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Rail News: April 2015

April 30

MBTA, MassDOT slate hearings on Green Line Extension station designs

Port of Vancouver calls for passage of crude-by-rail safety legislation

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf taps Zarembski to consult on crude-by-rail safety

NTSB: Operator fatigue caused CTA-O'Hare incident; investigating freight-train collision

CTA releases details of first phase of Red and Purple Lines modernization project

AAR: U.S. traffic down again in Week No. 16

Amtrak to open IT center in Atlanta this summer

Department of Energy to examine crude oil volatility

April 29

UP improved grade crossing safety rate in 1Q

PATCO advances rail rehab project on Ben Franklin Bridge

Short-line operator extraordinaire J. Reilly McCarren: 1956 - 2015

San Diego transit system earns perfect score in FTA review

Metrolinx introduces new GO Transit Concourse in Union Station

SEPTA plots $534.5 million capital budget for FY2016

Norfolk Southern posts 16 percent decrease in 1Q profit

House GOP proposes tighter transportation spending in FY2016

April 28

Rail supplier updates from Kelso, Alstom, Bombardier, GATX and Parsons Brinckerhoff (April 28)

California High-Speed Rail Authority OKs funds for Palmdale station

CSX recognized for hiring military veterans

WMATA Silver Line extension exceeds budget for first phase

Fort Worth transit agency OKs contracts for TEX Rail project

Raitt announces funding for grade crossing improvements

LIRR, Metro-North report ridership growth in 2014

UP marks record first-quarter employee safety rate

April 27

CAGTC elects Szabo, four others to board; names new executive director

Honolulu rail transit project reports $65 million in tax revenue

Mediator assigned to CP labor contract dispute

Minneapolis' Green Line Extension to cost more; opening delayed to 2020

Sound Transit earns Bellevue's approval for East Link light-rail

Kansas City Southern ready to launch pilot of GE's Trip Optimizer

CTA's Claypool named Chicago Mayor Emanuel's next chief of staff

FRA OKs $1 billion loan for PTC projects at Metro-North, LIRR

April 24

Rail supplier updates from RTR Technologies, RailComm, Bombardier, Maintenance Design Group and Wabtec (April 24)

USDOT's LadderSTEP pilot program to aid transit projects in seven cities

AAPA report: U.S. ports' economic impact skyrockets to $4.6 trillion

ARCI: Rail-car orders dropped, deliveries rose in 1Q

Toronto readies rail service to airport

U.S. Class I workforce widened in March

BART's preliminary FY2016 budget targets on-time performance, passenger capacity

Transport Canada issues haz-mat train directive; BNSF moves first unit train from Aventine ethanol plant in Nebraska

April 23

Amtrak OKs pets on Illinois trains

CSX names Oglesby to government affairs post; earns 'Best Corporate Citizen' honor

SEPTA aims to create more bicycle-friendly transit

Iowa Pacific Holdings to operate NC's Piedmont & Northern line

WMATA deputy GM orders more 'early action' safety steps

New Ontario light-rail line between Mississauga, Brampton in the works

Massachusetts Gov. Baker introduces legislation to revamp MBTA

A first: U.S. intermodal surpassed carload traffic in Week No. 15, AAR says

Soft demand in several sectors, productivity slip hampered UP's 1Q results

April 22

WMATA bolsters car-sharing plans

Coalition calls for creation of freight infrastructure fund

UP honors 63 firms for chemical transportation safety

MTA completes $25 million energy efficiency project at Grand Central

Northern Lines Railway logs growth in propane business

Sound Transit picks firm for Capitol Hill Station TOD project

NS promotes Maestri, Martinez; announces Wimbush's retirement

Five firms to vie for California high-speed rail project's next phase

April 21

NJ Transit proposes 9 percent fare hike

Northeast Corridor agencies debut five-year capital improvement plan

Sens. Schumer, Blumenthal propose shorter extension of PTC deadline

FRA issues grant for Amtrak service expansions in California

KCS posts first-quarter 2015 revenue decrease, net profit increase

CN 1Q profit rises, will boost infrastructure investment

New York City's subways see highest ridership in 65 years

CP posts record profit, operating ratio in 1Q 2015

April 20

Rail supplier news from Ricardo, Greenbrier, Bechtel and Vertical Transportation (April 20)

California High-Speed Rail Authority names executive engineering roles

Valley Metro slated to open solar-powered rail maintenance facility

STB posts draft environmental statement for proposed Montana rail line

Union-backed legislation would require two-person train crews

Bill would tie gas tax to inflation to fund transportation infrastructure

Ontario government plots new GO Transit track

USDOT's new actions, emergency order address transport of energy products by rail

April 17

Koppers secures contract extensions with BNSF, CSX

Virginia board slates hearings for $12.9 billion in transportation projects

Toyota recognizes Union Pacific for logistics excellence

NTSB: BART's "simple approval" process caused 2013 train accident

Rep. Payne calls for tighter standards on DOT-111 tank cars

FRA announces grants for grade crossing, PTC and passenger-rail projects

Metra debuts third-party safety reporting system

CN to invest $500 million to improve rail safety in Western Canada

April 16

Rail supplier updates from NRC, Railhead, Plasser & Theurer, Tiger Cool, SKF and Kelso (April 16)

BART launches suicide prevention campaign

Swanson to administer Florida DOT's freight, logistics programs

Metrolinx logs continued progress on Eglinton Crosstown light-rail project

Patriot Rail names Broyles to VP role

Pedestrian bridge collapses on WMATA's Green Line track

AAR: Rail traffic down in U.S., up in Canada and Mexico for Week No. 14

House bill would regulate crude oil by rail

April 15

BNSF recognizes 'employees of the year'

Rail bridge to cross U.S.-Mexico border this year

Port of Corpus Christi opens rail yard's first phase

Asplund named Red River Valley & Western's next top exec

New group advocates for passenger rail in Virginia's New River Valley

U.S. Rep. Denham: Where are the rail-safety rules?

Senators announce $3 million grant for PTC, rail safety in New York

GE to build signaling system for All Aboard Florida

CSX posts 11 percent hike in 1Q net earnings

April 14

Rail supplier updates from Skanska, Brookville, CAF, Alstom, PTSI and AWESOME (April 14)

Cook named VP transportation, safety at Reading & Northern

SEPTA begins renovation work at 69th Street Station

Evergreen honors CN as 'railroad of the year'

D.C. court denies petition to halt CSX rail tunnel project

DART's streetcar opens for business

NS expects 1Q per-share earnings of $1, down 15 percent

WMATA launches service of new 7000-series rail cars

AAR: Federal statistics reflect freight-rail industry's safety efforts

April 13

VIA Rail adds new tourism options

TTC completes Wi-Fi installation at two more subway stations

BTS: Transportation Services Index down in February

Unions seek arbitration for NJ Transit contract negotiations

Metra to replace ties, switches along Milwaukee District lines

Sound Transit eyes routes for light-rail extension to Federal Way

Feds announce $7 million for Chicago's Union Station

STB OKs plan to increase CSX traffic between Indianapolis, Louisville

April 10

Rail supplier news from BLS Cargo, Thales, Trinity, Alstom, Bombardier and Behlman Electronics (April 10)

PennDOT seeks public-private partnership proposals

Denver RTD names Genova interim GM

Alaska Railroad posts $14 million profit in 2014

GE Transportation set to debut latest Evolution Series engine

Schumer to FRA: Hire more rail-bridge safety specialists

WMATA to restore automatic train operation to Red Line

APTA, transit agencies stage rallies for public transportation

April 9

USDOT proposes rule to allow transit agencies to enact hiring preferences

MTA seeks to include small business owners in $32 billion capital program

Imports up, backlog continues in wake of West Coast ports' labor strife

AAR: U.S. rail traffic numbers slide in week No. 13

CSX announces new posts for Baggs, Russell and Rhodes

BART plans 3.4 percent fare hike for 2016

KCSR to invest $19 million in Beaumont Subdivision

Panel calls for sweeping leadership, budget changes at MBTA

April 8

Rail supplier updates from Savage, Holland, OPW, ZTR, Regional Connector and REMSA (April 8)

Milwaukee issues RFP for streetcar vehicles

Twin Eagle opens Colorado frac-sand terminal on UP track

Fare evasions cost Metro Transit up to $28,000 a week

Caltrain to complete ballast removal project with boost from Facebook

Toyota honors BNSF for logistics excellence

UP names Hutcherson VP of human resources

NTSB examines second electrical-arcing incident at WMATA

April 7

Honolulu rail transit CEO passes on annual bonus

T&I Committee Chair Shuster kicks off transportation 'roadshow'

Caltrans to host environmental impact hearings

LACMTA provides funds to business owners affected by rail projects

Mississippi Legislature OKs bond funding for short-line connection project

Sound Transit finalizes financial details of East Link Extension project

Indiana DOT, FRA near deal on Amtrak Hoosier service

NTSB urges quick action on tank-car safety measures

April 6

Rail supplier news from IntegriCo, Radiant Logistics, Tideworks, Eurotunnel, Cambridge and WAGO (April 6)

GO Transit expands car-sharing options

Georgia short line names Broxterman president

Montreal transit agency logs surplus in 2014

Saskatchewan program to help fund track upgrades for short lines

Texas firm slates public meetings to discuss proposed high-speed rail plan

Sound Transit finalizes plans for Link light-rail extension

USDOT: $500 million available for TIGER's seventh round

April 2

Automated fare systems simplify transit agencies' pricing, data management, study says

RTA report: Tie purchases rose, production fell in February

Ferromex expands locomotive fleet with latest EMD delivery

Canadian government OKs funding for Ontario passenger line

MARTA readies for rail expansion project, seeks public comment

NJDOT unveils $20 million in grants for freight-rail projects

BART opens new crossover tracks to mitigate delays

AAR: Mixed message seen in first-quarter U.S. rail traffic

April 1

Movie prompts Metrolink to issue anti-trespassing message

Amtrak wins a place on Forbes' best employers list

NARS annual meeting to feature BNSF's Ice, NS' Squires

Metra signs $12.6 million contract to modernize its financial systems

Bay Area think tank proposes "seamless" integration of local transit systems

SMART's Nigro announces retirement plans

Grade crossing project planned along California rail corridor

FRA, N.Y. officials highlight grade crossing safety awareness

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