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Rail News: September 2015

September 30

Rail supplier updates from Kelso, CIG, Bombardier, Hanson and WSP (Sept. 30)

CTA finishes $50 million rehab of Red Line station

L.A. Metro to begin station construction for Purple Line extension

CSX launches app to aid businesses during Virginia tunnel reconstruction

PHMSA to provide $5.9 million for rail incident response training

Foxx unveils new transportation investment center

NS renames Memphis yard in recognition of Butler's service

CP acquires Steelcare Inc.

September 29

AASHTO names Trombino president, Bernhardt VP

Metrolink mulls fare policy changes

North Carolina Railroad to construct new bridge over Crabtree Creek

L.A. Metro names Schank chief innovation officer

G&W adds Neupaver, Pyne to board; Melzer, Ringo to end terms in 2016

Presidential Emergency Board proposes contract terms for NJ Transit workers

CSX, mechanical unions praise 'progressive' labor partnership

Progress Rail to acquire Rail Product Solutions from Amsted

SunRail secures $93.4 million federal grant agreement for expansion

September 28

Virginia rail agency names Craig director of engineering and project oversight

Minneapolis transit agency aims to up solar energy usage

BART proposes rail station improvements near UC Berkeley

MBTA kicks off subway recycling program

Metra safety director Konczal receives international award for safety efforts

Kinnear named president of Amalgamated Transit Union Canada

UP eyes expansion of Port Laredo Intermodal Ramp

California High-Speed Rail Authority proposes drilling under Angeles National Forest

September 25

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Siemens, Harris Williams, Cubic, and Alcatel-Lucent (Sept. 25)

L.B. Foster, Georgia & Florida RR host congressional visitors

Ontario continues tunneling work for Eglinton Crosstown light-rail line

BLET letter to railroad CEOs raises concerns about locomotive engineer fatigue

More than 60 percent of Americans would use high-speed rail, APTA study finds

L.A. Metro OKs contract to study rail-crossing safety enhancements

Georgia Ports Authority posts record growth in FY2015

FTA approves WMATA's safety improvement plan

September 24

Eight BLET family members receive James R. Hoffa scholarships

NS appoints Merilli VP engineering

Cincinnati Metro adds Weaver, Jones to exec team

Metra names Jones to oversee HR

Tri-state board OKs $3.75 million grade separation project in Ohio

Seattle Streetcar schedules open houses for Center City Connector route

NCDOT approves contract for Sugar Creek grade separation project

AAR: U.S. traffic dips 2.5 percent in Week 37

September 23

Amtrak adds Saturday night routes between Milwaukee and Chicago

Canadian railways honored for environmental, safety initiatives

Virginia commission slates meetings on new transit route

Maryland transit agency wins FTA award for Purple Line planning

Operation Lifesaver's Rose to step down as president

Obama administration to speed up infrastructure project decisions

MBTA's fiscal oversight board details 'serious, deep-seated' problems

NS announces leadership changes: Moorman to exit as exec chair, Squires named chair, Manion to retire

September 22

Rail supplier updates from Kelso, Battelle, HNTB, Hub and SNC-Lavalin (Sept. 22)

Sound Transit's commuter-rail service turns 15

Foothill Gold Line stations completed in Azusa

Georgia Ports Authority OKs capital projects to accommodate growth

Substation fire suspends service along three WMATA rail lines

Ports of Virginia, Richmond agree to new 40-year lease

Metra: No rail service after Dec. 31 without PTC deadline extension

Amtrak set to choose Alstom to build new high-speed trains, Schumer says

September 21

Port of Vancouver event highlights new crude-oil tank cars, safety measures

HNTB Corp. tapped to design Orange County Streetcar

Schumer lauds FRA's call to increase transparency on bridge conditions

PortMiami completes deep dredge, on-dock rail terminal project

Maryland transit agency to purchase eight new diesel locomotives

Knueppel named SEPTA's new general manager

States give green light to Richmond-to-Raleigh high-speed rail line

NS completes acquisition of Delaware & Hudson line from CP

September 18

TTD endorses efforts to advance Hudson rail tunnel project

Keolis surpasses disadvantaged business participation goal at MBTA

Honolulu transit-rail project shortfall balloons to more than $1 billion

L.A. Metro integrates TAP fare card with 25 area transit systems

TriMet board OKs payroll tax increase

XpressWest, Chinese firm agree to launch Vegas-to-L.A. high-speed rail line

Norfolk Southern to restructure Triple Crown Service

Charlotte transit agency to receive TIFIA loan for light-rail extension

Senate committee grills FRA's Feinberg on PTC

September 17

Rail supplier updates from CTC, Rail Logix, Hanson, Rocky Mountaineer and Danella (Sept. 17)

Honolulu slates transit-oriented development workshop

CTA plots improvements to Ventra app

Schneider streamlines cross-border intermodal service

New on ProgressiveRailroading.com: Rail Product News

CSX, CN recognized for sustainability practices

AAR: U.S. rail traffic volume slowed during Labor Day week

Port of Long Beach finishes $93 million rail project

GAO report underscores need for PTC extension, AAR's Hamberger says

September 16

All Aboard Florida nabs design award

L.A. Metro to debut new security technologies

MassDOT slates meetings for passenger-rail expansions in New England

FRA, NY inspectors complete latest round of crude-by-rail safety checks

RailTrends 2015 early-bird deadline is Friday

U.S. Rep. Ribble wants states to decide truck weight

Metra eyes $5.7 million in cost reductions for 2016 budget

Cuomo, Christie propose 50-50 funding solution for Hudson rail tunnel project

September 15

APTA's Waters to retire; White named successor

California High-Speed Rail Authority, Bakersfield agree on station planning effort

Charleston Harbor project advances to make room for post-Panamax ships

NYC Transit opens first new subway station in decades

RTA report: Crosstie production fell, but purchases increased in July

TriMet opens new Orange Line light-rail route

GE Transportation names Miller president, CEO

FTA awards $19.5 million in grants to bolster transit-oriented development

September 14

Rail supplier updates from TTS, BNSF Logistics, Kelso, Alstom and Cubic (Sept. 14)

Monrovia Station dedicated along Foothill Gold Line extension

RTD tests A Line commuter trains at 45 mph

CTA granted $1.25 million for Red, Purple lines

Nevada Gov. Sandoval names five to high-speed rail agency

Derailment prompts MTA's Prendergast to call for greater funding from NYC

FRA's Feinberg to get Senate confirmation hearing this week

Railroads warn of service disruption as PTC deadline looms

September 11

North Carolina Railroad, TNW make management changes

Metra gears up for Illinois rail safety week, seeks to reshape brand

Consumers United for Rail Equity becomes Freight Rail Customer Alliance

Honolulu transit-rail agency completes four miles of elevated guideway

RTD plots service changes for new rail lines

Transportation Services Index a tad stronger in July

California enacts two-person crew legislation

Toronto suburb supports freight bypass to expand transit services

September 10

Rail supplier updates from Siemens, CIG, Bombardier, Alstom, The Andersons, and Skelly and Loy (Sept. 10)

Short lines: INRD workers join BMWED, OmniTRAX joins Colorado economic organization

NCDOT awards $10.2 million contract for rail link

Washington state DOT seeks applicants for freight-rail funding

Kansas DOT unveils finalists for transload center sites

CTA awards $32.6 million signal replacement contract

Coal crunch continues to crimp financial performance, CSX says

AAR: Intermodal gains continue to prop up U.S. traffic levels

September 9

Rocla kicks off construction of tie manufacturing plant in Florida

Joint powers authority to review proposed ICTF expansion near L.A.-area ports

European, U.S. regulators OK GE's plan to buy Alstom's energy business

Arizona DOT publishes DEIS on Tucson-Phoenix passenger-rail project

Only four Class Is were 'revenue adequate' in 2014, STB says

Ontario issues RFQ for Finch West light-rail project

AAR to Congress: Clarity needed ASAP on PTC

CSX shakes up senior management team after Munoz resigns

September 8

Cubic wins $12.6 million contract to update BART's revenue management system

Keolis to hire additional conductors on MBTA lines

Iowa DOT unveils new freight transportation grant program

Maine DOT contracts Central Maine & Quebec to operate state-owned branch line

MARTA taps firms for transit-oriented development plans

TEX Rail line to be equipped with PTC

Chinese rail-car manufacturer breaks ground on Massachusetts facility

Governors coalition calls on Congress to institute long-term surface transportation bill

September 4

Rail supplier updates from REMSA, Holland, Bombardier, Schwartz and Encore (Sept. 4)

Caltrain preps corridor for new fencing

Port Tampa Bay CEO Anderson to chair Florida Ports Council

Americold to build cold-storage warehouse near Maine port

Metra awards contract to Parsons for PTC implementation

Metrolink adds locomotives to Hyundai-Rotem cab cars

North Carolina board OKs plan to upgrade rail service statewide

Amtrak, TSA to beef up security over Labor Day weekend

September 3

Denton County transit agency nabs platinum award for financial transparency

FTA seeks public input on 'XPEDITE' initiative

L.A. Metro seeks ridership ideas; California high-speed authority slates meetings

Eno Center President and CEO Schank to step down

WMATA turns over FY2014 audit to FTA

AAR: Carloads slip in August, but intermodal still on the upswing

NS to realign exec reporting structure for IT, strategic planning

FCC's proposed rule would let railroad police use public safety radio

September 2

Santa Clara Valley transit agency reopens Montague light-rail station

BLET picks construction firm for new headquarters building project

PATCO preps for final stage of $103 million Ben Franklin Bridge rehab project

Capitol Corridor debuts rail crossing safety video

Twin Eagle marks start of Permian Rail Park project

VIA Rail Canada reports 5.2 percent revenue increase in 2Q

NS debuts first of new Tier-3 'Eco' locomotives

FRA makes $10 million available to states for rail crossing safety projects

September 1

Foxx, Barbour and Hoffa to address transportation infrastructure needs

Cenovus acquires crude-oil transloading facility in Alberta

Pennsylvania DOT solicits comments on statewide rail plan

BART, MTA receive $700,000 in workforce grants

Metrolink names Konove deputy CEO

Washington agency solicits comments on crude-by-rail projects

BNSF feels heat of wildfires in northwestern Montana

WMATA report: Inspector deleted data about track defect that led to derailment

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