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Rail News: June 2014

June 30

MBTA opens new CapeFLYER station in Wareham Village

KCS names Jarboe VP of mechanical operations, wins RICA service award

M-1 RAIL sets streetcar construction start date

Capital Metro lands state grant for new rail cars, downtown Austin station

California Transportation Commission provides $510 million for 83 transportation projects

Registration opens for RailTrends 2014

Canadian government issues new rail safety regs

FRA issues 'record of decision' for first segment of California high-speed rail system

UP, Illinois DOT to fund third main track on Metra's West Line

Bastyr named publisher of Progressive Railroading

June 27

Rail supplier news from GE, Alstom, VHB, UNITRAC, Concrete Jack and Jacobs Associates (June 27)

BMWED re-elects Simpson as president, elects other officers

National business group pegs UP as a top health-promoting employer

Sound Transit names Harbour acting CEO

AAR: U.S. roads top weekly intermodal volume record a second time

Watco to purchase three North Carolina branch lines from NS

Design-build team selected for Amtrak intermodal station in Rochester

LACMTA chooses station location as best option to connect LAX people mover

June 26

SMART Division prepares to take first step in new national agreement negotiations

Caltrain officials hail California state budget's impact on transit

Event to mark completion of CREATE project, formation of UP/Illinois funding agreement

FRA launches EIS process for Texas Central Railway's bullet-train proposal

Jobs coalition urges Amtrak, California authority to continue high-speed rail commitment

Central Maine & Quebec Railway to begin operating in Canada after CTA approval

Sen. Carper files measure to raise gas tax to sustain Highway Trust Fund

Canadian government launches transportation legislation review a year early

June 25

Rail supplier news from Bombardier/Railpool, Alstom, STV/JLP, Axion, ZTR and I.D. Systems (June 25)

Reece, Fries join Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers' board

New pedestrian bridge to provide better access to MARTA's Buckhead Station

Kelliher becomes NMB's deputy chief of staff

In memoriam: COMTO President and CEO Julie Cunningham

BLET conducts ratification vote for CN-Wisconsin Central pact

Stake in Saskatchewan short line part of Great Sandhills Terminal acquisition

Detroit City Council approves M-1 streetcar construction, operating pacts

June 24

TCU-represented workers ratify labor agreement with LACMTA

Meritage Midstream marks first UP unit train at Wyoming crude terminal

CSX boosts ranking on best IT workplaces list, issues social responsibility report

Keolis inks labor contracts with 14 unions to operate, maintain MBTA commuter-rail service

Watco creates supply chain services unit, tabs Wolfe to lead it

WMATA sets Silver Line opening date

STB orders BNSF, CP to provide reports on grain service improvements

June 23

Rail supplier news from GE, Alstom, Bombardier, Cubic and Ventev (June 23)

KCSR begins to build intermodal facility in Texas, assigns Elmore to AVP post

Metro Transit records more than 107,000 riders for Green Line opening

MTA names new board members, proposes Grand Central Terminal food hall

FRA awards grants for trackwork projects in California, Oklahoma

Arbitration ruling renews CN, Teamsters Canada Rail Conference agreement

Szabo calls on Southeast states to develop shared vision for rail

Ford works with railroads, car builders to develop rail car for high-roof vehicles

Canadian government unveils new regs for identifying haz-mat shipments

June 20

AAR, IANA co-develop educational sessions for Intermodal EXPO 2014

Magnetation begins to take delivery of unit trains for iron-ore concentrate moves

TriMet files unfair labor charge against ATU

MBTA, state launch workforce initiative; union objects to MBTA cellphone policy

Daily crude production in the Bakken reaches 1 million barrels

U.S. roads set intermodal volume record in year's 24th week

MassDOT board OKs $210 million contract for South Coast Rail project

Virginia approves $13.1 billion in transportation improvements

June 19

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, R&R Contracting, TUV Rheinland, Holland and Parsons Brinckerhoff (June 19)

UP upgrades Wisconsin line; CSX tabs Hammock for state government affairs post

Santa Clara VTA project to benefit from California's cap-and-trade program

TSB assesses Transport Canada's responses to safety recommendations, awaits new chair

Detroit streetcar project not in jeopardy, CEO says

U.S. Class Is' employment rolls expanded in May

Two senators issue bipartisan call for gas tax hike

Bill seeking to form short-line safety institute enters Senate

AAR honors Sen. Mikulski, CSX's Durden with environmental stewardship awards

June 18

Rail supplier news from AECOM, Kinkisharyo, Alstom, UNITRAC, Keolis; and, in memoriam: Anthony Kruglinski

L.A.-area ports pumped up volumes in May

Amtrak starts field testing first of four new passenger-car types

UP tweaks West Coast-Chicago intermodal services, wins Lowe's top rail award

HART finishes first 100 support columns for Honolulu rail system

Connecticut creates port authority; Rep. Cassidy criticizes TIGER grant program

CSCMP report: Rail helped the logistics industry grow incrementally in 2013

APTA recognizes transit-rail agencies for 'excellence' in safety, security

June 17

TCU members ratify Providence and Worcester agreement

San Francisco Muni completes Central Subway tunneling work

Review committee narrows list of Oregon multi-modal projects considered for state funding

Twin Cities transit agency opens Central Corridor light-rail line

Gravel to succeed Brault as president of Genesee & Wyoming Canada

Long Beach port considers on-dock rail incentive

APTA announces Rail Rodeo winners, recognizes Montreal agency's sustainability efforts

California allocates $250 million for high-speed rail

June 16

Lineage Logistics to build NS-served cold storage facility near South Carolina port

Sound Transit seeks public feedback on long-range transportation plan

Indiana Rail Road to replace old bridge; Lederer to lead Pecos Valley Southern

Legislation proposes to name Philadelphia rail station after late congressman Gray

Virginia port maintains record volume pace; L.A. port installs Seroka in top post

Final environmental report issued on Virginia Avenue Tunnel project

Obama establishes Presidential Emergency Board to end one-day SEPTA strike

Rail ridership rose in first quarter, APTA says

June 13

Rail supplier news from Miner, Bombardier, Alstom, Keolis, Timken, Ansaldo STS and Midland (June 13)

Railway development association elects secretary-treasurer nominee, committee officers

Operation Lifesaver awards state chapter grants for education safety campaign

BART aims to test different rail-car prototypes, approves fare for Oakland airport people mover

UP receives 'elite' service award from Hyundai GLOVIS

OmniTRAX to manage, operate Brownsville & Rio Grande

U.S., Canadian rail traffic jumped up in June's first week

Obama's transportation bill introduced in the House

June 12

Crossing upgrades on horizon in Ohio; quiet zone on tap in New York

Chemical company recognizes Maryland and Delaware's service efforts

Groundbreaking held for Niagara Falls intermodal station

Public feedback sought on study to improve Baltimore and Potomac Tunnel

Transportation Services Index ascended slightly in April

CTA awards construction contracts to replace, expand two Red Line stations

Rail maintains dominant market share of U.S. coal shipments, EIA says

Crude by rail: McCown offers to lend hand in California debate; AAR stresses railroads' safety efforts

Metro-North issues 100-day report on safety, service improvements

June 11

Georgia, Florida ports continue to prep for larger ships

Toyota Logistics Services honors UP's customer service efforts

Mediator to meet with SEPTA, union leaders to avoid strike; BLET members ratify Metra contract

Rep. Denham amendment would kill California high-speed rail funding

California DOT seeks public input on draft freight mobility plan

Crude by rail: Facility developments progress in Texas, North Dakota

MARTA OKs FY2015 operations, capital budgets

Florida governor seeks longer public comment period for All Aboard Florida proposal

June 10

Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Protran, Alstom, Michael Baker and RSI (June 10)

American port association to honor 21 ports for communication efforts

Operation Lifesaver soliciting grant applications for transit-rail safety education

Evergreen Shipping honors UP as 2013's railroad of the year

TriMet tabs Marra to oversee maintenance operations

Amtrak seeks to upgrade Wi-Fi on Northeast Corridor

BNSF operates first unit train for new TransCold Express service

Michigan considers budget appropriation for double-stack rail tunnel

June 9

Metro-North tweaks schedules to improve service

L.A. harbor commission OKs $350 million in FY2014-15 for capital work

Quebec to fund feasibility study on iron-ore rail line

Connecticut Gov. Malloy highlights investments in New Haven rail yard

Global Port Tracker report: Potential labor disruption drives June import volumes

Harsco Rail tabs Bolte to serve as senior director of North American sales

Caltrain OKs FY2015 operating budget

Canadian rail corridor program marks completion of three overpasses

FRA to investigate Metra due to recent incidents

June 6

TriMet to hold 'hackathon' to enhance transit apps

Metro Transit opens elevator tower to access new Green Line

Registration opens for Canadian Rail Summit

BART honored for website design

Washington State DOT seeks public input on freight mobility plan

OCTA proposes $1.1 billion FY2015 budget

FEMA policy bans hydraulic fracturing on certain properties, Sens. Shuster and Barletta claim

AAR: Weekly U.S. carload, intermodal averages ascended to high levels in May

June 5

Rail supplier news from CIT, Maher, Intertek and Railway Supply Institute (June 5)

American Chemistry Council adds members, cites stronger 'activity barometer' in May

WWL Vehicle Services honors UP as 2013's railroad of the year

Tobin named general counsel for All Aboard Florida

Dynacraft to establish gateway at Georgia port; R. J. Corman to operate Tennessee port

CHS to build CN-served propane terminal in Wisconsin

San Francisco Muni service returns to regular schedule following operator 'sickout'

LACMTA seeks feedback on Union Station master plan

June 4

Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, Watco, Union Tank, Hub, Alstom, XL Group and TTX (June 4)

Oklahoma DOT to poll public on long-range transportation plan

SEPTA to replace weekend late-night buses with trains

AAR, OLI help promote grade crossing safety during International Level Crossing Day

PATH initiates two programs to solicit rider input on system improvements

Developer chosen for 112-acre UP parcel next to BART station

Florida East Coast to open container transfer facility at Port Everglades next month

Rail safety a hot topic at Senate transportation subcommittee hearing

June 3

St. Paul's Union Depot names train viewing spot

Source Energy Services opens CN-served frac sand facility in Wisconsin

Maryland transit officials to solicit public comments on rapid transit study

Iowa DOT seeks rail project applicants for funding program

Pennsylvania rail authority begins process to solicit new short-line operator

San Francisco Muni service disrupted during employee 'sickout'

Sen. Warner, stakeholders discuss crude-by-rail safety at Virginia summit

BLET members authorize SEPTA strike

June 2

Rail supplier news from BSM, Lat-Lon, Thales, Siemens and Harsco Rail (June 2)

VIA Rail unveils new rail cars, service amenities for 'Canadian' train

Grade separations considered in North Carolina, Washington

Valley Metro's Banta honored as 'most admired' leader

Maryland port earns 'presidential' award for export efforts

Surface transportation trade value with NAFTA partners reached second-best mark in March

GOP proposal to use Postal Service funds to bolster Highway Trust Fund a 'nonstarter,' opponents say

Genesee & Wyoming closes CP deal, launches Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad

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