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Rail News: May 2014

May 30

Rail supplier news from Harsco, GlobeSherpa, Ricardo Inc. and Lilee (May 30) KCS marks longest-ever 'A-Max' unit train California Air Resources Board OKs use of new locomotive engine filter at L.A. port TransLink cites cost reductions, steady customer satisfaction in 2013 annual report TriMet adopts fiscal-year 2015 budget North American rail traffic gains continued in May's third week STB seeks feedback on potential changes to fuel surcharge rule provision Indiana marks start of $71 million upgrade to freight, Amtrak lines

May 29

Massachusetts' CapeFlyer service posts ridership growth during Memorial Day weekend Committee to prioritize project recipients for Oregon funding program Caltrain seeks public feedback on long-term strategy Miller succeeds Begeman as STB's vice chair Short Lines: OmniTRAX affiliate acquires Sand Springs Railway; Koile assumes sales role at Nebraska Central Squires assumes additional responsibilities at NS All Aboard Florida unveils plans for Miami station Senators announce $235 million in Sandy relief grants for NJ Transit, PATH

May 28

Rail supplier news from Stella-Jones, VTG, Keolis, Thales, Alstom and Parsons Brinckerhoff (May 28) Harris joins OmniTRAX's board Connecticut DOT eyes crossing upgrades; South Carolina DOT installs new leader It's official: WMATA takes control of Silver Line Amtrak, partners announce joint planning effort for Philadelphia's 30th Street Station Ports: Expanded NYK Line service on tap for Jacksonville; night gate operations on slate for Vancouver Edmonton light-rail expansion to receive New Building Canada funds Canadian Canola Growers Association files rail-service complaint with CTA

May 27

Hi-Crush opens CN-served frac sand facility in Wisconsin New Target Field Station viewed as multi-modal transit hub for Minneapolis neighborhoods MARTA returns to six-car trains on Red, Gold lines Tie market: Fewer purchases, less production in April CSX: Mainline in place for Quebec terminal; unit-train facility pegged for Ohio agriculture campus Sound Transit marked strong start for 2014 ridership in Q1 UP set to open major intermodal facility in New Mexico LACMTA OKs $5.5 billion FY2015 budget

May 23

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Thales, Siemens and Parsons Brinckerhoff (May 23) NS recognizes 60 chemical shippers for safety efforts North American rail traffic remained at high ebb last week Sound Transit accepts business group's offer to cover Tacoma Link fares Central Maine & Quebec launches U.S. operations North Carolina DOT allocates funds for 40 freight-rail projects Houston METRO's board OKs controversial overpass project Expansion complete at B.C. rail terminal; Vancouver port ponders bigger container terminal APTA expresses concern over appropriations bill's impact on transit

May 22

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, GE, AXION, Meridiam, CTC and Hatch Mott MacDonald (May 22) Reading and Northern earns 'employer excellence' award Crossing projects advance in California, Ohio and Washington Kansas City to kick off streetcar construction today U.S. Class I workforce widened a tad in April Southern California ports' container volumes accelerated in April LACMTA receives federal grant, loan agreements for subway project; schedules advisory group meeting Sound Transit unveils short list of potential developers for Capitol Hill sites

May 21

Federal grant funds transferred to Cincinnati Streetcar project UP to upgrade Missouri line S&P: New York transportation infrastructure did well in Sandy storm credit test AAR names 2013 hazmat safety award winners Caltrain issues RFQ for electrification project BNSF, Ferromex to offer intermodal service between Chicago and Silao, Mexico Federal officials to announce $1.25 billion grant for L.A. subway project

May 20

UP launches infrastructure upgrade project in Nebraska SEPTA unveils plan to rebuild Levittown rail station Public meetings slated to address California's proposed high-speed rail alignment The T seeks public opinion on environmental impact document for TEX Rail Airports authority set to transfer Silver Line to WMATA this month PTC: Freight railroads, FCC agree to resolve issues involving previously constructed facilities

May 19

Rail supplier news from Keolis, Greenbrier, Michael Baker, Hollysys, Alstom and Bytemark (May 19) Nonprofit organization proposes Calgary-Banff high-speed line Santa Clara VTA seeks comments on environmental document for double-track plan Virginia port's volume maintains record pace Coos Bay becomes EPA SmartWay partner Operation Lifesaver honors Hale, Pepper for rail-safety efforts Transport Canada proposes fines for rail safety act violators Metro-North to purchase advanced track inspection equipment

May 16

TriMet declares impasse in labor negotiations with ATU AAR: North American rail traffic registered gains in year's 19th week Two senators ask Foxx to back the formation of a short-line safety institute Metra hopes to land TIGER grant to replace aging Elgin Bridge USDOT receives 797 applications for TIGER VI grants MassDOT to award Green Line rail-car contract to CAF UP boosts 2014 capex budget by $150 million MARTA proposes FY2015 budget; agency to oversee city's streetcar operation

May 15

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Balfour Beatty, Stadler, FreightCar America, Quest, Hatch Mott MacDonald and WAGO (May 15) Oregon Transportation Commission seeks public input on state rail plan Alabama port authority to purchase two parcels for intermodal expansion needs Metropolitan Council charts $2.5 billion in development near light-rail line NYCT adds service on two lines; Metro-North continues electrical upgrade Transportation Services Index made strides in March Four senators urge STB to help ensure rail service improves for ag shippers Biden visits Cleveland's transit agency to urge federal infrastructure spending

May 14

Bridge program's last three grade separations begin in Southern California Cincinnati seeks RFPs for streetcar branding STB's environmental arm issues draft impact statement on proposed Utah rail line Crime drops on San Francisco's Muni Railway CN honors 143 haz-mat shippers' safety efforts VIA Rail reports revenue dip for 2013 Metro-North wraps up track project to improve safety, speed for two lines Quebec prosecutors file charges against three MMA employees for Lac-Megantic derailment CP's Keith Creel to receive Railroad Innovator Award from Progressive Railroading, RailTrends

May 13

Rail supplier news from Trinity, Alstom, Thales, AXION, Transplace and Hatch Mott MacDonald (May 13) Ridge Development launches BNSF-operated TransCold Express Wyoming public-private coalition commissions LNG study Metra hires Perez as police chief to modernize department Sound Transit seeks comments on proposed rail maintenance facility site ATA report: Trucks increased share of domestic freight tonnage in 2013 Rangeland Energy begins to build crude-by-rail facilities in Delaware Basin Jacksonville port breaks ground for CSX-served intermodal facility Senate committee unveils text of six-year MAP-21 reauthorization bill

May 12

Southern California economic development council backs Desert Line reactivation LRIW names scholarship in memory of former leader Connie Sumara HART secures more tax revenue for Honolulu transit-rail project Palmetto Railways ready to handle more BMW business at South Carolina port Denver Union Station redeveloped into multi-modal hub Senate committee to mark up transportation bill this week VIA Rail: Desjardins-Siciliano takes top post; pact maintains service in Northern New Brunswick Virginia Gov. McAuliffe creates rail safety task force after CSX crude-train accident

May 9

CHS forms joint venture to build BNSF-served fertilizer warehouse in North Dakota Caltrain names Deal to Transbay Joint Powers Authority, completes San Bruno grade separation Amtrak arrives at Union Depot in St. Paul for first time KCSR promotes Grafton, Stottlemyre to VP posts AAR: U.S. roads ramped up traffic in April California High-Speed Rail Authority approves alignment, certifies environmental report and inks emissions agreement Four Class Is seek to get well beyond one of the worst winters on record Four congressmen introduce Rail Safety Enforcement Act

May 8

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Keolis, Lilee Systems, Railex and The Andersons (May 8) Short lines: Watco promotes Loeb to SVP; Sierra Railroad marks end to long litigation Grade separation to start in North Carolina; crossing work to begin in Ohio Chinese railroad workers from 1800s to be inducted into Labor Hall of Honor Amtrak to detour Empire Builder westbound trains in North Dakota May gain projected at major U.S. ports as dockworkers negotiate new contract House Appropriations Committee unveils FY2015 transportation funding bill Feds issue another crude-by-rail emergency order, advisory to enhance safety

May 7

Cape Cod summer train service to add a station CSX earns top veteran-hiring honors for second-consecutive year TriMet marks 10 years of MAX Yellow Line light-rail service L.A. port sizes up project's environmental impacts; New Orleans port sets ship-size record SFMTA slates public meetings to discuss long-term transportation plan Bakken Shale reaches 1 billion barrels of crude production CP exercises option to add one year to Harrison's CEO contract Govs. Cuomo, Christie appoint PANYNJ reform panel

May 6

Rail supplier news from GE, First Union Rail, Koppers, Bombardier, FreightCar America and NRC (May 6) Operation Lifesaver Canada honors Beaudry with Roger Cyr safety award NCTD seeks TIGER VI grant for transit center, names Filippi chief of safety Trailer gain bested domestic container growth in Q1, IANA says Metra starts construction on Flossmoor Station renewal project Oklahoma selects Watco's Stillwater Central to negotiate purchase of state-owned line INDOT receives four proposals for Hoosier State passenger-rail service BNSF: Less income in first quarter, more land in Portland for auto facility

May 5

CN to help fund 30 Canadian communities' environmental projects Federal jury directs Patriot Rail to compensate Sierra Railroad for violating nondisclosure pact KCSR notes completion of four key engineering projects in 2014 Environmental reports on 710 North study to undergo public review next year, LACMTA says Unions move toward arbitration in SEPTA contract disputes RTA report: Tie purchases ballooned, production climbed in March Dulles/Silver Line rail project gets final OK for $1.9 billion TIFIA loan LACMTA slates public hearing for $5.5 billion FY2015 budget In memoriam: Former transportation expert, funding crusader and House committee leader James Oberstar

May 2

Rail supplier news from RailComm, Fugro, Hub Group, Masabi, Greenbrier, Vossloh and Hanson; and, in memoriam: Angelo Tsudis (May 2) Metra, UP, BNSF install devices to detect severe weather conditions CP, KCS elect new chairmen North American rail traffic registered gains in April's last full week Connecticut creates fund to encourage transit-oriented developments Freight-movement roundtable addressed federal transportation program needs BNSF budgets $1 billion for key Northern Corridor capital projects PANYNJ: New Jersey Gov. Christie nominates Degnan as chairman; Sen. Schumer proposes reforms

May 1

UP to bolster line straddling Iowa, Minnesota FTA, Florida officials mark SunRail's opening Connecticut Gov. Malloy touts five-year transportation infrastructure plan After strong first quarter, rail-car production will be a tad higher in 2014, EPA projects Global Partners to voluntarily require stricter tank-car standards Genesee & Wyoming on Q1: Harsh winter plowed into profits, piled up operating costs Williams out, Nowakowski in as LIRR president Progressive Railroading names 2014 'Rising Stars' << Previous Next >>
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