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Rail News: March 2014

March 31

SMART division-represented workers ratify Chicago Rail Link pact Transportation Research Board seeks proposals for IDEA program Metra board creates new audit committee, appoints Carlson chair Three mayors endorse high-speed rail project between Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth Amtrak to adjust Empire Builder route to account for heavy freight-rail traffic SFMTA board approves 12 percent increase in rail service CP cites drawbacks of 'Fair Rail' act, sets share purchase plan New FRA rule requires railroads to adopt a 'critical incident stress' plan

March 28

Rail supplier news from Pacer, Alstom, Innovations in Transportation, Hub Group, Keolis and Michael Baker (March 28) RTA: Tie purchases, production fell in February FTA approves environmental impact statement for Maryland's Purple Line KCS promotes Mitchell to AVP; intermodal institute installs DeWitt as executive director Amtrak MOW workers gain higher wages from arbitration ruling; LACMTA reaches tentative agreement with ATU Gov. Cuomo seeks to further bolster crude-by-rail safety in New York TriMet proposes rail infrastructure, service improvements in FY2015 U.S. rail traffic ramped up last week Gov. Cuomo proposes $4.9 billion plan to harden New York's transportation network against future storms

March 27

X Train offers 'all cash buyout' to independent passenger-rail operators Ten crossings slated for upgrades in Ohio Metra OKs contract for Lombard Station project 'Very low potential' for derailment at Washington state port, TUV Rheinland study shows TSB data shows rail accidents, fatalities rose in Canada last year FRA proposes new safety rules for passenger-train exterior doors Railroads, shippers size up competitive switching proposal at STB hearing APTA defends its ridership report 'Fair rail' bill seeks to boost grain-by-rail efficiency in Canada

March 26

Rail supplier updates from Timken, Amsted, Alstom, REMSA, VTG and Holland (March 26) New Congressman Jolly named to House transportation committee Two grade separation projects advance in L.A. area PANYNJ to pilot weekend ferry service for PATH riders CSX: Opening date for Florida terminal, state honors for Ohio terminal DART accelerates DFW station's opening day CN bolsters safety management system to better prevent haz-mat accidents AAR, TTCI leaders address crude-by-rail safety and competitive switching proposal

March 25

Georgia port's harbor deepening project gains additional state funds; port volume continues to rise AREMA seeks applicants for Watford Fellowship North Carolina DOT begins double-track project on NS line Developers schedule public meeting to review Pennsylvania container facility project Amtrak's Boardman praises new corporate alliance for infrastructure investment CN delivers 4,000 hopper cars to Western Canada grain elevators, calls for Coast Guard support NTSB investigating CTA train derailment at O'Hare Metro-North completes signal upgrades at curves, bridges

March 24

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Thales, Kelso, AXION and Parsons Brinckerhoff (March 24) Congressional appropriation committee members tour TTCI St. Paul's Union Depot earns LEED® Gold recognition for sustainability Sound Transit to host open house on East Link designs Value of cargo moved by rail between U.S., NAFTA partners increased last year Teamsters conference, CN to enter labor negotiations Metro-North, LIRR to install freight-train monitoring equipment ASLRRA announces short-line safety award winners

March 21

Detroit streetcar developer adds Fisher, Brown to staff Recording equipment to be installed on Metro-North, LIRR trains U.S. rail traffic rebounded last week CN seeks binding arbitration after Teamsters rail conference again fails to ratify pact Caltrain to start serving San Bruno station next month Tennessee RTA wins federal grant for new Music City Star station UP installs Koraleski as chairman, adds Dillon to board Size of U.S. Class I workforce didn't change much last month

March 20

RAC's Gullo joins sustainability group's industry council WTS International names new officers, foundation board members California High-Speed Rail Authority to host business events for project's next phase Bolyard, Moore assume short-line GM posts at Watco WMATA seeks public input on service, unveils new escalators New Orleans port forges representation pact with Samsara Shipping in India UP makes 18 upper management appointments, advances trackwork project Schumer to FRA: Examine LIRR's safety practices

March 19

Rail supplier news from Boatright, Stella-Jones, ABB, Bombardier, Timken and Michael Baker (March 19) Schneider National introduces new logo DART, California High-Speed Rail Authority announce board appointments New York State DOT to review Olean crossing changes at public hearing Maryland increases capacity on MARC weekend service Jacksonville port lands export log business; Long Beach port logs volume drop for February BNSF to add more workers and locomotives in 2014, Ice says Amtrak asks Congress to use Northeast Corridor profits for corridor improvements

March 18

Canadian rail association tabs Bauer as haz-mat transportation specialist Fort Worth & Western hires Atkins to help manage highway project's effects Ottawa's light-rail project honored for public-private financing SMART Transportation Division survey cites heavy opposition to heavier trucks Siemens wins multi-state locomotive contract February port volumes: Up in Norfolk, down in Los Angeles Illinois panel calls for restructuring of Chicago transit agencies' governance LACMTA's board to consider fare increase options to address deficit concerns

March 17

Rail supplier news from GE, Hollysys, Bombardier and Critical Solutions (March 17) UP lands Washington grant to erect fence at popular state park Survey: Californians are finding alternatives to car travel Ceres Global lands CBP agreement to complete BNSF connection at Saskatchewan hub Sound Transit slates public meetings on proposed Federal Way Link Extension KCSM initiates Friday program, promotes texting campaign to boost safety Proposed regulations would mandate a railway operating certificate in Canada FRA unveils critical 'Operation Deep Dive' safety assessment of Metro-North

March 14

Rail supplier news from Ansaldo, Siemens, Railserve, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Keolis and RSI/CMA (March 14) Frey joins South Florida RTA's board OmniTRAX honors five employees' safety efforts BART to offer safety app for smartphones Grade separation opens in California; crossing projects advance in Ohio MBTA set to kick off late-night weekend service U.S. rail traffic was mixed again in year's 10th week BNSF's Ice to North Dakota senators: Ag product shipments will be on time come June

March 13

Edwards to lead marketing efforts for All Aboard Florida Transportation Services Index slipped a bit in January Fitch: U.S. transportation trends call for new funding solutions Power upgrade completed on Metro-North's New Haven Line CSX: Old Man Winter to take a bite out of 1Q earnings; Sease to head corporate communications Denver RTD to break ground on North Metro Rail project U.S. freight roads budget $26 billion for infrastructure improvements in 2014, AAR says Canadian safety board updates accident reporting, investigation regulations

March 12

Rail supplier news from ShipXpress, Thales, Hub Group and Hatch Mott MacDonald (March 12) NS decorates locomotive to commemorate GoRail's 10th anniversary MBTA opens revamped Yawkey Station near Fenway Park UP garners military hiring recognition from diversity magazine Rising Stars' nomination deadline looms CSX, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency pact targets state's haz-mat traffic Hersman to step down as NTSB chair, assume NSC's top post APTA calls on Congress to hike transit funding by $11.5 billion annually

March 11

Rail supplier news from RailComm, LIFT, AXION, GE, AngelTrax, Cubic and Retlif (March 11) CaseStack taps CSX service at new Atlanta consolidation center Oregon DOT shuts down bridge project due to lack of funding Container volume to surge in March, Global Port Tracker predicts Short line pioneer and former Pinsly leader Maggie Silver: 1925 to 2014 NTSB launches investigation into another Metro-North accident Amtrak cites key infrastructure projects for 2014 BNSF budgets $247 million for North Dakota infrastructure upgrades, Sen. Heitkamp says

March 10

McCloud becomes GM of Watco's Grand Elk Railroad L.A. port commission seeks executive director candidates Virginia rail department slates meeting for multi-modal alternatives analysis FTA OKs San Antonio's next step in funding request for streetcar plan Ohio rail commission to consider freight-rail project grants Tunnel boring begins on Evergreen Line in Canada Canadian government adopts measures to get more export grain moving by rail APTA touts record transit ridership in 2013

March 7

Rail supplier news from TUV, Alstom, AXION, RailTerm, Parsons Brinckerhoff and JMA Railroad (March 7) X Train negotiating to acquire four private rail operators Juniata Valley Railroad to serve rail authority's newly purchased property Port Authority of Allegheny County marks golden anniversary Shippers cut carbon dioxide emissions last year by using rail, BNSF says AAR: U.S. intermodal volume grew for the 51st straight month in February MBTA awards Keolis $2.6 billion contract; current operator MBCR sues to stop it Crude-by-rail safety remained under tight scrutiny this week

March 6

EdgePoint report: Global rail industry racked up more mergers, acquisitions in 2013 X Train seeks private partnerships, acquisitions to consolidate existing passenger-rail operations L.A.-area grade separation program to continue in 2014, OCTA says Progressive Railroading seeks nominations for Rising Stars 2014 Arizona, Oregon transportation leaders seek public input on passenger rail BNSF Logistics, Tri Global Energy team up to develop wind energy logistics center Proposed federal budget includes no diesel-emissions program dollars Connecticut Gov. Malloy 'disappointed' with lack of details in Metro-North action plan

March 5

Providence and Worcester installs solar array in Massachusetts yard Davison to head Sound Transit's communications, external affairs Washington state port lets contract for new rail lines In memoriam: Connie Sumara, longtime Chicago Freight Car Leasing executive and former LRIW president Hampton Roads Transit OKs fare hike SunRail: Station opens in Winter Park; Obama budget includes phase two funding Nation needs to develop more large-scale uses for natural gas, Gov. Dalrymple says New Orleans railroad, port to serve perlite processing facility Obama's FY2015 budget would expand transit rail, address crude-by-rail safety

March 4

Rail supplier news from Harsco, Greenbrier, Aecon, RPS, North American Equipment, Pandrol and Tealinc (March 4) San Diego MTS to restore vintage trolley car for Silver Line STB begins cost-of-capital proceeding, sets energy transportation committee meeting Rail commission proposes Altamont Corridor Express fare hike Crest Container Lines to help CN, Halifax port build business in India USDOT report: More investments needed in transportation infrastructure Federated Railways acquires Cold Train intermodal service BNSF drove up revenue and income, drove down operating ratio in 4Q

March 3

Amtrak service returns to Denver's historic Union Station KCS: Process-improvement initiative under way; Starling joins Ferrellgas board South Florida RTA tabs Stephens as executive director CN sells 21-mile line to Montreal's AMT Sound Transit set ridership record in 2013 Caltrain releases draft environmental report on electrification plan Fortress seeks STB approval to acquire, control MMA and Canadian affiliate New York, Oregon governors take steps to bolster crude-by-rail safety << Previous Next >>
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