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Rail News: June 2015

June 30

Rail supplier updates from STV, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Bombardier, Alstom, SmartDrive and CARS (June 30) San Diego MTS Police Chief Burke dies CP inks pact for digital advertising on right of way Metra kicks off $530,000 rehab project at Waukegan Station APTA honors Metrolinx for sustainability practices INDOT prepares for public-private operation of Hoosier rail service Port of L.A. awards $44.6 million contract for Yusen terminal project Google to help FRA notify drivers of rail crossing locations

June 29

Commuter association hires Anderson as exec director Metra dedicates renovated Flossmoor Station ASLRRA: More co-sponsors sign on to short-line tax credit bill Charlotte City Council OKs additional $7.7 million for streetcar project BLET completes Safety Task Force restructuring Fort Worth transit agency appoints TEX Rail's chief engineer, director of procurement Port Everglades, S.C. Ports Authority receive key approvals for expansions Legislators debut bill to invest in multimodal freight infrastructure

June 26

Rail supplier updates from Harris, Amsted, Alstom, Tiger Cool and Parsons Brinckerhoff (June 26) Staten Island Railway names Connett VP, chief officer Salt Lake City's light-rail system produced economic benefits, study says VRE to hike fares as of July 1 Intermodal continues to lead U.S. rail traffic in Week 24 Houston transit agency earns APTA achievement award Maryland Gov. Hogan says OK to slimmed-down Purple Line Senate Commerce Committee OKs rail reforms, Amtrak reauthorization

June 25

CSX ranks high among IT workplaces VTA receives $300,600 grant to install sound-dampening material on transit project BNSF contributes funds to Washington city's waterfront grade-crossing study Sound Transit taps Oldcastle Precast, Stacy & Witbeck for 'floating' light-rail segment Valley Metro names Tsuei chief technology officer NJ Transit rail union mulls strike R. J. Corman reaches agreement to acquire Carolina Southern Feinberg: FRA is sticking to PTC deadline, will assess fines

June 24

UP conducts advanced safety course for emergency responders San Diego transit system bans e-cigarettes on trolleys, at transit centers Neffenger named TSA administrator Montreal transit agency unveils new pedestrian tunnel Massachusetts Gov. Baker pledges $12 million for Springfield station Senators introduce six-year surface transportation bill CP knocks Canadian transport minister's comments on safety investigation

June 23

Rail supplier news from National Steel Car, Duostech, RailWorks, SmartDrive and Miller Ingenuity (June 23) Tacoma Rail, Florida East Coast workers ratify labor agreements Virginia rail agency promotes Latimer to administrator role Seattle port completes grade separation; New York port picks new commerce director APTA names safety award, rail rodeo competition winners Senate backs Elliott's second appointment as STB chairman Six former MMA employees face charges for roles in Lac-Megantic tragedy APTA: Public transit trips dipped a bit in 1Q

June 22

Parsec to operate NS intermodal terminal in West Virginia MBTA kicks off $12.7 million project to replace aging third rail, switch heaters TransLink shaved executive compensation, other costs in 2014 U.S. Class I workforce shrank a smidgen in May Virginia transportation board OKs $13.3 billion, six-year improvement program Canadian government unveils Public Transit Fund details AAR, rail shipper groups applaud Senate's passage of STB bill CSX, Louisville & Indiana close pact on corridor upgrade

June 19

Rail supplier news from IMC, RailcarRx, Bombardier, HNTB and REMSA (June 19) DART announces VP appointments; Valley Metro elects new board members Parallel Infrastructure announces pact with Central Maine & Quebec AAR award honors CSX auto service BART begins testing new "Fleet of the Future" rail cars Connecticut applies for $11.1 million TIGER grant for new rail station Legislation approved to strengthen rail safety in Canada Sens. Booker, Wicker introduce bill to increase Amtrak funding

June 18

Rail supplier update from GREX, Wabtec, Siemens, American Intermodal; and in memoriam: Allen Wright (June 18) Metra OKs pilot program to allow small pets on Rock Island trains AASHTO weighs in on Highway Trust Fund solutions CN, Port of New Orleans sign supply-chain MOU New York's MTA kicks off rail safety effort U.S. railroads log record intermodal volume for a week MassDOT completes acquisition of CSX line FTA uncovers safety lapses in WMATA's rail operations

June 17

CATS' Muth receives public transportation award Toronto unveils '10-minute or better' transit service plan Ontario Northland, Teamsters Rail agree to tentative contract No link between Texas quake and oil waste disposal, railroad commission says NY port authority promotes police commanders, sets counterterrorism role WMATA 4000-series rail cars' door components miss safety mark USDOT's inspector general to audit FTA oversight of several transit projects Metro Transit marks one year of Green Line rail service

June 16

Rail supplier news from Trinity, Knorr-Bremse, Unitrac, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Research and Markets (June 16) SFMTA set to raise fares, fees July 1 Schumer calls on USDOT to OK Acela train purchase Operation Lifesaver awards $205,000 for rail-safety education projects Sen. Lee introduces bill to eliminate federal gas tax WMATA debuts digital ad displays at rail stations CN inks MOU with Alabama port authority to prep for Panama Canal expansion California authority kicks off construction of first high-speed rail viaduct

June 15

Unimin begins unit train service to Marcellus territory Construction begins for Ottawa's new light-rail line League of Railway Industry Women seeks nominees for 'Outstanding Woman of the Year' PTC, new locomotives on Metrolink's FY2016 agenda Hess to sell interest in Bakken assets, including Tioga rail terminal MassDOT plots $394 million in capital investments for MBTA in FY2016 Following legal challenges, LACMTA releases second environmental impact document AAR files appeal of USDOT's tank-car rule

June 12

Rail supplier updates from GE, RailComm, Alstom, RailPros, and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (June 12) Transportation Institute's board elects Darr, Skinner Honolulu transit agency OKs $78.9 million contract for three rail stations RTA report: Production, purchases rose in April SEPTA gears up for $100 million trolley improvement project BNSF charts 2014 economic development results Amtrak may pull plug on Southwest Chief, River Runner BART's board OKs FY2016 budget

June 11

Metra puts out call for new police officers U.S. rail traffic volumes tell a familiar story in Week 22 CSX lands on 'Green' list for environmental practices Szabo tapped as Chicago planning agency's executive director Denham's measure passes to halt funds for California's high-speed rail project; state's authority OKs high-speed rail contract RTD seeks public input on GM search MTA: Metro-North, LIRR already compliant with FRA safety advisory AAR reiterates freight-rail industry's commitment to PTC

June 10

Rail supplier updates from GE, Alstom, KBR and Crosslinx Transit (June 10) Allegheny County transit agency seeks input on fare system modifications Rep. Lipinski demos new mobile app for rail incident first responders BNSF offers new intermodal service schedules in Northern region WMATA's third rail power connections improperly installed, NTSB says Report: U.S. freight rail regs are outdated, need updating House narrowly passes transportation, housing bill FRA advises passenger railroads to do more to prevent speeding NTSB: Amtrak engineer was not using his cell phone

June 9

Maryland transit agency beefs up fare compliance enforcement Michigan by Rail to host public meetings for proposed passenger service WSDOT seeks $25.2 million in TIGER grants for rail-related projects Fort Worth's The T set to sign contract for TEX Rail cars M-1 Rail inks $32 million contract for Brookville streetcars Maryland applies for FRA funds for Maglev train study Norfolk Southern renames largest rail yard after Moorman Imports back to normal levels after contract ratification, report says

June 8

Rail supplier updates from Union Tank Car, Norsat, Holland, Bombardier and Parsons Brinckerhoff (June 8) NCDOT OKs long-term transportation plan Retailers group endorses bill to speed resolution of port labor disputes Cenovus buys crude-by-rail terminal served by CP, CN DART seeks public input on new light-rail alignment Canada's Raitt proposes changes to 'dangerous goods' transportation regs KCS inks construction, lease pact with Sasol Chemicals for rail yard USDOT releases technical reports on truck size, weight issues Caltrain adopts capital, operating budgets for FY2016

June 5

Long Beach port's FY2016 plan includes rail projects; Oshawa port opens new rail spur New York Transit Museum Director Shubert to retire this fall FECR adds next-day service to Fort Pierce, meets with Panama Canal officials Sen. Schumer calls on FRA to investigate Rochester crossing gates, signals Belmont Park Station reopens with boost from New York Racing Association Sound Transit seeks public input on new ballot measure for transit projects EPA: Fracking not causing major harm to drinking-water quality Gov. Baker unveils winter contingency plan for MBTA

June 4

Rail supplier updates from Chicago Freight Car, Siemens, Cadiz, Lucid, Cubic, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Progressive Fuels (June 4) S.F. Mayor Lee proposes 10 percent increase in transit service BNSF, Washington refineries sign mutual aid pact Valley Metro's Mesa Extension slated to open seven months early Schumer bill targets metal theft from railroads, other infrastructure FRA will enforce Dec. 31 PTC deadline, acting administrator says AAR: U.S. rail traffic numbers reflect 'mixed signals' so far in 2015 FTA gives green light to TEX Rail's engineering phase

June 3

Washington DOT outlines strategy for state-owned rail line Value of U.S.-NAFTA freight movement dipped in March, BTS says Operation Lifesaver debuts safety message on International Level Crossing Awareness Day MDOT looks to defer lease payments on unused commuter-rail cars Rail project funding: TIGER VII pre-apps top $14 billion; Sen. Carper co-sponsors RRIF reform bill Illinois lawmakers pass resolution championing high-speed rail NYC Transit's Bianco to retire; agency preps for Line 7 Extension opening Boardman promises PTC for the Northeast Corridor by year's end

June 2

Rail Supplier updates from Bombardier, MERMEC, Auto Truck, Jamaica Bearings and ARI (June 2) Operation Lifesaver names state coordinators in California, North Carolina L.A., Long Beach ports create supply chain working groups CTA kicks off extended service pilot for Purple Line Express UP posts annual progress report on sustainability, citizenship Torres-Bruno returns to Metrolink as chief administrative officer CN to expand cold supply chain capacity White House threatens veto of House transportation funding bill

June 1

Pacific Harbor Line earns SmartWay Transport label Metra debuts pedestrian tunnel at Lombard Station PATCO rail cars make their first run after rehab work UP charts infrastructure projects in Texas CBO: Highway Trust Fund would need $3 billion through Sept. 30 LACMTA OKs $5.56 billion budget for FY 2016, debuts car-sharing service Obama nominates Feinberg as next FRA administrator, Dominguez to lead PHMSA NARS meeting: Freight-rail execs mull ECP brake mandate's implications << Previous Next >>
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