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Association of American Railroads praised the introduction of the Freight Rail Infrastructure Capacity Expansion Act of 2010 (S.3749) by Senators Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and John Ensign (R-Nev.). This bipartisan measure is aimed at encouraging private capital investments that can generate tremendous public benefits through expanded rail network capacity needed for moving more people and goods by rail.

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The Port of Quebec, a terminal operator at the port and CN announced today a service arrangement that will reduce transit times for shipments destined to Toronto to 38 hours from 53 hours, an improvement of almost 30 per cent. The improvement resulted from the port and terminal operator agreeing to more consistent release times for shipments and CN adjusting schedules to expedite the movement of traffic over its network between Quebec City and Toronto.

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The Federal Railroad Administration plans to assess the potential to construct a large solar photovoltaic array at its Transportation Technology Center, a railway testing site in Colorado, Sunpluggers.com, The Solar Home & Business Journal reports.

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At its monthly meeting, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Board of Commissioners authorized an option under the PATH Railcar procurement contract with Kawasaki Rail Car Inc., to purchase 10 additional PA-5 railcars at a total cost of $15 million.


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Consolidated sales for Koppers Holdings Inc. in the second quarter of 2010 were 12% higher than sales in the prior year quarter. Sales for Carbon Materials and Chemicals (CM&C) increased by 30%, or $47.5 million over the prior year quarter, which was partially offset by lower sales for Railroad and Utility Products (R&UP), which decreased nine percent, or $12.0 million. The increase in sales in CM&C was due to higher volumes for carbon materials and higher volumes and prices for coal tar chemicals. R&UP sales were lower due to lower volumes of untreated crossties, as reduced buying patterns by the Class I railroads in the first quarter due to unfavorable weather continued into the second quarter as some of the railroads have been reducing inventory levels.

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Bombardier Transportation, together with consortium partner, Vossloh Kiepe, signed an option to supply an additional 14 BOMBARDIER FLEXITY Swift light rail vehicles to Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive's (GMPTE's) Metrolink system. This option forms part of the contract signed with GMPTE in April 2007 and is valued at $43 million U.S. with Bombardier's share amounting to approximately $32 million U.S.

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The Association of American Railroads announced that U.S. railroads reported the highest traffic levels of 2010 for both carload and intermodal traffic for the week ending July 31, up 9.4% the from same week in 2009 but down 10.65% from the same week in 2008. U.S railroads originated 300,292 carloads for the week, and intermodal traffic totaled 232,895 trailers and containers,

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The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) has awarded L.B. Foster Co. a $5.3-million contract to supply 5,561 tons of rail for the Downeaster-Portland North Project. NNEPRA is using a $35-million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help pay for the 26.4-mile track rehabilitation and expansion between Portland and Brunswick, Maine. The new Downeaster line will provide improved Amtrak service within the area and south to Boston.

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FreightCar America, Inc has reported second quarter 2010 revenues of $31.0 million and a net loss of $1.3 million, or 11 cents a share. This compares with revenues of $104.3 million and net income of $7.0 million, or 59 cents per a share, in second quarter 2009.

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Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced that the state will exercise an option under a purchase agreement with Kawasaki to acquire 80 additional M-8 railcars valued at $226 million for the Metro-North and Shore Line East commuter fleets.

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