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Rail News: April 2016

April 29

Congressman Ashford tours Paxton & Vierling Steel Co.

Rail supplier news from Miner, Gulf Intermodal Services, Wabtec, Trinity Industries and Parsons (April 29)

NY state comptroller calls on feds to tighten safety measures for oil trains

Rail, highway regulators to solicit info on obstructive sleep apnea

UP's Pinnacle Awards go to 65 firms for chemical transportation safety

Mass. Gov. Baker highlights MBTA's progress on rehab work

USDOT's Foxx appoints three safety-oriented members to WMATA's board

California High-Speed Rail Authority adopts 2016 business plan

April 28

TriMet logged crime decrease in 2015

New BART rail car crashes at testing facility

Chicago's Metra to increase police presence in Cook County

California High-Speed Rail Authority obtains radio spectrum for PTC

Canada to invest in more rail crossing fixes, transport minister says

Keolis unveils plan to crack down on MBTA fare evasion

FRA announces $25 million available for rail safety upgrades

Rail traffic in U.S., Canada, Mexico drops in week 16

April 27

Amtrak now allows pets on three Midwest routes

Montreal transit agency unveils design for renovated Mont-Royal Station

Tchourumoff appointed Minnesota's state rail director

Miami panel mulls massive rail expansions

Iowa unveils study aimed at preventing rail-related crude oil, biofuel spills

STB dismisses petition for proposed Tongue River Railroad line

Lodestar Energy plans new multimodal center in Texas

MARTA could expand rail network under new Georgia law

April 26

Rail supplier news from Bechtel, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, GATX, CarMath and TranSystems (April 26)

Michigan DOT to upgrade Amtrak Wolverine route

Anacostia Rail promotes Taylor to assistant VP at New York & Atlantic

Construction advances on TransLink's Evergreen Line station plazas

CSX named to 'Best Citizens' list

CDPQ Infra proposes 41-mile light-rail system in Montreal

WMATA investigates smoke incident at Friendship Heights Station

CN's Q1 profit jumps 13 percent, but revenue falls due to commodity slump

April 25

RSI: Rail-car backlog falls during Q1

L.A. Metro logs growing ridership on Gold Line Extension

Norfolk Southern rolls out new 'Safety Train,' website

Santa Clara VTA mulls $6 billion sales tax measure

Canadian officials want to postpone sunset of grain-by-rail rules

Sound Transit kicks off construction on East Link light-rail extension

Senate committee OKs spending for transportation at FAST Act levels

Denver RTD opens 'A Line' commuter-rail route to airport

April 22

NRC's 2016 auction produces record sales

Washington state approves funds for BNSF crossing updates

Crosbie turns down job as New Jersey Transit's executive director

SC Ports Authority, CSX discuss need for second inland port facility

California High-Speed Rail Authority unveils proposed changes to 2016 business plan

Indiana panel OKs $1.6 million grant to double track South Shore Line

FRA posts list of high-incident grade crossings

NS reports strong Q1 results, with profit up 25 percent

April 21

IoT presents 'tremendous' opportunities for rail, research firm says

Montana panel to review state's rail safety program

MTA drops out of APTA

U.S. rail traffic falls 10 percent in week 15

CP announces leadership moves

Toronto Transit Commission logged record ridership in 2015

Norfolk Southern to trim Knoxville operations

UP's Q1 revenue, profit fall as volumes continue to slow

April 20

Rail supplier news from AECOM, Alstom, Hub Group, Wells Fargo Rail and Lilee (April 20)

Grain commission proposes new licensing requirements

BNSF honors shippers for safely transporting hazardous materials

Metro Transit's Green Line spurs $4.2 billion in development, Met Council says

MTA expands sleep apnea screening program

Calgary eyes underground route for light-rail alignment

FTA orders WMATA to correct safety concerns immediately

CP's Q1 profit soars, operating ratio drops to record low

April 19

BNSF installs signs to discourage trespassing on Illinois rail bridge

TriMet gears up for light-rail improvements in downtown Portland

Valley Metro to provide update on Gilbert Road light-rail extension

Port of Vancouver amends Vancouver Energy's lease

NYCT subway ridership reaches highest point in nearly 70 years

NTSB issues early report on Amtrak accident that killed two track workers

Milwaukee issues RFP for streetcar construction

KCS posts higher net income in Q1

April 18

WMATA seeks feedback on Tenleytown-AU Station area improvements

Ohio panel OKs upgrades for eight grade crossings

NRE acquires HK Engine Components

BLET dedicates new headquarters in Ohio

San Diego MTS OKs contract for mobile ticketing app

Survey highlights interest in passenger-rail service among Midwestern college students

WTS International names L.A. Metro's McMillan 'woman of the year'

Inspector General: FTA should improve federal grant oversight policies

April 15

NARP honors Sens. Thune, Wicker for passenger-rail advocacy; recognizes Metra's Jones for safety efforts

Rail supplier news from Siemens, Thales, REMSA, LRIW; and in memoriam: Harold Murray (April 15)

BART OKs $7.6 million redesign of Berkeley Station Plaza

Toyota recognizes BNSF for logistics excellence

Wabtec inks $30 million PTC contract with South Shore Line operator

Port of Los Angeles posts record TEUs in Q1

MassDOT slates meetings on capital investment plan

NYCT eyes smartphone-based fare payment system

FTA: $20 million in grant funds available for TOD planning

April 14

USDOT solicits input on transportation research plan

BNSF recognizes employees for excellence

OLI's latest video highlights dangers of on-track 'selfies'

L.A. Metro shop building achieves LEED certification

Montana DOT seeks comments on grade crossing study

U.S. BTS freight index down a bit in February

Port of New Orleans dedicates new intermodal terminal

U.S. rail traffic slump continued in week 14

FTA reports progress on WMATA's safety practices

April 13

Rail supplier news from MERMEC, ENSCO, Xplore and HNTB (April 13)

Metrolink considers fare changes to boost ridership

Montreal transit agency plans improvements at Honore-Beaugrand station

WMATA appoints Lavin chief safety officer

AAR: Gardner, Hoey win Chafee Award for environmental achievements

TSA gives 'Gold Standard' to 13 transit agencies, passenger railroads

FRA slates meeting on Susquehanna River Rail Bridge project

CSX Q1 revenue, profit fall as coal shipments plummet 31 percent

April 12

BLET members start voting on NJ Transit contract

U.S. Rep. Shuster pleased with CP's decision to cancel merger attempt

First trains arrive at Jacksonville port's new intermodal facility

Washington officials to update State Grain Train's business plan

Metro-North plans for 'aggressive' track improvement program in 2016

PANYNJ solicits RFP responses for long-range master plan

Sound Transit advances Lynnwood Link design plans

U.S. ports to spend $155 billion on capital projects through 2020

April 11

MassDOT continues meetings on MBTA's Green Line Extension

Washington state solicits input on crude-by-rail rules, coal facility

BART unveils first 'Fleet of the Future' rail car

Report: Amtrak, BNSF sue Kansas truck owner in derailment incident

FTA seeks data on stop signal overruns

BNSF considers dropping intermodal project near ports of L.A., Long Beach

SEPTA to kick off PTC operations April 18

Canadian Pacific drops efforts to merge with Norfolk Southern

April 8

FRA's Feinberg visits Siemens plant; S.C. legislative staff tour Koppers' tie facility

Rail supplier news from AREMA, NRC, Railway Interchange, Cummins and LAN (April 8)

OmniTRAX names Bridgewell Resources 'supplier of the year'

CP argues NS would improve with 'precision railroading'

CSX honors 78 customers for chemical transportation safety

AAR: U.S. weekly rail traffic falls in carload and intermodal activity

Watco Transloading acquires Louisville terminal

Amtrak responds to FRA safety directive following deadly accident

April 7

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Alstom, Greenbrier, Kelso and Miller Ingenuity (April 7)

HART breaks ground on Honolulu stations, marks arrival of rail cars

NS recognizes 60 companies for safely shipping hazardous products

NTSB issues early report on Amtrak derailment in Kansas

FRA revises proposed B&P rail tunnel project

Metra kicks off 2016 construction program

ASLRRA names marketing, veterans recruitment and distinguished service award winners

U.S. rail traffic falls 6.5 percent in Q1, AAR says

NJ Transit taps Crosbie as executive director

April 6

Connecticut DOT unveils website for Walk Bridge replacement project

U.S. Department of Commerce seeks input on IoT policies

UP elects former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Lute to board of directors

FTA to assist nine cities with transit-oriented development projects

Kansas City Southern to invest $20 million on main line projects

BNSF to serve new plastics export facility in Fort Worth

SEPTA eyes new locomotives, station renewal in $548.6 million capital budget

T&I Committee Chair Shuster opposes CP-NS merger

April 5

Rail supplier updates from Burns Engineering, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and Predikto; also, in memoriam: Josef Neuhofer (April 5)

Sound Transit slates open house on Sumner commuter-rail station improvements

MBTA names developers for Red Line mixed-use project

CN trains 15,000 employees at new education centers, will open classes to customers

STB provides updates on Reauthorization Act implementation

Washington state DOT seeks input on rail-car program revival

California High-Speed Rail Authority inks station planning agreement with the city of San Jose

USDOT agencies unveil online training for first responders to hazardous rail spills

April 4

Former Railway Age Editor Luther Miller dies

ASLRRA to recognize individuals, railroads for safety efforts

STEPS terminal to locate on KCS main line in Texas

Flowers named to oversee FTA

FRA announces $25 million in grant funds for PTC implementation

MTA nets $27 billion in New York state's 2016-17 budget

NTSB, FRA launch investigations into Amtrak derailment

U.S. rail ridership increased as overall public transit use dipped 1.3 percent in 2015

April 1

Metrolink launches mobile app systemwide

NS annual report cites cost savings under strategic plan

LIRR names primary contractor for $23.9 million Wantagh Station rehab project

Florida DOT OKs construction start of SunRail Phase II

WMATA mulls months-long rail closures for maintenance

BNSF 'disappointed' in court ruling against intermodal project near Port of L.A.

CTA receives $255 million TIFIA loan to buy new rail cars

AAR to STB: Don't use 'all-stations metric' to define OTP

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