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Rail News: May 2015

May 29

Rail supplier updates from Lilee, GREX, Siemens, Bombardier, Gannett Fleming and Parsons Brinckerhoff (May 29) Reading & Northern questions Pennsylvania rail authority's no-bid contract Amtrak derailment to be subject of committee hearing ASLRRA names Keeney VP of membership, exhibit services Sound Transit logs first-quarter rail ridership growth FRA issues RRIF loan to Arkansas & Missouri Railroad All Aboard Florida forecasts 5.3 million riders by 2020 SEPTA OKs $154 million locomotive purchase

May 28

Rail supplier updates from Alcatel-Lucent, Duos Technologies, Vossloh, GATX and Parsons (May 28) Port of Muskogee to seek TIGER VII funds for rail project Maryland Transit Administration announces state-mandated fare hikes Transportation Research Board seeks proposals for IDEA program Rail Runner anticipates opening never-used Zia rail station WMATA police arrest man for threats against stations, vehicles U.S. intermodal volume up, carload traffic down in Week No. 20 STB releases environmental document for proposed Utah rail line New York City Transit lines delayed due to copper cable theft

May 27

Quicken Loans to name Detroit streetcar; Cincinnati advances streetcar construction Refurbished MBTA Green Line trolleys back in service Santa Cruz agency eyes new passenger-rail service Longtime rail industry expert John Marino dies West Coast port officials praise longshoremen contract ratification vote KCSR to bump up speed in some Laredo Subdivision locations RTD OKs first fare hike in five years Amtrak to install locomotive cameras to monitor engineers

May 26

Rail supplier updates from Protran, RailPros, Pandrol, RailComm, and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (May 26) Tucson streetcar line marks millionth passenger Twin Eagle frac sand unit train lands at Mission Rail Massachusetts lawmakers OK MBTA fiscal control board Norfolk Southern shifts executives' intermodal duties Texas lawmaker fails in bid to end Dallas-to-Houston rail proposal Ontario pledges $1 billion for new light-rail line in Hamilton Congress passes brief extension of highway, transit funding

May 22

CATS, Balfour Beatty to host program for small firms interested in federal contracts PennDOT seeks public comments on long-term transportation plan UP trains emergency responders in crude-by-rail safety tactics Alaska Railroad's Freight Shed renovation earns LEED designation Twin Cities' Metropolitan Council unveils environmental statement for Green Line Extension Denham debuts bill to streamline environmental review Watco to acquire two west Texas short lines FRA to address speed concerns on all passenger-rail corridors

May 21

Class Is recognized for hiring military veterans Seattle Streetcar tests battery-powered vehicles on First Hill Extension Grade crossing upgrades advance in Ohio Caltrain workshop focuses on new electric train cars CSX's DeSimone receives AAR award for hazardous material safety NYCT unveils plan to address overcrowded subways Investigators examining Amtrak engineer's cell phone records AAR: Crude-oil traffic slows in first-quarter 2015

May 20

California High-Speed Rail Authority names Chechourka media manager, appoints Curtin to board Prince Rupert Port Authority marks end of corridor construction Caltrans invites public comment on strategic transportation plan Senator proposes increasing cap on Amtrak crash victims' compensation Portland Streetcar weighs fare hike Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf asks CSX, NS to act on crude-by-rail safety CTA plots major track reconfiguration for Brown Line APTA: MAP-21 extension bill falls short of infrastructure needs

May 19

Rail supplier news from Duos Technologies and STV (May 19) Belt Railway appoints Ferguson to engineering post Houston transit agency to seek funds for proposed transit-rail lines FECR launches shipment tracking portal Tesoro to update tank cars to exceed new USDOT safety rule San Francisco MTA completes Muni subway entrance Customer concerns prompt BNSF to withdraw plan to buy tank cars Amtrak must improve safety on Northeast Corridor, FRA says

May 18

Rail supplier updates from RailComm, Miller Electric, MagneGas and AECOM (May 18) CTA taps local technology group to test Ventra ticketing app STB to launch rulemaking proceedings for on-time performance CSX CFO reviews 2015 volume, earnings expectations LACMTA begins work on final underground station for Crenshaw line TriMet's new line carries first passengers STB OKs Norfolk Southern's acquisition of Delaware & Hudson lines Amtrak restores service on Northeast Corridor; Shuster to hold hearing

May 15

West Texas airpark to undergo rail expansion VRE premieres mobile ticketing app VIA Rail logged 3.7 percent revenue increase in 2014 Bill would extend highway, transit funding law until July Lax cleaning practices in NYC subways pose safety risk, audit finds Virginia Beach council OKs light-rail extension Norfolk Southern names Shaw to succeed Seale as CMO Amtrak was close to turning on PTC, Boardman says

May 14

Rail supplier updates from Tutor Perini, Appalachian Rail, Sasser Family, SMBC Rail and NRC (May 14) Hyundai GLOVIS honors UP for superior service Staggers Act was catalyst that revitalized rail, AAR's Hamberger testifies LACMTA proposes $5.56 billion budget for FY2016 U.S. railroads' intermodal volume exceeds carload traffic in week 18 Officials break ground at New Balance-funded MBTA rail station All Aboard Florida taps Archer Western for rail infrastructure improvements NTSB: PTC would have prevented Amtrak train derailment

May 13

KCS charts 2015 projects for Missouri rail line Utah Transit Authority seeks feedback on Ogden transit options Gold Line Foothill light-rail operations facility nearing completion Orange County moving ahead with streetcar plans Former UP chair, executive Evans dies at 94 Houston set to open two new light-rail routes next week Metro-North is improving, but work remains, Giulietti says NTSB investigating fatal Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia

May 12

Rail supplier updates from Gateway Rail, Alstom, CDM Smith, Harsco and Maintenance Design (May 12) Athabasca Minerals to purchase CN-served transloading terminal Sacramento Regional Transit District readies new light-rail tracks for testing NS recognizes customers for safe handling of chemicals NCDOT kicks off Raleigh Union Station construction Mass. Gov. Baker swaps out five MassDOT board members USDOT's Foxx warns state transportation leaders of federal funding expiration CSX opens new intermodal terminal in Quebec

May 11

Thermaldyne to build facility in USA Rail Terminal park MBTA releases data used in Baker report CHSRA awards more than $17 million to small businesses in 2Q Imports settle down after surge to clear West Coast backlog, NRF says NCDOT OKs lease with Iowa Pacific for Piedmont & Northern line MTA's Prendergast asks NYC to contribute more to capital expenses Caltrain logs record ridership in latest passenger count STB hearings to address grain rates, rail revenue adequacy

May 8

Rail supplier updates from Greenbrier, Bombardier, Amsted RPS, Jacobs Engineering and RailComm (May 8) 'Infrastructure Week' to highlight need for long-term investments Rail-shipper groups urge Senate to return Elliott to STB Metra nabs safety award; Metrolinx named a 'top employer' for young people Report advocates for new light-rail lines in Maryland ShipCarsNow, Ready Auto Transport form multimodal alliance New law allows Alaska Railroad to issue bonds to cover PTC costs MBTA, Keolis, unions agree to implement close-call reporting system

May 7

Inaugural Industrial Railway Conference held in Alberta UP charts $102 million in Nebraska rail infrastructure improvements Caltrain to add extra cars to trains U.S. intermodal traffic continues growth pattern in Week 17 Developer chosen for TOD along FasTracks line Sound Transit CEO Earl to retire in early 2016 AAR recognizes Sen. Ayotte, CSX's Kuthiala with Chafee environmental awards Metra ready to open half of Ravenswood Station BNSF crude train derails in N.D.; senators call on Foxx to issue emergency order

May 6

VIA Rail expands service to Toronto airport PANYNJ slates trans-Hudson infrastructure webcast TriMet introduces new quiet zone in Milwaukie BNSF to serve East Valley Industrial's new logistics hub in Williston EIA: Rail delivered 52 percent of East Coast refinery supply in February IANA: Domestic containers behind first-quarter intermodal growth Sens. Hoeven, Wyden debut bill aimed at boosting infrastructure investment CN details $2.7 billion capital investment plan for 2015

May 5

Rail supplier updates from Tutor Perini, FreightCar America, Bombardier, Alstom and Dewberry (May 5) BART schedules 'telephone town hall' meeting for FY2016 budget UP unveils plans to upgrade infrastructure in four states Port projects under public scrutiny in Florida, British Columbia Chicago's RTA announces funds for transit improvement projects CSX honors 70 chemical shippers' safety efforts USDOT's Dorval Carter Jr. to become CTA's president BNSF drove up income, drove down operating ratio in 1Q

May 4

Illinois DOT maps out 'listening tour' Atlanta Streetcar leader to leave post UP sells land slated for transit-oriented development National Council on Disability report critical of Amtrak's lack of accessibility CP names Erceg new CFO Denver RTD's 'R Line' more than half complete Rep. Norcross calls for new law to regulate hazmat materials by rail USDOT releases final rule on crude-by-rail safety, joins Transport Canada in introducing new tank-car class

May 1

Rail supplier news from Alstom, CIT, Industry-Railway Suppliers, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Kelso and OPW (May 1) Sen. Durbin: House passenger rail bill needs drastic modifications Delta Regional Authority to fund rail spur construction in Arkansas Santa Clara VTA plots $166 million in capex for 2016-17 Metrolink slashes fares on Antelope Valley Line UP maps out $119 million in Illinois capex projects; conducts first-responder training Port Authority authorizes study of AirTrain Newark replacement Senators propose fee for use of older tank cars USDOT releases final rule on crude-by-rail safety, joins Transport Canada in introducing new tank-car class << Previous Next >>
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