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Rail News: July 2016

July 29

Rail supplier news from ARI, Jacobs, HARTING and Aztec (July 29) Amtrak to launch national on-board magazine UP notes lowest employee injury rate Volpe appoints Aylward as center's next director RTA report: Crosstie production, purchases up in June Sound Transit taps HDR for Tacoma Link expansion, names Carter chief of staff MTA unveils budget and financial plans, proposes fare hikes STB withdraws proposal to prioritize freight trains over Amtrak

July 28

Metra taps firm to re-evaluate fare zones AAR: U.S. rail traffic falls 5.3 percent in Week 29 Contra Costa transit agency OKs sales tax ballot measure MTA's subway car RFP includes provision to encourage U.S. job creation USDOT makes available $199 million in grants for PTC on commuter railroads Congressional committee seeks audit of FTA's safety oversight of WMATA Lawmakers announce TIGER VIII grant awards STB proposes competitive switching rule

July 27

Metra to host second annual vendor fair in August FRA's Feinberg calls for stronger measures to prevent rail-crossing fatalities PHMSA seeks comments on hazmat insurance study FTA unveils rule requiring transit asset management plans WMATA's Wiedefeld proposes ending late-night rail service Watco to begin transloading operations at NS terminal in Sandusky MBTA OKs $18.5 million contract for Red Line winter resiliency work Norfolk Southern's Q2 profit falls on lower volumes

July 26

APTA honors six transit agencies for sustainability accomplishments Metro Transit-St. Louis picks HNTB-led team to design new station Canadian environmental agency solicits public input on proposed CN-served yard project Final two NJ Transit labor unions OK new agreement, avert strike Kansas City Southern's Mexican rail operations blocked by protesters New York City Transit to close L line subway tunnel for 18 months Canada to speed up phaseout of DOT-111s for crude oil use CN's Q2 profit slips on lower carload volume

July 25

Rail supplier news from Herzog, Trinity, Hill International, Wabtec, Ansaldo and RSI; and in memoriam: ShipXpress' Charith Perera (July 25) ARCI: Car orders climbed, deliveries slipped in second quarter Twin Cities & Western turns 25 USDOT creates 'Build America Bureau' to streamline financing for infrastructure projects ASLRRA lauds tax credit legislation's 2,000th cosponsor since 2004 RTD opens B Line commuter-rail route CSX to build intermodal terminal in North Carolina, serve inland port in Georgia Transport Canada to fund improvements for VIA Rail's stations, maintenance facilities

July 22

Harsco Rail, Siemens host U.S. lawmakers for plant tours WMATA seeks feedback on redesigned website TriMet names Shin deputy general counsel MBTA issues $337.3 million in bonds Amtrak to hold 'Industry Day' for Baltimore Penn Station plan Arkansas Midland Railroad to roll out ethanol unit train STB: Class I employment decline continued in June Honolulu transit agency awards $875 million contract for airport guideway, stations

July 21

Brightline marks progress on MiamiCentral transportation hub AAR: U.S. rail traffic dips 5.6 percent in Week 28 MARTA names Springstead assistant GM LRIW accepting 'Woman of the Year' nominations until Aug. 15 DCTA contracts with First Transit to operate, maintain A-Train OmniTRAX to help run Decatur railroad, wins GE's Fast Track Award FRA OKs environmental report for New England passenger-rail plan UP's Q2 profit drops 19 percent on lower volumes

July 20

Rail supplier news from Progress Rail, Logistical Labs, Amphenol, Cubic, Nomad and Vossloh (July 20) Metra kicks off renovation of Union Station's Madison Street entrance Secure Rail Conference to return April 2017 Former TTC chair Giambrone named director of NYC streetcar project VRE posts ridership surge as WMATA closes lines for maintenance CSX, North Carolina announce pact for direct intermodal rail service APTA opposed to GOP's call to end federal funding of public transportation CP posts 12 percent decline in Q2 revenue, announces Creel as next CEO

July 19

Sound Transit, NJ Transit mark light-rail anniversaries Northern Virginia transportation budget includes new Metrorail station Metrolink puts its first Tier 4 locomotive on display CSX dubbed 'best place to work' based on disability inclusion practices SacRT's Li shakes up executive leadership team Cuomo unveils MTA subway car design, announces station renovation plan STB has no oversight of Texas Central's high-speed rail project Kansas City Southern posts higher profit, flat carload volume in Q2

July 18

Amtrak picks second crop of 'writers in residence' SEPTA adds five more leased commuter-rail cars UP seeks input on communication center standards Miami Beach moves ahead with streetcar negotiations Minnesota Gov. Dayton announces new council on freight rail FTA unveils final environmental statement for Minneapolis' Blue Line extension FRA, Texas DOT solicit public input on passenger-rail options Freight-rail industry opposes, unions support FRA's two-person crew proposal

July 15

Rail supplier news from Ansaldo, Duos, IMC Cos. and CMA (July 15) Ontario Northland to refurbish luxury rail cars for tourist train Transit agencies use 'Pokemon GO' to encourage ridership Caltrain to swap train sets to relieve crowding, perform maintenance OmniTRAX Logistics manages major steel shipment in Oklahoma Oregon senators introduce bill to improve safety of oil trains FTA: WMATA crews broke safety rules during 'SafeTrack' work NTSB: BNSF trains collided after one train missed a red light

July 14

Unifor members ratify new contract with VIA Rail MassDOT unveils state transportation improvement plan L.A. Metro Expo Line extension boosts ridership AAR: U.S. rail traffic drops 17.2 percent in week 27 Electrical problems cause systemwide delays on NYC subways USDOT proposes new oil-spill rule for high-hazard trains Indiana Rail Road opens new transload facility in Indiana CSX: Q2 revenue down 12 percent due to lower volumes

July 13

Rail supplier news from NMC Railway Systems, Alstom, TranSystems and Ohio Crankshaft (July 13) Grade separation project advances on North Carolina rail line Equipment, leasing report: 'Sluggish' investment growth ahead Kansas begins construction of Great Bend shipping center New Orleans RTA nears completion of North Rampart streetcar extension South Dakota short line completes main line siding project Metrolink OKs $1.5 million expense to repair defective car parts

July 12

Rail supplier news from Freightcar America, U.S. Bank, Omega Industries and NRC (July 12) U.S., Canadian freight-rail regulators meet in Ottawa WMATA begins fourth safety 'surge' FECR welcomes first neo-Panamax ship bound for PortMiami MassDOT unveils final environmental report for South Station expansion plan New Illinois bridge will link Joliet intermodal center to I-80 Amtrak selects Arup for Chicago Union Station design team SEPTA adds leased cars, locomotives after pulling Silverliner units from service

July 11

Metra wraps up Ravinia Station repair project Brookville ships third Liberty streetcar to DART GE manufactures 1,000th locomotive in Fort Worth Anacostia appoints Fox managing director Port of Oakland welcomes first train to stop at new rail facility Sound Transit: $53.8 billion expansion plan would cost locals $169 a year STB wants alternative routes for Great Lakes Basin's proposed rail line Caltrain awards $1.25 billion worth of electrification contracts

July 8

South Carolina Ports Authority's Newsome honored by ag coalition MBTA to select preferred transit app IANA unveils new website to streamline 'street interchanges' Operation Lifesaver reveals grants for 11 state campaigns; NS brings safety message to Indiana U.S. rail traffic rose in Week 26, but data excluded holiday impact New York receives $22.7 million for counterterrorism efforts on transit systems DART police officer among those killed in Dallas

July 7

FTA unveils website for TOD projects Metro-North, LIRR mobile ticketing app to launch in August Milwaukee council OKs $20 million for streetcar extension NS settles hiring discrimination case Melford Atlantic Gateway terminal will serve U.S., Canadian markets via CN WMATA wraps up second round of accelerated repair work U.S. rail traffic fell 6.3 percent in June USDOT identifies freight projects to receive FASTLANE grants

July 6

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Alstom and Hanson (July 6) Schumer wants oil companies to stabilize volatile crude before shipping California panel OKs 156 transportation improvement projects PANYNJ to welcome first neo-Panamax vessel Transdev obtains $15.5 million contract to operate Detroit streetcar Quebec, federal officials ink new transit funding agreement Rail projects in Virginia, Oregon to receive federal grants

July 5

Metra updates purchasing plan Port Everglades partners with EPA on air emissions project NS exec to meet with manufacturers in China Food Logistics recognizes UP's sustainable shipping practices Ontario starts Laird Station construction WMATA replaces porcelain third-rail insulators NTSB to host meeting on tank-car safety SEPTA pulls 120 rail cars from service due to structural defect

July 1

Congressman Polis visits Encore Rail Systems' plant in Colorado Rail supplier news from RSI, Bombardier, J.B. Hunt and PFL Petroleum (July 1) Allegheny County port authority approves FY2017 budget WMATA names Lee general counsel Anacostia Rail promotes Perri, Lurkins; hires Elkins BART unveils new diesel trains for Antioch extension CP to lay off 500 MOW workers Report: Rail-car demand 'weakened significantly' in Q1 << Previous Next >>
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