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Rail News: January 2014

January 31

Rail supplier news from Lat-Lon, Trinity, Tata Steel, CIT, Jacobs, WAGO, Amsted and Cubic (Jan. 31)

Fewer grade crossings would boost freight-rail efficiency in Northeast Florida, study shows

IANA, AAR release Hatch's white paper on intermodal progress

Sound Transit recognized for helping employees stay physically fit

Florida East Coast buys GE locomotives, Reading and Northern acquires coal cars

DART's rail investments paying off economically, study says

Metropolitan Council unveils key reports for Southwest light-rail project

AAR: North American rail traffic registered gains in 2014's fourth week

CN registers record revenue and volume in 2013, logs income gain in 4Q

January 30

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Koppers, Jacobs, HDR, Atlas Copco and FTR (Jan. 30)

X Train takes delivery of first two 'luxury' rail cars

Recent economic measures suggest steady growth in 2014, American Chemistry Council says

Texas DOT seeks input on proposed Texas-Oklahoma passenger-rail routes

Indiana Rail Road, Pan Am Railways join AAR

Wrongful death claimants in Montreal, Maine & Atlantic derailment case craft plan, choose lead negotiator

APTA: Obama, Congress need to work together on transportation reauthorization bill

STB data: U.S. Class I workforce size fluctuated in late 2013

January 29

Foxx tours site of Pacific Harbor Line's new L.A. yard

Progressive Railroading seeks nominations for Rising Stars 2014

Charlotte officials OK $12 million in engineering work for Gold Line extension

Southern Railway teams up with Canadian port, city to examine train-horn usage

Patriot Rail acquires rail-car repair shop in Virginia

Metro-North logged record 2013 ridership in east of Hudson region

South Florida RTA names Stephens interim director

CP: Solid 4Q, 2013 financial results reflect ongoing turnaround

January 28

Jonaitis, LeDune assume new posts at Indiana Rail Road

The T appoints COO, grants administrator

Tie purchases and production dipped in December, RTA says

CTA doubled military veteran hires in 2013

ICTF work to soon begin, end at Florida ports

UP cut public safety incident rate last year

LIRR's ridership rose in 2013

January 27

Short-line anniversaries: North Carolina Railroad approaches 165, Vermont Rail turns 50

Metro Transit served more riders in 2013

Several North American ports posted volume gains in 2013

Metrolinx orders more trains for GO Transit

McLean named CEO of Port Authority of Allegheny County

CN, New Brunswick strike deal to preserve service on northern line

Amtrak, California authority issue combined RFP for high-speed trains

New FRA final rule targets more effective rail inspections

January 24

Rail supplier news from Koppers, Thales, RailComm and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Jan. 24)

ARCI: Rail-car orders and deliveries rose in 4Q

South Florida RTA celebrates Tri-Rail's 25th anniversary

Watco subsidiary, Great Northern team up to develop Bakken-area rail terminal

DART begins South Oak Cliff Three Line extension

Carloads climbed in all three North American nations last week

KCS set revenue, operating ratio records in 2013

NTSB, TSB jointly issue crude-by-rail safety recommendations

January 23

North Texas transit agencies plan rider surveys to help set future course

Savage expands crude-by-rail services in Canada

Virginia port broke rail container record in 2013

MTA to receive first major reimbursement for Sandy repairs

Canadian transport minister addresses rail safety at working group meeting

Light-rail line connecting Minneapolis, St. Paul to open in June

UP set seven financial performance records in 4Q, 2013

January 22

Las Vegas Railway Express prepares for rail-car delivery, signs storage agreement

BART to begin testing Oakland Airport Connector vehicles

LACMTA breaks ground on Crenshaw/LAX light-rail extension

Sens. Blunt, Bennet call for creation of infrastructure fund

Squires, Miles elected to NS board

Florida Great Lakes Partners to purchase MM&A assets

Norfolk Southern posts record fourth-quarter profit; announces $2.2 billion capital plan for 2014

January 21

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, T.Y. Lin, GE and SKF (Jan. 21)

CSX names Rhodes to oversee Virginia state and government affairs

Amtrak's Boardman supports Foxx's vision for national transportation system

LACMTA's board to consider fare hikes

Rail service disruptions in the PRB affect Arch Coal's fourth-quarter earnings

FY2014 appropriations bill includes funds for several port-related programs

Greater Cleveland RTA records ridership gain in 2013

RSI tank car committee seeks input from USDOT on last week's rail safety meeting

January 20

Crossing improvements advance in North Carolina, Washington

Georgia port authority earns EPA award for emission-reduction efforts

California's Capitol Corridor marks December ridership gain

North Carolina DOT seeks public input on transportation priorities

Federal spending bill includes $250 million for Honolulu's transit-rail project

Farmrail, Pioneer Railcorp realign management

Foxx names FTA's Rogoff, McMillan to new posts

APTA: Appropriations bill includes good news for transit

January 17

Amtrak, NJ Transit craft plan to ease Super Bowl travel

L.A.-area ports pumped up volume in December

Oregon rail council recommends alternative passenger-service routes

Denham bill would stop federal funding for California high-speed rail project

U.S., Canadian rail traffic tumbled in year's second week

Passenger-rail safety, PTC make NTSB's 'Most Wanted List' for 2014

U.S. Reps. Shuster, Rahall name panel on public-private partnerships; Democrats seek hearing on Highway Trust Fund options

Rail leaders, energy product producers and politicians discuss rail safety

January 16

Rail supplier news from Railinc, REMSA, STV, T.Y. Lin, Parsons Brinckerhoff and HNTB (Jan. 16)

CorEnergy acquires rail-marine crude terminal in Oregon

TriMet posted mixed ridership results in latest quarter

Indiana port bests quarterly volume record; Texas port forges business-development pact

USDOT announces new environmental review rule for transit, highway projects

Morningstar chooses CP's Harrison as top CEO of 2013

Foxx outlines vision for nation's transportation system, unveils 'Trust Fund Ticker'

Coal-business crunch continued to pinch CSX's financial results in 4Q

January 15

VIA Rail posts holiday-season ridership gain

Genesee & Wyoming logged traffic gains in December, fourth quarter

Senate transportation committee endorses Miller's STB nomination

North Dakota governor addresses crude-by-rail safety with BNSF, Trinity

Progressive Railroading accepts nominations for 'Rising Stars' 2014

Federal bill includes funds for L.A.'s Purple Line, Regional Connector projects

CN safety officer: Newer tank cars 'fared better' in last week's derailment

Shuster kicks off MAP-21 reauthorization process

January 14

Rail supplier news from Trinity, Alstom, Hub Group and Parsons Brinckerhoff; Also, in memoriam: Pandrol’s John Hunsberger (Jan. 14)

Pacific Imperial Railroad, Watco make management changes

Short-line tax credit might be extended in Q1, Sen. Moran says

Hampton Roads Transit to solicit public comments on proposed fare hike

Minnesota DOT to host public meeting on 'Hinckley Loop' high-speed rail study

Canada issues new rail safety rules, RAC says

Amtrak's Boardman: U.S. transportation funding needs to address national priorities

FRA to launch rulemaking on locomotive cameras, Schumer and Blumenthal say

January 13

Seattle port elects co-presidents, preps for CEO departure

RTD, Caltrain elect board officers

House committees to hear testimony on surface transportation reauthorization, California high-speed rail

CSX's industrial development efforts paid off in 2013

MassDOT unveils five-year capital investment plan, OKs MBTA rail contract

Metro Gold Line Foothill authority issues RFP for light-rail project engineering work

Rep. Smith reintroduces freight infrastructure reinvestment bill

Canadian government proposes regulatory amendments to boost haz-mat, tank-car safety

January 10

Rail supplier news from XPO Logistics, Pacer, Tata Steel, Thales, Greenbrier and PwC (Jan. 10)

Transportation Services Index nudged up in November

UP-served grain facility on tap in Missouri; frac sand plant under new ownership in Louisiana

LACMTA to purchase new light-rail cars, upgrade others on Blue Line

Giulietti to become Metro-North president; LaHood to become BAF co-chair

Three senators call on federal regulators to improve crude-by-rail safety

U.S. roads notched intermodal volume record in 2013, AAR says

Virginia, Norfolk Southern sign pact to return Amtrak service to Roanoke

January 9

IANA elects officers, adds directors for 2014

WMATA awards Accenture $184 million contract for electronic fare system

Crossing projects advance in Ohio; grade separations progress in California

Maryland trims list of private-sector teams competing for Purple Line project

MassDOT chooses Keolis to operate MBTA's T rail service

Planned steel plant in Colorado, new frac sand terminal in Texas target shale business

UP assigns Kelley, O'Connor to new VP posts

APTA: Nearly 2.7 billion trips were logged on public transportation systems in 3Q

January 8

Rail supplier news from Koppers, PennTool, Alstom, American Industrial and EdgePoint (Jan. 8)

Savage adds trucking to crude-by-rail services in Uinta, Williston basins

CTA to pursue $23 million Blue Line station project

Sen. Schumer calls on FRA, PHMSA to address 'dangerous' DOT-111 tank cars

Tri-Rail broke ridership record in 2013

NS' 2013 industrial development scorecard: 67 new plants, 25 expansions

Value of cargo moved by rail between NAFTA partners set record in October

Gov. Cuomo announces $17 billion plan to stormproof New York's infrastructure, transit systems

January 7

Watco makes three management appointments

Oregon's new Talgo trains officially enter service on Cascades route

Murex, Cetane expand crude transload facility in New Mexico

WMATA unveils new 7000-series cars

North Dakota Gov. Dalrymple discusses crude transportation safety with BNSF's Rose

BART orders more rail cars from Bombardier

UP initiates Texas-Tennessee intermodal service

Metro-North's Permut to step down, Tri-Rail's Giulietti to be named successor, media reports say

January 6

Foundation to sponsor greater Cleveland transit rides for a day

Montana DOT solicits public input on crossing project

BART to increase daily fees for parking outside stations

Panama Canal enters centennial year as expansion continues

HART to update public on Honolulu transit-rail project

Alberta grain growers face rail competition from crude producers

Tampa port enters pact with major auto processor

January 3

Rail supplier news from MP&ES, dFuzion, Axion, Auto Truck and Pandrol (Jan. 3)

BNSF was 'revenue adequate' in 2012, STB rules

Houston's METRO marks 10 years of light-rail service

AAR: U.S. rail traffic ramped up in 2013's last week

WMATA schedules hearings on proposed FY2015 budget

PHMSA issues safety alert on Bakken crude flammability

BART's board OKs revised labor agreement

CP to sell major portion of DM&E line to Genesee & Wyoming

January 2

Tacoma port elects new officers

Amtrak adds capacity on 'Auto Train'

KKR provides capital for Torq Energy's crude-by-rail strategy

Florida East Coast's Christmas Train surpassed fundraising goal

California commission announces fare increases, policy changes

BNSF continues to deal with North Dakota derailment

MTA marks post-Sandy repairs on New York subway, Greenpoint Tubes

FTA issues safety advisory notice for transit-rail ROW workers

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