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Rail News: August 2015

August 31

Rail supplier updates from Apollo Video, Nexala, Bombardier and Bourque Logistics (Aug. 31)

Valley Metro dubs new light-rail stations 'safe places'

Niagara transit authority lands federal grant to train electricians, mechanics

Passenger-rail association wants 'balanced' security measures for U.S. trains

Texas Central Partners appoints Redwine vice president

Cando Rail names Cornick CEO to succeed Mills

FRA to help develop passenger-rail plan for Southeast

Sound Transit boosts rail ridership in 2Q; board trims project list for ballot measure

August 28

Rail supplier updates from Siemens, Toshiba, Sydac, Anixter and PLG Consulting (Aug. 28)

California agency advances work on first high-speed rail viaduct

IANA names Keppler senior VP

TriMet to start testing new Orange Line trains

BTS: Value of U.S-NAFTA freight fell in June

Crews lay down first sections of rail for LIRR's double-track project

Oregon DOT strengthens rail safety measures, adds four rail inspectors

New Orleans RTA's Hurricane Katrina recovery led to a 'renewed organization'

August 27

Nation's traffic congestion shows need for transportation infrastructure investment, APTA leader says

Metra meets on-time goals, advances Homewood Station rehab project

Charlotte streetcar ridership higher than expected

AAR: Intermodal traffic still strong in week No. 33

Phoenix voters OK sales tax to fund light-rail extensions

CN, Canadian Pacific debut French version of emergency responder app

FRA issues safety advisory on ballast conditions

U.S. passenger-rail security measures long overdue, senators tell TSA

August 26

Rail supplier updates from Argenia, Alstom, Bombardier, Sam Schwartz and Gannett Fleming (Aug. 26)

OnTrackNorthAmerica, Cisco to co-lead transportation cost-benefit project

AREMA names Caruso executive director, CEO

STM to start daytime testing of new AZUR trains

SamTrans CEO Hartnett restructures management team

Port Logistics to develop new cold storage facility at Port Tampa Bay

FTA releases DEIS for Durham light-rail route

USDOT issues $9.5 million in workforce development grants

August 25

Indiana Rail Road gears up for grade crossing safety effort

San Diego transit agency debuts video-on-demand on trolley

Rhode Island DOT to run Wickford Junction rail station

Energy improvements cut costs, reduce emissions at Metro-North rail yard

Sacramento transit agency opens Blue Line light-rail extension

U.S. report highlights transportation employment trends

Short-line operator Regional Rail acquired by private equity firm

Caltrain logs record 18.5 million passengers in FY2015

August 24

Idaho police beef up patrols at rail crossings in two counties

BART kicks off flooring replacement project in elevators

Amtrak to add Northeast Corridor train capacity during papal visit

RTA report: Crosstie production down, purchases up in June

North Texas panel OKs $4.5 million for high-speed rail planning

Valley Metro debuts light-rail extension to Mesa

Indiana Rail Road unveils new White River Bridge

NJ Transit receives more than $71.4 million in federal emergency relief funding

August 21

Miller named new staff director of T&I subcommittee

WMATA gears up to open Silver Spring Transit Center

BLET members ratify six-year pact with Indiana Southern Railroad

Amtrak slates opening date for new stop in Holyoke, Mass.

Ohio commission OKs three rail crossing projects

Twin Cities' Blue, Green light-rail lines log more than 1 million rides in July

U.S. Class I workforce shrinks in mid-July

SEPTA's GM Casey to retire

August 20

Rail supplier updates from ENSCO, Water Train, MobileQubes and NRC (Aug. 20)

SFMTA unveils new online performance dashboards

SC Ports Authority reports strong performance in FY2015

FRA's regional plan to include Ohio-to-Chicago passenger-rail corridor

Orange County transit agency pledges $56 million toward proposed streetcar line

NCDOT preps for railroad crossing removal in Rowan County

CMA releases agendas for Railway Interchange 2015 conference

North American railroad volume slips a tad so far in 2015

August 19

BART unveils new bike parking station at Civic Center

Metra installing mobile-device charging stations in downtown Chicago

FTA posts guidance for Capital Investment Grant requests

California lawmaker to host hearing on San Joaquin Valley passenger-rail improvements

Honolulu rail project $8 million short in Q4 tax revenue

RTD, University of Colorado agree to naming rights for A Line rail

R. J. Corman praised for plan to revive South Carolina short line

Christie, Foxx 'committed' to working together on new Hudson River rail tunnels

August 18

Rail supplier updates from Nordco, Kelso, PTSI, Brookfield Infrastructure and Whitmore (Aug. 18)

Foothill Gold Line station dedicated in California

Edmonton preps for slower train operations along new light-rail extension

Washington State DOT resumes landslide mitigation work

Mississippi transportation panel OKs port improvement grants

Metro-North to receive FTA grant for hurricane resiliency work

Gov. Wolf releases crude-by-rail safety recommendations for Pennsylvania

MBTA, Keolis hash out terms of service improvement agreement

August 17

Massachusetts Gov. Baker names Gittlen to MassDOT board

Operation Lifesaver awards $20,000 grant to Metra for rail safety messaging

Port of Long Beach accepts FEMA grants to beef up security, sets record in July

WMATA plots meeting to review derailment report, unveils 7000-series rail cars on Green Line

FRA technical report reviews corridor alternatives for Texas Central Railway project

Port of Vancouver opens new freight-rail entrance

L.A. Metro's Washington names new executive staff members

FTA proposes new safety program rules for transit industry

August 14

Rail supplier news from Knoxville Locomotive, Saddle Creek Logistics, Retlif, L.B. Foster and Kennedy/Jenks (Aug. 14)

NJ Transit unveils transportation plan for Pope Francis' U.S. visit

Freight index down slightly in June, BTS says

New York City Transit's on-time performance falls, audit finds

Foxx: Baltimore's Red Line funds can't be used for other projects

TNW expands Texas logistics center

WMATA board decries 'safety breach' over unrepaired track defect

UTA CEO Allegra to retire

August 13

Orange County transit agency solicits feedback on Measure M sales tax

AAR: U.S. railroads' carloads down 4.4 percent, intermodal traffic up 3.1 percent in Week 31

Ontario transportation commission names Moore president, CEO

Cleveland RTA debuts new Red Line rail station

Erasmus named top exec at Fort Worth & Western Railroad

Report: Union Pacific to trim management staff; Nissan recognizes UP customer service, environmental efforts

Sen. Blumenthal urges Metro-North to set firm deadline for PTC implementation

CN CEO Mongeau to take medical leave for tumor treatment

August 12

San Francisco debuts plan to bolster safety for cable-car operators

Banta, Grabauskas named to international public transit board

Metra maps out tie, platform replacement projects

Canadian agency offers 'participant funding' for environmental review of CN intermodal hub

Operation Lifesaver awards $204,000 in rail-safety education grants

Canadian Pacific preps 'dedicated trains' for western Canada's grain shippers

Ferrara named interim president of MTA New York City Transit

Schumer proposes plan for new Hudson River rail tunnels

August 11

Rail supplier updates from Hub Group, Siemens, Alstom and Hanson (Aug. 11)

ASLRRA appoints Collins to board's executive committee

BART completes fleet-wide carpet replacement project

San Diego transit system names Guaderrama director of security

Ports busy as retailers gear up for the holidays

North Dakota Public Service Commission hires Carson as track inspector

STB: Rail industry's cost of capital contracted in 2014

BNSF's net income up 5 percent, total revenue down 6 percent in 2Q

August 10

Tennyson named North Carolina's transportation secretary

L.A. Metro unveils new station names, advances construction of Crenshaw/LAX transit-rail

First new rail bridge in 100 years opens between U.S., Mexico

LRIW's 'Woman of the Year' nominations are due Friday

California Gov. Brown signs bill allowing BART to pursue clean energy

Genesee & Wyoming to acquire Claremont Concord Railroad

California High-Speed Rail Authority issues RFQ for environmental, engineering services

FRA updates Congress on PTC status, says most railroads will miss deadline

August 7

Transportation Safety Board issues report on CN train collision

Car usage drops among L.A. Metro's rail riders

TriMet preps for installation of e-fare system at Lloyd Center light-rail station

Independent firm completes audit of WMATA's 2014 financial statements

Senate confirms Dominguez as PHMSA administrator

New York City Transit: Removing trashcans helps reduce rate of track fires

Schumer wants FRA to do more to ensure safety of rail-crossing signals, rail cars

FRA completes FEIS for All Aboard Florida; state panel OKs bond financing

August 6

Rail supplier updates from REMSA, Miller Ingenuity, FreightCar America, American Railcar and Chicago Freight Car Leasing (Aug. 6)

Sound Transit sells nearly $1 billion in 'green bonds'

UP recognized for employee wellness programs

New Jersey completes safety improvements at NJ Transit crossing

Sen. Carper introduces bill to increase federal gas tax

Safer rail not just a 'pipe dream,' new report says

Charlotte transit system mulls passenger-rail extension

AAR: Energy sector weighing heavily on U.S. rail traffic

August 5

New on Rail Product News

Iowa DOT drafts transportation improvement plans

Massachusetts Gov. Baker names Sullivan, Mazzarella to MassDOT board

Santa Monica gears up for Expo Line testing

Bravo named director of Miami-Dade Transit

L.A. Metro establishes office of 'extraordinary innovation'

Study: Washington state's short lines need $600 million in upgrades

Norfolk Southern's Butler to retire Oct. 1

August 4

Rail supplier updates from Thales, Xplore, Wabtec, Bombardier and CIT (Aug. 4)

Canadian Grain Commission updates producer car program for 2015-16 crop year

Paducah and Louisville engineers ratify labor pact

Portland Streetcar spurs $4.5 billion in new real estate development, study says

APTA recognizes transit agencies, businesses for sustainability initiatives

Ontario plots GO Transit grade separation project

Intermodal industry to honor CSX's Gooden with Silver Kingpin Award

Weak coal market, mine closures impact Genesee & Wyoming 2Q earnings

August 3

WMATA completes replacement of first entrance escalator at Bethesda Station

UP reports enviromental sustainability efforts

Tennyson named North Carolina's acting transportation secretary

San Francisco's E Embarcadero streetcar line opens

Iowa Pacific to operate Grenada Railway in north central Mississippi

In memoriam: Michael Paras, longtime railroader

VIA Rail to undergo federally funded infrastructure improvements

Amtrak, Iowa Pacific and INDOT sign agreement for Hoosier State route

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