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Rail News: August 2012

August 31

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

August 30

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

August 29

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

August 28

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

August 27

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

August 24

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

August 23

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

August 22

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

August 21

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

August 20

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

August 17

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

August 16

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

August 15

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

August 14

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

August 13

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

August 10

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

August 9

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

August 8

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

August 7

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

August 6

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

August 3

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

August 2

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

August 1

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