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Rail News: January 2015

January 30

ACE board elects Hadjinian chair, Costanzo vice chair BART to ban e-cigarettes starting next month Site evaluation council advances review process for proposed crude terminal at Washington state port R. J. Corman seeks STB approval to acquire Carolina Southern Railroad lines Light-rail train mockup now on display in Ottawa Secure Rail coming on Tuesday Senate passes bill authorizing construction of Keystone XL pipeline Sens. Boxer, Paul to introduce transportation funding bill; Sen. Collins to chair transportation subcommittee Amtrak to invest $12 million in major renovation of Chicago's Union Station

January 29

RAC tabs Lowenger as first safety culture officer San Diego transit agency launches new low-floor trolley cars Cleveland's rail ridership dropped in 2014 Proposed Minnesota budget would greatly increase taxes on railroads, state railroad association says Progressive Railroading is searching for 'Rising Stars' Senate commerce committee addressed freight-rail issues at Wednesday hearing AAR: U.S. traffic ticked up in year's third week Surface transportation bill a hot topic at Senate public works committee hearing

January 28

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Alstom, Thales, RailComm, Omnitek and Columbus Castings (Jan. 28) Rail projects under review in Missouri, Ohio Chair Shuster announces House T&I subcommittee assignments Watco lands Potash Ridge deal; Chicago, Ft. Wayne & Eastern upgrades track Cincinnati ready to install overhead wire for new streetcar NS to close Roanoke office building, relocate workers Sen. Sanders calls for $1 trillion investment in nation's infrastructure CN set revenue record in fourth quarter, volume record in 2014

January 27

Ag coalition unveils weekly performance report with rail service metrics BLET, LIRR reach tentative labor agreement Iowa Pacific rang up record revenue, carloads in 2014 TriMet tests train, streetcar on new Tilikum Crossing bridge RTA: Tie production sizzled, purchases fizzled in December WMATA names Downey chairman; union calls on agency to improve safety culture ASLRRA makes staff changes, establishes veteran hiring award Minnesota Gov. Dayton proposes $11 billion to fix aging transportation system

January 26

MARTA, SORTA announce board leadership changes UP set employee safety performance record in 2014 ASLRRA assigns five assessors for Short Line Safety Institute pilot project Metra to charge penalty for onboard cash fares after mobile system begins Sound Transit survey finds strong support for regional transit package Secure Rail to debut next week Chicago regional transit system faces $36 billion in capital needs over next decade, RTA says DeFazio requests USDOT action on tank-car safety; Kind and Baldwin seek environmental review of BNSF track project Financial statement: NS capped off record-setting 2014 with strong fourth quarter

January 23

Rail supplier news from Koppers, Atkins, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Alstom, Plenary Infrastructure, Zebra and AREMA (Jan. 23) ARCI: Rail-car orders dipped a bit, deliveries rose a skosh in Q4 Chicago transit agencies craft ad campaign to attract riders U.S. Class I workforce widened again in December WMATA orders safety actions after fatal smoke incident Watco reaches deal to acquire Kinder Morgan terminals, reassigns three execs MTA OKs 4 percent fare hike KCS broke revenue record, improved operating ratio in Q4

January 22

ACE to dedicate Los Angeles-area grade separation CTA retires last of 2400-series rail cars San Francisco MTA to expand Muni rail service AAR: U.S. rail traffic registered mixed results in year's second week Gov. Cuomo proposes 'AirTrain' to LaGuardia Shuster: 'Common ground' exists on infrastructure legislation CP shattered operating ratio record in Q4 UP broke three financial records in Q4, four in 2014

January 21

Rail supplier news from Vossloh, Oldcastle, RailComm and ProTran (Jan. 21) Hedlund joins Parsons Brinckerhoff as director of public-private partnerships Progressive Railroading is searching for 'Rising Stars' LIRR to focus on improving on-time performance, fleet reliability Minnesota DOT releases final scoping document for proposed 'Zip Rail' Metro-North to continue rebuilding efforts in 2015, Giulietti says Canadian Pacific names Marsh senior VP of sales and marketing Obama emphasizes 'bipartisan infrastructure' plan in SOTU address

January 20

CURE names Warner to serve as interim executive director HART collects additional tax revenue for Honolulu rail project, considers cost concerns Toronto transit agencies launch fare pilot project California high-speed authority forum to focus on rail-delivery contract VTA set to begin tunnel construction for BART extension in San Jose FRA publishes highway-rail crossing inventory reporting rule Genesee Valley Transportation lines report double-digit carload growth in 2014 CP enters joint venture with DREAM Unlimited to develop surplus real estate

January 19

VRE board elects 2015 officers North Shore Railroad's Shields to attend White House forum on veteran hiring Caltrain launches final 'Freedom Train' run Crossing upgrades on tap in Ohio, Washington American Rock Salt to extend rail siding at New York plant BNSF Logistics helps develop universal fixture for wind-turbine blade movements Secure Rail to debut next month NTSB preliminary report of WMATA smoke incident focuses on 'severe electrical arcing' Sound Transit receives $1.33 billion TIFIA loan for light-rail expansion

January 16

Rail supplier news from Koppers, Alstom, HNTB, Auto Truck and TranSystems (Jan. 16) CN, rail traffic controllers union reach tentative agreement CSX to start crossover construction project in North Carolina California agencies seek public input on emissions reduction grant program Richards named Pennsylvania DOT's new chief AAR: North American rail traffic was strong in 2015's first full week BNSF breaks down planned track maintenance, capacity expansion projects for 2015

January 15

Rail supplier updates from Northeast Maglev, Thales, Bentley, Plasser & Theurer, L.B. Foster and ZTR (Jan. 15) Taylor-DeJongh pact will help prompt short line acquisitions, Continental Rail says DART takes lead in new partnership to combat human trafficking Transportation Services Index tallied fifth-straight monthly gain in November Progressive Railroading is searching for 'Rising Stars' NCDOT joins project to reduce train's environmental impact 'Substantial investments' help keep network fluid in Chicago area, CN's Mongeau says The T names Baulsir VP of TEX Rail; Robinson leaves All Aboard Florida California, Indiana ports set volume records in 2014

January 14

Ceres Global launches operations at BNSF-served ag hub in Saskatchewan Amtrak to hold open house for Philadelphia 30th Street Station plan New M-8 rail cars now running on Metro-North's New Canaan branch PANYNJ to review cross-harbor program's draft environmental report at public hearings SFMTA exercises contract option to purchase 40 light-rail vehicles NS EVP and CMO Seale to retire March 1 NTSB's latest 'Most Wanted' list targets tank-car safety, PTC implementation CSX touts Q4 and full-year financial records, announces 2015 capex budget

January 13

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Alstom, DSC Logistics and R&R (Jan. 13) North Carolina Railroad notes completion of siding, bridge on rail corridor Shuster announces T&I committee leaders RDC makes quarter-stake investment in Eurorail Virginia port broke container volume record in 2014 NJ Transit to rebuild rail station in Elizabeth Panama's growth bodes well for canal railway, KCS says NTSB investigating WMATA smoke-filled train incident

January 12

Metrolink's board elects new officers Former Sandersville Railroad leader Hugh Tarbutton dies Cincinnati Metro names Grether rail services director OMB needs to quickly review USDOT's proposed tank-car rule, Sen. Schumer says Major ports can expect more import gains in first half, Global Port Tracker predicts KCSR starts training, data surveying aspects of PTC implementation McMillan renominated to FTA leadership post Caltrain's board OKs final environmental report, peninsula corridor electrification project USDOT installs Feinberg as acting FRA administrator

January 9

Rail supplier news from Appalachian Railcar, Knorr-Bremse, HDR, Alpha Products, Greenbrier, IntegriCo and LTK (Jan. 9) Reading & Northern broke traffic, revenue records in 2014 Denver RTD seats new board members, elects officers; Denton County agency installs Recker as VP 'Remarkable generosity, big crowds' colored CP's holiday train Connecticut Gov. Malloy highlights rail corridor, transportation projects in state address South Carolina port, NS handle heavy steam generator AAR on 2014: U.S. roads tallied most carloads in six years, broke intermodal volume record WMATA names Requa interim GM, CEO

January 8

Lehigh Gorge excursion train adds stops, boosts annual ridership to record level Morristown & Erie notes 2014 traffic gain; TNW tabs Stokes to head health, safety programs UP provides donation to Kansas National Guard NJ Transit to add quiet cars on Atlantic City line SORTA seeks contractor for Cincinnati Streetcar operations, maintenance NS logged 94 industrial development projects in 2014 Hoeven-Manchin bill seeks to approve Keystone XL pipeline without presidential blessing

January 7

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, Teleste, Mitron, Kelso, Alstom, Visual Marketing and Holland (Jan. 7) Texas short line's T&E workers join SMART Transportation Division MassDOT, MBTA choose developer for turnpike, Hynes station project BNSF's Farmer takes gavel as IANA's first female chair Alaska Railroad marks 30 years as state-owned enterprise Mexico to rebid high-speed rail contract NS to road test two 'emission friendly' switchers in Pennsylvania LACMTA CEO Leahy to step down in early April

January 6

Rail supplier news from L.B. Foster, GlobeSherpa, Ansaldo STS, Holland and dFuzion (Jan. 6) Washington state port lets rail bridge contract; Florida port creates intermodal position Amtrak launches Northeast Corridor website Caltrans reports record Amtrak ridership, revenue for Thanksgiving holiday Genesee & Wyoming completes acquisition of Pinsly's Arkansas Division CSX landed 107 industrial development projects in 2014 Sarah Mildred Long Bridge replacement underway between Maine, New Hampshire MBTA receives $996 million in New Starts grants for Green Line extension

January 5

Minnesota DOT pursues upgrades at nine grade crossings Sound Transit signs Hill International for East Link extension pre-construction work Watco seeks longer KCSR lease for Alabama Southern, launches short line in Louisiana Global high-speed rail market continues strong growth trend, BCC Research says NTSB issues alert on rail signal visibility Houston transit authority readies new CAF light-rail cars for service BNSF continues to expand intermodal, automotive capacity California groundbreaking slated for high-speed rail system

January 2

BLET members ratify BNSF agreement BART pulls plug on free wireless Internet service Sen. Schumer on rail bridges: FRA should audit safety inspections, add inspectors Gold Line Foothills Extension board re-elects top leadership Progressive Railroading is searching for 'Rising Stars' North American rail traffic gains continued at 2014's end STB addresses Chicago rail performance, BNSF's utility coal service Atlanta initiates streetcar service FHWA approval ends environmental review stage for NS bridge replacement in New York << Previous Next >>
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