bill Read More »
Mechanical
Progressive Railroading to present free fuel management webcast on June 29 Read More »

June 21

Passenger Rail
WMATA investigates latest friction ring incident Read More »
C&S
Ohio utilities commission approves safety upgrades at four crossings Read More »
People
Cook to succeed Spiegel Meynarez as Port Everglades' finance director Read More »
Passenger Rail
Pittsburgh port authority to raise fares July 1 Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A.-area officials dedicate Expo Line's Culver City Station Read More »
Passenger Rail
Public transit ridership reached record high in 2011, Canadian Urban Transit Association says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Politicians, railroads tout impending TIGER IV grants Read More »
Passenger Rail
Regional agreement reached to fund Caltrain modernization Read More »

June 20

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Boatright, Racine Railroad and Lat-Lon (June 20) Read More »
Class Is
CN partners with Ducks Unlimited Canada to support wetland conservation, restoration Read More »
People
Cincinnati Metro appoints Grether streetcar project manager Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sen. Boxer releases statement on Conference Committee's work Read More »
Intermodal
Keyera Corp. to build Calgary terminal Read More »
MOW
BNSF outlines maintenance work in Colorado, Wyoming Read More »
People
Virginia Railway Express names Dalton acting CEO Read More »

June 19

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Skanska and CIT Rail (June 19) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denton County agency celebrates A-train's first year, starts running new Stadler trains Read More »
Intermodal
Virginia port reports strong May volume; Oregon port installs Koch as CEO Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Tongue River Railroad Co. to file revised application with STB Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
U.S. Chamber calls on Congress to pass transportation bill Read More »
Safety
New website addresses rail worker fatigue Read More »
Kansas City Southern
Kansas City Southern's Haverty among National Railroad Hall of Fame inductees Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Federal Railroad Administration proposes seven more environmental procedure exclusions Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Federal Railroad Administration proposes seven more environmental procedure exclusions Read More »

June 18

Passenger Rail
Long Island Rail Road expands quiet car program Read More »
Class Is
BNSF to build sand storage facility with U.S. Silica in Eagle Ford Shale, serve expanded Musket crude-by-rail facility in Bakken Shale Read More »
People
Delaware transit agency installs Skiver as executive director Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak to add motor coach service to eastern North Carolina Read More »
Intermodal
Florida East Coast Railway is Anheuser Busch's top intermodal carrier Read More »
Passenger Rail
Capitol Corridor celebrates 20 million riders Read More »
MOW
Chicago DOT seeks design engineering services provider for two grade separations Read More »
Safety
Transportation Safety Board issues 'watch list' of safety issues in Canada Read More »

June 15

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, Skanska, Bombardier, Parsons Brinckerhoff and RailWorks (June 15) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland Transit Administration announces grant availability for local transit Read More »
Passenger Rail
Phoenix-area transit agency's ridership on the rise Read More »
C&S
Ohio utilities commission OKs crossing upgrades; New York DOT schedules hearing on proposed public crossing Read More »
M&A
Pennsylvania rail authority approves North Shore Railroad sale to management team Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Carloads fell in U.S., rose in Canada and Mexico last week Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART's FY2013 budget includes slight fare increases Read More »
Intermodal
Florida boosts funding for port improvements; California ports log mixed May results Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Union Pacific, Illinois DOT to launch last leg of major construction on Chicago-St. Louis route Read More »

June 14

Passenger Rail
Chicago Transit Authority inks deal with Groupon to attract new riders Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index: April tally exceeded March's mark Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Caltrain electrification plan would boost California's economy, Bay-area council study shows Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Iowa Pacific marks completion of locomotive shop, track upgrades at Texas-New Mexico Railroad Read More »
MOW
Minnesota advisory committee seeks public input on Southern Rail Corridor study Read More »
Passenger Rail
Portland transit agency's FY2013 budget includes fare increases, service cuts Read More »
Logistics
Railroads gained market share last year, supply chain council report shows Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Transportation, construction advocates rally for surface transportation reauthorization Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Progressive Railroading features article on California HSR Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Caltrain electrification plan would boost California's economy, Bay-area council study shows Read More »

June 13

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Siemens, Harsco and GATX (June 13) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Genesee & Wyoming reports May traffic decline; Nebraska Central logs new locomotives Read More »
People
San Diego transit agency hires Castillo as marketing, communications manager Read More »
Intermodal
Port of West Sacramento advances loop track, renewable fuels facility Read More »
Passenger Rail
Washington transit agency renames station 'NoMa-Gallaudet U' Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak marks opening of renewed Battle Creek station Read More »
Labor
Union Pacific develops mobile classrooms to provide localized training Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
New Federal Railroad Administration regulations require toll-free telephone numbers posted at crossings Read More »

June 12

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Birdsall Services and Performance Team (June 12) Read More »
MOW
Washington state DOT seeks applicants for freight-rail funding Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailAmerica registered more carloads in May Read More »
Class Is
BNSF moves first outbound unit train from Rangeland Energy's Bakken Shale terminal in North Dakota Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA to launch customer-service improvement initiative Read More »
Passenger Rail
Santa Clara VTA holds hearings on draft EIS for light-rail extension, awards track relocation contract Read More »
People
Raisbeck resigns from Canadian Pacific's board Read More »
Passenger Rail
Twin tunnel section completed for Toronto-area subway extension Read More »

June 11

Intermodal
Virginia Port Authority, Army Corps of Engineers forge pact for Craney Island project Read More »
Intermodal
CSX, Schneider National forge pact to expand Ohio intermodal services Read More »
C&S
MTA New York City Transit adds trips to ease L Line overcrowding Read More »
Intermodal
Port of Los Angeles: Next fiscal year's budget a smidge smaller Read More »
Passenger Rail
Public hearing slated for Dulles Airport corridor project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink's fare, service changes to take effect next month Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House transportation appropriations bill would cut TIGER funding in FY2013 Read More »
High-Speed Rail
HNTB's Gertler still a high-speed-rail believer Read More »
High-Speed Rail
DesertXpress to be renamed 'XpressWest' Read More »
High-Speed Rail
House appropriations subcommittee proposes no funding for HSR in FY13 Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Fuller to lead North Carolina DOT Read More »

June 8

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Parsons, Voith, Nomad Digital, STV, RailTerm and Railliance (June 8) Read More »
People
Fuller to lead North Carolina DOT's rail division Read More »
People
Genesee & Wyoming: Brown to succeed Benz as COO Read More »
MOW
Port of Coos Bay seeks bids for Oregon track rehabilitation project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Honolulu officials OK funding 'safeguard' for elevated rail project Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA allows Sacramento transit agency to begin light-rail extension's final design Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Francisco transit agency ramps up subway construction, appoints head of capital programs Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Association of American Railroads: Weekly intermodal volume average reached record high in May Read More »

June 7

Passenger Rail
Massachusetts plans new commuter-rail station at New Balance site in Brighton Read More »
C&S
Ohio utilities commission OKs three grade crossing upgrades; Washington transportation commission funds one crossing upgrade Read More »
Labor
United Transportation Union: Missouri & Northern Arkansas workers ratify pact, San Luis & Rio Grande workers sign up Read More »
MOW
Track project remains on track, Pennsylvania joint rail authority says Read More »
Passenger Rail
St. Louis transit agency wins top honor at APTA Rail Rodeo Read More »
Intermodal
Long Beach port's board approves FY2013 budget, elects officers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Coming tomorrow: Progressive Railroading webcast on European Union rail marketplace Read More »
Passenger Rail
Los Angeles transit authority prepares station openings along new Metro Expo Line Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Californians rethinking support of high-speed rail project, USC poll finds Read More »

June 6

People
In memoriam: Ohio rail supporter, 'pragmatic visionary' James Seney Read More »
Passenger Rail
Dallas Area Rapid Transit serves 250 millionth light-rail rider Read More »
People
Track mechanics expert Arnold Kerr dies Read More »
Passenger Rail
Allegheny County port authority to cut 13 light-rail stops Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX chooses Illinois business park as first 'select site' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Coming Friday: Progressive Railroading to present webcast on European Union rail marketplace Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF, Union Pacific pursue trackwork projects; Union Pacific reports weak PRB coal traffic in May Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. transportation authority begins advanced utility relocation for Crenshaw/LAX corridor project Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet posts May ridership gains Read More »

June 5

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from CIT Rail, Bombardier, L.B. Foster, AECOM, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Thales (June 5) Read More »
M&A
Regional Rail acquires debris transfer station in Pennsylvania Read More »
Passenger Rail
Double-track project to begin on busy southern California corridor Read More »
Passenger Rail
FRA issues alternative-design vehicle waiver to Denton County Transportation Authority Read More »
MOW
Chicago Transit Authority to reconstruct Dan Ryan Branch next year Read More »
Passenger Rail
California DOT doles out Proposition 1B grants to several transit agencies Read More »
Class Is
Canadian Pacific elects Haggis as chairman Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
American Public Transportation Association: Transit ridership jumps 5 percent in first quarter Read More »

June 4

Passenger Rail
TransLink reviews 2011 accomplishments Read More »
Class Is
Kansas City Southern slates train speed boost in Mississippi, names haz-mat safety award winners Read More »
C&S
RSSI 2012 recap: Attendees talk rail technology, trends Read More »
Passenger Rail
Chicago-area transit agencies receive high marks in rider satisfaction survey Read More »
Safety
Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division back committee's roadway worker safety report Read More »
Safety
NTSB issues reports on three Washington Metro accidents Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX to cut emissions another 8 percent by 2020 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Coming Friday: Progressive Railroading to present webcast on European Union rail marketplace Read More »
Class Is
Norfolk Southern marks 30th anniversary Read More »
High-Speed Rail
UIC, APTA release speaker list for high-speed rail world congress Read More »

June 1

C&S
North Carolina DOT schedules workshop on Charlotte crossing alternatives Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA offers naming rights to 11 stations, enacts veterans hiring policy Read More »
Passenger Rail
The T solicits public comments on two proposed TEX Rail stations in Fort Worth Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP publishes sustainability, citizenship report Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
AASHTO leader calls on Congress to advance transportation bill Read More »
Shippers
UP tops Soy Transportation Coalition's service report card for second time Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART to hold meetings, public hearing on proposed fare changes Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR weekly report: Carloads climbed for U.S. railroads Read More »
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