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Rail News: February 2016

February 29

Rail supplier news from Vertex, Thales, Timken and VeRail Technologies (Feb. 29)

World Trade Center's Oculus set to open Thursday

Caltrain fare hike takes effect

Puentes tapped to lead Eno Center for Transportation

USDOT seeks new FASTLANE grant applicants

FRA unveils online tool for bridge inspection reports

Sound Transit restores funding for two light-rail extensions

Short-line tax credit would be permanent under BRACE Act

February 26

Caltrain solicits customer feedback on service enhancements

Sound Transit's rail routes logged record ridership in 2015

KCS to kick off PTC field integration tests next week

WMATA to beef up police patrols on trains, buses

BNSF announces capex plans for Missouri, Colorado

Kansas City streetcar, L.A. line extension to open in May

CP cites growing shipper support for NS merger deal, while UPS and TTD voice objections

Amtrak: STB's proposed policy change would prioritize freight trains

February 25

Iowa panel OKs 'LIFTS' funds for freight transportation improvements

Metra tests onboard Wi-Fi, meets on-time performance goal for January

WMATA to improve radio, wireless coverage in subways

Florida East Coast Railway to offer new intermodal booking tool online

MBTA reviews Green Line Extension project, seeks public input

Kansas City Southern set to begin $5.6 million in Louisiana projects

University of Michigan reveals plans for Ann Arbor light-rail route

AAR: U.S. railroads log traffic increase in Week 7; crude oil shipments down 17 percent in 2015

February 24

Rail supplier news from GE, Siemens, Schneider and NRC (Feb. 24)

Canada forms Parliamentary Rail Caucus

Sound Transit to expand reduced fare program to commuter-rail routes

WMATA to provide new data feed for mobile app developers

North Carolina business park designated CSX 'Select Site'

BNSF details 2016 capex plans for Nebraska, New Mexico

FRA budget would double rail bridge inspectors, Schumer says

Higher-speed rail route in Michigan would be profitable, study finds

February 23

AAR debuts latest version of 'Freight Rail Works' campaign

SamTrans names Kay chief financial officer

RTD kicks off testing on new commuter-rail lines

CSX joins Nasdaq-100 Index

LIRR, Metro-North logged mechanical performance records in 2015

Watco rail center plan advances in Nevada

Infrastructure Ontario, Metrolinx unveil short list of firms to build Finch West light-rail project

TIGER's eighth round to fund $500 million in grants

February 22

UP named to 'Most Admired' list

BNSF's credit rating upgraded

CN issues $500 million debt offering

Millar named Washington state's acting transportation secretary

FTA to host listening session on proposed safety plans

BLET reaches tentative pact with Illinois Railway; and in memoriam: Lori Dewey

Ohio DOT slates meetings for Cincinnati commuter-rail line

CREATE Program awarded $1.25 million for Chicago grade separation project

February 19

Mooney visits Appalachian Timber Services, Biden tours New Orleans port

Amtrak now allows pets on long-distance routes

STB: Class I employment drops in all categories in January

DART to install cameras on light-rail trains

Report: Shuster leaning toward 'no' on CP-NS merger

DC Streetcar to start serving riders next week

FRA awards $10 million to states to upgrade grade crossings

California changes direction of high-speed rail plan

February 18

Rail supplier news from Wells Fargo Rail, Siemens, Miller; and in memoriam: Joseph Sloat (Feb. 18)

Group formed to study return of Amtrak's Gulf Coast service

AAR: Carload traffic decline continues in Week 6

L.A. Metro tests security technologies to reduce fare evasion

BNSF to spend $350 million on maintenance in Washington, Minnesota

FTA issues record of decision, FEIS for Durham-Orange light-rail project

CSX expects significant decline in Q1 earnings

Amtrak seeks $1.8 billion in FY2017 budget request

February 17

The sights at Secure Rail 2016

Metro Transit renames rail station after Minnesota Vikings' new stadium

Twin Eagle launches terminal operations at Texas rail park

California lawmaker introduces bill to allow voters to nix high-speed rail project

MNDOT slates meetings for Minneapolis-Duluth higher-speed rail route

APTA, forum agree to promote near field communication technologies

USDOT awards rail safety grants to North Dakota, Wisconsin

Anacostia Rail short line hires Bjornstad as president

FRA to states: Check crossings connected to traffic lights

February 16

'Rising Stars' nominations due Friday

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, OnTrackNorthAmerica, Alstom and HNTB (Feb. 16)

Iowa Pacific divests equity interest in Andean Railways

Drew Lewis, former U.S. transportation secretary and UP chief, dies

CTA logged record rail ridership in 2015

WMATA solicits public input on $3.1 billion budget for FY2017

CSX to cut back on car repair facilities

L.A. Metro nets $300 million for rail projects; Caltrain to receive funds for electrification

CP to seek declaratory order from STB on voting trust issue

February 12

Rail supplier news from Kelso, Phoenix Contact, NRC and Parsons (Feb. 12)

Congressional reps visit Progress Rail, PortaCo

Canadian Pacific unveils new website to promote NS merger proposal

Metrolink to speed up test trains on 91/Perris Valley Line expansion

Metrolinx to improve Bloor Street GO Transit Station

MBTA inks $16.2 million contract with J.F. White to repair railroad bridge

TransLink names Desmond CEO

TSB: Worn car components contributed to 2014 train derailment

February 11

L.A. Metro mulls parking fee at nine stations

SacRT eyes 20 percent fare hike to cover FY losses

NCDOT marks halfway point on Piedmont Improvement Program

Washington House passes rail worker transportation safety bill

MTA to sell $500 million in 'green' bonds to fund infrastructure upgrades

U.S. carload traffic still mired in shrinking pattern, AAR data shows

Washington transportation commission adopts CBR safety rules

CN details 2016 capex plan

February 10

Rail supplier news from duostech, Knorr-Bremse, Alstom, and Skelly and Loy (Feb. 10)

MTA seeks community input on rehab work for Hurricane Sandy-damaged tunnels

Retail imports to grow 4.5 percent in year, Global Port Tracker says

Genesee & Wyoming reports fourth-quarter earnings decline

Obama's budget proposal allocates funds for transit-rail projects

Amtrak urges STB to consider on-time performance at intermediate stations

CP seeks NS shareholder support for proposed merger

February 9

Connecticut Commuter Rail Council names Gildea chair

L.A. Metro Gold line extension to feature six new park-and-ride facilities 

Toronto Transit Commission unveils 2016 customer charter, pledges to reduce subway delays

Denver RTD runs train simulation software to test traffic signals on R Line

Building materials company to renovate long-vacant facility on Indiana short line

Panama Canal expansion: Sill reinforcement work complete

FTA unveils details of transit safety plans

Port of New York and New Jersey set cargo record in 2015

February 8

Rail supplier news from WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Eurovia, REMSA, Wi-Tronix and Orgo-Thermit (Feb. 8)

Two state panels OK rail crossing safety upgrades

TransLink kicks off SkyTrain station upgrades

Bay Area transit systems log ridership records during Super Bowl week

Lynch to succeed Foltz as Georgia Ports Authority executive director

Indiana port handled second-highest annual volume since 1994

UP reports 3 percent fewer crossing accidents in 2015

Obama's proposed gas tax would fund high-speed rail, public transit

February 5

Tradepoint Atlantic appoints Thomas to oversee short line's development

Metro-North's New Haven Line broke all-time ridership record in 2015

Caltrain appoints Burns to oversee electrification effort

NJ Transit strike looms as negotiations fail to reach agreement

IANA: Intermodal grew 2.8 percent in Q4

Maryland Transit Administration inks rail-car overhaul contract with Bombardier

NS facilitated $4.2 billion in industrial investment in 2015

NYC Mayor de Blasio unveils $2.5 billion Brooklyn-Queens streetcar proposal

February 4

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Smith promotes grade crossing project in Moorhead

LRIW elects five new board members

Arizona panel OKs upgrade of Union Pacific crossing in Tucson

FRA releases status of railroads' PTC timelines

L.A. Metro unveils 'operation shovel ready' to advance transit projects

Ontario issues second 'green' bond, secures funding for transit-rail projects

FRA gives green light for rebuild of Baltimore/Washington airport's rail station

AAR: U.S. railroads post 'solid' intermodal traffic in January, but carload results disappoint

February 3

Rail supplier updates from Greenbrier, United Rail, dFuzion and Hub Group (Feb. 3)

SacRT seeks public input on recruitment of next GM, CEO

North Carolina DOT unveils ad campaign for passenger-rail service

Cybersecurity a major topic featured at Secure Rail conference

In memoriam: Transportation policy visionary Gil Carmichael

Elliott: STB reauthorization implementation 'well underway'

CP publishes third white paper on NS merger

Report: CN, CSX, NS won't meet 2018 PTC deadline

MTA Metro-North, LIRR log strong ridership gains in 2015

February 2

TTC reports record customer satisfaction rating, decreased subway delays in 2015

MBTA debuts accessibility improvements to South Acton Station

Connecticut panel OKs $17.5 million to improve Danbury Branch Line

FRA, District DOT to host public meeting on Long Bridge project

SEPTA unveils $19.6 million terminal upgrades at 69th Street station

Metra RFP seeks manufacturer for new rail cars

Siemens to open rail services center in California

NTSB opens docket on Philadelphia Amtrak derailment

February 1

Rail supplier updates from Siemens, Alstom, Kelso and AREMA (Feb. 1)

Paskett, Lowenthall appointed to California High-Speed Rail Authority

Canada to open new office to support Lac-Megantic's redevelopment

AAPA: Cargo volumes point to need for infrastructure upgrades

MBTA commuter trains achieve best on-time rating in December

EMD wraps up Metrolink's first Tier 4 locomotive

STB receives first letters of support for CP-NS merger

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