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Rail News: August 2009

August 31

Passenger Rail
Kansas, Pennsylvania seek ARRA funds Read More »
Passenger Rail
California's Metrolink to negotiate engineer/conductor services contract with Amtrak Read More »
Passenger Rail
Former APTA chairman, hall of famer Alan Kiepper passes away Read More »
Passenger Rail
Twin Cities light-rail corridor advances Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Workers at two short lines join UTU Read More »

August 28

Rail Industry Trends
North American roads register highest weekly carload total since early March Read More »
Passenger Rail
USDOT/FTA churn out 13 more ARRA grants Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP's August PRB train loadings a tad off last year's pace Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Diego agency sets another ridership record despite fewer trolley trips Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Latina magazine honors BNSF's diversity efforts for Hispanics Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from New York Air Brake, JMA Railroad Supply, A. Stucki, Orgo-Thermit and Alliance Shippers Read More »

August 27

Passenger Rail
Progressive Railroading to boot up HSRupdates.com on Sept. 8 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP launches ShipCarsNow.com, schedules Joliet terminal groundbreaking and starts Kansas track upgrades Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit opens bids for University Link tunnel boring work Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
League of Railway Industry Women names UP's Valdez 'Woman of the Year' Read More »
Passenger Rail
Cleveland's RTA begins to build new 55th Street station Read More »
Passenger Rail
Florida coalition urges USDOT to back funding for HSR studies Read More »

August 26

Passenger Rail
ATU members ratify BART contract Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York lands ARRA grant for Metro-North station, seeks more stimulus grants for other projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
ARRA-funded Amtrak station work under way Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RTA report: Tie purchases climb, production falls in July Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CP receives recognition for governance practices Read More »
Passenger Rail
Updates from Wabtec and RailComm Read More »

August 25

Passenger Rail
Three states seek ARRA funds for HSR projects Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS promotes Del Cueto, appoints Torres to key KCSM posts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Illinois law provides funds for intermodal facilities Read More »
Passenger Rail
Joint venture to begin underground phase of BART's Warm Springs extension Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF boosts on-time performance, adds new services Read More »

August 24

Passenger Rail
USDOT/FTA issue ARRA grants exceeding $1 billion Read More »
Passenger Rail
Illinois commission urges FRA to adopt safety guidelines for HSR crossings Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Hart becomes NTSB's vice chair Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Francisco agency to install fare gates, ticket machines at nine stations Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ACTA installs DeLong as chair, Hahn as vice chair Read More »
Passenger Rail
Updates from GE Transportation/EuroMaint Rail, Bombardier and MISCOR Group Read More »

August 21

Rail Industry Trends
U.S. Class I workforce a smidge larger in July, STB says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR weekly report: Thirty-second verse same as the first in '09 traffic song Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Patriot Rail takes wraps off new Texas short line Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. authority collects soil samples for proposed subway extension Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Port Tracker report: Major ports remain on pace to handle fewest containers in seven years Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Global Railway Industries, FreightCar America, RailComm and Pacer International Read More »

August 20

Canadian National Railway - CN
CREATE partners alter program to suit CN's EJ&E acquisition Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sacramento agency closes budget shortfall without making more service cuts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Trucks lost market share to intermodal in 2Q, FTR says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Utah Transit Authority tweaks commuter, light rail services Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA to provide cell phone coverage in 20 underground stations Read More »

August 19

Passenger Rail
Houston's Metro gains FTA approval to design two light-rail lines Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ohio DOT, rail commission seek to advance '3C Quick Start' system Read More »
Passenger Rail
Florida leaders form lobbying group to land federal dollars for Orlando-Tampa-Miami HSR line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF, Washington state port launch construction on loop track Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Montreal port posts first-half volume drop Read More »
Passenger Rail
Updates from Wabtec, Railinc & Teradata, Interfleet Technology, Kelso Technologies and PowerRail Distribution Read More »

August 18

Rail Industry Trends
U.S. agencies team up with Mexican authorities to thwart drug, weapon smuggling Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP celebrates silver anniversary of first PRB coal train Read More »
Passenger Rail
Vancouver's Canada Line opens for business Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New leader pegged for USDOT's haz-mat arm; NTSB and NMB make management changes Read More »
Passenger Rail
Oregon agency starts stimulus-funded project, changes fare-free area Read More »

August 17

Passenger Rail
USDOT/FTA provide 50 ARRA grants exceeding $1 billion Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART, ATU reach 11th-hour agreement and avert strike Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Elliott takes seat as STB chairman Read More »
Passenger Rail
Mefford-Miller to head St Louis Metro's planning, system development Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Arizona Railroad Group becomes ARG Trans Read More »
Passenger Rail
Updates from L.B. Foster, Simmons Machine Tool & Beena Vision Systems, Timken, National Academy of Railroad Sciences and Flatiron Construction Read More »

August 14

Rail Industry Trends
Early-bird rate for October RailTrends conference still available Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FRA's proposed PTC rule would 'impose a financial burden beyond what Congress intended,' AAR says Read More »
Passenger Rail
ATU issues strike notice after BART imposes employment terms Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR weekly report: North American railroads off to another slow traffic start in August Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Montreal, Maine & Atlantic mulls plan to abandon or sell Maine lines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Providence and Worcester earns more income, generates less revenue Read More »
Passenger Rail
Updates from Pandrol, Siemens Mobility, Pentadyne Power, CANAC Railway Services and Interpipe Read More »

August 13

Rail Industry Trends
NS selects Pennsylvania site for Crescent Corridor terminal Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA, NJ Transit advance major rail and station projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Domestic container volume remains intermodal's only bright spot in second quarter, IANA says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TSI falls to lowest June level in 12 years, BTS says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Georgia university forecasts larger sales tax receipt shortfall for MARTA Read More »

August 12

Passenger Rail
One union OKs, another rejects BART's contract proposal Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX to break ground on Ohio intermodal facility Read More »
People
KCS, Indiana Rail Road make management changes Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Watco launches Alabama Warrior Railway Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailAmerica creates contract-switching subsidiary Read More »
Passenger Rail
Updates from Bombardier, Amberg Technologies, Gannett Fleming, RailComm and Electro-Motive Diesel Read More »

August 11

Passenger Rail
New York MTA issues proposed 2010-2014 capital program, 20-year capital needs assessment Read More »
Passenger Rail
California High-Speed Rail Authority institutes 'transparency' initiatives to ensure project schedule, budget and accountability Read More »
Passenger Rail
Progressive Railroading to boot up HSRupdates.com on Sept. 8 Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet ridership dips in July Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Russia's First Freight Co. forms joint venture with Finnish Railways Read More »

August 10

Rail Industry Trends
CSXT, BLET agree on tentative five-year pact Read More »
Passenger Rail
Santa Clara VTA approves fare increase acceleration Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain quiets locomotive horn noise Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ohio city to create quiet zone Read More »
Passenger Rail
Mass transit a key cog in New Jersey's transportation landscape, study says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Updates for Alstom Transport, New York Air Brake, Faiveley Transport Australia and Unisys Australia Read More »

August 7

Rail Industry Trends
AAR's July traffic report: North American roads slog through another sluggish month Read More »
Passenger Rail
Nation needs to establish two or three 'model' HSR lines, Brown says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Toronto lands retail lease agreement for Union Station revitalization Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FRA grants $1 million to Operation Lifesaver Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA boots up new Web site Read More »

August 6

Passenger Rail
Missouri DOT seeks stimulus dollars for 11 rail projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA has 'zero tolerance' for employees who use electronic devices on duty Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Tacoma port selects contractor for grade separation overpass Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak marks Pere Marquette's silver anniversary, first stimulus-funded car overhaul Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
L.A.-area ports honor Pacific Harbor Line's clean-air efforts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Ansaldo STS USA, Miner Enterprises, American Railcar Industries, Cubic and Pacer Read More »

August 5

Passenger Rail
Maryland selects light rail as transit option for Purple, Red lines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CP sells Windsor Station to Cadillac Fairview Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
EPA report: Rail-car deliveries to drop to 24,800 units in '09, 14,750 units in '10 Read More »
Passenger Rail
ARRA dollars help Houston's METRO expand police presence Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Illinois commission approves crossing upgrades at 10 locations Read More »

August 4

Rail Industry Trends
'TRACS' bill back in Congress Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minnesota DOT seeks ARRA dollars for four passenger-rail projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP reaches six-month high for southern PRB coal loadings in July Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro to test turnstile-gate waters at four subway stations Read More »
Passenger Rail
Senate proposes funds for Charlotte transit system's light-rail extension Read More »
Passenger Rail
Updates from Siemens/TVZ, Skanska, RailPros, Progress Rail Services and RailComm Read More »

August 3

Rail Industry Trends
Chicago's CREATE program lands $322 million from state of Illinois Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART, three labor unions reach tentative accord Read More »
Passenger Rail
USDOT to announce TIGER grant winners in January Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA lands DHS grant for police department Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
House judiciary subcommittee OKs 'rail antitrust' bill, CURE says Read More »
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