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Rail News: December 2014

December 30

Amtrak-bus connections expand access in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee

BNSF reviews independent appraisal of South Dakota yard pegged for relocation

TriMet bridge span installed for pedestrian overcrossing

MTA launches new courtesy campaign on NYCT subways, buses

NS, BLET reach tentative agreement

Rail infrastructure investments will pay off for South Dakota, Gov. Daugaard says

FRA sets hearing for SEPTA waiver request on worker-rest rule

Govs. Cuomo, Christie back Port of New York and New Jersey reforms

December 29

Long Beach port advances more congestion-relief measures

Amtrak raises safety awareness as part of Vermonter service expansion

Teamsters rail conference calls for limited access to locomotive recordings

Toronto Transit Commission orders review of operator training program

New Haven, Shore Line East fare hikes take effect Jan. 1

Florida Gov. Scott tabs Boxold as next FDOT secretary

NTSB to release annual 'most wanted' safety improvement list next month

Canadian railroads on pace to meet emission-reduction goals, RAC says

December 26

Crossing upgrades advance in Ohio, Washington

Amtrak resumes Empire Builder schedules

Iowa DOT releases toolkit to promote state's freight-rail network

Atlanta Streetcar slated to open next week

CTA completes Damen Station restoration

AAR: North American rail traffic gains continued in year's 51st week

M-1 Rail finalizes tax credit funding for Detroit streetcar line

BNSF issues first sustainability report based on GRI guidelines

December 23

Rail supplier news from Thales, Alstom, Hyperloop, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Railway Interchange (Dec. 23)

North Carolina DOT releases summary of draft rail plan

California High-Speed Rail Authority settles lawsuit with Bakersfield

Honolulu transit-rail project costs exceed original budget

November volume: Three ports cite gains, one notes decline

Virginia rail department chooses HDR for environmental study

Crosstie production, purchases nosedived in November

KCS eyes 'significant' engineering program in 2015, Starling says

December 22

Sierra Northern tabs Beard as CEO; CN snags tentative pact for internal short line workers

KCS releases first sustainability report

Light-rail ridership 'strong' on Twin Cities' new Green Line

Connecticut DOT seeks service provider for New Haven-Hartford Springfield line

CTA report: CP fell below, CN climbed above grain revenue cap in latest crop year

NS joins National Safety Council's Campbell Institute

U.S. Class I workforce notched another gain in November

Virginia counties obtain TIFIA loans for Silver Line extension

MTA's RRIF loan application for PTC advances

December 19

Rail supplier news from GATX, GE, Tiger Cool, Sqills and Auto Truck (Dec. 19)

Columbia Basin eyes BNSF interchange upgrades; ARG Transportation promotes two execs

Contract negotiations between CN, Unifor to carryover into January

MTA completes Second Avenue Subway station shell construction

CSX opens locomotive shop in Chicago

AAR: All 10 U.S. carload groups netted gains in week No. 50

Sound Transit approves $1.2 billion budget with funds for light-rail expansion

L.A. airport board's $4 billion modernization plan features new rail link

STB sets procedural schedule for proposed NS/Delaware & Hudson line transaction

December 18

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Tracksure, L.B. Foster, Nomad Digital, Gates Group, Remprex, Sasser and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Dec. 18)

Six unions team up to tackle national agreement negotiations; BLET members ratify CSX pact

Amtrak, Maryland improve communication at Washington Union Station

NJ Transit wraps up Red Bank Station restoration project

STB extends oversight of CN/EJ&E merger another two years

Gov. Cuomo announces nearly $18 million for New York rail projects

Senate passes bill that would extend short-line tax credit through 2014

Canada introduces new crossing, rail safety regulations

December 17

FECR adds automated gate system at container facility; Tiger Cool Express installs Shurstad as vice chair

CMQR gains Transport Canada approval to operate Quebec line

Four projects will help bolster South Dakota's rail network, Gov. Daugaard says

LIRR names Kubicek, Pohlot and Dumas to VP posts

Progressive Railroading is searching for 'Rising Stars'

CSX opens intermodal terminal near Montreal

Feds order Metro-North to pay maximum punitive damages for violating injured worker's rights

CP accident investigation stresses need for two safety enhancements, TSB says

Transit ridership grew 1.8 percent in third quarter, APTA says

December 16

Santa Clara VTA installs Woodward as chair, Chavez as vice chair

North Carolina DOT's Rail Division boosts safety at six public crossings

Railroad equipment investments to 'moderate' next year, finance foundation report says

Secure Rail releases latest alert

CSX completes fossilized oyster shell moves to Maryland

California high-speed authority awards bid for next segment

Metrolink CEO DePallo resigns

Short-line tax credit on path to one-year extension, ASLRRA says

Omnibus bill trims TIGER grants, maintains Amtrak funding

December 15

Rail supplier news from Brookville, McMillen, Jacobs, Alstom, Parsons and HOK (Dec. 15)

Richardson International to build new grain elevator in Manitoba

Metro-North to screen all train engineers for sleep apnea

California Transportation Commission OKs funds for several rail projects

MTA blames NYCT derailment on track defects, seeks federal funds for Canarsie line

Amtrak's Vermonter to serve 'Knowledge Corridor'

Sen. Murray: FY2015 appropriations bill would set USDOT deadline for tank-car rule, fund short-line safety institute

Metra, freight railroads advocate advancement of 75th Street corridor project in Chicago

December 12

New chairmen installed for North Carolina ports authority, national soybean coalition

SEPTA appoints McCormick legislative affairs director; Florida commission seeks candidates for transportation secretary

STB again tops PPS list of best workplaces among small federal agencies

PANYNJ OKs study for proposed PATH extension to Newark airport

AAR traffic report: Railroads got off to a good start in December

Amtrak's Coscia, SMART's Previsich ask Congress to boost passenger-rail investments

Wisconsin completes purchase of 70-mile UP line

Federal spending package would preserve transit, cut TIGER dollars

December 11

Rail supplier news from GE Capital, Hub, HNTB, Ricardo, Hatch Mott MacDonald and OSPT Alliance (Dec. 11)

Rainmaker Resources continues to pursue frac sand mine in Arkansas

Grade separation, crossing projects land funds in two states

Rail Runner completes crossing safety review, lifts temporary speed restrictions

CTA breaks ground on Wilson Station, track reconstruction project

Transportation Services Index scored another gain in October

Foothill Gold Line light-rail project begins testing phase

CP earns recognition for climate change info disclosures

December 10

CenterPoint Properties acquires rail-served properties at Seattle port

Montreal port remains driven to develop container terminal

New York officials open new Briarwood/Van Wyck subway entrance

Progressive Railroading is searching for 'Rising Stars'

Southwest Ohio transit agency OKs Cincinnati Streetcar operations agreement

Sens. Heitkamp, Hoeven wrap up ag product transportation conference in North Dakota

Dearborn Amtrak station to be named after U.S. Rep. Dingell

North Dakota commission sets conditioning standards to reduce volatile gases in Bakken crude

December 9

Rail supplier news from GE Capital, FreightCar America, Alstom, Rockwell Collins, Greenbrier and NRC (Dec. 9)

NIT League installs Executive Committee officers

Metrolink awarded $1.7 million for fare enforcement program

Three ports make management, governance changes

MTA awards contract for Hurricane Sandy repairs to South Ferry station

Railroads earn commendable grade for latest grain harvest service performance, soy coalition says

CP seeks to strengthen grain supply chain in North Dakota

AASHTO/APTA report: U.S. needs $163 billion annually to fix aging transportation infrastructure

December 8

Select Sands seeks to advance frac sand project in Arkansas

Watco restructures recruiting team

San Diego transit agency hires Musgrove to oversee field security

HART installs first tracks for Honolulu rail project

CN: SMART division members ratify pact; Steelworkers OK tentative agreement

Imports predicted to slow at major U.S. ports in December

Rep. Denham seeks to stop federal funds for California's high-speed rail line

MARTA posted ridership, revenue gains in FY2015's first quarter

December 5

Rail supplier news from Unitrac, Kelso, RailComm, Siemens, Alstom, L.B. Foster, Thales, Bayer CropScience and DSC Logistics (Dec. 5)

BLET verifies National Division officer elections

Twin Cities' Green Line extension obtains 85 percent of local funding

CN to soon begin serving new frac sand terminal in Alberta

Early bird rate ends today for Secure Rail conference

Caltrain unveils final environmental report for electrification project, OKs rail-car purchase

Earthjustice challenges USDOT's denial of petition to ban older tank cars

FRA considers granting 'Buy America' waiver to Amtrak, California rail authority for train prototypes

AAR: U.S. roads logged their ninth-straight monthly carload gain in November

December 4

Rail supplier news from Arcadis, American Railcar, Thales, Huber+Suhner, Ricardo and Hanson (Dec. 4)

Crossing projects advance in Arizona, Ohio and Washington

Chalich promoted to president of Northern Plains Railroad, Northern Plains Rail Services

LIRR to temporarily close tunnels for new signal installation work

Caltrain begins replacement of San Mateo bridges

Pentagon roundtable took aim at military hiring in rail industry

Jacksonville port to export Acuras for American Honda

FTA to fund $1 billion for MBTA Green Line extension

December 3

Rail supplier news from Vossloh, Kelso, Keolis, Siemens, Masabi and Gulf Intermodal (Dec. 3)

Interjurisdictional team acquires CN line in British Columbia

2015 'Rising Star' nomination process is underway

RSI report: Proposed tank-car rule could carry $60 billion price tag

Early bird rate ends Friday for Secure Rail conference

Amtrak earns recognition for business strategy

Canadian rail association honors four railroads with 2014 safety awards

PANYNJ 2015 budget includes capex for PATH stations

Crude-by-rail safety reports released in New York, Washington

December 2

Rail supplier news from Crystal Mover, GE, Alstom, Express Rail, Trimble and Thales (Dec. 2)

Concept plan in place for Port of Anchorage modernization project

Santa Clara transit agency hosts meetings on BART Silicon Valley extension

Dougherty to head sales, marketing for Chicago South Shore and South Bend

Amtrak appoints Learner to blue ribbon panel studying Chicago traffic congestion

Alabama, Houston port authorities award rail project contracts

AMT launches commuter-rail service to Montreal suburb

CSX's Mills to succeed Hoback as Indiana Rail Road's leader

December 1

Crosstie purchases, production climbed in October

Sound Transit unveils environmental document, long-range planning process

AAR: U.S. carloads ratcheted down heading into Thanksgiving week

San Diego transit agency set ridership record in October

Progressive Railroading enhances agenda for Secure Rail conference

MTA commission recommends strategies to address future challenges

TSB updates 'transportation safety watchlist'

Caltrans funds 77 projects to improve transit

Canadian government extends grain volume requirements for CN, CP into 2015

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