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Rail News: July 2013

July 31

Rail supplier news from Michael Baker, Align Production, Interfleet, Lonza, Cubic, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Interstate-McBee and Wi-Tronix (July 31)

RTA tie market report: A June swoon for purchases, production

CTA readies new fare system, reports drop in employee absenteeism

Metro Transit's ridership in Twin Cities ticked up in year's first half

CREATE partners seek $16 million TIGER V grant for grade separation

M-1 Rail contracts Stacy and Witbeck to manage Detroit's streetcar construction

Keyera, Kinder Morgan to build crude-by-rail facility in Edmonton

Maine transportation commissioner asks five freight railroads to share parked train practices

July 30

New siding on tap for North Carolina Railroad

Oregon DOT unveils new Talgo train for Amtrak Cascades route

STB orders BNSF to delay asset revaluation from Berkshire acquisition

MTA earns a B-plus for Second Avenue Subway progress, Maloney says

ASLRRA produces video to commemorate centennial anniversary

Sound Transit approves Northgate Extension construction contract

CSX cuts ribbon on relocated North Carolina yard

Amtrak's new electric locomotives begin extensive testing at TTCI

July 29

Rail supplier news from FreightCar America, Alstom, Colo Railroad Builders, Hatch Mott MacDonald and SISCOG (July 29)

McCaskey to lead Delaware Operation Lifesaver

Progressive Railroading to present webcast on rail-car market

Sens. Udall, Bennet seek easier implementation of quiet zone rules

Georgia ports set several volume records in FY2013

WMATA's board OKs contract with ATU

EPA: Demand broadens for various rail-car types, but maintains downward trend

Senators call on colleagues to address potential Highway Trust Fund shortfall

In memoriam: Former Progressive Railroading Publisher and Owner Frank J. Richter

July 26

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Wabtec and MRAIL Services (July 26)

Pennsylvania rail authority dedicates siding in memory of Nittany & Bald Eagle's first GM

Construction half complete on TriMet's Portland-Milwaukie line

Georgia port predicts banner year for wheat exports

Virginia Railway Express begins work on system expansion plan

Canadian Minister of Transport Raitt meets with elected officials from Mégantic region

San Diego trolley project enters its final phase

AAR: Carloads down, intermodal units up last week

July 25

Rail supplier news from American Railcar Industries, Herzog and Association of Transportation Law Professionals; In Memoriam: Harry Scott (July 25)

Tacoma, Portland ports note key milestones

Progressive Railroading to present webcast on rail-car market

In memoriam: Sprinter GM Rick Dahl

Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad appoints new chief transportation officer, director of quality

South Carolina ports pumped up container volume in FY2013

Frac sand mines part of Fairmount Minerals, FTS International deal

APTA to honor public transit agencies, businesses for sustainability efforts

July 24

Rail supplier news from Axion, FreightCar America, Georgetown Rail, Jacobs Engineering, Watkins Environmental and Lochner (July 24)

Capitol Corridor posts ridership decline in June, seeks ways to reverse the trend

Washington state port approves lease for crude oil handling facility

Sound Transit issues environmental impact study for Lynnwood light-rail extension

SEPTA set rail ridership record in FY2013

Quebec derailment fallout: Efforts to improve rail safety emerge in Canada, U.S.

CP logs all-time-best revenue, operating ratio in 2Q

Export coal drop the main flop in NS' 2Q financial results

July 23

Washington port lands state funds for two rail spurs

CAW members at VIA Rail approve labor contracts

Wabtec inks $9 million pact to provide PTC equipment and services for NCTD

BNSF moves first Westmoreland Coal shipment on new Montana mainline connection

OmniTRAX owner Broe Group to help revitalize Chicago port

Sen. Schumer urges federal agencies to investigate heat's role in New York-area derailments

MTA investing in new subway, commuter-rail and bus services, Gov. Cuomo says

CN: Record revenue, volume part of 'solid' 2Q results

July 22

BART to model 'Fleet of Future' rail car for public

Rail-car orders dipped, deliveries climbed in 2Q, ARCI says

Amtrak to promote veteran-hiring initiative at National Urban League event

Progressive Railroading to present webcast on rail-car market

Metra chair asks former U.S. attorney to investigate agency's hiring, contracting policies

Trackwork in Illinois, Iowa part of UP's 'replacement capital' budget

Federal financing rejection won't halt high-speed rail project, XpressWest says

U.S. Class I workforce grew a bit bigger in June

Canada's Transportation Safety Board issues advisories in wake of Quebec derailment

July 19

Rail supplier news from GATX, Hub Group and Thales; also, in memoriam: RMC's Edgar Powell (July 19)

Sound Transit marks four years of Link light-rail service

Former ACE CEO Richmond garners local award for directing massive grade crossing program

MBTA opens new rail stations along Boston's Fairmount commuter line

U.S. rail traffic returned to mixed-bag trend, AAR says

STB improves rail rate-reasonableness procedures

Charlotte transit system breaks ground on LYNX Blue Line extension

KCS scored revenue, volume records in 2Q

July 18

LIRR to temporarily cancel trains for summer East Side Access work

St. Joe Co. swings another deal that could spur business for AN Railway, Florida port

Metropolitan Council unveils cost estimates to resolve freight-rail issues related to light-rail project

NS bolstered Pennsylvania coal line during annual maintenance blitz

Amtrak gains riders with disabilities in first half, acknowledges need for more accessibility improvements

D.C. airports authority announces delay in Dulles rail line project

Timmons to remain ASLRRA's president through 2014

Union Pacific set four all-time financial records in 2Q

July 17

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Nomad Digital, Parsons Brinckerhoff, SYSTRA, Strategic Rail and Gorbel (July 17)

CN-served rail rack part of Gibson Energy, Statoil infrastructure pact in Canada

Marquis to head operations for CP's Eastern Region

MARTA seeks developer for proposed King Memorial Station project

Cincinnati signs streetcar construction contract

June brings volume swoon for L.A. port, slight gain for Long Beach port

Denver RTD issues design/build RFP for North Metro commuter-rail line

CSX set operating ratio, income records in 2Q despite weak export coal demand

July 16

Metrolink, Thousand Oaks partner to offer new shuttle service

Ohio planning commission issues study on CSX line crossings

Cameron appointed to new Connecticut commuter council

SANBAG seeks bids for two grade separations, on-call rail services

NYCT concludes G subway line needs additional afternoon service

Tacoma port notes largest container ship and sustainability honor; Houston port earns highest RICA ranking

LACMTA files motion to dismiss lawsuits against light-rail project

Oregon port to receive $10 million from state for bridge repairs on Coos Bay line

July 15

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, FreightCar America, Thales, Siemens, GE, J.L. Patterson and VHB (July 15)

Puchala chairs National Mediation Board for third time

Santa Monica Mayor O'Connor to chair Expo Line construction authority; Cross joins DART's board

Pacific Harbor Line, BLET ink five-year labor agreement

Report: SANBAG to study rail access to LA/Ontario airport

Connecticut DOT picks firm for Stamford station TOD project

Canadian port doubled first-half container volume; Florida port set to find container facility operator

TSB will perform 'top-to-bottom' investigation of Quebec derailment, Tadros says

July 12

Michigan DOT seeks public inout on draft freight plan; Washington commission seeks applicants for crossing funds

Transportation Services Index strengthened in May

SFMTA unveils draft environmental report for proposed Muni projects

U.S. carloads and intermodal loads climbed in July's first week, AAR says

CTA's Red Line South project slightly impacts rail ridership

Metra chairman calls for 'aggressive' plan to improve agency

CP to serve K+S Potash's new Saskatchewan mine

NJ Transit adopts FY2014 operating, capital budgets

July 11

WMATA rolls out new Twitter feeds

Crossing projects on tap in Iowa, Montana and Ohio

Metropolitan Council to solicit public input on freight-rail locations for Green Line Extension

Alabama diesel tax violates 1976 rail act, U.S. circuit court rules

Denver's RTD to consider another aviation station on East Rail Line

Arizona DOT narrows list of Phoenix-Tucson passenger-rail line alternatives

Georgia Ports Authority, Cordele Intermodal Services agree to create inland port

Crude by rail: EIA reviews traffic; rail shipper conference presenters address Quebec derailment

July 10

Norfolk Southern, BASF sponsor emergency preparedness training courses in North Carolina

Research report links transit investments, improved public health

Virginia port sets volume records in June, first half and FY2013

MBCR installs former FRA safety exec Murphy as GM

Riders boost WMATA's safety grade, poll finds

Wisconsin allots $52 million for freight-rail preservation program

Maryland Gov. O'Malley announces $280 million for Purple Line light-rail project

Weekly intermodal volume average reached record level in June, AAR says

July 9

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Transnet, IMC and Emco Wheaton (July 9)

Washington state port reschedules workshop on proposed crude oil facility

Valley Metro, Valley Metro Rail transit boards elect officers

LACMTA, Caltrans to solicit public opinion on proposed High Desert Corridor

New Orleans Public Belt serves crude oil terminal at city's port

CTA to close Brown Line's Kimball station during infrastructure work

Permian Rail Park construction set to begin

USDOT obligates TIGER III grant for Montana multi-modal hub

July 8

Rail supplier updates from NRC, Cubic, MERMEC, Hatch Mott MacDonald and SISCOG (July 8)

Pilot Chemical enhances rail infrastructure at Ohio plant

Amtrak awards contract for box tunnel project under Hudson Yards site

Futhey to step down as SMART Transportation Division's president

Operation Lifesaver awards rail safety grants to 12 state programs

CSX to help move imported corn from Florida port

California report outlines environmental benefits of high-speed rail

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic seeks cause of deadly derailment in Quebec

July 5

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Alstom, CTC, GE, Greenbrier and Holland (July 5)

PATCO prepares for $2 million subway vent replacement project

BNSF attains honors for customer support efforts

Here's a switch: U.S. carloads climbed, intermodal volume fell in week 26

NJ Transit pilots expanded vehicle on Hudson-Bergen light-rail line

CN to start serving Alberta frac sand terminal in November

Watco turns 30, lands NS lease agreement in Ohio

BART to restart service today under 30-day contract extension

July 3

LACMTA schedules information sessions on SR-710 alternatives

CenterPoint Properties acquires Houston buildings near UP terminal

Chicago Mayor Emanuel visits CTA's Red Line South project

Crossing improvement projects advance in Ohio, Montana

STB boots up 'litigation alternatives' web page, seeks rail-shipper council candidates

Alabama port terminals turn 85

Contract negotiations resume between BART, two unions

Foxx sworn in as 17th U.S. transportation secretary

July 2

Northern Frac Proppants accelerates plan to produce more frac sand in Wisconsin

DuBois is LACMTA's new chairwoman

Memphis port commission seeks TIGER V grant for major trackwork

BART strike continues into second day

North Carolina DOT begins key rail improvement projects, FRA says

CSX kicks off annual track maintenance blitz during Fourth of July week

SEPTA raises fares for FY2014

TSA recognizes transit agencies' security plans

July 1

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, Voith, GATX, SYSTRA, TranSystems, STV and NRC (July 1)

Crossings: New York DOT schedules hearing on proposed closure; Georgia city pursues quiet zones

MTA senior adviser Kupferman dies

Red River Valley & Western logs millionth carload

Kansas City Southern marks 16th anniversary of Mexican concession

Texas port signs off on pacts for new rail-served resins plant

Congressional committees appropriate $250 million for Honolulu transit-rail project

BART workers launch strike, no service today

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