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Rail News: November 2013

November 27

Layne to become Virginia's next transportation secretary

UTU: Rep. Blumenauer to propose transit infrastructure-funding bills

TTI, University of Texas to study light-rail extension's impact on public health

First shipment of Peruvian cold-treated grapes heading to Miami port

North Carolina DOT seeks public input on proposed locomotive, rail-car facility

Transport Canada to review rail safety oversight based on auditor general's recommendations

Valley Metro's Gilbert Road light-rail extension receives environmental clearance

UP launches Chicago-to-Mexico intermodal service with Ferromex

November 26

Rail supplier news from Gross & Janes, AECOM, AXION, Hill International, Bombardier and Alstom (Nov. 26)

WMATA to upgrade lighting at all underground stations

South Dakota DOT seeks input on state rail plan development

Crossing projects advance in Washington, North Carolina

First refurbished SkyTrain vehicle enters service in Vancouver

Georgia port authority notes new cargo record, more state funds for harbor expansion

New railroad bridge opens over Osage River in Missouri

Consumer spending outlook for holiday season more dim than bright, Baird says

November 25

VIA Rail notes ups, downs in third quarter

Pacific Imperial Railroad tabs Rohal as president; Wisconsin transit commission honors Meighan

MTA reaches construction milestones on Second Avenue Subway project

NS to open intermodal terminal in North Carolina next month

Sound Transit moves up opening of University Link light-rail extension

FY2013 ridership records set on some Amtrak routes in California

CSX's Sanborn at RailTrends: Customer feedback is key to high service levels

Canadian Transportation Agency seeks input on proposed review of liability coverage regulations

November 22

Rail supplier news from Knoxville Locomotive, Nomad Digital, Bombardier, URS, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Bridgefarmer (Nov. 22)

Alabama manufacturing property a 'Select Site,' CSX says

Cost to halt project could run $125 million, Cincinnati Streetcar says

U.S. rail traffic logged more gains last week

All Aboard Florida chooses station location in downtown Fort Lauderdale

Virginia port breaks monthly cargo record; Florida port installs first female director

BART's board OKs purchase of 365 rail cars, objects to family-leave provision in labor contract

Sen. Rockefeller, AAR disagree on freight-rail implications associated with updated commerce committee report

November 21

UP, Amtrak to commemorate bridge opening in Missouri next week

Second tunnel boring machine begins excavation work for San Francisco's Central Subway project

CTA unveils contemporary design of future 95th Street Red Line Station

NS earns best-ever carbon disclosure score, awards construction contract for intermodal facility expansion

Maryland agencies seek 'preferred training partners' for light-rail projects

SMART awards $68.7 million contract for rail construction project

BNSF installs two group VPs, one VP to cover retirements and promotions

Canadian, U.S. regulators take additional steps to boost haz-mat safety

November 20

Port of Long Beach repeals infrastructure cargo fee

Wisconsin DOT unveils long-range rail plan

Operation Lifesaver appoints new officers

HART to seek public opinion on Honolulu light-rail station design

Council adopts transit-oriented development policy for Minneapolis

Union Pacific launches new shuttle commitment program

Ferus Natural Gas Fuels, ENN Canada to build LNG plants in Vancouver and Edmonton

Metrolink receives grant to promote railroad safety

November 19

Rail supplier news from Stella-Jones, Vossloh, Axion, Alstom, GE, LTK and Jacobs Associates (Nov. 19)

Keats succeeds Atkins as STB's general counsel

Diamond Logistics Northwest to expand facilities at Washington state port

BART disputes labor agreement provision; Metra clerical workers OK new contract

NARP calls on Congress to support passenger-rail transportation

Watco realigns upper management, gains equity stake in Federated Capital Holdings

Amtrak to fix East River tunnels to address delays, Schumer says

BRIDGE Act proposes new federal financing authority for infrastructure improvements

November 18

Metro Transit, Valley Metro to solicit public input on transit projects

Schneider Intermodal introduces CN, KCS interchange for 'Mexico Direct' service

Southern California ports: New interim leader in L.A., October volume boost in Long Beach

MBTA kicks off Government Center Station project

LIRR adds trains to weekend service on Port Washington Branch

Washington state port seeks bids for freight-rail project

Amtrak Heartland Flyer serves 1 million riders

KCS reorganizes operating department management functions

November 15

Rail news from Tata Steel, Alstom, Motive Power, Railinc and Gannett Fleming (Nov. 15)

Crossing projects advance in Ohio

MassDOT to begin track improvements in preparation for South Coast Rail service

Soy Transportation Coalition, Panama Canal Authority extend partnership pact

Transportation Services Index inched up in September

CTA's board approves 2014 budget

FTA's Rogoff calls on Congress to fund emergency relief program

AAR underscores U.S. traffic gains, need to improve federal tank-car regs

November 14

North Carolina DOT hosts rail planning forum

Rail terminal logs successful first year with ethanol volume, Tampa port says

San Francisco transit, police officials launch new anticrime campaign

Siemens, Bombardier to perform PTC work for Metro-North, Long Island railroads

RailTrends coming to New York City next week

UP to upgrade Nebraska line, boost train speed on Kansas line

NS advances plan to expand Chicago-area yard, launches new intermodal service in South Carolina

New York MTA releases final 2014 budget proposal, four-year financial plan

CSX, GE to pilot liquefied natural gas-powered locomotives

November 13

Rail supplier news from Holland, Axion, CTC, Bombardier, Parsons Brinckerhoff and TRAC Intermodal (Nov. 13)

WMATA awards contract to update lighting in parking facilities

NS' Heller, World Group's Hunger join ITI board

North Carolina Railroad, NS to refurbish Burlington bridge

BNSF workers win Amtrak Champion Award for crossing safety project

Metrolinx awards second contract for Eglinton Crosstown project

Surveys find MTA riders remain satisfied with transit service

CSX to help develop intermodal facility in Pennsylvania

November 12

Montana Rail Link promotes Blakely, Lewis to officer posts

MARTA opens training facility for riders with disabilities; board member resigns

FRA to reevaluate train horn rules, Colorado senators say

CTA unveils refurbished station near Loyola University

NJ Transit boosts rail, bus rider satisfaction grades

L.A. port introduces incentive program to boost container business

WMATA named military-friendly employer; APTA encourages veterans to consider transit agency jobs

Six largest Class Is make G.I. Jobs' top military friendly employers list

November 11

Rail supplier news from Georgetown Rail, Alstom and Microsoft (Nov. 11)

Texas Rail Advocates opens registration for Southwestern Rail Conference

Tunnel boring machine shipped for Evergreen Line project

Tacoma port turns 95; Florida port appoints trade development director

San Diego MTS promotes Marinesi to CFO to succeed Telfer

Cleanup continues at Alabama & Gulf Coast derailment site, Genesee & Wyoming says

Fort Worth's The T marks 30th year, schedules hearing on TEX Rail environmental statement

PHMSA extends public comment period for proposed haz-mat rulemaking

November 8

Rail supplier news from RailComm, Hanson, Siemens, Ansaldo, OPW and T-Rail (Nov. 8)

Newspaper report: Talgo files $65.9 million claim against Wisconsin

APTA: 2013 a 'banner year' for voter support of public transit

Engebretson succeeds O'Leary as Alaska Railroad's COO

U.S. Class Is employed slightly fewer people in September, STB data shows

Columbia Basin, BNSF begin unit train moves for Washington state canola oil producer

Maryland officials OK public-private partnership plan for Purple light-rail line

AAR: U.S. roads notched traffic gains through October, into November

November 7

Rail supplier news from Harsco, Cubic, L.B. Foster, The Andersons, J.L. Patterson, GEI Consultants and New York Air Brake (Nov. 7)

Quiet zone opens in Texas; crossing upgrades advance in Ohio and Washington

NTSB closes more safety requirements for WMATA

Groundbreaking to be held next week for Southern California grade separation

APTA, European rail association sign MOU

Army Corps of Engineers to begin environmental assessment for proposed South Carolina intermodal facility

Amtrak appoints Sokol as CFO

Strong energy and intermodal markets help CSX overcome weak coal sectors, CFO Eliasson says

November 6

WMATA to solicit development proposals for five properties

House transportation committee boots up new website

SMART Transportation Division members approve Metra contract

Freight access project still in play at Washington state port

FRA seeks applicants for disaster assistance funding program

Metro Gold Line authority to begin work on Sierra Madre Villa Station, Azusa connection for Foothill extension

CSX's Adkins wins AAR environmental professional award

Denver RTD recommends GBBH's proposal for North Metro rail project

November 5

Rail supplier news from Trinity Railcar, Bombardier, Siemens, Greenbrier, Kelly-Hill and Emerson (Nov. 5)

Tennessee railroad association tabs Alexander as exec director

MTA improves energy efficiency, storm-proofing of primary office tower

Baltimore port forges pact with French port, garners security accolades from Coast Guard

Metra completes $3.5 million station reconstruction on UP Northwest Line

Crude-by-rail accidents perpetuate misperceptions about safety in Canada, transportation research forum says

TriMet to reorganize operations to address service reliability issues

BNSF cites strong crude, domestic intermodal volumes as key 3Q drivers

November 4

Amtrak adds trains to Cascades line for Thanksgiving

Crossing upgrades planned in Montana, Ohio

Oregon DOT seeks public input on Eugene-Portland passenger-rail study

Virginia authority selects Reinhart to lead state's port

Santa Clara VTA marks transit project milestone

Phillips 66, Genesis Energy set sights on crude-by-rail facilities

CREATE program constituents mark grade separation opening in Bridgeview

BART union members approve contract; state utilities commission adopts new transit-rail safety rules

November 1

Rail supplier news from Harsco, Auto Truck, Bombardier, American Railcar and FreightCar America (Nov. 1)

Genesee & Wyoming reports strong 3Q results; Arizona short line turns 10

CSX touts 'landmark' agreement with four unions

Long Island Rail Road restores Queens Village station

Metra, TCU reach tentative agreement

NS renames Pennsylvania yard to honor former corporate affairs executive

MBTA to modernize Chelsea station as part of Silver Line Gateway project

Four railroads advance joint line relocation plan in Iowa

North American intermodal volume climbed in 3Q; U.S. rail traffic rose in week 43

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