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Rail News: March 2013

March 28

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, Bombardier, MERMEC, CTC, Transit Center Inc., Thales and Comet (March 28)

Crossing projects top-of-mind in Texas, Ohio

Peabody Energy's Boyce to chair Coal Industry Advisory Board

New England rail authority awards contract for Brunswick layover

OmniTRAX installs Brede as president, makes three other top appointments

Time running out for 'Rising Star' nominations

BTS: Value of cargo moved by surface modes climbed in January

Denver RTD to speed up release of North Metro RFP

Key sectors other than coal will outpace slow economic growth, CSX's Ward says

March 27

CP, short line forge pacts with Quebec port to bolster rail system

Sound Transit to display, discuss plans for light-rail extension

CN and Coalspur Mines ink transportation, rail line pacts

MTA to reopen Brooklyn station

Maryland transit, labor agencies ink agreement calling for more skilled workers for transportation projects

Work under way on three portions of Port MacKenzie extension in Alaska

U.S. Class I workforce grew incrementally in February

Virginia Gov. McDonnell amends transportation package, comments on port authority

Long Beach port breaks ground for major rail project

March 26

Rail supplier updates from Cooper Bearings, Chicago Freight Car, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Arup (March 26)

Metro-St. Louis to hold public meetings on rapid transit options

Ohio utilities commission OKs crossing work

Two Georgia ports cranked up cargo volume in February

Evergreen Line constituents unveil construction schedule, station names

FRA amends track, passenger equipment safety standards

New York lawmakers seek restoration of old Rockaway Beach line

Design to start on intermodal terminal at New Orleans port

March 25

Rail supplier updates from Thales, Railinc, PowerRail, STV and Gannett Fleming (March 25)

In memoriam: BNSF AVP Denny Boll

Panama Canal dignitary visits Georgia port to talk expansion

Capitol Corridor ridership, revenue fell in February

New KCS training center to feature stationary rail-car display

STB: Analysis of Tongue River Railroad's proposed coal line proceeds to Draft EIS phase

CN completes sale of rail line segment to Metrolinx

House, Senate pass continuing resolution for rest of FY2013

March 22

Union Pacific to add second track on Missouri mainline

HART OKs extra seats for Honolulu's transit-rail system

Study: Home values performed better near public transportation systems

South Carolina port notes February volume jump, progress on harbor deepening project

Both carload, intermodal counts climbed a tad last week for U.S. roads

Amtrak, Pennsylvania agree to continue rail service

Illinois to head multi-state procurement of high-speed locomotives

Railroad antitrust bill back in Congress, AAR back to opposing it

March 21

Shuster names spokesman for House transportation committee

The T seats new board members, officers

NS annual report: A highpoint-filled 2012 to be followed by more highlights

Crude oil: Phillips 66 lands 3PL pacts; Savage hub wins top terminal honor

Columbia River Crossing project to receive Oregon funding

CN relocates forest products transload op to Chicago port

VRE proposes 4 percent fare hike in FY2014

STB denies AAR's petition to consider indirect competition as a coal rate factor

March 20

Rail supplier updates from Nomad Digital, Hollysys, Thales Canada, James McHugh and NRC (March 20)

Agreement recognizes Grand Central Terminal, Tokyo Station as 'sister' stations

BLET turns 150 on May 8

CSX honors 69 chemical shippers' safety efforts

FTA allocates second round of Hurricane Sandy relief aid

Rangeland Energy to build BNSF-served crude oil facility in New Mexico

Civil engineer society's infrastructure grades: D for nation, C-plus for rail

California high-speed rail board approves MOU for Caltrain modernization, $8.6 billion in state bonds

March 19

BioFuels to build biodiesel facility, provide rail-to-water crude oil transfers in Houston

A quiet zone in California, a safer crossing in Ohio

RTD's West Line project receives national recognition

SEPTA proposes fare increase for new fiscal year

Texas port to serve voestalpine's planned iron-ore 'direct reduction' plant

Six-year pact between longshoremen's union, ports proceeds to ratification

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick introduces bill to fund 10-year transportation program

Amtrak elects Coscia chair, reaches tentative agreement with UTU

March 18

Rail supplier updates from Invensys, Alstom, Union Tank, STV and Avtec (March 18)

Sen. Reid talked short lines, tax credit at 'Day on the Hill'

Continental Rail acquires Transportation Management Services

Virginia port reached second-best volume levels in February

TriMet posted ridership declines in several categories during winter quarter

Public hearings to review environmental issues for Texas-Oklahoma, Minnesota high-speed rail corridors

EIA: North Dakota set crude oil production record in December

New Jersey Transit, PATH receive federal funds for Sandy recovery

March 15

WTS International reveals annual award winners, names Swaim-Staley 'woman of the year'

WMATA sped up capital improvements in late 2012

LaHood: Crossing, trespassing fatalities are vexing rail safety issues

Up-and-down U.S. traffic trend continued in week No. 10

Sound Transit to solicit public feedback on Tacoma Link expansion

L.A.-area ports pumped up container volumes in February

Crude oil: CP-served transload facility to expand in North Dakota; Twin Eagle to market transloading services in Texas

March 14

Former CSX CEO Snow joins Lender Processing Services' board

Amtrak's Vermonter to pick up speed on route to D.C.

Metro-North to repair bridge in southern New York

Transportation Services Index inched up in January

Seven senators, BNSF disagree on Berkshire purchase's impacts to shippers

Tunnel boring for Toronto subway extension gets under way

WMATA to solicit public input on FY2014 capital plan

Progressive Railroading's free 'Derailment Prevention Strategies' webcast on tap for today

Short-line tax credit extension bill enters Senate, joins discussion at 'Day on Capitol Hill'

March 13

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, Amsted, Greenbrier, Tideworks, Ricardo and Parsons Brinckerhoff (March 13)

Coming tomorrow: Progressive Railroading's free 'Derailment Prevention Strategies' webcast

Ohio utilities commission OKs crossing upgrades

STB extends procedural time schedule for proposed costing system changes

CN reassigns three execs to VP posts

CTA completes first phase of Wells Street Bridge reconstruction

TriMet sues Clackamas County over Portland-Milwaukie light-rail project

Service returning to Hoboken Terminal, NJ Transit says

Value of ag exports at Virginia port reached record level last year

March 12

Minnesota DOT to hold final open house for freight-rail study

Crude oil traffic surge helped Farmrail set carload record in 2012

California DOT allocates $333 million for rail, other transportation projects

Pauline to lead Genesee & Wyoming's Australian subsidiary

FTA sends $67.5 million to Honolulu for transit-rail project

NTSB issues recommendations on signal maintenance after investigating two Amtrak accidents

Metro-North announces major service expansion, wins engineering award

APTA, MTA report ridership gains in 2012 despite destructive storms

March 11

Rail supplier updates from Brookville, CTC, Ansaldo, Wartsila TMH, STV and KBR (March 11)

Ohio rail commission to ponder funds for five freight-rail projects

FECI assigns Robinson, Reininger to president posts at All Aboard Florida

Cuomo announces restoration of South Ferry Subway service in New York City

Caltrain board updates MOU with high-speed rail authority

Coming Thursday: Progressive Railroading's free 'Derailment Prevention Strategies' webcast

Metro Gold Line authority, Metro Transit-St. Louis advance light-rail projects

Florida to provide $288 million for port improvements

Road and rail project under way at British Columbia port

March 8

HC Bridge's hybrid composite beam earns 'Pankow' innovation award, TRB says

Three Class Is to serve new chemical, fertilizer plants in Southeast

U.S. traffic tallies: Intermodal climbed, carloads contracted again in February

FTA approves final environmental report for Baltimore light-rail line

Bidders for GO Transit maintenance facility project narrowed to three

Sound Transit ramped up ridership in 2012

Alaska Railroad to cut 54 jobs, implement other cost-cutting measures

CP posts progress on turnaround plan, Harrison says

L.A. harbor commissioners advance BNSF's proposed intermodal facility

March 7

CTA to expand apprenticeship program for ex-offenders

RTA: Crosstie production surged, purchases crept up in January

Sound Transit to hold meetings on future transit expansion

CHS, Mid-Kansas Cooperative to build UP-served grain loading facility

Gov. Cuomo reveals federal funding details for MTA's Hurricane Sandy cleanup costs

BNSF to test liquefied natural gas on long-haul locomotives

Rep. Sires introduces MOVE Freight Act to strengthen national freight policy

March 6

Rail supplier updates from Webcor Builders, Alstom and Bombardier (March 6)

MBTA seeks Wi-Fi service provider

New Cold Train office to open in Chicago

CSX designates 'Select Site' in Alabama

FRA signs off on Washington State DOT's environmental assessment for Port Defiance project

Boardman: Amtrak relied on federal subsidies for just 12 percent of its operating costs in 2012

TTCI researchers share R&D advances at AAR's annual 'review'

FTA, FEMA ink agreement to define agency roles following Hurricane Sandy

March 5

MTA completes blasting for 72nd Street Station project

Florida East Coast names Westerman VP and corporate controller

Norfolk Southern marks Ohio River bridge centennial anniversary

Metro Vancouver's SkyTrain stations to be upgraded

California High-Speed Rail Authority appoints Fong as CFO

South Carolina Ports Authority launches inland port project

USDOT awards nearly $200 million to PANYNJ for Sandy cleanup

Operation Lifesaver: Rail trespass deaths, injuries on the rise

March 4

Metrolink employee recognized for customer service

North Carolina DOT schedules more meetings on proposed crossing projects

CSX to remove three New York rail bridges in spring, Sen. Schumer says

NS disputes OSHA's ruling on whistleblower violations

Sound Transit closes land sale to pave way for Rainier Valley development

House bill seeks to extend short-line tax credit through 2016

Brookings report examines Amtrak strengths, weaknesses; recommends improvements

APTA issues 'Legislative Update' on sequester's impact on transit industry

March 1

Rail supplier updates from Greenbrier, Axion, Bombardier and Hub Group (March 1)

Santa Clara VTA's Burns to retire as GM by year's end

CSX, Union Pacific earn accolades

U.S. rail traffic continues to follow a familiar trend

UTA prepares for Airport TRAX Line's April 14 opening

CN, LBC Tank Terminals to increase flow of crude oil through Louisiana facility

Court dismisses lawsuit against California's high-speed rail project

Sens. Lautenberg, Rockefeller craft bill to help fund transportation projects

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