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Rail News: August 2010

August 31

High-Speed Rail
USDOT announces new design standards for high-speed passenger cars Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain staff to recommend keeping Gilroy, weekend service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS wins AREMA's 'Hay' award for Heartland Corridor project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB schedules hearing on coal routing case Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Operation Lifesaver honors Glenn, Hakey with national safety awards Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA to implement new safety manual Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF to be featured on Green Magazine Television Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from RailWorks, Harsco, Balfour Beatty, Nomad Digital, Jacobs Engineering, L.B. Foster and KiwiRail Read More »

August 30

High-Speed Rail
East Texas HSR feasibility study could begin soon Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Stewart Southern Railway becomes Saskatchewan's 11th short line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSX partners with Alabama, Mississippi for safety measures Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit awards contract to expand commuter-rail service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN reaches EJ&E-related mitigation agreement with Long Grove Read More »
Passenger Rail
TransLink receives first shipment of new rail cars Read More »
Kansas City Southern
EPA, Missouri DNR recognize KCSR's locomotive-idle control project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP invests $11.5 million in track improvements Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Springfield Terminal Railway workers ratify TCU contract; Fulton County Railway workers join UTU Read More »

August 27

Rail Industry Trends
AAR report: U.S. roads set another weekly intermodal volume record Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Save the date - FRA webcast Sept. 15 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain eyes service cuts, fare hikes; BART delays fare increase Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Report: HSR will create jobs in southern California Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver RTD breaks ground on FasTracks' East Corridor line Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Sweden set to open new HSR line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Tie purchases plummeted, production jumped in July, RTA says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
DHS, FEMA certify TTCI emergency reponse center's tank-car course Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCSR appoints Redd, Godwin to VP posts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ohio port authority hires project administrator for grade separation Read More »
Passenger Rail
Updates from L.B. Foster, FreightCar America, Parsons Brinckerhoff, OSI Systems, DriveCam and Cambridge Systematics Read More »

August 26

Passenger Rail
Metropolitan Council awards contracts for Minneapolis light-rail segment Read More »
High-Speed Rail
The community backlash against HSR, and how states are coping Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Six states seek TIGER II grants for NS' Crescent Corridor Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California lawmakers approve bill seeking HSR contract bidders' role in Holocaust Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail industry needs to better detect, report broken tank-car stub sills, Canada's TSB says Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA seeks TIGER II grant for Smart Card system, completes trolley projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet eyes service changes to close budget gap Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ohio DOT seeks TIGER II grants for 12 projects; Oregon port seeks USDOT grant for Coos Bay line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP takes wraps off prototype AutoFlex multi-level car Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA implements 'peak-of-the-peak' pricing Read More »

August 25

Rail Industry Trends
CP to streamline regions from 11 to six Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Ohio seeks TIGER grants for two 3C Corridor projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
St. Louis Metro names Nations president, CEO Read More »
High-Speed Rail
L.B. Foster providing rail for Downeaster project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Second Amtrak Cascades train surpasses ridership expectations Read More »
High-Speed Rail
AECOM appoints Siegel to oversee HSR planning Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Containers begin to flow into North Dakota intermodal facility Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Vossloh to provide high-speed rail fastener systems for China line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Perishable traffic on uptick for 'Cold Train' refrigerated service Read More »
Passenger Rail
Connecticut riders want more bar cars, survey says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP to bolster track in Wisconsin Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Greenbrier, RMI, RailComm, Vossloh and AECOM Read More »

August 24

High-Speed Rail
Public comment period extended for Southeast HSR project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro receives FTA's development approval for Central Mesa extension Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB schedules oral argument for Arizona Electric Power/BNSF rate case Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Watco Transportation Services joins the AAR Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver RTD considers fare hikes to balance 2011 budget Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Fortune Minerals to work with CN to haul metallurgical coal Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Illinois port gains TIGER grant for rail loop Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Coming soon: Iowa rail port, Nebraska grain shuttle Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA to modernize elevators as part of Red Line rehab Read More »

August 23

High-Speed Rail
FRA's Szabo on HSR development: 'Past the point of no return' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT signs off on grant agreement for R.J. Corman rail rehab project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Grade crossing projects advance in Ohio, Washington Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet close to capping off station improvements Read More »
Passenger Rail
Gates elected chairman of northeastern Illinois RTA Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
National Gateway planners promote intermodal route at Maryland event Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Indiana ports help pump up state's economy, study says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Abrams joins South Florida RTA's board Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Global Railway, Bombardier, Shannon & Wilson, AECOM, EWI and Grand Canyon Railway Read More »

August 20

High-Speed Rail
Florida rail division to hold DBE meetings Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. Class I worker count climbs in July, STB data shows Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. roads set 2010 intermodal volume, all-time container volume records in week No. 32 Read More »
Passenger Rail
ATU members reject Greater Cleveland RTA's tentative agreement Read More »
Passenger Rail
Pittsburgh port authority holds public hearing on fare hikes, service cuts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS, Virginia rail department cap off key Crescent Corridor project Read More »
Passenger Rail
USDOT awards $13.8 million for transportation research, education Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA plans station repairs to boost safety Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North Carolina DOT solicits public feedback on choosing mobility fund-worthy projects Read More »

August 19

Passenger Rail
Rhode Island breaks ground on Wickford Junction commuter-rail station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Alaska Railroad contracts Kiewit Pacific for northern extension's first phase Read More »
Passenger Rail
Chicago to study express service to O'Hare Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB sends fall peak letters to railroads, appoints staff members Read More »
Passenger Rail
California's Capitol Corridor posts fiscal-year ridership record in July Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ohio county seeks federal, state funds for grade separation Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ridley Terminals anticipates a cargo-handling record in 2010 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Hanson, Dow, Marsh, Mallory Alexander, USA Truck and MTU Detroit Diesel Read More »

August 18

High-Speed Rail
Connecticut bond commission approves $260 million for high-speed rail Read More »
Passenger Rail
Massachusetts seeks proposals for MBTA station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
First line supervisors' class action suit against CN can proceed, Ontario superior court says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit breaks ground on station upgrades, readies for rail car delivery Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
California, Pennsylvania governors stump for more federal transportation infrastructure funding Read More »
Passenger Rail
Foundation complete for New York MTA's Fulton Street Transit Center Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Farmrail's Betke joins STB grain car council Read More »
Passenger Rail
Shevell reappointed vice chairman of NJ Transit Read More »
Passenger Rail
Wilmington & Western begins to build educational/administrative facility in Delaware Read More »

August 17

Passenger Rail
FTA extends EIS comment period for Honolulu light-rail project Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Francisco agency to install new fare gates, ticket machines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF Logistics lands on magazine's top 10 3PL list for seventh-straight year Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA installs platform warning lights Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RICA honors KCS, CSX for dimensional load services Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North Carolina Railroad caps off Kinston track project's first phase Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Ansaldo STS, L.B. Foster, Carmanah, T.Y. Lin and Global Crossing Read More »

August 16

Passenger Rail
Caltrain to consider fare increases, service suspensions Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
IANA on 2Q: International container volume growth exceeds domestic container gain for first time in four years Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS to launch double-stack train operations on Heartland Corridor in September Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit receives six bids from DMU builders Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP to bolster line between Nebraska, Wyoming Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NMB introduces intern program to teach students about labor relations Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
In memoriam: Former NITL President Harry Gobrecht Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from CXT/L.B. Foster, Miller Felpax, TPSC and Parsons Brinckerhoff Read More »

August 13

Rail Industry Trends
RailTrends early bird rate available through Aug. 13 Read More »
High-Speed Rail
LaHood blog: 40 jobs created as a result of ARRA-funded Downeaster project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR weekly report: U.S. railroads register 'moderate' carload gain Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver RTD closes on $397.8 private activity bonds, sets Aug. 26 groundbreaking for FasTracks Eagle P3 project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Pennsylvania's latest 12-year plan drastically cuts transportation dollars Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART has an extra $8.5 million in its budget Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Patriot Rail to serve North Carolina DOT's P&N corridor Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Four crossing upgrades, one closure advance in Ohio Read More »
Passenger Rail
Quality public transportation = quality of life, APTA report says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Vossloh, RailComm, Unit Rail, Western Extrusions and Global Railway Read More »

August 12

Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index inched up in June Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Transbay Joint Powers Authority breaks ground on $4.2 billion Transbay Transit Center Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
In memoriam: Former N&W leader, NS 'architect' John Fishwick Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver RTD considers budget gap-closing options Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Tacoma port posts progress with emission-reduction efforts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR's Macdonald to represent freight-rail industry on Maryland commission Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Milwaukee port wins USDOT's Pacesetter award Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Genesee & Wyoming gains traffic in July Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP to shore up Oregon line Read More »

August 11

High-Speed Rail
North Carolina considers options for routing of high-speed line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Two DART line extensions hinge on proposed budget, long-term financial plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FRA stresses need to prevent switching fatalities Read More »
Passenger Rail
Toronto Terminals Railway, CAW reach tentative accord Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Military magazine honors Class Is as top veteran employers in 2010 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Washington city's port, rail access ideal for high-tech plants, Boyd Co. says Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York MTA introduces online tool to track capital projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailAmerica registers carload gain in July Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from ENSCO, Atlantic Track, VR Mergers & Acquisitions, Jacobs Engineering, Ansaldo STS and CANAC Read More »

August 10

Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Seasonally adjusted data shows incremental U.S. traffic gains in July Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Patriot Rail to acquire Weyerhaeuser's six short lines Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA pledges to create board safety committee Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak reaches deal to advance Niantic Bridge replacement Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP to bolster lines in three states Read More »
Passenger Rail
TransLink's Canada SkyTrain on track to surpass ridership forecasts Read More »
Passenger Rail
Santa Clara VTA appoints new members to advisory committees Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Kelliher joins NMB as mediator Read More »

August 9

High-Speed Rail
Hollysys to provide signaling systems for China's HSR lines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Freight-rail capacity expansion bill enters Senate Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit projects long-term capital funding to drop 25 percent Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN forges service-enhancement pact with Quebec port, terminal operator Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak breaks ground on Illinois intermodal facility Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCS assigns Evans, McVaney to sales/marketing AVP roles Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA to make data available to third-party software developers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP to upgrade lines in Missouri, Nebraska Read More »
Passenger Rail
X Train names Zilliken CFO Read More »

August 6

High-Speed Rail
FRA to provide $25 million for high-speed rail research Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR report: Weekly U.S. carloads, intermodal loads reach 2010 highs Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California agrees to focus on Bay Area line alternatives that 'sharply reduce' right-of-way property acquisitions Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver RTD, UP pen deal to advance FasTracks project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Short-line tax credit extension still stuck in Senate, ASLRRA says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
AECOM to acquire Davis Langdon in $324 million deal Read More »
Passenger Rail
Connecticut to purchase 80 more cars for Metro-North line Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York/New Jersey port authority's board OKs rail car purchase, WTC contracts Read More »
Passenger Rail
TCU's MOW supervisors ratify Amtrak contract Read More »
BNSF Railway
In Memoriam: Robert Downing, the driving force behind the Burlington Northern Railroad merger Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Bombardier, Koppers Holdings, The Andersons and Parsons Brinckerhoff Read More »

August 5

High-Speed Rail
American High Speed Rail Alliance names Weber, Simmons to advisory board Read More »
High-Speed Rail
L.B. Foster to provide rail for New England project Read More »
Passenger Rail
VRE marks arrival of first locomotive from 19-unit order Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CTA dismisses farmer's 'breach of service obligation' suit against CN Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CREATE partners create website for 75th Street corridor project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ocean carrier adds service at Long Beach port Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Kentucky Soybean Board to join Soy Transportation Coalition Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Stabler joins TTCI as VP of operations, training Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North collects items for Grand Central Terminal's centennial exhibit Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Railserve, Strategic Rail Advisors, AECOM, Portec Rail, Pacer, FreightCar America and Avalon Risk Management Read More »

August 4

Rail Industry Trends
UP's SPRB coal train loadings jump in July Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB to form toxic cargo committee Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx installs new chair, president/CEO Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Genesee & Wyoming more than doubles earnings, sets operating ratio record Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Plastics maker builds spur at Indiana plant Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ohio utilities commission OKs two crossing upgrades Read More »
Passenger Rail
Johnson joins UTA's board Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from EMD, Jacobs Engineering, Parsons Brinckerhoff, TRAC Intermodal, DVB Bank and AngelTrax Read More »

August 3

Rail Industry Trends
FREIGHT Act companion bill enters House Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak back on track for Lancaster station renovation Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Fox to succeed the retiring Lampe as Chicago South Shore's CEO Read More »
Passenger Rail
New mid-day train boosts North Carolina's Amtrak ridership Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Progress Rail caps off EMD purchase; First Union Rail buys 2,370 cars Read More »
Passenger Rail
Rail Runner trading post to be restored in New Mexico Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA's Leonard to chair APTA's members committee Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT's LaHood, TSA's Pistole observe training and technological advances at TTCI Read More »

August 2

High-Speed Rail
Virginia, CSX reach agreement on high-speed rail project Read More »
Passenger Rail
House approves FY2011 transportation appropriations Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak extends Boardman's CEO contract through 2013 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
EPA lowers 2010 rail-car production forecast from 16,000 to 13,250 units Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS completes annual coal line maintenance 'blitz' in Pennsylvania Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA approves environmental review for Houston METRO's University line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx to assume control of Ontario's Air Rail Link project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Vancouver port pumps up volume in year's first half Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Amsted Rail, Vossloh, Miner Enterprises, TCS, L.B. Foster and Cubic Transportation Systems Read More »
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