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Rail News: May 2014

May 30

Rail supplier news from Harsco, GlobeSherpa, Ricardo Inc. and Lilee (May 30)

KCS marks longest-ever 'A-Max' unit train

California Air Resources Board OKs use of new locomotive engine filter at L.A. port

TransLink cites cost reductions, steady customer satisfaction in 2013 annual report

TriMet adopts fiscal-year 2015 budget

North American rail traffic gains continued in May's third week

STB seeks feedback on potential changes to fuel surcharge rule provision

Indiana marks start of $71 million upgrade to freight, Amtrak lines

May 29

Massachusetts' CapeFlyer service posts ridership growth during Memorial Day weekend

Committee to prioritize project recipients for Oregon funding program

Caltrain seeks public feedback on long-term strategy

Miller succeeds Begeman as STB's vice chair

Short Lines: OmniTRAX affiliate acquires Sand Springs Railway; Koile assumes sales role at Nebraska Central

Squires assumes additional responsibilities at NS

All Aboard Florida unveils plans for Miami station

Senators announce $235 million in Sandy relief grants for NJ Transit, PATH

May 28

Rail supplier news from Stella-Jones, VTG, Keolis, Thales, Alstom and Parsons Brinckerhoff (May 28)

Harris joins OmniTRAX's board

Connecticut DOT eyes crossing upgrades; South Carolina DOT installs new leader

It's official: WMATA takes control of Silver Line

Amtrak, partners announce joint planning effort for Philadelphia's 30th Street Station

Ports: Expanded NYK Line service on tap for Jacksonville; night gate operations on slate for Vancouver

Edmonton light-rail expansion to receive New Building Canada funds

Canadian Canola Growers Association files rail-service complaint with CTA

May 27

Hi-Crush opens CN-served frac sand facility in Wisconsin

New Target Field Station viewed as multi-modal transit hub for Minneapolis neighborhoods

MARTA returns to six-car trains on Red, Gold lines

Tie market: Fewer purchases, less production in April

CSX: Mainline in place for Quebec terminal; unit-train facility pegged for Ohio agriculture campus

Sound Transit marked strong start for 2014 ridership in Q1

UP set to open major intermodal facility in New Mexico

LACMTA OKs $5.5 billion FY2015 budget

May 23

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Thales, Siemens and Parsons Brinckerhoff (May 23)

NS recognizes 60 chemical shippers for safety efforts

North American rail traffic remained at high ebb last week

Sound Transit accepts business group's offer to cover Tacoma Link fares

Central Maine & Quebec launches U.S. operations

North Carolina DOT allocates funds for 40 freight-rail projects

Houston METRO's board OKs controversial overpass project

Expansion complete at B.C. rail terminal; Vancouver port ponders bigger container terminal

APTA expresses concern over appropriations bill's impact on transit

May 22

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, GE, AXION, Meridiam, CTC and Hatch Mott MacDonald (May 22)

Reading and Northern earns 'employer excellence' award

Crossing projects advance in California, Ohio and Washington

Kansas City to kick off streetcar construction today

U.S. Class I workforce widened a tad in April

Southern California ports' container volumes accelerated in April

LACMTA receives federal grant, loan agreements for subway project; schedules advisory group meeting

Sound Transit unveils short list of potential developers for Capitol Hill sites

May 21

Federal grant funds transferred to Cincinnati Streetcar project

UP to upgrade Missouri line

S&P: New York transportation infrastructure did well in Sandy storm credit test

AAR names 2013 hazmat safety award winners

Caltrain issues RFQ for electrification project

BNSF, Ferromex to offer intermodal service between Chicago and Silao, Mexico

Federal officials to announce $1.25 billion grant for L.A. subway project

May 20

UP launches infrastructure upgrade project in Nebraska

SEPTA unveils plan to rebuild Levittown rail station

Public meetings slated to address California's proposed high-speed rail alignment

The T seeks public opinion on environmental impact document for TEX Rail

Airports authority set to transfer Silver Line to WMATA this month

PTC: Freight railroads, FCC agree to resolve issues involving previously constructed facilities

May 19

Rail supplier news from Keolis, Greenbrier, Michael Baker, Hollysys, Alstom and Bytemark (May 19)

Nonprofit organization proposes Calgary-Banff high-speed line

Santa Clara VTA seeks comments on environmental document for double-track plan

Virginia port's volume maintains record pace

Coos Bay becomes EPA SmartWay partner

Operation Lifesaver honors Hale, Pepper for rail-safety efforts

Transport Canada proposes fines for rail safety act violators

Metro-North to purchase advanced track inspection equipment

May 16

TriMet declares impasse in labor negotiations with ATU

AAR: North American rail traffic registered gains in year's 19th week

Two senators ask Foxx to back the formation of a short-line safety institute

Metra hopes to land TIGER grant to replace aging Elgin Bridge

USDOT receives 797 applications for TIGER VI grants

MassDOT to award Green Line rail-car contract to CAF

UP boosts 2014 capex budget by $150 million

MARTA proposes FY2015 budget; agency to oversee city's streetcar operation

May 15

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Balfour Beatty, Stadler, FreightCar America, Quest, Hatch Mott MacDonald and WAGO (May 15)

Oregon Transportation Commission seeks public input on state rail plan

Alabama port authority to purchase two parcels for intermodal expansion needs

Metropolitan Council charts $2.5 billion in development near light-rail line

NYCT adds service on two lines; Metro-North continues electrical upgrade

Transportation Services Index made strides in March

Four senators urge STB to help ensure rail service improves for ag shippers

Biden visits Cleveland's transit agency to urge federal infrastructure spending

May 14

Bridge program's last three grade separations begin in Southern California

Cincinnati seeks RFPs for streetcar branding

STB's environmental arm issues draft impact statement on proposed Utah rail line

Crime drops on San Francisco's Muni Railway

CN honors 143 haz-mat shippers' safety efforts

VIA Rail reports revenue dip for 2013

Metro-North wraps up track project to improve safety, speed for two lines

Quebec prosecutors file charges against three MMA employees for Lac-Megantic derailment

CP's Keith Creel to receive Railroad Innovator Award from Progressive Railroading, RailTrends

May 13

Rail supplier news from Trinity, Alstom, Thales, AXION, Transplace and Hatch Mott MacDonald (May 13)

Ridge Development launches BNSF-operated TransCold Express

Wyoming public-private coalition commissions LNG study

Metra hires Perez as police chief to modernize department

Sound Transit seeks comments on proposed rail maintenance facility site

ATA report: Trucks increased share of domestic freight tonnage in 2013

Rangeland Energy begins to build crude-by-rail facilities in Delaware Basin

Jacksonville port breaks ground for CSX-served intermodal facility

Senate committee unveils text of six-year MAP-21 reauthorization bill

May 12

Southern California economic development council backs Desert Line reactivation

LRIW names scholarship in memory of former leader Connie Sumara

HART secures more tax revenue for Honolulu transit-rail project

Palmetto Railways ready to handle more BMW business at South Carolina port

Denver Union Station redeveloped into multi-modal hub

Senate committee to mark up transportation bill this week

VIA Rail: Desjardins-Siciliano takes top post; pact maintains service in Northern New Brunswick

Virginia Gov. McAuliffe creates rail safety task force after CSX crude-train accident

May 9

CHS forms joint venture to build BNSF-served fertilizer warehouse in North Dakota

Caltrain names Deal to Transbay Joint Powers Authority, completes San Bruno grade separation

Amtrak arrives at Union Depot in St. Paul for first time

KCSR promotes Grafton, Stottlemyre to VP posts

AAR: U.S. roads ramped up traffic in April

California High-Speed Rail Authority approves alignment, certifies environmental report and inks emissions agreement

Four Class Is seek to get well beyond one of the worst winters on record

Four congressmen introduce Rail Safety Enforcement Act

May 8

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Keolis, Lilee Systems, Railex and The Andersons (May 8)

Short lines: Watco promotes Loeb to SVP; Sierra Railroad marks end to long litigation

Grade separation to start in North Carolina; crossing work to begin in Ohio

Chinese railroad workers from 1800s to be inducted into Labor Hall of Honor

Amtrak to detour Empire Builder westbound trains in North Dakota

May gain projected at major U.S. ports as dockworkers negotiate new contract

House Appropriations Committee unveils FY2015 transportation funding bill

Feds issue another crude-by-rail emergency order, advisory to enhance safety

May 7

Cape Cod summer train service to add a station

CSX earns top veteran-hiring honors for second-consecutive year

TriMet marks 10 years of MAX Yellow Line light-rail service

L.A. port sizes up project's environmental impacts; New Orleans port sets ship-size record

SFMTA slates public meetings to discuss long-term transportation plan

Bakken Shale reaches 1 billion barrels of crude production

CP exercises option to add one year to Harrison's CEO contract

Govs. Cuomo, Christie appoint PANYNJ reform panel

May 6

Rail supplier news from GE, First Union Rail, Koppers, Bombardier, FreightCar America and NRC (May 6)

Operation Lifesaver Canada honors Beaudry with Roger Cyr safety award

NCTD seeks TIGER VI grant for transit center, names Filippi chief of safety

Trailer gain bested domestic container growth in Q1, IANA says

Metra starts construction on Flossmoor Station renewal project

Oklahoma selects Watco's Stillwater Central to negotiate purchase of state-owned line

INDOT receives four proposals for Hoosier State passenger-rail service

BNSF: Less income in first quarter, more land in Portland for auto facility

May 5

CN to help fund 30 Canadian communities' environmental projects

Federal jury directs Patriot Rail to compensate Sierra Railroad for violating nondisclosure pact

KCSR notes completion of four key engineering projects in 2014

Environmental reports on 710 North study to undergo public review next year, LACMTA says

Unions move toward arbitration in SEPTA contract disputes

RTA report: Tie purchases ballooned, production climbed in March

Dulles/Silver Line rail project gets final OK for $1.9 billion TIFIA loan

LACMTA slates public hearing for $5.5 billion FY2015 budget

In memoriam: Former transportation expert, funding crusader and House committee leader James Oberstar

May 2

Rail supplier news from RailComm, Fugro, Hub Group, Masabi, Greenbrier, Vossloh and Hanson; and, in memoriam: Angelo Tsudis (May 2)

Metra, UP, BNSF install devices to detect severe weather conditions

CP, KCS elect new chairmen

North American rail traffic registered gains in April's last full week

Connecticut creates fund to encourage transit-oriented developments

Freight-movement roundtable addressed federal transportation program needs

BNSF budgets $1 billion for key Northern Corridor capital projects

PANYNJ: New Jersey Gov. Christie nominates Degnan as chairman; Sen. Schumer proposes reforms

May 1

UP to bolster line straddling Iowa, Minnesota

FTA, Florida officials mark SunRail's opening

Connecticut Gov. Malloy touts five-year transportation infrastructure plan

After strong first quarter, rail-car production will be a tad higher in 2014, EPA projects

Global Partners to voluntarily require stricter tank-car standards

Genesee & Wyoming on Q1: Harsh winter plowed into profits, piled up operating costs

Williams out, Nowakowski in as LIRR president

Progressive Railroading names 2014 'Rising Stars'

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