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A lockout at Electro-Motive Diesel Canada’s London, Ontario, plant that began on New Year’s Day is spurring cross-border labor issues between the U.S. and Canada.

Norfolk Southern Corp. said Monday it participated in the location of 73 new industries and the expansion of 27 existing industries along its rail lines during 2011, totaling an investment of about $9.5 billion. 

Canadian Pacific Chairman of the Board John Cleghorn sent a letter Monday to shareholders describing “a multiyear plan to drive volume growth, expand the network, and control costs.”

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will continue contracting out its regional rail passenger services, rejecting the option to operate trains itself. MBTA instead may opt for longer-term contracts with any operator involved. 

Though a joint public/private effort to initiate light rail transit in Detroit has faltered, with public money now targeted to launch a 110-mile Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network, state and local elected officials now acknowledge Detroit’s private sector will continue to pursue LRT.  ...

Colo Railroad Builders, a provider of railroad construction and maintenance services to industrial, Class I, and short line railroads, says it has appointed Cene Cooley vice president of Operations in Texas. 

Shippers representing manufacturing, consumer goods, energy, and other markets made commitments in 2011 to develop new or expanded facilities on CSX and its connecting short lines. A total investment of $1.4 billion will ultimately yield more than $230 million in annual freight revenue, said Clar ...
Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) said Thursday it had “completed final negotiations”  to build phase 1 of an eventual 70-mile rail line in Sonoma and Marin counties, north of San Francisco. Phase 1 will link Santa Rosa and San Rafael, Calif., a distance of roughly 37 miles. ...

The chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors, Thomas J. Umberg, on Thursday released a statement praising Gov. Jerrry Brown, following the unveiling of the governors’ 2012-13 State Budget:

The Greenbrier Cos. Friday reported fiscal 2012 first-quarter revenue of $398.2 million, which it said was “double the $198.9 million realized in the prior year’s first quarter,” and net earnings of $15.5 million, or 48 cents per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $2.3 million, ...
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