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Rail News: March 2013

March 28

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, Bombardier, MERMEC, CTC, Transit Center Inc., Thales and Comet (March 28) Crossing projects top-of-mind in Texas, Ohio Peabody Energy's Boyce to chair Coal Industry Advisory Board New England rail authority awards contract for Brunswick layover OmniTRAX installs Brede as president, makes three other top appointments Time running out for 'Rising Star' nominations BTS: Value of cargo moved by surface modes climbed in January Denver RTD to speed up release of North Metro RFP Key sectors other than coal will outpace slow economic growth, CSX's Ward says

March 27

CP, short line forge pacts with Quebec port to bolster rail system Sound Transit to display, discuss plans for light-rail extension CN and Coalspur Mines ink transportation, rail line pacts MTA to reopen Brooklyn station Maryland transit, labor agencies ink agreement calling for more skilled workers for transportation projects Work under way on three portions of Port MacKenzie extension in Alaska U.S. Class I workforce grew incrementally in February Virginia Gov. McDonnell amends transportation package, comments on port authority Long Beach port breaks ground for major rail project

March 26

Rail supplier updates from Cooper Bearings, Chicago Freight Car, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Arup (March 26) Metro-St. Louis to hold public meetings on rapid transit options Ohio utilities commission OKs crossing work Two Georgia ports cranked up cargo volume in February Evergreen Line constituents unveil construction schedule, station names FRA amends track, passenger equipment safety standards New York lawmakers seek restoration of old Rockaway Beach line Design to start on intermodal terminal at New Orleans port

March 25

Rail supplier updates from Thales, Railinc, PowerRail, STV and Gannett Fleming (March 25) In memoriam: BNSF AVP Denny Boll Panama Canal dignitary visits Georgia port to talk expansion Capitol Corridor ridership, revenue fell in February New KCS training center to feature stationary rail-car display STB: Analysis of Tongue River Railroad's proposed coal line proceeds to Draft EIS phase CN completes sale of rail line segment to Metrolinx House, Senate pass continuing resolution for rest of FY2013

March 22

Union Pacific to add second track on Missouri mainline HART OKs extra seats for Honolulu's transit-rail system Study: Home values performed better near public transportation systems South Carolina port notes February volume jump, progress on harbor deepening project Both carload, intermodal counts climbed a tad last week for U.S. roads Amtrak, Pennsylvania agree to continue rail service Illinois to head multi-state procurement of high-speed locomotives Railroad antitrust bill back in Congress, AAR back to opposing it

March 21

Shuster names spokesman for House transportation committee The T seats new board members, officers NS annual report: A highpoint-filled 2012 to be followed by more highlights Crude oil: Phillips 66 lands 3PL pacts; Savage hub wins top terminal honor Columbia River Crossing project to receive Oregon funding CN relocates forest products transload op to Chicago port VRE proposes 4 percent fare hike in FY2014 STB denies AAR's petition to consider indirect competition as a coal rate factor

March 20

Rail supplier updates from Nomad Digital, Hollysys, Thales Canada, James McHugh and NRC (March 20) Agreement recognizes Grand Central Terminal, Tokyo Station as 'sister' stations BLET turns 150 on May 8 CSX honors 69 chemical shippers' safety efforts FTA allocates second round of Hurricane Sandy relief aid Rangeland Energy to build BNSF-served crude oil facility in New Mexico Civil engineer society's infrastructure grades: D for nation, C-plus for rail California high-speed rail board approves MOU for Caltrain modernization, $8.6 billion in state bonds

March 19

BioFuels to build biodiesel facility, provide rail-to-water crude oil transfers in Houston A quiet zone in California, a safer crossing in Ohio RTD's West Line project receives national recognition SEPTA proposes fare increase for new fiscal year Texas port to serve voestalpine's planned iron-ore 'direct reduction' plant Six-year pact between longshoremen's union, ports proceeds to ratification Massachusetts Gov. Patrick introduces bill to fund 10-year transportation program Amtrak elects Coscia chair, reaches tentative agreement with UTU

March 18

Rail supplier updates from Invensys, Alstom, Union Tank, STV and Avtec (March 18) Sen. Reid talked short lines, tax credit at 'Day on the Hill' Continental Rail acquires Transportation Management Services Virginia port reached second-best volume levels in February TriMet posted ridership declines in several categories during winter quarter Public hearings to review environmental issues for Texas-Oklahoma, Minnesota high-speed rail corridors EIA: North Dakota set crude oil production record in December New Jersey Transit, PATH receive federal funds for Sandy recovery

March 15

WTS International reveals annual award winners, names Swaim-Staley 'woman of the year' WMATA sped up capital improvements in late 2012 LaHood: Crossing, trespassing fatalities are vexing rail safety issues Up-and-down U.S. traffic trend continued in week No. 10 Sound Transit to solicit public feedback on Tacoma Link expansion L.A.-area ports pumped up container volumes in February Crude oil: CP-served transload facility to expand in North Dakota; Twin Eagle to market transloading services in Texas

March 14

Former CSX CEO Snow joins Lender Processing Services' board Amtrak's Vermonter to pick up speed on route to D.C. Metro-North to repair bridge in southern New York Transportation Services Index inched up in January Seven senators, BNSF disagree on Berkshire purchase's impacts to shippers Tunnel boring for Toronto subway extension gets under way WMATA to solicit public input on FY2014 capital plan Progressive Railroading's free 'Derailment Prevention Strategies' webcast on tap for today Short-line tax credit extension bill enters Senate, joins discussion at 'Day on Capitol Hill'

March 13

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, Amsted, Greenbrier, Tideworks, Ricardo and Parsons Brinckerhoff (March 13) Coming tomorrow: Progressive Railroading's free 'Derailment Prevention Strategies' webcast Ohio utilities commission OKs crossing upgrades STB extends procedural time schedule for proposed costing system changes CN reassigns three execs to VP posts CTA completes first phase of Wells Street Bridge reconstruction TriMet sues Clackamas County over Portland-Milwaukie light-rail project Service returning to Hoboken Terminal, NJ Transit says Value of ag exports at Virginia port reached record level last year

March 12

Minnesota DOT to hold final open house for freight-rail study Crude oil traffic surge helped Farmrail set carload record in 2012 California DOT allocates $333 million for rail, other transportation projects Pauline to lead Genesee & Wyoming's Australian subsidiary FTA sends $67.5 million to Honolulu for transit-rail project NTSB issues recommendations on signal maintenance after investigating two Amtrak accidents Metro-North announces major service expansion, wins engineering award APTA, MTA report ridership gains in 2012 despite destructive storms

March 11

Rail supplier updates from Brookville, CTC, Ansaldo, Wartsila TMH, STV and KBR (March 11) Ohio rail commission to ponder funds for five freight-rail projects FECI assigns Robinson, Reininger to president posts at All Aboard Florida Cuomo announces restoration of South Ferry Subway service in New York City Caltrain board updates MOU with high-speed rail authority Coming Thursday: Progressive Railroading's free 'Derailment Prevention Strategies' webcast Metro Gold Line authority, Metro Transit-St. Louis advance light-rail projects Florida to provide $288 million for port improvements Road and rail project under way at British Columbia port

March 8

HC Bridge's hybrid composite beam earns 'Pankow' innovation award, TRB says Three Class Is to serve new chemical, fertilizer plants in Southeast U.S. traffic tallies: Intermodal climbed, carloads contracted again in February FTA approves final environmental report for Baltimore light-rail line Bidders for GO Transit maintenance facility project narrowed to three Sound Transit ramped up ridership in 2012 Alaska Railroad to cut 54 jobs, implement other cost-cutting measures CP posts progress on turnaround plan, Harrison says L.A. harbor commissioners advance BNSF's proposed intermodal facility

March 7

CTA to expand apprenticeship program for ex-offenders RTA: Crosstie production surged, purchases crept up in January Sound Transit to hold meetings on future transit expansion CHS, Mid-Kansas Cooperative to build UP-served grain loading facility Gov. Cuomo reveals federal funding details for MTA's Hurricane Sandy cleanup costs BNSF to test liquefied natural gas on long-haul locomotives Rep. Sires introduces MOVE Freight Act to strengthen national freight policy

March 6

Rail supplier updates from Webcor Builders, Alstom and Bombardier (March 6) MBTA seeks Wi-Fi service provider New Cold Train office to open in Chicago CSX designates 'Select Site' in Alabama FRA signs off on Washington State DOT's environmental assessment for Port Defiance project Boardman: Amtrak relied on federal subsidies for just 12 percent of its operating costs in 2012 TTCI researchers share R&D advances at AAR's annual 'review' FTA, FEMA ink agreement to define agency roles following Hurricane Sandy

March 5

MTA completes blasting for 72nd Street Station project Florida East Coast names Westerman VP and corporate controller Norfolk Southern marks Ohio River bridge centennial anniversary Metro Vancouver's SkyTrain stations to be upgraded California High-Speed Rail Authority appoints Fong as CFO South Carolina Ports Authority launches inland port project USDOT awards nearly $200 million to PANYNJ for Sandy cleanup Operation Lifesaver: Rail trespass deaths, injuries on the rise

March 4

Metrolink employee recognized for customer service North Carolina DOT schedules more meetings on proposed crossing projects CSX to remove three New York rail bridges in spring, Sen. Schumer says NS disputes OSHA's ruling on whistleblower violations Sound Transit closes land sale to pave way for Rainier Valley development House bill seeks to extend short-line tax credit through 2016 Brookings report examines Amtrak strengths, weaknesses; recommends improvements APTA issues 'Legislative Update' on sequester's impact on transit industry

March 1

Rail supplier updates from Greenbrier, Axion, Bombardier and Hub Group (March 1) Santa Clara VTA's Burns to retire as GM by year's end CSX, Union Pacific earn accolades U.S. rail traffic continues to follow a familiar trend UTA prepares for Airport TRAX Line's April 14 opening CN, LBC Tank Terminals to increase flow of crude oil through Louisiana facility Court dismisses lawsuit against California's high-speed rail project Sens. Lautenberg, Rockefeller craft bill to help fund transportation projects << Previous Next >>
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