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Rail News: July 2015

July 31

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, RailComm, HNTB and Railway Supply Institute (July 31) Kansas City Southern dedicates new Wylie intermodal terminal Rail traffic: U.S. carloads down, intermodal up in Week 29 Obama nominates former MBTA head Scott to NTSB; Shortsleeve named MBTA's chief administrator RTD awards $140 million light-rail contract to Balfour Beatty Infrastructure TIGER grant requests for 2015 add up to $9.8 billion Senate sends short-term transportation bill to Obama, OKs multi-year transportation legislation Fritz elected UP chairman to succeed Koraleski

July 30

Metra wraps up Oak Park Station repair project San Francisco agency awards $20 million to Caltrain project PANYNJ traffic sets record pace in 2015's first half; Marino named PATH director TransLink, Canadian government take up SkyTrain improvement projects Registration now open for RailTrends® 2015 conference North Dakota PSC, FRA agree to implement new rail safety program House OKs short-term extension of transportation funding; Senate set to vote on long-term bill FRA, Transport Canada issue final rules to secure trains

July 29

Sacramento transit district nears completion of Blue Line light-rail extension LIRR completes $20.5 million rehab of Massapequa Station FRA pledges $2.7 million toward rail planning in Midwest Flagler kicks off construction of Titusville Logistics Center Valley Metro light-rail line rings up $8.2 billion in economic development CSX, Georgia Ports Authority sign pact to open new inland port Foxx seeks meeting with Cuomo, Christie to discuss Hudson River rail tunnels

July 28

Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, Fluor, Bombardier, Tutor Perini and Maintenance Design Group (July 28) Vancouver Island Railway to receive federal funds for upgrades SMART Local 61 members OK SEPTA labor agreement WMATA marks one year of Silver Line service CSX, Conservation Fund solicit grant applications for food program Pan Am settles EPA complaints at Maine, Massachusetts rail yards Canada pledges federal funds for Ottawa light-rail project's second phase UP employees log safety improvements

July 27

USDOT council recommends rubber stamp for two RRIF loans L.A. Metro approves $30 million for pedestrian crossing improvements along Blue Line KCSR opens mechanical shop in Mississippi, completes largest-ever debt transaction APTA, U.S. transit agencies mark Americans with Disabilities Act's 25th anniversary Sound Transit selects preferred route for Federal Way light-rail extension SEPTA logged record rail ridership in FY2015 NTSB study shows ECP brakes outperform other brake systems NS reports revenue and earnings drop in 2Q

July 24

Rail supplier updates from RailPros, MERMEC, Trinity, Harsco and Hanson (July 24) Vegetation-control pact forged in Vermont; crossing upgrades approved in Ohio Late CTA executive Hill inducted into APTA Hall of Fame RTA report: May crosstie purchases, production fall from April levels VIA Rail inaugurates rehabbed Brockville station Canadian grain working group issues transportation-improvement recommendations Metropolitan Council seeks public approval on Green Line extension cuts Latest tank car, rail inspections in New York turn up 62 defects

July 23

Washington state port seeks operator to restore rail service on Royal Slope line Massachusetts, New York DOTs provide funding for freight-rail projects Intermodal continues to lead weekly rail traffic ASLRRA: Senate Finance Committee considers measure to extend short-line tax credit Sioux Falls reaches deal to purchase BNSF rail yard for $27 million MTA projects $2.4 billion in savings to fund capital program Railroads' revenue adequacy generates debate at STB hearing Decreases in coal demand hampered UP's 2Q earnings, revenue

July 22

San Diego MTS reaches trolley line naming agreement with local health system Jacobs wins $1.2 billion contract for California high-speed rail line RSI: Rail-car backlog shrank in second quarter Kansas DOT narrows list of sites for future transload center Texas high-speed rail company names Keith CEO Canadian minister sends CN yard proposal to environmental review panel FRA reminds railroads to heed crude-related emergency order Sens. McConnell, Boxer hash out terms of long-term surface transportation bill

July 21

Boxer tours PTC project at Metrolink HART awards contract for West Oahu rail stations WMATA adds fire and rescue liaison at rail operations center DART orders two additional streetcars from Brookville Massachusetts Gov. Baker appoints members to new MBTA fiscal board FRA launches safety review of New York & Atlantic Railway MTA OKs contract for new train control system on Queens Boulevard subway line CN exceeds earnings expectations in 2Q CP reports record 2Q net income, elects Reardon chairman

July 20

Rail supplier updates from Strato, Miner; and, in memoriam: Deane Folsom Sr. (July 20) Teamsters ratify five-year pact with Ontario Northland SEPTA gears up for trolley tunnel repair 'blitz' Progressive Railroading names Greenfield western regional sales manager Washington state panel solicits rail-safety grant applications Balfour Beatty Infrastructure recommended for Denver RTD light-rail extension STB to hold revenue adequacy hearing, reports employment slips in mid-June

July 17

Rail supplier news from New York Air Brake, ABB, Alstom, Bombardier and Cambridge Systematics (July 17) The T appoints Fowler CFO, VP Iowa Pacific making room for more rail-car storage Orange County transit agency reaches streetcar agreement with Santa Ana, Calif. Deadline nears for LRIW's 'Outstanding Woman of the Year' nominations Florida East Coast Railway completes upgrade of dispatch operations Washington governor inks $16 billion state transportation package Decline in carload volume impacts KCS' profit in 2Q

July 16

UPS adds option for China-Europe rail shipments Intermodal growth remains the rail traffic story in Week 27 Business groups call on Congress to pass port transparency legislation Hawaii Gov. Ige OKs tax extension to fund Honolulu rail project Obama sets up emergency board to mediate NJ Transit labor dispute; NJ Transit OKs budget KCS names Hancock executive VP and chief marketing officer Sound Transit's Lynnwood Link extension passes environmental review House passes short-term transportation funding measure

July 15

NS unveils corporate sustainability report for 2014 L.A. Metro begins tunnel excavation for Crenshaw/LAX line, marks 25 years of Blue Line service CATS hires Lewis as exec director, opens Gold Line streetcar route Sound Transit nears completion of elevated guideway for Angle Lake light-rail station FECR's intermodal volume spikes in first year of Port Everglades facility BNSF Logistics acquires Transportation Technology Services House GOP introduces short-term extension of transportation funding CSX sets three all-time financial records in 2Q

July 14

Rail supplier updates from RailComm, Information Systems, Hanson and Maintenance Design Group (July 14) Sound Transit schedules open house for Tacoma Link extension BART overpass bridge installed for future Antioch station LIRR completes Smithtown Station renovation Washington budget funds three freight-rail infrastructure projects Obama announces two Amtrak board nominees CSX charts social responsibility efforts in annual report VRE, Keolis agree to contract extension for commuter-rail service

July 13

FTA seeks nominations for transit safety committee Rocla acquires concrete tie business from Koppers and Lehigh AARS solicits scholarship applications for railway management course Watco names McGuire executive vice president CP advances plan to reactivate Arbutus rail corridor BNSF set to begin rail-spur construction in Kansas APTA to honor MARTA CEO Parker for 'outstanding' leadership Gov. Walker vetoes repeal of railroad trespass law

July 10

Rail supplier news from ENSCO Rail, NxGen, Greenbrier, Miner and Hanson Professional (July 10) New group established to examine two transit-rail projects in Montreal Metra kicks off platform project at Mayfair Station BTS: Transportation Services Index rises in May Canada to help fund Port Saint John modernization project CSX wraps up rail safety maintenance 'Jamboree' CTA gears up for $30 million track improvement along Purple Line Bill proposes PTC extension to 2018; FRA to issue rule on cameras in cabs

July 9

Canadian museum to open permanent rail-safety exhibit WMATA resumes search for new CEO Keolis names Trahan chief mechanical officer of MBTA commuter rail Imports increase as retailers prepare for back-to-school season BLET members authorize NJ Transit strike Intermodal volumes up for U.S., Canadian railroads in Week 26 Met Council trims Minneapolis light-rail project by $250 million NTSB to Amtrak: Install video cameras in all trains to monitor engineers

July 8

Rail supplier updates from OpenText Analytics, Wasatch, Hub Group, Atlantic Track and J.L. Patterson (July 8) Chicago RTA surveys visitors' public transit use; Aurora begins transit improvement plans BLET hires Hagan for political affairs post Maine Gov. LePage signs transportation bond bill Jacksonville port launches Mile Point Harbor project Metra, Illinois Democrats call on Congress to fund PTC All Aboard Florida picks Archer Western for rail work at Orlando airport

July 7

Pennsylvania delegation tours SEPTA PTC test facility Reading & Northern sues over Pennsylvania rail authority's no-bid contract Vancouver voters reject proposed sales tax increase for transit funding Unimin ships longest frac-sand unit train Metrolinx, Toronto expand bike-sharing program DTE Energy project to extend rail line, eliminate crossing in Trenton, Mich. SORTA taps Transdev for streetcar contract Raitt highlights rail safety changes made since Lac-Megantic tragedy

July 6

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, HNTB, Saft, Whitmore and Parsons (July 6) Crossings slated for upgrades in two Ohio counties Toronto Transit Commission completes Union Station renovations MassDOT unveils new criteria for transportation projects Caltrain, trade councils OK labor pact for electrification project Tobias steps down from Canadian Pacific's board Amtrak study: St. Paul-to-Chicago most feasible for second daily train

July 2

Rail supplier updates from CAI International, Keolis, Ricardo, Alstom, American Business Research and Kuehne + Nagel (July 2) Geale to chair National Mediation Board; PANYNJ names Starace chief engineer CTA logs 21 percent decrease in fare-card fraud Orlando Amtrak station undergoes $2 million repair project North Carolina DOT to close rail crossing in Harrisburg Puget Sound agencies debut regional transit pass; Sound Transit to advance ballot measure Railroads' intermodal traffic sets record in June California agency awards $224 million in grants for transit, intercity rail

July 1

TransLink to make board meetings public Washington DOT reduces travel time for Amtrak Cascades route Caltrans transfers management of San Joaquin, Surfliner routes Amtrak, Rhode Island kick off construction of high-speed rail project at Kingston Station Paterson to build new grain loading facility on CP line KCSR to upgrade rail line through Missouri, Illinois All Aboard Florida inks 30-year maintenance contract with Siemens Metrolink awarded $41 million for new Tier 4 locomotives << Previous Next >>
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