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Rail News: July 2015

July 31

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, RailComm, HNTB and Railway Supply Institute (July 31)

Kansas City Southern dedicates new Wylie intermodal terminal

Rail traffic: U.S. carloads down, intermodal up in Week 29

Obama nominates former MBTA head Scott to NTSB; Shortsleeve named MBTA's chief administrator

RTD awards $140 million light-rail contract to Balfour Beatty Infrastructure

TIGER grant requests for 2015 add up to $9.8 billion

Senate sends short-term transportation bill to Obama, OKs multi-year transportation legislation

Fritz elected UP chairman to succeed Koraleski

July 30

Metra wraps up Oak Park Station repair project

San Francisco agency awards $20 million to Caltrain project

PANYNJ traffic sets record pace in 2015's first half; Marino named PATH director

TransLink, Canadian government take up SkyTrain improvement projects

Registration now open for RailTrends® 2015 conference

North Dakota PSC, FRA agree to implement new rail safety program

House OKs short-term extension of transportation funding; Senate set to vote on long-term bill

FRA, Transport Canada issue final rules to secure trains

July 29

Sacramento transit district nears completion of Blue Line light-rail extension

LIRR completes $20.5 million rehab of Massapequa Station

FRA pledges $2.7 million toward rail planning in Midwest

Flagler kicks off construction of Titusville Logistics Center

Valley Metro light-rail line rings up $8.2 billion in economic development

CSX, Georgia Ports Authority sign pact to open new inland port

Foxx seeks meeting with Cuomo, Christie to discuss Hudson River rail tunnels

July 28

Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, Fluor, Bombardier, Tutor Perini and Maintenance Design Group (July 28)

Vancouver Island Railway to receive federal funds for upgrades

SMART Local 61 members OK SEPTA labor agreement

WMATA marks one year of Silver Line service

CSX, Conservation Fund solicit grant applications for food program

Pan Am settles EPA complaints at Maine, Massachusetts rail yards

Canada pledges federal funds for Ottawa light-rail project's second phase

UP employees log safety improvements

July 27

USDOT council recommends rubber stamp for two RRIF loans

L.A. Metro approves $30 million for pedestrian crossing improvements along Blue Line

KCSR opens mechanical shop in Mississippi, completes largest-ever debt transaction

APTA, U.S. transit agencies mark Americans with Disabilities Act's 25th anniversary

Sound Transit selects preferred route for Federal Way light-rail extension

SEPTA logged record rail ridership in FY2015

NTSB study shows ECP brakes outperform other brake systems

NS reports revenue and earnings drop in 2Q

July 24

Rail supplier updates from RailPros, MERMEC, Trinity, Harsco and Hanson (July 24)

Vegetation-control pact forged in Vermont; crossing upgrades approved in Ohio

Late CTA executive Hill inducted into APTA Hall of Fame

RTA report: May crosstie purchases, production fall from April levels

VIA Rail inaugurates rehabbed Brockville station

Canadian grain working group issues transportation-improvement recommendations

Metropolitan Council seeks public approval on Green Line extension cuts

Latest tank car, rail inspections in New York turn up 62 defects

July 23

Washington state port seeks operator to restore rail service on Royal Slope line

Massachusetts, New York DOTs provide funding for freight-rail projects

Intermodal continues to lead weekly rail traffic

ASLRRA: Senate Finance Committee considers measure to extend short-line tax credit

Sioux Falls reaches deal to purchase BNSF rail yard for $27 million

MTA projects $2.4 billion in savings to fund capital program

Railroads' revenue adequacy generates debate at STB hearing

Decreases in coal demand hampered UP's 2Q earnings, revenue

July 22

San Diego MTS reaches trolley line naming agreement with local health system

Jacobs wins $1.2 billion contract for California high-speed rail line

RSI: Rail-car backlog shrank in second quarter

Kansas DOT narrows list of sites for future transload center

Texas high-speed rail company names Keith CEO

Canadian minister sends CN yard proposal to environmental review panel

FRA reminds railroads to heed crude-related emergency order

Sens. McConnell, Boxer hash out terms of long-term surface transportation bill

July 21

Boxer tours PTC project at Metrolink

HART awards contract for West Oahu rail stations

WMATA adds fire and rescue liaison at rail operations center

DART orders two additional streetcars from Brookville

Massachusetts Gov. Baker appoints members to new MBTA fiscal board

FRA launches safety review of New York & Atlantic Railway

MTA OKs contract for new train control system on Queens Boulevard subway line

CN exceeds earnings expectations in 2Q

CP reports record 2Q net income, elects Reardon chairman

July 20

Rail supplier updates from Strato, Miner; and, in memoriam: Deane Folsom Sr. (July 20)

Teamsters ratify five-year pact with Ontario Northland

SEPTA gears up for trolley tunnel repair 'blitz'

Progressive Railroading names Greenfield western regional sales manager

Washington state panel solicits rail-safety grant applications

Balfour Beatty Infrastructure recommended for Denver RTD light-rail extension

STB to hold revenue adequacy hearing, reports employment slips in mid-June

July 17

Rail supplier news from New York Air Brake, ABB, Alstom, Bombardier and Cambridge Systematics (July 17)

The T appoints Fowler CFO, VP

Iowa Pacific making room for more rail-car storage

Orange County transit agency reaches streetcar agreement with Santa Ana, Calif.

Deadline nears for LRIW's 'Outstanding Woman of the Year' nominations

Florida East Coast Railway completes upgrade of dispatch operations

Washington governor inks $16 billion state transportation package

Decline in carload volume impacts KCS' profit in 2Q

July 16

UPS adds option for China-Europe rail shipments

Intermodal growth remains the rail traffic story in Week 27

Business groups call on Congress to pass port transparency legislation

Hawaii Gov. Ige OKs tax extension to fund Honolulu rail project

Obama sets up emergency board to mediate NJ Transit labor dispute; NJ Transit OKs budget

KCS names Hancock executive VP and chief marketing officer

Sound Transit's Lynnwood Link extension passes environmental review

House passes short-term transportation funding measure

July 15

NS unveils corporate sustainability report for 2014

L.A. Metro begins tunnel excavation for Crenshaw/LAX line, marks 25 years of Blue Line service

CATS hires Lewis as exec director, opens Gold Line streetcar route

Sound Transit nears completion of elevated guideway for Angle Lake light-rail station

FECR's intermodal volume spikes in first year of Port Everglades facility

BNSF Logistics acquires Transportation Technology Services

House GOP introduces short-term extension of transportation funding

CSX sets three all-time financial records in 2Q

July 14

Rail supplier updates from RailComm, Information Systems, Hanson and Maintenance Design Group (July 14)

Sound Transit schedules open house for Tacoma Link extension

BART overpass bridge installed for future Antioch station

LIRR completes Smithtown Station renovation

Washington budget funds three freight-rail infrastructure projects

Obama announces two Amtrak board nominees

CSX charts social responsibility efforts in annual report

VRE, Keolis agree to contract extension for commuter-rail service

July 13

FTA seeks nominations for transit safety committee

Rocla acquires concrete tie business from Koppers and Lehigh

AARS solicits scholarship applications for railway management course

Watco names McGuire executive vice president

CP advances plan to reactivate Arbutus rail corridor

BNSF set to begin rail-spur construction in Kansas

APTA to honor MARTA CEO Parker for 'outstanding' leadership

Gov. Walker vetoes repeal of railroad trespass law

July 10

Rail supplier news from ENSCO Rail, NxGen, Greenbrier, Miner and Hanson Professional (July 10)

New group established to examine two transit-rail projects in Montreal

Metra kicks off platform project at Mayfair Station

BTS: Transportation Services Index rises in May

Canada to help fund Port Saint John modernization project

CSX wraps up rail safety maintenance 'Jamboree'

CTA gears up for $30 million track improvement along Purple Line

Bill proposes PTC extension to 2018; FRA to issue rule on cameras in cabs

July 9

Canadian museum to open permanent rail-safety exhibit

WMATA resumes search for new CEO

Keolis names Trahan chief mechanical officer of MBTA commuter rail

Imports increase as retailers prepare for back-to-school season

BLET members authorize NJ Transit strike

Intermodal volumes up for U.S., Canadian railroads in Week 26

Met Council trims Minneapolis light-rail project by $250 million

NTSB to Amtrak: Install video cameras in all trains to monitor engineers

July 8

Rail supplier updates from OpenText Analytics, Wasatch, Hub Group, Atlantic Track and J.L. Patterson (July 8)

Chicago RTA surveys visitors' public transit use; Aurora begins transit improvement plans

BLET hires Hagan for political affairs post

Maine Gov. LePage signs transportation bond bill

Jacksonville port launches Mile Point Harbor project

Metra, Illinois Democrats call on Congress to fund PTC

All Aboard Florida picks Archer Western for rail work at Orlando airport

July 7

Pennsylvania delegation tours SEPTA PTC test facility

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

Vancouver voters reject proposed sales tax increase for transit funding

Unimin ships longest frac-sand unit train

Metrolinx, Toronto expand bike-sharing program

DTE Energy project to extend rail line, eliminate crossing in Trenton, Mich.

SORTA taps Transdev for streetcar contract

Raitt highlights rail safety changes made since Lac-Megantic tragedy

July 6

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, HNTB, Saft, Whitmore and Parsons (July 6)

Crossings slated for upgrades in two Ohio counties

Toronto Transit Commission completes Union Station renovations

MassDOT unveils new criteria for transportation projects

Caltrain, trade councils OK labor pact for electrification project

Tobias steps down from Canadian Pacific's board

Amtrak study: St. Paul-to-Chicago most feasible for second daily train

July 2

Rail supplier updates from CAI International, Keolis, Ricardo, Alstom, American Business Research and Kuehne + Nagel (July 2)

Geale to chair National Mediation Board; PANYNJ names Starace chief engineer

CTA logs 21 percent decrease in fare-card fraud

Orlando Amtrak station undergoes $2 million repair project

North Carolina DOT to close rail crossing in Harrisburg

Puget Sound agencies debut regional transit pass; Sound Transit to advance ballot measure

Railroads' intermodal traffic sets record in June

California agency awards $224 million in grants for transit, intercity rail

July 1

TransLink to make board meetings public

Washington DOT reduces travel time for Amtrak Cascades route

Caltrans transfers management of San Joaquin, Surfliner routes

Amtrak, Rhode Island kick off construction of high-speed rail project at Kingston Station

Paterson to build new grain loading facility on CP line

KCSR to upgrade rail line through Missouri, Illinois

All Aboard Florida inks 30-year maintenance contract with Siemens

Metrolink awarded $41 million for new Tier 4 locomotives

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