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Rail News: April 2014

April 30

Rail supplier news from Chicago Freight, Stadler, RAIL.ONE, BMT, Trinity and Parsons Brinckerhoff (April 30)

Vermont Rail System CMO Martin retires

Metro-North adjusts spring schedule to improve reliability, safety

Industrial development authority seeks rail-centric proposals for former Army depot in New York

OCTA seeks public input on long-range transportation plan

TCI Plastics to build rail-served logistics facility at New Orleans port

AAR honors nine railroads for employing innovative safety practices

Obama administration sends four-year transportation bill to Congress

April 29

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Thales, Siemens Rail, Ansaldo, Protran, BenchMark, Schneider and WAGO (April 29)

Amtrak, IDOT begin to test pet policy between Chicago, Quincy

Mill Steel to establish facility at rail-served Indiana port

Canadian agency increases grain price index for 2014-15 crop year

Montreal's transit-rail network welcomes first new Azur car

CSX makes magazine's list of the top 100 'corporate citizens'

STB: Miller onboard as member; more Partnership for Public Service recognition

MTA committees call for speeding up PTC installation on Metro-North, LIRR; authority to consider LIRR bridge plan

April 28

Crossings: Transport Canada allocates funds; Ohio commission advances projects

Santa Clara VTA prepares transit plan for new Levi's Stadium

KCS installs Godlewski as VP of IT, notes newsworthy achievements

SEPTA seeks public input on capital budget, program

NJ Transit should operate PATH rail system, New York commission report says

USDOT to take additional measures to bolster crude-by-rail safety, says Foxx

CTA to obtain $79 million TIFIA loan to rehab 95th Street rail, bus terminal

ASLRRA unveils safety initiative, honors Farmrail's Petry at San Diego event

April 25

CTA to recognize 50 years of the 'Skokie Swift'

BTS: Value of goods shipped by rail between NAFTA nations dipped in February

WMATA, airports authority pact moves Silver Line closer to summer opening

CSX to launch haz-mat 'Safety Train'

ASLRRA honors three small railroads' marketing efforts

Sound Transit OKs agreements with state, Amtrak to improve service

AAR traffic report: Carloads, intermodal units continued to climb in Week 16

LACMTA's board awards Regional Connector contract

April 24

Rail supplier news from Cubic, Alstom, Wasatch, BBVA, Splunk, RSI, REMSA and Parsons Brinckerhoff (April 24)

Caltrain completes San Bruno grade separation work

Crude-by-rail forecast shows steady growth in Bakken, western Canada

CTA filing lawsuits against 'taggers' to fight vandalism

BLET, SMART-TD seek two-person train crew laws at state level

Survey: Millennials consider public transit a top criterion for deciding where to live

Texas A&M Transportation Institute issues NAFTA meta-analysis

Transport Canada tightens regulations, oversight of hazmat movements by rail

April 23

Sound Transit chooses developer for transit-oriented development

WMATA announces new sustainability initiative

Anacostia Rail Holdings installs Micklos, Lurkins in short-line management posts

Metro-North names three to top leadership posts

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

BART's Crunican responds to worker-safety citations

NS' first-quarter earnings impacted by Mother Nature

Despite tough winter sledding in Q1, CN posted financial gains

April 22

Rail supplier news from Protran, RailWorks, Greenbrier, AXION and Cubic; and in memoriam: Matt Klemchalk (April 22)

Pennsylvania DOT polls public online to gain transportation planning input

CTA unveils first phase of modernization project, Red Line extension environmental steps

TIGER VI grants eyed for rail projects in four states

California legislator proposes crude-by-rail safety bill

TSA recognizes six transit agencies for security efforts

FRA issues final environmental documents for portion of California's high-speed rail project

Extraordinarily severe winter didn't weigh down CP's financial performance in Q1

April 21

Rail supplier news from Motive Power, Lilee, Ioxus, Freedom Railcar Solutions, Vossloh and S&C (April 21)

ASLRRA contracts executive search firm to help recruit a new president

Resident petition expresses concerns about All Aboard Florida project

Ports: Some stronger monthly volumes, a few cleaner locomotives

AAR traffic report: Carloads climbed for all North American roads in 15th week

Tentative agreement reached in MTA labor dispute

U.S. Class I workforce widened slightly in March

Charlotte council OKs contracts for LYNX Blue Line projects

April 17

D.C.'s cherry blossom week spurs rail ridership highs for WMATA

Massachusetts DOT provides grants for seven freight-rail projects

TriMet unveils new name for Portland-Milwaukie light-rail bridge

STB directs BNSF, CP to provide fertilizer delivery plans

MBTA launches first of new fuel-efficient locomotives

MTA awards $628 million in contracts for tunnels, caverns project

FCC actions have slowed pace of PTC implementation, AAR says

KCS set Q1 revenue record due to strong grain, ag products business

UP set four first-quarter financial records despite winter's adverse conditions

April 16

Pennsylvania rail authority publishes booklet to mark 30th anniversary

Keolis tabs Mitrou as MBTA general counsel; Niagara Frontier names Cox CFO

Severe winter weather hindered Q1 volumes, Genesee & Wyoming says

Ontario officials reveal $29 billion plan for transportation investment

Foxx's 'Invest in America' tour includes stop at NS intermodal facility in Ohio

SFMTA OKs two-year budget that expands Muni service

LACMTA recommends Skanska joint venture for Regional Connector design/build contract

Historically harsh winter put CSX's Q1 financial results in deep freeze

April 15

Rail supplier news from Koppers, Railhead, Holland, Protran, Bombardier and Perpetuum (April 15)

PATCO enters final stage of parking lot, access road improvement projects

Canadian government extends CN funding another year for Algoma Central passenger service

BNSF to increase velocity, improve efficiency for fertilizer moves

Construction advances on NS' Ohio yard expansion project

UP garners more recognition for military hiring efforts

MTA, LIRR kick off Long Beach Branch restoration projects

EIA report: Potential savings make LNG an attractive fuel option for railroads

Amtrak, FRA and Maryland DOT begin study of Susquehanna River bridge

April 14

PennDOT accepting unsolicited P3 proposals through April

Lancaster & Chester's Gedney honored as economic development 'ambassador' in South Carolina

Massachusetts DOT schedules public hearings on South Coast Rail bridge replacements

Tentative pact would restore passenger-rail service on Vancouver Island

Metra's board approves measure to deter improper influence over hiring

Final FRA report finds reduced shift start-time variability can boost safety

Indiana Rail Road helps fund research on converting used ties into biofuel

Amtrak's Rockford-Chicago route to restart in 2015, Gov. Quinn says

April 11

Rail supplier news from STV, Strategic Rail Finance, Greystone/JLL, Midland Manufacturing and PTSI (April 11)

Metra to begin trackwork on BNSF line

Ohio commission OKs seven crossing upgrades; Canada orders VIA Rail to protect six crossings

Cargill, Viterra plan grain-by-rail expansions in Canada

CTA to begin Harrison Station, Orange Line Connector rehab work

Ports in Georgia, Maryland set new cargo records

Minneapolis transportation council green lights Southwest light-rail project

FRA grant will help Great Western Railway of Colorado restore flood-damaged track

North American railroads netted traffic gains in Week 14

April 10

NJ Transit expands quiet car program to off-peak hours

Transportation Services Index scored gain in February

County board OKs agreements for development around Target Field Station

CN's Mongeau: Grain supply chain needs the right accountability framework

Transit center opens in Albuquerque

Crude-by-rail safety stressed at Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing

FRA aims to advance rulemakings on train crew size, load securement

Illinois governor proposes new transportation improvement program

April 9

Rail supplier news from Harsco, Michael Baker, Protran, Thales, STV and Jacobs (April 9)

Georgia DOT to hold public outreach meetings for state rail plan

Pennsylvania short lines: Rail authority advances bridge program, RBMN acquires tamper

SunRail to launch new service May 1 with free rides

NTSB issues preliminary report on CTA derailment at O'Hare

RFA, AAR disagree on root causes of recent rail service issues

NTSB sets agenda, panelists for crude/ethanol safety forum

Operation Lifesaver kicks off 'See tracks? Think train!' campaign

April 8

Rail supplier news from Thales, Alstom, Lincoln Property, LTG, STV, Railhead and Nomad Digital (April 8)

UP to bolster track on Iowa, Nebraska line

WTS International's 2014 award winners include MBTA's Scott, FTA

Chrysler business might restart marine terminal, Virginia port says

CN-served frac sand facility opens in Alberta

NEC commission report: Northeast Corridor provides big boost to U.S. economy

Pennsylvania DOT seeks applicants for new multi-modal funding program

FRA revises passenger train emergency preparedness regs

April 7

Top operations posts for Vohs at Nebraska Central, Burchette at Gulf & Ohio

NARP: Ryan budget plan would 'cripple' Amtrak

KCS earns recognition for investor relations excellence

TransLink notes surplus in 2013, marks 15th anniversary

Connecticut to issue RFP for New Haven-Hartford-Springfield passenger-rail service

Kansas DOT forms freight advisory committee

In wake of Blue Line-O'Hare crash, CTA issues new rules for train operators

Sixteen senators call on Appropriations Committee to create crude-by-rail safety fund

April 4

Rail supplier news from VYCON, Miller Ingenuity, Larry McGee, Hanson, Bombardier, Harsco, STV and Alstom (April 4)

UP pursues CALEA accreditation for police department

Sen. Schumer: Short-line tax credit extension measure cleared Senate Finance Committee

Amtrak continues to recruit military veterans

Grade separation, freight-movement studies advance in Illinois

Raleigh council OKs contract for new Union Station

Commuter association endorses Senate Finance Committee's action on restoring tax benefit

North American railroads notched traffic gains in March

Rail system congestion drove up ethanol spot prices in early 2014, EIA says

April 3

BART invites public to tour model train car

Pacific Imperial Railroad forges pact to acquire infrastructure-improvement capital

Amtrak to start serving St. Paul's Union Depot on May 7

California construction authority seeks bids for L.A.-area grade separation

Valley Metro to build solar plant at light-rail facility

STB seeks public comments on railroad revenue adequacy methodologies

CSX, UP open new intermodal terminals

High-speed rail leader cries foul over Rep. Ryan's proposal to end Amtrak funding

April 2

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Parsons, Alstom, ProInversion and Keolis (April 2)

IntegriCo plastic-composite tie plant coming to Louisiana

MOU encourages women-owned firms to participate in California's high-speed rail project

Indiana seeks RFPs for Hoosier State passenger-rail improvements

UP settles rights-of-way lease dispute with Texas town

Houston's METRO gets green light on remaining FFGA funds for light-rail projects

STB schedules hearing to delve into rail-service issues

Shippers and railroads address service issues, potential solutions in Canada

April 1

Rail supplier news from Railhead, Siemens, Voith, Salini Impregilo, Alstom and Protran (April 1)

Keolis names Vonashek chief safety, security officer for MBTA

Cozza to head North Carolina ports authority

Class I-served rail park to open in Texas

Three congressmen, Foxx to discuss rail safety in North Dakota

Illinois panel finalizes recommendations to overhaul Chicago's transit system

CSX's annual report stresses strategic objectives

Southwest light-rail planners recommend tunnels, bridge for Minneapolis-area project

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