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Rail News: October 2015

October 30

TriMet, SamTrans and OmniTRAX announce personnel moves

CN releases fifth sustainability report

AAR: U.S. carload, intermodal traffic falls in Week 42

Sound Transit solicits public comments on proposed fare, service changes

G&W's Q3 reflects Freightliner integration, lower traffic volumes

ASLRRA notes progress of 45G tax credit bill; Obama signs PTC extension

USDOT received $10.1 billion in TIGER VII funding requests

MTA board OKs $29 billion capital program

October 29

CSX employee Chatrathi receives AAR environmental award

Caltrain to replace 100-year-old bridge

Drone manufacturer Insitu initiates flights over BNSF tracks

Pacific Imperial Railroad's new owner to rebuild Desert Line

NS kicks off new bridge construction in New York state park

Vermont awarded $10 million in TIGER funds to restore passenger-rail service

Metro-North's revamped maintenance locomotives begin to re-enter service

Senate passes PTC deadline extension, confirms Feinberg as FRA administrator

October 28

Rail supplier updates from GE, CH2M, ZTR, Predikto; and, in memoriam: Harsco Corp.'s Derek Hathaway (Oct. 28)

Fort Worth's The T reappoints Mahaffey chair; DCTA adds two board members

CP names Ellis to chief legal, corporate secretary post

SEPTA OKs sustainability projects

Metra to use $14 million TIGER grant to replace Fox River Bridge

House passes PTC deadline extension, short-term transportation funding bill

CN logs record operating ratio in Q3; Mongeau set to return in early 2016

NS posts lower profit in Q3

October 27

Former MTA Chairman E. Virgil Conway dies

CIG opens new rail hub to serve shale plays in southeast Texas

UP reports improved employee safety record in Q3

Staten Island Railway repair project underway

VRE to open Spotsylvania Station next month

FTA unveils details of WMATA safety oversight plan

Amtrak's Boardman: It's time to build infrastructure

USDOT begins notifying states, cities of TIGER VII grant awards

October 26

CN makes available new 'Fact Book'

Kansas City Streetcar wires go live

Oregon team recommends passenger-rail improvements along Cascades route

Delaware River port names Wing deputy CEO; Houston Metro board OKs new contract for CEO

No fare hikes in CTA's 2016 operating budget

Authority OKs agreement allowing ExpressRail Port Jersey facility

Short-term funding measure includes PTC deadline extension

GCT kicks off Deltaport expansion project at Port Metro Vancouver

October 23

Rail supplier updates from Georgetown Rail, Bombardier, Greenbrier, Rail Propulsions and AREMA (Oct. 23)

Kentucky officials tour TRAM Construction facility

RTA: Crosstie production up, purchases down in August

Sound Transit choses final location for new light-rail facility

Denver airport to get commuter-rail stop in April 2016

Montreal transit agency unveils $2.8 billion capex plan

Austin Western Railroad is BNSF's 'short line of the year'

L.A. Metro's Foothill Gold Line extension to open in spring 2016

Kentucky officials tour TRAM Construction facility

October 22

Eno Center taps executive search firm to recruit new leader

WMATA launches webpage to monitor repairs on damaged substation

Acting Chief Green to head MBTA's transit police

Senators speak out against bigger trucks

AAR: U.S. rail traffic down 1.2 percent so far this year

Virginia Railway Express mulls service disruptions due to PTC deadline

House bill would extend PTC deadline

Lower traffic volumes drive down Union Pacific's Q3 profit

October 21

Amtrak's Cascades route marks 20 years

RSI: Rail-car backlog falls in Q3

Georgia ports slate $152 million in capital projects

LRIW restructures board, elects executive committee

LIRR appoints Picca executive VP

NS announces service changes in response to PTC deadline

Bill would authorize federal oversight of WMATA

CSX to close mechanical shops in Corbin, Ky.

October 20

Rail supplier updates from Siemens, Alstom, ARI, WSP and TranSystems (Oct. 20)

NJ Transit urges riders to avoid the 'Rude Zone'

Alley named communications chief of California high-speed rail project

USDOT announces plan to require drone registration

Railroad execs reiterate need for PTC deadline extension

Toronto streetcar delivery to be delayed

Texas Central selects joint venture for high-speed rail line's pre-construction work

CP posts Q3 record revenue, operating ratio; ratifies pact with BLET

October 19

Ridership on Metro Transit's Green Line sets record in September

Panama Canal Railway's Kenna to lead chamber group

KC Streetcar operations facility nears completion

Washington DOT nears completion of landslide mitigation projects

CTA's Yellow Line set to reopen

House T&I Committee to mark up transportation bill on Thursday

Amtrak seeks developer for Chicago Union Station improvement plan

USDOT drafts strategy for nation's freight movement

October 16

Railway Interchange 2015 sets attendance record

Landoll, Railroad Construction Co. of South Jersey, Wasatch Railcar host congressional visits

CTA to expand wireless coverage throughout subway system

GO Transit unveils new cab cars

Rep. Kind asks GAO to investigate blocked rail crossings in Wisconsin

Port of Baltimore stacks up TEU record in August

SEPTA names Burnfield deputy general manager

Metra proposes fare hike to cover PTC costs in 2016

KCS: Record operating ratio highlights a mostly trying third quarter

October 15

DART board names Moses-Wilkins chair, elects new officers

Caltrain seeks to curb vehicle-train collisions

SEDA-COG, Graymont build track to serve Pennsylvania power plant

Amtrak secures insurance coverage for natural disasters in Northeast Corridor

Texas high-speed rail line would have $36 billion economic impact, study says

MBTA logs best on-time performance for commuter trains since 2006

AAR: U.S. carload traffic drops nearly 6 percent, intermodal steady in Week 40

CTA awards $180 million contract for reconstruction of Red Line terminal

CSX to reduce operations in Erwin, Tenn.

October 14

Rail supplier updates from Trinity, ShipXpress, Alstom and Bombardier (Oct. 14)

Seattle DOT unveils new site on capital projects

MARTA meets with local businesses along proposed Clifton Corridor light-rail route

TTCI to help develop rail hazmat courses for rural emergency agencies

KCS unveils report on corporate sustainability efforts

USD Partners to acquire crude-oil terminal in Wyoming

L.A. Metro mulls sales tax ballot measure

CSX's 3Q profit dips due to lower volumes, fuel costs; achieves record operating ratio

October 13

WMATA moves toward paperless fares

North Carolina DOT adds signals, gates at Old Fort grade crossing

UP debuts second safety campaign on social media

FRA report analyzes DOT-111 tank car test

USD Group, Pinto to build Houston port terminal

Oklahoma panel OKs launch of rail crossing safety initiative

Senators call for 'comprehensive' action on PTC process

NYC to contribute $2.5 billion to MTA's capital program

October 12

Rail supplier from CTC, Siemens, Brookville, Railway Supply Institute and CF Rail (Oct. 12)

CTA's courtesy campaign wins APTA award

VRE to kick off meetings on proposed Gainesville-Haymarket extension

FTA taps Smart Growth America to lead transit-oriented development initiative

NRF: Cargo volume expected to increase 3.3 percent in October

Wabtec acquires Track IQ

Foxx orders FTA to take direct safety oversight of WMATA

October 9

Unit train delivering U.S. Silica frac sand breaks record

Amtrak to allow pets on two East Coast routes

STV Inc. marks progress on Sonoma-Marin commuter line

Caltrain slates meetings on proposed fare hikes

UP proposes Kankakee River bridge replacement

Heldt becomes president of LRIW; panel addresses challenges, opportunities for women in rail

S.C. flooding claims lives of two R.J. Corman workers; NS restores most service in the state

FRA announces new track safety standards following CSX derailment

October 8

Rail supplier news from Freedom Railcar, Greenbrier, Alstom, Railserve and AREMA (Oct. 8)

Denver transit agency preps Nine Mile Station for R Line rail route

Ohio panel OKs rail crossing improvement projects

Researchers grade California rail stations

APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas receives high-tech cranes

AGT Food to acquire short-line operator Mobil Capital Holdings

MBTA plots improvements to Worcester/Framingham commuter line

AAR: U.S. rail traffic down 2 percent in September

October 7

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Greenbrier, Thales, and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, and Thales (Oct. 7)

Wiley to retire as CEO of Sacramento transit agency

Paducah and Louisville Railway trainmen approve new contract

APTA announces awards for excellence in public transportation

KC Streetcar awards Herzog $15.8 million operations contract

HNTB to oversee next phase of California high-speed rail construction

CSX kicks off construction of Pittsburgh intermodal terminal

Amtrak may suspend rail service in mid-December

October 6

Rail supplier news from AllTranstek, Progress Rail, GE and Siemens (Oct. 6)

KCS unveils mobile-friendly website

APTA elects McCall as chair for 2015-2016 term

LRIW honors GO Transit VP Proc with Woman of the Year Award

DART unveils new advanced fare collection system

Progress Rail acquires Haynes Corp.

Amtrak train derails in Vermont

AREMA awards annual Hay award to BNSF, UP for Tower 55 project

October 5

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, NRE, Siemens, Railhead and First State Manufacturing (Oct. 5)

Port Newark taps federal center's expertise for expansion project

Minneapolis-area council slates public meetings on Blue Line light-rail extension

Metra unveils annual procurement plan

ARS acquires FreightCar America's repair, maintenance business

FTA accepts safety committee's reports on transit worker fatigue, assaults

House subcommittee to discuss drone safety

AAR counting down to PTC deadline decision

October 2

Metra OKs split payments for online tickets

PennDOT accepting public-private project ideas this month

UP to sell Rock Island Corridor in Missouri

Ridership on San Diego trolleys tops 40 million; UTA sets all-time rail boarding record

Short Line Safety Institute kicks off search for executive director

CIG Logistics acquires UP-served rail facility in Odessa, Texas

Amtrak panel recommends solutions to Chicago rail gridlock

East Coast railroads prep for Hurricane Joaquin

October 1

TTC installs bike repair stops in 10 subway stations, reports two-year high for rider satisfaction

Mooney to retire as state coordinator for Missouri Operation Lifesaver

AAR: U.S. rail traffic down a bit in Week No. 38

Metrolink to receive additional funds for Tier 4 locomotives

GE to sell tank-car leasing, rail-car repair facilities to Marmon; remaining rail-car leasing to Wells Fargo

FTA unveils new state of good repair guidelines

NTSB makes 'urgent' request for FRA to oversee WMATA rail safety

Bill introduced to extend PTC deadline

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