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Rail News: March 2014

March 31

SMART division-represented workers ratify Chicago Rail Link pact

Transportation Research Board seeks proposals for IDEA program

Metra board creates new audit committee, appoints Carlson chair

Three mayors endorse high-speed rail project between Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth

Amtrak to adjust Empire Builder route to account for heavy freight-rail traffic

SFMTA board approves 12 percent increase in rail service

CP cites drawbacks of 'Fair Rail' act, sets share purchase plan

New FRA rule requires railroads to adopt a 'critical incident stress' plan

March 28

Rail supplier news from Pacer, Alstom, Innovations in Transportation, Hub Group, Keolis and Michael Baker (March 28)

RTA: Tie purchases, production fell in February

FTA approves environmental impact statement for Maryland's Purple Line

KCS promotes Mitchell to AVP; intermodal institute installs DeWitt as executive director

Amtrak MOW workers gain higher wages from arbitration ruling; LACMTA reaches tentative agreement with ATU

Gov. Cuomo seeks to further bolster crude-by-rail safety in New York

TriMet proposes rail infrastructure, service improvements in FY2015

U.S. rail traffic ramped up last week

Gov. Cuomo proposes $4.9 billion plan to harden New York's transportation network against future storms

March 27

X Train offers 'all cash buyout' to independent passenger-rail operators

Ten crossings slated for upgrades in Ohio

Metra OKs contract for Lombard Station project

'Very low potential' for derailment at Washington state port, TUV Rheinland study shows

TSB data shows rail accidents, fatalities rose in Canada last year

FRA proposes new safety rules for passenger-train exterior doors

Railroads, shippers size up competitive switching proposal at STB hearing

APTA defends its ridership report

'Fair rail' bill seeks to boost grain-by-rail efficiency in Canada

March 26

Rail supplier updates from Timken, Amsted, Alstom, REMSA, VTG and Holland (March 26)

New Congressman Jolly named to House transportation committee

Two grade separation projects advance in L.A. area

PANYNJ to pilot weekend ferry service for PATH riders

CSX: Opening date for Florida terminal, state honors for Ohio terminal

DART accelerates DFW station's opening day

CN bolsters safety management system to better prevent haz-mat accidents

AAR, TTCI leaders address crude-by-rail safety and competitive switching proposal

March 25

Georgia port's harbor deepening project gains additional state funds; port volume continues to rise

AREMA seeks applicants for Watford Fellowship

North Carolina DOT begins double-track project on NS line

Developers schedule public meeting to review Pennsylvania container facility project

Amtrak's Boardman praises new corporate alliance for infrastructure investment

CN delivers 4,000 hopper cars to Western Canada grain elevators, calls for Coast Guard support

NTSB investigating CTA train derailment at O'Hare

Metro-North completes signal upgrades at curves, bridges

March 24

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Thales, Kelso, AXION and Parsons Brinckerhoff (March 24)

Congressional appropriation committee members tour TTCI

St. Paul's Union Depot earns LEED® Gold recognition for sustainability

Sound Transit to host open house on East Link designs

Value of cargo moved by rail between U.S., NAFTA partners increased last year

Teamsters conference, CN to enter labor negotiations

Metro-North, LIRR to install freight-train monitoring equipment

ASLRRA announces short-line safety award winners

March 21

Detroit streetcar developer adds Fisher, Brown to staff

Recording equipment to be installed on Metro-North, LIRR trains

U.S. rail traffic rebounded last week

CN seeks binding arbitration after Teamsters rail conference again fails to ratify pact

Caltrain to start serving San Bruno station next month

Tennessee RTA wins federal grant for new Music City Star station

UP installs Koraleski as chairman, adds Dillon to board

Size of U.S. Class I workforce didn't change much last month

March 20

RAC's Gullo joins sustainability group's industry council

WTS International names new officers, foundation board members

California High-Speed Rail Authority to host business events for project's next phase

Bolyard, Moore assume short-line GM posts at Watco

WMATA seeks public input on service, unveils new escalators

New Orleans port forges representation pact with Samsara Shipping in India

UP makes 18 upper management appointments, advances trackwork project

Schumer to FRA: Examine LIRR's safety practices

March 19

Rail supplier news from Boatright, Stella-Jones, ABB, Bombardier, Timken and Michael Baker (March 19)

Schneider National introduces new logo

DART, California High-Speed Rail Authority announce board appointments

New York State DOT to review Olean crossing changes at public hearing

Maryland increases capacity on MARC weekend service

Jacksonville port lands export log business; Long Beach port logs volume drop for February

BNSF to add more workers and locomotives in 2014, Ice says

Amtrak asks Congress to use Northeast Corridor profits for corridor improvements

March 18

Canadian rail association tabs Bauer as haz-mat transportation specialist

Fort Worth & Western hires Atkins to help manage highway project's effects

Ottawa's light-rail project honored for public-private financing

SMART Transportation Division survey cites heavy opposition to heavier trucks

Siemens wins multi-state locomotive contract

February port volumes: Up in Norfolk, down in Los Angeles

Illinois panel calls for restructuring of Chicago transit agencies' governance

LACMTA's board to consider fare increase options to address deficit concerns

March 17

Rail supplier news from GE, Hollysys, Bombardier and Critical Solutions (March 17)

UP lands Washington grant to erect fence at popular state park

Survey: Californians are finding alternatives to car travel

Ceres Global lands CBP agreement to complete BNSF connection at Saskatchewan hub

Sound Transit slates public meetings on proposed Federal Way Link Extension

KCSM initiates Friday program, promotes texting campaign to boost safety

Proposed regulations would mandate a railway operating certificate in Canada

FRA unveils critical 'Operation Deep Dive' safety assessment of Metro-North

March 14

Rail supplier news from Ansaldo, Siemens, Railserve, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Keolis and RSI/CMA (March 14)

Frey joins South Florida RTA's board

OmniTRAX honors five employees' safety efforts

BART to offer safety app for smartphones

Grade separation opens in California; crossing projects advance in Ohio

MBTA set to kick off late-night weekend service

U.S. rail traffic was mixed again in year's 10th week

BNSF's Ice to North Dakota senators: Ag product shipments will be on time come June

March 13

Edwards to lead marketing efforts for All Aboard Florida

Transportation Services Index slipped a bit in January

Fitch: U.S. transportation trends call for new funding solutions

Power upgrade completed on Metro-North's New Haven Line

CSX: Old Man Winter to take a bite out of 1Q earnings; Sease to head corporate communications

Denver RTD to break ground on North Metro Rail project

U.S. freight roads budget $26 billion for infrastructure improvements in 2014, AAR says

Canadian safety board updates accident reporting, investigation regulations

March 12

Rail supplier news from ShipXpress, Thales, Hub Group and Hatch Mott MacDonald (March 12)

NS decorates locomotive to commemorate GoRail's 10th anniversary

MBTA opens revamped Yawkey Station near Fenway Park

UP garners military hiring recognition from diversity magazine

Rising Stars' nomination deadline looms

CSX, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency pact targets state's haz-mat traffic

Hersman to step down as NTSB chair, assume NSC's top post

APTA calls on Congress to hike transit funding by $11.5 billion annually

March 11

Rail supplier news from RailComm, LIFT, AXION, GE, AngelTrax, Cubic and Retlif (March 11)

CaseStack taps CSX service at new Atlanta consolidation center

Oregon DOT shuts down bridge project due to lack of funding

Container volume to surge in March, Global Port Tracker predicts

Short line pioneer and former Pinsly leader Maggie Silver: 1925 to 2014

NTSB launches investigation into another Metro-North accident

Amtrak cites key infrastructure projects for 2014

BNSF budgets $247 million for North Dakota infrastructure upgrades, Sen. Heitkamp says

March 10

McCloud becomes GM of Watco's Grand Elk Railroad

L.A. port commission seeks executive director candidates

Virginia rail department slates meeting for multi-modal alternatives analysis

FTA OKs San Antonio's next step in funding request for streetcar plan

Ohio rail commission to consider freight-rail project grants

Tunnel boring begins on Evergreen Line in Canada

Canadian government adopts measures to get more export grain moving by rail

APTA touts record transit ridership in 2013

March 7

Rail supplier news from TUV, Alstom, AXION, RailTerm, Parsons Brinckerhoff and JMA Railroad (March 7)

X Train negotiating to acquire four private rail operators

Juniata Valley Railroad to serve rail authority's newly purchased property

Port Authority of Allegheny County marks golden anniversary

Shippers cut carbon dioxide emissions last year by using rail, BNSF says

AAR: U.S. intermodal volume grew for the 51st straight month in February

MBTA awards Keolis $2.6 billion contract; current operator MBCR sues to stop it

Crude-by-rail safety remained under tight scrutiny this week

March 6

EdgePoint report: Global rail industry racked up more mergers, acquisitions in 2013

X Train seeks private partnerships, acquisitions to consolidate existing passenger-rail operations

L.A.-area grade separation program to continue in 2014, OCTA says

Progressive Railroading seeks nominations for Rising Stars 2014

Arizona, Oregon transportation leaders seek public input on passenger rail

BNSF Logistics, Tri Global Energy team up to develop wind energy logistics center

Proposed federal budget includes no diesel-emissions program dollars

Connecticut Gov. Malloy 'disappointed' with lack of details in Metro-North action plan

March 5

Providence and Worcester installs solar array in Massachusetts yard

Davison to head Sound Transit's communications, external affairs

Washington state port lets contract for new rail lines

In memoriam: Connie Sumara, longtime Chicago Freight Car Leasing executive and former LRIW president

Hampton Roads Transit OKs fare hike

SunRail: Station opens in Winter Park; Obama budget includes phase two funding

Nation needs to develop more large-scale uses for natural gas, Gov. Dalrymple says

New Orleans railroad, port to serve perlite processing facility

Obama's FY2015 budget would expand transit rail, address crude-by-rail safety

March 4

Rail supplier news from Harsco, Greenbrier, Aecon, RPS, North American Equipment, Pandrol and Tealinc (March 4)

San Diego MTS to restore vintage trolley car for Silver Line

STB begins cost-of-capital proceeding, sets energy transportation committee meeting

Rail commission proposes Altamont Corridor Express fare hike

Crest Container Lines to help CN, Halifax port build business in India

USDOT report: More investments needed in transportation infrastructure

Federated Railways acquires Cold Train intermodal service

BNSF drove up revenue and income, drove down operating ratio in 4Q

March 3

Amtrak service returns to Denver's historic Union Station

KCS: Process-improvement initiative under way; Starling joins Ferrellgas board

South Florida RTA tabs Stephens as executive director

CN sells 21-mile line to Montreal's AMT

Sound Transit set ridership record in 2013

Caltrain releases draft environmental report on electrification plan

Fortress seeks STB approval to acquire, control MMA and Canadian affiliate

New York, Oregon governors take steps to bolster crude-by-rail safety

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