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Rail News: August 2014

August 29

Morristown & Erie to open New Jersey transload facility in fall Caltrain reaches deadline for comments on strategic plan RTA: Tie production climbed, purchases plummeted in July Sound Transit ridership rose 9 percent in second quarter Crude carloads, weekly traffic figures continue to climb for U.S. railroads California transit leader Scanlon set to retire FTA advances Maryland's Purple Line project to engineering phase Maryland DOT pulls plug on pact, funds for proposed CSX intermodal facility in Baltimore

August 28

Rail supplier news from R. J. Corman, Roadway Worker Training, Train Travel Holdings, Railmark, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Burns (August 28) Viterra to build Class I-served grain terminal in Manitoba VIA Rail's Smith announces resignation as chairman UP launches double-track project in Texas, trackwork project in Kansas Utah state auditor raises concerns about certain UTA practices Oregon commission allocates $40.4 million for 36 multi-modal projects Washington state port signs pact to lease cars in North Dakota; Alabama port authority acquires land to expand container business Panel recommends safety improvements at MTA's three railroads

August 27

TriMet to add bike parking at two light-rail stations Valero reopens ethanol plant at Indiana river port Amtrak continues temporary schedule in Michigan to complete track, signal work CSX makes management changes in engineering department FTA provides new guidance on joint development projects BART 10-year outlook anticipates financial shortfall in operating, capital needs Health benefit terms reached for next longshoremen contract Oklahoma dedicates $100 million to upgrade more than 300 crossings

August 26

Rail supplier news from Hanson Alaska, Harsco Rail, Stacy and Witbeck/Herzog, HDR, PowerRail, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Auto Truck (Aug. 26) California commission OKs noise measures for Foothill Gold Line Equipment leasing business volume continues steady growth, association says In memoriam: Western-Cullen-Hayes' Norman Barr Metra hires Bronner Group to fill chief audit officer function Dakota Gold to build new crude oil terminal in Bakken Shale Metropolitan Council may begin Metro Blue Line Extension design, FTA says

August 25

Honolulu rail project jobs increase in second quarter VIA Rail celebrates Cobourg Station improvements KCSR promotes Vecellio to AVP, sets higher train speed on Mississippi line Ports in Washington, South Carolina scored container gains in July All Aboard Ohio tallies $5.5 billion in transit-oriented development in Cleveland North Dakota Public Service Commission proposes state-run rail safety program L.A. authority seeks input on draft study for Eastside rail extension FRA provides two grants to help develop a short-line safety institute

August 22

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Rocla, Bombardier, GlobeSherpa, VTG, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Cubic (Aug. 22) Washington DOT contracts ARG Trans to operate state-owned line LIRR to kick off next phase of Massapequa Station rehab U.S., Canadian railroads marked traffic gains in year's 33rd week USDOT announces $1.28 TIFIA loan for Silver Line's second phase Sens. Thune, Durbin note rail regulation developments Massachusetts agrees to purchase Knowledge Corridor line British Columbia port signs off on BNSF-served coal transfer facility FRA issues final rule on PTC implementation

August 21

Amtrak makes more Montana connections Indiana Rail Road donates $50,000 to help Dugger residents retain school Short lines: Watco, TNW and Great Lakes Central make management changes San Diego agency posted record ridership in FY2014 U.S. Class I workforce grew wider again in July Hoosier State passenger-rail service extended through January Sen. Durbin chairs hearing to address Amtrak service delays in Illinois New Orleans port contracts Hard Rock Construction for intermodal terminal project

August 20

Rail supplier news from New York Air Brake, Mitsui Rail, Burns Group, Jacobs, Parsons Brinckerhoff, REMSA and RSI (Aug. 20) SEPTA unveils Android app for travel information July volumes mixed at L.A. ports; first-half volumes rise at Vancouver port AASHTO creates design guide to help improve transit, roadway planning Equipment leasing association survey: New rail equipment leases declined in 2013 Transload siding completed in North Carolina; grade separation begins in Illinois CP, RCP&E to provide more grain trains in South Dakota TSB finds 18 factors caused Lac-Megantic derailment, calls for additional safety measures

August 19

Virginia Railway Express, Class Is launch safety-message 'blitz' Reading & Northern lands Pennsylvania grant to build $14 million bridge Greater Cleveland RTA to mark opening of new Cedar-University station Infrastructure work under way for Illinois port; distribution center on way at California port WMATA chooses developer for residential, retail TOD project OmniTRAX Canada suspends crude shipments; several U.S. firms enhance crude-by-rail capabilities Santa Clara VTA anticipates $39 million in state funds for BART Silicon Valley project STB schedules September hearing in North Dakota to address rail service issues

August 18

Rail supplier news from Koppers, Osmose, Siemens, GTI and Refrigerated Transport (Aug. 18) Parker Towing acquires Alabama port from Decatur Transit CSX tabs Jenkins to head market strategy, e-business Metropolitan Council seeks public input on Twin Cities transportation plan Pennsylvania ponies up $35.9 million for 39 freight-rail improvement projects Members of eight unions approve new LIRR contract Panama Canal turns 100 DART opens Orange Line connection to DFW Airport station

August 15

Rail supplier news from AREMA, Railhead, CTLGroup, Columbus Castings and DVB (Aug. 15) BLET to represent Illinois Railway's T&E workers; SMART to retain Nigro as leader Amtrak makes new Gulf Coast connections through bus lines CSX to address concerns about garbage trains in New York town, Sen. Schumer says SEPTA extends weekend subway pilot project to November TIGER grant agreement set for New Hampshire short-line project AAR: U.S. roads made more traffic strides in 32nd week Pennsylvania adopts plan to invest billions in transportation improvements over next 12 years

August 14

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, STV, Stella-Jones and SightLogix (Aug. 14) OCTA opens another grade-separated crossing in Southern California CN crafts fleet integration program for ag product shippers CTA awards contract in next phase of upgrades to Brown, Purple Line Georgia ports set container volume record in July All Aboard Florida, metro planning organizations agree to quiet zone funding Transportation Services Index dipped just a tad in June BNSF agrees to boost coal supplies for Dairyland Power Cooperative's Wisconsin plant, Rep. Kind says California high-speed rail project: STB OKs Fresno-Bakersfield segment; CHSRA awards contract

August 13

NJ Transit surveying public opinion for 'Scorecard' campaign Greenville & Western promotes Julian to management post, adds Chrisler to administration MTA, NYCDOT collaborate on new neighborhood subway maps Two developments target rail-served frac sand operations in Wisconsin Minnesota DOT extends deadline for Zip Rail comments Gov. Dayton holds first meeting to review Minnesota's new rail safety laws D.C. airports authority tabs Stark to head Dulles Corridor Metrorail project Roundtable with CP's Harrison, ag producers addressed grain-car backlogs in North Dakota

August 12

Rail supplier news from Koppers, Axion, SKF, I.D. Systems and Strato (Aug. 12) Kentucky Transportation Cabinet seeks public feedback on draft rail plan Crude-by-rail terminals to expand in Alberta, New Mexico Waterloo to break ground on rapid-transit system Sound Transit to install PTC equipment on trains UP touts honor for St. Louis unit's Dunn, record first-half equipment incident rate Global Port Tracker: Import volume might set record in August due to lingering labor issue CTA set to begin work on three stations as part of Blue Line modernization

August 11

Fremont crossing completed for VTA extension KCS installs Hansen as VP of intermodal, Bozung as AVP of KCSR's mechanical operations Cold Train suspends express intermodal service from Washington state Mathews named NARP's top executive Seattle-area agencies to begin early planning for Eastside rail-bus connections Rising Stars recognition dinner tickets available at lower price through Wednesday Austin ballot measure to address transit-rail funding TSB to release Lac-Megantic investigation report on Aug. 19 ASLRRA tabs Darr to succeed Timmons as president

August 8

Kansas health department honors Cimarron Railroad, Watco and UP for discarding waste ties Jackson named Connecticut rail administrator NS sponsors crude-by-rail emergency response course, notes environmental stewardship efforts Caltrain OKs capital budget for infrastructure improvements Nine mayors in Indiana, Ohio agree to support Chicago-Fort Wayne-Columbus passenger-rail corridor North Dakota commission calls on STB to help reduce grain-car backlog Weekly U.S. rail traffic averages hit high-water marks in July, AAR says CTA receives $35 million federal 'Core Capacity' grant for North Red, Purple lines

August 7

Rail supplier news from Motive Power, Smart Software, Bombardier, Alstom, FreightCar America and Hanson (Aug. 7) X Train passenger-rail service begins in Santa Fe UP to upgrade two lines straddling Wyoming RTA: Tie purchases jumped in June Rail Runner Express to undergo safety review of Santa Fe crossings State marks completion of Alaska Railroad's Tanana River Bridge FRA proposes rulemaking to apply alcohol and drug regs to MOW employees IDOT, Iowa Interstate agree to begin design work for portion of Chicago-Moline route

August 6

Amtrak's pet-travel policy extended to include additional Illinois trains TNW tabs Gibson as health and safety director UP seeks applications for safety grant program Jezycki named VP, chief officer of Staten Island Railway CSX, Conservation Fund team up to support distribution of fresh food to underserved communities King Ocean's service consolidation to increase volume into Port Everglades ODOT, Watco sign off on Sooner Sub rail line sale to Stillwater Central Railroad Denver, Utah transit agencies begin studies of fare policies

August 5

Rail supplier news from GE, Jacobs, Siemens, Greystone and L.B. Foster (Aug. 5) Maryland transit agency police to host 'Night Out' event Pennsylvania rail authority to dedicate new rail bridge Aventine Renewable Energy reopens BNSF-served ethanol plant in Nebraska WMATA reports ridership on Silver Line's first week of rail service APTA honors seven entities for sustainability efforts Kind introduces RESPONSE Act in House IANA: 2Q intermodal volume grows by largest margin in three years

August 4

Rail supplier news from Harsco, Cubic, TranSystems, NRC, Hanson and TMSA (Aug. 4) Capitol Corridor alters schedule to accommodate travelers to Levi's Stadium New York-area port authority broke cargo record in first half SkyTrain calls for independent review of disruption response plans Deadline extension: LRIW 'Outstanding Woman of the Year' nominations now due Aug. 15 CN, Durbin disagree on degree of Amtrak delays and blocked crossings in Illinois CTA marks progress on anti-crime efforts BNSF logged revenue, traffic gains in Q2 despite severe spring weather Canada considers new accident liability regulations; STB calculates 2013 cost of capital

August 1

Rail supplier news from Nippon Sharyo, Louis Berger, Plasser, Bombardier, American Railcar and Atkins (Aug. 1) Short lines: Wampler new CMO at Santa Maria Valley; Schulingkamp new president pro tem at Public Belt commission Genesee & Wyoming garners revenue, traffic gains in 2Q Construction begins on Kansas City streetcar facility U.S. railroads continued to net traffic gains in July's last full week VRE set to build new station at Potomac Shores TOD Transportation agencies post progress on rail programs in California, North Carolina BNSF delays plan to increase train speeds in North Dakota city, Sen. Hoeven says Congress passes bill to keep Highway Trust Fund afloat << Previous Next >>
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