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Rail News: July 2014

July 31

AAR releases latest edition of publication reflecting 10-year trends DART names Fontayne CIO, Costello VP of finance UP matches first-half safety ratio record, continues crude emergency response training at TTCI MTA budget includes service improvements for Long Island Rail Road NTSB announces Conrail accident investigation findings, installs Benthall as CFO SEPTA approves five-year business plan BNSF begins double-track project in New Mexico Maryland agencies release RFP for Purple Line project

July 30

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Protran, SightLogix, Cubic, Alstom, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Dewberry and AIAI (July 30) Watco adjusts management at Wisconsin and Southern, Grand Elk railroads Rail, mine workers to join Thursday protest in Pittsburgh opposing EPA rule VIA Rail begins Brockville station renovation project KCS reorganizes upper management in operations department Rulemaking critics: USDOT needs to consider crude/ethanol differences, oil stabilization process MTA proposes 2015 budget, four-year financial plan and additional safety measures Senate sends Highway Trust Fund bill back to House

July 29

Rail supplier news from Thales, Ansaldo STS, RailWorks, SNC-Lavalin, Wabtec, Alstom and Skelly and Loy (July 29) Upgrades on tap for UP line in Kansas; improvements on agenda for four crossings in Ohio Texas agency appoints Suarez COO Detroit's streetcar construction officially under way Puget Sound council study cites economic impact of proposed BNSF-served coal terminal Denver's Union Station reopens to serve commuters, visitors Canada's rail system is ready for the next harvest, CN says Crude by rail: Oregon seeks more safety resources; NS files suit to stop Maryland from publicly releasing shipment info

July 28

MBTA inks deal for WiFi on commuter-rail lines BNSF lands 20-year lease agreement at Texas logistics park Grain: BNSF's and CP's weekly STB reports should include two new metrics, Sen. Thune says USDOT marks weekend openings of Silver Line, Sun Link California high-speed authority awards station planning funds to Gilroy EPA: Tank-car demand will help propel deliveries to 66,300 cars in 2014, 72,000 cars in 2015 Senate approves Mendez, Rogoff nominations for USDOT posts Seattle council calls on USDOT to ban legacy tank cars now; BNSF and GATX to conduct tank-car training seminar in North Dakota

July 25

Schneider to expand bulk intermodal trailer service in North America Miami-Dade officials approve All Aboard Florida's Miami station plan Short lines: Watco installs Smith as COO; Tacoma Rail reaches century mark Sound Transit chooses preferred site for light-rail operations base CTA, unions launch 'Build Chicago' initiative for rail-car procurement AAR: U.S. rail traffic continued to post gains in July BNSF donates $3 million to USO for vet transition programs; BNSF Logistics promotes three execs LACMTA's board OKs Purple Line Extension construction contract

July 24

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Alstom, Hatch Mott MacDonald, MartinEnviro, HNTB and Parsons Brinckerhoff (July 24) Santa Clara VTA pre-selects Elecnor for double-track project Grade separation, port connector project near completion in Vancouver Sound Transit's Link light-rail service turns five Rep. Hahn introduces National Freight Network Trust Fund Act Tucson ready to kick off Sun Link streetcar service Four all-time-best financial marks highlight UP's strong second quarter USDOT proposes rulemaking to enhance crude-by-rail safety

July 23

Rail supplier news from CAF, Alstom, Bombardier, PML2, I.D. Systems, CH2M HILL, Nossaman; and, in memoriam: Bruce Jabbonsky (July 23) TriMet appoints Brookshire as head of finance ATA report: Trucking's share of freight to grow, rail's share to shrink through 2025 Ports: June volume gains in California and South Carolina; new AAPA chair All Aboard Florida reveals design for West Palm Beach station CP should provide more details about ag service solutions in North Dakota, Sen. Heitkamp says SEPTA set regional rail ridership record in FY2014 NS set five financial records in Q2

July 22

Bridger to supply Bakken crude to Monroe Energy's Pennsylvania refinery DFW Airport station to open next month Yuhuang Chemical to build partially rail-served methanol plant at Louisiana port Minnesota DOT to host meetings on Rochester-Twin Cities 'Zip Rail' plan Connecticut to hire consultant for Bridgeport station development U.S. Class I workforce widened a bit in June Foxx, 11 former USDOT secretaries call on Congress to pass long-term solution to transportation funding CN scores sub-60 operating ratio, sets volume record in Q2

July 21

Rail supplier news from AECOM, URS, Greenbrier, Watco, Bechtel, Wilson & Co., Ballast Tools and Travelliance (July 21) WMATA begins Silver Line simulation trains Rio Grande Pacific installs Howery, Wollack in new management posts NCTD set ridership record in FY2014 Both tank-car and non-tank-car backlogs grew in Q2, Stern Agee says RailTrends adds Central Maine & Quebec Railway CEO John Giles to agenda HART unveils Honolulu airport station design Grain: BNSF, RRVW to serve North Dakota facility; Dakota governments continue to seek timelier rail service Tentative BNSF, SMART Transportation Division pact targets one-man crews

July 18

Illinois provides funds for CN grade separation in Aurora Nashville MTA names Bland CEO MassDOT gives go-ahead to Berkshire Line acquisition from Housatonic Railroad AAR: U.S. roads registered traffic gains in week 28 Sen. Cantwell to introduce multi-modal freight bill KCS broke revenue, carload records in second quarter Obama unveils plan to create 'Transportation Investment Center' MTA, eight unions settle LIRR contract dispute

July 17

Hoglander becomes NMB chairman again; Pickett retains post as BRS president M-1 Rail releases specifics on Detroit streetcar construction NS highlights sustainability achievements in seventh annual report OLI enhanced rail-safety educational outreach in 2013, annual report says Valley Metro reaches milestone on light-rail extension Wisconsin swings deal to purchase 70-mile line from UP LIRR strike would impact area's freight-rail traffic, Brookhaven Rail says MTA, unions resume talks in attempt to avoid LIRR strike CP logs best-ever quarterly financial results, challenges arbitrator's decision to reinstate engineer

July 16

Rail supplier news from Lilee Systems, J.L. Paterson, NRC, Nomad, Protran, Perptuum and Parsons Brinckerhoff (July 16) Preferred Sands to open another frac sand plant Washington state port's Subaru imports reach 1 million mark Transport Workers Union ratifies SFMTA contract for Muni transit operators Volkswagen to expand rail-served automotive plant in Tennessee MTA ad campaign promotes latest contract offer House passes short-term fix to Highway Trust Fund CSX set three all-time quarterly financial records in Q2

July 15

FHWA, DDOT set second public meeting on final Virginia Avenue Tunnel environmental report FTA publishes update of grant reporting instructions Denver's RTD to hold meeting on Central Rail Extension study U.S. crude production to reach 43-year high in 2015, EIA predicts Blumenthal plans Senate hearing on PTC Rail developments emerge at four U.S. ports USDOT receives 81 recommendations from National Freight Advisory Committee LIRR, union negotiations at an impasse; MTA prepares for strike

July 14

Retired Bangor and Aroostook Railroad SVP Richard Sprague dies New Mexico Rail Runner Express recorded 7.9 million riders in first eight years UP to upgrade lines in Illinois, Wisconsin League of Railway Industry Women seeks nominees for 2014 Outstanding Woman of the Year Four Class Is among Inbound Logistics' top 75 'Green Supply Chain Partners' Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County set Aug. 13 hearing on revised Southwest light-rail plan Two senators call on STB to help resolve auto service delays

July 11

Ohio utilities commission OKs 11 crossing projects CTA set to award contract for 4G wireless network Operation Lifesaver appoints three new board members DART, DFW Airport prepare for Orange Line extension opening ASLRRA committee recognizes North Shore Railroad's emphasis on veterans Sound Transit launches tunnel boring machine for Northgate extension UP makes Ford's preferred supplier list, cites sustainability advances in CDP submittal Latest weekly rail traffic data, monthly transportation index confirm freight gains

July 10

Nebraska provides grant for transloader's freight-rail project Amtrak's Boardman makes whistle stops in Southwest Chief cities OmniTRAX Canada reopens Hudson Bay Railway line Gov. Brown signs legislation backing light rail in San Fernando Valley CSX capped off annual track maintenance 'Jamboree' on July 7 Global Port Tracker: Longshoremen contract dispute is driving up container volumes NJ Transit approves FY15 budget, funds to extend light-rail vehicles Congress continues to address Highway Trust Fund's insolvency

July 9

Rail supplier news from Ansaldo STS, Instalaciones Inabensa, Xplore Technologies and Parsons Brinckerhoff (July 9) EDA provides $1.6 million grant to upgrade portion of Madison Railroad line Canadian environmental agency ponders assessment of proposed propane-by-rail facility Metropolitan Council, Minneapolis announce tentative agreement on light-rail plan Indiana Rail Road posts progress on summer trackwork projects West Coast Reduction expands rail capacity at Vancouver port MTA's Prendergast to meet with Congress about looming LIRR strike All Aboard Florida unveils Fort Lauderdale station design, plans for phased construction

July 8

Rail supplier news from GE, CH2M Hill, Sweco, TransWorks, Raven Logistics, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Dewberry (July 8) Denver RTD is 45 BNSF provides grant to Invictus Foundation for military behavioral health program UP's Santamaria elected AREMA governor Growth Energy calls on STB to address 'substandard' rail service for ethanol shipments TSB, RAC reflect on Lac-Megantic accident at first anniversary LACMTA staff recommends awarding $1.6 billion Purple Line extension pact to STS joint venture KCS, Global Partners to build crude unit-train terminal in Texas

July 7

Michigan allocates $3 million for Woodhaven grade separation Caltrain approves fare, fee increases UP lands on Barron's list of world's most respected companies MTA to participate in LIRR, labor union talks tomorrow Watco wins IT award, installs Grant and Chamberlain in GM posts LACMTA signs off on joint venture contract for Regional Connector AAR: U.S. railroads hit several traffic highs in June D.C. airports authority recommends contractor for Silver Line rail yard, maintenance facility

July 3

Rail supplier news from Harsco, Progress Rail, Siemens, Bombardier and Aon Risk (July 3) Metrolink offers new weekend service UPS enhances rail services in China, Europe WMATA to increase train size on Blue Line to accommodate Silver Line's opening RTA: Crosstie production, purchases marked declines in May Canadian government transfers control of highway/rail swing bridge to Nova Scotia Amtrak issues RFP for Acela Express high-speed trains Blumenthal to introduce rail safety bill

July 2

NRC seeks applicants for scholarship program in memory of Vaccarello, Crisafi SFRTA tabs Chess to head finance Slangerup to helm Long Beach port; Pyburn to head business development at Florida port Orange County Transportation Authority completes L.A.-area grade separation STB releases draft environmental report on Hartwell Railroad's track project Heitkamp introduces bill, helps secure Senate funding to assist first responders Foxx announces highway repair fund rationing plan; cities call on Congress to pass transportation funding bill

July 1

Rail supplier news from Thales, Siemens Rail Automation, American Railcar Leasing, Parkeon, AXION and Hollysys (July 1) South Florida RTA appoints new chair, vice chair Large tire plant coming to Lancaster & Chester's industrial park in South Carolina Previsch retains seat as SMART Transportation Division president U.S. Silica to develop UP-served frac sand facility in Wisconsin Goldman to succeed Stolzman as Louisville & Indiana's president WMATA complies with three more NTSB safety recommendations UTA named 2014 'outstanding' transit system by APTA << Previous Next >>
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