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Rail News: July 2011

July 29

More trackwork, another rail carrier award for UP RailAmerica rings up more revenue, income CTA to spend $10 million on beefed up police presence Texas port to begin loop track project California construction agency awards $486 million contract for light-rail project Sound Transit to speed up construction of South Link light-rail extension AAR weekly report: U.S. roads register slight carload, intermodal gains MTA releases preliminary 2012 budget, long-term capital plan WSDOT, BNSF ink deal for Cascades corridor improvements; work to begin in fall Iowa, Nevada land federal HSR funds to develop state rail plans

July 28

Updates from Skanska, Alstom, Axion, Navis and GATX Corp. UIC's 2010 report: Freight traffic robust in Russia, passenger counts climbed in Asia Houston proposes grade separation for METRO's East End line RTA report: Tie production, purchases jumped in June Car orders down, deliveries up in 2Q, ARCI says APTA names Melaniphy president, CEO FTA grants environmental clearance for DART streetcar project Floods drown CP's financial results

July 27

Updates from Spectrum Infrared, AECOM, RailComm, Trinity Industries, Wabtec and CIT Rail GCRTA to add third Red Line train following lightning strike UP works on Minnesota line, wins rail carrier award Pennsylvania Northeastern seeks STB approval to operate 'Lansdale Cluster' Iowa Pacific introduces intercity passenger-rail service in New York Valley Metro to use design-build approach for Central Mesa light-rail extension Illinois Sen. Durbin announces $11 million in federal funds for CTA project Five financial records, high-60s operating ratio color NS' results CHSRA, federal agencies sign MOU to adopt sustainable practices

July 26

Four transit agencies elect board members; Santa Clara VTA general counsel to retire Twin Cities & Western reaches 20th anniversary Nashville's Music City Star posts June ridership record Pittsburgh port authority approves agreement with police union Wisconsin transit authority terminates proposed KRM project TriMet's annual ridership again tops 100 million Baird on U.S. traffic outlook: Intermodal, industrial volumes to drive 2H gains From floods to mudslides, adverse weather didn't adversely affect CN's results Wednesday webcast: Indiana Rail Road's record MOW program

July 25

Updates from Progress Rail, Bombardier, GE Transportation and J.B. Hunt Kansas logistics park lands wind turbine equipment plant NS makes magazine's Top 40 list for diversity efforts Metro-North to open Fairfield station in fall Amtrak Cascades surpassed ridership records in second quarter Illinois port district lands another TIGER grant for rail/harbor project SFMTA names Reiskin transportation director Construction authority eyes M&O facility site, design-build contractor for Pasadena light-rail extension

July 22

OmniTRAX owner seeks to acquire Stockton Terminal & Eastern Railroad WMATA board receives 'best practice' recommendations, adopts governance reform package AAR weekly report: Carloads down in U.S., up in Canada and Mexico 'Toronto Rocket' subway trains now in revenue service Number of U.S. Class I workers jumped in June, STB report shows New York MTA CEO Walder to join Hong Kong's MTR Corp. KCS sets revenue and volume records, lowers operating ratio

July 21

Updates from Axion, Alstom, Kelso, International Fuel and Parsons Brinckerhoff Savage begins to build BNSF-served terminal, forges operator pact with Indiana Harbor Belt BART partners with BMW firm to develop rail-car concepts Connecticut orders another 25 M8s for New Haven Line NS completes three months' worth of trackwork in eight days MTA to shave $2 billion from five-year capital program Severe floods don't drown UP in the red Connecticut proposes fare hikes for Metro-North, Shore Line East services to address budget shortfall USDOT, Pennsylvania sign $24.3 million grant agreement for Keystone Corridor crossing closures Iowa legislature maintains $5 million in previously appropriated intercity passenger-rail funds, eliminates FY12-13 dollars

July 20

MoDOT appoints Teel to head multi-modal division New Orleans mulls fall referendum for Public Belt board changes Bombardier to build another 300 cars for CTA Iowa Interstate begins to build locomotive shop, yard TransLink begins installing new fare gates at SkyTrain stations CN to extend two more northern Ontario sidings San Francisco agency receives local funds for Central Subway tunnel boring CSX: Record income, high-60s operating ratio add up to 'excellent quarter' MoDOT appoints Teel to head multi-modal division Mott MacDonald to analyze proposed HSR system in India

July 19

Updates from Gross & Janes, Parsons, INIT Innovations and TranSystems BTS unveils livable communities survey results, 2011 transportation atlas UTU: STB ruling protects wages for Manufacturers Railway workers Channel Tunnel operator purchases SNCF freight locomotives Two North Shore roads win NS short-line awards Rail Runner to continue offering weekend service, seek other cost-saving measures Five Class Is, five ports attain sustainability honors FTA inks SunRail grant agreement

July 18

Updates from Whiting Equipment, HDR, Thales, CAD Railway and RailTerm Equipment finance market was a tad more active in 2010, survey says Metrolink to ax late-night service on two lines Genesee & Wyoming's traffic climbed, RailAmerica's fell in June UTU/Fulton County Railway, BMWED/SEPTA reach tentative agreements CTA lets contracts to renew loop track, replace viaducts In memoriam: Former UP CEO and 'industry giant' John Kenefick FTA set to sign SunRail FFGA today House approves measure to rescind HSR funds CHSRA board reviews initial operating segments, environmental reports

July 15

Updates from Ansaldo STS, Alstom, Invensys and STV Canada Amtrak to resume Empire Builder service next week L.A.-area ports report mixed June traffic results; Washington state port seeks own rail system Ottawa city council OKs $2.1 billion for light-rail project Illinois law advances proposed Chicago coal plant; CSXT moves unit trains from new Pennsylvania plant Phoenix light-rail extension gains environmental clearance from FTA AAR weekly report: U.S. rail traffic slid a smidge 'Day on Capitol Hill' drew attention to rail industry's legislative pursuits House expected to shift unobligated HSR funds to use for Midwestern flood relief

July 14

Arizona airport authority seeks rail operator for industrial park WMATA's new calendar details major trackwork schedule CG/LA Infrastructure lists top 100 transportation projects in North America FTA gives green light to begin work on Atlanta streetcar project CSX boosts 2011 capex budget; KCS settles Mexican hurricane insurance claim NJ Transit adopts FY2012 budgets, awards transit center contract Transportation Services Index inched down in May FTA announces list of competitive funding opportunities Mica/Shuster's Amtrak privatization proposal may violate constitution, report states

July 13

Woodbury elected chair of Hampton Roads Transit, VP of Virginia Transit Association Montana DOT to upgrade two grade crossings next year Obama appoints MARTA's Scott to national infrastructure council Springfield rail consolidation stakeholders review next steps Louisiana DOT lets engineering contract for New Orleans freight-rail modernization New report outlines ways to improve California's public transit system Florida East Coast to break ground on Port of Miami project Annual ridership to exceed 30 million for first time, Amtrak says Feds give DesertXpress green light to enter engineering phase CHSRA halts San Francisco-San Jose environmental work pending Caltrain study results

July 12

Updates from Invensys, Axion and XL Insurance MBTA seeks public input on locomotive design M&G Group to build new Class I-served chemical plants in Texas Milwaukee's proposed streetcar system set for common council vote TransLink updates transportation expansion plan Regional Rail to lease NS line in Pennsylvania for East Penn subsidiary Florida DOT OKs design of SunRail corridor, locomotives AAR report: U.S. carloads remain relatively weak, intermodal still relatively strong Virginia, North Carolina transportation departments to present alternative HSR alignments

July 11

Illinois village creates nine quiet zones WMATA unveils designs for next-generation rail cars Ottawa releases RFQ for light-rail project Sen. Kohl calls on two federal agencies to back his 'rail antitrust' bill L.A.-area port's board seeks new executive director, installs officers KWG Resources advances plan to form short line in Ontario Twenty senators seek $2.2 billion for Amtrak House GOP budget/Mica proposal would cut 140,000 public transportation jobs, Democrats say

July 8

Updates from Alstom, Parsons, IBI Group, Invensys, Vossloh and Greenbrier Canadian transportation safety agency to step up monitoring efforts CSX, OmniTRAX and Rio Grande Pacific fill key management posts STB should adopt new reciprocal switching rules, NITL says Sound Transit issues final environmental report for light-rail link Illinois Gov. Quinn signs bill requiring universal fare system AAR weekly report: Carloads climbed for all North American roads STB to drastically cut complaint filing fees for shippers Mica unveils outline for six-year surface transportation reauthorization bill

July 7

Connecticut station opens expanded parking lot In memoriam: Short-line entrepreneur Jack Haley AAR: Next year's international train control conference coming to Denver Watco installs Inselbuch as CFO, Baden as COO SMART's acting director declares rail project 'sound and on track' UP boosted PRB coal train loadings in June despite Missouri River floods USDOT includes LACMTA subway extension in TIFIA loan applicant pool Mica's reauthorization proposal includes several HSR-related elements California city files lawsuit against CHSRA over Grapevine route study

July 6

Updates from Siemens, RMI, Knorr-Bremse, Tadiran and Ansaldo STS APL to build Joliet container facility near BNSF, UP terminals San Diego MTS dedicates trolley station to former chairman Williams L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa to chair LACMTA Kinn to head Virginia DOT's new public-private partnership office Seven Canadian towns seek feds' help to acquire CP line KCS makes sales/marketing personnel changes to prep for business growth

July 5

Puchala succeeds Hoglander as NMB chair; Hersman to remain NTSB chair N.Y./N.J. port authority awarded 30 percent more contracts to minority, women-owned and small businesses last year Sen. Brown marks opening of CSXT's new Ohio intermodal facility TriMet begins construction on Portland-Milwaukie light-rail bridge KCS celebrates 14th anniversary of Mexican railroad concession GAO recommends ways WMATA's board can improve governance USDOT obligates grant to Massachusetts for Vermonter line improvements Mica to introduce transportation authorization bill details this week, APTA says APTA: Mica to introduce transportation authorization bill details this week Teamsters call for Amtrak designation as Northeast Corridor's HSR operator

July 1

RTA: Crosstie purchases plummeted, production posted small gain in May Northstar Corridor solicits RFP for transit-oriented development CSXT adds GenSet at New York yard, appoints three execs Task force recommends options for Denver RTD's long-term viability AAR weekly report: Carloads up in Canada, down in U.S. and Mexico SFMTA names Johnson acting director/CEO, approves tunneling contract USDOT to divvy up $527 million for TIGER program's third round Updates from Wabtec, Bombardier, RailComm, AdaCore, RMI and Hollysys USDOT obligates HSIPR grant to Massachusetts for Vermonter line improvements Florida Gov. Scott gives go-ahead for SunRail project << Previous Next >>
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