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Rail News: February 2014

February 28

Rail supplier news from J&A Industries, B&B Roadway, Alstom, Vossloh, L.B. Foster, Birmingham Rail and EnerSys (Feb. 28)

Wisconsin bill proposes frac sand mining surcharge

NARP's Capon moving on; Scott named acting president

AAR: U.S. rail traffic ramped back up in week 8

Sound Transit's board picks alignment for Tacoma Link light-rail expansion

Houston's METRO, California's Metrolink name new executives

Three trade groups laud president's freight, TIGER funding proposals

Three Class Is make Fortune's list of 'Most Admired' companies

February 27

Florida port purchases two new switchers

Colorado DOT finds high-speed transit proposals possible, but expensive

Container volumes tumbled at Tacoma port, rose at Virginia port in January

FTA OKs CATS' project development phase for streetcar expansion; CATS employee wins APTA contest

CN counts on community outreach to help bolster safety

WMATA officials hail funding from Maryland, Virginia and D.C.

PTC, crude by rail were hot rail safety topics at House subcommittee hearing

Obama proposes $302 billion plan for transportation infrastructure

February 26

Tie purchases, production ramped up in January

Pennsylvania provides $34.4 million for 33 freight-rail, short-line projects

CSX tunnel project earns engineering honors

Denver's RTD, Chicago's Metra posted ridership gains in 2013

FTA OKs Triangle Transit's light-rail project development

MTA creates chief safety officer post

Crude by rail: USDOT issues another emergency order; Global One launches unit trains in Utah

February 25

Rail supplier news from Union Tank Car, Strobel Starostka, Toshiba, Hanson, Transit Safety and RSI/CMA (Feb. 25)

Houston and Vancouver ports set container records in 2013

CN, CSX and UP considered top 500 global brands again in 2014

Construction under way on Perris Valley Metrolink extension

Maryland selects 'preferred training partners' for Purple, Red line projects

USDOT OKs early step in Dulles Metrorail project's TIFIA loan application

Provincial governments seek rail service improvements for export grain

U.S. Class I workforce was relatively stable in January

February 24

Crossing projects advance in Illinois, Montana and Washington

Court rulings clear way for Honolulu rail project

SEPTA marks 50 years in service

CSX touted ethanol services at Renewable Fuels Association event

Short line rejects proposed reroute that would accommodate Twin Cities' light-rail project

Illinois DOT kicks off high-speed rail Tier 2 environmental studies

Mexican rail industry is working with government to address proposed railroad law amendments, KCS says

U.S. freight roads launch voluntary safety initiative targeting crude-by-rail operations

February 21

Foxx, Biden help mark ARRA's fifth anniversary by touring inland Illinois port

Sen. Schumer promotes tax credit extension at New York short-line summit

U.S. rail traffic registered another drop in year's seventh week

Work resumes on Panama Canal's third lock set

Metrolink launches PTC system on BNSF track

FTA, LACMTA sign off on $670 million grant, $160 million TIFIA loan for light-rail connector

BNSF seeks proposals for 5,000 'next-generation' tank cars

February 20

Rail supplier news from FreightCar America, Trinity, Koppers, Lilee Systems and Alstom (Feb. 20)

White becomes president of X Train

California port OKs UP rail-welding facility; Florida port advances CSX-served ICTF

TriMet, ATU to enter mediation over new contract

Progressive Railroading seeks nominations for Rising Stars 2014

BNSF, Watco to provide final purchase proposals for Oklahoma DOT-owned line

St. Louis Metro proposes fare hike

Politicians ask FRA to address track inspections in North Dakota, New Hampshire

CN budgets slightly more for capex in 2014

February 19

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Wabtec, Siemens, Ansaldo, Veolia, HNTB and J.L. Patterson (Feb. 19)

Genesis Energy to construct Class I-served crude terminal in Louisiana

Hickey, Jungwirth join VRE

North Carolina DOT marks milestone for rail corridor program

Three U.S. ports posted volume gains, one registered drop in January

NTSB calls on Metro-North to take action on recorders, speed signs

Irving Oil to convert tank-car fleet to newer-model cars

Weinstein resigns as NJ Transit's top exec; Christie installs Hakim as successor

February 18

Santa Clara VTA begins work on third light-rail track near Levi's Stadium

Ohio short lines: New owner for Youngstown & Southern, new operator for Jackson railroad

USDOT preps for TIGER VI funding round

Houston's METRO exceeds ridership projections on new North Line

Rail, enhanced bus options recommended for Minneapolis Midtown Corridor

Oberman wins election as Metra's chairman

South Dakota governor no longer opposes DM&E line sale to Genesee & Wyoming

In memoriam: Union Pacific's 'iconic and visionary' leader Jim Young

February 14

Canadian rail association releases annual 'trends' report

M&A activity in global industrial products sector at high ebb in 4Q, PwC says

HART tabs Perkins+Will to design eight stations, unveils mock-up rail car

South Carolina port continues to drive up intermodal rail volume

TriMet backs bill to exempt personal information from Oregon's open records law

Metro Gold Line light-rail extension marks milestone

North American rail traffic was mostly on the decline in week No. 6

Canada reveals details of 10-year infrastructure plan

February 13

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Tutor Perini, Hanson, Kelso, the Andersons, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Sam Schwartz (Feb. 13)

December freight index posted second-best mark on record, BTS says

California's HSR authority awards right-of-way engineering, survey contracts

Tacoma Rail, port partner to seek federal emission-reduction grant

Fort Worth's The T names Ballard president, CEO

South Dakota legislators back Genesee & Wyoming's acquisition of DM&E line

USDOT should implement new tank-car safety measures, RSI committee says

Senate committee holds hearing on MAP-21 reauthorization

February 12

Amtrak turns on free Wi-Fi service for Midwest trains

North Dakota crude terminal launches unit train operations

Minnesota rail authority issues RFPs for corridor between St. Paul, Mall of America

Caltrain begins clearing vegetation for San Mateo bridge project

Progressive Railroading seeks nominations for Rising Stars 2014

Texas university opens rail safety research center

Committee reviewing high-speed rail proposal for Alberta

BNSF, ag product shippers hold meeting to address delays

Florida East Coast posts progress on Port Everglades' new container facility

February 11

Rail supplier news from Trinity, Tutor Perini, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Jacobs (Feb. 11)

Operation Lifesaver Canada seeks nominees for 2014 Roger Cyr Award

Ontario to improve GO Transit's Etobicoke North Station

Portland port expects rebound in 2014; South Carolina ports earn emission-reduction award

Genesee & Wyoming: Earnings up in 4Q, but income fell short of expectations

Four teams to compete for D.C. Silver Line rail yard, maintenance facility project

CP begins to transport frac sand to Victory Nickel's Alberta plant; UP to build frac sand unit-train facility in Texas with U.S. Silica

Metrolink picks up additional funds for new low-emission locomotives

February 10

Quiet zone progresses in North Dakota; crossing work advances in Ohio

CG Railway owner plans return to New Orleans

Metro-North takes steps to improve safety

RTA five-year study reflects economic impact on Chicago mass-transit ridership

Export coal facility's stormwater management system scores sustainable results, NS says

Progressive Railroading to launch Secure Rail conference in 2015

Transport Canada proposes new grade crossing regulations

CBO: Transportation bill will need $100 billion in new taxes or fund transfers

PATH aims to complete PTC project on time

February 7

Rail supplier news from Whitmore, Alstom, Bombardier, Urban Engineers, Amsted Rail, Sam Schwartz and Nisus (Feb. 7)

Washington state DOT seeks operator for soon-to-reopen Royal Slope line

Valley Metro to note milestone in Central Mesa light-rail extension

CSX to construct inspection yard in Kentucky

MTA completes repairs at six NYCT stations

AAR: U.S. railroads registered good traffic-building month to start 2014

Amtrak's first new electric locomotive ready for service

Strong 4Q capped off 'banner year' for intermodal volume, IANA says

UP boosts 2014 capex, installs Fritz as president and COO

February 6

Confederation Line tunnel construction reaches milestone

Sound Transit slates open houses for East Link light-rail extension

FRA to deploy new track inspection program in North Dakota town, Sen. Heitkamp says

CTA awards contract for three station restoration projects

Greenbrier to craft 'Tank Car of the Future,' offer DOT-111 retrofits

Metra to establish chief audit officer post

PHMSA fines three oil companies for misclassifying crude shipments

CN: New pact in place with Teamsters conference; line abandonment plan questioned by Unifor

February 5

Rail supplier news for CIT Group, Bombardier, Axion, Aon and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Feb. 5)

Reading and Northern, Coos Bay Rail Link cranked up carloads in 2013

District of Columbia's DOT issues RFQ for integrated premium transit system

Progressive Railroading seeks nominations for Rising Stars 2014

Freight-rail constituents form coalition to bolster Great Northern Corridor

Canadian government takes steps to improve grain transportation via rail

PANYNJ proposes $27.6 billion capital plan for next 10 years

BNSF budgets an all-time-high $5 billion for capex in 2014

February 4

Virginia port embargoes empty container rail moves due to winter storm

Northern Frac Proppants to construct UP-served frac sand mine in Wisconsin

Oklahoma DOT accepts four bids for Sooner Sub rail line sale

MassDOT authorizes $23.9 million bridge contract for MBTA

Oklahoma port completes marshaling yard track project

Coming Thursday: Free webcast on electronic detection, monitoring systems

Metro-North to upgrade New Haven Line's power supply; Gov. Malloy to meet with MTA's Prendergast, Metro-North's Giulietti

Chicago's RTA authorizes bond issue for state-of-good repair projects

STB sets new public hearing for competitive switching rules proceeding

February 3

CSX garners spot on climate performance leadership index

LIRR workers preparing to strike, union says

New York DOT to hold hearings on proposed high-speed rail alternatives

EPA: Instead of ongoing tank-car craze, broadening rail-car demand drove 4Q rebound

CN, TCRC to resume negotiations after tentative agreements aren't ratified

Caltrans allocates $138 million for Metrolink, other transportation projects

NS opens bulk transfer facility in Virginia; GM opens KCSM spur in Mexico

Metra names Orseno executive director, CEO

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