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Rail News: December 2015

December 30

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Bombardier and Nomad (Dec. 30) Miami-Dade pilots express rail service to downtown Miami New Cleveland station boosts transit-oriented development plan CTA completes 4G wireless installation on subways Metrolink to introduce cheaper fares in 2016 Minneapolis Green Line Extension funding passes 80 percent mark New rail line helps Amtrak trains bypass Detroit bottleneck Canadian Pacific, CN exceed grain revenue entitlements for 2014-15 crop year

December 29

TTC's 13th new streetcar enters service L.A. Metro preps Gold Line tracks for Regional Connector project Former KCS leader Rowland dies at 78 RTA report: Crosstie production, purchases were down in November BNSF transports cargo from largest ship to reach U.S. coasts NJ Transit names Martin as interim executive director STB solicits opinions for 'on-time' passenger-train performance, preference issues

December 28

Rail supplier news from NRC, Bombardier, Siemens and CDM Smith (Dec. 28) L.A. Metro debuts videos to encourage people with disabilities to ride Virginia state rail office hires Smith as policy chief TriMet installs swing gates, signage at Orange Line crossings Mica demands private-sector competition on Amtrak routes Canadian railroads on track with greenhouse gas emission reduction, RAC report says AAR: U.S. railroads post traffic decline in week No. 50

December 23

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Alstom, GREX and Gross & Janes (Dec. 23) Canada completes intermodal access project in Edmonton SMART union members OK agreement with MTA TSB: Inadequate track conditions led to CN train derailment MBTA inks $338 million PTC contract with Ansaldo PortMiami reaches record 1 million TEUs Amtrak, FRA release DEIS on Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel improvements CP responds to NS board's latest rejection

December 22

Amtrak searches for next crop of writers in residence BLET seeks applicants for James R. Hoffa scholarships Ohio panel OKs rail-crossing safety updates The Andersons to expand Michigan ethanol plant SMART sets up law enforcement division, names Welch police chief Elliott highlights changes under STB Reauthorization Act Amtrak flips PTC switch on Northeast Corridor routes MBTA oversight board paves way for 10 percent fare hike

December 21

Webcast to focus on 'active shooter' mitigation Bass named executive director of Texas DOT MBTA should put the brakes on expansions, Harvard fellow says Canadian Pacific: Merger would benefit Chicago during holiday shutdown OmniTRAX Canada to sell railway, port to Manitoba's First Nations Omnibus bill includes transit-commuter tax benefit; increases funds for FTA, FRA Sound Transit nets $75 million for Tacoma Link light-rail extension

December 18

CN counts 1,500 first-responder signups for rail-car safety app Metrolinx unveils new fare payment system on TTC streetcars AMT seeks firm for operation, maintenance of commuter trains U.S. Class Is continued workforce trims in November Sound Transit's new $1.2 billion budget funds light-rail expansions TEX Rail project advances with track-sharing pacts Chicago RTA OKs $3.9 billion capital budget for local transit agencies CP responds to Iawmakers' concerns over proposed NS merger

December 17

Rail supplier news from RailComm, Hanson, Holland and Loram (Dec. 17) Omnibus bill drops longer-truck proposal Wabtec obtains $45 million PTC contracts from Metra, Parsons UTA 2016 budget features more rail service, amenities AAR: U.S. carload, intermodal traffic down again in Week 49 Minnesota-Duluth high-speed rail proposal reduces speed, costs DC Streetcar begins pre-revenue operations CP's latest offer doesn't address regulatory risks, uncertainties, NS says

December 16

Rail supplier updates from NRC, STV, GDF SUEZ and Bombardier (Dec. 16) Santa Clara VTA names Chavez chair, Bruins vice chair UTA streetcar ridership jumps by almost 19 percent in 2015 FTA releases second safety directive to WMATA RAC: Rail, pipeline equally safe for moving crude oil Canadian Pacific sweetens bid to acquire Norfolk Southern

December 15

Rail supplier news from Hanson, Hollysys, Alstom, Auto Truck and WAGO (Dec. 15) Metra brings Wi-Fi to downtown stations, preps for onboard service Greenbrier nets 1,800 rail-car orders since Sept. 1 California panel approves $154 million in transportation projects Metro-North replaces nearly 98,000 ties, hires Vonashek as VP of system safety Durbin, Illinois representatives concerned about proposed CP-NS merger Short Line Safety Institute names Hynes executive director, seats new boards

December 14

Rose named chair of TransLink North Carolina DOT, university collaborate on rail workforce assessment PANYNJ advances Gateway rail tunnel project CN pledges $5 million to help resettle Syrian refugees in Canada Cuomo orders higher security measures on mass transit RTD board to negotiate with Genova for GM, CEO post NS formally rejects CP's revised merger bid MBTA to terminate several Green Line Extension contracts

December 11

Rep. Kinzinger tours Colo Railroad Builders' Illinois facility IANA's Casey earns lifetime achievement award Arizona panel approves $66.6 million grade separation project CN, Amsted Rail ink wheel-making deal Atlanta OKs long-range streetcar expansion plan Valley Metro to open Northwest Extension in March New York City subways set one-day ridership record in October House approves STB reauthorization bill

December 10

Secure Rail Conference fee to increase after Friday Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Advent Intermodal, ALAN, Shannon & Wilson and HOTSTART (Dec. 10) CTA board OKs $13 million Green Line track renewal AAR: U.S. railroads' intermodal volume holds steady in Week 48 Metropolitan Council to submit Metro Blue Line extension plans for local approval Las Vegas RTC mulls light-rail system, monorail extension Canadian Pacific, TCRC reach arbitrated agreement CSX to switch from NYSE to Nasdaq exchange Amtrak's Boardman announces retirement plans

December 9

Amtrak, PennDOT offer initiative to expand intercity rail travel California high-speed rail agency gears up for Fresno bridge demolition New York completes latest round of crude-oil tank car, rail inspections Virginia DRPT names Burrus chief of rail Sound Transit releases studies for potential projects for next ballot measure WMATA seeks candidates for safety chief Denver RTD narrows search for next CEO BNSF penalized for not reporting hazmat spills on time

December 8

Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, Jacobs, Distribution International and Alstom (Dec. 8) SMART TD certified to represent Central Maine & Quebec's train, engine workers FTA proposes rule for safety oversight training UP designated a 'military friendly' employer Caltrain OKs 50-cent fare hike MTA wraps up two major upgrades for East Side Access project Amtrak, Connecticut reach funding agreement on Hartford Line commuter-rail service CP issues revised buyout offer; NS rebuffs it as a 'reduced proposal'

December 7

Lat-Lon 'FastCast' set for tomorrow Honolulu transit-rail agency finishes 5th mile of elevated guideway TransLink earns top sustainability honors from APTA OIG to audit FTA's oversight of Metrorail safety Report highlights benefits of extending SEPTA's Norristown line RTA: Crosstie production rose, purchases held steady in October Operation Lifesaver awards rail-safety education grants to eight transit agencies CSX, Pittsburgh-area officials mark start of intermodal terminal project Obama signs FAST Act

December 4

Early bird rate still available for Secure Rail conference BLET ratifies new contract with Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern FTA initiates transit-oriented development technical assistance program UP recognized for carbon emissions disclosure; BNSF issues 2014 sustainability report AAR: Carload, intermodal activity down in November Valley Metro boards accept Banta's resignation, names Anderson acting CEO New York AG calls on PHMSA to close crude-by-rail safety loophole Congress OKs five-year transportation funding bill NS board to CP: Buyout offer is 'grossly inadequate'

December 3

Rail supplier news from Duos Technologies, Siemens, RailComm, FreightCar America and WSP (Dec. 3) TTC's Upfold honored for transit leadership DART to host meetings on D2 light-rail project Washington state regulator raises rail safety concerns of Grays Harbor oil projects Japanese fund to invest in Texas Central bullet train CSX cuts yearly earnings outlook as coal demand diminishes Phoenix light-rail project advances in FTA grant program Amtrak reports higher losses, steady ridership for FY2015

December 2

Montana Rail kicks off Spurling track construction project Short line, port associations to collaborate on intermodal opportunities Cleveland RTA mulls fare increases for 2016 Sacramento transit agency gathers input on proposed light-rail extension to airport Operation Lifesaver responds to fatalities related to photo-taking on rail tracks Cloud Peak Energy, BNSF amend transportation agreement Apache Railway changes hands, continues operations FAST Act strengthens rail safety, includes rail title for Amtrak

December 1

Sound Transit to host open house on Tacoma Link expansion plan NCDOT taps Gulf & Ohio to operate state-owned rail line Texas Central expands executive team with new hires Canadian crude-by-rail exports rebound in Q3 VIA Rail, international rail community vow to take action on climate change Tongue River Railroad puts Montana coal line plan on hold PANYNJ unveils 2016 budgets << Previous Next >>
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