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Rail News: January 2015

January 30

ACE board elects Hadjinian chair, Costanzo vice chair

BART to ban e-cigarettes starting next month

Site evaluation council advances review process for proposed crude terminal at Washington state port

R. J. Corman seeks STB approval to acquire Carolina Southern Railroad lines

Light-rail train mockup now on display in Ottawa

Secure Rail coming on Tuesday

Senate passes bill authorizing construction of Keystone XL pipeline

Sens. Boxer, Paul to introduce transportation funding bill; Sen. Collins to chair transportation subcommittee

Amtrak to invest $12 million in major renovation of Chicago's Union Station

January 29

RAC tabs Lowenger as first safety culture officer

San Diego transit agency launches new low-floor trolley cars

Cleveland's rail ridership dropped in 2014

Proposed Minnesota budget would greatly increase taxes on railroads, state railroad association says

Progressive Railroading is searching for 'Rising Stars'

Senate commerce committee addressed freight-rail issues at Wednesday hearing

AAR: U.S. traffic ticked up in year's third week

Surface transportation bill a hot topic at Senate public works committee hearing

January 28

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Alstom, Thales, RailComm, Omnitek and Columbus Castings (Jan. 28)

Rail projects under review in Missouri, Ohio

Chair Shuster announces House T&I subcommittee assignments

Watco lands Potash Ridge deal; Chicago, Ft. Wayne & Eastern upgrades track

Cincinnati ready to install overhead wire for new streetcar

NS to close Roanoke office building, relocate workers

Sen. Sanders calls for $1 trillion investment in nation's infrastructure

CN set revenue record in fourth quarter, volume record in 2014

January 27

Ag coalition unveils weekly performance report with rail service metrics

BLET, LIRR reach tentative labor agreement

Iowa Pacific rang up record revenue, carloads in 2014

TriMet tests train, streetcar on new Tilikum Crossing bridge

RTA: Tie production sizzled, purchases fizzled in December

WMATA names Downey chairman; union calls on agency to improve safety culture

ASLRRA makes staff changes, establishes veteran hiring award

Minnesota Gov. Dayton proposes $11 billion to fix aging transportation system

January 26

MARTA, SORTA announce board leadership changes

UP set employee safety performance record in 2014

ASLRRA assigns five assessors for Short Line Safety Institute pilot project

Metra to charge penalty for onboard cash fares after mobile system begins

Sound Transit survey finds strong support for regional transit package

Secure Rail to debut next week

Chicago regional transit system faces $36 billion in capital needs over next decade, RTA says

DeFazio requests USDOT action on tank-car safety; Kind and Baldwin seek environmental review of BNSF track project

Financial statement: NS capped off record-setting 2014 with strong fourth quarter

January 23

Rail supplier news from Koppers, Atkins, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Alstom, Plenary Infrastructure, Zebra and AREMA (Jan. 23)

ARCI: Rail-car orders dipped a bit, deliveries rose a skosh in Q4

Chicago transit agencies craft ad campaign to attract riders

U.S. Class I workforce widened again in December

WMATA orders safety actions after fatal smoke incident

Watco reaches deal to acquire Kinder Morgan terminals, reassigns three execs

MTA OKs 4 percent fare hike

KCS broke revenue record, improved operating ratio in Q4

January 22

ACE to dedicate Los Angeles-area grade separation

CTA retires last of 2400-series rail cars

San Francisco MTA to expand Muni rail service

AAR: U.S. rail traffic registered mixed results in year's second week

Gov. Cuomo proposes 'AirTrain' to LaGuardia

Shuster: 'Common ground' exists on infrastructure legislation

CP shattered operating ratio record in Q4

UP broke three financial records in Q4, four in 2014

January 21

Rail supplier news from Vossloh, Oldcastle, RailComm and ProTran (Jan. 21)

Hedlund joins Parsons Brinckerhoff as director of public-private partnerships

Progressive Railroading is searching for 'Rising Stars'

LIRR to focus on improving on-time performance, fleet reliability

Minnesota DOT releases final scoping document for proposed 'Zip Rail'

Metro-North to continue rebuilding efforts in 2015, Giulietti says

Canadian Pacific names Marsh senior VP of sales and marketing

Obama emphasizes 'bipartisan infrastructure' plan in SOTU address

January 20

CURE names Warner to serve as interim executive director

HART collects additional tax revenue for Honolulu rail project, considers cost concerns

Toronto transit agencies launch fare pilot project

California high-speed authority forum to focus on rail-delivery contract

VTA set to begin tunnel construction for BART extension in San Jose

FRA publishes highway-rail crossing inventory reporting rule

Genesee Valley Transportation lines report double-digit carload growth in 2014

CP enters joint venture with DREAM Unlimited to develop surplus real estate

January 19

VRE board elects 2015 officers

North Shore Railroad's Shields to attend White House forum on veteran hiring

Caltrain launches final 'Freedom Train' run

Crossing upgrades on tap in Ohio, Washington

American Rock Salt to extend rail siding at New York plant

BNSF Logistics helps develop universal fixture for wind-turbine blade movements

Secure Rail to debut next month

NTSB preliminary report of WMATA smoke incident focuses on 'severe electrical arcing'

Sound Transit receives $1.33 billion TIFIA loan for light-rail expansion

January 16

Rail supplier news from Koppers, Alstom, HNTB, Auto Truck and TranSystems (Jan. 16)

CN, rail traffic controllers union reach tentative agreement

CSX to start crossover construction project in North Carolina

California agencies seek public input on emissions reduction grant program

Richards named Pennsylvania DOT's new chief

AAR: North American rail traffic was strong in 2015's first full week

BNSF breaks down planned track maintenance, capacity expansion projects for 2015

January 15

Rail supplier updates from Northeast Maglev, Thales, Bentley, Plasser & Theurer, L.B. Foster and ZTR (Jan. 15)

Taylor-DeJongh pact will help prompt short line acquisitions, Continental Rail says

DART takes lead in new partnership to combat human trafficking

Transportation Services Index tallied fifth-straight monthly gain in November

Progressive Railroading is searching for 'Rising Stars'

NCDOT joins project to reduce train's environmental impact

'Substantial investments' help keep network fluid in Chicago area, CN's Mongeau says

The T names Baulsir VP of TEX Rail; Robinson leaves All Aboard Florida

California, Indiana ports set volume records in 2014

January 14

Ceres Global launches operations at BNSF-served ag hub in Saskatchewan

Amtrak to hold open house for Philadelphia 30th Street Station plan

New M-8 rail cars now running on Metro-North's New Canaan branch

PANYNJ to review cross-harbor program's draft environmental report at public hearings

SFMTA exercises contract option to purchase 40 light-rail vehicles

NS EVP and CMO Seale to retire March 1

NTSB's latest 'Most Wanted' list targets tank-car safety, PTC implementation

CSX touts Q4 and full-year financial records, announces 2015 capex budget

January 13

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Alstom, DSC Logistics and R&R (Jan. 13)

North Carolina Railroad notes completion of siding, bridge on rail corridor

Shuster announces T&I committee leaders

RDC makes quarter-stake investment in Eurorail

Virginia port broke container volume record in 2014

NJ Transit to rebuild rail station in Elizabeth

Panama's growth bodes well for canal railway, KCS says

NTSB investigating WMATA smoke-filled train incident

January 12

Metrolink's board elects new officers

Former Sandersville Railroad leader Hugh Tarbutton dies

Cincinnati Metro names Grether rail services director

OMB needs to quickly review USDOT's proposed tank-car rule, Sen. Schumer says

Major ports can expect more import gains in first half, Global Port Tracker predicts

KCSR starts training, data surveying aspects of PTC implementation

McMillan renominated to FTA leadership post

Caltrain's board OKs final environmental report, peninsula corridor electrification project

USDOT installs Feinberg as acting FRA administrator

January 9

Rail supplier news from Appalachian Railcar, Knorr-Bremse, HDR, Alpha Products, Greenbrier, IntegriCo and LTK (Jan. 9)

Reading & Northern broke traffic, revenue records in 2014

Denver RTD seats new board members, elects officers; Denton County agency installs Recker as VP

'Remarkable generosity, big crowds' colored CP's holiday train

Connecticut Gov. Malloy highlights rail corridor, transportation projects in state address

South Carolina port, NS handle heavy steam generator

AAR on 2014: U.S. roads tallied most carloads in six years, broke intermodal volume record

WMATA names Requa interim GM, CEO

January 8

Lehigh Gorge excursion train adds stops, boosts annual ridership to record level

Morristown & Erie notes 2014 traffic gain; TNW tabs Stokes to head health, safety programs

UP provides donation to Kansas National Guard

NJ Transit to add quiet cars on Atlantic City line

SORTA seeks contractor for Cincinnati Streetcar operations, maintenance

NS logged 94 industrial development projects in 2014

Hoeven-Manchin bill seeks to approve Keystone XL pipeline without presidential blessing

January 7

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, Teleste, Mitron, Kelso, Alstom, Visual Marketing and Holland (Jan. 7)

Texas short line's T&E workers join SMART Transportation Division

MassDOT, MBTA choose developer for turnpike, Hynes station project

BNSF's Farmer takes gavel as IANA's first female chair

Alaska Railroad marks 30 years as state-owned enterprise

Mexico to rebid high-speed rail contract

NS to road test two 'emission friendly' switchers in Pennsylvania

LACMTA CEO Leahy to step down in early April

January 6

Rail supplier news from L.B. Foster, GlobeSherpa, Ansaldo STS, Holland and dFuzion (Jan. 6)

Washington state port lets rail bridge contract; Florida port creates intermodal position

Amtrak launches Northeast Corridor website

Caltrans reports record Amtrak ridership, revenue for Thanksgiving holiday

Genesee & Wyoming completes acquisition of Pinsly's Arkansas Division

CSX landed 107 industrial development projects in 2014

Sarah Mildred Long Bridge replacement underway between Maine, New Hampshire

MBTA receives $996 million in New Starts grants for Green Line extension

January 5

Minnesota DOT pursues upgrades at nine grade crossings

Sound Transit signs Hill International for East Link extension pre-construction work

Watco seeks longer KCSR lease for Alabama Southern, launches short line in Louisiana

Global high-speed rail market continues strong growth trend, BCC Research says

NTSB issues alert on rail signal visibility

Houston transit authority readies new CAF light-rail cars for service

BNSF continues to expand intermodal, automotive capacity

California groundbreaking slated for high-speed rail system

January 2

BLET members ratify BNSF agreement

BART pulls plug on free wireless Internet service

Sen. Schumer on rail bridges: FRA should audit safety inspections, add inspectors

Gold Line Foothills Extension board re-elects top leadership

Progressive Railroading is searching for 'Rising Stars'

North American rail traffic gains continued at 2014's end

STB addresses Chicago rail performance, BNSF's utility coal service

Atlanta initiates streetcar service

FHWA approval ends environmental review stage for NS bridge replacement in New York

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