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Rail News: July 2012

July 31

Rail updates from Siemens, CIT, Cubic, Mermec, ZETA-TECH, Burns Group and Duos Technologies (July 31) BART contracting plan would boost small business opportunities Amtrak expands electronic ticketing to national network Norfolk Southern completes trackwork blitz on Pennsylvania coal line Cold storage facility opens at New Orleans port Twin Cities' Metro Transit to trim fares on Northstar commuter-rail line Union Pacific ranks as top healthy lifestyle-promoting employer; Knight lands on top CFOs list Economic Planning Associates drops 2012 rail-car deliveries projection from 58,000 to 55,300

July 30

CSX donates last section of High Line to New York City New York's MTA recognizes its subsidiaries' safety efforts Kansas City Southern participates in frac sand summit Metrorail Orange Line opens to Miami International Airport APTA names SEPTA 'Outstanding Public Transportation System' for 2012 Seattle port gains more super-size cranes; Georgia ports set annual cargo records USDOT awards funds for Kentucky bridges and Alaska trackwork, extends university research program grants LaHood announces expansion of transportation project finance fund Florida East Coast hires architect for All Aboard Florida stations Parsons Brinckerhoff appoints Yirigian to oversee Connecticut HSR program

July 27

Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, Crouch Engineering, Trinity, American Railcar, Harsco and Investec (July 27) MTA completes tunnel boring work on 'megaprojects' Metrolinx to bring GO Transit service to Acton, Ontario CEO Koraleski joins Union Pacific's board PATH on pace to set ridership record for second straight year AAR: U.S. intermodal volume climbed, carload count fell last week Energy Information Administration: Rail deliveries of crude oil, petroleum products climbed in 2012's first half

July 26

Alameda Corridor construction authority seeks bids for grade separation work Sen. Durbin, CSX CEO Ward discuss rail safety TriMet posts record annual ridership of 102 million trips Local government association approves Valley Metro's light-rail plan, route Denver RTD to contract Kiewit Infrastructure to build I-225 light-rail line MTA's financial plan shows balanced budget in 2012 and 2013, but deficits thereafter Amtrak forges $7 billion revitalization plan for D.C.'s Union Station Surface Transportation Board proposes rule reforms, proceeding to provide captive shippers 'rate relief'

July 25

Rail supplier updates from L.B. Foster, Wabtec, Bombardier, Alfred Benesch, Stella-Jones, Unitrac, Michael Baker Jr. and Nordco (July 25) Las Vegas X Train contracts engineering firm for station work RailAmerica posts second-quarter gains in net income, revenue Cold Train to acquire more containers, add service Massachusetts' Union Station to get an overhaul Canadian Pacific: Revenue up, earnings down in 2Q CN's robust 2Q financial results 'show a lot of strength,' says CEO Mongeau Norfolk Southern copes with soft utility coal volume, sets four financial records in 2Q Amtrak forges $7 billion revitalization plan for D.C.'s Union Station Massachusetts' Union Station to get an overhaul

July 24

Intermodal design seminar to be part of AREMA's annual conference VIA Rail, Air Transat to offer rail and air ticket packages Indiana Rail Road teams up with Arrow Reload to co-market transload services Track relocation-related contract let for TransLink's Evergreen Line Cleveland transit agency records another ridership increase in June Arlington County board signs off on long-range capital plan Union Pacific Railroad proposes to build one of Texas' largest classification yards, Hearne mayor says USDOT doles out FY2012 state-of-good-repair grants Genesee & Wyoming: RailAmerica acquisition would mean more growth, diversification in addition to more railroads

July 23

Las Vegas Railway Express names Wilson COO; South Florida RTA appoints Wolfe to board OmniTRAX's Ogborn to retire ARCI: Rail-car orders, deliveries surged in second quarter Alameda Corridor construction authority set to award San Gabriel trench contract Majority of Congress backs short-line tax credit extension legislation, ASLRRA says Obama Administration expedites seven infrastructure projects at five U.S. ports New York MTA announces transportation service improvements Genesee & Wyoming lands agreement to acquire RailAmerica

July 20

Rail supplier updates from GE, Alstom, Skanska Shimmick Herzog and Trinity Marine (July 20) Sound Transit celebrates third anniversary of Link light-rail system OSHA finds Illinois Central, Fort Wayne & Eastern railroads in violation of railroad safety act rules STB: Class I jobs rose in June Port of Virginia set volume, rail container records in June Long Island Rail Road to invest in additional service New Nippon Sharyo plant opens, will produce Metra's new Highliner cars AAR: U.S. Canadian and Mexican railroads posted traffic gains last week

July 19

InnoTrans offers North American attendees discounted registration to Germany event D.C. transit agency fixes computer glitch that stopped rail service Nashville RTA registers ridership gain on Music City Star Canadian Pacific, Smart Sand partner to provide frac sand for shale plays Chicago's Metra rehabbing rail cars, adding amenities Union Pacific Railroad lands Peabody Energy contract to move coal from Colorado to Texas San Francisco transportation agency completes first revenue bond sale Union Pacific posts 'best-ever' quarterly results

July 18

Railroad supplier updates from Bechtel, RATP, Crouch, PowerRail, Railserve and Parsons Brinckerhoff (July 18) Red River Valley & Western to mark 25th anniversary Genesee & Wyoming to increase Australian iron-ore volume; Indiana Harbor Belt to boost potash traffic Ottawa light-rail project receives federal environmental assessment approval Chicago Transit Authority unveils plan to rehab rail, bus maintenance facilities Los Angeles, Long Beach ports cranked up container volumes in June California officials order L.A. track, train protection system repairs CSX: Productivity, intermodal gains help offset utility coal losses in 2Q California governor signs HSR funding legislation Colorado DOT launches HSR study CHSRA issues revised environmental documents for Fresno-Bakersfield segment

July 17

Arbitrator rules in TriMet's favor in labor contract dispute Amtrak's Downeaster service breaks annual ridership record CTA completes Granville Station rehab project FRA issues safety advisory to raise awareness about track buckles Intermodal rail a 'sensible' transportation option for U.S. Postal Service, inspector general report says OSHA, FRA team up to better enforce federal whistleblower provision MAP-21 provides FTA safety oversight of transit systems Kansas City Southern set revenue, income and operating ratio records in 2Q

July 16

Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, Ansaldo, RailComm, Veolia and Parsons Brinckerhoff (July 16) MTA Metro-North to test smartphone ticketing Ohio Rail Development Commission to consider four rail grants at Thursday meeting Genesee & Wyoming's traffic slipped in June, second quarter Sen. Durbin asks STB to address Amtrak's performance delays related to freight rail CSX dedicates new Ohio bridge on National Gateway MBTA's Green Line extension clears environmental review Norfolk Southern Railway opens Crescent Corridor terminal in Tennessee Heard around the halls at the 8th World Congress on High-Speed Rail U.S. high-speed rail likely to be built incrementally, consultants say at 8th world congress High-speed rail world congress: speeches and stories from the opening session

July 13

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Railinc, Bombardier, HP, KYDEX and Michael Baker (July 13) Port Everglades tabs Vanderbeek to head business development Metrolink, local businesses offer riders 'exclusive' discounts USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service unveils container availability report Government agencies in three states advance crossing, bridge projects Miami-Dade Transit's AirportLink nears completion FTA creates MAP-21 informational website AAR: Carloads fell in U.S., climbed in Canada and Mexico last week

July 12

Grand Central Terminal's 'whispering gallery' to get makeover Coralville lets contract for Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway flood protection work Railway Tie Association: Production up, purchases down in May Metrolink adds service in Orange County Amtrak among U.S. railroads seeking to recruit more military veterans CSX Transportation completes track maintenance 'Jamboree' May's Transportation Services Index slipped slightly vs. April, BTS says NJ Transit's board adopts FY2013 budget, capital program LaHood addresses high-speed rail at Philadelphia event LaHood addresses high-speed rail at Philadelphia event

July 11

Rail supplier updates from GE, New York Air Brake, Wabtec, Harsco, Wood Creek Capital and Gannett Fleming (July 11) WMATA repairs track affected by 'heat kink' Watco promotes Vaughn to senior regulatory oversight post Port awards trench contract for West Vancouver Freight Access project American Trucking Associations report: Rail's total tonnage share to shrink slightly by 2023 Hennepin County breaks ground on Minneapolis rail transit hub Illinois to provide $800 million for mass transit, rail improvements Rail industry commits to hiring 5,000 veterans in 2012

July 10

Pennsylvania rail authority completes siding on Nittany and Bald Eagle line CSX partners with EPA, New Orleans planning commission to retrofit locomotive DART preps for Orange Line's July 30 opening South Carolina authority awards preliminary engineering contract for inland port FTA OKs CATS' light-rail extension for final design Nova Scotia municipality proposes construction of container terminal Amtrak updates Northeast Corridor plan California Legislature's high-speed-rail funding approval will help advance Caltrain's modernization APTA report: High-speed rail benefits outweigh costs California Legislature's HSR funding approval will help advance Caltrain modernization

July 9

Rail supplier updates from Ansaldo, Bombardier and HDR Engineering (July 9) Caltrain, Metra advance train information systems Canadian transit association launches campaign to promote public transit Railroad Development Corp. wins arbitration case against Guatemalan government Ingram resigns from Canadian Pacific's board Bay Area commission to hold hearing on transportation plan Union Pacific attains minority council honor for diverse supplier base Texas DOT's new Panama Canal working group holds inaugural meeting California Legislature signs off on bond sale for high-speed rail project California Legislature signs off on bond sale for high-speed rail project Amtrak unveils updated Northeast Corridor planning, investment strategy

July 6

Rutgers ad sales to raise $5,000 monthly for PATCO rail line Portland port, union agreement temporarily solves work dispute Cleveland transit authority's 2013 tax budget 'stable' Reading and Northern to become Pennsylvania industrial park's service provider Charlotte transit agency hikes fares Citizens committee reviews Santa Clara VTA's Measure A spending CN to build five long sidings on busy B.C. North Line U.S. intermodal volume through June slightly ahead of record-year pace, AAR says

July 5

Foundation's matching grant supports nonprofit's attempt to rehab steam locomotive in Alaska Ohio utilities commission directs CSXT to upgrade crossing UP's Chandler becomes National Association of Railway Business Women's 37th president Union Pacific's PRB coal train loadings lagged in June Rail coalition calls for better surface transportation programs Silver Line extension to Dulles advances with Loudoun County vote Long Beach port crafts incentive programs to attract larger ships, more rail volume FTA issues decision on L.A. transit corridor's environmental guidelines

July 3

Rail supplier news from Alstom-Bombardier, Siemens, Greenbrier and Parsons Brinckerhoff (July 3) Tacoma Rail to host National Railway Historical Society's 'RailCamp' Hoglander to chair National Mediation Board for fourth time U.S. Customs and Border Protection to use centralized station at Savannah port TriMet begins second year of Portland-Milwaukie light-rail bridge construction Cloud Peak Energy acquires undeveloped Powder River Basin mine on BNSF line CTA debuts 5000-series rail cars on Green Line L.A. transit board OKs contract for Union Station's master plan California Transportation Commission approves high-speed connectivity funds for San Francisco's Central Subway

July 2

Surface Transportation Board seeks public input on proposed mediation rules Kansas City Southern promotes Songer to VP, chief engineer FRA proposes rulemaking on passenger train emergency preparedness standards, plans to begin environmental review of Northeast Corridor upgrades Ontario officials OK Toronto's transit plan League of Railway Industry Women seeks nominees for 'Outstanding Woman of the Year' Amtrak opens new station in Nebraska to serve Zephyr line Union Pacific turns 150 Honolulu officials apply for $1.55 billion in grants for transit-rail project Surface transportation reauthorization bill awaits President Obama's signature FRA to launch Northeast Corridor environmental work << Previous Next >>
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