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Rail News: December 2013

December 30

Rail supplier news from Rockwell Collins, ARINC and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Dec. 30) LACMTA to provide rail service to Tournament of Roses Parade Valley Metro's light-rail service sets Saturday ridership record SMART division, Kansas University to conduct hearing loss study CP holiday train sets donation record In Memoriam: George Belchick, longtime Wabtec executive U.S. chemical industry is back on growth path, ACC says Mineta transit research consortium publishes report on transit system efficiency

December 27

NJ Transit rolls out new mobile ticketing app Northern Frac Proppants arranges funds for more frac sand facilities in Wisconsin AAR: U.S. intermodal volume up, carloads down in year's 51st week Sound Transit elects new board leadership Ontario unveils RFP for Eglinton Crosstown light-rail line UP might open New Mexico yard in late 2014 BART's new president calls for study of labor negotiation issues Indiana Harbor Belt lands local grant to convert locomotives to natural gas

December 26

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Siemens, AXION, Alstom and BMT (Dec. 26) Amtrak addresses Wi-Fi service for Midwest routes, opens new lounge at L.A.'s Union Station Plains All American to build rail-served fractionator in Eagle Ford Shale Diaz to head security for New York MTA Quebec port sets bulk cargo record USDOT allocates grant for New York station work; FRA boosts accident reporting threshold for 2014 North Carolina Railroad pays dividend for new state rail fund USDOT announces $3 billion for transit systems hit by Hurricane Sandy

December 23

BNSF's Rose becomes board member for Dallas federal reserve bank Honolulu chooses four-car trains for transit-rail system Houston opens new light-rail extension Washington state port sets annual rail-car volume record KCS is poised to keep executing its strategic plan in 2014, Starling says SEPTA adopts FY2014 budget, eliminates shortfall Kinder Morgan, Imperial Oil to build crude rail terminal near Edmonton BART, unions settle final contract dispute

December 20

Rail supplier news from Ansaldo STS, Trinity, Alstom, Tiger Cool, Bombardier, RSI and Stantec (Dec. 20) Long Beach port's board elects officers BLET, BMWED encourage members to back ATDA organizing effort at UP Cargill to expand rail capacity at Alberta grain facility Sound Transit adopts $1.1 billion budget for 2014 AAR: U.S. rail traffic maintained up-and-down pattern in 50th week IDOT advances multi-state locomotive acquisition NTSB issues track-worker safety recommendations

December 19

Scott to succeed Giobbie as CSX short-line manager Cincinnati streetcar cancellation could cost $80 million, excluding potential lawsuits, independent auditor says Virginia agency schedules meeting on proposed high-speed rail line Strobel Starostka Transfer to operate unit train facility in Wyoming RTA report: Tie purchases, production nose-dived in November SMART lands funds to extend service; board OKs new station for Sonoma County Airport Exports drove up South Carolina port's container volume in November Sens. Tester, Baucus advocate for additional Amtrak Empire Builder stop for Bakken oil workers

December 18

Rail supplier news from Thales, Ansaldo STS and TUV Rheinland (Dec. 18) Amtrak to add Wolverine Service trains for holidays Crossing projects on tap in Ohio; grade separation set in California Mathis reelected as San Diego MTS chair Washington state port awards rail project contract to RailWorks BNSF tabs Carter to head merged department; Pacific Imperial Railroad selects Patterson as CCO Schumer to introduce legislation to extend transit commuter tax break Container volume climbed at Southern California ports, lagged at Virginia port in November

December 17

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, ProTran, Harsco Rail, Schneider National, Alstom and Caterpillar (Dec. 17) Montreal port's rail workers ratify six-year agreement Hampton Roads Transit to solicit public comments on proposed fare hike Tax credit extension would benefit Saratoga & North Creek's freight and passenger service, Schumer says KCSM recognizes customers' carbon-reduction efforts Sens. Schumer, Blumenthal call for more FRA funding CTA ruling: CN under, CP over grain revenue cap in latest crop year Amtrak's Boardman calls on Congress, railroads to make PTC a reality as soon as possible

December 16

NRC names top field employee, rail construction project for 2013 Santa Clara VTA elects new leadership Florida East Coast makes managerial changes in four departments Reading & Northern sues regional rail authority over operator contract California High-Speed Rail Authority advances to 'eminent domain' process Three Pacific Northwest ports update emission-reduction goals FRA launches 60-day safety review of Metro-North California commission allocates millions for transportation projects

December 13

Rail supplier news from Tutor Perini, Ansaldo STS, CAF, Thales, CAD Railway, Nomad Digital and Tiger Cool (Dec. 13) RAC honors CN and CP for safety, environmental efforts in 2013 PATCO reveals refurbished rail cars APTA advocates for tax benefit extension for transit commuters STB seeks comments on grain rate case procedures Six teams submit qualification statements for Maryland's Purple Line Pennsylvania provides grants for numerous freight-rail projects AAR: U.S. intermodal counts climb, carloads fall in December's first week

December 12

Rail supplier news from Flagship Rail, VeRail, Alstom, Railinc, CANARAIL, Parsons Brinckerhoff and NRC (Dec. 12) North Carolina DOT seeks short-line applicants for available state grants TriMet calls for outside review of light-rail maintenance, sends trolleys to St. Louis Transportation Services Index slipped slightly in October CN anticipates higher earnings, capex budget in 2014 BART fares to rise Jan. 1 to help fund 'Fleet of the Future' FRA issues safety advisory on train speed limits Ice to succeed Rose as BNSF's CEO

December 11

Ehlinger retains seat as NIT League's chairman ODOT readying new trains for service in Amtrak Cascades corridor Gold Line Bridge project honored for engineering, construction Georgia ports pumped up cargo, container volumes in November BNSF opens new Missouri River bridge Rail moved second-most freight by weight in 2012, BTS survey shows FTA commits $75 million to commuter-rail extension in Southern California NTSB wraps up on-site investigation of Metro-North derailment, cites need for PTC

December 10

Rail supplier news from Trinity, Siemens, Holland and CARS (Dec. 10) Georgia DOT to build rail bridge over CSX tracks APTA supports bill that would increase gas tax L.A. port renews WWL's lease to operate large auto processing facility Virginia seeks public input on draft of long-term transportation plan Import container volume at major ports to end 2013 on good note, Global Port Tracker predicts CN to serve another frac sand plant in Wisconsin Schumer, Blumenthal call on FRA to require safety monitoring systems in locomotives, operating cabs

December 9

Rail supplier news from RailComm, Koppers, TPSC, Nomad Digital, CTLGroup, Arup and AREMA (Dec. 9) Greater Cleveland RTA to showcase new Red Line cars Reading & Northern makes management changes UP communications center earns law enforcement organization's accreditation Jacksonville port boosts heavy cargo capabilities Fatal Metro-North derailment prompts more calls for PTC North American freight movements remained meager in November, Cass says Metro-North receives emergency order from FRA, takes new safety-enhancing actions

December 6

MassDOT's Davey named construction association's 'Person of the Year' Illinois, Ohio commissions advance crossing projects UTA to open new S-Line streetcar this weekend High-growth areas need transit to reach economic potential, APTA says U.S. rail traffic tallied gains in November, AAR says Tank cars: RSI committee urges PHMSA to approve new-car design, consider proposed safety modifications for older fleets Senator and short-line industry constituents push for extension to Section 45G tax credit CTA to launch largest improvement plan of Blue Line O'Hare Branch in 30 years

December 5

USA Pavilion scored success at Brazilian trade show, REMSA and RSI say UP to bolster line in Colorado Cincinnati council votes to halt streetcar project TriMet posts holiday ridership jump on MAX Red Line STB among D.C. magazine's top workplaces in 2013 UP's volume on modest growth path in 4Q, CFO Knight says Metro-North restores service on Hudson Line Major freight roads to provide health care coverage to eligible same-sex spouses, NRLC says Rep. Maloney proposes PTC funding bill; APTA calls on Congress to pay for PTC

December 4

Rail supplier news from Siemens, Cummins, Nomad Digital, GATX, Alstom, Parsons Brinckerhoff Halsall, Sidley Austin and T-RAIL (Dec. 4) Montana DOT proposes crossing surface replacement; Arkansas city cites need for crossing repairs RDC obtains full award in claim against Guatemalan government CN a key 'backbone' of the economy, Mongeau says MBTA to test late-night service on weekends U.S. Class I employment level remained relatively flat in October SEIU, ATU sue BART's board over labor contract Metro-North begins track, signal repairs at derailment site

December 3

Jeffries to head AAR's government affairs department New Orleans & Gulf Coast seeks STB exemption to continue leasing UP lines in Louisiana Silver Line project completion delayed due to testing, D.C. airports authority says Dakota Plains to open expanded crude terminal in North Dakota next week MBTA set ridership record in October Maritime Administration study examines Panama Canal expansion's impacts San Francisco task force recommends $10 billion investment in city's transportation infrastructure Metro-North train speed hit 82 mph prior to derailment, NTSB says

December 2

Rail supplier news from GE, Vossloh, Alstom, Cubic and Michael Baker (Dec. 2) Tie purchases and production posted big gains in October, RTA says FRA unveils rule to assist rail passengers, crew in emergencies AAR: Large U.S. traffic gains in week 47 due to last year's Thanksgiving CN implements program to acquire more rail, wheel monitoring equipment Denver RTD, HART award contracts for rail projects Demosky to succeed Grassby as CP's CFO Rep. Andrews introduces two bills targeting freight-rail safety Investigation continues into deadly Metro-North derailment << Previous Next >>
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