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The Caltrain Board ofDirectors voted to implement a 25-cent increase to the zone fare and toeliminate four midday trains to close a $2.3-million gap in the Fiscal Year2010 operating budget.

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RailAmerica, Inc.,reported that its total freight carloads for the month ended September 30, 2010were 72,833, up 8.0 percent from 67,410 in September 2009. These resultsinclude the Ottawa Valley Railway operation.


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Greenbrier Rail Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Greenbrier Companies, on Oct. 7 broke ground in western Nebraska on a new wheel facility.

The $20 million North Platte, Nebraska Area Wheel Facility, which is scheduled to open in January 2012, will supply new and reconditioned freight car wheelsets. Located in Hershey, Neb., a small town on the Union Pacific main line 15 miles west of North Platte, home of UP's immense Bailey Yard, the facility is expected to generate $60 million in annual revenue and employ 30. The shop will occupy 34 acres and 49,000 square feet, and will be located on UP's quadruple-track main line. Greenbrier says the shop will be a "state-of-the-art facility, with in-line, highly automated production."

greenbrier-wheel-shop.jpgThe shop will be Greenbrier's second facility in Nebraska. The existing one is located in Omaha. Greenbrier Rail Services operates 21 repair shops, 12 wheel and component facilities, and 4 railcar parts manufacturing locations throughout the U.S. and Mexico.

Left to right, at the groundbreaking ceremony: Village of Hershey Mayor Ray Cox, Nebraska Governor David Heineman, Greenbrier Rail Services President Tim Stuckey, and Union Pacific Vice President-Supply Joe O'Connor. Prior to the groundbreaking, Tim Stuckey presented Mayor Cox with a $7,500 contribution to the town's planned tornado early warning system.

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New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie (pictured), who put the Access to the Region’s Core Trans-Hudson Express commuter rail tunnel on a 30-day hold last month, on Thursday canceled the project outright, asserting that its cost had spiraled from an estimated $8.7 billion into the $11 billio ...
--> U.S. freight carload traffic was “steady” for the week ending Oct. 2, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday, up 7.7% compared with the same week a year ago, though down 10.7% from the comparable week in 2008. Sixteen of the 19 carload commodity groups increased from the ...
Motiva Enterprises and Norfolk Southern announced Thursday the expansion of Motiva’s Doraville, Ga., operations to allow for the delivery of unit trains of ethanol to the Motiva refined products terminal rail yard.

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The terminal serves ethanol producersin the U.S. with rail access. With the expansion, a unit train of 80 cars can be off-loaded and returned to the supplier intact.

“This is a major step in making the Motiva Doraville terminal the low-cost solution for ethanol distribution in the Atlanta metropolitan area,” said John Kraemer, NS group vice president. “Norfolk Southern is proud to partner with Motiva in this important supply chain improvement for the industry.”

 

Motiva owns and operates ethanolrefineries capable of producing 740,000 barrels per day, a distribution system including ownership interests in 40 products terminals, and a marketing network that supports approximately 8,100 Shell-branded gasoline stations in the Eastern and Southern U.S.

 

 

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Amid a storm of criticism, the board of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted 12 to 2 Thursday to approve a fare increase—the third in three years—for users of its subways, regional railroads, and buses. It becomes effective Dec. 30. ...
Teck Resources and Canadian Pacific have announced a new 10-year agreement for moving coal from five Teck mines in southeastern British Columbia to the Pacific Coast for export.

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Teck plans during the next few years to increase production at the mines by 50%, and CP said it agreed to enhance capacity to handle the higher volume.

Noting that Teck had won approval from Canadian regulators in 2009 to shift some of its coal traffic from CP to rival Canadian National, Chief Executive Don Lindsay said the company will continue to do so.

 

 

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Swedish rail company Statens Järnvägars (SJ) was expected Thursday to announce plans to begin high speed rail service between Copenhagen, the Danish capital, and the city of Odense on Funen, Denmark, a core railway stretch for Danish rail operator DSB.

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SJ said it plans to operate the route using its high-speed X2000 train and that this was only the first step of a larger market push in Denmark.

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Within Denmark, the X2000 is cleared for top speeds of 125 mph, but it will not be able to run that fast in Denmark.

 

DSB in turn has intensified its activities in Sweden, and currently operates several services within Sweden. 

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Harsco Corp. Thursday announced the debut of a new logistics super center business concept for the Harsco Infrastructure—Americas region with the launch of its first prototype center in LasVegas to serve the southwestern United States.

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The super center model brings together Harsco's rental equipment resources for scaffolding, shoring and forminginto a network of fully equipped, region-level hub locations specificallydesigned by a team of outside industrial supply chain experts to moreefficiently and effectively serve larger geographic areas. The Las Vegascenter, for example, will replace various non-customer-facingfunctions previously done in Los Angeles, Denver, Salt Lake City, andPhoenix.

In addition, the new super centers will feature state of the art technologies such as a world-classwarehouse management system expressly designed to service customersfaster, better, and more efficiently. To ensureseamless continuity of service, customers will continue to be servedlocally by sales, engineering, customer service, and other necessaryresources,including the expedient availability of equipment.

“This is a new way of doing business for us that willdeliver more integrated solutions and greater value to ourcustomers,” said Harsco Infrastructure CEO Ivor Harrington, who joined Harsco inJuly. “Our next phase of implementation will replicatethis model across North America with additional centers in keystrategic locationsin the United States and Canada.

“Our broadly-based, multi-branch model of the past wasright for its time, but today’s climate requires a differentsolution,” said Harrington. “Our intent is not only to change withthe times, but to lead that change.”

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