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Rail News: December 2013

December 30

Rail supplier news from Rockwell Collins, ARINC and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Dec. 30)

LACMTA to provide rail service to Tournament of Roses Parade

Valley Metro's light-rail service sets Saturday ridership record

SMART division, Kansas University to conduct hearing loss study

CP holiday train sets donation record

In Memoriam: George Belchick, longtime Wabtec executive

U.S. chemical industry is back on growth path, ACC says

Mineta transit research consortium publishes report on transit system efficiency

December 27

NJ Transit rolls out new mobile ticketing app

Northern Frac Proppants arranges funds for more frac sand facilities in Wisconsin

AAR: U.S. intermodal volume up, carloads down in year's 51st week

Sound Transit elects new board leadership

Ontario unveils RFP for Eglinton Crosstown light-rail line

UP might open New Mexico yard in late 2014

BART's new president calls for study of labor negotiation issues

Indiana Harbor Belt lands local grant to convert locomotives to natural gas

December 26

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Siemens, AXION, Alstom and BMT (Dec. 26)

Amtrak addresses Wi-Fi service for Midwest routes, opens new lounge at L.A.'s Union Station

Plains All American to build rail-served fractionator in Eagle Ford Shale

Diaz to head security for New York MTA

Quebec port sets bulk cargo record

USDOT allocates grant for New York station work; FRA boosts accident reporting threshold for 2014

North Carolina Railroad pays dividend for new state rail fund

USDOT announces $3 billion for transit systems hit by Hurricane Sandy

December 23

BNSF's Rose becomes board member for Dallas federal reserve bank

Honolulu chooses four-car trains for transit-rail system

Houston opens new light-rail extension

Washington state port sets annual rail-car volume record

KCS is poised to keep executing its strategic plan in 2014, Starling says

SEPTA adopts FY2014 budget, eliminates shortfall

Kinder Morgan, Imperial Oil to build crude rail terminal near Edmonton

BART, unions settle final contract dispute

December 20

Rail supplier news from Ansaldo STS, Trinity, Alstom, Tiger Cool, Bombardier, RSI and Stantec (Dec. 20)

Long Beach port's board elects officers

BLET, BMWED encourage members to back ATDA organizing effort at UP

Cargill to expand rail capacity at Alberta grain facility

Sound Transit adopts $1.1 billion budget for 2014

AAR: U.S. rail traffic maintained up-and-down pattern in 50th week

IDOT advances multi-state locomotive acquisition

NTSB issues track-worker safety recommendations

December 19

Scott to succeed Giobbie as CSX short-line manager

Cincinnati streetcar cancellation could cost $80 million, excluding potential lawsuits, independent auditor says

Virginia agency schedules meeting on proposed high-speed rail line

Strobel Starostka Transfer to operate unit train facility in Wyoming

RTA report: Tie purchases, production nose-dived in November

SMART lands funds to extend service; board OKs new station for Sonoma County Airport

Exports drove up South Carolina port's container volume in November

Sens. Tester, Baucus advocate for additional Amtrak Empire Builder stop for Bakken oil workers

December 18

Rail supplier news from Thales, Ansaldo STS and TUV Rheinland (Dec. 18)

Amtrak to add Wolverine Service trains for holidays

Crossing projects on tap in Ohio; grade separation set in California

Mathis reelected as San Diego MTS chair

Washington state port awards rail project contract to RailWorks

BNSF tabs Carter to head merged department; Pacific Imperial Railroad selects Patterson as CCO

Schumer to introduce legislation to extend transit commuter tax break

Container volume climbed at Southern California ports, lagged at Virginia port in November

December 17

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, ProTran, Harsco Rail, Schneider National, Alstom and Caterpillar (Dec. 17)

Montreal port's rail workers ratify six-year agreement

Hampton Roads Transit to solicit public comments on proposed fare hike

Tax credit extension would benefit Saratoga & North Creek's freight and passenger service, Schumer says

KCSM recognizes customers' carbon-reduction efforts

Sens. Schumer, Blumenthal call for more FRA funding

CTA ruling: CN under, CP over grain revenue cap in latest crop year

Amtrak's Boardman calls on Congress, railroads to make PTC a reality as soon as possible

December 16

NRC names top field employee, rail construction project for 2013

Santa Clara VTA elects new leadership

Florida East Coast makes managerial changes in four departments

Reading & Northern sues regional rail authority over operator contract

California High-Speed Rail Authority advances to 'eminent domain' process

Three Pacific Northwest ports update emission-reduction goals

FRA launches 60-day safety review of Metro-North

California commission allocates millions for transportation projects

December 13

Rail supplier news from Tutor Perini, Ansaldo STS, CAF, Thales, CAD Railway, Nomad Digital and Tiger Cool (Dec. 13)

RAC honors CN and CP for safety, environmental efforts in 2013

PATCO reveals refurbished rail cars

APTA advocates for tax benefit extension for transit commuters

STB seeks comments on grain rate case procedures

Six teams submit qualification statements for Maryland's Purple Line

Pennsylvania provides grants for numerous freight-rail projects

AAR: U.S. intermodal counts climb, carloads fall in December's first week

December 12

Rail supplier news from Flagship Rail, VeRail, Alstom, Railinc, CANARAIL, Parsons Brinckerhoff and NRC (Dec. 12)

North Carolina DOT seeks short-line applicants for available state grants

TriMet calls for outside review of light-rail maintenance, sends trolleys to St. Louis

Transportation Services Index slipped slightly in October

CN anticipates higher earnings, capex budget in 2014

BART fares to rise Jan. 1 to help fund 'Fleet of the Future'

FRA issues safety advisory on train speed limits

Ice to succeed Rose as BNSF's CEO

December 11

Ehlinger retains seat as NIT League's chairman

ODOT readying new trains for service in Amtrak Cascades corridor

Gold Line Bridge project honored for engineering, construction

Georgia ports pumped up cargo, container volumes in November

BNSF opens new Missouri River bridge

Rail moved second-most freight by weight in 2012, BTS survey shows

FTA commits $75 million to commuter-rail extension in Southern California

NTSB wraps up on-site investigation of Metro-North derailment, cites need for PTC

December 10

Rail supplier news from Trinity, Siemens, Holland and CARS (Dec. 10)

Georgia DOT to build rail bridge over CSX tracks

APTA supports bill that would increase gas tax

L.A. port renews WWL's lease to operate large auto processing facility

Virginia seeks public input on draft of long-term transportation plan

Import container volume at major ports to end 2013 on good note, Global Port Tracker predicts

CN to serve another frac sand plant in Wisconsin

Schumer, Blumenthal call on FRA to require safety monitoring systems in locomotives, operating cabs

December 9

Rail supplier news from RailComm, Koppers, TPSC, Nomad Digital, CTLGroup, Arup and AREMA (Dec. 9)

Greater Cleveland RTA to showcase new Red Line cars

Reading & Northern makes management changes

UP communications center earns law enforcement organization's accreditation

Jacksonville port boosts heavy cargo capabilities

Fatal Metro-North derailment prompts more calls for PTC

North American freight movements remained meager in November, Cass says

Metro-North receives emergency order from FRA, takes new safety-enhancing actions

December 6

MassDOT's Davey named construction association's 'Person of the Year'

Illinois, Ohio commissions advance crossing projects

UTA to open new S-Line streetcar this weekend

High-growth areas need transit to reach economic potential, APTA says

U.S. rail traffic tallied gains in November, AAR says

Tank cars: RSI committee urges PHMSA to approve new-car design, consider proposed safety modifications for older fleets

Senator and short-line industry constituents push for extension to Section 45G tax credit

CTA to launch largest improvement plan of Blue Line O'Hare Branch in 30 years

December 5

USA Pavilion scored success at Brazilian trade show, REMSA and RSI say

UP to bolster line in Colorado

Cincinnati council votes to halt streetcar project

TriMet posts holiday ridership jump on MAX Red Line

STB among D.C. magazine's top workplaces in 2013

UP's volume on modest growth path in 4Q, CFO Knight says

Metro-North restores service on Hudson Line

Major freight roads to provide health care coverage to eligible same-sex spouses, NRLC says

Rep. Maloney proposes PTC funding bill; APTA calls on Congress to pay for PTC

December 4

Rail supplier news from Siemens, Cummins, Nomad Digital, GATX, Alstom, Parsons Brinckerhoff Halsall, Sidley Austin and T-RAIL (Dec. 4)

Montana DOT proposes crossing surface replacement; Arkansas city cites need for crossing repairs

RDC obtains full award in claim against Guatemalan government

CN a key 'backbone' of the economy, Mongeau says

MBTA to test late-night service on weekends

U.S. Class I employment level remained relatively flat in October

SEIU, ATU sue BART's board over labor contract

Metro-North begins track, signal repairs at derailment site

December 3

Jeffries to head AAR's government affairs department

New Orleans & Gulf Coast seeks STB exemption to continue leasing UP lines in Louisiana

Silver Line project completion delayed due to testing, D.C. airports authority says

Dakota Plains to open expanded crude terminal in North Dakota next week

MBTA set ridership record in October

Maritime Administration study examines Panama Canal expansion's impacts

San Francisco task force recommends $10 billion investment in city's transportation infrastructure

Metro-North train speed hit 82 mph prior to derailment, NTSB says

December 2

Rail supplier news from GE, Vossloh, Alstom, Cubic and Michael Baker (Dec. 2)

Tie purchases and production posted big gains in October, RTA says

FRA unveils rule to assist rail passengers, crew in emergencies

AAR: Large U.S. traffic gains in week 47 due to last year's Thanksgiving

CN implements program to acquire more rail, wheel monitoring equipment

Denver RTD, HART award contracts for rail projects

Demosky to succeed Grassby as CP's CFO

Rep. Andrews introduces two bills targeting freight-rail safety

Investigation continues into deadly Metro-North derailment

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