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Rail News: July 2010

July 30

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

July 29

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

July 28

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

July 27

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

July 26

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

July 23

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

July 22

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

July 21

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

July 20

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

July 19

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

July 16

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

July 15

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

July 14

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

July 13

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

July 12

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

July 9

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

July 8

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

July 7

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

July 6

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

July 2

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

July 1

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