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Rail News: May 2016

May 31

In memoriam: Forbis made an impact on short-line industry Connecticut DOT, Metro-North advance Walk Bridge replacement Zozaya to chair U.S.-Mexico chamber's binational board L.A. Metro begins construction of light-rail vehicle maintenance facility SEPTA board OKs capital, operating budgets for FY2017 FRA strengthens rules for MOW workers Minneapolis Southwest light-rail project fails to secure state funding BNSF trims management, realigns operations

May 27

Rail supplier news from Protran, FreightCar America, AllTranstek, Baker International and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff (May 27) TTC to open Leslie Barns streetcar maintenance facility Virginia DRPT slates meetings on Richmond transit vision plan NARP defends Texas Central's high-speed project in STB letter UP charts infrastructure projects in Missouri, Arizona Gas-tax revenue shortfall prompts California panel to cut, delay transportation projects Virginia Gov. McAuliffe calls for new WMATA safety oversight agency LA Metro OKs $5.66 billion budget for FY2017

May 26

Illinois bill would double fines for driving around crossing gates TriMet proposes two-year extension of union contract, recognizes top operators Operation Lifesaver announces rail safety grants MTA awards contracts for station upgrades in Queens LRIW calls for 2016 'Woman of the Year' nominees Amtrak seeks 'master developer' for Chicago Union Station Montreal transit agency ready to roll out AZUR trains Sound Transit light-rail ridership soared 27 percent in Q1 AAR: U.S. railroad traffic falls 8.5 percent in week 20

May 25

Rail supplier news from Lilee, Greenbrier, Janam, Xplore, Ansaldo and RSI (May 25) New York State receives FEMA grant for crude-oil fire training Georgia Ports Authority elects Allgood chair, adopts FY2017 budget RTA: Crosstie production, purchases up through April SEPTA starts PTC operations on Fox Chase Line Oklahoma DOT seeks buyers, operators for two state-owned lines House transit panel grills Wiedefeld, Flowers on WMATA funding, safety Panel OKs MTA's $27 billion capital program Report: TSA failed to implement security measures for Amtrak

May 24

BLET names Collier to oversee accounting, compliance functions South Shore Line double-track project wins FTA approval MBTA GM DePaola to step down June 30 Toyota Logistics recognizes UP for customer service, efficiency Foxx appoints adviser to help oversee WMATA safety Legislation would require Amtrak to spend NEC profits on the corridor Watco short line to lease NS rail lines in Ohio, West Virginia Sacramento agency mulls shutting down light-rail line to cut costs

May 23

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Landstar, Alstom, Beacon Rail Leasing, Yusen Logistics and Alliance Shippers (May 23) UP budgets $58 million for Louisiana trackwork St. Louis' Loop Trolley names Scott general manager Wisconsin judge's ruling favors BNSF's track plan Michigan authority eyes commuter-rail service between Detroit, Ann Arbor L.A. Metro opens Expo Line extension to Santa Monica CSX makes senior leadership changes USDOT receives FASTLANE grant requests worth $9.8 billion

May 20

Oklahoma legislative staffers gather for Tulsa Port of Catoosa's main dock dedication Orange County rail bridge projects near finish line Port of Tucson rail facility expansion project is completed Public transit execs make 'urgent' call for infrastructure investment New York Senate OKs bill calling for statewide study of grade crossings Canada to require minimum liability coverage for moving hazardous materials by rail Metra seeks $3.7 million grant for PTC disaster recovery system WMATA unveils final 'SafeTrack' plan

May 19

VRE wraps up project to add third track Metrolink lowers fares to boost ridership Metra restarts work on BNSF Line extension, expands 'train observation' team Japanese firm to open Dallas office to assist high-speed rail builder UP prepares for Colorado infrastructure upgrades worth $70.9 million BLET calls for FRA action, two-person crews in aftermath of Amtrak derailment U.S., Canadian rail traffic down, Mexican traffic up slightly in week 19 California High-Speed Rail Authority updates federal grant, pushes back construction deadline

May 18

Rail supplier news from Wi-Tronix, Vertex, Double Crown, Duos Technologies, Siemens and Protran (May 18) New York City Transit mulls F line express service Montreal's AMT nixes train order wth Bombardier Moody's cuts rail industry outlook to 'negative' FTA issues safety advisory on third-rail traction power Minnesota DOT seeks input on state freight plan Lonegro: CSX expects full-year earnings decline Amtrak engineer's distraction led to deadly derailment, NTSB finds

May 17

DART to offer cash-loading option for fare app, cards MBTA trims overtime expenses, absenteeism Operation Lifesaver honors Selby, Wilson for rail safety efforts STB proposes new rules for investigations Valley Metro to give update on South Central light-rail extension BNSF's Fox to retire, Freeman to serve as exec VP of operations Washington State DOT set to build new Amtrak station NTSB reveals cause of deadly Amtrak derailment

May 16

Rail supplier news from Ceres, Harris & Williams, Beacon Rail and Duos Technologies (May 16) Rocky Mountaineer to add 10 new rail cars to its fleet Ohio panels approve rail crossing improvement projects Montreal transit agency unveils train maintenance center CAGTC names Lovain chairman, fills board posts WMATA to begin SafeTrack repair plan with midnight subway closings UP, Katoen Natie announce 'Dallas-to-Dock' service FTA issues FEIS on Minneapolis' Green Line light-rail extension

May 13

RailWorks hosts legislative tour at Minnesota facility L.A. Metro customer survey reveals decline in harassment Brooklyn-Queens streetcar advocacy group steps up organizing efforts BART to install rail dampers to reduce track noise UP slates track, bridge projects in Kansas, Nebraska and Illinois LIRR begins Wantagh Station rehab project; Metro-North orders track geometry vehicle Pennsylvania OKs $36 million in grants for rail projects Senate passes emergency-responders training bill

May 12

NJ Transit to open Wesmont Station on Sunday Transportation Services Index tumbled in March Portland panel favors more light rail over BRT Florida port acquires land for rail-served forest products terminal Metrolink to begin 91/Perris Valley Line service in June AAR: Carload crunch continued for North American railroads in May's first week OmniTRAX affiliate acquires Texas short line FTA orders WMATA to conduct immediate track repairs at three sites

May 11

NJ Transit names Drewniak interim chief of staff; deputy director Yellin steps down Hudson tunnel project permitting could be costly, report says Sacramento transit agency kicks off systemwide station rehab project Lac-Megantic studies proposed rail pass to avoid downtown CN named Evergreen Shipping's 'railroad of the year' DHS examines impact of potential chemical attack in NYC subways Army Corps of Engineers denies petition for Gateway Pacific coal terminal Kansas City Southern's Starling to retire Dec. 31, Ottensmeyer named successor

May 10

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, moovel, Alstom, Loram and Triangle Fluid Controls (May 10) CN, Montreal officials pledge increased focus on safety Caltrain logs record weekday ridership RTA report: Crosstie production, purchases rose in first quarter MBTA, MassDOT OK scaled-down Green Line Extension proposal IANA: Intermodal volumes up 2 percent in Q1 VIA Rail Canada posts profit, ridership growth in 2015 California, FRA kick off environmental review of high-speed rail system

May 9

Cuomo unveils scoping report, website for LIRR expansion UP plots Arkansas infrastructure projects Caltrain nets $211 million for electrification project Jacksonville port grows Asian container business Kansas City launches streetcar service TIGER grant to fund Amtrak service extension to Burlington, Vt. BNSF's Q1 net income hit hard by coal decline FTA demands WMATA take immediate action to address emergency preparedness

May 6

Amtrak turns 45, recognized as a top employer Metrolink preps for more testing on 91 Line extension CN recognized for safe transport of chemicals, receives TRANSCAER award Canada's auditor notes 'significant' decline in VIA's on-time performance BLET, Indiana & Ohio Railway reach tentative agreement Denver RTD to open part of B Line in July, hosts congressional visits UP plans California infrastructure projects worth $121.6 million WMATA endures another smoke incident; GM to release track repair plan

May 5

TRANSCAER recognized for 30 years of emergency response training Metra to step up efforts to work with small businesses Metrolink names Campbell chief financial officer Amtrak to retire older generation Northeast Corridor locomotives All Aboard Florida receives FRA OK for engineering plans U.S. rail traffic down 11.8 percent in April MTA mulls months-long closures to fix L Line subway tunnel CN CEO Claude Mongeau to receive Railroad Innovator Award from Progressive Railroading, RailTrends

May 4

Rail supplier news from Ansaldo, MERMEC, Holland and L.B. Foster (May 4) Florida DOT won't seek TIGER grant for SunRail extension to DeLand Detroit's M-1 Rail opens Penske Tech Center ASLRRA installs Petry as chair, Claussen as vice chair RTD gears up for construction on Southeast Rail Extension UP charts $513 million in Texas infrastructure upgrades FTA offers $8 million for 'mobility on demand' projects NTSB: Ineffective inspection, maintenance led to WMATA's fatal smoke incident

May 3

Progress Rail acquires Inspired Systems Houston transit agency OKs body cameras for police force Two NJ Transit rail unions reject contract that avoided strike CN presents 'Safe Handling Awards,' joins Midwest port coalition Court: Passenger-rail law grants unconstitutional regulatory powers to Amtrak WMATA's rail operations control center to be staffed by fire officer at all hours STB proposes requiring Class Is to report service performance weekly FRA begins environmental impact review for Hudson tunnel project

May 2

Bauman joins Dallas Area Rapid Transit's board Amtrak allows bicycles on board the Vermonter SEPTA wins environmental award for reusing braking energy Expo Line Authority CEO Thorpe to retire this week Tacoma Link remains fare free until extension opens BTS: Rail, truck carried more U.S. freight by value in February G&W's Q1 results beat company expectations APTA's Melaniphy resigns as president, CEO << Previous Next >>
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