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Rail News: June 2013

June 28

Pennsylvania to provide loan for rail-served bulk transfer facility

Corps of Engineers to release draft report on channel deepening, Port Everglades says

Florida DOT, All Aboard Florida agree on lease for Orlando-to-Miami passenger-rail service

BNSF among magazine's top diversity performers for seventh-straight year

Amtrak sets goal to hire more military veterans

U.S. carloads flat, intermodal traffic up a tad in week No. 25, AAR says

LACMTA's board OKs $1.3 billion Crenshaw/LAX light-rail construction contract

Foxx unanimously confirmed as next U.S. transportation secretary

June 27

Rail supplier news from TUV Rheinland, PCL Construction, Protran, AECOM, Cubic and CMA (June 27)

Canadian potash exporter opens rail-car maintenance facility

UP earns magazine's diversification honor for fifth-straight year

APTA files lawsuit to stop patent infringement claims

RTD's board agrees to relocate proposed rail station

Norfolk Southern opens bulk transfer terminal in South Carolina

Canadian government enacts Fair Rail Freight Service Act

BART's unionized workers authorize strike

June 26

X Train proposes station in North Las Vegas

Gibbons to succeed Knight as BLET national VP

MotivePower to supply another 13 locomotives to MBTA

NTSB's Hart tours TTCI to learn more about PTC, rail technology

Tri-Rail scores record daily ridership due to Miami Heat parade

FY2014 financial plan, capital spending set for South Carolina ports

Crosstex reopens Ohio crude-by-rail facility, completes Louisiana transload expansion

Amtrak completes Niantic River bridge, notes Virginia ridership and installs chief safety officer

June 25

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Ansaldo STS, Harbor Rail, CTC, TUV and Stantec (June 25)

RSI organizes committee to support passenger-rail suppliers, systems

RTA on May's tie market: Purchases skyrocketed, production inched up

Union Pacific to upgrade line in Wyoming, add siding in Oregon

FRA's Szabo, Sound Transit officials kick off Tukwila station project

Savage opens rail operation in Utica Shale; Crestwood acquires gas-gathering stake in Niobrara Shale

Canadian Pacific restores flood-impacted mainline near Calgary

Metra CEO Clifford steps down

June 24

Louisiana DOT to close five crossings; Arkansas DOT to advance four overpasses

Morristown & Erie, Maine Eastern shuffle management staff

Sound Transit, Seattle to present latest potential routes between Ballard and downtown

Pacific Imperial Railroad makes lease payment to San Diego MTS for Desert Line

North Carolina DOT holds safety summit to address mounting rail fatalities

North County Transit District balances budget for FY2014

Insufficient funds, still-evolving technology among commuter railroads' PTC concerns, APTA official says

U.S. Class I workforce continued to enlarge in May

June 21

Rail supplier news from Tutor Perini, Pacer, J.L. Patterson, AREMA and Michael Baker (June 21)

Rail Link garners two safety awards from state of Wyoming

L.A. officials latch Metro rail gates to mark 'new era' of regional transportation

Johnson to succeed McFarlane as head of CP's U.S. operations

Chicago Transit Authority to analyze future of Blue Line's West Side branch

AAR week 24 traffic data: U.S. roads registered gains

'Interrelated challenges' cloud PTC implementation by 2015's end, GAO says

N.Y. Senate approves Prendergast as MTA's top exec

June 20

Philadelphia port authority posts progress with channel deepening project

WMATA engineers uncover rail-car intercom problems

Former FRA officer Strang to join ASLRRA as VP of regulatory affairs

HART to solicit public input on Honolulu station designs

Metrolink, Sound Transit to kick off new station projects

Agrex begins to build BNSF loading facility in Nebraska

Rail revenue climbed in 2012, supply chain group says

House appropriations subcommittee approves bill that would cut funding for transit, Amtrak and high-speed rail

PTC deadline should be extended at least three years, AAR's Hamberger says

June 19

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Alstom, Thales and ACE Westchester (June 19)

RSI sets special Railway Interchange 2013 rate for shippers

Mica: Stop Amtrak chefs from dishing up 'lavish' meals

Pennsylvania rail authority lets contract for new bridge

Metropolitan Council solicits public input on 17 Green Line Extension station locations

Canadian Pacific trims intermodal transit time between Toronto, Calgary

BNSF earns and distributes accolades, installs new corporate relations VP

Four Illinois congressmen urge USDOT to provide TIGER V grant for grade separation; FRA unveils smartphone app for crossing info

Gov. Quinn signs bill to establish hydraulic fracturing regulations in Illinois

June 18

Keolis Rail Services employees ratify three-year deal at VRE

The T, DART address transit connectivity in Arlington

Alaska Railroad installs several new top execs

Metrolink chief orders 'health risk assessment' of maintenance facility

KCSM, UP attain rail service honors

CSX issues 2012 social responsibility report, lands on top IT employer list

WMATA, ATU establish 'close-call reporting' pilot project

Cargo volumes a mixed bag for three major ports in May

June 17

North Carolina DOT lets contract for rail curve realignment

Texas port awards rail yard contract

Metrolink to raise fares to close FY2014 funding gap

BART adopts $1.5 billion budget for FY2014

U.S. appellate court denies Chlorine Institute's PTC-related lawsuit against the FRA

Joint intermodal service primed for 'matchback' business, CN and INRD say

Transit ridership slipped in first quarter

FRA safety committee endorses 'crashworthiness' equipment standards for high-speed rail

June 14

Rail supplier news from Smart Software, TranSystems, Vossloh, Cognizant, J.L. Patterson and Salco (June 14)

Ohio utilities commission approves three crossing projects

Transportation Services Index slipped a bit in April

VIA Rail and CAW reach tentative settlement, avoid strike

MTA awards final contract for Second Avenue Subway's first phase

U.S. rail traffic returned to mixed-results mode last week, AAR says

BNSF to move first-ever crude unit trains from New Mexico in fall

STB OKs California's construction of Merced-to-Fresno high-speed line

IDOT readying RFP for high-speed locomotives in Midwest, West

June 13

CSX agrees to work with New York village to clear problematic vegetation

Atlanta BeltLine names Paul Morris top executive

AAR issues new edition of railroad trends publication

Calgary Transit solicits public input on future North-Central light-rail line

Savage to acquire Ft. Worth Pipe, expand shale play services

NJ Transit to partner with Cablevision for Wi-Fi at stations, on trains

Metro-North to launch trackwork project in the Bronx

KCSM honored as logistics supplier of the year for Chrysler Group

June 12

Rail supplier news from Ritron, GE, OPW, TTG Transportation, CTC and Faiveley Transport (June 12)

TCU ratifies contract with Los Angeles transit agency

TIGER grant demand again exceeds available funding, USDOT says

Greater Cleveland RTA completes airport tunnel upgrade

Norfolk Southern dedicates new intermodal terminal in Pennsylvania

MARTA adopts FY2014 budget

New Orleans Public Belt to reopen Huey P. Long Bridge on Father's Day

Canadian safety board issues three recommendations to reduce missed signal risks

Norfolk Southern's Wick Moorman to receive Railroad Innovator Award from Progressive Railroading, RailTrends

June 11

Arizona city creates quiet zone on UP line

North Shore Railroad makes several management changes

Santa Clara VTA awards contract for expressway improvements, paves way for future light rail

Gold Line light-rail project reaches construction milestone on operations facility

Moro to lead Long Beach port on interim basis; USDA to extend Miami port hours

LACMTA staff recommends contractor for $1.3 billion Crenshaw/LAX Line project

BNSF faces second lawsuit for L.A. intermodal project, fine for Washington state crossing defects

Four congressmen unveil Transit Parity Act

June 10

Washington state port schedules workshop on proposed crude oil facility

UP notes Dow safety initiative progress, higher train speed in Texas

Maryland governor appoints Smith MTA administrator

FTA, Metropolitan Council update report on business impact during Green Line construction

Advisory council study concludes Canadian railroads should voluntarily install locomotive recording devices

League of Railway Industry Women seeks nominees for 'Outstanding Woman of the Year'

L.A. port lands large capital spending budget for FY2013-14

California authority OKs high-speed rail construction contract, transfers Altamont Corridor to San Joaquin rail commission

Shuster: Focus NEC investment on 'state of good repair,' not high-speed rail

June 7

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, RailComm, Mitsubishi and IDS (June 7)

Savannah port receives large cranes; L.A. port forges pact with German partner

Illinois lawmakers back Quad Cities service expansion for Amtrak

UP to bolster Missouri line; CSX and NS to upgrade Ohio crossings

Operation Lifesaver's Rose delivers rail-safety education message to APTA Rail Conference

FRA delays adjacent track safety rule's effective date by one year

APTA reveals winners of first safety, security awards

AAR on May: U.S. roads registered first carload gain in 16 months, 42nd straight intermodal increase

June 6

ACF Industries reopens Pennsylvania rail-car plant due to booming energy sector

BNSF establishes economic development office in North Dakota

Amtrak hosts station redevelopment conference, carries late Sen. Lautenberg back to D.C. 'one final time'

Tunnel boring begins on Eglinton Crosstown light-rail project

Shuba becomes OmniTRAX's CEO; McKenzie takes Watco's CFO reins

New York City Transit to close subway tunnels for major post-Sandy repairs

Iowa Northern Railway to develop intermodal logistics hub

BNSF faces coal dust lawsuit in Washington state, deems the federal court action 'meritless'

Intergovernmental agreement advances high-speed rail project in Illinois

June 5

Rail supplier news from Westport Innovations, Bombardier, Wabtec and Michael Baker (June 5)

CSX marks progress on Quebec intermodal terminal

VIA Rail 'optimistic' about reaching CAW agreements

CSX stock tops 'Dow Transports' list, Dividend Channel says

Cargill to expand rail capacity at CN-served grain elevator in Saskatchewan

Minnesota officials OK funds for Green Line extension's preliminary engineering

North Carolina council approves lease agreement for wood pellet export facility

SEPTA takes top 'Rail Rodeo' honors at APTA conference

June 4

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Siemens, Sam Schwartz, SYSTRA, HNTB and G.W. Peoples (June 4)

HART unveils environmental document for part of Honolulu rail transit project

BNSF, U.S. Silica open frac sand facility in Texas

STB extends CN's deadline concerning contributions to two EJ&E-related grade separations

Arizona inland port inaugurates international container shipments

U.S. public supports investing tax money in public transportation, APTA says

Sen. Lautenberg praised for his dedication to transportation

Pershing Square to sell up to 7 million shares of CP stock

June 3

Canadian railroad, municipality associations release new land use guidelines

Sound Transit open house to focus on Mercer Island light-rail segment

Canada's House of Commons passes Class I-opposed 'fair' service act

TransLink seeks community input on Northeast area transit plan

Short lines: Coos Bay Rail Link lands operator pact; Lake Superior and Ishpeming workers ratify agreement

VIA Rail's ridership remained steady in first quarter

Electro-Motive Diesel to produce low-emission locomotives for Metrolink

Connecticut allocates more than $8 million for four freight-rail projects

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