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Rail News: February 2015

February 27

OnTrackNorthAmerica adds Conrail's Batory as board member

Pennsylvania DOT, Philadelphia port authority begin intermodal incentive program

BNSF breaks down capex projects pegged for California, Kansas

AASHTO kicks off campaign for long-term transportation legislation

CN: Traffic controllers union ratifies four-year pact, sustainability program selects grant recipients

Sound Transit logged record ridership in 2014

Keolis names new GM, deputy GM for MBTA commuter-rail service

Sen. Casey to OMB: Wrap up review of USDOT's tank-car rule ASAP

WMATA decides against fare hikes, service cuts for FY2016

February 26

Rail supplier updates from New York Air Brake, Alstom, Decision Lens, Colo Railroad and Leroy Automation (Feb. 26)

Florida DOT awards Tampa $1.35 million grant to create quiet zone

BNSF highlights 2015 capex work in Colorado, Montana and Oklahoma

AAR: U.S. carloads decreased, intermodal volumes continued to drop in week No. 7

Operation Lifesaver issues crossing safety warning

Detroit streetcar developer issues RFP for system operator

Size of U.S. Class I workforce shrunk slightly in January

MBTA appoints DePaola interim GM

February 25

California High-Speed Rail Authority settles suit with Bakersfield developer

North Carolina DOT to share results of Murphy Branch reactivation study

Hitachi to acquire Finmeccanica's rail operations

Derailment fallout: Virginia penalizes CSX for oil spill; RESPONSE Act re-enters Congress

Gov. Cuomo finalizes $120 million for LIRR's Hicksville rehab project

NTSB: 12 sections of third rail found inside damaged Metro-North car

Genesee & Wyoming to acquire Freightliner Group

NTSB, FRA investigating Metrolink derailment

President vetoes Keystone pipeline bill

February 24

TTD lays out transportation agenda, re-elects Wytkind, Willis

Confidence in equipment leasing sector remains high after three years, foundation says

BLET members OK new contract with LIRR

Caltrain to host meetings to discuss San Francisco bridges project

Crews complete portions of elevated guideway for Honolulu light-rail project

OmniTRAX forms new short line in Illinois

NS notes improved service levels since November

FRA to begin investigating CSX derailment in West Virginia

CN reaches tentative agreement with Unifor, withdraws lockout notice

February 23

Rail supplier news from Mitsubishi, Alstom, Koppers, Auto Truck and LTK (Feb. 23)

Eco-Energy, CHS Sun Basin advance rail-served facilities

Valley Metro develops mobile app for trip planning

North Carolina DOT seeks public comments on state rail plan

NYCT names Monaghan VP of security

Tentative five-year labor pact paves way to ease congestion at West Coast ports

Foxx unveils new rules to improve transit-rail safety

New Canadian legislation aims to bolster rail safety, strengthen oversight

February 20

Missouri DOT releases state freight plan

CTA reports serious crimes fell 26 percent in 2014

BNSF details 2015 capex work pegged for Missouri, Wisconsin

Foxx calls for greater investment in passenger rail, transit

PANYNJ to create new CEO position, adopt other reforms

Fortune names UP, CSX and NS among 'Most Admired' companies in the transportation industry

Unifor sets strike vote timetable as CN contract negotiations bog down

FTA awards $5 million grant to BART for trackside safety technology

KCS promotes Ottensmeyer to president

February 19

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Clark Construction, RR Mergers, Unitrac and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Feb. 19)

Tiger Cool Express purchases 200 refrigerated rail units from Chinese supplier

AAR: U.S. carloads climbed, intermodal units fell again in week No. 6

Foxx bus tour makes stops at transportation projects in South Carolina, Georgia

Sound Transit, Houston METRO open new stations

Virginia Railway Express to host hearings on proposed fare increases

CN, Unifor disagree on cash contribution aspect of proposed agreement

Two Florida counties vote to fight All Aboard Florida line

NTSB in early investigation stages of CSX derailment in West Virginia

February 18

Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council becomes 13th member of Soy Transportation Coalition

Patriot Rail appoints Whiteman, Broyles to executive roles

PennDOT seeks comments on proposed improvements to Harrisburg-Pittsburgh line

Port of New York and New Jersey broke cargo record in 2014

Texas railway narrows corridor search for Dallas-Houston bullet-train service

TSA honors five rail, transit agencies for security measures

Washington port freight-rail projects part of state funding package

Sens. Schumer, Blumenthal introduce rail-crossing improvement act

February 17

Miller joins Tri-City Railroad as VP, COO

Port Metro Vancouver reports increased cargo volumes in 2014

RTD ramps up public safety campaign aimed at new rail lines

KCS to focus fuel management efforts on moving-train technologies

TransLink tabs Allen as temporary CEO

Don't cut transit off from Highway Trust Fund, APTA's Melaniphy says

National Freight Network Trust Fund Act enters House

Metra posts 1.3 percent ridership gain in 2014, announces $91 million locomotive rehab project

CP, Teamsters turn to binding arbitration to end strike; CN, Teamsters reach tentative pact

February 13

BART warns riders about potential measles exposure

Crossing closure considered in North Carolina; crossing upgrades pegged in Ohio

USDOT announces $29 million in grants to improve transit safety

Transportation Services Index inched up in December

CSX appoints Pendergrass, Swafford to VP posts

Rising Stars nomination deadline is approaching

Metrolinx issues tender for track project on Stouffville corridor

Volkswagen Group selects Jacksonville port as Southeastern import hub

BNSF highlights 2015 capex work in three more states

House T&I committee approves Amtrak funding legislation

February 12

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, AXION, Tealinc, Bombardier, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Gannett Fleming (Feb. 12)

Canadian Railway Hall of Fame adds three inductees

Port of Quincy requests $16.2 million from Washington State for intermodal infrastructure

Port Tracker anticipates February import gain; Virginia port sets January volume record

NTSB calls for audit of transit agency ventilation systems

AAR: U.S. carloads climbed, intermodal loads dropped in year's fifth week

CSX promotes Munoz to president, Sanborn to EVP of operations

Scott resigns GM post at MBTA

House T&I begins consideration of surface transportation reauthorization

February 11

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Greenbrier, Georgetown Rail, Nomad, WAGO and Railway Interchange (Feb. 11)

Missouri to receive $43.9 million for environmental damages from Anadarko settlement

Terminal Railroad Association agrees to relocate track for proposed NFL stadium in St. Louis

Argonne lab, University of Illinois secure federal grants for rail research

WMATA proposes fare increase, service changes for FY2016 budget

CP CFO Demosky to step down at May's end

Short-line tax credit extension bill enters House

Milwaukee council gives final OK to streetcar project

IANA on 2014: North American intermodal volume reached highest growth rate since 2011

February 10

Genesee & Wyoming ramped up revenue, traffic in fourth quarter

MBTA extends late-night pilot program until mid-June

CN reports increased grain export levels during first half of 2014-15 crop year

Vast majority of Teamsters Canada Rail Conference members back CP strike

CTA opens new station to serve Cermak-McCormick Place

Los Angeles transit officials seek input on proposed LAX station

BNSF cites key 2015 capex work in three states

UP notes lower derailment rate; NTSB cites alertness device concerns

Foxx, Shuster to host Twitter 'Town Hall'

February 9

Rail supplier news from United Rail, RailComm, Alstom, Sam Schwartz, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Unitrac (Feb. 9)

Western Group makes management changes

New Jersey DOT provides $4.3 million grant for rail bridge replacement

RTD narrows list of teams for Southeast Rail extension

Webcast: RailTrends to present 'Class I Performance: The Role of Data in Best-in-Class Operations'

Caltrain board authorizes electrification design-build RFP

USA Rail Terminals to build facility in Louisiana

Pennsylvania DOT to begin accepting applications for new intermodal incentive program

San Mateo board OKs $49 million for new Caltrain station

February 6

Former AAR SVP VanderClute joins OnTrackNorthAmerica's board

Georgia port marks 5 millionth vehicle; New Orleans port logs container volume record

Texas Central Railway reveals two possible sites for Dallas bullet-train station

MTA awards contract for LIRR work at Grand Central Terminal

CTA's $120 million TIFIA loan closes; FTA to inspect WMATA safety operations

Public service commission, transportation institute to help North Dakota DOT update rail plan

T&I Committee unveils passenger-rail reform bill

Metro-North accident prompts call for crossing safety legislation

Fritz succeeds Koraleski as UP's CEO

February 5

Montreal incorporates property development guidelines into long-term plan, RAC says

VIA Rail installs Williams as GM for Eastern Canada

Wabtec acquires Railroad Controls

South Florida RTA extends executive director's contract, adds board member

NTSB: Total transportation fatalities fell in 2013, but rail-related deaths climbed

AAR: U.S railroads ramped up traffic in January

Foxx touts Obama FY2016 budget's $3.2 billion for rail, BRT and streetcar projects

Metro-North resumes service on Harlem Line following Tuesday's fatal SUV-commuter train collision

February 4

Chicago Transit Authority to get wireless upgrade

Oregon DOT to study minority-, women-owned business contracting methods

Deadline approaching for Progressive Railroading's 'Rising Stars'

Indiana ports set several cargo records in 2014

Webcast: RailTrends to present 'Class I Performance: The Role of Data in Best-in-Class Operations'

Cass truckload, intermodal indices increased in December

New Orleans breaks ground on new streetcar line

Florida DOT to receive $9.9 billion in state budget, Gov. Scott says

NTSB to investigate Metro-North, SUV accident

February 3

Crossing upgrades approved in Ohio, Washington

Metra names Milano deputy exec director

Twin Cities' transit use rose in 2014

Vermont Rail, Providence & Worcester jointly lease locomotive from GATX

Nomination deadline extended for Progressive Railroading's 'Rising Stars'

Slew of ports pumped up container volumes in 2014

Amtrak, INDOT agree to Hoosier State contract extension

California authority seeks RFQs for high-speed rail project

AAR: U.S. roads to spend $29 billion on capex, hire 15,000 in 2015

February 2

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Norgren; Also, in memoriam: GREX's Edwin Snead (Feb. 2)

Rush succeeds VanderClute as head of safety, operations for AAR

PTC: KCSR's signal forces focus on field installations, testing and deployment strategy

Schumer to MTA: Start testing LIRR engineers for sleep disorders

Webcast: RailTrends to present 'Class I Performance: The Role of Data in Best-in-Class Operations'

LIRR opens information center for train-yard expansion plan

CP challenges transport coalition's claims about enhancing ag supply chain

BLET members ratify NS agreement; Steelworkers members ratify CN pact

FTA, Santa Clara VTA kick off environmental review for BART Silicon Valley II Extension

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