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Rail News: September 2013

September 30

Twin Cities' Metro Transit adds Wi-Fi to Northstar trains

APTA elects 2013-14 Executive Committee

Moody to manage Oklahoma DOT's rail division

CSX earns recognition for sustainability efforts

FRA assigns Lauby, Fiorenzo to new posts

FTA to solicit comments on proposed rulemaking for transit safety, asset management

All Aboard Florida advances plans for proposed intercity passenger-rail service

Canadian agency again extends suspension date of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic's operating license

September 27

Sound Transit to start charging fares for Tacoma light-rail service

Crossing projects a priority in North Carolina, Ohio and Oregon

Amtrak to begin trackwork in Michigan next week

AAR: Carloads rose in Canada, fell in U.S. and Mexico last week

TriMet posted commuter-rail ridership increase in summer

UP garners veteran magazine and AAR honors, advances trackwork in two states

Maryland transit agency provides public more time to review Purple Line environmental document

CN to resume service on major portion of Kelowna Pacific's shuttered line

September 26

Rail supplier news from ARL, Wabtec, BSM Technologies, Brandt, QLS Logistic, Husch Blackwell, Voith Turbo and New York Air Brake (Sept. 26)

Frulla to succeed Bethel as VP of transportation for CSX's Northern Region

New Jersey provides $12.9 million for freight-rail projects

Power failure on Metro-North's New Haven Line could take weeks to repair

Indiana, Amtrak begin negotiations for Hoosier State rail service contract

Obama nominates Miller as STB member

Denver RTD to evaluate four proposals to build North Metro line

Florida allocates $150 million for port infrastructure projects

September 25

Pennsylvania rail authority posts progress on bridge replacement project

NTSB to hold investigative hearing on Metro-North accidents

Amtrak takes steps to preserve Hudson Yards right of way

Early bird rate for RailTrends conference ends Friday

Washington state port onto second phase of rail entrance project

Crossing safety: Illinois transportation center releases study; Canadian rail association anticipates new regs

SMART project accepted into federal 'Small Starts' program

UP touts high carbon disclosure score, high magazine honor for VP Betsworth

FTA signs interagency agreement to strengthen 'Buy America' rules

September 24

BNSF to bolster infrastructure, add capacity in Illinois

M-1 Rail sets up business council to advise Detroit streetcar construction process

CN, Teamsters Canada Rail Conference disagree on potential impacts of Class I's proposed contract concessions

KCS helps commemorate opening of Ray-Carroll grain elevator in Missouri

MTA appoints 'blue ribbon' panel to review safety at its three railroads

NS reassigns seven execs, sets another loading record at Virginia coal transload facility

Corps of Engineers releases final environmental statement on Massachusetts' South Coast Rail project

U.S. Class I workforce contracted again in August

APTA: Public transportation ridership rose in second quarter

September 23

Temporary restraining order ends BLET's strike against Wheeling & Lake Erie

WMATA aims to improve fare-payment options

Early bird rate for RailTrends conference ends Friday

CTA's new campaign warns of trespassing dangers

Three Class Is to serve ADM's new intermodal facility in Illinois

Colorado flooding prompts Amtrak Zephyr detour; Pacific Surfliner adds four stops

Capitol Corridor's ridership dipped in August following bounce in July

NS reaches yard expansion emissions agreement with Chicago, installs Stewart as CFO

Ports: New volume marks in South Carolina and Virginia, new rail facility in Washington and new director in Minnesota

September 20

Rail supplier news from EMD, Alstom, Bombardier, Red Hat, Savage, OmniTRAX Logistics and Timken (Sept. 20)

BNSF shares slate of work planned in Minnesota

WTS honors LaHood for diversity efforts in transportation

BLET-represented workers launch strike at Wheeling & Lake Erie

CN's business approach supports Halifax gateway growth, CEO says

USDOT releases $236 million for Honolulu's light-rail project

Los Angeles transit agency to restore historic train depot in North Hollywood

AAR data: U.S. railroads making traffic strides in September

Canadian Pacific to close locomotive shop in Calgary

September 19

Rail supplier updates from GE, Harsco, R.J. Corman, Nomad Digital, GFS and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Sept. 19)

ContainerPort's Coleman earns IANA's 2013 Silver Kingpin Award

Caltrain begins installation of advanced signaling system

USDOT boosts TIGER IV grant allocation for Raleigh Union Station project

Washington senators introduce Maritime Goods Movement Act

Sen. Casey calls on Congress to start work on next transportation bill

NS marks 50th anniversary of Virginia coal transload facility

MTA's Prendergast picks Bianco as next NYCT president

September 18

Illinois DOT to form freight advisory council

Anti-trespassing research to focus on Amtrak route in Maine

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California grade separation program continues to garner political support

Construction begins on Rail Runner station in New Mexico

Construction under way to renew San Diego Trolley's Blue Line

Long Beach port's volume reached six-year high in August

LIRR, unions agree on cost-saving measures for construction projects

GAO report: Congress should allow FRA to extend the PTC deadline on a case-by-case basis

September 17

Rail supplier news from Timken, Siemens, Alstom, Bombardier, CIT, Westport and Nomad Digital (Sept. 17)

Indiana Rail Road, BLET reach tentative agreement

BNSF budgets $125 million for Oklahoma capex projects

CSX lands on Dow Jones Sustainability Index for third-straight year

Fort Worth transit agency leader Ruddell to retire next month

MBTA kicks off construction on Salem commuter-rail station

BNSF a top IT innovator, InformationWeek says

SEPTA needs additional state funding to carry out critical repair projects, GM says

September 16

Amtrak, BMWED agree to arbitration process for contract dispute

FY2015 federal budget should include funds for Virginia port's expansion project, two senators say

Georgia Ports Authority set cargo, container volume records in FY2013

Honolulu transit-rail project to restart today

Long Island Rail Road, WMATA order cars from Kawasaki

Wisconsin DOT provides grant, loans for four freight-rail projects

Capital Metro schedules meetings on Central Corridor study, gains TIGER grant for rail work

Canadian rail association, government renew pact to further reduce locomotive emissions

September 13

Ohio utilities commission OKs upgrades at four grade crossings

CTA, labor leaders OK agreement to provide job opportunities to disadvantaged workers

North Carolina rail park now a 'CSX Select Site'

Washington's Supreme Court rules in favor of Sound Transit's East Link light-rail project

FRA signs off on environmental work for Minneapolis-Duluth high-speed rail project

Dow Jones recognizes CN's sustainability efforts

AASHTO executive urges Amtrak, states to complete passenger-rail agreements

AAR cites strong Week 36 traffic results, promotes rail careers at Chicago event

September 12

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Continental Rail, Road & Rail, L.B. Foster and Gannett Fleming (Sept. 12)

BNSF budgets $110 million for Nebraska capex projects

Transportation Services Index inched up in July

L.A. transit agency issues 'notice to proceed' on Crenshaw/LAX line, reports 'strong' ridership for August

CREATE update: Crossover project completed in Blue Island

New York reaches labor agreement for new Rochester intermodal station

Quebec accident fallout: TSB calls for review of haz-mat property analyses

CTA approves workforce plan, cuts 149 jobs

September 11

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Thales, AXION, Alstom, Napier and Kiewit (Sept. 11)

BNSF Logistics to relocate Texas headquarters

MARTA drafts new rider conduct policy

Milwaukee allocates $500,000 for rail upgrades at city's port

DART, The T, DCTA collaborate on new mobile ticket app

Longshoremen union members OK Virginia port pact; BLET members consider CN-IC contract

OCTA chosen as local manager of LOSSAN passenger-rail corridor

U.S. Silica, CSX's TRANSFLO open frac sand storage facility in West Virginia

September 10

HART to install safety gates at 21 rail stations

Nebraska Central Railroad marks 20th anniversary

WMATA improved escalator availability in second quarter

MTA, LIRR offer express service to LaGuardia from Long Island

Cold Train adds resources to accommodate refrigerated cargo growth

STB adopts new rules on transactions involving interchange agreements

Maryland transit officials seek public comments on Purple Line's environmental statement

About one-fifth of TIGER V grants target port projects, AAPA says

September 9

TTCI, North Carolina Railroad install new board members

CTA begins rehabbing Ravenswood Connector

Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad turns 115

Sound Transit to update public on East Link's Bel-Red corridor design work

Rail infrastructure upgrades on tap in four states

Amtrak signs on for Carbon Disclosure Project, reaches bronze status under APTA sustainability program

Indiana Rail Road to mark openings of new locomotive facility, intermodal terminal

Virginia transportation department to explore transit options for U.S. Route 1 corridor

September 6

Rail supplier news for The Andersons, Cubic Transportation, Alstom, Trinity and Delta Railroad Construction (Sept. 6)

Port Metro Vancouver to add two container examination facilities

UTA's S Line streetcar to begin service Dec. 8

MARTA, city of Decatur issue RFP for development near Avondale rail station

National Gateway's first phase now complete

Second-quarter ridership up, revenue down for VIA Rail

AAR: August a record-breaking month for intermodal traffic

USDOT announces $474 million in TIGER V grants

September 5

California launches new rail-safety campaign

Containerization & Intermodal Institute honors Norton Lilly's Thurber with 2013 Connie Award

Virginia port broke container record, set second-best rail mark in July

Florida East Coast tabs Costantini as CTO; Patriot Rail assigns Haugh as SVP

Next phases of Amtrak infrastructure work to start this month in Illinois, Michigan

Two partnerships target crude, grain rail facilities

SEPTA to receive $10 million TIGER V grant for rail line upgrades

Maryland Gov. O'Malley unveils $1.5 billion in Baltimore transportation investments

September 4

Rail supplier news from Amsted Rail, Alstom and Bob Andrews Group (Sept. 4)

AARS awards Frank J. Richter Scholarships to three college students

NJ Transit makes room for more riders on Hudson-Bergen line

OmniTRAX installs Tweed as OmniTRAX Canada president, Mathieu as chief strategy officer

BNSF budgets $240 million for Texas capital projects

RTA adopts strategic plan, chairman proposes transit agencies merge planning departments

Union Pacific to pilot aerodynamic add-on for double-stack trains

TIGER V grants announced for Atlanta Beltline, Connecticut rail station

Delaware, Maine and Minnesota port projects land TIGER V grants

September 3

Veolia awarded contract extension for South Florida RTA's Tri-Rail service

NAI Houston markets Cline Shale properties near BNSF, UP lines

Amtrak board should have Long Island representation, Schumer says

USDOT proposes rule to help expand transportation project delivery program to more states

Hawaii board OKs archaeological studies for Honolulu transit-rail project

Indiana port lets contract for rail loop work

Sound Transit to receive $24 million in TIGER V grants

TIGER V grants on tap for six rail projects, congressmen say

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