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Rail News: July 2014

July 31

AAR releases latest edition of publication reflecting 10-year trends

DART names Fontayne CIO, Costello VP of finance

UP matches first-half safety ratio record, continues crude emergency response training at TTCI

MTA budget includes service improvements for Long Island Rail Road

NTSB announces Conrail accident investigation findings, installs Benthall as CFO

SEPTA approves five-year business plan

BNSF begins double-track project in New Mexico

Maryland agencies release RFP for Purple Line project

July 30

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Protran, SightLogix, Cubic, Alstom, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Dewberry and AIAI (July 30)

Watco adjusts management at Wisconsin and Southern, Grand Elk railroads

Rail, mine workers to join Thursday protest in Pittsburgh opposing EPA rule

VIA Rail begins Brockville station renovation project

KCS reorganizes upper management in operations department

Rulemaking critics: USDOT needs to consider crude/ethanol differences, oil stabilization process

MTA proposes 2015 budget, four-year financial plan and additional safety measures

Senate sends Highway Trust Fund bill back to House

July 29

Rail supplier news from Thales, Ansaldo STS, RailWorks, SNC-Lavalin, Wabtec, Alstom and Skelly and Loy (July 29)

Upgrades on tap for UP line in Kansas; improvements on agenda for four crossings in Ohio

Texas agency appoints Suarez COO

Detroit's streetcar construction officially under way

Puget Sound council study cites economic impact of proposed BNSF-served coal terminal

Denver's Union Station reopens to serve commuters, visitors

Canada's rail system is ready for the next harvest, CN says

Crude by rail: Oregon seeks more safety resources; NS files suit to stop Maryland from publicly releasing shipment info

July 28

MBTA inks deal for WiFi on commuter-rail lines

BNSF lands 20-year lease agreement at Texas logistics park

Grain: BNSF's and CP's weekly STB reports should include two new metrics, Sen. Thune says

USDOT marks weekend openings of Silver Line, Sun Link

California high-speed authority awards station planning funds to Gilroy

EPA: Tank-car demand will help propel deliveries to 66,300 cars in 2014, 72,000 cars in 2015

Senate approves Mendez, Rogoff nominations for USDOT posts

Seattle council calls on USDOT to ban legacy tank cars now; BNSF and GATX to conduct tank-car training seminar in North Dakota

July 25

Schneider to expand bulk intermodal trailer service in North America

Miami-Dade officials approve All Aboard Florida's Miami station plan

Short lines: Watco installs Smith as COO; Tacoma Rail reaches century mark

Sound Transit chooses preferred site for light-rail operations base

CTA, unions launch 'Build Chicago' initiative for rail-car procurement

AAR: U.S. rail traffic continued to post gains in July

BNSF donates $3 million to USO for vet transition programs; BNSF Logistics promotes three execs

LACMTA's board OKs Purple Line Extension construction contract

July 24

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Alstom, Hatch Mott MacDonald, MartinEnviro, HNTB and Parsons Brinckerhoff (July 24)

Santa Clara VTA pre-selects Elecnor for double-track project

Grade separation, port connector project near completion in Vancouver

Sound Transit's Link light-rail service turns five

Rep. Hahn introduces National Freight Network Trust Fund Act

Tucson ready to kick off Sun Link streetcar service

Four all-time-best financial marks highlight UP's strong second quarter

USDOT proposes rulemaking to enhance crude-by-rail safety

July 23

Rail supplier news from CAF, Alstom, Bombardier, PML2, I.D. Systems, CH2M HILL, Nossaman; and, in memoriam: Bruce Jabbonsky (July 23)

TriMet appoints Brookshire as head of finance

ATA report: Trucking's share of freight to grow, rail's share to shrink through 2025

Ports: June volume gains in California and South Carolina; new AAPA chair

All Aboard Florida reveals design for West Palm Beach station

CP should provide more details about ag service solutions in North Dakota, Sen. Heitkamp says

SEPTA set regional rail ridership record in FY2014

NS set five financial records in Q2

July 22

Bridger to supply Bakken crude to Monroe Energy's Pennsylvania refinery

DFW Airport station to open next month

Yuhuang Chemical to build partially rail-served methanol plant at Louisiana port

Minnesota DOT to host meetings on Rochester-Twin Cities 'Zip Rail' plan

Connecticut to hire consultant for Bridgeport station development

U.S. Class I workforce widened a bit in June

Foxx, 11 former USDOT secretaries call on Congress to pass long-term solution to transportation funding

CN scores sub-60 operating ratio, sets volume record in Q2

July 21

Rail supplier news from AECOM, URS, Greenbrier, Watco, Bechtel, Wilson & Co., Ballast Tools and Travelliance (July 21)

WMATA begins Silver Line simulation trains

Rio Grande Pacific installs Howery, Wollack in new management posts

NCTD set ridership record in FY2014

Both tank-car and non-tank-car backlogs grew in Q2, Stern Agee says

RailTrends adds Central Maine & Quebec Railway CEO John Giles to agenda

HART unveils Honolulu airport station design

Grain: BNSF, RRVW to serve North Dakota facility; Dakota governments continue to seek timelier rail service

Tentative BNSF, SMART Transportation Division pact targets one-man crews

July 18

Illinois provides funds for CN grade separation in Aurora

Nashville MTA names Bland CEO

MassDOT gives go-ahead to Berkshire Line acquisition from Housatonic Railroad

AAR: U.S. roads registered traffic gains in week 28

Sen. Cantwell to introduce multi-modal freight bill

KCS broke revenue, carload records in second quarter

Obama unveils plan to create 'Transportation Investment Center'

MTA, eight unions settle LIRR contract dispute

July 17

Hoglander becomes NMB chairman again; Pickett retains post as BRS president

M-1 Rail releases specifics on Detroit streetcar construction

NS highlights sustainability achievements in seventh annual report

OLI enhanced rail-safety educational outreach in 2013, annual report says

Valley Metro reaches milestone on light-rail extension

Wisconsin swings deal to purchase 70-mile line from UP

LIRR strike would impact area's freight-rail traffic, Brookhaven Rail says

MTA, unions resume talks in attempt to avoid LIRR strike

CP logs best-ever quarterly financial results, challenges arbitrator's decision to reinstate engineer

July 16

Rail supplier news from Lilee Systems, J.L. Paterson, NRC, Nomad, Protran, Perptuum and Parsons Brinckerhoff (July 16)

Preferred Sands to open another frac sand plant

Washington state port's Subaru imports reach 1 million mark

Transport Workers Union ratifies SFMTA contract for Muni transit operators

Volkswagen to expand rail-served automotive plant in Tennessee

MTA ad campaign promotes latest contract offer

House passes short-term fix to Highway Trust Fund

CSX set three all-time quarterly financial records in Q2

July 15

FHWA, DDOT set second public meeting on final Virginia Avenue Tunnel environmental report

FTA publishes update of grant reporting instructions

Denver's RTD to hold meeting on Central Rail Extension study

U.S. crude production to reach 43-year high in 2015, EIA predicts

Blumenthal plans Senate hearing on PTC

Rail developments emerge at four U.S. ports

USDOT receives 81 recommendations from National Freight Advisory Committee

LIRR, union negotiations at an impasse; MTA prepares for strike

July 14

Retired Bangor and Aroostook Railroad SVP Richard Sprague dies

New Mexico Rail Runner Express recorded 7.9 million riders in first eight years

UP to upgrade lines in Illinois, Wisconsin

League of Railway Industry Women seeks nominees for 2014 Outstanding Woman of the Year

Four Class Is among Inbound Logistics' top 75 'Green Supply Chain Partners'

Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County set Aug. 13 hearing on revised Southwest light-rail plan

Two senators call on STB to help resolve auto service delays

July 11

Ohio utilities commission OKs 11 crossing projects

CTA set to award contract for 4G wireless network

Operation Lifesaver appoints three new board members

DART, DFW Airport prepare for Orange Line extension opening

ASLRRA committee recognizes North Shore Railroad's emphasis on veterans

Sound Transit launches tunnel boring machine for Northgate extension

UP makes Ford's preferred supplier list, cites sustainability advances in CDP submittal

Latest weekly rail traffic data, monthly transportation index confirm freight gains

July 10

Nebraska provides grant for transloader's freight-rail project

Amtrak's Boardman makes whistle stops in Southwest Chief cities

OmniTRAX Canada reopens Hudson Bay Railway line

Gov. Brown signs legislation backing light rail in San Fernando Valley

CSX capped off annual track maintenance 'Jamboree' on July 7

Global Port Tracker: Longshoremen contract dispute is driving up container volumes

NJ Transit approves FY15 budget, funds to extend light-rail vehicles

Congress continues to address Highway Trust Fund's insolvency

July 9

Rail supplier news from Ansaldo STS, Instalaciones Inabensa, Xplore Technologies and Parsons Brinckerhoff (July 9)

EDA provides $1.6 million grant to upgrade portion of Madison Railroad line

Canadian environmental agency ponders assessment of proposed propane-by-rail facility

Metropolitan Council, Minneapolis announce tentative agreement on light-rail plan

Indiana Rail Road posts progress on summer trackwork projects

West Coast Reduction expands rail capacity at Vancouver port

MTA's Prendergast to meet with Congress about looming LIRR strike

All Aboard Florida unveils Fort Lauderdale station design, plans for phased construction

July 8

Rail supplier news from GE, CH2M Hill, Sweco, TransWorks, Raven Logistics, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Dewberry (July 8)

Denver RTD is 45

BNSF provides grant to Invictus Foundation for military behavioral health program

UP's Santamaria elected AREMA governor

Growth Energy calls on STB to address 'substandard' rail service for ethanol shipments

TSB, RAC reflect on Lac-Megantic accident at first anniversary

LACMTA staff recommends awarding $1.6 billion Purple Line extension pact to STS joint venture

KCS, Global Partners to build crude unit-train terminal in Texas

July 7

Michigan allocates $3 million for Woodhaven grade separation

Caltrain approves fare, fee increases

UP lands on Barron's list of world's most respected companies

MTA to participate in LIRR, labor union talks tomorrow

Watco wins IT award, installs Grant and Chamberlain in GM posts

LACMTA signs off on joint venture contract for Regional Connector

AAR: U.S. railroads hit several traffic highs in June

D.C. airports authority recommends contractor for Silver Line rail yard, maintenance facility

July 3

Rail supplier news from Harsco, Progress Rail, Siemens, Bombardier and Aon Risk (July 3)

Metrolink offers new weekend service

UPS enhances rail services in China, Europe

WMATA to increase train size on Blue Line to accommodate Silver Line's opening

RTA: Crosstie production, purchases marked declines in May

Canadian government transfers control of highway/rail swing bridge to Nova Scotia

Amtrak issues RFP for Acela Express high-speed trains

Blumenthal to introduce rail safety bill

July 2

NRC seeks applicants for scholarship program in memory of Vaccarello, Crisafi

SFRTA tabs Chess to head finance

Slangerup to helm Long Beach port; Pyburn to head business development at Florida port

Orange County Transportation Authority completes L.A.-area grade separation

STB releases draft environmental report on Hartwell Railroad's track project

Heitkamp introduces bill, helps secure Senate funding to assist first responders

Foxx announces highway repair fund rationing plan; cities call on Congress to pass transportation funding bill

July 1

Rail supplier news from Thales, Siemens Rail Automation, American Railcar Leasing, Parkeon, AXION and Hollysys (July 1)

South Florida RTA appoints new chair, vice chair

Large tire plant coming to Lancaster & Chester's industrial park in South Carolina

Previsch retains seat as SMART Transportation Division president

U.S. Silica to develop UP-served frac sand facility in Wisconsin

Goldman to succeed Stolzman as Louisville & Indiana's president

WMATA complies with three more NTSB safety recommendations

UTA named 2014 'outstanding' transit system by APTA

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