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Rail News: September 2014

September 30

Sound Transit seeks opinions on transit plan, annual report

New York State, federal inspectors complete more tank car, crude route examinations

NS to help Georgia Ports Authority double Toyota exports at Savannah port

AREMA awards annual Hay award to UP for Santa Teresa intermodal facility

Chicago requests bids for $150 million in transit improvements

Federal 'Record of Decision' issued for Fort Worth's TEX Rail project

Greenbrier responds to PHMSA's notice of proposed rulemaking for safer tank cars

Rail ridership grew in second quarter, APTA says

September 29

Rail supplier news from Alstom and CH2M HILL (Sept. 29)

Cleveland port gains transformer move, garners high performance honors

CTA notes drop in trespassing reports

Sound Transit breaks ground on Angle Lake light-rail station

Maine, New Hampshire DOTs reach construction cost agreement for Sarah Mildred Long Bridge

Super early bird deadline for Secure Rail registration ends tomorrow

Frac sand: CN begins to serve another Wisconsin plant; Claim Post touts Manitoba reserves

DC Streetcar set to begin pre-revenue operations

API recommends crude-by-rail practices; Quarterman resigns as PHMSA administrator

September 26

Rail supplier news from American Railcar, Brookville, Vossloh, Wi-Tronix, Nomad Digital, The Andersons, Cambridge Systematics and NRC (Sept. 26)

Indiana passenger-rail advocates want study of Chicago-Cincinnati-Louisville route

Gov. Dayton to survey 300 Minnesota communities on crude-by-rail impacts

CSX, ShipCarsNow earn environmental stewardship honors

Long Bridge replacement key to future growth, VRE says

Santa Clara VTA receives $8 million for double-track project

UP takes steps to better prepare for harsh winter conditions

AAR: U.S. railroads broke one-week-old intermodal volume record

September 25

In memoriam: Former Grand Trunk Western leader John Burdakin

New Haven Line to gain additional trains, Gov. Malloy says

Rep. Lowenthal unveils sustainable freight infrastructure bill

CN sells part of Ontario line to Metrolinx

CEO Sarles to leave WMATA in January

Ferromex, Ferrosur order 34 SD70ACe locomotives from EMD

NTSB releases report, issues recommendations on roadway worker safety

Govs. Cuomo, Christie to increase security on transit infrastructure in New York and New Jersey

September 24

Rail supplier news from Nomad Digital, New York Air Brake, Ritchie Bros., Alstom, Bowman, Gannett Fleming and RAIL.ONE (Sept. 24)

University of North Texas students win IANA's 'intermodal challenge'

B&H Rail completes line renovation in New York

Silver Line ridership beats projections, WMATA says

Long Beach port reduced emissions for seventh-straight year in 2013

BNSF on track to train 600 first responders in Washington come October

LACMTA preps to pursue federal funding for subway project's next phase

New York MTA proposes $32 billion in capital investments for safety, reliability and expansion

September 23

Rail supplier news from Seeing Machines, Amsted, Bombardier, Siemens, Rocla and RSI (Sept. 23)

RTA: Crosstie production accelerated, purchases decelerated in August

RAC, FCM honor city of Montreal as first-ever Merrill Henderson Award winner

Freight transportation markets remain strained, FTR says

CTA breaks ground on $240 million Red Line terminal reconstruction project

FRA, three states unveil draft environmental analysis for Chicago-Detroit-Pontiac corridor

CP posts progress in reducing North Dakota ag shipment delays, Sen. Hoeven says

USDOT provides nearly $3.6 billion to storm-proof East Coast transit systems

September 22

WMATA to replace Bethesda Station escalators

STB contracts InterVISTAS to conduct alternative rate regulation study

Federal grant to help fund rail line relocation study in northern California

North Carolina freight-rail bill becomes law without Gov. McCrory's signature

AASHTO supports Amtrak reauthorization legislation

Arkansas transportation officials seek public input on freight-, passenger-rail plans

BNSF earns military hiring honors, helps secure locomotive repair training agreement

Intermodal: CN honors shippers' sustainability efforts; FECR acquires more equipment

FRA solicits comments on environmental analysis of All Aboard Florida's proposed Orlando-to-West Palm Beach route

September 19

Rail supplier news for Lilee Systems, Keolis, RR Mergers, WAGO and Sam Schwartz (Sept. 19)

CHS dedicates Class I-served propane terminal in North Dakota

SEPTA buses to replace rail service during bridge work

Watco forms unified safety team, installs Carona as South Kansas & Oklahoma's GM

August intermodal volume varied at ports in three states

House transportation committee issues final report on public-private funding for infrastructure projects

AAR: U.S. roads set new weekly intermodal volume record

San Francisco MTA to acquire new light-rail cars for Muni service

September 18

Florida East Coast Railway introduces express intermodal service

Operation Lifesaver awards grants for transit-rail safety campaigns

U.S. Class I workforce widened in August

Washington state DOT, FRA complete environmental study of Kelso Martin's Bluff rail project

Early bird rate for RailTrends registration ends tomorrow

New York-area port authority to build rail transload facility, improve cross-harbor car float system

NJ Transit, PANYNJ receive $1.5 billion in federal Hurricane Sandy resiliency funding

House T&I Committee passes Amtrak reauthorization

Senate commerce committee passes STB reauthorization act

September 17

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Thales, CTC, Contech, OPW and HUBER+SUHNER (Sept. 17)

Maryland transit authorities to host open houses on Red Line light-rail project

Watco promotes Billings to marketing VP, names Laurent to oversee WSOR marketing and sales

DCTA appoints Brevard to new VP post; Atlanta Beltline hires Limmer as transportation director

WMATA chooses developer for transit-oriented development at Grosvenor station

Greenbrier announces orders for 15,000 rail cars

KCS updates 2014 guidance

AAR raises concerns about STB reauthorization bill

September 16

USDOT's Foxx, Detroit officials sign ceremonial track for M-1 Rail streetcar

UP trained more first responders on crude safety at TTCI

Virginia port reopens Portsmouth terminal

Metro-North closes its only moveable bridge in New York State for major upgrade

Early bird rate for RailTrends registration ends Friday

NIT League backs STB reauthorization bill

More than two-thirds of Americans support more federal dollars for public transportation, APTA says

LRIW honors Alaska Railroad's Lindskoog as Outstanding Woman of the Year for 2014

MTA marks end of Hurricane Sandy repairs in Montague Subway Tunnel

September 15

SEPTA, crisis center launch suicide prevention pilot program

KCSR completes timber bridge rebuilds in Louisiana subdivision

TriMet starts countdown to Portland-Milwaukie line's 2015 opening

BNSF to discontinue Fresno-to-Chicago intermodal service in early December

Caltrain to hike paper fares, adjust schedule

MARTA seeks 'air rights' development ideas for rail stations

FCC fines CN for violating radio license regulations

USDOT awards $600 million in TIGER VI grants for 72 transportation projects

September 12

Watco installs CIO, three supply chain services execs

Amtrak hosts Memphis meeting for 'Great American Stations' project

Developments abound for rail-served facilities in three states

NJ Transit names Yellin deputy executive director, Lavell VP and GM of rail

Another week, another traffic gain for U.S. railroads

All Aboard Florida contracts Siemens to build passenger trains

CSX unveils first responder info system; CN earns sustainability honors; UP police garner accreditation

SMART-TD members reject one-man crew agreement with BNSF

House transportation committee members introduce passenger-rail reauthorization bill

September 11

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Harsco Rail, Kiel, Trinity, Louis Berger, Cubic and Cisco (Sept. 11)

Amtrak readies 'Great Dome' car for six-week run on Adirondack service

MPO study calls for developing a transload facility in Des Moines

Transportation Services Index inched up in July

Metro-North wraps up Cos Cob switching complex restoration ahead of schedule

CTA approves $92 million contract for 3200-series rail-car overhaul

Transportation reauthorization bill should incorporate freight mobility principles, coalition says

Senate committee hearing zeroed in on rail service shortcomings

September 10

North Carolina DOT to seek new operator for state-owned short line

Criminal acts dropped to five-year low in 2014's first half, WMATA says

Plans advance for several rail-served facilities

SEPTA completes upgrades at City Hall, 15th Street stations

Montreal transit agency to upgrade station in preparation for medical center opening

Labor: CP traffic controllers ratify pact; CN opens Winnipeg training center

Sens. Rockefeller, Thune unveil STB Reauthorization Act

USDOT approves TIGER VI grants to fund numerous rail, port projects

September 9

Shore Line East posted record ridership in July

Canadian Wheat Board to build CP-served grain elevator in Saskatchewan

TCU members ratify pact with Metro-North

Shippers: Koch Nitrogen to expand fertilizer plant in Oklahoma; Hi-Crush to ramp up frac sand unit-train shipments in Wisconsin

UP to begin major rail replacement along Metra West Line

Illinois to launch inaugural rail safety week on Sunday

FRA proposes rulemaking to prevent unintended train movements

Sens. Schumer, Blumenthal unveil Rail Safety Improvement Act

September 8

Rail supplier news from Loram, Alstom, ASAL, Bombardier, IP Automation and NRC ( Sept. 8 )

KCSR elevates Jameson to AVP of safety, standardization

Report: East Japan Railway eyes bid on California high-speed rail project

CJB Industries to expand Class I-served chemical plant in Georgia

Pennsylvania DOT seeks applicants for multimodal funding program

NARP resolution supports proposed Dallas-to-Houston high-speed rail line

Arizona county receives TIGER V grant for Tucson port rail project

Caltrain to purchase surplus rail cars, solicit public input on future electric trains

September 5

BNSF, Tacoma Rail forge locomotive servicing pact

Metra reveals $1.3 million cost for former CEO's departure

Tennessee transportation agency hires firm to study proposed commuter-rail line

Cloud Peak Energy reduces PRB coal forecast, strikes mine deal with Ambre Energy

MARTA seeks RFQs for transit-oriented development

Public, private partners cap off Roberts Bank Rail Corridor program in Canada

Investor group advances plan for Baltimore-D.C. high-speed line

U.S. railroads made several more traffic strides in August, AAR says

September 4

Rail supplier news from Alstom, WSP, Parsons Brinckerhoff, General Cable, Jacobs, Maintenance Design and CII (Sept. 4)

Fick to succeed Yoshitani as Seattle port's CEO; CPG to serve inland Charlotte terminal

TriMet enhances service to reduce crowding, wait times

Comment period extended for two California high-speed rail projects

VIA Rail reports smaller operating loss in second quarter

National Grain Car Council to address harvest issues at Minneapolis meeting

Pembina Pipeline to build propane export facility at Portland port

Four noteworthy developments impact ethanol, crude-related rail facilities

September 3

BNSF, NS and GE host rail sustainability symposium in Texas

CTA to begin repairs at California Blue Line station

Short-line developments touted in California, South Dakota and Texas

MTA repairs Sandy-damaged subway tubes; NJ Transit fixes damaged Montclair-Boonton track

Five Class Is attained 'revenue adequate' status in 2013, STB says

MBTA opens first new station in 27 years

Senate transportation committee to hold hearing on grain-by-rail service issues

Amtrak asks STB to investigate delays on CN line

September 2

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Alstom, UNITRAC, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Holland and WAGO (Sept. 2)

UP makes nine management changes in operating department

MBTA posts ridership gain in July, records fare revenue growth for FY2014

Gov. Dayton calls on STB to take more measures to address grain-car backlog in Minnesota

Minneapolis council OKs next stage of Southwest light-rail project

Crude-related facility plans advance in Alberta, North Dakota and Wisconsin

CG Railway logs 1000th voyage for rail ferry service

HSR: Illinois to invest $102 million in upgrades to Chicago-St. Louis line

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