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Rail News: August 2011

August 31

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Railserve, Nomad, Bombardier, Midwest, Timken and Skanska Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS develops mobile app for smart phones Read More »
Passenger Rail
SFRTA receives national procurement, marketing honors Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Railed cargo value among NAFTA nations jumped in June, BTS says Read More »
Labor
ATU members plan strike against GO Transit Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak continues to restore service along East Coast Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT to sign over TIGER II grant for Tower 55 project in Texas Read More »

August 30

Intermodal
Target honors Swift Transportation's service efforts Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra to begin replacing 22 bridges on UP North line Read More »
Intermodal
Canadian environmental agency seeks public input on study for potash terminal, rail loop at B.C. port Read More »
Financials
VIA Rail reports higher revenue, lower costs in Q2 Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet to increase fares, add light-rail service Read More »
Mechanical
Indiana Rail Road begins to build locomotive shop Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX to expand Ohio terminal for National Gateway initiative Read More »
Class Is
Railroads continue to restore service post-Hurricane Irene Read More »

August 29

Passenger Rail
USDOT honors Sound Transit for small, disadvantaged business efforts Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP is TTS' top rail carrier of 2010 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Small railroads boosted carloads in year's 33rd week, RMI index shows Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP continues to combat hot, dry conditions in central Texas Read More »
Passenger Rail
TransLink reports ridership gains in 2011's first half Read More »
Class Is
BNSF to reopen key flood-impacted subdivision Sept. 3 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Railroads on East Coast continue to deal with Hurricane Irene's wrath Read More »

August 26

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Alstom, Railserve, RailComm, Timken and HDR Read More »
People
Hart takes helm as NTSB vice chair for second term Read More »
People
Gov. Malloy appoints Redeker Connecticut DOT commissioner Read More »
C&S
UP, Louisiana law enforcement officers clamp down on crossing violations Read More »
MOW
RTA report: Tie purchases jumped, production fell back in July Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit marks completion of rebuilt Somerville Station Read More »
Passenger Rail
Construction begins on GO Transit's Allandale station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. roads' carloads, intermodal loads climbed in week No. 33, AAR says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
CHSRA gives sneak peak at upcoming business plan Read More »

August 25

Rail Industry Trends
Kentucky town commemorates 100th anniversary of railed coal shipments Read More »
Passenger Rail
Thousands try Norfolk's new light-rail service during first weekend Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
L.A.-area ports target zero-emission projects; Seattle port offers online carbon calculator Read More »
Passenger Rail
Three of four private transit-serving firms report lackluster business, APTA study shows Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet posted ridership gains in July Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN's grain volume climbed to near-record levels in past crop year Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
DHS allocates more than $2.1 billion to 12 security programs Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
AAR files lawsuit against USDOT, FRA challenging PRIIA mandate Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Rossi to join CHSRA board Read More »

August 24

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Bombardier, Kratos, RR M&A, RSI Logistics and Frederick Intermodal Read More »
People
Gov. Walker tabs Plale as Wisconsin's railroad commissioner Read More »
MOW
UP to upgrade Utah line Read More »
People
SMART names Mansourian new GM Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTA sues two Illinois towns for ignoring tax agreements Read More »
Intermodal
Broward County OKs container transfer facility pact with Florida East Coast Read More »
MOW
Major grade separation under way in Chicago, Illinois Gov. Quinn says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
AASHTO: Federal transportation funding is urgently needed Read More »
High-Speed Rail
CHSRA seeking public outreach, communications services Read More »

August 23

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Ansaldo, Harsco, R.J. Corman, Bombardier, HJ Skelton and Gannett Fleming Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
ELFA July index: New business rises slightly year over year, but plummets compared with June Read More »
Financials
KCS extends two exchange offers Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet contracts Parsons Brinckerhoff to design light-rail maintenance facility Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
San Pedro & Southwestern begins serving central Arizona industrial park Read More »
People
MBTA appoints Davis acting general manager Read More »
C&S
USDOT proposes PTC amendment that eliminates analyses required for PIH rerouting Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Amtrak hires KPMG team to develop NEC business, financial plan Read More »
High-Speed Rail
IDOT receives crossing elimination grant for Chicago-St. Louis corridor Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California governor appoints Richards to CHSRA board Read More »

August 22

Intermodal
L.A. port posts progress with emission-reduction efforts Read More »
Passenger Rail
RFP period closed for Metrolinx Air Rail Link, station project Read More »
Class Is
Dow Mexico recognizes KCSM's best practices Read More »
Safety
BART letter explains interruption of cell phone service Read More »
Intermodal
FRA obligates $28.2 million for new Dearborn train station Read More »
M&A
Regional Rail to acquire Tyburn Railroad’s short-line, transload assets Read More »
Financials
PANYNJ board approves fiscal plan including PATH fare increases Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
U.S. customs agency, UP agree on border security-enhancing measures Read More »
High-Speed Rail
USDOT obligates $745 million for NEC improvements Read More »

August 19

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Invensys, GBS Group, Stella-Jones, Parsons Brinckerhoff and DNJ Intermodal; Also, in memoriam: Invensys' Bob Scesny Read More »
Intermodal
Indiana port wins USDOT's 'Pacesetter' award for ninth time Read More »
Passenger Rail
The Tide opens in Norfolk Read More »
MOW
Washington port lands federal grant for BNSF overpass; UP advances trackwork between two states Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak completes upgrades to L.A. equipment maintenance facility Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR weekly report: Carloads down in U.S., up in Canada and Mexico Read More »
Mechanical
Caltrain recommends new operator contract, releases 'blended' operation study and receives FTA grant Read More »
Labor
Size of U.S. Class I workforce shrunk a bit in July, STB data shows Read More »
High-Speed Rail
FRA obligates $28.2 million for new Dearborn train station Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California Gov. Brown gives thumbs up to state's HSR project Read More »
High-Speed Rail
New York town receives USDOT grant for HSR-related crossing work Read More »

August 18

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Axion, FAAC, Spectrum Infrared, H.J. Skelton, Kelso and Parsons Brinckerhoff Read More »
Intermodal
Swift Transportation launches U.S.-Mexico COFC service with KCS Read More »
Passenger Rail
SkyTrain marks 25th year in service Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
RailAmerica entices shippers to build, expand plants along its lines Read More »
Passenger Rail
Federal grant in hand for Metra station modernization Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Baird: U.S. rail volume forecast favorable for export coal and domestic intermodal, adverse for ag Read More »
PTC
Metrolink secures $46.3 million to fully fund PTC program Read More »
Passenger Rail
Transit agencies hike fares, cut services to offset less government funding, APTA says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Proposed 'blended' Caltrain, HSR system could work, LTK study shows Read More »

August 17

C&S
Texas town considers quiet zone Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hampton Roads Transit prepares for Friday's light rail grand opening Read More »
Passenger Rail
Proposed fare, toll increases 'absolutely necessary,' PANYNJ's Ward says Read More »
Intermodal
Georgia Ports Authority, Logistec to expand Brunswick port terminal's capacity Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
ARG Trans inks interim operator contract, assigns GM for Oregon line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Parsons Brinckerhoff to design L.A. light-rail line's second phase Read More »
Passenger Rail
Atlanta regional transportation group drafts project list for voter referendum Read More »
Intermodal
Fewer import containers flowed into L.A.-area ports last month Read More »

August 16

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Grainger, RailComm, Axion, Global Railway and RSI; Also, in memoriam: Rail recycling industry veteran Mike Kearns Read More »
Passenger Rail
Transportation improvements will drive productivity in Toronto area, study says Read More »
Class Is
Chrysler Group honors UP's service performance Read More »
Mechanical
Montreal port to gain two more GenSets Read More »
Intermodal
Ohio port dedicates work on new rail line for future intermodal terminal Read More »
Passenger Rail
Houston METRO lays track for light-rail line Read More »
MOW
BNSF: Flood-damage repairs, traffic detours will continue into October Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA's rail ridership rose 8.4 percent in July Read More »

August 15

C&S
Grade separation to gain further study in southern California Read More »
Intermodal
Tacoma port marks 1 millionth Kia vehicle Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS upgrades computer platforms in U.S., Mexico Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA to solicit public input on proposed LAX link Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Colorado DOT issues draft of statewide rail 'vision' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index increased in June Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA allocates $55 million to Caltrans for PTC, capacity improvements Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT launches plan to prevent rail employee fatigue Read More »

August 12

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Bombardier, Unitrac, Michael Baker and Kustom Seating Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Iowa small roads to receive federal grants for flood-damage repairs Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Genesee & Wyoming's carloads climbed, RailAmerica's fell in July Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York-area port authority OKs public meeting on proposed fare, toll hikes Read More »
Passenger Rail
Vermont Rail System posts progress on trackwork for Amtrak's Ethan Allen service Read More »
Financials
BART to receive $40 million for Berryessa extension Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR weekly report: Carload volume crept up for North American roads Read More »
Financials
FRA awards $25 million for GPS-based PTC equipment on Pacific Surfliner Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Chinese train manufacturer recalls high-speed trains; government slows operating speeds and suspends project approvals Read More »

August 11

Passenger Rail
Mineta institute report examines ballot initiatives for light-rail funding Read More »
Class Is
CN signs pact, expands capacity to better serve Canadian lumber exporters Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
In memoriam: Rail supply industry entrepreneur and former NRC Chairman Phil Stout Read More »
MOW
Huron Central starts trackwork project; Arkansas industrial park spur lands federal grant Read More »
Passenger Rail
Raleigh council recommends light-rail route Read More »
Labor
Chicago job fair drew thousands of railroad job seekers, Rep. Rush says Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA to study corporate sponsorships, naming rights Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF boosts 2011 capex budget to $3.8 billion, summarizes 2Q financial results Read More »

August 10

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Midwest Railcar, Railinc, Bombardier, Voith, Michael Baker and H.J. Skelton Read More »
Financials
CATS advertising program generates revenue Read More »
People
Hersman helms NTSB for second term Read More »
MOW
Alaska Railroad schedules open house, groundbreaking for bridge project Read More »
Mechanical
Hybrid locomotives to number 500 by 2020, Pike Research says Read More »
Passenger Rail
SFMTA adds Clipper card readers to San Francisco's cable car system Read More »
Class Is
AAR, UIC name Brunel design award winners; UP nabs Heinz North America's top carrier honor Read More »
Intermodal
IANA: Domestic, international intermodal volumes 'solid' in 2Q Read More »

August 9

Passenger Rail
Houston METRO CEO Greanias returns to work following suspension Read More »
People
Futhey wins second term as UTU president Read More »
People
Toran becomes TriMet's new general counsel Read More »
Passenger Rail
Atlanta roundtable selects seven transit projects for 2012 referendum Read More »
People
Cline succeeds Weyandt as KCS financial exec Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA forms panel to help advance light rail, transit in Michigan Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Bipartisan coalition calls for major investment in U.S. infrastructure Read More »
Intermodal
UP begins to build intermodal ramp, rail yard in New Mexico Read More »
High-Speed Rail
FRA obligates another $179 million in HSIPR funds to California Read More »
High-Speed Rail
CHSRA issues draft environmental reports for two Central Valley segments Read More »

August 8

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Chicago Freight Car, CIT, Siemens and L.B. Foster Read More »
Mechanical
Metrolink to introduce two 'bicycle cars' Read More »
People
Watco makes management changes Read More »
People
Amtrak names chair, vice chair to Mayors' Advisory Council Read More »
Class Is
UP to speed up trains on Kansas line Read More »
C&S
North Carolina DOT adds safety devices at eight crossings Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT provides grant for New York station project, selects six agencies to pilot asset management program Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Transportation impacts varied under new debt deal, APTA says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Chinese rail officials need to determine HSR accident's cause quickly and transparently, U.S. observers say Read More »
High-Speed Rail
FRA obligates grant funds for two New York projects Read More »

August 5

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Greenbrier, FreightCar America, RailTerm, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Sam Schwartz and HNTB Read More »
Safety
UP sets second-quarter, first-half injury rate records Read More »
Labor
WMATA declares union arbitration award 'generous' Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit adopts sustainability plan Read More »
Class Is
Better Bakken Shale-serving rail facilities on tap in Louisiana, North Dakota Read More »
Intermodal
Vancouver, Georgia ports post volume gains Read More »
People
MBTA's Davey named MassDOT secretary, CEO Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. carloads declined in July's last week, remained down for entire month Read More »
High-Speed Rail
The debt deal: How it could impact HSR Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Sen. Schumer: Government agencies, railroads need to agree on HSR funding soon Read More »

August 4

People
North Carolina Railroad adds five board members Read More »
People
FTA names Metro Transit-St. Louis COO Friem 'Manager of the Year' Read More »
People
Anderson joins KCS as automotive sales VP Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet to hike some fares in September Read More »
MOW
UP bolsters track in Nebraska, repairs drought-damaged track in Texas Read More »
MOW
CN to redevelop Indiana yard, relocate Chicago-area locomotive shop Read More »
MOW
California's ACE to build $58 million train maintenance facility Read More »
MOW
Four-way pact paves way for second Osage River bridge in Missouri Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Australian government to conduct more detailed analysis of proposed HSR system Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Hollysys to demonstrate high-speed signaling system for Chinese supplier Read More »

August 3

Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Bombardier, Harsco, Brandt, Wavion and Nomad Read More »
Mechanical
North Carolina commissions refurbished 'City of Durham' locomotive Read More »
Intermodal
Long Beach port posts progress with emission-reduction programs Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
North Carolina DOT lets contract for remaining P&N corridor work Read More »
Passenger Rail
Twin Cities' Metro Transit posts ridership gains in June, first half Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
OmniTRAX acquires Stockton Terminal & Eastern; Regional Rail launches operations on leased NS line Read More »
Class Is
CN completes terminal transaction, sets course to double export coal volume Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak Keystone service posts fiscal-year ridership record Read More »
High-Speed Rail
USDOT obligates rolling stock funds to six states; multi-state procurement process begins Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Amtrak Keystone service posts fiscal-year ridership record Read More »

August 2

MOW
Caltrain begins ballast deliveries Read More »
Mechanical
EMD to supply seven locomotives for Emirates rail network Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA adds Bethesda escalator replacement to six-year capital plan Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Genesee & Wyoming signs deal to acquire Arizona short line, sets several financial records Read More »
Passenger Rail
Houston METRO's CEO suspended for violating computer policy Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Floods didn't drag down UP's PRB coal loadings in July Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet's MAX Red Line reaches 10-year, 10 million-ride marks Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX to build $15 million intermodal terminal in Kentucky Read More »

August 1

Rail Industry Trends
Iowa DOT seeks applicants for rail funding program Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York municipality mulls downtown intermodal center Read More »
People
TriMet, APTA make management changes Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Wisconsin & Southern transloads large electrical equipment Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro posts slight light-rail ridership gain in FY2011 Read More »
Mechanical
EPA forecast: Rail-car assemblies to reach 37,900 in '11, 48,300 in '12 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit adopts East Link route, station sites Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Updates from Siemens, Alstom, American Railcar, Sam Schwartz and Hirschmann Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California high-speed agency to seek RFQs for initial construction within three months Read More »
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