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Rail News: August 2014

August 29

Morristown & Erie to open New Jersey transload facility in fall

Caltrain reaches deadline for comments on strategic plan

RTA: Tie production climbed, purchases plummeted in July

Sound Transit ridership rose 9 percent in second quarter

Crude carloads, weekly traffic figures continue to climb for U.S. railroads

California transit leader Scanlon set to retire

FTA advances Maryland's Purple Line project to engineering phase

Maryland DOT pulls plug on pact, funds for proposed CSX intermodal facility in Baltimore

August 28

Rail supplier news from R. J. Corman, Roadway Worker Training, Train Travel Holdings, Railmark, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Burns (August 28)

Viterra to build Class I-served grain terminal in Manitoba

VIA Rail's Smith announces resignation as chairman

UP launches double-track project in Texas, trackwork project in Kansas

Utah state auditor raises concerns about certain UTA practices

Oregon commission allocates $40.4 million for 36 multi-modal projects

Washington state port signs pact to lease cars in North Dakota; Alabama port authority acquires land to expand container business

Panel recommends safety improvements at MTA's three railroads

August 27

TriMet to add bike parking at two light-rail stations

Valero reopens ethanol plant at Indiana river port

Amtrak continues temporary schedule in Michigan to complete track, signal work

CSX makes management changes in engineering department

FTA provides new guidance on joint development projects

BART 10-year outlook anticipates financial shortfall in operating, capital needs

Health benefit terms reached for next longshoremen contract

Oklahoma dedicates $100 million to upgrade more than 300 crossings

August 26

Rail supplier news from Hanson Alaska, Harsco Rail, Stacy and Witbeck/Herzog, HDR, PowerRail, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Auto Truck (Aug. 26)

California commission OKs noise measures for Foothill Gold Line

Equipment leasing business volume continues steady growth, association says

In memoriam: Western-Cullen-Hayes' Norman Barr

Metra hires Bronner Group to fill chief audit officer function

Dakota Gold to build new crude oil terminal in Bakken Shale

Metropolitan Council may begin Metro Blue Line Extension design, FTA says

August 25

Honolulu rail project jobs increase in second quarter

VIA Rail celebrates Cobourg Station improvements

KCSR promotes Vecellio to AVP, sets higher train speed on Mississippi line

Ports in Washington, South Carolina scored container gains in July

All Aboard Ohio tallies $5.5 billion in transit-oriented development in Cleveland

North Dakota Public Service Commission proposes state-run rail safety program

L.A. authority seeks input on draft study for Eastside rail extension

FRA provides two grants to help develop a short-line safety institute

August 22

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Rocla, Bombardier, GlobeSherpa, VTG, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Cubic (Aug. 22)

Washington DOT contracts ARG Trans to operate state-owned line

LIRR to kick off next phase of Massapequa Station rehab

U.S., Canadian railroads marked traffic gains in year's 33rd week

USDOT announces $1.28 TIFIA loan for Silver Line's second phase

Sens. Thune, Durbin note rail regulation developments

Massachusetts agrees to purchase Knowledge Corridor line

British Columbia port signs off on BNSF-served coal transfer facility

FRA issues final rule on PTC implementation

August 21

Amtrak makes more Montana connections

Indiana Rail Road donates $50,000 to help Dugger residents retain school

Short lines: Watco, TNW and Great Lakes Central make management changes

San Diego agency posted record ridership in FY2014

U.S. Class I workforce grew wider again in July

Hoosier State passenger-rail service extended through January

Sen. Durbin chairs hearing to address Amtrak service delays in Illinois

New Orleans port contracts Hard Rock Construction for intermodal terminal project

August 20

Rail supplier news from New York Air Brake, Mitsui Rail, Burns Group, Jacobs, Parsons Brinckerhoff, REMSA and RSI (Aug. 20)

SEPTA unveils Android app for travel information

July volumes mixed at L.A. ports; first-half volumes rise at Vancouver port

AASHTO creates design guide to help improve transit, roadway planning

Equipment leasing association survey: New rail equipment leases declined in 2013

Transload siding completed in North Carolina; grade separation begins in Illinois

CP, RCP&E to provide more grain trains in South Dakota

TSB finds 18 factors caused Lac-Megantic derailment, calls for additional safety measures

August 19

Virginia Railway Express, Class Is launch safety-message 'blitz'

Reading & Northern lands Pennsylvania grant to build $14 million bridge

Greater Cleveland RTA to mark opening of new Cedar-University station

Infrastructure work under way for Illinois port; distribution center on way at California port

WMATA chooses developer for residential, retail TOD project

OmniTRAX Canada suspends crude shipments; several U.S. firms enhance crude-by-rail capabilities

Santa Clara VTA anticipates $39 million in state funds for BART Silicon Valley project

STB schedules September hearing in North Dakota to address rail service issues

August 18

Rail supplier news from Koppers, Osmose, Siemens, GTI and Refrigerated Transport (Aug. 18)

Parker Towing acquires Alabama port from Decatur Transit

CSX tabs Jenkins to head market strategy, e-business

Metropolitan Council seeks public input on Twin Cities transportation plan

Pennsylvania ponies up $35.9 million for 39 freight-rail improvement projects

Members of eight unions approve new LIRR contract

Panama Canal turns 100

DART opens Orange Line connection to DFW Airport station

August 15

Rail supplier news from AREMA, Railhead, CTLGroup, Columbus Castings and DVB (Aug. 15)

BLET to represent Illinois Railway's T&E workers; SMART to retain Nigro as leader

Amtrak makes new Gulf Coast connections through bus lines

CSX to address concerns about garbage trains in New York town, Sen. Schumer says

SEPTA extends weekend subway pilot project to November

TIGER grant agreement set for New Hampshire short-line project

AAR: U.S. roads made more traffic strides in 32nd week

Pennsylvania adopts plan to invest billions in transportation improvements over next 12 years

August 14

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, STV, Stella-Jones and SightLogix (Aug. 14)

OCTA opens another grade-separated crossing in Southern California

CN crafts fleet integration program for ag product shippers

CTA awards contract in next phase of upgrades to Brown, Purple Line

Georgia ports set container volume record in July

All Aboard Florida, metro planning organizations agree to quiet zone funding

Transportation Services Index dipped just a tad in June

BNSF agrees to boost coal supplies for Dairyland Power Cooperative's Wisconsin plant, Rep. Kind says

California high-speed rail project: STB OKs Fresno-Bakersfield segment; CHSRA awards contract

August 13

NJ Transit surveying public opinion for 'Scorecard' campaign

Greenville & Western promotes Julian to management post, adds Chrisler to administration

MTA, NYCDOT collaborate on new neighborhood subway maps

Two developments target rail-served frac sand operations in Wisconsin

Minnesota DOT extends deadline for Zip Rail comments

Gov. Dayton holds first meeting to review Minnesota's new rail safety laws

D.C. airports authority tabs Stark to head Dulles Corridor Metrorail project

Roundtable with CP's Harrison, ag producers addressed grain-car backlogs in North Dakota

August 12

Rail supplier news from Koppers, Axion, SKF, I.D. Systems and Strato (Aug. 12)

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet seeks public feedback on draft rail plan

Crude-by-rail terminals to expand in Alberta, New Mexico

Waterloo to break ground on rapid-transit system

Sound Transit to install PTC equipment on trains

UP touts honor for St. Louis unit's Dunn, record first-half equipment incident rate

Global Port Tracker: Import volume might set record in August due to lingering labor issue

CTA set to begin work on three stations as part of Blue Line modernization

August 11

Fremont crossing completed for VTA extension

KCS installs Hansen as VP of intermodal, Bozung as AVP of KCSR's mechanical operations

Cold Train suspends express intermodal service from Washington state

Mathews named NARP's top executive

Seattle-area agencies to begin early planning for Eastside rail-bus connections

Rising Stars recognition dinner tickets available at lower price through Wednesday

Austin ballot measure to address transit-rail funding

TSB to release Lac-Megantic investigation report on Aug. 19

ASLRRA tabs Darr to succeed Timmons as president

August 8

Kansas health department honors Cimarron Railroad, Watco and UP for discarding waste ties

Jackson named Connecticut rail administrator

NS sponsors crude-by-rail emergency response course, notes environmental stewardship efforts

Caltrain OKs capital budget for infrastructure improvements

Nine mayors in Indiana, Ohio agree to support Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus passenger-rail corridor

North Dakota commission calls on STB to help reduce grain-car backlog

Weekly U.S. rail traffic averages hit high-water marks in July, AAR says

CTA receives $35 million federal 'Core Capacity' grant for North Red, Purple lines

August 7

Rail supplier news from Motive Power, Smart Software, Bombardier, Alstom, FreightCar America and Hanson (Aug. 7)

X Train passenger-rail service begins in Santa Fe

UP to upgrade two lines straddling Wyoming

RTA: Tie purchases jumped in June

Rail Runner Express to undergo safety review of Santa Fe crossings

State marks completion of Alaska Railroad's Tanana River Bridge

FRA proposes rulemaking to apply alcohol and drug regs to MOW employees

IDOT, Iowa Interstate agree to begin design work for portion of Chicago-Moline route

August 6

Amtrak's pet-travel policy extended to include additional Illinois trains

TNW tabs Gibson as health and safety director

UP seeks applications for safety grant program

Jezycki named VP, chief officer of Staten Island Railway

CSX, Conservation Fund team up to support distribution of fresh food to underserved communities

King Ocean's service consolidation to increase volume into Port Everglades

ODOT, Watco sign off on Sooner Sub rail line sale to Stillwater Central Railroad

Denver, Utah transit agencies begin studies of fare policies

August 5

Rail supplier news from GE, Jacobs, Siemens, Greystone and L.B. Foster (Aug. 5)

Maryland transit agency police to host 'Night Out' event

Pennsylvania rail authority to dedicate new rail bridge

Aventine Renewable Energy reopens BNSF-served ethanol plant in Nebraska

WMATA reports ridership on Silver Line's first week of rail service

APTA honors seven entities for sustainability efforts

Kind introduces RESPONSE Act in House

IANA: 2Q intermodal volume grows by largest margin in three years

August 4

Rail supplier news from Harsco, Cubic, TranSystems, NRC, Hanson and TMSA (Aug. 4)

Capitol Corridor alters schedule to accommodate travelers to Levi's Stadium

New York-area port authority broke cargo record in first half

SkyTrain calls for independent review of disruption response plans

Deadline extension: LRIW 'Outstanding Woman of the Year' nominations now due Aug. 15

CN, Durbin disagree on degree of Amtrak delays and blocked crossings in Illinois

CTA marks progress on anti-crime efforts

BNSF logged revenue, traffic gains in Q2 despite severe spring weather

Canada considers new accident liability regulations; STB calculates 2013 cost of capital

August 1

Rail supplier news from Nippon Sharyo, Louis Berger, Plasser, Bombardier, American Railcar and Atkins (Aug. 1)

Short lines: Wampler new CMO at Santa Maria Valley; Schulingkamp new president pro tem at Public Belt commission

Genesee & Wyoming garners revenue, traffic gains in 2Q

Construction begins on Kansas City streetcar facility

U.S. railroads continued to net traffic gains in July's last full week

VRE set to build new station at Potomac Shores TOD

Transportation agencies post progress on rail programs in California, North Carolina

BNSF delays plan to increase train speeds in North Dakota city, Sen. Hoeven says

Congress passes bill to keep Highway Trust Fund afloat

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