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U.S. carload, intermodal freight edge up: AAR

U.S. carload freight volume for the week ending Sept. 10, 2011 moved up 0.1% from the comparable week in 2010, while U.S. intermodal volume gained 0.6%, the Association of American Railroads reported

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Skanska gets MTA subway station contract

Skanska said Thursday it has signed a contract to build the Second Avenue Subway line’s 86th Street Station in Manhattan. The project is a joint venture between Skanska and Traylor Bros. Inc.,

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FreightCar America sets three railcar designs

As the rail industry readies for Railway Interchange 2011 in Minneapolis next week, FreightCar America, Inc. announced Wednesday it will be exhibiting three new railcar designs at the trade show and exhibition.

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L. B. Foster a finalist for national honor

L.B. Foster Company’s Pueblo, Colo., rail products facility has been selected by IndustryWeek as a finalist in its search for North America’s top manufacturing plants. For consideration in its 2011 Best Plants

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No. 7 subway extension enters home stretch

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced that work will begin this month on the last major contract, valued at $513.7 million, needed to extend the MTA New York City Transit’s No. 7

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BNSF named

Military Times EDGE magazine has named BNSF Railway the No. 1 “Best Employer for Veterans” in the United States. The publication’s annual recognition program highlights employers that “prove they make veterans a

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New logo, website, for Brookville Equipment Corp.

Brookville Equipment Corp. said Tuesday it has introduced a new logo and website, as the company expands its capabilities into Streetcar Manufacture & Remanufacture and the Commuter & Industrial Locomotive industries. Brookville

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Northern Lines Railway appoints Chalich as GM

St. Cloud, Minn.-based Northern Lines Railway (NLR) announced Tuesday it has appointed Justin J. Chalich to the newly created position of general manager of the 23-mile short line railroad. Chalich began his

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TTC eyes service, equipment cutbacks

The Toronto Transit Commission this Friday will consider several belt-tightening measures ranging from equipment purchases to service cutbacks. TTC will weigh reducing the order it placed with Bombardier Transportation for 204 light

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BNSF launches website for rail advocates

BNSF Railway announced Tuesday that it has launched a website—“Friends of BNSF”—that will provide exclusive content to advocates interested in BNSF or freight rail transportation. The URL is https://www.friendsofbnsf.com/. “Friends of BNSF

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Railhead Corp. wins locomotive lighting bid

Railhead Corp. said Tuesday that it was officially awarded the North America locomotive LED lighting contract for Class I railroads. Alsip, Ill.-based Railhead said it was selected after “an extensive study was

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FTA to Detroit: Regional authority desired

Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff is urging the Detroit metropolitan area to create a regional transportation authority in the not-too-distant future, in part to help shepherd the development and growth of Detroit’s

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MBTA locks in power supply through 2015

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has awarded BP Energy a four-year contract to supply power to MBTA, with hopes of saving $4.7 million in savings on electricity costs in fiscal 2012. The MBTA

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Pacer adds Chihuahua to intermodal mix

Pacer International, Inc. announced that it has extended its Mexico Direct (Intermodal/ Double Stack) service with the addition of Chihuahua to its network, utilizing Union Pacific and Ferromex connections. Pacer will support

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Short line taps R.J. Corman Railpower

R. J. Corman Railpower says short line Sierra Northern Railway (SERA) has awarded a contract for a GenSet locomotive kit. The purchase will be funded in part by the Environmental Protection Agency

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Another first for Bombardier at Mexico plant

Bombardier Transportation on Friday unveiled the first of an order for 32 4,300-hp diesel-electric locomotives produced for Progress Rail Services Corp. at Bombardier’s Ciudad Sahagun, Mexico, plant. The order consists of the

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Nomad Digital appoints Eriksen CEO

British-based Nomad Digital, a provider of data connectivity services to the global rail industry, said Friday it has appointed Alexander Eriksen as its new CEO. Eriksen joined Nomad Sept. 5, and is

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APTA protests proposed FY12 cut to public transport

The American Public Transportation Association released a statement Friday by ATPA President William Millar, who said: “The proposed 30% cut in public transportation for Fiscal Year 2012 approved by the House Appropriations