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Rail News: June 2015

June 30

Rail supplier updates from STV, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Bombardier, Alstom, SmartDrive and CARS (June 30)

San Diego MTS Police Chief Burke dies

CP inks pact for digital advertising on right of way

Metra kicks off $530,000 rehab project at Waukegan Station

APTA honors Metrolinx for sustainability practices

INDOT prepares for public-private operation of Hoosier rail service

Port of L.A. awards $44.6 million contract for Yusen terminal project

Google to help FRA notify drivers of rail crossing locations

June 29

Commuter association hires Anderson as exec director

Metra dedicates renovated Flossmoor Station

ASLRRA: More co-sponsors sign on to short-line tax credit bill

Charlotte City Council OKs additional $7.7 million for streetcar project

BLET completes Safety Task Force restructuring

Fort Worth transit agency appoints TEX Rail's chief engineer, director of procurement

Port Everglades, S.C. Ports Authority receive key approvals for expansions

Legislators debut bill to invest in multimodal freight infrastructure

June 26

Rail supplier updates from Harris, Amsted, Alstom, Tiger Cool and Parsons Brinckerhoff (June 26)

Staten Island Railway names Connett VP, chief officer

Salt Lake City's light-rail system produced economic benefits, study says

VRE to hike fares as of July 1

Intermodal continues to lead U.S. rail traffic in Week 24

Houston transit agency earns APTA achievement award

Maryland Gov. Hogan says OK to slimmed-down Purple Line

Senate Commerce Committee OKs rail reforms, Amtrak reauthorization

June 25

CSX ranks high among IT workplaces

VTA receives $300,600 grant to install sound-dampening material on transit project

BNSF contributes funds to Washington city's waterfront grade-crossing study

Sound Transit taps Oldcastle Precast, Stacy & Witbeck for 'floating' light-rail segment

Valley Metro names Tsuei chief technology officer

NJ Transit rail union mulls strike

R. J. Corman reaches agreement to acquire Carolina Southern

Feinberg: FRA is sticking to PTC deadline, will assess fines

June 24

UP conducts advanced safety course for emergency responders

San Diego transit system bans e-cigarettes on trolleys, at transit centers

Neffenger named TSA administrator

Montreal transit agency unveils new pedestrian tunnel

Massachusetts Gov. Baker pledges $12 million for Springfield station

Senators introduce six-year surface transportation bill

CP knocks Canadian transport minister's comments on safety investigation

June 23

Rail supplier news from National Steel Car, Duostech, RailWorks, SmartDrive and Miller Ingenuity (June 23)

Tacoma Rail, Florida East Coast workers ratify labor agreements

Virginia rail agency promotes Latimer to administrator role

Seattle port completes grade separation; New York port picks new commerce director

APTA names safety award, rail rodeo competition winners

Senate backs Elliott's second appointment as STB chairman

Six former MMA employees face charges for roles in Lac-Megantic tragedy

APTA: Public transit trips dipped a bit in 1Q

June 22

Parsec to operate NS intermodal terminal in West Virginia

MBTA kicks off $12.7 million project to replace aging third rail, switch heaters

TransLink shaved executive compensation, other costs in 2014

U.S. Class I workforce shrank a smidgen in May

Virginia transportation board OKs $13.3 billion, six-year improvement program

Canadian government unveils Public Transit Fund details

AAR, rail shipper groups applaud Senate's passage of STB bill

CSX, Louisville & Indiana close pact on corridor upgrade

June 19

Rail supplier news from IMC, RailcarRx, Bombardier, HNTB and REMSA (June 19)

DART announces VP appointments; Valley Metro elects new board members

Parallel Infrastructure announces pact with Central Maine & Quebec

AAR award honors CSX auto service

BART begins testing new "Fleet of the Future" rail cars

Connecticut applies for $11.1 million TIGER grant for new rail station

Legislation approved to strengthen rail safety in Canada

Sens. Booker, Wicker introduce bill to increase Amtrak funding

June 18

Rail supplier update from GREX, Wabtec, Siemens, American Intermodal; and in memoriam: Allen Wright (June 18)

Metra OKs pilot program to allow small pets on Rock Island trains

AASHTO weighs in on Highway Trust Fund solutions

CN, Port of New Orleans sign supply-chain MOU

New York's MTA kicks off rail safety effort

U.S. railroads log record intermodal volume for a week

MassDOT completes acquisition of CSX line

FTA uncovers safety lapses in WMATA's rail operations

June 17

CATS' Muth receives public transportation award

Toronto unveils '10-minute or better' transit service plan

Ontario Northland, Teamsters Rail agree to tentative contract

No link between Texas quake and oil waste disposal, railroad commission says

NY port authority promotes police commanders, sets counterterrorism role

WMATA 4000-series rail cars' door components miss safety mark

USDOT's inspector general to audit FTA oversight of several transit projects

Metro Transit marks one year of Green Line rail service

June 16

Rail supplier news from Trinity, Knorr-Bremse, Unitrac, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Research and Markets (June 16)

SFMTA set to raise fares, fees July 1

Schumer calls on USDOT to OK Acela train purchase

Operation Lifesaver awards $205,000 for rail-safety education projects

Sen. Lee introduces bill to eliminate federal gas tax

WMATA debuts digital ad displays at rail stations

CN inks MOU with Alabama port authority to prep for Panama Canal expansion

California authority kicks off construction of first high-speed rail viaduct

June 15

Unimin begins unit train service to Marcellus territory

Construction begins for Ottawa's new light-rail line

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

PTC, new locomotives on Metrolink's FY2016 agenda

Hess to sell interest in Bakken assets, including Tioga rail terminal

MassDOT plots $394 million in capital investments for MBTA in FY2016

Following legal challenges, LACMTA releases second environmental impact document

AAR files appeal of USDOT's tank-car rule

June 12

Rail supplier updates from GE, RailComm, Alstom, RailPros, and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (June 12)

Transportation Institute's board elects Darr, Skinner

Honolulu transit agency OKs $78.9 million contract for three rail stations

RTA report: Production, purchases rose in April

SEPTA gears up for $100 million trolley improvement project

BNSF charts 2014 economic development results

Amtrak may pull plug on Southwest Chief, River Runner

BART's board OKs FY2016 budget

June 11

Metra puts out call for new police officers

U.S. rail traffic volumes tell a familiar story in Week 22

CSX lands on 'Green' list for environmental practices

Szabo tapped as Chicago planning agency's executive director

Denham's measure passes to halt funds for California's high-speed rail project; state's authority OKs high-speed rail contract

RTD seeks public input on GM search

MTA: Metro-North, LIRR already compliant with FRA safety advisory

AAR reiterates freight-rail industry's commitment to PTC

June 10

Rail supplier updates from GE, Alstom, KBR and Crosslinx Transit (June 10)

Allegheny County transit agency seeks input on fare system modifications

Rep. Lipinski demos new mobile app for rail incident first responders

BNSF offers new intermodal service schedules in Northern region

WMATA's third rail power connections improperly installed, NTSB says

Report: U.S. freight rail regs are outdated, need updating

House narrowly passes transportation, housing bill

FRA advises passenger railroads to do more to prevent speeding

NTSB: Amtrak engineer was not using his cell phone

June 9

Maryland transit agency beefs up fare compliance enforcement

Michigan by Rail to host public meetings for proposed passenger service

WSDOT seeks $25.2 million in TIGER grants for rail-related projects

Fort Worth's The T set to sign contract for TEX Rail cars

M-1 Rail inks $32 million contract for Brookville streetcars

Maryland applies for FRA funds for Maglev train study

Norfolk Southern renames largest rail yard after Moorman

Imports back to normal levels after contract ratification, report says

June 8

Rail supplier updates from Union Tank Car, Norsat, Holland, Bombardier and Parsons Brinckerhoff (June 8)

NCDOT OKs long-term transportation plan

Retailers group endorses bill to speed resolution of port labor disputes

Cenovus buys crude-by-rail terminal served by CP, CN

DART seeks public input on new light-rail alignment

Canada's Raitt proposes changes to 'dangerous goods' transportation regs

KCS inks construction, lease pact with Sasol Chemicals for rail yard

USDOT releases technical reports on truck size, weight issues

Caltrain adopts capital, operating budgets for FY2016

June 5

Long Beach port's FY2016 plan includes rail projects; Oshawa port opens new rail spur

New York Transit Museum Director Shubert to retire this fall

FECR adds next-day service to Fort Pierce, meets with Panama Canal officials

Sen. Schumer calls on FRA to investigate Rochester crossing gates, signals

Belmont Park Station reopens with boost from New York Racing Association

Sound Transit seeks public input on new ballot measure for transit projects

EPA: Fracking not causing major harm to drinking-water quality

Gov. Baker unveils winter contingency plan for MBTA

June 4

Rail supplier updates from Chicago Freight Car, Siemens, Cadiz, Lucid, Cubic, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Progressive Fuels (June 4)

S.F. Mayor Lee proposes 10 percent increase in transit service

BNSF, Washington refineries sign mutual aid pact

Valley Metro's Mesa Extension slated to open seven months early

Schumer bill targets metal theft from railroads, other infrastructure

FRA will enforce Dec. 31 PTC deadline, acting administrator says

AAR: U.S. rail traffic numbers reflect 'mixed signals' so far in 2015

FTA gives green light to TEX Rail's engineering phase

June 3

Washington DOT outlines strategy for state-owned rail line

Value of U.S.-NAFTA freight movement dipped in March, BTS says

Operation Lifesaver debuts safety message on International Level Crossing Awareness Day

MDOT looks to defer lease payments on unused commuter-rail cars

Rail project funding: TIGER VII pre-apps top $14 billion; Sen. Carper co-sponsors RRIF reform bill

Illinois lawmakers pass resolution championing high-speed rail

NYC Transit's Bianco to retire; agency preps for Line 7 Extension opening

Boardman promises PTC for the Northeast Corridor by year's end

June 2

Rail Supplier updates from Bombardier, MERMEC, Auto Truck, Jamaica Bearings and ARI (June 2)

Operation Lifesaver names state coordinators in California, North Carolina

L.A., Long Beach ports create supply chain working groups

CTA kicks off extended service pilot for Purple Line Express

UP posts annual progress report on sustainability, citizenship

Torres-Bruno returns to Metrolink as chief administrative officer

CN to expand cold supply chain capacity

White House threatens veto of House transportation funding bill

June 1

Pacific Harbor Line earns SmartWay Transport label

Metra debuts pedestrian tunnel at Lombard Station

PATCO rail cars make their first run after rehab work

UP charts infrastructure projects in Texas

CBO: Highway Trust Fund would need $3 billion through Sept. 30

LACMTA OKs $5.56 billion budget for FY 2016, debuts car-sharing service

Obama nominates Feinberg as next FRA administrator, Dominguez to lead PHMSA

NARS meeting: Freight-rail execs mull ECP brake mandate's implications

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