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Rail News: March 2015

March 31

Rail supplier update from Siemens, Bombardier, Alstom, Skelly and Loy, and Chesterfield (March 31) St. Louis Metro Transit premieres trip planning app U.S. EIA now reporting monthly crude-by-oil movement Foxx sends six-year transportation funding proposal to Congress Canada declines to renew grain-transport order for CN, CP ASLRRA hands out marketing awards, names Schlosser service award recipient Metrolinx awards contract for GO Transit rail maintenance facility BNSF enhances crude-oil train operating procedures

March 30

Puget Sound transit agencies weigh regional day pass options CSX earns spot on Forbes' best employers list NRC to unveil 2015 scholarship criteria July 31 TriMet's new light-rail line millions under budget Quebec government announces $1.5 billion for Montreal port, marine industry MBTA's commuter line achieves full restoration Amtrak taps Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Cutler for high-ranking role Norfolk Southern kicks off $53 million plan to shrink Juniata shop's carbon footprint

March 27

Rail supplier news from GE, RailComm, Jacobs, RailPros and Ray's Transportation (March 27) Trade groups form coalition to advocate for STB, rail regulation reform Utah Transit Authority exec compensation within market norms, report says Metra coordinates new intermodal transportation FRA conference to address trespass, right-of-way fatality prevention Genesee & Wyoming completes Freightliner Group acquisition WMATA readies debut of 7000-series rail cars Senators propose new crude-by-rail regulations

March 26

BART officials weigh earthquake safety options SEPTA debuts designs for 15th Street Station accessibility improvements AAR: U.S. rail traffic up in Week No. 11 Railroads, energy industry offer new crude-by-rail safety course to first responders Hampton Roads Transit to host hearings on proposed light-rail extension Tri-Rail station set to open at Miami airport ASLRRA announces 2014 Safety Award winners Senate committee passes PTC deadline-extension bill

March 25

NJ Transit marks 80 years of service at Newark Penn Station University of Denver announces transportation institute's name change All Aboard Florida hires Vailon Group consulting firm Railroads need to do more to improve track, union official says LIRR makes plans to demolish, reconstruct Colonial Road Bridge Terminal expansion project slated for Port of Montreal WMATA proposes no fare increases in FY2016 budget Sen. Baldwin proposes 'rail shipper fairness,' competitive switching

March 24

Rail supplier news from Deutsche Bahn, Bombardier, TranSystems, RailPros, Atkins and Burns Group (March 24) CCTA recognized for financial reporting practices in 2014 Local 1976 USW ratifies contract with Ontario Northland CN continues major rehab work on Quebec Bridge DART debuts first streetcar for testing U.S. mayors to Congress: Pass transportation bill SEPTA proposes $1.36 billion operating budget for FY2016 Progressive Railroading names 2015 'Rising Stars'

March 23

Toronto's Scarborough Line turns 30, debuts two new trains Rep. Lowenthal proposes new fund for freight infrastructure projects CN donates funds for supply management study; CSX issues grant for first-responder training Two southern California counties to see commuter-rail service by 2016, state official says CARTA scopes out land for intermodal hub following sale of Dorchester property KCS reduces full-year 2015 guidance Sen. Franken calls on FRA to make Bakken crude less volatile CSX's Michael Ward to receive Railroad Innovator Award from Progressive Railroading, RailTrends

March 20

Rail supplier news from AXION, Extenet, Hirschmann and Colo Railroad (March 20) Minnesota DOT: 300,000 state residents live near oil train routes U.S. Class I workforce up a bit in February Hart sworn in as NTSB chairman Illinois Gov. Rauner's budget would slash Chicago transit funding in 2016 BNSF comments on trade group's complaint over tank car rates Reps. Lipinski, Quigley propose $1 billion rail safety bill STB reauthorization bill would change freight-rail policies

March 19

MARS board elects officers for 2015 Los Angeles transit agency debuts Trip2GO app, seeks testers BNSF Logistics facility sold in Texas Gulf region Ricardo to supply trains for planned maglev rail in Orlando AAR: Intermodal lifts U.S. rail traffic numbers in week No. 10 Norfolk Southern expands 'Railroad University' training center in Georgia Sound Transit completes first light-rail tunnel for Northgate Link Extension Bill would streamline feds' environmental permitting for rail projects

March 18

Rail supplier news from Rail Europe, Trinity, Watco, WAGO and CH2M Hill (March 18) North Carolina DOT to celebrate 175th anniversary of Raleigh's first train UP to appeal OSHA ruling in whistleblower-complaint case New York City Transit creates new VP role, reorganizes senior leadership UP's ShipCarsNow expands auto transport services KCS begins infrastructure projects in Texas subdivision Denver's RTD to host public hearings as it mulls fare policy changes CN unveils new intermodal hub plan, announces another ratified contract New tank car standards needed now, Canada's Transportation Safety Board says

March 17

Rail supplier news from RailPlan, Saft, Thales, GE and Gannett Fleming (March 17) Greenbrier receives orders for 10,100 rail cars California High-Speed Rail Authority receives qualifications from five design-build teams CTA awards $25.6 million contract for O'Hare branch rehab project Amtrak bill calls for study of Gulf Coast passenger-rail route Minnesota DOT begins environmental study for Rochester-Twin Cities high-speed rail project Unifor members approve four agreements with CN U.S.-Canada agreement a step toward restoring Vermont-to-Montreal rail service, Sen. Leahy says

March 16

Rail supplier news from Thales, RailComm, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Jamaica Bearings Group and Parsons Brinckerhoff (March 16) Study addresses climate-related risks for SEPTA's commuter line Kansas City Southern to open Wylie intermodal facility this summer Indiana's Hoosier State service gets 30-day extension FTA clarifies rule pertaining to riders with disabilities Minnesota Gov. Dayton proposes railroad safety projects Leahy named CEO of Metrolink FRA orders removal of tank car valves involved in oil leaks

March 13

Rail supplier news from NRC, Alstom, AXION, RADWIN, UATP and HDR (March 13) BTS: Freight index slips for second straight month WMATA to reboot search for new CEO All Aboard Florida names developer for special events facility Keolis on schedule to return MBTA commuter trains to full service House T&I Committee schedules second hearing on transportation reauthorization Railway Interchange to feature retired Navy SEAL O'Neill as keynoter Washington named LACMTA's new chief; Metrolink eyes Leahy

March 12

Rail supplier updates from EMD, Colo Railroad, HDR, NRC, DNJ Intermodal and Parsons Brinckerhoff (March 12) CN: Grain shipments on pace for record-setting year AAR: Intermodal volumes helped lift U.S. rail traffic in Week No. 9 Metrolinx to expand GO Transit's Barrie line Hartnett named CEO of San Mateo County Transit District Rail crossing and trespass fatalities on the rise, Operation Lifesaver says Washington to leave Denver transit agency for Los Angeles AAR, RAC back Transport Canada's tank-car safety proposal

March 11

Rail supplier news from CDPQ, Alstom, TX Holdings, Gannett Fleming, FreightCar America and SightLogix (March 11) BART debuts glass canopy entrance WMATA recommends developer for transit-oriented development Sen. Blumenthal says 'no' to high-speed rail bypassing Connecticut LACMTA urges riders to "Make the Right Play" in new etiquette campaign Amtrak renames control center after Szabo CN's Mongeau praises Port of Prince Rupert terminal expansion plan FRA to announce steps to address grade-crossing safety issues, Feinberg says

March 10

Rail supplier news from Brookville, Bombardier, Timken, Swift Rail, RailPlan and Rail Exchange (March 10) Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf names six to Delaware River Port Authority board Bids for three Honolulu rail stations come in higher than estimates Global Port Tracker: Cargo backlog creates "unusually high" import volumes Supreme Court rules Amtrak is a government entity, but doesn't resolve case Sen. Baldwin, Rep. Kind urge Obama to issue crude-oil train standards Unifor ratifies contract with CP; Ontario Northland, union reach tentative deal FRA investigating Amtrak derailment in North Carolina

March 9

Contract awarded for Savannah Harbor dredging work CTA logs record rail ridership in 2014 San Diego transit system initiates safety and security task force Hoosier State train to stop running April 1, INDOT says Caltrans mulls construction of new light-rail service CSX, EPA reach agreement over derailment cleanup plan Canadian officials investigating CN crude-oil train derailment APTA: U.S. transit use at highest point in 58 years

March 6

Northern Lights Rail plans launch in Saskatchewan; Georgia port board adds Sandersville's Tarbutton USDA report: Rail congestion impacted grain shipments, increased car premiums in Upper Midwest Amtrak bill includes measure to allow travel with pets Caltrans solicits public comment on state transportation plan Moody's report: Rail volume will benefit from broad-based demand despite crude crunch Preliminary track constructed for VTA BART expansion project Redlands passenger-rail proposal receives environmental clearance in California Washington state cites crude-by-rail safety measures

March 5

Rail supplier news from AECOM, HNTP, STV, WAGO, Rail Exchange, Maintenance Design Group and L.B. Foster (March 5) CSX designates commerce park as first 'Select Site' in Florida RTD Denver considering new fare policies CSX: Merchandise and intermodal markets to grow, domestic coal volume to drop AAR: U.S. rail traffic registered slight dip in February Massachusetts Gov. Baker proposes 53 percent hike in MBTA funding for FY2016 Four senators introduce bill to extend PTC deadline until 2020's end House passes $8 billion Amtrak funding bill

March 4

Rail supplier news from AECOM, NRC, Alstom and OPW (March 4) Underground tracking system in the works for MBTA Green Line Maryland to add MARC Camden Line service between Baltimore, D.C. Washington state DOT releases improvement plan for eastern rail line Metrolink engineer injured in derailment dies KCSR's telecommunications team pitches in on PTC implementation Port of Edmonds backs exploration of crossing alternatives New bills seek to strengthen crude-by-rail safety, extend short-line tax credit

March 3

South Florida transportation authority taps Oglesby as deputy executive director Harsco acquires transportation safety systems provider Protran RTA report: Ties purchases, production jumped in January Gov. Wolf asks federal government to tighten crude-by-rail safety standards Jacksonville port lands Fiat Chrysler business; L.A.-area ports partner to ease congestion NJ Transit to receive $147 million in Hurricane Sandy funds Amtrak migrates service to temporary terminal in San Francisco BNSF drove up revenue, drove down operating ratio in Q4

March 2

Rail supplier news from Alstom, STV, Hanson, Greenbriar Equity and I.D. Systems (March 2) U.S. NAFTA freight value increased for 11th straight month in December CTA to begin next phase of Wilson Station project North Carolina DOT distributes $3.7 million for rail improvements EPA: Tank-car demand to help drive up 2015 deliveries to 85,500 units Met Council, Minneapolis parks agency agree on bridge option for Southwest light-rail project FRA launches crossing safety campaign, schedules trespassing prevention workshop Metrolink ready to power up PTC system on San Bernardino Line Squires to succeed Moorman as NS' CEO << Previous Next >>
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