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Rail News: November 2013

November 27

Passenger Rail
Layne to become Virginia's next transportation secretary Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
UTU: Rep. Blumenauer to propose transit infrastructure-funding bills Read More »
Passenger Rail
TTI, University of Texas to study light-rail extension's impact on public health Read More »
Intermodal
First shipment of Peruvian cold-treated grapes heading to Miami port Read More »
Mechanical
North Carolina DOT seeks public input on proposed locomotive, rail-car facility Read More »
Safety
Transport Canada to review rail safety oversight based on auditor general's recommendations Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro's Gilbert Road light-rail extension receives environmental clearance Read More »
Intermodal
UP launches Chicago-to-Mexico intermodal service with Ferromex Read More »

November 26

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Gross & Janes, AECOM, AXION, Hill International, Bombardier and Alstom (Nov. 26) Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA to upgrade lighting at all underground stations Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
South Dakota DOT seeks input on state rail plan development Read More »
C&S
Crossing projects advance in Washington, North Carolina Read More »
Passenger Rail
First refurbished SkyTrain vehicle enters service in Vancouver Read More »
Intermodal
Georgia port authority notes new cargo record, more state funds for harbor expansion Read More »
MOW
New railroad bridge opens over Osage River in Missouri Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Consumer spending outlook for holiday season more dim than bright, Baird says Read More »

November 25

Financials
VIA Rail notes ups, downs in third quarter Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Pacific Imperial Railroad tabs Rohal as president; Wisconsin transit commission honors Meighan Read More »
MOW
MTA reaches construction milestones on Second Avenue Subway project Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS to open intermodal terminal in North Carolina next month Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit moves up opening of University Link light-rail extension Read More »
Amtrak
FY2013 ridership records set on some Amtrak routes in California Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX's Sanborn at RailTrends: Customer feedback is key to high service levels Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canadian Transportation Agency seeks input on proposed review of liability coverage regulations Read More »

November 22

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Knoxville Locomotive, Nomad Digital, Bombardier, URS, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Bridgefarmer (Nov. 22) Read More »
CSX Transportation
Alabama manufacturing property a 'Select Site,' CSX says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Cost to halt project could run $125 million, Cincinnati Streetcar says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic logged more gains last week Read More »
Passenger Rail
All Aboard Florida chooses station location in downtown Fort Lauderdale Read More »
Intermodal
Virginia port breaks monthly cargo record; Florida port installs first female director Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART's board OKs purchase of 365 rail cars, objects to family-leave provision in labor contract Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sen. Rockefeller, AAR disagree on freight-rail implications associated with updated commerce committee report Read More »

November 21

MOW
UP, Amtrak to commemorate bridge opening in Missouri next week Read More »
Passenger Rail
Second tunnel boring machine begins excavation work for San Francisco's Central Subway project Read More »
MOW
CTA unveils contemporary design of future 95th Street Red Line Station Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS earns best-ever carbon disclosure score, awards construction contract for intermodal facility expansion Read More »
Labor
Maryland agencies seek 'preferred training partners' for light-rail projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
SMART awards $68.7 million contract for rail construction project Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF installs two group VPs, one VP to cover retirements and promotions Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canadian, U.S. regulators take additional steps to boost haz-mat safety Read More »

November 20

Intermodal
Port of Long Beach repeals infrastructure cargo fee Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Wisconsin DOT unveils long-range rail plan Read More »
People
Operation Lifesaver appoints new officers Read More »
Passenger Rail
HART to seek public opinion on Honolulu light-rail station design Read More »
Passenger Rail
Council adopts transit-oriented development policy for Minneapolis Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific launches new shuttle commitment program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Ferus Natural Gas Fuels, ENN Canada to build LNG plants in Vancouver and Edmonton Read More »
Safety
Metrolink receives grant to promote railroad safety Read More »

November 19

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Stella-Jones, Vossloh, Axion, Alstom, GE, LTK and Jacobs Associates (Nov. 19) Read More »
People
Keats succeeds Atkins as STB's general counsel Read More »
Intermodal
Diamond Logistics Northwest to expand facilities at Washington state port Read More »
Labor
BART disputes labor agreement provision; Metra clerical workers OK new contract Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
NARP calls on Congress to support passenger-rail transportation Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Watco realigns upper management, gains equity stake in Federated Capital Holdings Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak to fix East River tunnels to address delays, Schumer says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
BRIDGE Act proposes new federal financing authority for infrastructure improvements Read More »

November 18

Passenger Rail
Metro Transit, Valley Metro to solicit public input on transit projects Read More »
Intermodal
Schneider Intermodal introduces CN, KCS interchange for 'Mexico Direct' service Read More »
Intermodal
Southern California ports: New interim leader in L.A., October volume boost in Long Beach Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA kicks off Government Center Station project Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR adds trains to weekend service on Port Washington Branch Read More »
Intermodal
Washington state port seeks bids for freight-rail project Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak Heartland Flyer serves 1 million riders Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS reorganizes operating department management functions Read More »

November 15

Supplier Spotlight
Rail news from Tata Steel, Alstom, Motive Power, Railinc and Gannett Fleming (Nov. 15) Read More »
C&S
Crossing projects advance in Ohio Read More »
MOW
MassDOT to begin track improvements in preparation for South Coast Rail service Read More »
Shippers
Soy Transportation Coalition, Panama Canal Authority extend partnership pact Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index inched up in September Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA's board approves 2014 budget Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA's Rogoff calls on Congress to fund emergency relief program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR underscores U.S. traffic gains, need to improve federal tank-car regs Read More »

November 14

Rail Industry Trends
North Carolina DOT hosts rail planning forum Read More »
Intermodal
Rail terminal logs successful first year with ethanol volume, Tampa port says Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Francisco transit, police officials launch new anticrime campaign Read More »
PTC
Siemens, Bombardier to perform PTC work for Metro-North, Long Island railroads Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailTrends coming to New York City next week Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP to upgrade Nebraska line, boost train speed on Kansas line Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS advances plan to expand Chicago-area yard, launches new intermodal service in South Carolina Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York MTA releases final 2014 budget proposal, four-year financial plan Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX, GE to pilot liquefied natural gas-powered locomotives Read More »

November 13

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Holland, Axion, CTC, Bombardier, Parsons Brinckerhoff and TRAC Intermodal (Nov. 13) Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA awards contract to update lighting in parking facilities Read More »
Intermodal
NS' Heller, World Group's Hunger join ITI board Read More »
MOW
North Carolina Railroad, NS to refurbish Burlington bridge Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF workers win Amtrak Champion Award for crossing safety project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx awards second contract for Eglinton Crosstown project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Surveys find MTA riders remain satisfied with transit service Read More »
Intermodal
CSX to help develop intermodal facility in Pennsylvania Read More »

November 12

People
Montana Rail Link promotes Blakely, Lewis to officer posts Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA opens training facility for riders with disabilities; board member resigns Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA to reevaluate train horn rules, Colorado senators say Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA unveils refurbished station near Loyola University Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit boosts rail, bus rider satisfaction grades Read More »
Intermodal
L.A. port introduces incentive program to boost container business Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA named military-friendly employer; APTA encourages veterans to consider transit agency jobs Read More »
Labor
Six largest Class Is make G.I. Jobs' top military friendly employers list Read More »

November 11

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Georgetown Rail, Alstom and Microsoft (Nov. 11) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Texas Rail Advocates opens registration for Southwestern Rail Conference Read More »
Passenger Rail
Tunnel boring machine shipped for Evergreen Line project Read More »
Intermodal
Tacoma port turns 95; Florida port appoints trade development director Read More »
People
San Diego MTS promotes Marinesi to CFO to succeed Telfer Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Cleanup continues at Alabama & Gulf Coast derailment site, Genesee & Wyoming says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Fort Worth's The T marks 30th year, schedules hearing on TEX Rail environmental statement Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
PHMSA extends public comment period for proposed haz-mat rulemaking Read More »

November 8

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from RailComm, Hanson, Siemens, Ansaldo, OPW and T-Rail (Nov. 8) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Newspaper report: Talgo files $65.9 million claim against Wisconsin Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA: 2013 a 'banner year' for voter support of public transit Read More »
People
Engebretson succeeds O'Leary as Alaska Railroad's COO Read More »
Labor
U.S. Class Is employed slightly fewer people in September, STB data shows Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Columbia Basin, BNSF begin unit train moves for Washington state canola oil producer Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland officials OK public-private partnership plan for Purple light-rail line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. roads notched traffic gains through October, into November Read More »

November 7

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Harsco, Cubic, L.B. Foster, The Andersons, J.L. Patterson, GEI Consultants and New York Air Brake (Nov. 7) Read More »
C&S
Quiet zone opens in Texas; crossing upgrades advance in Ohio and Washington Read More »
Safety
NTSB closes more safety requirements for WMATA Read More »
MOW
Groundbreaking to be held next week for Southern California grade separation Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA, European rail association sign MOU Read More »
Intermodal
Army Corps of Engineers to begin environmental assessment for proposed South Carolina intermodal facility Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak appoints Sokol as CFO Read More »
CSX Transportation
Strong energy and intermodal markets help CSX overcome weak coal sectors, CFO Eliasson says Read More »

November 6

Passenger Rail
WMATA to solicit development proposals for five properties Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
House transportation committee boots up new website Read More »
Labor
SMART Transportation Division members approve Metra contract Read More »
Intermodal
Freight access project still in play at Washington state port Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA seeks applicants for disaster assistance funding program Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro Gold Line authority to begin work on Sierra Madre Villa Station, Azusa connection for Foothill extension Read More »
People
CSX's Adkins wins AAR environmental professional award Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver RTD recommends GBBH's proposal for North Metro rail project Read More »

November 5

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Trinity Railcar, Bombardier, Siemens, Greenbrier, Kelly-Hill and Emerson (Nov. 5) Read More »
People
Tennessee railroad association tabs Alexander as exec director Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA improves energy efficiency, storm-proofing of primary office tower Read More »
Intermodal
Baltimore port forges pact with French port, garners security accolades from Coast Guard Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra completes $3.5 million station reconstruction on UP Northwest Line Read More »
Safety
Crude-by-rail accidents perpetuate misperceptions about safety in Canada, transportation research forum says Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet to reorganize operations to address service reliability issues Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF cites strong crude, domestic intermodal volumes as key 3Q drivers Read More »

November 4

Amtrak
Amtrak adds trains to Cascades line for Thanksgiving Read More »
C&S
Crossing upgrades planned in Montana, Ohio Read More »
Passenger Rail
Oregon DOT seeks public input on Eugene-Portland passenger-rail study Read More »
People
Virginia authority selects Reinhart to lead state's port Read More »
Passenger Rail
Santa Clara VTA marks transit project milestone Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Phillips 66, Genesis Energy set sights on crude-by-rail facilities Read More »
MOW
CREATE program constituents mark grade separation opening in Bridgeview Read More »
Labor
BART union members approve contract; state utilities commission adopts new transit-rail safety rules Read More »

November 1

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Harsco, Auto Truck, Bombardier, American Railcar and FreightCar America (Nov. 1) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Genesee & Wyoming reports strong 3Q results; Arizona short line turns 10 Read More »
Labor
CSX touts 'landmark' agreement with four unions Read More »
Passenger Rail
Long Island Rail Road restores Queens Village station Read More »
Labor
Metra, TCU reach tentative agreement Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS renames Pennsylvania yard to honor former corporate affairs executive Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA to modernize Chelsea station as part of Silver Line Gateway project Read More »
MOW
Four railroads advance joint line relocation plan in Iowa Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North American intermodal volume climbed in 3Q; U.S. rail traffic rose in week 43 Read More »
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