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Rail News: July 2010

July 30

House approves $1.4 billion for high-speed rail as part of FY2011 appropriations AAR notes 'steady' U.S. carloads, presents auto service awards to NS UP's Duffy to retire, Fritz to head operations Russian Railways opens new high-speed line CTA advances new rail car testing on Blue Line BNSF completes 'Chihuahuita Connection' at U.S.-Mexico border WMATA, MDOT pursue two development plans Pickett retains BRS presidential post; CN, TCU share contract developments RTA report: Tie purchases, production jump in June Updates from Siemens, LTK, Invensys Rail, Trinity, American Railcar and eAccess

July 29

MTA to raise fares 7.5 percent as part of four-year plan CN, TSI forge service level agreement for Vancouver gateway House resolution pays homage to U.S. freight-rail industry World trade to grow over next two years, IHS says UP achieves best-ever safety performance in first half Houston port commission ponies up $500,000 for locomotive/marine emission program RailAmerica registers quarterly revenue, traffic gains Updates from Wabtec, Lovat, Vossloh, Trainyard Tech, TKDA and L.B. Foster

July 28

NS becomes third Class I to nudge second-quarter operating ratio under 70 Survey shows Californians support state's HSR project, CHSRA says CP registers higher revenue and income, lower operating ratio Hollysys Automation Technologies lands $12.4 million signaling pact from China's Tai-Zhong-Yin Railway WMATA to purchase 428 rail cars from Kawasaki Busy turnstiles prompt Amtrak to increase capacity on San Joaquin line CN, UTU reach tentative DM&IR agreement; RAC, First Nations forge training pact Metro-North to buy land for Fordham Station improvements Senate committee allocates $150 million for Houston METRO light-rail projects Medina to manage KCSM's intermodal sales in Mexico

July 27

Connecticut to bond for $260 million to upgrade corridor for high-speed rail KCS posts 35 percent revenue increase, sets operating ratio record Coming tomorrow: Progressive Railroading webcast on long, heavy trains TriMet receives 50 percent federal share for light-rail project Sound Transit ridership reaches record high in June Washington short line lands $2 million Senate appropriation for infrastructure project USDOT expands program to encourage women to work in transportation STB issues draft EIS for R.J. Corman's Pennsylvania project BNSF rebases fuel surcharge Updates from CRSBG-Donovan, RailComm, Bombardier, SAM, LTK and HDR

July 26

Reminder: You can (re)view July 19 webcast ('Current State of High-Speed Rail') at your convenience Amtrak awards $298.1 million contract to CAF USA for 130 rail cars Illinois awards $500 million for transit projects Denver receives $300 million from USDOT for Union Station project New York gets green light for Moynihan Station project's first phase Sound Transit inks BNSF pact to add Sounder trains, picks preferred East Link route alternative Pittsburgh port authority approves service cuts, fare hikes BART's board OKs new Oakland Connector funding plan, surplus spending strategy Aberdeen Carolina & Western creates 'mother-mate' pair to pare down emissions, fuel usage

July 23

Senate committee cuts high-speed funding for FY2011 Sen. Lautenberg's newly minted FREIGHT Act seeks to 'transform' U.S. transportation policy CN drives up earnings and revenue, drives down operating ratio Senate committee ups Amtrak appropriation, cuts high-speed rail funding USDOT, Illinois DOT ink TIGER grant pact for five CREATE projects TriMet, VIA Rail and CP note labor contract developments AAR weekly report: Carloads up in U.S. and Canada, down in Mexico Amtrak Cascades reports highest second-quarter ridership since 1994 WMATA takes steps additional steps to enhance safety

July 22

DesertXpress awaits final EIS, aims to become private railroad UP's quarterly operating ratio falls below 70 for first time Transit systems need $77.7 billion to reach state of good repair, FTA says 2Q rail-car orders down, deliveries up vs. 1Q, ARCI says Transit CIOs form consortium to share information technology WMATA to institute second round of fare hikes next month CN contributes $325,000 to Illinois university's rail engineering program Port authority of New York, New Jersey sells $400 million in bonds Updates from Siemens, Alstom, Pandrol USA, Koppers Holdings, GATX, Railinc and Cornerstone

July 21

High-speed rail a top North American infrastructure project, consulting firm says STB: U.S. Class Is add workers in June WMATA completes inspections, repairs on Series 4000 cars Amtrak to help communities develop stations for new service Hurricane Alex (the aftermath): 'Our gateways to Mexico are open,' Ferromex says Camp Case Railroad to rehabilitate old Ohio bridge Arkansas and Missouri makes management changes Russian Railways hastens work on line for 2014 Winter Olympics S.F. transportation agency seeks feedback on public participation plan

July 20

St. Louis Metro to restore service ahead of schedule Illinois, UP reach agreement on HSR plan; construction to begin on track improvements Maritime Employers Association locks out longshoremen at Montreal port Russian Railways builds high-speed rail line in anticipation of 2014 Winter Olympics BART considers options for $4.5 million surplus Westcode to outfit Korean high-speed trains with power converter equipment Iowa Northern, EPA to exhibit environmentally friendly railroad slug Tampa transit authority to study proposed light-rail extension Ohio utilities commission OKs several grade crossing upgrades Sound Transit marks first year of Central Link service Updates from GATX, Wabtec, Parsons Brinckerhoff, TRC and RailInc

July 19

New $17.7 million MBTA station under way in Dorchester Amtrak, MDOT break ground on Pontiac intermodal station Cincinnati lands federal grant for streetcar project BTS issues latest edition of transportation databases Metrolink tests new rail cars Metra to begin replacing UP North Line bridges in August UP to honor Kansas county sheriffs' rail safety efforts Updates from Siemens, Voith, PowerRail and Marsh

July 16

AAR weekly report: U.S. roads register holiday-related carload drop Chinese Ministry of Railways order 40 more CRH1 trainsets from Bombardier JV AAR backs carbon capture, storage bill NJ Transit to test quiet cars on commuter trains Maryland moves forward with MARC station improvements New Mexico lands EDA grant to study cross-border rail bypass Alabama & Gulf Coast MOW workers approve UTU-negotiated agreement UP honored for diversity efforts Denver RTD marks 10 years of service on the Southwest line

July 15

FRA issues final rule on bridge maintenance, safety procedures MassDOT OKs MotivePower contract for MBTA locomotives NJ Transit approves FY2011 budget, OKs rolling stock purchase Wabtec acquires G&B Specialties, Bach-Simpson from Global Railways Transportation Services Index inched up in May, BTS says Work under way on Vancouver port rail bridge, underpass project Canada to provide funding for Ashcroft Terminal expansion Transit board supports CTA's ADA efforts

July 14

AECOM names deputy director of high-speed rail Ohio rail commission green lights NS project in Toledo AAR: June traffic levels suggest still-recovering economy KCSM needs more time to repair hurricane-damaged bridge, KCS says Middletown lobbies for SEPTA service Demand for Chinese furniture is driving up U.S. import container volume, PIERS says Valley Metro ridership up in first half Mineta Transportation Institute appoints chair, vice chair and trustees Updates from Thales, Cummins, Granite Construction, Harsco, CIT, RP3 Agency and PDI Rail Solutions

July 13

Virginia, N.C. form compact to advance Southeast HSR projects American High Speed Rail Alliance tabs labor officials for advisory board CSX beats Wall Street projections, sets several financial records FTA pre-authorizes WMATA system improvements California's Capitol Corridor gains riders in June despite government furloughs CSXT, North Charleston agree to reroute line, build intermodal yard Several unions note progress, impasse in contract negotiations L.A. Metro applies federal grant to electrical system upgrades Speakman to retire from Railroad Retirement Board Updates from VTG Aktiengesellschaft, Knorr-Bremse, Harsco, Vertical Transportation Excellence, GATX and RailPros

July 12

AASHTO report: Nation needs to boost freight transportation capacity, dependability 'Current State of High-Speed Rail' webcast for HSRupdates subscribers set for July 19 WMATA posts progress on safety improvement plans Conference demonstrates mixed feelings over Wisconsin's high-speed plans Sen. Byrd's death, holiday recess put short-line tax credit extension on temporary hold, ASLRRA says Albuquerque lands federal grant for intermodal facility Illinois law creates port district, supports intermodal development Rhode Island joins multi-state rail coalition KCSM names Vargas assistant VP of HR Hahn succeeds DeLong as ACTA chairman

July 9

AAR weekly report: North American railroads maintain traffic momentum California High-Speed Rail Authority OKs shared-track option study of L.A.-to-Anaheim leg American High Speed Rail Alliance tabs BLET's Tolman to serve on advisory board USDOT awards grants for streetcar projects, transit facilities BNSF, UP and Texas DOT seek TIGER II grant for Tower 55 project KCSM in track-repair mode after Hurricane Alex Gladstone sells A. Stucki to management group, Quad-C affiliate Amtrak Virginia to expand service South Florida RTA elects chairman, vice chair Updates from TransCore, Greenbrier, VR Mergers & Acquisitions, Georgetown Rail Equipment, RuggedCom and Skelly and Loy

July 8

TÜVRheinland acquires Rail Sciences California High-Speed Rail Authority, Belgium ink high-speed rail planning pact MIT, Maher forge pact for new Nova Scotia terminal Truck and trailer orders up in June, but recovery still at risk, FTR says CSXT completes annual coal line trackwork L.A. Metro appoints Knabe chairman Buffalo & Pittsburgh to unveil low-emission locomotive National Gateway launches Facebook, Twitter pages Wisconsin & Southern turns 30

July 7

USDOT, Maine finalize grant agreement for Downeaster extension UP's PRB coal train loadings jump in June Caltrain considers fare hikes, service cuts Santa Clara VTA obtains state funding for BART extension TTCI lands DHS grant for emergency response training program MBTA registers ridership gains for third-straight month Truck, ship and rail part of new Churchill-to-Nunavut service in Canada Updates from Alstom, Mitsubishi Electric, Banyan Rail, ARCADIS, International Fuel and G.W. Peoples

July 6

Calfornia high-speed ridership estimates are not reliable, state university says House subcommittee cuts passenger-rail spending Rep. Ruppersberger introduces commuters' 'Bill of Rights' New York MTA initiates consolidation plan, hires cost-reduction czar FRA seeks researcher for train crew trauma study, orders 10 states to develop crossing safety plans BNSF reassigns Langston, Burchfield to AVP posts; Pierce assumes BLET's presidency New Mexico's Rail Runner to improve Belen Station UP to bolster track in three states Updates from ENSCO, Thales, SYSTRA, Federal Signal, Armtec Infrastructure and CIT Group

July 2

High-speed rail, Japan style, does translate, Chicago seminar attendees are told AAR: Week No. 25 another good one for North American railroads San Francisco MTA to consider restoring previously cut service Federal funding on way to New York to ready intermodal station for HSR WMATA, Virginia seek to finalize rail-car purchase pact Santa Clara VTA to upgrade eight crossings L.A. Metro receives recognition for light-rail project NMB: Hoglander assumes chairmanship again, Brown fills senior mediator spot SacRT reopens stations UP attains Owens Corning's 'carrier excellence' honor

July 1

California High-Speed Rail Authority responds to state audit RailAmerica acquires Atlas Railroad Construction HSR in Wisconsin: Gov. Doyle unveils Madison high-speed rail station location SEPTA implements first fare hike in three years Ohio utilities commission OKs grade crossing upgrades Hampton Roads Transit assesses Virginia Beach extension study Carter joins CSX's board Updates from Bombardier, Siemens, Alstom, Railinc, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam << Previous Next >>
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