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Rail News: August 2015

August 31

Rail supplier updates from Apollo Video, Nexala, Bombardier and Bourque Logistics (Aug. 31) Valley Metro dubs new light-rail stations 'safe places' Niagara transit authority lands federal grant to train electricians, mechanics Passenger-rail association wants 'balanced' security measures for U.S. trains Texas Central Partners appoints Redwine vice president Cando Rail names Cornick CEO to succeed Mills FRA to help develop passenger-rail plan for Southeast Sound Transit boosts rail ridership in 2Q; board trims project list for ballot measure

August 28

Rail supplier updates from Siemens, Toshiba, Sydac, Anixter and PLG Consulting (Aug. 28) California agency advances work on first high-speed rail viaduct IANA names Keppler senior VP TriMet to start testing new Orange Line trains BTS: Value of U.S-NAFTA freight fell in June Crews lay down first sections of rail for LIRR's double-track project Oregon DOT strengthens rail safety measures, adds four rail inspectors New Orleans RTA's Hurricane Katrina recovery led to a 'renewed organization'

August 27

Nation's traffic congestion shows need for transportation infrastructure investment, APTA leader says Metra meets on-time goals, advances Homewood Station rehab project Charlotte streetcar ridership higher than expected AAR: Intermodal traffic still strong in week No. 33 Phoenix voters OK sales tax to fund light-rail extensions CN, Canadian Pacific debut French version of emergency responder app FRA issues safety advisory on ballast conditions U.S. passenger-rail security measures long overdue, senators tell TSA

August 26

Rail supplier updates from Argenia, Alstom, Bombardier, Sam Schwartz and Gannett Fleming (Aug. 26) OnTrackNorthAmerica, Cisco to co-lead transportation cost-benefit project AREMA names Caruso executive director, CEO STM to start daytime testing of new AZUR trains SamTrans CEO Hartnett restructures management team Port Logistics to develop new cold storage facility at Port Tampa Bay FTA releases DEIS for Durham light-rail route USDOT issues $9.5 million in workforce development grants

August 25

Indiana Rail Road gears up for grade crossing safety effort San Diego transit agency debuts video-on-demand on trolley Rhode Island DOT to run Wickford Junction rail station Energy improvements cut costs, reduce emissions at Metro-North rail yard Sacramento transit agency opens Blue Line light-rail extension U.S. report highlights transportation employment trends Short-line operator Regional Rail acquired by private equity firm Caltrain logs record 18.5 million passengers in FY2015

August 24

Idaho police beef up patrols at rail crossings in two counties BART kicks off flooring replacement project in elevators Amtrak to add Northeast Corridor train capacity during papal visit RTA report: Crosstie production down, purchases up in June North Texas panel OKs $4.5 million for high-speed rail planning Valley Metro debuts light-rail extension to Mesa Indiana Rail Road unveils new White River Bridge NJ Transit receives more than $71.4 million in federal emergency relief funding

August 21

Miller named new staff director of T&I subcommittee WMATA gears up to open Silver Spring Transit Center BLET members ratify six-year pact with Indiana Southern Railroad Amtrak slates opening date for new stop in Holyoke, Mass. Ohio commission OKs three rail crossing projects Twin Cities' Blue, Green light-rail lines log more than 1 million rides in July U.S. Class I workforce shrinks in mid-July SEPTA's GM Casey to retire

August 20

Rail supplier updates from ENSCO, Water Train, MobileQubes and NRC (Aug. 20) SFMTA unveils new online performance dashboards SC Ports Authority reports strong performance in FY2015 FRA's regional plan to include Ohio-to-Chicago passenger-rail corridor Orange County transit agency pledges $56 million toward proposed streetcar line NCDOT preps for railroad crossing removal in Rowan County CMA releases agendas for Railway Interchange 2015 conference North American railroad volume slips a tad so far in 2015

August 19

BART unveils new bike parking station at Civic Center Metra installing mobile-device charging stations in downtown Chicago FTA posts guidance for Capital Investment Grant requests California lawmaker to host hearing on San Joaquin Valley passenger-rail improvements Honolulu rail project $8 million short in Q4 tax revenue RTD, University of Colorado agree to naming rights for A Line rail R. J. Corman praised for plan to revive South Carolina short line Christie, Foxx 'committed' to working together on new Hudson River rail tunnels

August 18

Rail supplier updates from Nordco, Kelso, PTSI, Brookfield Infrastructure and Whitmore (Aug. 18) Foothill Gold Line station dedicated in California Edmonton preps for slower train operations along new light-rail extension Washington State DOT resumes landslide mitigation work Mississippi transportation panel OKs port improvement grants Metro-North to receive FTA grant for hurricane resiliency work Gov. Wolf releases crude-by-rail safety recommendations for Pennsylvania MBTA, Keolis hash out terms of service improvement agreement

August 17

Massachusetts Gov. Baker names Gittlen to MassDOT board Operation Lifesaver awards $20,000 grant to Metra for rail safety messaging Port of Long Beach accepts FEMA grants to beef up security, sets record in July WMATA plots meeting to review derailment report, unveils 7000-series rail cars on Green Line FRA technical report reviews corridor alternatives for Texas Central Railway project Port of Vancouver opens new freight-rail entrance L.A. Metro's Washington names new executive staff members FTA proposes new safety program rules for transit industry

August 14

Rail supplier news from Knoxville Locomotive, Saddle Creek Logistics, Retlif, L.B. Foster and Kennedy/Jenks (Aug. 14) NJ Transit unveils transportation plan for Pope Francis' U.S. visit Freight index down slightly in June, BTS says New York City Transit's on-time performance falls, audit finds Foxx: Baltimore's Red Line funds can't be used for other projects TNW expands Texas logistics center WMATA board decries 'safety breach' over unrepaired track defect UTA CEO Allegra to retire

August 13

Orange County transit agency solicits feedback on Measure M sales tax AAR: U.S. railroads' carloads down 4.4 percent, intermodal traffic up 3.1 percent in Week 31 Ontario transportation commission names Moore president, CEO Cleveland RTA debuts new Red Line rail station Erasmus named top exec at Fort Worth & Western Railroad Report: Union Pacific to trim management staff; Nissan recognizes UP customer service, environmental efforts Sen. Blumenthal urges Metro-North to set firm deadline for PTC implementation CN CEO Mongeau to take medical leave for tumor treatment

August 12

San Francisco debuts plan to bolster safety for cable-car operators Banta, Grabauskas named to international public transit board Metra maps out tie, platform replacement projects Canadian agency offers 'participant funding' for environmental review of CN intermodal hub Operation Lifesaver awards $204,000 in rail-safety education grants Canadian Pacific preps 'dedicated trains' for western Canada's grain shippers Ferrara named interim president of MTA New York City Transit Schumer proposes plan for new Hudson River rail tunnels

August 11

Rail supplier updates from Hub Group, Siemens, Alstom and Hanson (Aug. 11) ASLRRA appoints Collins to board's executive committee BART completes fleet-wide carpet replacement project San Diego transit system names Guaderrama director of security Ports busy as retailers gear up for the holidays North Dakota Public Service Commission hires Carson as track inspector STB: Rail industry's cost of capital contracted in 2014 BNSF's net income up 5 percent, total revenue down 6 percent in 2Q

August 10

Tennyson named North Carolina's transportation secretary L.A. Metro unveils new station names, advances construction of Crenshaw/LAX transit-rail First new rail bridge in 100 years opens between U.S., Mexico LRIW's 'Woman of the Year' nominations are due Friday California Gov. Brown signs bill allowing BART to pursue clean energy Genesee & Wyoming to acquire Claremont Concord Railroad California High-Speed Rail Authority issues RFQ for environmental, engineering services FRA updates Congress on PTC status, says most railroads will miss deadline

August 7

Transportation Safety Board issues report on CN train collision Car usage drops among L.A. Metro's rail riders TriMet preps for installation of e-fare system at Lloyd Center light-rail station Independent firm completes audit of WMATA's 2014 financial statements Senate confirms Dominguez as PHMSA administrator New York City Transit: Removing trashcans helps reduce rate of track fires Schumer wants FRA to do more to ensure safety of rail-crossing signals, rail cars FRA completes FEIS for All Aboard Florida; state panel OKs bond financing

August 6

Rail supplier updates from REMSA, Miller Ingenuity, FreightCar America, American Railcar and Chicago Freight Car Leasing (Aug. 6) Sound Transit sells nearly $1 billion in 'green bonds' UP recognized for employee wellness programs New Jersey completes safety improvements at NJ Transit crossing Sen. Carper introduces bill to increase federal gas tax Safer rail not just a 'pipe dream,' new report says Charlotte transit system mulls passenger-rail extension AAR: Energy sector weighing heavily on U.S. rail traffic

August 5

New on ProgressiveRailroading.com: Rail Product News Iowa DOT drafts transportation improvement plans Massachusetts Gov. Baker names Sullivan, Mazzarella to MassDOT board Santa Monica gears up for Expo Line testing Bravo named director of Miami-Dade Transit L.A. Metro establishes office of 'extraordinary innovation' Study: Washington state's short lines need $600 million in upgrades Norfolk Southern's Butler to retire Oct. 1

August 4

Rail supplier updates from Thales, Xplore, Wabtec, Bombardier and CIT (Aug. 4) Canadian Grain Commission updates producer car program for 2015-16 crop year Paducah and Louisville engineers ratify labor pact Portland Streetcar spurs $4.5 billion in new real estate development, study says APTA recognizes transit agencies, businesses for sustainability initiatives Ontario plots GO Transit grade separation project Intermodal industry to honor CSX's Gooden with Silver Kingpin Award Weak coal market, mine closures impact Genesee & Wyoming 2Q earnings

August 3

WMATA completes replacement of first entrance escalator at Bethesda Station UP reports enviromental sustainability efforts Tennyson named North Carolina's acting transportation secretary San Francisco's E Embarcadero streetcar line opens Iowa Pacific to operate Grenada Railway in north central Mississippi In memoriam: Michael Paras, longtime railroader VIA Rail to undergo federally funded infrastructure improvements Amtrak, Iowa Pacific and INDOT sign agreement for Hoosier State route << Previous Next >>
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