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Rail News: August 2013

August 30

TransLink readies test of new fare-card system

Savannah port to help distribute Hyper bikes in Southeast

Amtrak to provide free Wi-Fi on all Michigan trains, allow bikes on Blue Water route

Tie purchases and production jumped in July, RTA says

CTA breaks ground on new station near McCormick Place

MARTA to consider major transit expansion in Georgia 400 corridor

Class Is' 2Q crude volume record not enough to shake U.S. carload traffic from year-long malaise

Quebec accident fallout: FRA's Railroad Safety Advisory Committee targets four key 'tasks' at emergency meeting

August 29

Rail supplier news from Siemens, Bombardier, DB Netz, SYSTRA and IRSE (Aug. 29)

BNSF details capital projects slated for Kansas, Missouri

WTS praises Feinberg's appointment as USDOT chief of staff

GO Transit to open new parking structure, station in Mississauga

Alaska Railroad seeks CEO applicants

BNSF, McKay TransCold to launch refrigerated service next year

Intermodal, domestic coal and petroleum products will help propel U.S. rail traffic through year's end, Baird says

Shuster: Transportation investment is tied to the nation's economic competitiveness

August 28

Rail supplier news from Vossloh, Alstom, Rail Safety Consulting, Louis Berger, Ritron and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Aug. 28)

BLET-represented engineers sign contract with Tacoma Rail

Denver's RTD hosts Ethiopian rail delegation

MTA riders to vote on 49 transit apps; TriMet to unveil mobile tickets next week

L.A. port terminal project enters environmental review phase; Virginia port terminal operator becomes limited liability company

Illinois Gov. Quinn helps Continental Tire commemorate rail spur opening

'Climate Corps' program continues to produce results, CSX says

Longtime railroader Orseno appointed Metra's interim CEO

League of Railway Industry Women names NS' Butler 'Woman of the Year'

August 27

CTA completes 'Train Tracker' screen installation

Amtrak honors memory of Pullman Porters' union founder

Van Schaick joins Watco as AVP of government affairs

BNSF Logistics targeted cancer awareness during large transformer move

California high-speed project is 'good news' for Central Valley firms, foundation says

National Grain Car Council to hold meeting in Kansas City next month

Colton Crossing grade separation completed earlier, cheaper than expected

Department of Energy, NJ Transit to jointly design storm-resilient power infrastructure system

August 26

Rail supplier news from Appalachian Railcar, Railway Interchange 2013 and Marquette Rail (Aug. 26)

VIA suspends service in eastern Quebec areas until short line completes repairs

KCSR's Responsible Care certification renewed for three years

Genesis Energy to begin building BNSF-, UP-served crude unloading facility in Louisiana

BART awarded $12.8 million in homeland security funds

Caltrain seeks $20 million in TIGER V funds for electrification, PTC

Canada needs to review and improve rail haz-mat safety, Senate energy committee report stresses

In memoriam: R. J. Corman Railroad Group founder Rick Corman

August 23

Rail supplier news from TerraMarine, RailWorks, TUV Rheinland, IBM, CIT Rail, Sasser and Timken (Aug. 23)

Texas-Pacifico T&E workers choose BLET representation

BNSF moves mammoth crane from Houston port to Oklahoma refinery

BART OKs funding to modernize Richmond Station

Gov. Quinn appoints task force to overhaul transit in northeastern Illinois

U.S., Canadian railroads registered traffic gains in week No. 33

GO Transit achieves 'LEED Gold' recognition for eco-friendly Pickering Station

Quebec accident fallout: CTA orders CP to interchange with MMA; TSB ponders PTC regulation

August 22

Track construction industry in healthy revenue-growing period, IBISWorld says

Crossing projects advance in Ohio, New York

LIRR kicks off next phase of Massapequa Station project

Metra campaign aims to educate businesses on transit-use tax benefits

APTA announces end to ArrivalStar's patent infringement claims against transit agencies

Quebec accident fallout: J.D. Irving monitors Montreal, Maine & Atlantic bankruptcy proceedings

Houston's METRO reports nine-month ridership increase

Panama Canal marks arrival of rolling gates for expansion project

August 21

Rail supplier news from Nordco, Tutor Perini, ABB, Sasser, and Stacy and Witbeck (Aug. 21)

WMATA to open parking garage at Dunn Loring Station

Ohio utilities commission turns 100

CSX, NS among Dividend Channel's top 25 'socially responsible' stocks

MBTA reaches $10 million in sales for mobile ticket app

Baltimore port to begin handling Mazda vehicles in September

Florida DOT provides $2.5 million for Miami logistics center

Washington DOT begins work to prevent landslides on Amtrak Cascades route

August 20

New York City Transit completes repairs on another subway station

July port volume: Up in Long Beach, down in Los Angeles

TriMet ridership dipped in FY2013

BNSF budgets $125 million for Washington projects, continues to help plan South Dakota yard relocation

Gov. Christie, port authority officials visit PATH station construction site

Federal task force issues recommendations based on lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy

Florida ports advance rail facility plans

Quebec accident fallout: Canadian Transportation Agency extends deadline for MMA suspension

August 19

Central Corridor light-rail vehicles to be tested between Minneapolis, St. Paul

GO Transit to open $44.8 million parking structure

CSX honors Ohio economic development office exec's achievements, advances North Carolina turnout facility

NS lands LEED certification for Alabama terminal's administration building

California commission gives green light to Expo Line crossings

Amtrak, California High-Speed Rail Authority announce board appointments

Sens. Murray, Cantwell introduce Maritime Goods Movement Act

U.S. Class I workforce contracted slightly in July

August 16

Rail supplier news from Miller Felpax, Siemens, Konecranes, Chicago Freight Car, RailComm, RSI and NRC (Aug. 16)

San Pedro & Southwestern a 'SmartWay Transport' partner, EPA says

Metro-North to open West Haven Station, expand track project

BNSF budgets $335 million for capex projects in Montana, North Dakota

Valley Metro's ridership reached record high in FY2013

Amtrak advances Philadelphia station project, adds quiet car to Wolverine trains

Weekly U.S. rail traffic still stuck in mixed-result mode

Quebec accident fallout: Province adds CP to list of parties responsible for cleanup costs

August 15

Gulf & Ohio Railways, U.S. Rail Partners install new presidents

Maryland Gov. O'Malley dedicates commuter-rail station

UTA finishes rail expansion project two years early, millions under budget

TORQ Transloading to build CP-served crude terminal in Saskatchewan

Transportation Services Index slipped a bit in June

CTA OKs contracts to modernize cars, stations, substations and track

Amtrak broke ridership record in July

New STB rule requires Class Is to separately provide PTC expenses in annual reports

August 14

Murthy succeeds Morgan as Railroad Retirement Board's CIO

Sound Transit's Tacoma Link line to turn 10

Seattle port provides funding for viaduct replacement

Capitol Corridor marks ridership increase in July

MTA awards $200 million contract for East Side Access project

STB sets October hearing to review issues surrounding NIT League's 'reciprocal switching' petition

Denver RTD's Washington to be honored as APTA's 'outstanding public transportation manager'

Quebec accident fallout: Canadian Transportation Agency suspends Montreal, Maine & Atlantic's operating license

August 13

Rail supplier news from ARINC, Greenbrier, Cubic, Koppers, Hanson, J.B. Hunt and InnoTrans (Aug. 13)

Vermont Rail System to turn 50 shortly after New Year's Day

Aberdeen Carolina & Western creates locomotive, car repair subsidiary

BNSF creates operations support AVP post, touts Kansas engineer's presidential recognition

Letters of interest sought for proposed Alton station on Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail corridor

Massachusetts officials help kick off construction of new commuter-rail station

Key freight access project under way at Washington state port; rail volume spike overwhelms Virginia port

Congress signs off on $189 million for Houston light-rail expansion

August 12

UP announces rail line upgrades in Iowa, Missouri

Oklahoma DOT seeks public input on proposed passenger-rail service between Tulsa, Oklahoma City

Quebec accident fallout: Sen. Schumer again calls on USDOT to require retrofit or phase-out of 'flawed' tank cars

Wisconsin DOT provides $7.6 million in loans for four freight-rail projects

NS shares sustainability strategy in CDP filing

KCS helps Bartlett Grain inaugurate Illinois facility, installs Smith as AVP

Virginia, Amtrak and NS agree to extend passenger-rail service to Roanoke

California judge OKs 'cooling off' period in BART labor dispute

U.S. appellate court reverses class-certification decision for fuel surcharge-fixing lawsuit against four Class Is

August 9

Rail supplier news from Orgo-Thermit, Skanska, Harsco Rail, Gannett Fleming, Hatch Mott MacDonald and EnerSys (Aug. 9)

BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension nets $40 million in state funds

Operation Lifesaver awards grants for transit safety campaigns

Crossing projects on tap in Missouri, Montana and Ohio

North Carolina DOT lets contract for rail roadbed work; South Dakota DOT wins award for rail rehab project

AAR: Weak grain, coal carloads weighed down U.S. traffic in July

USDOT unveils RFP for 35 diesel-electric, passenger-rail locomotives

Antenna installation issues might delay PTC implementation, House leaders say

August 8

CTA to retire 2200-series cars

Three eastern ports tout new capacity, cranes and cargo records

BART, unions present their sides to panel investigating labor negotiations

California Transportation Commission allocates funds for grade separations

KCS' Haverty to transition from executive chairman to non-executive chairman

USDOT obligates $15 million TIGER grant for Rochester station

CSX addresses proposed Baltimore intermodal facility's health impacts, acquires Tampa phosphate terminal and announces promotions

Virginia, Amtrak ink new passenger-rail deal; Amtrak appoints Silva to research and planning role

Quebec accident: Montreal, Maine & Atlantic files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, stops moving crude oil

August 7

Rail supplier news from Railway Interchange, Siemens, Armor Group, Nomad, Airblast, L.B. Foster, Jacobs and Auto Truck (Aug. 7)

Geale takes seat as National Mediation Board member

Ontario contractors question 'bundling' of Eglinton Crosstown construction work

Grade separation project advances in Illinois

Union Pacific earns 'Go Further' award from Ford, upgrades Kansas line

DART marks 30th anniversary, preps for growth

BNSF ratcheted up revenue and income, ratcheted down operating ratio in 2Q

MBTA, MBCR complete acquisition of CSX line in Massachusetts

August 6

Rail supplier news from The Andersons, Siemens, PTI, Atkins, FreightCar America and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Aug. 6)

USDOT should provide TIGER V grant for Port of Oswego rail project, Sen. Schumer says

U.S. Development Group, Gibson Energy to build crude-by-rail facility in Alberta

Missouri Amtrak route posts ridership gain in FY2013

LACMTA won't have to redo Expo Line's environmental study, court rules

Aadnesen to step down as Alaska Railroad's president, CEO

Maryland Gov. O'Malley announces Purple Line funding, public-private partnership

IANA on 2Q: Strong domestic container business helped drive intermodal traffic gain

August 5

Wisconsin & Southern expands workforce to keep pace with escalating traffic

CTA unveils seat design of next-generation rail cars

High number of roadway worker fatalities occur in early afternoon, FAMES report shows

New Hampshire DOT studies possible MBTA commuter-rail extension

Rail industry's cost of capital contracted in 2012, STB says

Gov. Brown appoints board to investigate BART labor dispute, averts strike

Efforts to pass FY2014 transportation appropriations bills collapse in House, Senate

New Senate bill seeks to extend PTC deadline to 2020's end

Quebec accident: FRA issues emergency order and safety advisory; crew-size bill enters Congress

August 2

Alabama Steel Terminals to build rail-served facility at Port of Mobile

LACMTA refines master plan for L.A.'s Union Station

Gov. Patrick, MassDOT officials tour Housatonic line for possible passenger service

Dakota Plains Holdings, UNIMIN to build CP-served frac sand facility in North Dakota

New York City Transit begins storm damage repairs on Montague Tubes

U.S. roads registered traffic gains at July's end, AAR data shows

BART unions issue 72-hour strike notice; agency alerts riders to prepare alternative travel plans

Quebec accident: TSB nears end of field investigation; Maine representatives push PHMSA for rail safety review

August 1

Rail supplier news from Siemens, Bombardier Atkins, Thales and Trinity (Aug. 1)

Central Florida port to develop FEC-served inland port

TransLink drops fare discounts that benefited only a few riders

CSX cites Illinois industrial park as 'Select Site'

New York, New Jersey port authority marks 5 million milestone for ExpressRail containers

The T designates TEX Rail's first phase

Genesee & Wyoming's combined-company 2Q financial results reveal 'continued strength,' says CEO Hellmann

MTA secures $200 million in insurance protection against 'superstorm' damage

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