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Rail News: April 2013

April 30

Rail supplier updates from Savage, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Gannett Fleming, Vossloh, Faiveley and J.L. Patterson (April 30)

EPA: Diesel Emissions Reduction Act helped retrofit more than 50,000 engines

Tank-car orders will jump, but demand for other car types will remain flat or decline in 2013, Economic Planning Associates says

Obama announces Foxx as transportation secretary nominee, thanks LaHood for service

Canadian government kicks off Rail Safety Week, announces additional crossing funds and safety measures

RTD marks grand opening of West Rail Line

MARTA proposes 2014 budget, fiscal stability plan

ASLRRA names winners of 'Schlosser' service, annual marketing awards

April 29

Houston port lets contract for four container cranes

Metro-North begins Hudson Line embankment stabilization

MBTA launches two express trains on Worcester/Framingham Line

Projects generated more than 5,000 jobs in 2012, Long Beach port says

Iowa Northern Railway crafts new CP, UP interchange service

D.C. airports authority intends to award Dulles Corridor contract to Capital Rail Constructors

Canadian Pacific helps sign off on intermodal access project in Edmonton

Obama expected to nominate Charlotte Mayor Foxx as next transportation secretary

April 26

Rail supplier updates from RailComm, BBM Railway, Thales, VTG, Kuehne + Nagel, American Railcar and Parsons Brinckerhoff (April 26)

California transportation agency forms freight advisory committee

FRA obligates grant for Florida short line upgrades

MBTA puts new Hyundai-Rotem rail cars into service

Sound Transit approves East Link light-rail changes, issues sustainability report

CSX earns accolades for diversity efforts

Highway Trust Fund could go broke by 2015, CBO says

U.S. rail traffic trend held true in year's 16th week

April 25

Three crossing projects advance in Ohio

SFMTA closes entrance to make way for Central Subway tunnel, station construction

Schneider National unveils intermodal service for liquid bulk chemicals

TriMet begins next major construction phase of Milwaukie-Portland light-rail bridge

FRA, Seattle officials open downtown multi-modal hub

RTA: Tie purchases, production ticked up in March

PANYNJ OKs Bayonne Bridge contract to make room for super-sized ships

AAR promotes best safety practices at first-ever leadership forum

April 24

Rail updates from Tutor Perini, J.L. Patterson, Bombardier, Thales, URS and Northwest Railroad Institute (April 24)

Texas A&M institute seeks nominees for Richards crossing safety award

Capitol Corridor's stimulus-funded improvement projects now completed

Metro-North places 200th new M-8 car into service on New Haven Line

Branch line reconstruction project begins in Maine

Ottawa's Confederation Line light-rail project advances

Canadian Pacific registers best-ever Q1 financial results

Norfolk Southern scored second-best ever revenue, operating ratio

April 23

FTA gives environmental OK to Detroit streetcar project

AAR: U.S. freight roads' fuel efficiency continues to climb

Contractor proposals unveiled for Dulles Corridor Metrorail's second phase

APTA's Melaniphy calls for more federal investment in transit security

Tesoro, Savage to jointly develop crude-by-rail facility at U.S. port in Vancouver

CN: Extreme winter weather put chill on Q1 income, operating ratio

Royal Canadian Mounted Police foil terrorist plot to derail VIA train in Canada

USDOT to provide $474 million in TIGER grant program's fifth round

April 22

Kansas City Southern inspects new rack, flat cars

Metrolinx increases train frequency on GO Transit line

UTU-represented conductors reach tentative pact with SEPTA

TTCI marks workplace safety milestone

Capitol Corridor ridership dips in March, joint rail authority advances California's high-speed blended service plan

MTA's Prendergast names Bianco acting president of NYCT

Union Pacific wins GM supplier award, upgrades Kansas line

U.S. Class I workforce grew wider in March

April 19

Rail supplier updates from Siemens, Invensys Rail, Thales, Hub Group and Parsons Brinckerhoff (April 19)

North Carolina DOT to conduct grade crossing safety 'blitzes'

Amtrak workers ratify five-year contract

AAR: Another so-so traffic week in the books for U.S. roads

Northeast Corridor faces 'investment crisis,' Amtrak's Boardman says

North Carolina Gov. McCrory proposes transportation funding plan

Illinois transportation budget includes $1.8 billion for public transit, $1.1 billion for rail

Kansas City Southern's Q1 records include revenue, operating ratio

April 18

Texas DOT's rail division leader Glavin to retire in late June

South Carolina port pumps up container volume, preps for inland port

Three Texas ports form regional trade alliance

All Aboard Florida, FRA to solicit public input on Orlando-to-Miami passenger-rail service

CN opens logistics park in Calgary, lines up more crude oil business

Amtrak's Providence Station to undergo $6 million in upgrades

Pennsylvania officials unveil transportation funding plan

Union Pacific registered record financial performance in Q1

April 17

Rail updates from Michael Baker, Protran, Parallel Infrastructure, Siebert Brandford Shank, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Quintiq and Auto Truck (April 17)

Chicago Rail Link lands BP business; California council honors Pacific Harbor Line as top veteran employer

ARCI: Rail-car orders climbed, deliveries flatlined in Q1

Central Texas officials tab HNTB's Keahey to lead 'Urban Rail' effort

California high-speed authority, SBA formally agree to market rail project to small businesses

MARTA names new members of executive team

House transportation committee creates freight-focused panel

CSX set four Q1 financial records despite a still-weak coal sector

April 16

Rail updates from Lilee Systems, Alstom, L.B. Foster, UNITRAC, Stantec, Bergmann and Parsons Brinckerhoff (April 16)

Kazaka to head finance for Canadian railway association

Capitol Corridor upgrades Wi-Fi service on Amtrak trains

Eastern Canada port pumped up 1Q volume to record levels

New York pact to help MTA leverage $1 billion in federal funds for hurricane recovery

Florida DOT awards $195 million SunRail contract to Bombardier

ASLRRA honors achievements in short-line safety

March port traffic: Third straight gain in Virginia; mixed results in southern California

April 15

Nichols succeeds Keith as Missouri DOT's director; Danner takes seat as Washington transportation commission chair

In memoriam: Iowa Pacific sales leader and supply industry veteran Jack Dapkus

Sound Transit to break ground on South 200th Link extension

Former Ambassador Siegel joins Continental Rail's board

FTA advances Tempe streetcar project

Holly Energy to build crude rail facility in New Mexico; Northern Frac Proppants to access another frac sand reserve in Wisconsin

California high-speed authority identifies joint venture as 'best value' for Central Valley project

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo nominates Prendergast to head MTA

April 12

Crossing upgrades on tap in Montana and Ohio; line upgrade on UP's docket in Wyoming

WMATA to test 'station of the future' concepts in Bethesda

RTA: Tie purchases shot up sharply in February

Hampton Roads Transit to study possible link between Norfolk Naval Station, The Tide

Maryland transit officials request private-sector input on Purple, Red line light-rail projects

Union Pacific launches 'Texas Shuttle' intermodal service at Houston port

BART sets preliminary budget for FY2014

AAR: U.S. roads off to strong traffic-building start in April

April 11

Rail supplier updates from Amsted, Bombardier, Thales, Harsco, URS and T.Y. Lin (April 11)

Soybean board study: Rail infrastructure investments would help spur shift from trucks

MTA, developers close on Hudson Yards lease

Transportation Services Index inched up in February

Obama budget proposal includes New Start funds for L.A.'s Purple Line, Regional Connector projects

Grade separation project under way in California

Railroads are prepared for Panama Canal expansion, AAR's Hamberger says

Corpus Christi port lands TIGER grant pact for rail yard; Long Beach port seeks chassis supply consultant

Obama administration proposes $77 billion USDOT budget for FY2014

April 10

DART projects recognized by Hispanic contractors group

Iowa Pacific's Texas short lines set oil and gas carload record in March

MTA concludes blasting work under Grand Central Terminal

NS wins TRANSCAER achievement award for 13th time

PBF Energy to rail Continental Resources' crude from the Bakken to Delaware

NCTD orders new split disc rotors, continues Sprinter service tests

NJ Transit's rider satisfaction ratings reach new high

Longshoremen union members ratify six-year contract with eastern ports

April 9

California high-speed authority names Jarvis assistant chief program manager

Tampa port wins regional award for rail project; Florida DOT lands governor's award for cost savings

Santa Clara Valley VTA marks BART extension's first-year milestones

Proposed Abbotsford project includes Canadian Pacific, Southern Railway overpass

Sky Train service begins at Phoenix airport, connects to light-rail line

New firm to develop BNSF's logistics park in Kansas

Gov. Nixon dedicates rail transfer facility in Missouri

Amtrak ramped up ridership, set records in first-half FY2013 despite Hurricane Sandy

April 8

Rail supplier updates from American Railcar, Bombardier, Ansaldo, Thales and Parsons Brinckerhoff (April 8)

Seattle port joins voluntary environmental stewardship program

MTA's FASTRACK subway maintenance program returns to the Bronx

STB appoints Hurst to railroad-shipper advisory council

Houston's METRO marks four million travel miles, launches new light-rail cars

CTA to upgrade Green Line in preparation for Red Line South overhaul

TRANSCAER names winners of national emergency response achievement awards

USDOT obligates TIGER III grant for rail line upgrade in North Dakota

April 5

Pennsylvania college offers introductory course for engineers, conductors

Union Pacific to upgrade Nebraska line

TransLink logged 2 percent ridership increase in 2012

Sound Transit to solicit input on Tacoma Link corridor alternatives

Texas DOT seeks public feedback on passenger-rail study

Long Beach harbor commission supports city's appeal of proposed BNSF intermodal facility

FRA studying 15 options for Northeast Corridor's future growth

AAR: Feeble final week capped off mixed U.S. traffic performance in March

April 4

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Siemens, RSI, Pacer and Knichel Logistics; also, in memoriam: REMSA's Lewis Martin (April 4)

SMART Transportation Division, Kyle Railroad reach tentative agreement

CTA solicits information for proposed subway cellular service on Red, Blue lines

Greater Cleveland RTA to rebuild Red Line

TriMet reaches economic milestone for Portland-Milwaukie light-rail project

Gov. Kasich vetoes crossing maintenance provision in Ohio budget bill

NS installs Schnautz as AVP of research, advanced technology

New Mexico enacts locomotive fuel tax bill

April 3

Massachusetts transit agency renews campaign against sexual harassment

Northern Frac Proppants lands frac sand business for new Wisconsin plant

SEPTA promotes transportation benefit programs

Railinc report: North American rail-car fleet's size swelled, average age shrank in 2012

Shippers slashed carbon emissions in 2012 by using rail, BNSF says

Metrolinx releases short list of investment options for 'Big Move' plan

Georgia to provide more funds for Savannah port deepening project

April 2

Rail supplier updates from R. J. Corman, Bombardier, Thales, Axion, A&K Railroad, and Skelly and Loy (April 2)

WMATA unveils mobile website

Worley takes helm of North Carolina DOT's rail division

West Virginia short line's T&E workers ratify five-year pact

Operation Lifesaver report reviews 2012 accomplishments

Patterson succeeds Ridley as Oklahoma DOT director

Kinder Morgan to build rail-served methanol storage facility in Louisiana

BART: Economic performance in 2012 results in pay increase for union workers

April 1

White City Terminal becomes Rogue Valley Terminal Railroad

Brown appoints Perez-Estolano to California high-speed authority's board

Long Beach port event stressed steady container volume growth in 2013

Cuomo welcomes additional $1 billion in federal aid for Hurricane Sandy recovery in New York

GAO: Some California high-speed rail project estimates could be more accurate

AAR: Weekly U.S. carloads, intermodal loads climbed again

Amtrak seeks more federal capital funds for infrastructure, but less operating support for FY2014

Obama's newly minted 'Rebuild America Partnership' plan would provide $4 billion for TIGER, TIFIA programs

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