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Rail News: May 2015

May 29

Rail supplier updates from Lilee, GREX, Siemens, Bombardier, Gannett Fleming and Parsons Brinckerhoff (May 29)

Reading & Northern questions Pennsylvania rail authority's no-bid contract

Amtrak derailment to be subject of committee hearing

ASLRRA names Keeney VP of membership, exhibit services

Sound Transit logs first-quarter rail ridership growth

FRA issues RRIF loan to Arkansas & Missouri Railroad

All Aboard Florida forecasts 5.3 million riders by 2020

SEPTA OKs $154 million locomotive purchase

May 28

Rail supplier updates from Alcatel-Lucent, Duos Technologies, Vossloh, GATX and Parsons (May 28)

Port of Muskogee to seek TIGER VII funds for rail project

Maryland Transit Administration announces state-mandated fare hikes

Transportation Research Board seeks proposals for IDEA program

Rail Runner anticipates opening never-used Zia rail station

WMATA police arrest man for threats against stations, vehicles

U.S. intermodal volume up, carload traffic down in Week No. 20

STB releases environmental document for proposed Utah rail line

New York City Transit lines delayed due to copper cable theft

May 27

Quicken Loans to name Detroit streetcar; Cincinnati advances streetcar construction

Refurbished MBTA Green Line trolleys back in service

Santa Cruz agency eyes new passenger-rail service

Longtime rail industry expert John Marino dies

West Coast port officials praise longshoremen contract ratification vote

KCSR to bump up speed in some Laredo Subdivision locations

RTD OKs first fare hike in five years

Amtrak to install locomotive cameras to monitor engineers

May 26

Rail supplier updates from Protran, RailPros, Pandrol, RailComm, and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (May 26)

Tucson streetcar line marks millionth passenger

Twin Eagle frac sand unit train lands at Mission Rail

Massachusetts lawmakers OK MBTA fiscal control board

Norfolk Southern shifts executives' intermodal duties

Texas lawmaker fails in bid to end Dallas-to-Houston rail proposal

Ontario pledges $1 billion for new light-rail line in Hamilton

Congress passes brief extension of highway, transit funding

May 22

CATS, Balfour Beatty to host program for small firms interested in federal contracts

PennDOT seeks public comments on long-term transportation plan

UP trains emergency responders in crude-by-rail safety tactics

Alaska Railroad's Freight Shed renovation earns LEED designation

Twin Cities' Metropolitan Council unveils environmental statement for Green Line Extension

Denham debuts bill to streamline environmental review

Watco to acquire two west Texas short lines

FRA to address speed concerns on all passenger-rail corridors

May 21

Class Is recognized for hiring military veterans

Seattle Streetcar tests battery-powered vehicles on First Hill Extension

Grade crossing upgrades advance in Ohio

Caltrain workshop focuses on new electric train cars

CSX's DeSimone receives AAR award for hazardous material safety

NYCT unveils plan to address overcrowded subways

Investigators examining Amtrak engineer's cell phone records

AAR: Crude-oil traffic slows in first-quarter 2015

May 20

California High-Speed Rail Authority names Chechourka media manager, appoints Curtin to board

Prince Rupert Port Authority marks end of corridor construction

Caltrans invites public comment on strategic transportation plan

Senator proposes increasing cap on Amtrak crash victims' compensation

Portland Streetcar weighs fare hike

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf asks CSX, NS to act on crude-by-rail safety

CTA plots major track reconfiguration for Brown Line

APTA: MAP-21 extension bill falls short of infrastructure needs

May 19

Rail supplier news from Duos Technologies and STV (May 19)

Belt Railway appoints Ferguson to engineering post

Houston transit agency to seek funds for proposed transit-rail lines

FECR launches shipment tracking portal

Tesoro to update tank cars to exceed new USDOT safety rule

San Francisco MTA completes Muni subway entrance

Customer concerns prompt BNSF to withdraw plan to buy tank cars

Amtrak must improve safety on Northeast Corridor, FRA says

May 18

Rail supplier updates from RailComm, Miller Electric, MagneGas and AECOM (May 18)

CTA taps local technology group to test Ventra ticketing app

STB to launch rulemaking proceedings for on-time performance

CSX CFO reviews 2015 volume, earnings expectations

LACMTA begins work on final underground station for Crenshaw line

TriMet's new line carries first passengers

STB OKs Norfolk Southern's acquisition of Delaware & Hudson lines

Amtrak restores service on Northeast Corridor; Shuster to hold hearing

May 15

West Texas airpark to undergo rail expansion

VRE premieres mobile ticketing app

VIA Rail logged 3.7 percent revenue increase in 2014

Bill would extend highway, transit funding law until July

Lax cleaning practices in NYC subways pose safety risk, audit finds

Virginia Beach council OKs light-rail extension

Norfolk Southern names Shaw to succeed Seale as CMO

Amtrak was close to turning on PTC, Boardman says

May 14

Rail supplier updates from Tutor Perini, Appalachian Rail, Sasser Family, SMBC Rail and NRC (May 14)

Hyundai GLOVIS honors UP for superior service

Staggers Act was catalyst that revitalized rail, AAR's Hamberger testifies

LACMTA proposes $5.56 billion budget for FY2016

U.S. railroads' intermodal volume exceeds carload traffic in week 18

Officials break ground at New Balance-funded MBTA rail station

All Aboard Florida taps Archer Western for rail infrastructure improvements

NTSB: PTC would have prevented Amtrak train derailment

May 13

KCS charts 2015 projects for Missouri rail line

Utah Transit Authority seeks feedback on Ogden transit options

Gold Line Foothill light-rail operations facility nearing completion

Orange County moving ahead with streetcar plans

Former UP chair, executive Evans dies at 94

Houston set to open two new light-rail routes next week

Metro-North is improving, but work remains, Giulietti says

NTSB investigating fatal Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia

May 12

Rail supplier updates from Gateway Rail, Alstom, CDM Smith, Harsco and Maintenance Design (May 12)

Athabasca Minerals to purchase CN-served transloading terminal

Sacramento Regional Transit District readies new light-rail tracks for testing

NS recognizes customers for safe handling of chemicals

NCDOT kicks off Raleigh Union Station construction

Mass. Gov. Baker swaps out five MassDOT board members

USDOT's Foxx warns state transportation leaders of federal funding expiration

CSX opens new intermodal terminal in Quebec

May 11

Thermaldyne to build facility in USA Rail Terminal park

MBTA releases data used in Baker report

CHSRA awards more than $17 million to small businesses in 2Q

Imports settle down after surge to clear West Coast backlog, NRF says

NCDOT OKs lease with Iowa Pacific for Piedmont & Northern line

MTA's Prendergast asks NYC to contribute more to capital expenses

Caltrain logs record ridership in latest passenger count

STB hearings to address grain rates, rail revenue adequacy

May 8

Rail supplier updates from Greenbrier, Bombardier, Amsted RPS, Jacobs Engineering and RailComm (May 8)

'Infrastructure Week' to highlight need for long-term investments

Rail-shipper groups urge Senate to return Elliott to STB

Metra nabs safety award; Metrolinx named a 'top employer' for young people

Report advocates for new light-rail lines in Maryland

ShipCarsNow, Ready Auto Transport form multimodal alliance

New law allows Alaska Railroad to issue bonds to cover PTC costs

MBTA, Keolis, unions agree to implement close-call reporting system

May 7

Inaugural Industrial Railway Conference held in Alberta

UP charts $102 million in Nebraska rail infrastructure improvements

Caltrain to add extra cars to trains

U.S. intermodal traffic continues growth pattern in Week 17

Developer chosen for TOD along FasTracks line

Sound Transit CEO Earl to retire in early 2016

AAR recognizes Sen. Ayotte, CSX's Kuthiala with Chafee environmental awards

Metra ready to open half of Ravenswood Station

BNSF crude train derails in N.D.; senators call on Foxx to issue emergency order

May 6

VIA Rail expands service to Toronto airport

PANYNJ slates trans-Hudson infrastructure webcast

TriMet introduces new quiet zone in Milwaukie

BNSF to serve East Valley Industrial's new logistics hub in Williston

EIA: Rail delivered 52 percent of East Coast refinery supply in February

IANA: Domestic containers behind first-quarter intermodal growth

Sens. Hoeven, Wyden debut bill aimed at boosting infrastructure investment

CN details $2.7 billion capital investment plan for 2015

May 5

Rail supplier updates from Tutor Perini, FreightCar America, Bombardier, Alstom and Dewberry (May 5)

BART schedules 'telephone town hall' meeting for FY2016 budget

UP unveils plans to upgrade infrastructure in four states

Port projects under public scrutiny in Florida, British Columbia

Chicago's RTA announces funds for transit improvement projects

CSX honors 70 chemical shippers' safety efforts

USDOT's Dorval Carter Jr. to become CTA's president

BNSF drove up income, drove down operating ratio in 1Q

May 4

Illinois DOT maps out 'listening tour'

Atlanta Streetcar leader to leave post

UP sells land slated for transit-oriented development

National Council on Disability report critical of Amtrak's lack of accessibility

CP names Erceg new CFO

Denver RTD's 'R Line' more than half complete

Rep. Norcross calls for new law to regulate hazmat materials by rail

USDOT releases final rule on crude-by-rail safety, joins Transport Canada in introducing new tank-car class

May 1

Rail supplier news from Alstom, CIT, Industry-Railway Suppliers, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Kelso and OPW (May 1)

Sen. Durbin: House passenger rail bill needs drastic modifications

Delta Regional Authority to fund rail spur construction in Arkansas

Santa Clara VTA plots $166 million in capex for 2016-17

Metrolink slashes fares on Antelope Valley Line

UP maps out $119 million in Illinois capex projects; conducts first-responder training

Port Authority authorizes study of AirTrain Newark replacement

Senators propose fee for use of older tank cars

USDOT releases final rule on crude-by-rail safety, joins Transport Canada in introducing new tank-car class

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