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Rail News: February 2013

February 28

SMART joins rail industry constituents that oppose larger-truck-size bill

TBG Holdings tabs August as president of newly formed short-line holding company

CSX designates Tennessee industrial park for 'Select Site' program

Labor leaders urge Congress to pass long-term Amtrak plan

New pedestrian crossing to improve safety on LOSSAN rail corridor

Toyota to export Venzas from Georgia port

L.A. port issues final environmental report for BNSF's proposed intermodal facility

February 27

Rail supplier updates from Harsco, AECOM, Thales and Tranco (Feb. 27)

Amtrak ad campaign will highlight Acela for business travelers

Montreal port lands new labor agreement

Crossing upgrades on tap in Illinois, Washington

SEPTA, HNTB receive engineering award for Norristown line's emergency repairs

Union Pacific wins logistics award in China, tabs Coalson to head ShipCarsNow

CTA posts drop in serious crime rate

AAR: 'It's simply impossible' for roads to safely, fully install PTC by the mandated deadline

February 26

League of Railway Industry Women affiliates with CMA to offer seminar at Railway Interchange 2013

Sen. Franken calls on Obama to address freight-rail competition; AAR says rail shippers already protected by federal laws

Progressive Rail to serve new Minnesota grain facility; Union Pacific to serve new Texas rail park

APTA launches 'Early Career' program to develop future transit leaders

Operation Lifesaver, FTA announce transit-rail safety education grants

NS closes hump yard in Virginia, eliminates 140 jobs

Denver RTD to review unsolicited contractor proposal for North Metro line

FRA releases new study on rail worker fatigue

February 25

Rail supplier news from FreightCar America, ABB, Connected Controls, Kelso and Trinity Industries (Feb. 25)

New top personnel in place at Washington, North Carolina DOTs

CTA to hire customer service assistants to help improve rail service

STB seeks candidate to fill railroad-shipper advisory council vacancy

Alaska Railroad promotes Hopp to succeed Brooks as chief engineer

KCS to create training center in Louisiana for operating employees

STB: U.S. Class I workforce a tad smaller at year's start

SunRail commuter-rail line to receive another $87.3 million in federal funds

February 22

Rail supplier updates from GE, American Railcar, Gulf Intermodal, Moffatt & Nichol, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Auto Truck (Feb. 22)

Longshoremen union, harbor employees association ratify L.A.-area port contracts

Operation Lifesaver CEO Rose cites priorities at national AASHTO meeting

Hampton Roads Transit to solicit public input on Virginia Beach extension plan

Watco, Kinder Morgan to build crude-by-rail facility in Houston

Houston's METRO to reopen bridge as part of light-rail expansion

Port projects advance in Vancouver, Los Angeles

AAR: Crude oil a big traffic story for 2012, mixed results the same old traffic story for latest week

February 21

Rail supplier updates from FreightCar America, Bombardier, RailComm, Quintiq, T.Y. Lin, Loram and Unitrac (Feb. 21)

CSX schedules trackwork in Virginia

Cleveland transit agency to solicit public comments for new station

Minneapolis light-rail bridge project earns engineering award

NS: Reiner to succeed Baker as AVP of industrial development

South Carolina, Virginia and Vancouver ports report cargo gains

Another CREATE grade separation gets under way near Chicago

Obama releases infrastructure plan; Rep. Shuster calls it a short-term fix

February 20

Rail supplier news from Lilee Systems, Skanska, Alstom, Con-way, RailRunner and Wabtec (Feb. 20)

Saratoga & North Creek logs first freight movement on New York line in a quarter-century

LaHood to receive WTS International's first 'Navigator' award

BNSF CEO Rose among 2013 Horatio Alger Award winners

Wisconsin allocates dollars for freight-rail program; New York authority seeks state funds to upgrade two rail bridges

Metra cites 2012 highlights

TriMet's FY2014 budget concerns tied to union contract, health costs

FRA should provide loan to help New York port upgrade rail, Sen. Schumer says

TSB: Rail accidents were flat, but fatalities climbed in Canada last year

February 19

Washington port seeks bids for Royal Slope Railroad trackwork

Richard wins second term as California High-Speed Rail Authority's chair

Connecticut DOT to speed up gate installation at crash site

Pacific Imperial Railroad names Dahlman CEO, pursues Desert Line upgrades

CSX continues to emphasize sustainability efforts

MTA awards contract for Second Avenue Subway station project

Sen. Lautenberg will retain surface transportation subcommittee chairmanship, won't seek re-election in 2014

House transportation committee highlights federal role in transportation

CN promotes Vena to EVP/COO, donates $500,000 to Michigan Tech for rail fellowship

February 15

Rail supplier updates from Thales, SNC-Lavalin, Alstom, Miller Felpax, Racine Railroad Products and Bridger (Feb. 15)

Davis takes helm as New Orleans Public Belt's CEO

Amtrak appoints chief of customer service, GM of state-supported services

SFMTA lands lease agreement to advance subway project

Volume climbed for Long Beach port, fell for L.A. port in January

Amtrak, Michigan prepare for faster rail service; new SunRail station under way in Florida

AAR halves rail traffic commodity groups to 10

USDOT to form National Freight Advisory Committee

February 14

Quiet zone plan progresses in North Dakota; crossing upgrades advance in Ohio

Transportation Services Index inched up in December

Capitol Corridor ridership, revenue results mixed for January

CTA to upgrade light fixtures, add rail cars

Progressive Railroading seeks rail industry's 'Rising Stars'

Genesee & Wyoming posts progress with RailAmerica integration

Valley Metro to raise fares March 1; BART to consider fare, parking price hikes

SEPTA chooses Darby Road site for Paoli intermodal center

Rail bridge project gets under way in North Carolina

February 13

Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Ansaldo, Armor Group, Avtec, Axion, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Cubic (Feb. 13)

Mica to introduce legislation to end Amtrak 'monopoly'

Iowa Pacific opens second crude-oil unit train facility on Texas short line

California city creates quite zone; Washington commission installs new chairman

Boxer, Vitter announce Senate transportation subcommittee members

RailAmerica acquisition skewed Genesee & Wyoming's 4Q financial results

APTA CEO Melaniphy praises Obama's call for transportation infrastructure investment

Union Pacific makes management changes, tops Dividend Channel's 'transport stock' list

Texas port firms up funding for rail yard upgrades

February 12

Gutierrez retains seat as Alameda Corridor construction authority's chairman

Milwaukee port registered total volume drop, foreign cargo climb in 2012

WMATA improved service in 2012, agency report shows

Work under way on California highway project's final segment, including BART extension

NTSB schedules public forum on PTC progress

Virginia transportation officials to update public on Southeast high-speed rail project

VIA Rail's total ridership dropped in 2012 despite 4Q gains

CN places iron-ore project feasibility study on hold

February 11

Wisconsin association recognizes Progressive Rail's economic development efforts

Valley Metro CEO Banta becomes secretary, treasurer for southwest transit association

Texas short-line workers join UTU division

KCSM earns environmental quality certificate in Mexico

Additional federal rail investment would boost U.S. manufacturing jobs, policy center says

North Carolina bill proposes to generate funding for freight-rail improvements

House transportation committee hearing to examine federal role in infrastructure

Sound Transit sets annual ridership records, solicits input on Tacoma Link expansion

February 8

Rail supplier updates from Thales, L.B. Foster, Peab and Gannett Fleming (Feb. 8)

American port association pegs Hahn, Poe as 'Port Persons of the Year'

Public to review DART study for proposed downtown light-rail line

Bellerud to manage container terminal business for Tacoma port

Cold storage facility coming to North Carolina port

WMATA to solicit public input on strategic plan, FY2014 budget

Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett proposes gas-tax changes as part of transportation funding plan

AAR: Intermodal up, carloads down trend continued for U.S. roads in January

February 7

Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, County Materials and Hulcher (Feb. 7)

APTA supports U.S. energy productivity goal

IBEW Council 11 members ratify CN contract

Connecticut bond commission allocates $170 million for rail projects

North Carolina Railroad faces annual payments, strengthened oversight stipulated in state bill

Oregon, Washington DOTs ink agreement to improve Pacific Northwest passenger-rail service

BNSF set industrial development records in 2012

Intermodal container volume climbed to record high in 2012, IANA says

CTA to solicit bids for new 7000 series rail cars

February 6

Rail supplier updates from Ansaldo, VMV Paducahbilt, Railinc, Kelso, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Gannett Fleming and Tideworks (Feb. 6)

Honolulu agency completes archaeological survey for transit-rail project

Twin Cities' transit ridership continued growth trend in 2012

EIA report: Crude oil surge, coal cut-back reflected in 2012 rail traffic

BNSF, Amtrak and Sound Transit work with Washington DOT to address recurring mudslides

Ceres Global, Cogent Energy to build BNSF-served grain and crude oil facilities

Transit saved 865 million hours of traffic congestion in 2011, TTI report says

Capex in 2013: CN budgets $1.9 billion; major roads to collectively spend $13 billion

February 5

STB proposes changes to cost-determination system

'Twas the season: Tie purchases and production dipped in December

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick backs more passenger-rail service

Air quality board approves funds for Metrolink's new locomotives

PBF Energy, Genesis Energy address unit train facility needs for crude oil

Amtrak's Chicago-Milwaukee service set ridership record in 2012

Grade separation gets under way in southern California

USDOT provides $2 billion in relief aid to transit agencies hit by Sandy

February 4

Rail supplier updates from GE, SNC-Lavalin, Bombardier, Cubic, Appalachian Railcar, RR Mergers and Gannett Fleming (Feb. 4)

Surface transportation cargo value climbed between U.S., NAFTA partners in November

Pittsburgh port authority ends CEO Bland's contract

Virginia port stakes claim as East Coast's fastest-growing container port; North Carolina port authority names interim leader

MBTA: Construction begins on Orange Line's new station

Longshoremen's association, maritime alliance reach tentative master agreement

CN's Creel rejoins Harrison as Canadian Pacific's president, COO

February 1

Grand Central Terminal's centennial honored with commemorative stamp

BART to hold public meetings on new safety law

Kendall succeeds O'Malley as CSX's government affairs VP

EPA: Despite strong tank car demand, rail-car deliveries will fall to 50,500 in 2013

Caltrain kicks off environmental review of electrification project

Lack of rail competition means higher rates for chemical shippers, ACC claims; rates are based on marketplace, AAR says

New Jersey Transit posted record on-time performance in 2012

Long-standing U.S. rail traffic pattern held through year's fourth week

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