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Rail News: November 2014

November 26

Rail supplier news from Thales, Siemens, Railinc, Greenbrier, Protran and Bombardier (Nov. 26)

Caltrans, Florida DOT win top honors in 'America's Transportation Awards' competition

North Carolina Railroad allocates millions for economic development efforts

Schumer calls on LIRR to consider rider comfort in new rail-car design

Greenville & Western opens heavy machinery distribution facility

Kinkisharyo to expand rail-car facility under new agreement, L.A. Mayor Garcetti says

CSX lands at No. 6 on top 100 list of military friendly employers

FRA issues safety advisory on roadway worker authority limits

November 25

TXNW Railway wins BNSF award; Reading & Northern plays role in scrap material theft law

BLET division asks FRA to deny SEPTA's safety-rule waiver request

MassDOT awards contract for rail bridge replacements

Cox, Trombino to assume high-ranking AASHTO positions

California high-speed authority issues construction RFQ, names Harper CAO

KCSR, Columbus and Greenville help conduct crossing collision investigation course

BLET to conduct ratification vote on BNSF letter of agreement

Amtrak reports record fiscal-year revenue, lowest operating loss since '73

November 24

Martin, Smith assume new safety supervision roles at Watco

San Diego board OKs environmental report for Mid-Coast trolley extension

First of Denver RTD's new FasTracks rail cars arrive at Union Station

Phillips 66, Paradigm Energy team up to develop a rail terminal and pipeline in North Dakota

TransLink celebrates 200 millionth passenger on Canada Line

Engineer and conductor contract talks stall between CP, Teamsters

Connecticut approves state funds for Walk Bridge replacement

CP's Creel accepts Progressive Railroading's Railroad Innovator Award

November 21

Rail supplier news from Finmeccanica, Tutor Perini, Peab, I.D. Systems and Maintenance Design Group (Nov. 21)

Quebec contracts CANARAIL to study proposed iron-ore rail line

Freight access project near final stages at Washington state port; intermodal project near environmental review phase at California ports

Open houses slated for proposed Minneapolis-Duluth high-speed rail service

Mexican association seeks proposals from U.S. firms for 'green locomotive' project

Texas university student governments endorse Houston-Dallas high-speed rail service

TransLink accepts recommendations to improve SkyTrain service

Carloads climbed in all three North American nations last week

CSX's Sanborn at RailTrends: Operational resiliency and winter resource planning are key

November 20

U.S. Class I workforce grew a bit in October

Haigh to resign as chair of Twin Cities' Metropolitan Council

UP tops transportation firms ranked on G.I. Jobs' military-friendly employers list

AAR's Hamberger at RailTrends: U.S. rail industry takes on changing economy

Milwaukee Mayor Barrett revises plan to advance streetcar project

Genesee & Wyoming to acquire Pinsly's Arkansas subsidiaries

Rep. Shuster to continue as House transportation committee chair

New Canadian operating certificate regs to take effect Jan. 1

NTSB: Common organizational problems found in all five Metro-North accidents

BNSF budgets a record $6 billion for capex in 2015

November 19

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Alstom, I.D. Systems, Kelso and AXION (Nov. 19)

Tynes succeeds Mishra as Central Maine & Quebec's CFO

MTA updates winter operations plan

BLET members to consider CSX pact; TCU members ratify Bessemer and Lake Erie contract

UP to upgrade lines in Colorado, Illinois

Sacramento transit agency names Spangler chief counsel; OLI appoints Snipe to communications role

Valley Metro to solicit public input on modified route for Tempe streetcar

Port truck drivers spread strike to intermodal yards in Southern California

NS continues to take actions to boost operational performance

November 18

Ports: Congestion in Southern California; October volume records in Georgia, Virginia

Progressive Railroading kicks off 2015 'Rising Stars Award' nomination process

MBTA opens Salem Intermodal Center; NJ Transit to serve new Princeton station

Track repairer Jack Burton marks 50 years at Alaska Railroad

MTA proposes fare, toll increases and considers video cameras for trains

BNSF adds idle-reduction devices to 11 locomotives in Washington state

Amtrak calls on STB to investigate freight-rail delays on Chicago-D.C. route

NS proposes to acquire southern portion of Delaware & Hudson line from CP

November 17

Reading & Northern execs help relay Ukrainian anthracite concerns to Sen. Toomey

BNSF's Rose to chair clean coal coalition

Goddard to oversee San Diego transit agency's light-rail vehicle maintenance

Progressive Railroading updates agenda for Secure Rail conference

Metrolink reduced emissions at central maintenance facility

Highline Grain begins to build shuttle loading facility in Washington

Metro-North's customer satisfaction rating plummets over past year

Class I report card confirms ag shippers' frustration with rail service, soy coalition says

Metra's 2015 budget includes 10.8 percent fare hike

November 14

Rail supplier news from RailComm, GE, Harsco, Alstom, DANOBAT, VTG and J.L. Patterson (Nov. 14)

Facilities: Vertex Rail to establish tank car plant in North Carolina; Linde Process Plants to expand Oklahoma operation

Metra gears up for cold, snowy conditions

Transportation Services Index increased in September

APTA seeks restoration of transit tax parity

TxDOT, FRA to solicit public input on proposed Dallas-Fort Worth high-speed rail line

AAR: U.S. railroads' traffic gains continued in November's first week

Obama nominates Elliott for second term as STB chair

November 13

Rep. Hunter backs U.S. attorney investigation into Desert Line lease agreement

TSA grants help TriMet step up security during holidays

CTA steps up monitoring of fare cards

Lower Makefield Township lands Pennsylvania funding to create quiet zones

Sasol to build $8.1 billion chemical manufacturing complex in Louisiana

RailTrends ready to roll in New York City next week

All Aboard Florida kicks off construction on West Palm Beach station

CSX to cut 300 management positions at Florida HQ

Construction begins on Amtrak service to Roanoke

November 12

Former NS executive establishes scholarship fund for Penn State Altoona rail program

Houston transit agency promotes Bumpers to police chief

Ports: Texas commission awards rail project contracts; military equipment heads from Jacksonville to West Africa

CTA hires more military veterans

Massachusetts renames South Station to honor former Gov. Dukakis

STB: Wisconsin DOT doesn't need board's blessing to acquire UP line

Reps. Blumenauer, McGovern to help WMATA rally for transit tax benefit

BNSF posts progress on relieving ag shipment delays in North Dakota, Sen. Hoeven says

November 11

Rail supplier news from Koppers, Stella-Jones, Harsco, A. Stucki and Gannett Fleming (Nov. 11)

Infinity Transportation unveils refrigerated container service; Lineage Logistics expands cold storage facility

Los Angeles transit agency to assist disabled veterans with project bids

Freight roads' hiring push includes many military veterans, AAR says

BART service to Oakland airport begins Nov. 22

Coming tomorrow: Progressive Railroading webcast on railroad/shipper dynamic

Tower 55 interlocking reopens in Texas

MTA opens landmark Fulton Center in Lower Manhattan

IANA report: Strong domestic container traffic pumped up 3Q intermodal volume

November 10

Operation Lifesaver co-founder Sam Grayson dies

CN, Teamsters rail conference continue to negotiate new locomotive engineer contract

Mexico withdraws Chinese consortium's high-speed rail contract

CSX resolves lawsuit against two asbestos attorneys, radiologist

Montreal's STM unveils $2.5 billion equipment, infrastructure plan

Progressive Railroading updates agenda for Secure Rail conference

Skanska joint venture awarded design-build contract for L.A.'s Purple Line extension

BNSF drove up revenue, drove down operating ratio in 3Q

FRA releases final rule on railroad safety worker training

November 7

Rail supplier updates from Mitsubishi, Miner, RailComm, The Andersons, Sasser, Sundt and A. Stucki (Nov. 7)

Molitoris, Penne join OnTrackNorthAmerica's board

Virginia DOT, FRA host meetings on proposed D.C.-Richmond high-speed project

AAR: U.S. roads set intermodal volume records in October

BNSF opens Permian Basin-based logistics center in Texas

LACMTA set to break ground for Purple Line subway extension

Administrator Szabo to depart FRA at year's end

Caltrain's modernization project to take longer, cost more

November 6

Amtrak adds bus service between Richmond, Charlottesville

STB seeks candidates for railroad-shipper council, energy committee vacancies

Metrolink garners recognition for safety promotion, social media efforts

Americold opens UP-served cold storage facility in Idaho

CSX tabs Riley to manage industrial development in South Carolina

Coming next week: Progressive Railroading webcast on railroad/shipper dynamic

Mexico selects Chinese consortium to build high-speed rail line

STB should implement a revenue adequacy standard in rate cases, ACC says

Transit initiatives received 'overwhelming support' from voters, APTA says

November 5

Columbia Basin Railroad remains a busy short line in Washington state

Operation Lifesaver names state coordinators in New Hampshire, Delaware

Clayton County passes referendum to expand MARTA

RTA: Crosstie production climbed, purchases slipped in September

M-1 Rail selects Czech-based Inekon Group to build Detroit's streetcars

Ironhorse Resources to develop rail industrial park in Permian Basin

Metrolinx to launch Union Station corridor's signal system upgrade in 2015

Washington transportation commission cites proposed rail terminal's safety implications

Federal highway agency OKs construction alternative for CSX tunnel project in D.C.

November 4

Rail supplier news from GATX, Trinity Rail, Crowley Maritime, Keolis and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Nov. 4)

Pan Am clerical workers ratify pact

LACMTA, Caltrans to host public hearings on High Desert Corridor

L.A. port reports progress in improving air quality

CHS set to open CN-served propane terminal in Wisconsin

Missouri county receives federal funds for Rock Island Corridor, extends MOU with UP

Port Everglades eclipsed 1 million TEU mark in FY2014

Anti-transit tax policy to impact ridership, FY2016 budget, WMATA says

November 3

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Alstom, RailTerm, FreightCar America and HNTB (Nov. 3)

Crossing projects advance in Ohio, Montana and Washington

Rhode Island officials unveil video touting updated transit plan

Minnesota Gov. Dayton takes steps to address rail service issues impacting ag products, coal

Oswego port needs federal designation to export grain, Sen. Schumer says

California High-Speed Rail Authority receives three bids for Fresno-to-Bakersfield segment

Former KCS leader Mike Haverty to receive NIT League's McCullough Award

Washington state port advances rail corridor expansion project

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