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Rail News: September 2009

September 30

High-Speed Rail
Study identifies preferred route for Minnesota portion of Twin Cities-Chicago high-speed line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
OneRail Coalition, AAR seek to drum up Senate support for transportation bill's rail measures Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA blesses Houston METRO's civil rights compliance program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS boots up Web site to promote Crescent Corridor, public-private partnerships Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Four Class Is land on Newsweek's 'greenest' company list Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia to gain additional Amtrak service along the Northeast Corridor Read More »
Passenger Rail
Updates from AECOM, L.B. Foster, Siemens/Bombardier, Mass. Electric Construction and Stantec Read More »

September 29

High-Speed Rail
PennDOT completes environmental assessment, prepares stimulus application for Harrisburg-Philadelphia line Read More »
High-Speed Rail
U.S. high-speed association to host conference in October Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Minnesota rail alliance to release evaluation of possible Twin Cities-Chicago passenger-rail routes Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA first-half report: Light-rail trips up, heavy- and commuter-rail trips down Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS takes wraps off electric locomotive, KCSM takes delivery of 'Repower' units Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB calculates rail industry's cost of capital in '08 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Soy Transportation Coalition issues report to address rail rates, volumes Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Tie purchases continued to climb, production continued to drop off in August, RTA says Read More »

September 28

High-Speed Rail
Iowa, Illinois DOTs complete environmental assessment for Chicago-Iowa City service Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Bombardier joint venture obtains $4 billion high-speed rolling stock contract in China Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXI rolls out new international services, KCSM rolls out new container cars Read More »
Passenger Rail
St. Louis Metro retains Baer as CEO; WMATA extends GM Catoe's contract Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
STB completes environmental review of Alaska Railroad's northern extension Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Iowa Pacific Holdings seeks TIGER grants for two short lines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Wisconsin doles out $30.5 million for 10 freight-rail projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Updates from Parsons Brinckerhoff, Parsons Transportation Group, Safetran, e-VERIFILE.COM and WAGO Read More »

September 25

High-Speed Rail
Northeast, California, Midwest identified as 'best' potential HSR corridors, study says Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. MTA to seek FFGAs for major subway, light-rail projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR weekly report: North American railroads report smaller year-over-year traffic declines Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF begins to replace Iowa bridge, CN caps off Tennessee yard reconstruction Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ohio transit agency and regional win stimulus grants; Connecticut city/port hope to land TIGER grant Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York/New Jersey port lands federal transit security grant, caps off freight-rail projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from GE Transportation, Parsons, Vossloh Cogifer/Thales and IONX. Also: In Memoriam - James Lewis Pearsall Jr. Read More »

September 24

High-Speed Rail
California High Speed Rail Authority sends stimulus applications to governor for approval Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Sen. Schumer urges House/Senate conferees to provide $4 billion for HSR in FY10 transportation bill Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Two associations call on House-Senate conferees to provide $4 billion for HSR in FY10 Read More »
Passenger Rail
NTSB addresses concerns about audio-frequency track circuit failures Read More »
Passenger Rail
CSXT, Massachusetts hammer out multi-year transportation agreement Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA ponies up $9.9 million more for San Francisco subway project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN boots up new online emission-estimating tool, reaches 19th EJ&E-related mitigation agreement Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Alaska Railroad lays off 127 workers Read More »

September 23

High-Speed Rail
Midwest High Speed Rail Association gears up for annual conference Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Illinois, Iowa DOTs to release Chicago-to-Iowa City environmental report Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Four states' TIGER grant-funded projects would yield millions in public benefits, BNSF says Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail to overhaul 78 cars, 21 locomotives Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP ranks higher on BusinessWeek's list of top employers for college grads Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ontario Northland CEO Carmichael to retire next year Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART kicks tires on new text-message service for riders Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from DAPCO Industries/Simmons Machine Tool, Ansaldo STS USA, FreightCar America, RailComm and Vossloh Read More »

September 22

High-Speed Rail
California High Speed Rail Authority recommends projects for Track 2 applications Read More »
Passenger Rail
USDOT ponies up $100 million for 43 'green' transit projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FRA provides more than $14 million for seven freight-rail projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP's Shelton wins IANA's first Chairman's Award Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCS, KCSM continue to pursue international bridge, double-track line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Latest L.A. MTA poll shows more riders give thumbs up to service performance Read More »

September 21

Passenger Rail
Senate passes FY2010 transportation budget measure Read More »
Passenger Rail
D.C. credit council recommends federal loan for S.F. transit center Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Major U.S. ports' container volume might finish year on high note, 'Port Tracker' predicts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Maine DOT seeks TIGER grants for three rail projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Empire Builder trains to add stop in Washington tourist town Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from Bombardier, e-VERIFILE.COM, ShipXpress and CentrePort Canada Read More »

September 18

High-Speed Rail
France's SNCF expresses interest in U.S. high-speed rail development Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. Class I workforce returns to shrinking ways in August Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit's board advances light-rail extension, awards transit center contract Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Labor Day clouds year-over-year comparisons of U.S. railroads' weekly carloads Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North fare hike in Connecticut postponed until next year, commuter council says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Louisiana, Maine to craft long-range rail strategies Read More »
Passenger Rail
Balfour Beatty strikes deal to acquire Parsons Brinckerhoff Read More »

September 17

High-Speed Rail
Balfour Beatty strikes deal to acquire Parsons Brinckerhoff Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Several states, municipalities apply for TIGER grants by Tuesday's deadline Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York reaches initial agreement on Amtrak station, provides funds for short-line projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NS issues second-annual sustainability report, ranks among top employers for college grads Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Watco seeks STB approval to launch fourth short line in Idaho Read More »
Passenger Rail
Santa Clara VTA takes flood control measures ahead of BART extension Read More »
Passenger Rail
Updates from Parsons, L.B. Foster, Siemens Mobility, Transportation Certification Services and Unit Rail Read More »

September 16

Rail Industry Trends
CREATE, Crescent Corridor PPPs seek TIGER grants Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Maryland drafts statewide freight plan, seeks TIGER grants for rail projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ohio rail commission provides dollars, support for freight-rail projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CSXT selects contractor for Alabama bridge alterations Read More »
Passenger Rail
Illinois university to provide online training courses for Metra workers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from New York Air Brake, Bombardier, RailComm, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Rail Safety Consulting Read More »

September 15

High-Speed Rail
Amtrak completes ridership, revenue study for Ohio's 3C Corridor Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Ohio rail commission to apply for Track 2 stimulus funds for 3C Corridor Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN reaches EJ&E-related mitigation agreement with Chicago-area village Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. MTA seeks public feedback on Crenshaw Corridor plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF kicks tires on fuel optimization system Read More »
Passenger Rail
NYCT closes more A Line station platforms for Rockaway Branch program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
IANA honors REZ-1 for developing online capacity matching tool Read More »

September 14

High-Speed Rail
Senate to discuss FY10 transportation bill Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA advances infrastructure, security improvement projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CN opens new auto compound near Toronto Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Freight transportation industry can expect slow economic recovery, FTR event stresses Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BLET members ratify CSXT contract; BMWED federations merge Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Grade crossing upgrades slated in Illinois, Ohio Read More »
Passenger Rail
Updates from Balfour Beatty Rail, Norgren and MTU Detroit Diesel Read More »

September 11

High-Speed Rail
USDOT issues maglev grants for projects in Pennsylvania, Georgia/Tennessee Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Signs of hope in latest North American rail traffic tallies Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index increased a tad in July Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail to replace station in Ontario town Read More »
Passenger Rail
Santa Clara VTA revises transit service cuts Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet posts fewer trips in August Read More »

September 10

High-Speed Rail
Amtrak to upgrade stations along Ohio's proposed '3C' route Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Oklahoma DOT seeks feedback on HSR proposal Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA revises capital improvement priority list Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ohio commission to consider several rail projects, one rail-car plant proposal Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak, TSA conduct Northeast Corridor security exercise Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Iowa Interstate expands locomotive fleet, tests bio-diesel blends Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USDOT, highway administration develop freight management software Read More »
Passenger Rail
Updates from Alstom, Skanska, B.H.I.T and MATECH Read More »

September 9

High-Speed Rail
APTA's annual meeting to include two HSR sessions Read More »
Passenger Rail
Wisconsin to form regional authority for southeastern transit services Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North to prepare environmental assessment of new Penn Station services Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Chemical producer to build tank-car equipping/repair facility in Indiana Read More »
Passenger Rail
Boston commuter-rail agency seeks proposals for new diesel-electric locomotives Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Genesee & Wyoming generates fewer carloads in August Read More »

September 8

High-Speed Rail
Netherlands' operator launches HSR service between Amsterdam, Rotterdam Read More »
Passenger Rail
Santa Clara VTA amends ATU contract to help cut costs Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Heavy truck orders reach nine-month high in August, FTR says Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA to complete Dearborn Subway project this year Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
KCS conference sheds light on transload network growth Read More »
Passenger Rail
Swaim-Staley to helm Maryland's DOT Read More »
Passenger Rail
Updates from Parsons Brinckerhoff, Colo Railroad Builders and LTK Engineering Read More »

September 4

Union Pacific Railroad
UP launches construction on Joliet intermodal terminal Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North American railroads' weekly carloads reach eight-month high Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
BNSF reassigns Bischler and Piggott to VP posts; dedicates new Montana station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Finger Lakes Railway project lands federal grant Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian, Quebec governments pursue yard revitalization project in Montreal Read More »

September 3

High-Speed Rail
Northeast governors renew commitment to, outline plans for HSR development Read More »
High-Speed Rail
North Carolina DOT submits ARRA applications totaling $92 million Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Vermont seeks $52 million in ARRA funds for track improvements Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Illinois commission to discuss Chicago-to-St. Louis corridor Read More »
Passenger Rail
Progressive Railroading to boot up HSRupdates.com next week Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
UP's August coal train loadings trail '08 totals Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver's RTD receives first of 55 LRVs for FasTracks program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Indiana county obtains federal dollars for NS/industrial park spur Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART to cut off-peak service as part of deficit-reduction plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Locomotive production to plummet in 2010, GE says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from L.B. Foster, Bombardier, SNCF/Eurotunnel, RailComm and Rosenqvist Rail AB Read More »

September 2

Passenger Rail
Minnesota's Northstar, Oregon's TriMet to launch new services Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Long Beach port seeks public input on planned on-dock rail facility Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sacramento agency hikes fares Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CG/LA Infrastructure chooses Virginia as year's top 'infrastructure state' Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Gardner to helm Toldeo's intermodal project Read More »

September 1

Passenger Rail
Pittsburgh port authority to increase service, but not base fares Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail to build station, mainlines in Ontario town Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA doles out major chunk of ARRA transit formula dollars Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North Carolina DOT, city team up with Class Is to build connector track Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Updates from AECOM Technology, ShipXpress, Wi-Tronix and EKE-Electronics Read More »
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