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Rail News: August 2012

August 31

Rail supplier updates from Invensys, RailComm, Las Vegas Railway and Hatch Mott MacDonald Amtrak Virginia service to Norfolk to launch Dec. 12 CN solicits help from New Brunswick to preserve service on declining-volume line Weekly intermodal volume strong in U.S., but carloads still weak West Virginia officials award contract for NS intermodal terminal San Diego trolley project reaches milestone Three senators ask GAO to review rail safety LaHood calls on states, D.C. to prepare for new transit safety regs FRA, Virginia rail agency complete final EIS for Richmond-Hampton Roads HSR corridor

August 30

Arkansas rail overpass wins regional AASHTO award Baltimore port broke cargo volume record in July Sacramento transit agency adds light-rail service at night VIA Rail posts declining revenue, ridership for 2Q Union Pacific to replace collapsed bridge in Chicago suburb 'Early bird' rate still available for fall RailTrends conference Court ruling prompts Honolulu to halt transit-rail project Norfolk Southern marks completion of Toledo intermodal terminal upgrades Denver's RTD OKs short-term plan for FasTracks

August 29

UTU promotes International VP Previsich to assistant president Costa Rican delegation tours expanding south Florida port California commission allocates $60 million for Metrolink fleet upgrades Savage completes BNSF-served crude oil terminal in North Dakota North Texas transit agencies plan fare adjustments BTS: Value of freight moved via surface transportation between NAFTA partners jumped in June Construction to start today on Milpitas light-rail station GOP platform calls for ending Amtrak subsidy, high-speed rail funding GOP platform calls for ending Amtrak, high-speed rail funding

August 28

NIT League asks presidential candidates to share views on transportation issues Cargill to expand Canadian Pacific-served grain facility in Manitoba New York's MTA submits $65 million in claims for Tropical Storm Irene damage Alaska Railroad honors employees, architectural firm for freight shed project PBF Energy to move more crude oil by rail at Delaware refinery; GT Logistics completes rail lines at Texas terminal Construction under way to restore passenger-rail service in 'Knowledge Corridor' BART Silicon Valley extension receives $40 million state allocation Railroads prepare for impending Gulf Coast hurricane

August 27

Rail supplier news from GE, Whitmore, CTC, dFuzion, Crossrail and Cubic (Aug. 27) Amtrak offers podcast of Texas Eagle route's points of interest Columbia & Cowlitz Railway workers ratify agreement Kansas City Southern expands supplier diversity program Grays Harbor port marks 100,000th export Chrysler vehicle Oregon DOT soliciting public input on Portland-to-Eugene passenger-rail improvements FRA proposes state rail plan guidance, roadway worker protection rulemaking Oregon DOT soliciting public input on Portland-to-Eugene passenger-rail improvements

August 24

Rail supplier updates from RR Mergers, Siemens, Axion, Alternative Motive Power, L.B. Foster, Parsons Brinckerhoff (Aug. 24) Las Vegas Railway Express picks architect for X Train project Tampa Port Authority installs Klug as interim chief executive Sound Transit recognized for environmental excellence Santrol expands proppant, frac sand terminal roster in Eagle Ford Shale New York MTA to appeal judge's ruling against payroll mobility tax USDOT forms Freight Policy Council; LaHood tours Idaho port AAR: Weekly U.S. traffic held true to recurring carloads down, intermodal up trend

August 23

New York MTA issues initial findings of Second Avenue subway blasting incident SEPTA hires Bradford as marketing director Ohio, Washington utilities commissions approve crossing upgrades Former RailAmerica, Patriot Rail execs form International Rail Partners Chicago Transit Authority adds service to reduce crowding North Carolina Railroad eyes infrastructure improvements Draft environmental report released for Metro Gold Line Foothill light-rail project Union Pacific brings experimental locomotive to California yard CHSRA extends comment period for Fresno-Bakersfield environmental document

August 22

Velez joins Kansas City Southern as VP of business solutions, marketing BNSF budgets more than $150 million for projects in Illinois, Iowa SEPTA makes key personnel changes Sound Transit solicits comments on Tacoma Link expansion, receives national award for procurement process Truss bridge move scheduled for Chicago grade separation project, CREATE partners say Metra starts reconstruction of Fox River Grove Station, unveils design of Healy Station President Obama expedites four transportation projects through 'We Can't Wait' initiative Labor deal enables Pittsburgh port authority to postpone service cuts

August 21

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, Winchester, Ansaldo, Axion, Strato and HNTB (Aug. 21) Columbia Terminal Railroad to celebrate silver anniversary Houston's METRO schedules Nov. 6 referendum for mobility program Union Pacific drops a slot among largest U.S. companies by market capitalization; CSX ranks among top 'socially responsible' stocks North Carolina DOT, Charlotte seek developer qualifications for Gateway Station area Rhode Island awarded federal highway grant for Warwick Station, bridge projects National Grain Car Council to address fall harvest rail needs at September meeting Port of Vancouver USA to start rail entrance project

August 20

CN, UTU reach tentative agreement covering Illinois Central yardmasters Union Pacific among American Metals Market's top transportation providers Virginia port set volume record for third-straight month Sound Transit breaks ground on Northgate light-rail extension Americans for Prosperity joins fight against Milwaukee streetcar project Ontario government reveals next steps of Ontario Northland Transportation divestiture Transportation choke points could threaten global competitiveness of U.S. soybeans, USB study shows Obama targets $473 million in unspent 'earmarks' at transportation projects Romney threatens to eliminate Amtrak subsidy if elected; Eno's Schank weighs in on potential implications Italy’s Trenitalia unveils mock-up of Bombardier’s new high-speed train

August 17

Rep. Lucas, Farmrail, RailWorks and NRC part of rail project meeting in Oklahoma Volume climbed for Port Metro Vancouver in first half Florida East Coast names top executives for All Aboard Florida Honolulu transit authority to add 800 seats to rail-car fleet Pennsylvania & Southern eyes growth from leased CSX line; Alabama & Gulf Coast serves new crude oil terminal Los Angeles transit agency, union reach contract agreement AAR: Weekly carloads fell for all North American rail sectors FRA OKs grant to study return of Amtrak route in Alabama Latest STB data shows U.S. Class I workforce bigger than last year, but smaller than previous month Florida East Coast names top executives for All Aboard Florida

August 16

DART: Carlson becomes general counsel, Adams joins board Three TTCI researchers attain honor for wheel rail interface management model Riverport Railroad, Watco make top management changes BART adding service to Richmond-Millbrae Line San Bruno grade separation is nearly half completed, Caltrain says Ohio utilities commission approves safety upgrades at 14 crossings L.A.-area ports report mixed container traffic results for July; Seattle port advances corridor preservation plan TriMet's WES commuter-rail route posted record ridership last month

August 15

Rail supplier updates from L.B. Foster, Vossloh, Nordco, SYSTRA and Jacobs (Aug. 15) Riverport Railroad, Rescar launch construction on rail-car cleaning facility Sound Transit awarded $400,000 state grant for energy efficiency projects CSX Intermodal, EMH&T win engineering excellence award in Ohio for National Gateway terminal Pennsylvania's updated transportation plan includes transit, freight-rail projects Chicago Transit Authority posts 16 consecutive months of ridership growth Canadian Pacific to close intermodal operations at Milwaukee port; city's mayor asks railroad to reconsider FRA to Congress: Partial, rather than full, PTC implementation is likely by 2015's end

August 14

Railroad supplier news from Wabtec, Siemens, Alion, L.B. Foster and Stella-Jones; Also, in memoriam: Midland's Keith Miller (Aug. 14) Rep. Westmoreland, CSX and NRC part of Kia plant event in Georgia Railway Tie Association: Production stabilized, purchases ratcheted up in June Iowa Pacific Holdings acquires Texas State Railroad Capital Metro marks milestone with one-millionth rail rider North Carolina transportation board adopts long-range plan CN lands Superior Silica contract to move frac sand from new Wisconsin plant Union Pacific to test locomotive emission-reducing technologies in California, help establish grain facility in Kansas

August 13

North County Transit District makes progress on rail-horn technology project Shaffer to join Reading and Northern as business development VP Regional Rail acquires majority stake in Diamondback Signal Mammoet honors Kansas City Southern's efforts with cross-border transformer move Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signs $1.5 billion transportation funding bill Georgia Ports Authority commemorates new highway bridge over ICTF tracks Federal Railroad Administration to host meetings on Northeast Corridor's future Federal Transit Administration issues 'record of decision' on Los Angeles subway extension Federal Railroad Administration to host meetings on Northeast Corridor High-speed rail institute being proposed at UNLV Georgia DOT issues RFP for Atlanta-Columbus high-speed line

August 10

Railway Supply Institute sells out exhibit space, extends early registration rate for Chicago event Twin Cities to host key rail conference in 2014 BLET, UTU announce new and ratified agreements Genesee & Wyoming's Rail Link earns recognition for health, safety Five iron-ore miners to help CN determine feasibility of iron-ore range line San Francisco agency's leaders respond to report critical of Muni's 'switchback' use Two Florida ports advance growth plans to prepare for Panama Canal expansion AAR on week No. 31: Carloads up in all three North American rail sectors

August 9

June's Transportation Services Index showed slight growth Chicago Transit Authority amends contract for station improvement project New Jersey Transit registers improvement in rider satisfaction Fertilizer producer becomes Stockton Terminal and Eastern's newest customer Chicago's Metra breaks ground on Cicero Station rehab project Portland port completes rail yard expansion Sound Transit begins signal, rail testing on Sounder extension Kansas City Southern promotes EVP Ebbrecht to COO

August 8

Rail supplier news from Siemens, RailComm, Hub Group, Las Vegas Railway, FreightCar America, Crouch, Gannett Fleming and PTSI (Aug. 8) New Jersey Transit to make room for more bicycles on trains Schneider National's intermodal service wins national logistics award in Mexico Greater Cleveland RTA's Calabrese recognized locally for leadership Norfolk Southern, Kentucky cabinet forge funding pact for Louisville grade crossing project Rising natural gas prices a good sign for Class Is - especially CSX, Qineqt says Capitol Corridor to trim service to address diesel costs Union Pacific: July coal train loadings were 'strong' in PRB, Colorado/Utah regions

August 7

Utility line relocation to begin on San Francisco's Central Subway tunnel project Transportation Research Board accepting 'IDEA' proposals for safety, performance TTS tabs Union Pacific as top rail carrier for 2011 Union Pacific, TriMet and Portland officials collaborate on salmon habitat project BNSF, Union Pacific budget millions for trackwork in three states Watco to begin operating Texas short line next month SEPTA earns APTA's 'gold' recognition for sustainability efforts Amtrak completes first phases of Seattle maintenance facility, adds motor coach connections in North Carolina IANA 2Q report: North American intermodal volume climbed, international container total reached four-year high

August 6

Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, L.B. Foster, Bombardier, Alstom, GE Transportation and Pacer (Aug. 6) North Carolina ports pumped up volume in FY2012 Plains All American Pipeline to build two rail-served oil facilities; Ultra Green Energy opens biodiesel transload terminal Sound Transit moves buildings to make way for Link light-rail expansion Senate bill would extend short-line tax credit by two years, ASLRRA says Caltrain announces federal grant for advanced signal system, sets ridership record in June MARTA board to discuss post-referendum strategy FMC study: Rail rate disparities one reason cargo is shifting from U.S. ports to Canadian and Mexican ports

August 3

Rep. Westmoreland to discuss rail's role in Georgia's economy at Kia Motors event Norfolk Southern joins automotive industry group New York City officials mark completion of subway station rehab projects Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett to step down from port authority's board Pacific Harbor Line among L.A.-area ports' air quality award winners Deadline extension: LRIW 'Outstanding Woman of the Year' nominations now due Aug. 31 Valley Metro posts 5 percent ridership gain in FY2012 Florida East Coast builds spur, organizes unit trains to deliver aggregate for runway extension All-time-high weekly volume in July keeps intermodal on record pace in 2012, AAR says CHSRA, design-build teams to meet with small and disadvantaged businesses IDOT, FRA seek feedback on Chicago-St. Louis Draft EIS Parsons Brinckerhoff to provide on-call project management services for Detroit-Chicago rail upgrades CHSRA board member Burns resigns Indiana environmental council to host meetings on Chicago-Indianapolis-Cincinnati higher-speed route

August 2

Rail supplier updates from Parsons Brinckerhoff, STV, Harsco, Hub Group and Sam Schwartz (Aug. 2) South Florida transportation authority names Abrams chair, Barreiro vice chair Ohio utilities commission approves safety upgrades at nine crossings North Carolina DOT to host meeting on proposed Raleigh station Two Norfolk Southern EVPs switch roles; former Kansas City Southern CEO Shoener joins Patriot Rail's board APM Terminals to build, operate KCSM-served terminal at Mexican port Richard, Scott and Washington honored as White House transportation 'innovators' Genesee & Wyoming reports strong 2Q financial results, announces pact with Canadian iron-ore miner

August 1

Union Pacific wins two service awards from Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Crossing and trespassing safety data reveals 'troubling trend,' Operation Lifesaver says MTA Metro-North Railroad to refurbish two bridges Genesee & Wyoming's Australian subsidiary purchases intermodal terminal MBTA's ridership grew 5.7 percent in FY2012 PANYNJ's ExpressRail posted cargo gain in first half IANA part of legal brief filing in FMCSA hours-of-service rule case Atlanta-area voters reject transportation tax << Previous Next >>
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