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Rail News: April 2015

April 30

MBTA, MassDOT slate hearings on Green Line Extension station designs Port of Vancouver calls for passage of crude-by-rail safety legislation Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf taps Zarembski to consult on crude-by-rail safety NTSB: Operator fatigue caused CTA-O'Hare incident; investigating freight-train collision CTA releases details of first phase of Red and Purple Lines modernization project AAR: U.S. traffic down again in Week No. 16 Amtrak to open IT center in Atlanta this summer Department of Energy to examine crude oil volatility

April 29

UP improved grade crossing safety rate in 1Q PATCO advances rail rehab project on Ben Franklin Bridge Short-line operator extraordinaire J. Reilly McCarren: 1956 - 2015 San Diego transit system earns perfect score in FTA review Metrolinx introduces new GO Transit Concourse in Union Station SEPTA plots $534.5 million capital budget for FY2016 Norfolk Southern posts 16 percent decrease in 1Q profit House GOP proposes tighter transportation spending in FY2016

April 28

Rail supplier updates from Kelso, Alstom, Bombardier, GATX and Parsons Brinckerhoff (April 28) California High-Speed Rail Authority OKs funds for Palmdale station CSX recognized for hiring military veterans WMATA Silver Line extension exceeds budget for first phase Fort Worth transit agency OKs contracts for TEX Rail project Raitt announces funding for grade crossing improvements LIRR, Metro-North report ridership growth in 2014 UP marks record first-quarter employee safety rate

April 27

CAGTC elects Szabo, four others to board; names new executive director Honolulu rail transit project reports $65 million in tax revenue Mediator assigned to CP labor contract dispute Minneapolis' Green Line Extension to cost more; opening delayed to 2020 Sound Transit earns Bellevue's approval for East Link light-rail Kansas City Southern ready to launch pilot of GE's Trip Optimizer CTA's Claypool named Chicago Mayor Emanuel's next chief of staff FRA OKs $1 billion loan for PTC projects at Metro-North, LIRR

April 24

Rail supplier updates from RTR Technologies, RailComm, Bombardier, Maintenance Design Group and Wabtec (April 24) USDOT's LadderSTEP pilot program to aid transit projects in seven cities AAPA report: U.S. ports' economic impact skyrockets to $4.6 trillion ARCI: Rail-car orders dropped, deliveries rose in 1Q Toronto readies rail service to airport U.S. Class I workforce widened in March BART's preliminary FY2016 budget targets on-time performance, passenger capacity Transport Canada issues haz-mat train directive; BNSF moves first unit train from Aventine ethanol plant in Nebraska

April 23

Amtrak OKs pets on Illinois trains CSX names Oglesby to government affairs post; earns 'Best Corporate Citizen' honor SEPTA aims to create more bicycle-friendly transit Iowa Pacific Holdings to operate NC's Piedmont & Northern line WMATA deputy GM orders more 'early action' safety steps New Ontario light-rail line between Mississauga, Brampton in the works Massachusetts Gov. Baker introduces legislation to revamp MBTA A first: U.S. intermodal surpassed carload traffic in Week No. 15, AAR says Soft demand in several sectors, productivity slip hampered UP's 1Q results

April 22

WMATA bolsters car-sharing plans Coalition calls for creation of freight infrastructure fund UP honors 63 firms for chemical transportation safety MTA completes $25 million energy efficiency project at Grand Central Northern Lines Railway logs growth in propane business Sound Transit picks firm for Capitol Hill Station TOD project NS promotes Maestri, Martinez; announces Wimbush's retirement Five firms to vie for California high-speed rail project's next phase

April 21

NJ Transit proposes 9 percent fare hike Northeast Corridor agencies debut five-year capital improvement plan Sens. Schumer, Blumenthal propose shorter extension of PTC deadline FRA issues grant for Amtrak service expansions in California KCS posts first-quarter 2015 revenue decrease, net profit increase CN 1Q profit rises, will boost infrastructure investment New York City's subways see highest ridership in 65 years CP posts record profit, operating ratio in 1Q 2015

April 20

Rail supplier news from Ricardo, Greenbrier, Bechtel and Vertical Transportation (April 20) California High-Speed Rail Authority names executive engineering roles Valley Metro slated to open solar-powered rail maintenance facility STB posts draft environmental statement for proposed Montana rail line Union-backed legislation would require two-person train crews Bill would tie gas tax to inflation to fund transportation infrastructure Ontario government plots new GO Transit track USDOT's new actions, emergency order address transport of energy products by rail

April 17

Koppers secures contract extensions with BNSF, CSX Virginia board slates hearings for $12.9 billion in transportation projects Toyota recognizes Union Pacific for logistics excellence NTSB: BART's "simple approval" process caused 2013 train accident Rep. Payne calls for tighter standards on DOT-111 tank cars FRA announces grants for grade crossing, PTC and passenger-rail projects Metra debuts third-party safety reporting system CN to invest $500 million to improve rail safety in Western Canada

April 16

Rail supplier updates from NRC, Railhead, Plasser & Theurer, Tiger Cool, SKF and Kelso (April 16) BART launches suicide prevention campaign Swanson to administer Florida DOT's freight, logistics programs Metrolinx logs continued progress on Eglinton Crosstown light-rail project Patriot Rail names Broyles to VP role Pedestrian bridge collapses on WMATA's Green Line track AAR: Rail traffic down in U.S., up in Canada and Mexico for Week No. 14 House bill would regulate crude oil by rail

April 15

BNSF recognizes 'employees of the year' Rail bridge to cross U.S.-Mexico border this year Port of Corpus Christi opens rail yard's first phase Asplund named Red River Valley & Western's next top exec New group advocates for passenger rail in Virginia's New River Valley U.S. Rep. Denham: Where are the rail-safety rules? Senators announce $3 million grant for PTC, rail safety in New York GE to build signaling system for All Aboard Florida CSX posts 11 percent hike in 1Q net earnings

April 14

Rail supplier updates from Skanska, Brookville, CAF, Alstom, PTSI and AWESOME (April 14) Cook named VP transportation, safety at Reading & Northern SEPTA begins renovation work at 69th Street Station Evergreen honors CN as 'railroad of the year' D.C. court denies petition to halt CSX rail tunnel project DART's streetcar opens for business NS expects 1Q per-share earnings of $1, down 15 percent WMATA launches service of new 7000-series rail cars AAR: Federal statistics reflect freight-rail industry's safety efforts

April 13

VIA Rail adds new tourism options TTC completes Wi-Fi installation at two more subway stations BTS: Transportation Services Index down in February Unions seek arbitration for NJ Transit contract negotiations Metra to replace ties, switches along Milwaukee District lines Sound Transit eyes routes for light-rail extension to Federal Way Feds announce $7 million for Chicago's Union Station STB OKs plan to increase CSX traffic between Indianapolis, Louisville

April 10

Rail supplier news from BLS Cargo, Thales, Trinity, Alstom, Bombardier and Behlman Electronics (April 10) PennDOT seeks public-private partnership proposals Denver RTD names Genova interim GM Alaska Railroad posts $14 million profit in 2014 GE Transportation set to debut latest Evolution Series engine Schumer to FRA: Hire more rail-bridge safety specialists WMATA to restore automatic train operation to Red Line APTA, transit agencies stage rallies for public transportation

April 9

USDOT proposes rule to allow transit agencies to enact hiring preferences MTA seeks to include small business owners in $32 billion capital program Imports up, backlog continues in wake of West Coast ports' labor strife AAR: U.S. rail traffic numbers slide in week No. 13 CSX announces new posts for Baggs, Russell and Rhodes BART plans 3.4 percent fare hike for 2016 KCSR to invest $19 million in Beaumont Subdivision Panel calls for sweeping leadership, budget changes at MBTA

April 8

Rail supplier updates from Savage, Holland, OPW, ZTR, Regional Connector and REMSA (April 8) Milwaukee issues RFP for streetcar vehicles Twin Eagle opens Colorado frac-sand terminal on UP track Fare evasions cost Metro Transit up to $28,000 a week Caltrain to complete ballast removal project with boost from Facebook Toyota honors BNSF for logistics excellence UP names Hutcherson VP of human resources NTSB examines second electrical-arcing incident at WMATA

April 7

Honolulu rail transit CEO passes on annual bonus T&I Committee Chair Shuster kicks off transportation 'roadshow' Caltrans to host environmental impact hearings LACMTA provides funds to business owners affected by rail projects Mississippi Legislature OKs bond funding for short-line connection project Sound Transit finalizes financial details of East Link Extension project Indiana DOT, FRA near deal on Amtrak Hoosier service NTSB urges quick action on tank-car safety measures

April 6

Rail supplier news from IntegriCo, Radiant Logistics, Tideworks, Eurotunnel, Cambridge and WAGO (April 6) GO Transit expands car-sharing options Georgia short line names Broxterman president Montreal transit agency logs surplus in 2014 Saskatchewan program to help fund track upgrades for short lines Texas firm slates public meetings to discuss proposed high-speed rail plan Sound Transit finalizes plans for Link light-rail extension USDOT: $500 million available for TIGER's seventh round

April 2

Automated fare systems simplify transit agencies' pricing, data management, study says RTA report: Tie purchases rose, production fell in February Ferromex expands locomotive fleet with latest EMD delivery Canadian government OKs funding for Ontario passenger line MARTA readies for rail expansion project, seeks public comment NJDOT unveils $20 million in grants for freight-rail projects BART opens new crossover tracks to mitigate delays AAR: Mixed message seen in first-quarter U.S. rail traffic

April 1

Movie prompts Metrolink to issue anti-trespassing message Amtrak wins a place on Forbes' best employers list NARS annual meeting to feature BNSF's Ice, NS' Squires Metra signs $12.6 million contract to modernize its financial systems Bay Area think tank proposes "seamless" integration of local transit systems SMART's Nigro announces retirement plans Grade crossing project planned along California rail corridor FRA, N.Y. officials highlight grade crossing safety awareness << Previous Next >>
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