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Rail News: March 2015

March 31

Rail supplier update from Siemens, Bombardier, Alstom, Skelly and Loy, and Chesterfield (March 31)

St. Louis Metro Transit premieres trip planning app

U.S. EIA now reporting monthly crude-by-oil movement

Foxx sends six-year transportation funding proposal to Congress

Canada declines to renew grain-transport order for CN, CP

ASLRRA hands out marketing awards, names Schlosser service award recipient

Metrolinx awards contract for GO Transit rail maintenance facility

BNSF enhances crude-oil train operating procedures

March 30

Puget Sound transit agencies weigh regional day pass options

CSX earns spot on Forbes' best employers list

NRC to unveil 2015 scholarship criteria July 31

TriMet's new light-rail line millions under budget

Quebec government announces $1.5 billion for Montreal port, marine industry

MBTA's commuter line achieves full restoration

Amtrak taps Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Cutler for high-ranking role

Norfolk Southern kicks off $53 million plan to shrink Juniata shop's carbon footprint

March 27

Rail supplier news from GE, RailComm, Jacobs, RailPros and Ray's Transportation (March 27)

Trade groups form coalition to advocate for STB, rail regulation reform

Utah Transit Authority exec compensation within market norms, report says

Metra coordinates new intermodal transportation

FRA conference to address trespass, right-of-way fatality prevention

Genesee & Wyoming completes Freightliner Group acquisition

WMATA readies debut of 7000-series rail cars

Senators propose new crude-by-rail regulations

March 26

BART officials weigh earthquake safety options

SEPTA debuts designs for 15th Street Station accessibility improvements

AAR: U.S. rail traffic up in Week No. 11

Railroads, energy industry offer new crude-by-rail safety course to first responders

Hampton Roads Transit to host hearings on proposed light-rail extension

Tri-Rail station set to open at Miami airport

ASLRRA announces 2014 Safety Award winners

Senate committee passes PTC deadline-extension bill

March 25

NJ Transit marks 80 years of service at Newark Penn Station

University of Denver announces transportation institute's name change

All Aboard Florida hires Vailon Group consulting firm

Railroads need to do more to improve track, union official says

LIRR makes plans to demolish, reconstruct Colonial Road Bridge

Terminal expansion project slated for Port of Montreal

WMATA proposes no fare increases in FY2016 budget

Sen. Baldwin proposes 'rail shipper fairness,' competitive switching

March 24

Rail supplier news from Deutsche Bahn, Bombardier, TranSystems, RailPros, Atkins and Burns Group (March 24)

CCTA recognized for financial reporting practices in 2014

Local 1976 USW ratifies contract with Ontario Northland

CN continues major rehab work on Quebec Bridge

DART debuts first streetcar for testing

U.S. mayors to Congress: Pass transportation bill

SEPTA proposes $1.36 billion operating budget for FY2016

Progressive Railroading names 2015 'Rising Stars'

March 23

Toronto's Scarborough Line turns 30, debuts two new trains

Rep. Lowenthal proposes new fund for freight infrastructure projects

CN donates funds for supply management study; CSX issues grant for first-responder training

Two southern California counties to see commuter-rail service by 2016, state official says

CARTA scopes out land for intermodal hub following sale of Dorchester property

KCS reduces full-year 2015 guidance

Sen. Franken calls on FRA to make Bakken crude less volatile

CSX's Michael Ward to receive Railroad Innovator Award from Progressive Railroading, RailTrends

March 20

Rail supplier news from AXION, Extenet, Hirschmann and Colo Railroad (March 20)

Minnesota DOT: 300,000 state residents live near oil train routes

U.S. Class I workforce up a bit in February

Hart sworn in as NTSB chairman

Illinois Gov. Rauner's budget would slash Chicago transit funding in 2016

BNSF comments on trade group's complaint over tank car rates

Reps. Lipinski, Quigley propose $1 billion rail safety bill

STB reauthorization bill would change freight-rail policies

March 19

MARS board elects officers for 2015

Los Angeles transit agency debuts Trip2GO app, seeks testers

BNSF Logistics facility sold in Texas Gulf region

Ricardo to supply trains for planned maglev rail in Orlando

AAR: Intermodal lifts U.S. rail traffic numbers in week No. 10

Norfolk Southern expands 'Railroad University' training center in Georgia

Sound Transit completes first light-rail tunnel for Northgate Link Extension

Bill would streamline feds' environmental permitting for rail projects

March 18

Rail supplier news from Rail Europe, Trinity, Watco, WAGO and CH2M Hill (March 18)

North Carolina DOT to celebrate 175th anniversary of Raleigh's first train

UP to appeal OSHA ruling in whistleblower-complaint case

New York City Transit creates new VP role, reorganizes senior leadership

UP's ShipCarsNow expands auto transport services

KCS begins infrastructure projects in Texas subdivision

Denver's RTD to host public hearings as it mulls fare policy changes

CN unveils new intermodal hub plan, announces another ratified contract

New tank car standards needed now, Canada's Transportation Safety Board says

March 17

Rail supplier news from RailPlan, Saft, Thales, GE and Gannett Fleming (March 17)

Greenbrier receives orders for 10,100 rail cars

California High-Speed Rail Authority receives qualifications from five design-build teams

CTA awards $25.6 million contract for O'Hare branch rehab project

Amtrak bill calls for study of Gulf Coast passenger-rail route

Minnesota DOT begins environmental study for Rochester-Twin Cities high-speed rail project

Unifor members approve four agreements with CN

U.S.-Canada agreement a step toward restoring Vermont-to-Montreal rail service, Sen. Leahy says

March 16

Rail supplier news from Thales, RailComm, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Jamaica Bearings Group and Parsons Brinckerhoff (March 16)

Study addresses climate-related risks for SEPTA's commuter line

Kansas City Southern to open Wylie intermodal facility this summer

Indiana's Hoosier State service gets 30-day extension

FTA clarifies rule pertaining to riders with disabilities

Minnesota Gov. Dayton proposes railroad safety projects

Leahy named CEO of Metrolink

FRA orders removal of tank car valves involved in oil leaks

March 13

Rail supplier news from NRC, Alstom, AXION, RADWIN, UATP and HDR (March 13)

BTS: Freight index slips for second straight month

WMATA to reboot search for new CEO

All Aboard Florida names developer for special events facility

Keolis on schedule to return MBTA commuter trains to full service

House T&I Committee schedules second hearing on transportation reauthorization

Railway Interchange to feature retired Navy SEAL O'Neill as keynoter

Washington named LACMTA's new chief; Metrolink eyes Leahy

March 12

Rail supplier updates from EMD, Colo Railroad, HDR, NRC, DNJ Intermodal and Parsons Brinckerhoff (March 12)

CN: Grain shipments on pace for record-setting year

AAR: Intermodal volumes helped lift U.S. rail traffic in Week No. 9

Metrolinx to expand GO Transit's Barrie line

Hartnett named CEO of San Mateo County Transit District

Rail crossing and trespass fatalities on the rise, Operation Lifesaver says

Washington to leave Denver transit agency for Los Angeles

AAR, RAC back Transport Canada's tank-car safety proposal

March 11

Rail supplier news from CDPQ, Alstom, TX Holdings, Gannett Fleming, FreightCar America and SightLogix (March 11)

BART debuts glass canopy entrance

WMATA recommends developer for transit-oriented development

Sen. Blumenthal says 'no' to high-speed rail bypassing Connecticut

LACMTA urges riders to "Make the Right Play" in new etiquette campaign

Amtrak renames control center after Szabo

CN's Mongeau praises Port of Prince Rupert terminal expansion plan

FRA to announce steps to address grade-crossing safety issues, Feinberg says

March 10

Rail supplier news from Brookville, Bombardier, Timken, Swift Rail, RailPlan and Rail Exchange (March 10)

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf names six to Delaware River Port Authority board

Bids for three Honolulu rail stations come in higher than estimates

Global Port Tracker: Cargo backlog creates "unusually high" import volumes

Supreme Court rules Amtrak is a government entity, but doesn't resolve case

Sen. Baldwin, Rep. Kind urge Obama to issue crude-oil train standards

Unifor ratifies contract with CP; Ontario Northland, union reach tentative deal

FRA investigating Amtrak derailment in North Carolina

March 9

Contract awarded for Savannah Harbor dredging work

CTA logs record rail ridership in 2014

San Diego transit system initiates safety and security task force

Hoosier State train to stop running April 1, INDOT says

Caltrans mulls construction of new light-rail service

CSX, EPA reach agreement over derailment cleanup plan

Canadian officials investigating CN crude-oil train derailment

APTA: U.S. transit use at highest point in 58 years

March 6

Northern Lights Rail plans launch in Saskatchewan; Georgia port board adds Sandersville's Tarbutton

USDA report: Rail congestion impacted grain shipments, increased car premiums in Upper Midwest

Amtrak bill includes measure to allow travel with pets

Caltrans solicits public comment on state transportation plan

Moody's report: Rail volume will benefit from broad-based demand despite crude crunch

Preliminary track constructed for VTA BART expansion project

Redlands passenger-rail proposal receives environmental clearance in California

Washington state cites crude-by-rail safety measures

March 5

Rail supplier news from AECOM, HNTP, STV, WAGO, Rail Exchange, Maintenance Design Group and L.B. Foster (March 5)

CSX designates commerce park as first 'Select Site' in Florida

RTD Denver considering new fare policies

CSX: Merchandise and intermodal markets to grow, domestic coal volume to drop

AAR: U.S. rail traffic registered slight dip in February

Massachusetts Gov. Baker proposes 53 percent hike in MBTA funding for FY2016

Four senators introduce bill to extend PTC deadline until 2020's end

House passes $8 billion Amtrak funding bill

March 4

Rail supplier news from AECOM, NRC, Alstom and OPW (March 4)

Underground tracking system in the works for MBTA Green Line

Maryland to add MARC Camden Line service between Baltimore, D.C.

Washington state DOT releases improvement plan for eastern rail line

Metrolink engineer injured in derailment dies

KCSR's telecommunications team pitches in on PTC implementation

Port of Edmonds backs exploration of crossing alternatives

New bills seek to strengthen crude-by-rail safety, extend short-line tax credit

March 3

South Florida transportation authority taps Oglesby as deputy executive director

Harsco acquires transportation safety systems provider Protran

RTA report: Ties purchases, production jumped in January

Gov. Wolf asks federal government to tighten crude-by-rail safety standards

Jacksonville port lands Fiat Chrysler business; L.A.-area ports partner to ease congestion

NJ Transit to receive $147 million in Hurricane Sandy funds

Amtrak migrates service to temporary terminal in San Francisco

BNSF drove up revenue, drove down operating ratio in Q4

March 2

Rail supplier news from Alstom, STV, Hanson, Greenbriar Equity and I.D. Systems (March 2)

U.S. NAFTA freight value increased for 11th straight month in December

CTA to begin next phase of Wilson Station project

North Carolina DOT distributes $3.7 million for rail improvements

EPA: Tank-car demand to help drive up 2015 deliveries to 85,500 units

Met Council, Minneapolis parks agency agree on bridge option for Southwest light-rail project

FRA launches crossing safety campaign, schedules trespassing prevention workshop

Metrolink ready to power up PTC system on San Bernardino Line

Squires to succeed Moorman as NS' CEO

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