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Rail News: May 2013

May 31

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Odyssey Logistics, Bombardier and the NRC (May 31)

Montana short line lands EDA grant for major bridge repairs

CSX schedules groundbreaking for Quebec intermodal facility

Sound Transit opens construction bids for Northgate Link light-rail tunnel work

USDOT assigns members to National Freight Advisory Committee

Atlanta-to-Charlotte high-speed rail corridor to be subject of public scoping meetings

L.A. port, Yang Ming pact includes container transfer facility expansion

LaHood, two senators announce key step toward rail tunnel construction under Hudson River

AAR cites crude volume record, another carload decline and opposition to NITL-proposed switching rules

May 30

Union Pacific launches local safety grant program

Arizona DOT schedules public meeting for proposed grade separation

Metrolinx outlines strategy to fund 'Big Move' transportation plan

MARC broke ridership record in April

Rail accidents declined in Canada last year, TSB data shows

PANYNJ OKs $59 million for Hurricane Sandy recovery, future storm preparation

MBTA to expand commuter rail in central Massachusetts

BTS: Value of cargo railed between NAFTA nations climbed in March

May 29

Rail supplier updates from Thales, Alstom, Greenbrier, Transplace, OPW Fueling and Vossloh (May 29)

Transportation marketing association names Compass Award winners

VIA Rail earns 'AirRail Concept of Year' award for intermodal strategy

Rep. Farenthold forms Texas Maritime Caucus; Virginia port authority blesses reorganization plan

Amtrak to add Cascades trip in response to bridge collapse over Skagit River

Freight track location options to be reviewed for Twin Cities' light-rail project

USDOT awards TIGER IV grant for Oregon short-line track rehab

CN accelerates Wisconsin trackwork to better serve frac sand customers

May 28

Iowa DOT seeks applicants for rail funding program

Houston's METRO to start testing on North/Red Line extension

Sound Transit selects 'E1' corridor for Tacoma Link project

RTA report: Tie purchases tumbled, production held stable in April

UP attains healthy workplace, automaker honors; KCSM earns service recognition

SEPTA's board OKs fare increase, defers budget action

Congressmen Lipinski, Grimm create public transportation caucus

Partnership to Build America Act enters House

May 24

Amtrak California routes recorded ridership dip in April

Crossing projects advance in Mississippi, Ohio

Subaru to import vehicles from Georgia port

USDOT allocates additional $3.7 billion in hurricane aid for transit agencies

NS opens bulk transfer terminal in Tennessee

AAR: U.S. rail traffic remained on uptick in week No. 20

Los Angeles MTA board approves $5 billion budget for FY2014

Amtrak board extends Boardman's contract

May 23

Texas DOT seeks input on freight mobility plan

NJ Transit to expand rail service to Jersey Shore this summer

AAR hands out 2012 hazmat safety awards

Caltrain to begin using new elevated track in San Bruno

EDA awards federal funds for freight-rail restoration project in New York, Sen. Schumer says

TriMet's FY2014 budget contains no fare increases, service cuts

L.A. council OKs local funds for rail station options on Crenshaw/LAX Line

USDOT awards TIGER IV grant for Arkansas rail port improvements

May 22

Rail supplier updates from RailWorks, GE, CTC, Axion, Bombardier and DNJ Intermodal (May 22)

Land development opportunity includes CSX, Indiana Rail Road service

Metro Transit's Hiawatha light-rail line officially renamed 'Metro Blue'

NJ Transit to alter Northeast Corridor timetables to accommodate Amtrak tie replacement project

Meyer joins Rio Grande Pacific as COO of Nebraska Central

CSX-led team wins 'Phoenix' land redevelopment award

Crude by rail key to rapid oil production, petroleum consultant says

Amtrak's Boardman defends need for long-distance routes

May 21

OmniTRAX adds Kovac, Pietsch to management ranks

Illinois DOT to host meeting on Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail project

April port volumes: Way up in Long Beach and Georgia, way down in L.A.

Former APTA leader Stokes dies

Rail park coming to Texas' Eagle Ford Shale; unit train facility coming to Wyoming's Niobrara Shale

Maryland to invest $4.4 billion in transportation infrastructure

U.S. Class I workforce grew again in April

Metro-North to resume full service on New Haven Line tomorrow

May 20

NCTD, contractors agree on Sprinter service changes

Former UTU International President Charles Little dies

SEPTA completes Primos Station reconstruction

Union Pacific wins Toyota Logistics' top award for second-straight year

Long Island Rail Road to overhaul Massapequa Station

BNSF-served crude terminal on tap for joint venture in Wyoming; more frac sand on tap for producer in Wisconsin

Kansas City Southern to join S&P 500

Metro-North, Connecticut officials set service plan following Friday's train collision

May 17

Crossings: Ohio commission OKs five projects, UP launches billboard campaign

Genesee & Wyoming logged traffic gain in April

Amtrak upgrades Wi-Fi service; launches Texas Eagle service in Arkansas

San Diego Trolley extension project advances with release of environmental report

U.S. railroads post carload, intermodal unit traffic gains

Sprinter light-rail service to resume after two-month hiatus due to safety concerns

MTA to reopen A-Train service on Rockaway Line, continue other Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts

May 16

Rail supplier updates from Siemens, Gannett Fleming, RSI/REMSA and Cando (May 16)

CTA expands 'Train Tracker' functions

Project Green Fleet seeks upper Midwest railroads, equipment owners for funding opportunity

OCTA names Phipps deputy CEO

Virginia port pumped up volume in April, set deep-draft record in May

Minneapolis, St. Louis transportation officials schedule public meetings for possible transit, TOD projects

St. Joe Co., Green Circle propose AN Railway-served pellet plant in Florida

Sen. Nelson, CSX's McNey receive AAR's Chafee environmental awards

May 15

Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, Lilee Systems, Alstom, Bombardier and Hanson Professional Services (May 15)

Las Vegas Railway Express names new chairman, director

Houston port tabs Brazil as major trade partner

TriMet to test mobile ticketing application

UP honors 63 shippers' chemical safety efforts

Long Beach port releases revised environmental report on proposed grain export facility, earns honor from trade pub

Feds to help fund bridge repairs in Massachusetts, Rep. Tsongas says

Americans continue to drive less; transportation policy should reflect that trend, PIRG report says

May 14

North Carolina DOT closes road to start grade separation

VIA Rail releases 2012 annual report

CN: Humboldt will be home to community trail, upgraded rail line

MARTA board OKs streetcar contract increase to $59 million

STB establishes new arbitration program to help resolve railroad/shipper disputes

FTA to provide $21.9 million to help states bolster transit safety oversight

North American crude oil production sends supply shockwave through worldwide market, IEA says

Virginia governor signs 'historic' transportation funding bill

May 13

Rail supplier updates from Brandt, Bombardier, Knorr Brake, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Harsco and Steel Dynamics (May 13)

Updates on crossing projects in California, New York and Montana

Sound Transit kicks off final design process for Bellevue light-rail segment

Florida East Coast Railway registered revenue, volume gains in Q1

Baltimore port prepped for larger ships; New Brunswick port poised for bigger volumes

Amtrak prepares to test new electric locomotives this summer

NS: Squires becomes president, five other execs assume new roles

Progressive Railroading names 20 'Rising Stars' of railroading

May 10

Rail supplier updates from Parsons Brinckerhoff, The Andersons, Kawasaki, SYSTRA and UNITRAC (May 10)

CHS, Aurora Cooperative to build BNSF-served grain loading facility in Nebraska

Seattle port promotes Beckett to deputy CEO

Iowa Pacific lands more capital to bolster more track in the Permian Basin

Massachusetts commuter-rail operator improves on-time performance

Norfolk Southern on track to capitalize on a gradually improving economy, Moorman says

Twin Cities' Metropolitan Council endorses Bottineau light-rail option

AAR: U.S. carloads, intermodal loads climbed last week

May 9

Rail supplier updates from Altus Capital, Trinity, UNITRAC, Alstom, Tognum, CF Rail Services, Darby and IMPulse (May 9)

Metro-North to replace bridge over Hudson Line

Transportation Services Index made headway in March

Murex, Cetane Energy to expand crude oil transload facility in Permian Basin

CTA makes progress in reducing crowded conditions on trains, buses

Class I honors: NS' Virginia office building earns ENERGY STAR rating; CP's Harrison garners maritime hall of fame induction

Los Angeles transportation authority lands $390 million in state bond funds

L.A. city council backs BNSF's SCIG intermodal facility

May 8

IAM, BLET mark milestone anniversaries

California authority to market high-speed rail project to minority-owned firms

WMATA postpones release of draft environmental statement for proposed Metrorail station

Class I awards: UP garners Nissan honor, NS recognizes 54 chemical shippers

New York City Transit's Leader to head Subways Department

Caltrans awards $301 million to improve transit, air quality

Canadian Pacific boosts 2013 capex budget

Sen. Lautenberg reintroduces anti-bigger trucks bill

May 7

Rail supplier updates from GE, Gross & Janes, KBR, ThyssenKrupp, KinergyPower and Auto Truck (May 7)

American Railway Development Association announces speaker lineup for 107th annual meeting

Valley Metro launches local buying program for small purchases

Oklahoma City streetcar project details to be presented at public meeting

BNSF, Illinois colleges create power system technology course

Penn Station's 7th Avenue Concourse sports upgraded technology

Washington state port's freight access project reaches halfway mark

Q1 report: BNSF ratcheted up revenue, ratcheted down operating ratio

May 6

Santa Clara VTA takes step to reduce retiree health benefit liability

Cormier wins Operation Lifesaver Canada's 'Roger Cyr' rail safety award

Kansas City Southern's Selby to head energy markets, short-line relations

CTA to solicit bids for Wilson Red Line Station project

Illinois primed for more export coal growth, Gov. Quinn says

Amtrak to receive $30.2 million for Northeast Corridor repairs associated with Hurricane Sandy

FRA issues safety advisory on flat switching hazards

Caltrain proposes 7 percent budget increase in FY2014 to accommodate ridership growth

May 3

Rail supplier updates from Siemens, Invensys Rail, L.B. Foster, Alstom and TouchStar (May 3)

Crossings: North Carolina DOT contracts closure; Ohio commission advances upgrades

CTA unveils online trip planner during Red Line South reconstruction

STB denies Union Pacific petition on haz-mat tariff provisions

Los Angeles transit officials unveil Union Station master plan

Military magazine cites three Class Is as 'Best for Vets' employers

Columbus Plaza rehab project improves access to D.C.'s Union Station

AAR on April traffic: A record for U.S. intermodal, a red mark for U.S. carloads

May 2

Rail supplier updates from FreightCar America, Wabtec, Auto Truck Group and Parsons Brinckerhoff (May 2)

Maryland transit officials to update public on Purple Line project details

Rail-car plant expansion in Illinois demonstrates value of rail investment, LaHood says

California construction authority installs new chair, vice chair

AIM Institute tabs Union Pacific CIO Tennison as top technology leader

Amtrak reaches 42-year mark

Massachusetts DOT awards grants for nine freight-rail projects

IANA report: Intermodal volume grew more than 4 percent in Q1

May 1

Rail supplier updates from Trinity, Maher, STV, Miner, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Nomad Digital (May 1)

BART officers prepare to enforce new 'prohibition' law

Pennsylvania rail authority advances three bridge projects

Twin Cities' Metropolitan Council to hold hearings on proposed light-rail facility locations

Lowe's honors Union Pacific as top rail carrier for second-straight year

Oregon port marks full restoration of Coos Bay line

Genesee & Wyoming scored strong financial results in Q1

LACMTA proposes nearly $5 billion budget for FY2014

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