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Rail News: January 2013

January 31

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from RTS Holdings, Siemens, Eurotech, Bombardier, BMT and Georgetown Rail (Jan .31) Read More »
People
North Carolina Railroad, DOT announce appointments Read More »
MOW
Carload Express begins to restore Ohio route for new short line Read More »
Labor
Teamsters Canada MOW division members ratify Canadian Pacific contract Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA streamlines transit project environmental paperwork Read More »
Passenger Rail
Despite Hurricane Sandy, Metro-North posted slight ridership gain in 2012 Read More »
People
ASLRRA leader Timmons to retire by August's end Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA set ridership records in 2012 Read More »

January 30

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Koppers, Bombardier, Alstom, Siemens, IDS and TranSystems Read More »
People
NAPTA names O'Brien Primmer next chair Read More »
Intermodal
Georgia, Washington ports pumped up volumes in December Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN, port authority project in Prince Rupert won't greatly impact the environment, minister says Read More »
Passenger Rail
The T seeks public input on proposed TEX Rail changes Read More »
Passenger Rail
New Mexico's Rio Metro seeks proposals for commuter-rail operation, maintenance Read More »
BNSF Railway
Eighty-Eight Oil to build BNSF-served unit train facility at Wyoming hub Read More »
PTC
FRA extends comment period for proposed PTC rulemaking Read More »

January 29

MOW
Wisconsin provides grants for two freight-rail projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
New Orleans opens Loyola Avenue streetcar line Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR posted slight ridership gain in 2012 despite Hurricane Sandy Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific set safety record in 2012 Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern breaks down $2 billion capex budget for 2013 Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific made some strides along 'transformational journey' in 4Q Read More »
CSX Transportation
South Florida transportation authority to take over rail corridor operation from CSXT Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Senate passes $50.7 billion Hurricane Sandy relief bill; PATH and NJ Transit continue to restore services Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
LaHood won't serve a second term as transportation secretary Read More »

January 28

Passenger Rail
WMATA provided 779,000 rides for Obama inauguration, APTA says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Global Partners to acquire BNSF-served crude oil transload facility in Oregon Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California High-Speed Rail Authority awards project oversight contract Read More »
Kansas City Southern
Kansas City Southern arm to move more vehicles from Mexican port Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit to receive $12.5 million in state funds for airport extension Read More »
Amtrak
Capitol Corridor ridership dipped, revenue rose in December and first fiscal quarter Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Texas-New Mexico Railroad operates first crude oil unit train Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX to build intermodal terminal in Quebec Read More »

January 25

High-Speed Rail
Virginia transportation officials schedule public meeting to address high-speed rail plan Read More »
Mechanical
Rail-car orders, deliveries dipped in 4Q, ARCI says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Wisconsin, Maryland officials seek new revenue sources for transportation projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Carloads down in U.S., up in Canada and Mexico in week No. 3 Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA drafts 'Momentum' plan to define transit system's future Read More »
MOW
CSX opens double-stack route in New England; Union Pacific upgrades Oregon line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrans to unveil draft rail plan that incorporates California's high-speed project Read More »
Intermodal
Alabama port authority advances intermodal facility; Canadian government helps fund Vancouver port project Read More »

January 24

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Vossloh, L.B. Foster, GE Transportation and TranSystems (Jan. 24) Read More »
People
Florida East Coast Railway tabs Chinnici to head engineering, purchasing Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minnesota Gov. Dayton proposes dedicated sales tax for transit funding Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern installs Hall as VP of intermodal operations, gains approval to upgrade crossings in Ohio Read More »
High-Speed Rail
SEPTA schedules meetings on Norristown high-speed line, releases sustainability report Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Capex: CSX's budget set at $2.3 billion, UP's at $3.6 billion for 2013 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia governor recommends $1 billion for rail, transit Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific set four financial records in 4Q, including a 67 OR Read More »

January 23

People
UP's Young to be inducted into Omaha Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Read More »
People
King joins R. J. Corman as president Read More »
MOW
AREMA accepting scholarship applications, announces architectural design competition Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro Transit to review transit options for Midtown Corridor Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee vice chairs, ranking members named Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX financial results reflect soft coal market Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN: 'Solid execution' leads to record revenue, volume Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern financial results impacted by declining coal shipments; plans $2 billion in capital improvements in 2013 Read More »

January 22

Passenger Rail
MTA, Metro-North ready for Grand Central's centennial celebration Read More »
Safety
Canada's Operation Lifesaver seeks Roger Cyr Award nominees Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro to raise fares on March 1 Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTD Denver to host bridge-lighting event on West Rail Line Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS opens Crescent Corridor facility in Pennsylvania Read More »
Passenger Rail
Honolulu rail project's delay costs coming in lower than budgeted Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX to expand River Line capacity Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS registers record volume, revenue for fourth quarter and full year Read More »

January 21

People
Santa Clara VTA's board elects chairman, vice chairman Read More »
Class Is
STB: U.S. Class I workforce remained mostly level in late 2012 Read More »
MOW
WMATA awards $151 million contract for escalator work Read More »
Passenger Rail
Greater Cleveland RTA posts ridership gain in 2012 Read More »
Intermodal
U.S. port capacity continues to slip behind global competitors, Building America's Future says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT announces $25 million TIGER grant for Detroit streetcar project Read More »
Safety
FRA data shows rail industry had safest-ever year in 2012; NTSB data shows transportation deaths declined in 2011 Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF budgets record $4.1 billion for capex in 2013 Read More »

January 18

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from GE and Alstom (Jan. 18) Read More »
People
National Safety Council honors WMATA's Sarles for safety leadership Read More »
People
Operation Lifesaver elects Stayton chair, adds Hanson and Brewin to board Read More »
C&S
Crossing upgrades advance in North Carolina, Washington Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: More mixed traffic results for U.S., Canadian roads Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN to build intermodal ramp at Chicago-area yard Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTA approves $3.7 billion budget for CTA, Metra and Pace Read More »
Intermodal
Florida port breaks ground for container transfer facility Read More »

January 17

BNSF Railway
BNSF, other Class Is help Red Cross return emergency response vehicles to home states Read More »
Intermodal
Annual port volumes: Up in South Carolina, slightly down in Long Beach Read More »
Passenger Rail
MassDOT outlines proposed rail projects in 10-year plan Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Name set for NS' soon-to-be-built intermodal terminal in West Virginia Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Shuster names House transportation subcommittee chairs Read More »
Intermodal
CN, Indiana Rail Road to launch intermodal service targeting Asian traffic Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak, California high-speed authority to announce plans for next-generation trainsets; Amtrak to expand Lancaster Station project Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
APTA, AASHTO leaders outline legislative and strategic priorities Read More »

January 16

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from BNSF Logistics, RailComm, Railinc and Bombardier (Jan. 16) Read More »
Intermodal
Chilean blueberries to be imported through Georgia port Read More »
PTC
NCTD advances PTC installation on Coaster system Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Genesee & Wyoming, RailAmerica report traffic declines for December Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro Transit ridership tops 81 million in 2012 Read More »
Intermodal
L.A. port breaks ground on yard project, reports year-end volumes Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House passes Hurricane Sandy relief bill Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF to voluntarily revise on-the-job injury policies per OSHA pact Read More »

January 15

Intermodal
IANA installs Union Pacific's Michaels as chair, elects officers Read More »
C&S
MBTA conductors to receive real-time service information on mobile devices Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART's 2012 rider satisfaction ratings improve over 2010, survey shows Read More »
Labor
Colorado university collaborates with TTCI to launch railroad engineering master's program Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Rockefeller won't seek re-election next year Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific opens new intermodal terminal in Saskatchewan Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA survey: Majority of Americans support public transportation Read More »
Passenger Rail
Massachusetts officials outline 10-year transportation investment plan Read More »

January 14

People
Metrolink elects Morris chairman to succeed Katz Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
FTA awards $7 million in transit workforce development funds Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Koch Industries seeks STB approval to acquire Texas South-Eastern Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet to raise parkway grade as part of Portland-Milwaukie light-rail project Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS boots up online tool to help boost cross-border business Read More »
People
CSX installs two intermodal execs, reassigns another Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hurricane Sandy update: NJ Transit fully restores rail service into New York City Read More »
Intermodal
Virginia port hit second-highest volume level in 2012; Indiana port has new leader Read More »

January 11

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, Freightcar America, Axion Power, Teknoware and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Jan. 11) Read More »
MOW
TTCI earns ASCE honor for work on Hybrid Composite Beam Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Texas State Railroad tests connection to Union Pacific line Read More »
MOW
New York City Transit's FASTRACK repair program to cover more lines in 2013 Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Diego transit system launches low-floor trolley service on Orange Line Read More »
Passenger Rail
PATH resumes round-the-clock service in some locations Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. rail traffic still sluggish in 2013's first week Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN opens new intermodal terminal near Calgary Read More »

January 10

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, Parallel Infrastructure and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Jan. 10) Read More »
C&S
Ohio utilities commission advances three crossing projects; Kentucky city schedules crossing closure Read More »
Intermodal
Jacksonville port joins 'responsible transportation' coalition; Tacoma port installs Meyer as president Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation systems should be self-sustaining, Reason Foundation says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA unveils changes to New Starts/Small Starts program Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index increased in November Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak's 2013 agenda features infrastructure, equipment and high-speed upgrades Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Virginia Gov. McDonnell proposes transportation funding overhaul, gas tax elimination Read More »

January 9

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, AXION, CANARAIL, Greenbrier and GE (Jan. 9) Read More »
Logistics
BNSF Logistics acquires Canadian shipping firm Albacor Read More »
People
Anacostia Rail makes management changes at two short lines Read More »
Passenger Rail
Santa Clara VTA marks 25 years of light-rail service Read More »
Intermodal
Trucking index reflects improved market conditions, FTR says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB to consider Tongue River's supplemental coal line application Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Global Partners, Canadian Pacific to transport Bakken crude for Phillips 66 Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
New York, Susquehanna & Western, Massena Terminal Railway receive state funds for freight-rail projects Read More »

January 8

Supplier Spotlight
Railway Interchange 2013 opens registration, hotel reservation processes Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Farmrail set traffic record in 2012 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North Railroad reaches 30-year milestone Read More »
Passenger Rail
Tri-Rail ridership neared record level in 2012 Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX a 'socially responsible' stock, Dividend Channel says Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak expands Acela Express high-speed service Read More »
MOW
RTA: Short-line tax credit extension means more tie demand in 2013 Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX scores strong industrial development results in 2012 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT commits $135 million to Sacramento light-rail expansion Read More »

January 7

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from AECOM, R&R Contracting, Balfour Beatty, Invensys, FreightCar America and Hollysys (Jan. 7) Read More »
Passenger Rail
PATCO makes quiet cars permanent Read More »
People
Anderton assumes assistant director post at Port Everglades Read More »
C&S
Washington transportation commission, Montana DOT pursue crossing projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro to kick off Northwest light-rail construction Read More »
People
Begeman succeeds Mulvey as STB's vice chair Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Federal judge rules Honolulu transit-rail project can advance after downtown studies are completed Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern's industrial development efforts paid off in 2012 Read More »

January 4

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from CalAmp, Siemens, Ansaldo, PowerRail and Bentley Systems (Jan. 4) Read More »
People
Sidman becomes Anacostia Rail Holdings' first general counsel Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA approves transit-oriented development agreement for New Carrollton station Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Penn State researchers seek ways to to prolong battery life for NS' electric locomotive Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain elects officers, notes November ridership gain Read More »
People
Amtrak appoints El-Sibaie, McDonough to senior operations posts Read More »
M&A
Pioneer Railcorp acquires Maumee & Western line in Indiana, Ohio Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. railroads capped off an up-and-down traffic year in 2012 Read More »

January 3

People
UTU reassigns, appoints several officers Read More »
Amtrak
Senate confirms two Amtrak board members Read More »
People
Valley Metro names internship in honor of Glendale Mayor Scruggs Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
MasterCard passes Union Pacific at No. 47 on S&P 500 large cap list Read More »
Passenger Rail
Massachusetts DOT awards $43 million contract for Green Line light-rail extension Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific: December coal train loadings lagged in Power River Basin, rose in two-state region Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
APTA: Fiscal-cliff bill includes transit tax benefits Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Short-line tax credit extended through 2013 Read More »

January 2

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Bombardier and Ansaldo STS (Jan. 2) Read More »
People
BART elects president and VP, adds new board members Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA provides $2.4 million grant for new rail bridge in Pennsylvania Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Watco to acquire Ann Arbor Railroad; San Pedro & Southwestern sets safety record Read More »
Passenger Rail
Oregon DOT to host January open houses for Eugene-Portland passenger-rail project Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN: EJ&E and Wisconsin Central merger complete, tentative electrical workers pact in place Read More »
Labor
Eleventh-hour agreement averted port strike on East, Gulf coasts last week Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Reports: Congress to adjourn without vote on Hurricane Sandy relief Read More »
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