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Rail News: October 2014

October 31

Rail supplier news from RailComm, Bombardier, Greenbrier, Mervis Railcar, Laird, Parsons Brinckerhoff and CG/LA Infrastructure (Oct. 31) Florida East Coast Railway begins to take delivery of GE locomotives VIA Rail completes Union Station restoration Rail-car backlog reached record level in 3Q, EPA says Genesee & Wyoming rang up more revenue, income in 3Q AAR: Last week's U.S. intermodal volume reached third-highest mark in history New Amtrak station underway in Rochester BNSF aims to better prep for harsh winter weather

October 30

Rail supplier news from L.B. Foster, Bayer CropScience, ZTR, Trinity, Wabtec, HNTB and AccessRail (Oct. 30) Gov. Corbett visits Reading & Northern's Pennsylvania headquarters UP creates mobile classroom from box car M-1 Rail selects team for Detroit streetcar technical center Montreal transit agency to slow phase-in of new subway cars Pennsylvania DOT provides grants for 86 multimodal projects LACMTA completes Lankershim Depot restoration; All Aboard Florida begins Fort Lauderdale station construction Cronus Fertilizers to build CSX-served plant in central Illinois Transport Canada takes steps to address rail safety shortcomings cited by TSB

October 29

Louisiana port, Panama Canal Authority solidify alliance New Hampshire DOT seeks input on Boston-to-Concord corridor STB to study environmental impact of Port Canaveral's proposed rail extension Grade crossing work completed on Foothill Gold Line light-rail project Railroads need to be more diligent in reporting occurrences, TSB says AAR bestows top environmental award to BNSF's Smith Amtrak organizes panel to study Chicago rail gridlock NTSB report cites 'ineffective safety management' in five Metro-North accidents

October 28

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Jacobs, McMillen, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Bombardier, Fairmount Santrol and Hatch Mott MacDonald (Oct. 28) BNSF moves 1,000th crude-oil unit train from North Dakota hub Minnesota DOT schedules public meetings to review state rail plan MTA tabs former NTSB director Mayer as chief safety officer Major businesses form coalition to support Caltrain's modernization BNSF honors Utah Railway as Short Line of the Year Illinois, Pennsylvania provide funds for ports CTA proposes more rail service in 2015 Amtrak reports record revenue, higher ridership in FY2014

October 27

Rail supplier news from Alternate Concepts, Titan, Elecnor, Vossloh, Hatch Mott MacDonald and Auto Truck (Oct. 27) Sierra Railroad wins additional award in Patriot Rail lawsuit Wisconsin university to house new Midwest Transportation Workforce Center Washington state DOT solicits input to develop a rail system strategic plan UTA advances second TOD proposal CSX needs to repair two trestles to protect New York town's safety, Sen. Schumer says Station construction begins for commuter-rail program in Connecticut Grade separation complete near Canada's largest container terminal

October 24

Rail supplier news from Road & Rail, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Marsh, IBM, Hatch Mott MacDonald and HDR (Oct. 24) Iowa Pacific adds Hammond to VP ranks, promotes Lindsey to director post Valley Metro names Ruiz security director; SEPTA adds Dorsey to police team LACMTA advances Union Station master plan, hires firm to operate small business center ASLRRA assigns Sampson to coordinate pilot project for new Short Line Safety Institute Commuter-rail proposal for southeast Michigan reaches study phase Trends: Rail traffic remained at high ebb last week; rail-car orders reached high level last quarter CREATE partners celebrate Englewood Flyover's opening

October 23

Rail supplier news from National Railway, Savage, Sweco, Siemens, Harsco, BNSF Logistics and AXION (Oct. 23) Champion Iron forms partnership to manage rail line feasibility study X Train begins engineering of proposed western alignment for L.A.-to-Vegas route Illinois inland port advances harbor project; Washington state port sells land for steel mill TriMet unveils new light-rail vehicle for Portland-Milwaukie route Crude by rail: Granite Peak opens Wyoming facility; Phillips 66 Partners lands two facilities NYCT set September ridership records on subway UP surpassed four all-time-high financial marks in 3Q

October 22

UP-served siding under construction at Linde North America's new Texas plant Alameda Corridor authority to mark grade separation's start in L.A. area New Amtrak locomotive debuts on Keystone route North Carolina DOT seeks proposals for new Piedmont & Northern operator Work begins on BNSF Eola Yard for Chicago-Moline passenger service MBTA recommends subway car contract with Chinese firm Long Beach port addresses supply-chain issues, notes September volume gain CN registers record-breaking financial results in 3Q NS reports record 3Q results

October 21

Fort Worth's T re-elects Mahaffey as chair FRA report: Infrastructure capital needs for regionals, short lines reach $1.6 billion CN again lands on CDP's list of top climate-management performers Minnesota railroad authority seeks opinions on Riverview Corridor study Cheatum joins KCS as SVP; UP's Kelley earns diversity honor FTA signs off on environmental document for San Diego trolley project Light-rail tracks installed for Foothill Gold Line in California U.S. Class I workforce enlarged slightly in September CP set four financial records in 3Q

October 20

Rail supplier news from AECOM, URS, RailComm, Nomad, HDR, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Strato (Oct. 20) Iowa Transportation Commission provides funding for six rail projects Watco, Great Northern develop North Dakota terminal; FECR, Port Miami launch intermodal service Chicago's transit ridership dipped in 2013 Construction underway on CN overpass in British Columbia FRA unveils study on Southwest high-speed rail planning effort Former New York MTA chairman William Ronan dies at 101 Politicians address rail service problems, tank-car phase-out Merger talks with CSX are over, CP says

October 17

Canadian grain: Wheat board plans another elevator in Manitoba; Viterra marks 100 years for elevator in Saskatchewan Northern Plains Rail Services to handle switching at NorthStar's North Dakota terminal Pistole to step down as TSA administrator to become Anderson University president FRA directs Metra to improve safety culture, technology CSX holds grand opening for Florida intermodal terminal AAR notes strong rail traffic, 'restrictive' regs that could curtail network growth CTA re-issues RFP for new rail cars FRA gives Caltrain green light to start PTC implementation KCS set revenue, volume records in 3Q

October 16

Rail supplier news from Siemens, GE, Wabtec, ShipXpress, Decision Lens, RailPros and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Oct. 16) Badlands to develop polyethylene plant in North Dakota; NuDevco Midstream to build crude-by-rail terminal in New Mexico North Carolina DOT appoints Mann to oversee rail, public transportation CTA to require contractors, subcontractors to pay $13 minimum wage HNTB to study rail bypass, border crossing in southern New Mexico Rail boosts transit ridership in Houston, Twin Cities Three universities to study fracking's impact on freight transportation patterns CREATE program: 75th Street project moves forward; Englewood Flyover nears dedication

October 15

World Direct Shipping to launch Mexico-U.S. service at Florida port FRA, TxDOT seek public input on Texas high-speed rail proposal Wisconsin DOT allocates more than $24 million for six freight-rail projects APTA recognizes transit agencies, 10 individuals for excellence Illinois to provide $21.5 million for new Metra station CN opens employee training center in suburban Chicago California commission allocates funds for Amtrak routes, BART facilities CSX broke four financial records in 3Q

October 14

Rail supplier news from Thales, Konecranes, Kratos, Bombardier, Urban Engineers, Direct ChassisLink and Swingmaster (Oct. 14) Carswell to join The Western Group as VP of operations NJ Transit names Tabon chief of new safety office SEPTA, BLET reach tentative pact for rail engineers CSX wins economic development award in Pennsylvania APTA picks RTD's Washington as next chairman Canpotex to expand potash export facility at Oregon port August TSI, Fitch report show rail still a key cog in nation's freight transportation mix

October 13

New auto berth opens at Baltimore port MassDOT's Davey to step down Nov. 1 SMART Transportation Division members approve LACMTA labor pact Grain coop to build rail-served facility in South Dakota Operation Lifesaver, Mexican railway association to coordinate safety education Import volume at major U.S. ports to reach record level in October, Global Port Tracker predicts BART earmarks $2.5 million for eBART station in Pittsburg Gaining STB approval for proposed CP-CSX merger would be challenging, Baird says

October 10

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, TimkenSteel, Hub Group, Railinc, Cubic and Michael Baker (Oct. 10) DART re-elects board officers; Butler resigns from MARTA's board California Transportation Commission allocates state funds for ACE grade separation The Andersons acquires Class I-served ag facilities; American Rock Salt attains Corps approval to extend spur Three senators call on STB to advance competitive switching rules Metra outlines $2.4 billion modernization program, 2015 budget plan AAR: All 10 U.S. commodity groups posted traffic gains last week All Aboard Florida to pursue private funding for Orlando-Miami line

October 9

Rail supplier news from Brookville, Bombardier, RailComm and AIG (Oct. 9) North Carolina Railroad installs new chair, vice chair SEPTA to extend weekend overnight subway service UP rates highest railroad score in S&P 500 climate change report HDR obtains East Link contract from Sound Transit Amtrak announces detour change for Empire Builder in North Dakota Ports: Seattle and Tacoma commissions forge alliance; Savannah authority set to begin harbor deepening STB orders all Class Is to provide weekly service performance reports

October 8

Quiet zones under public scrutiny in Colorado, Texas cities WMATA advances escalator replacement project Weekend service to be restored on three MBTA commuter-rail lines SMART division members ratify six-year pacts at two terminal railroads Florida, South Carolina ports continue to prep for Panama Canal expansion Diridon to enter APTA Hall of Fame Houston transit agency tests new CAF light-rail car Freight rail a boon to Washington state's economy, study shows

October 7

Rail supplier news from Rock Hill, Rail Service & Logistics, Rail Tie Solutions, AXION and Sasser Family Holdings (Oct. 7) BLET adopts resolution supporting two-man crews Wisconsin DOT, transportation development association mark Freight Rail Week BART develops game for public to comment on agency's future plans University of Missouri professor researching vegetation management BNSF Logistics recognized for Intermodal 101 course by human capital firm Caltrain cleared to advance design-build plans for electrification

October 6

Oregon DOT issues 'Drive Less' challenge SEPTA issues safety reminder following trespasser fatalities Seattle, Tacoma ports support tens of thousands of jobs, study shows North Carolina Railroad corridor greatly impacts state's economy, study shows Amtrak adds Wi-Fi, other amenities to Hoosier State service Railroad equipment investments to accelerate, leasing and finance foundation says Revisions to proposed PHMSA rule would better enhance rail safety, ACC says Gov. Malloy announces Walk Bridge replacement

October 3

Rail supplier news from Siemens, RESIDCO, Bombardier, Dewberry, Burns, AVENTICS and Railway Interchange 2015 (Oct. 3) Crossings: GAO report cites growing congestion; Ohio commission OKs 11 upgrades Austin transit agency approves FY2015 budget STB extends TTX's flat-car pooling authority for 15 years U.S. roads scored seventh-straight monthly carload gain in September Montreal transit agency budgets more than $500 million to replace subway equipment California HSR authority to gauge interest in trainsets, maintenance facility work Two senators call on USDA to analyze grain-by-rail delays; 30 ag organizations call on USDOT to reconsider proposed tank-car rules UP to build classification yard in east-central Texas

October 2

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Harbor Rail, Prysmian, Alstom, TUV Rheinland and Hatch Mott MacDonald (Oct. 2) TriMet, ATU Local 757 reach tentative four-year pact Some mail distributed in New Jersey could be moved by rail, inspector general report says NGL Energy builds crude transload facility in New Mexico; Wildcat MInerals opens frac sand transload facility in Ohio Amtrak repairs to Sandy-damaged tunnels to limit rail service into New York City Four senators call on USDOT to expand first responder advanced notification threshold Massachusetts interstate project to include new commuter-rail station CP sets new financial-growth goals for the next four years

October 1

Intermodal institute's board adds five members Red River Valley & Western seeks new CEO; Adrian & Blissfield installs new police chief Hampton Roads Transit to implement fare hike Metro-North targets three bridges for replacement Rep. Cramer: Canadian government should let grain performance mandates lapse for CN, CP Houston METRO delays opening of Green, Purple light-rail lines until 2015 PHMSA regulation should enhance flammable liquid transportation safety yet maintain rail efficiency, AAR says USDOT's Foxx attends groundbreaking events for L.A.'s Regional Connector, UTA's transit-oriented development << Previous Next >>
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