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Rail News: October 2014

October 31

Rail supplier news from RailComm, Bombardier, Greenbrier, Mervis Railcar, Laird, Parsons Brinckerhoff and CG/LA Infrastructure (Oct. 31)

Florida East Coast Railway begins to take delivery of GE locomotives

VIA Rail completes Union Station restoration

Rail-car backlog reached record level in 3Q, EPA says

Genesee & Wyoming rang up more revenue, income in 3Q

AAR: Last week's U.S. intermodal volume reached third-highest mark in history

New Amtrak station underway in Rochester

BNSF aims to better prep for harsh winter weather

October 30

Rail supplier news from L.B. Foster, Bayer CropScience, ZTR, Trinity, Wabtec, HNTB and AccessRail (Oct. 30)

Gov. Corbett visits Reading & Northern's Pennsylvania headquarters

UP creates mobile classroom from box car

M-1 Rail selects team for Detroit streetcar technical center

Montreal transit agency to slow phase-in of new subway cars

Pennsylvania DOT provides grants for 86 multimodal projects

LACMTA completes Lankershim Depot restoration; All Aboard Florida begins Fort Lauderdale station construction

Cronus Fertilizers to build CSX-served plant in central Illinois

Transport Canada takes steps to address rail safety shortcomings cited by TSB

October 29

Louisiana port, Panama Canal Authority solidify alliance

New Hampshire DOT seeks input on Boston-to-Concord corridor

STB to study environmental impact of Port Canaveral's proposed rail extension

Grade crossing work completed on Foothill Gold Line light-rail project

Railroads need to be more diligent in reporting occurrences, TSB says

AAR bestows top environmental award to BNSF's Smith

Amtrak organizes panel to study Chicago rail gridlock

NTSB report cites 'ineffective safety management' in five Metro-North accidents

October 28

Rail supplier news from Alstom, Jacobs, McMillen, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Bombardier, Fairmount Santrol and Hatch Mott MacDonald (Oct. 28)

BNSF moves 1,000th crude-oil unit train from North Dakota hub

Minnesota DOT schedules public meetings to review state rail plan

MTA tabs former NTSB director Mayer as chief safety officer

Major businesses form coalition to support Caltrain's modernization

BNSF honors Utah Railway as Short Line of the Year

Illinois, Pennsylvania provide funds for ports

CTA proposes more rail service in 2015

Amtrak reports record revenue, higher ridership in FY2014

October 27

Rail supplier news from Alternate Concepts, Titan, Elecnor, Vossloh, Hatch Mott MacDonald and Auto Truck (Oct. 27)

Sierra Railroad wins additional award in Patriot Rail lawsuit

Wisconsin university to house new Midwest Transportation Workforce Center

Washington state DOT solicits input to develop a rail system strategic plan

UTA advances second TOD proposal

CSX needs to repair two trestles to protect New York town's safety, Sen. Schumer says

Station construction begins for commuter-rail program in Connecticut

Grade separation complete near Canada's largest container terminal

October 24

Rail supplier news from Road & Rail, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Marsh, IBM, Hatch Mott MacDonald and HDR (Oct. 24)

Iowa Pacific adds Hammond to VP ranks, promotes Lindsey to director post

Valley Metro names Ruiz security director; SEPTA adds Dorsey to police team

LACMTA advances Union Station master plan, hires firm to operate small business center

ASLRRA assigns Sampson to coordinate pilot project for new Short Line Safety Institute

Commuter-rail proposal for southeast Michigan reaches study phase

Trends: Rail traffic remained at high ebb last week; rail-car orders reached high level last quarter

CREATE partners celebrate Englewood Flyover's opening

October 23

Rail supplier news from National Railway, Savage, Sweco, Siemens, Harsco, BNSF Logistics and AXION (Oct. 23)

Champion Iron forms partnership to manage rail line feasibility study

X Train begins engineering of proposed western alignment for L.A.-to-Vegas route

Illinois inland port advances harbor project; Washington state port sells land for steel mill

TriMet unveils new light-rail vehicle for Portland-Milwaukie route

Crude by rail: Granite Peak opens Wyoming facility; Phillips 66 Partners lands two facilities

NYCT set September ridership records on subway

UP surpassed four all-time-high financial marks in 3Q

October 22

UP-served siding under construction at Linde North America's new Texas plant

Alameda Corridor authority to mark grade separation's start in L.A. area

New Amtrak locomotive debuts on Keystone route

North Carolina DOT seeks proposals for new Piedmont & Northern operator

Work begins on BNSF Eola Yard for Chicago-Moline passenger service

MBTA recommends subway car contract with Chinese firm

Long Beach port addresses supply-chain issues, notes September volume gain

CN registers record-breaking financial results in 3Q

NS reports record 3Q results

October 21

Fort Worth's T re-elects Mahaffey as chair

FRA report: Infrastructure capital needs for regionals, short lines reach $1.6 billion

CN again lands on CDP's list of top climate-management performers

Minnesota railroad authority seeks opinions on Riverview Corridor study

Cheatum joins KCS as SVP; UP's Kelley earns diversity honor

FTA signs off on environmental document for San Diego trolley project

Light-rail tracks installed for Foothill Gold Line in California

U.S. Class I workforce enlarged slightly in September

CP set four financial records in 3Q

October 20

Rail supplier news from AECOM, URS, RailComm, Nomad, HDR, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Strato (Oct. 20)

Iowa Transportation Commission provides funding for six rail projects

Watco, Great Northern develop North Dakota terminal; FECR, Port Miami launch intermodal service

Chicago's transit ridership dipped in 2013

Construction underway on CN overpass in British Columbia

FRA unveils study on Southwest high-speed rail planning effort

Former New York MTA chairman William Ronan dies at 101

Politicians address rail service problems, tank-car phase-out

Merger talks with CSX are over, CP says

October 17

Canadian grain: Wheat board plans another elevator in Manitoba; Viterra marks 100 years for elevator in Saskatchewan

Northern Plains Rail Services to handle switching at NorthStar's North Dakota terminal

Pistole to step down as TSA administrator to become Anderson University president

FRA directs Metra to improve safety culture, technology

CSX holds grand opening for Florida intermodal terminal

AAR notes strong rail traffic, 'restrictive' regs that could curtail network growth

CTA re-issues RFP for new rail cars

FRA gives Caltrain green light to start PTC implementation

KCS set revenue, volume records in 3Q

October 16

Rail supplier news from Siemens, GE, Wabtec, ShipXpress, Decision Lens, RailPros and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Oct. 16)

Badlands to develop polyethylene plant in North Dakota; NuDevco Midstream to build crude-by-rail terminal in New Mexico

North Carolina DOT appoints Mann to oversee rail, public transportation

CTA to require contractors, subcontractors to pay $13 minimum wage

HNTB to study rail bypass, border crossing in southern New Mexico

Rail boosts transit ridership in Houston, Twin Cities

Three universities to study fracking's impact on freight transportation patterns

CREATE program: 75th Street project moves forward; Englewood Flyover nears dedication

October 15

World Direct Shipping to launch Mexico-U.S. service at Florida port

FRA, TxDOT seek public input on Texas high-speed rail proposal

Wisconsin DOT allocates more than $24 million for six freight-rail projects

APTA recognizes transit agencies, 10 individuals for excellence

Illinois to provide $21.5 million for new Metra station

CN opens employee training center in suburban Chicago

California commission allocates funds for Amtrak routes, BART facilities

CSX broke four financial records in 3Q

October 14

Rail supplier news from Thales, Konecranes, Kratos, Bombardier, Urban Engineers, Direct ChassisLink and Swingmaster (Oct. 14)

Carswell to join The Western Group as VP of operations

NJ Transit names Tabon chief of new safety office

SEPTA, BLET reach tentative pact for rail engineers

CSX wins economic development award in Pennsylvania

APTA picks RTD's Washington as next chairman

Canpotex to expand potash export facility at Oregon port

August TSI, Fitch report show rail still a key cog in nation's freight transportation mix

October 13

New auto berth opens at Baltimore port

MassDOT's Davey to step down Nov. 1

SMART Transportation Division members approve LACMTA labor pact

Grain coop to build rail-served facility in South Dakota

Operation Lifesaver, Mexican railway association to coordinate safety education

Import volume at major U.S. ports to reach record level in October, Global Port Tracker predicts

BART earmarks $2.5 million for eBART station in Pittsburg

Gaining STB approval for proposed CP-CSX merger would be challenging, Baird says

October 10

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, TimkenSteel, Hub Group, Railinc, Cubic and Michael Baker (Oct. 10)

DART re-elects board officers; Butler resigns from MARTA's board

California Transportation Commission allocates state funds for ACE grade separation

The Andersons acquires Class I-served ag facilities; American Rock Salt attains Corps approval to extend spur

Three senators call on STB to advance competitive switching rules

Metra outlines $2.4 billion modernization program, 2015 budget plan

AAR: All 10 U.S. commodity groups posted traffic gains last week

All Aboard Florida to pursue private funding for Orlando-Miami line

October 9

Rail supplier news from Brookville, Bombardier, RailComm and AIG (Oct. 9)

North Carolina Railroad installs new chair, vice chair

SEPTA to extend weekend overnight subway service

UP rates highest railroad score in S&P 500 climate change report

HDR obtains East Link contract from Sound Transit

Amtrak announces detour change for Empire Builder in North Dakota

Ports: Seattle and Tacoma commissions forge alliance; Savannah authority set to begin harbor deepening

STB orders all Class Is to provide weekly service performance reports

October 8

Quiet zones under public scrutiny in Colorado, Texas cities

WMATA advances escalator replacement project

Weekend service to be restored on three MBTA commuter-rail lines

SMART division members ratify six-year pacts at two terminal railroads

Florida, South Carolina ports continue to prep for Panama Canal expansion

Diridon to enter APTA Hall of Fame

Houston transit agency tests new CAF light-rail car

Freight rail a boon to Washington state's economy, study shows

October 7

Rail supplier news from Rock Hill, Rail Service & Logistics, Rail Tie Solutions, AXION and Sasser Family Holdings (Oct. 7)

BLET adopts resolution supporting two-man crews

Wisconsin DOT, transportation development association mark Freight Rail Week

BART develops game for public to comment on agency's future plans

University of Missouri professor researching vegetation management

BNSF Logistics recognized for Intermodal 101 course by human capital firm

Caltrain cleared to advance design-build plans for electrification

October 6

Oregon DOT issues 'Drive Less' challenge

SEPTA issues safety reminder following trespasser fatalities

Seattle, Tacoma ports support tens of thousands of jobs, study shows

North Carolina Railroad corridor greatly impacts state's economy, study shows

Amtrak adds Wi-Fi, other amenities to Hoosier State service

Railroad equipment investments to accelerate, leasing and finance foundation says

Revisions to proposed PHMSA rule would better enhance rail safety, ACC says

Gov. Malloy announces Walk Bridge replacement

October 3

Rail supplier news from Siemens, RESIDCO, Bombardier, Dewberry, Burns, AVENTICS and Railway Interchange 2015 (Oct. 3)

Crossings: GAO report cites growing congestion; Ohio commission OKs 11 upgrades

Austin transit agency approves FY2015 budget

STB extends TTX's flat-car pooling authority for 15 years

U.S. roads scored seventh-straight monthly carload gain in September

Montreal transit agency budgets more than $500 million to replace subway equipment

California HSR authority to gauge interest in trainsets, maintenance facility work

Two senators call on USDA to analyze grain-by-rail delays; 30 ag organizations call on USDOT to reconsider proposed tank-car rules

UP to build classification yard in east-central Texas

October 2

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Harbor Rail, Prysmian, Alstom, TUV Rheinland and Hatch Mott MacDonald (Oct. 2)

TriMet, ATU Local 757 reach tentative four-year pact

Some mail distributed in New Jersey could be moved by rail, inspector general report says

NGL Energy builds crude transload facility in New Mexico; Wildcat MInerals opens frac sand transload facility in Ohio

Amtrak repairs to Sandy-damaged tunnels to limit rail service into New York City

Four senators call on USDOT to expand first responder advanced notification threshold

Massachusetts interstate project to include new commuter-rail station

CP sets new financial-growth goals for the next four years

October 1

Intermodal institute's board adds five members

Red River Valley & Western seeks new CEO; Adrian & Blissfield installs new police chief

Hampton Roads Transit to implement fare hike

Metro-North targets three bridges for replacement

Rep. Cramer: Canadian government should let grain performance mandates lapse for CN, CP

Houston METRO delays opening of Green, Purple light-rail lines until 2015

PHMSA regulation should enhance flammable liquid transportation safety yet maintain rail efficiency, AAR says

USDOT's Foxx attends groundbreaking events for L.A.'s Regional Connector, UTA's transit-oriented development

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