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Rail News: January 2016

January 29

Passenger Rail
Georgia legislator to introduce bill to expand MARTA's rail system Read More »
Intermodal
Indiana ports broke shipping records in 2015 Read More »
MOW
Crosstie production, purchases rose in December, full year 2015 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit hires Shimmick for $13.2 million yard expansion, restores funding for station improvements Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RSI: Rail-car backlog fell throughout 2015 Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro's Washington addresses ridership decline in annual report Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Minnesota DOT shelves proposed Twin Cities-Rochester 'Zip Rail' line Read More »
Financials
San Francisco MTC awards nearly $500 million for transit capital projects Read More »

January 28

Shippers
MARS elects 2016 officers Read More »
People
San Diego MTS names Barletta to oversee trolley, bus security Read More »
Passenger Rail
Austin's Capital Metro taps AECOM for central corridor transit study Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA credits security cameras for 32 percent drop in crime on rail system Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sen. Manchin wants Senate review of CP-NS merger proposal Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA board OKs $663 million contract for East Side Access project Read More »
Amtrak
New York officials unveil RFP for $3 billion Penn Station project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic continues slide in Week No. 3 Read More »

January 27

Passenger Rail
Sound Transit to open University Link extension early, under budget Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP names Paull to succeed Hilal on board Read More »
PTC
SEPTA to roll out PTC system in February Read More »
Passenger Rail
Phoenix OKs earlier opening dates for three light-rail extensions Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF announces $4.3 billion capex plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR details safety investments in first 'state of the industry' report Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN posts higher profits in Q4, full year 2015 Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk Southern posts lower profit in 2015, initiates cost-cutting measures Read More »

January 26

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from First State Manufacturing, FreightCar America, ASLRRA and Triangle Fluid Controls (Jan. 26) Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB solicits nominations for RSTAC vacancy Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA extends comment period on future Northeast Corridor plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
East Coast transit agencies work to restore rail service after blizzard Read More »
Intermodal
Georgia Ports Authority reports 2015 volume growth, orders new cranes Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minneapolis Metro Transit's Blue Line posts highest annual ridership in 2015 Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Morristown & Erie completes third straight year of traffic growth Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak mulls plan to reintroduce Gulf Coast service Read More »

January 25

Federal Legislation & Regulation
Human trafficking to be discussed at Secure Rail Conference Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Duos Technologies, Siemens, TranSystems and RSI (Jan. 25) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Metra: More than 1 million rides taken with Ventra App Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
G&W adds transload locator to website Read More »
Passenger Rail
Seattle's First Hill Streetcar route opens for service Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
U.S. Rep. Duckworth asks STB to review use of 'voting trusts' in railroad mergers Read More »
People
Valley Metro names Smith interim CEO Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN files for regulatory approval of Milton logistics hub Read More »

January 22

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Railhead, MOBI, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and EverBank (Jan. 22) Read More »
Intermodal
S.C. Ports Authority logs strong volumes in 2015, expects flat growth in 2016 Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA to reuse energy created by braking subway cars Read More »
Passenger Rail
Thunder Mountain Line suspends Idaho tourist train operation Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak's Harrisburg station to undergo improvements Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP to eliminate 1,000 jobs in 2016 Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS' earnings fall in Q4, EPS beats estimates Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
East Coast railroads, transit agencies gear up for blizzard Read More »

January 21

Safety
RTD kicks off new safety campaign Read More »
Labor
Teamsters object to proposed CP-NS merger Read More »
People
VRE appoints 2016 board officers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail traffic produces mixed results in 2016's second week Read More »
Security
BART to equip all rail cars with surveillance cameras Read More »
Amtrak
Report: Amtrak Gateway program to cost up to $23.9 billion Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP posts 2015 financial results, pledges $1.1 billion for capex in 2016 Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP's profit falls due to lower traffic volumes in 2015 Read More »

January 20

Rail Industry Trends
Secure Rail sessions focus on cyber 'phishing' attacks, hacking of IoT Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA kicks off escalator project at Waterfront Station Read More »
People
DART names Rhone VP of capital design, construction Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART to run longer trains, increase staffing during Super Bowl 50 Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP issues second white paper on its NS merger argument Read More »
Passenger Rail
World Trade Center transportation hub to open in March Read More »
Safety
Metro-North to implement 'close call' reporting system Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA collects highest civil penalty rate for rail safety violations Read More »

January 19

People
Progressive Railroading seeks Eastern U.S. Regional Sales Manager Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Kelso, SISCOG, Bombardier and Sasser Family Holdings (Jan. 19) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain kicks off annual ridership count Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Diego MTS to fine riders for refusing to give up priority seating Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Metrolink OKs $2.2 million for mobile ticketing readers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Valero's proposed California crude-by-rail project slated for hearing Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP asks U.S. DOJ to review Class I execs' opposition to proposed merger Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX to consolidate operating divisions, close Huntington office Read More »

January 18

Labor
BLET prepares for move to new HQ in Cleveland suburb Read More »
People
Rocky Mountaineer names Sammut president Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra bans hoverboards, cites safety concerns Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
NRF recommends key port performance indicators for new USDOT program Read More »
Passenger Rail
Calgary Transit's first 'Mask' car arrives Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro rejects request to postpone opening Gold Line station Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA: rail mergers would impact safety; SMART TD opposed to CP takeover of NS Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CentrePort to break ground on new Manitoba rail park Read More »

January 15

Rail Industry Trends
Secure Rail Conference to feature session on cyber security Read More »
Passenger Rail
Presidential board issues recommendations in NJ Transit labor dispute Read More »
Passenger Rail
Pittsburgh transit authority preps for Red Line repair project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Portland Streetcar leaders plan station closures Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Cando Rail to build new rail terminal in British Columbia Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California High-Speed Rail Authority inks station funding pact with Burbank Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA gears up for $395 million subway renovation project in Brooklyn Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX unveils plan for major intermodal hub in North Carolina Read More »

January 14

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from TranSystems, RSI, RailComm and AllTranstek (Jan. 14) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Schumer seeks FTA funds to increase capacity on New York City rail line Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak touts its new electric locomotives, sustainability practices Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail carloads down, intermodal business up in 2016's first week Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra OKs $1 million study of Union Station improvements Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP 'disappointed' in UP CEO's comments on proposed NS merger Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit leaders detail light-rail projects in 2016 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR's Hamberger unveils industry's 2016 priorities Read More »

January 13

Security
Sacramento transit agency logs 11 percent decrease in crime Read More »
Labor
Rail unions petition FRA for uniform speed signs Read More »
Safety
NYSDOT hearing to address LIRR grade crossing plan Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Reading & Northern logged record traffic, revenue in 2015 Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific white paper makes case for industry consolidation Read More »
Safety
NTSB's 'Most Wanted List' stresses PTC, transit-rail safety Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS to combine Virginia, Pocahontas divisions Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX posts lower Q4 profit, achieves sub-70 operating ratio for 2015 Read More »

January 12

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from ShipXpress, First State, Greenbrier, HNTB and Shannon & Wilson (Jan. 12) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
SacRT unveils mobile fare payment app Read More »
Shippers
NRF: Retail imports up in 2015, early results show Read More »
Financials
MBTA sets meetings on fare hike proposals Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS Railway to invest $15 million to improve Louisiana rail line Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX names new sales, marketing leaders Read More »
Safety
WMATA exec highlights safety changes since L'Enfant Plaza smoke incident Read More »
PTC
AAR outlines PTC progress, sets goals for 2016 Read More »

January 11

People
Oklahoma DOT appoints Sullivan head of capital programs Read More »
People
DART names Orr VP of human capital; Peninsula Corridor JPB welcomes new directors, officers Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S.-NAFTA freight movement fell in October, BTS reports Read More »
Security
SEPTA equips police force with body cameras Read More »
Intermodal
Port of Virginia signs MOU with Cuban port authority Read More »
Passenger Rail
NVTC details suggestions for improving confidence in WMATA Read More »
Passenger Rail
Gov. Cuomo announces plan to expedite renovations at NYC subway stations Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB posts correspondence on proposed CP-NS merger Read More »

January 8

Security
Secure Rail Conference hotel rate still available Read More »
MOW
Metrolink advances work on drainage improvement project Read More »
People
IANA reelects BNSF's Farmer as chair, welcomes new board members Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail logs record holiday revenue Read More »
Intermodal
Updegraff Trucking sets up shop at Lycoming Valley Railroad site Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX reports $2.2 billion in customer investments, unveils food distribution grant recipients Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA to make all rail stations accessible by 2036 Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN submits EIS on Milton logistics hub Read More »
Security
Paris, California attacks heighten security awareness at transit agencies Read More »
Amtrak
GAO: Amtrak's financial reporting 'incomplete' Read More »

January 7

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Wabtec, Sidley Austin and Parsons (Jan. 7) Read More »
People
Denver RTD's board names Tobiassen chair Read More »
Intermodal
Ports America to operate intermodal transfer service at Baltimore port Read More »
Safety
Ohio commission OKs grade crossing upgrades Read More »
Shippers
Ag shippers rank Class Is on customer service; UP comes in first Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California High-Speed Rail Authority identifies preferred bidder for next construction package Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Total U.S. rail traffic falls in 2015, but intermodal sets a record high Read More »
Amtrak
Cuomo announces $3 billion renovation of NYC's Penn Station Read More »

January 6

Passenger Rail
Valley Metro slates meetings on west Phoenix transit options Read More »
Intermodal
Palm Beach port logs volume, revenue growth in 2015 Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF: a new network for a new year Read More »
Financials
BART's 3.4 percent fare hike goes into effect Read More »
People
Wisconsin railroad commissioner resigns; Walker appoints successor Read More »
C&S
L.A. Metro awards $31.5 million signaling contract to Ansaldo Read More »
People
Murphy named Operation Lifesaver president, CEO Read More »
Passenger Rail
Cuomo unveils plan to expand Long Island Rail Road Read More »

January 5

Union Pacific Railroad
NTSB cites signal issue in UP train collision Read More »
Passenger Rail
KC Streetcar Authority seeks sponsorships for stops, vehicles Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RAC report documents Canada's rail trends in 2014 Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Report: Shippers express concerns over CP-NS merger Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Wisconsin DOT allocates $31 million for freight-rail projects Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS execs release annual 'state of the railroad' report Read More »
Passenger Rail
U.S. rail ridership inches up in first nine months of 2015 Read More »

January 4

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Stadler, Vossloh, Siemens, Vertex and Tealinc (Jan. 4) Read More »
CSX Transportation
Florida DOT considers proposed rail overpass for CSX line Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro gears up for more Crenshaw/LAX Line construction Read More »
Shippers
Panama Canal expansion completion expected in May, Varela says Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA's Orange, Silver line trains begin running at regular intervals Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Holiday Train to raise $1.4 million, CP says Read More »
Financials
Denver RTD unveils 2016 fare changes Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. rail traffic falls 9.8 percent in Week 51 Read More »
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