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Rail News: February 2015

February 27

OnTrackNorthAmerica adds Conrail's Batory as board member Pennsylvania DOT, Philadelphia port authority begin intermodal incentive program BNSF breaks down capex projects pegged for California, Kansas AASHTO kicks off campaign for long-term transportation legislation CN: Traffic controllers union ratifies four-year pact, sustainability program selects grant recipients Sound Transit logged record ridership in 2014 Keolis names new GM, deputy GM for MBTA commuter-rail service Sen. Casey to OMB: Wrap up review of USDOT's tank-car rule ASAP WMATA decides against fare hikes, service cuts for FY2016

February 26

Rail supplier updates from New York Air Brake, Alstom, Decision Lens, Colo Railroad and Leroy Automation (Feb. 26) Florida DOT awards Tampa $1.35 million grant to create quiet zone BNSF highlights 2015 capex work in Colorado, Montana and Oklahoma AAR: U.S. carloads decreased, intermodal volumes continued to drop in week No. 7 Operation Lifesaver issues crossing safety warning Detroit streetcar developer issues RFP for system operator Size of U.S. Class I workforce shrunk slightly in January MBTA appoints DePaola interim GM

February 25

California High-Speed Rail Authority settles suit with Bakersfield developer North Carolina DOT to share results of Murphy Branch reactivation study Hitachi to acquire Finmeccanica's rail operations Derailment fallout: Virginia penalizes CSX for oil spill; RESPONSE Act re-enters Congress Gov. Cuomo finalizes $120 million for LIRR's Hicksville rehab project NTSB: 12 sections of third rail found inside damaged Metro-North car Genesee & Wyoming to acquire Freightliner Group NTSB, FRA investigating Metrolink derailment President vetoes Keystone pipeline bill

February 24

TTD lays out transportation agenda, re-elects Wytkind, Willis Confidence in equipment leasing sector remains high after three years, foundation says BLET members OK new contract with LIRR Caltrain to host meetings to discuss San Francisco bridges project Crews complete portions of elevated guideway for Honolulu light-rail project OmniTRAX forms new short line in Illinois NS notes improved service levels since November FRA to begin investigating CSX derailment in West Virginia CN reaches tentative agreement with Unifor, withdraws lockout notice

February 23

Rail supplier news from Mitsubishi, Alstom, Koppers, Auto Truck and LTK (Feb. 23) Eco-Energy, CHS Sun Basin advance rail-served facilities Valley Metro develops mobile app for trip planning North Carolina DOT seeks public comments on state rail plan NYCT names Monaghan VP of security Tentative five-year labor pact paves way to ease congestion at West Coast ports Foxx unveils new rules to improve transit-rail safety New Canadian legislation aims to bolster rail safety, strengthen oversight

February 20

Missouri DOT releases state freight plan CTA reports serious crimes fell 26 percent in 2014 BNSF details 2015 capex work pegged for Missouri, Wisconsin Foxx calls for greater investment in passenger rail, transit PANYNJ to create new CEO position, adopt other reforms Fortune names UP, CSX and NS among 'Most Admired' companies in the transportation industry Unifor sets strike vote timetable as CN contract negotiations bog down FTA awards $5 million grant to BART for trackside safety technology KCS promotes Ottensmeyer to president

February 19

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Clark Construction, RR Mergers, Unitrac and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Feb. 19) Tiger Cool Express purchases 200 refrigerated rail units from Chinese supplier AAR: U.S. carloads climbed, intermodal units fell again in week No. 6 Foxx bus tour makes stops at transportation projects in South Carolina, Georgia Sound Transit, Houston METRO open new stations Virginia Railway Express to host hearings on proposed fare increases CN, Unifor disagree on cash contribution aspect of proposed agreement Two Florida counties vote to fight All Aboard Florida line NTSB in early investigation stages of CSX derailment in West Virginia

February 18

Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council becomes 13th member of Soy Transportation Coalition Patriot Rail appoints Whiteman, Broyles to executive roles PennDOT seeks comments on proposed improvements to Harrisburg-Pittsburgh line Port of New York and New Jersey broke cargo record in 2014 Texas railway narrows corridor search for Dallas-Houston bullet-train service TSA honors five rail, transit agencies for security measures Washington port freight-rail projects part of state funding package Sens. Schumer, Blumenthal introduce rail-crossing improvement act

February 17

Miller joins Tri-City Railroad as VP, COO Port Metro Vancouver reports increased cargo volumes in 2014 RTD ramps up public safety campaign aimed at new rail lines KCS to focus fuel management efforts on moving-train technologies TransLink tabs Allen as temporary CEO Don't cut transit off from Highway Trust Fund, APTA's Melaniphy says National Freight Network Trust Fund Act enters House Metra posts 1.3 percent ridership gain in 2014, announces $91 million locomotive rehab project CP, Teamsters turn to binding arbitration to end strike; CN, Teamsters reach tentative pact

February 13

BART warns riders about potential measles exposure Crossing closure considered in North Carolina; crossing upgrades pegged in Ohio USDOT announces $29 million in grants to improve transit safety Transportation Services Index inched up in December CSX appoints Pendergrass, Swafford to VP posts Rising Stars nomination deadline is approaching Metrolinx issues tender for track project on Stouffville corridor Volkswagen Group selects Jacksonville port as Southeastern import hub BNSF highlights 2015 capex work in three more states House T&I committee approves Amtrak funding legislation

February 12

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, AXION, Tealinc, Bombardier, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Gannett Fleming (Feb. 12) Canadian Railway Hall of Fame adds three inductees Port of Quincy requests $16.2 million from Washington State for intermodal infrastructure Port Tracker anticipates February import gain; Virginia port sets January volume record NTSB calls for audit of transit agency ventilation systems AAR: U.S. carloads climbed, intermodal loads dropped in year's fifth week CSX promotes Munoz to president, Sanborn to EVP of operations Scott resigns GM post at MBTA House T&I begins consideration of surface transportation reauthorization

February 11

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Greenbrier, Georgetown Rail, Nomad, WAGO and Railway Interchange (Feb. 11) Missouri to receive $43.9 million for environmental damages from Anadarko settlement Terminal Railroad Association agrees to relocate track for proposed NFL stadium in St. Louis Argonne lab, University of Illinois secure federal grants for rail research WMATA proposes fare increase, service changes for FY2016 budget CP CFO Demosky to step down at May's end Short-line tax credit extension bill enters House Milwaukee council gives final OK to streetcar project IANA on 2014: North American intermodal volume reached highest growth rate since 2011

February 10

Genesee & Wyoming ramped up revenue, traffic in fourth quarter MBTA extends late-night pilot program until mid-June CN reports increased grain export levels during first half of 2014-15 crop year Vast majority of Teamsters Canada Rail Conference members back CP strike CTA opens new station to serve Cermak-McCormick Place Los Angeles transit officials seek input on proposed LAX station BNSF cites key 2015 capex work in three states UP notes lower derailment rate; NTSB cites alertness device concerns Foxx, Shuster to host Twitter 'Town Hall'

February 9

Rail supplier news from United Rail, RailComm, Alstom, Sam Schwartz, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Unitrac (Feb. 9) Western Group makes management changes New Jersey DOT provides $4.3 million grant for rail bridge replacement RTD narrows list of teams for Southeast Rail extension Webcast: RailTrends to present 'Class I Performance: The Role of Data in Best-in-Class Operations' Caltrain board authorizes electrification design-build RFP USA Rail Terminals to build facility in Louisiana Pennsylvania DOT to begin accepting applications for new intermodal incentive program San Mateo board OKs $49 million for new Caltrain station

February 6

Former AAR SVP VanderClute joins OnTrackNorthAmerica's board Georgia port marks 5 millionth vehicle; New Orleans port logs container volume record Texas Central Railway reveals two possible sites for Dallas bullet-train station MTA awards contract for LIRR work at Grand Central Terminal CTA's $120 million TIFIA loan closes; FTA to inspect WMATA safety operations Public service commission, transportation institute to help North Dakota DOT update rail plan T&I Committee unveils passenger-rail reform bill Metro-North accident prompts call for crossing safety legislation Fritz succeeds Koraleski as UP's CEO

February 5

Montreal incorporates property development guidelines into long-term plan, RAC says VIA Rail installs Williams as GM for Eastern Canada Wabtec acquires Railroad Controls South Florida RTA extends executive director's contract, adds board member NTSB: Total transportation fatalities fell in 2013, but rail-related deaths climbed AAR: U.S railroads ramped up traffic in January Foxx touts Obama FY2016 budget's $3.2 billion for rail, BRT and streetcar projects Metro-North resumes service on Harlem Line following Tuesday's fatal SUV-commuter train collision

February 4

Chicago Transit Authority to get wireless upgrade Oregon DOT to study minority-, women-owned business contracting methods Deadline approaching for Progressive Railroading's 'Rising Stars' Indiana ports set several cargo records in 2014 Webcast: RailTrends to present 'Class I Performance: The Role of Data in Best-in-Class Operations' Cass truckload, intermodal indices increased in December New Orleans breaks ground on new streetcar line Florida DOT to receive $9.9 billion in state budget, Gov. Scott says NTSB to investigate Metro-North, SUV accident

February 3

Crossing upgrades approved in Ohio, Washington Metra names Milano deputy exec director Twin Cities' transit use rose in 2014 Vermont Rail, Providence & Worcester jointly lease locomotive from GATX Nomination deadline extended for Progressive Railroading's 'Rising Stars' Slew of ports pumped up container volumes in 2014 Amtrak, INDOT agree to Hoosier State contract extension California authority seeks RFQs for high-speed rail project AAR: U.S. roads to spend $29 billion on capex, hire 15,000 in 2015

February 2

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Norgren; Also, in memoriam: GREX's Edwin Snead (Feb. 2) Rush succeeds VanderClute as head of safety, operations for AAR PTC: KCSR's signal forces focus on field installations, testing and deployment strategy Schumer to MTA: Start testing LIRR engineers for sleep disorders Webcast: RailTrends to present 'Class I Performance: The Role of Data in Best-in-Class Operations' LIRR opens information center for train-yard expansion plan CP challenges transport coalition's claims about enhancing ag supply chain BLET members ratify NS agreement; Steelworkers members ratify CN pact FTA, Santa Clara VTA kick off environmental review for BART Silicon Valley II Extension << Previous Next >>
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