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Rail News: October 2014

October 31

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from RailComm, Bombardier, Greenbrier, Mervis Railcar, Laird, Parsons Brinckerhoff and CG/LA Infrastructure (Oct. 31) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Florida East Coast Railway begins to take delivery of GE locomotives Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail completes Union Station restoration Read More »
Mechanical
Rail-car backlog reached record level in 3Q, EPA says Read More »
Financials
Genesee & Wyoming rang up more revenue, income in 3Q Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Last week's U.S. intermodal volume reached third-highest mark in history Read More »
Amtrak
New Amtrak station underway in Rochester Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF aims to better prep for harsh winter weather Read More »

October 30

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from L.B. Foster, Bayer CropScience, ZTR, Trinity, Wabtec, HNTB and AccessRail (Oct. 30) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Gov. Corbett visits Reading & Northern's Pennsylvania headquarters Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP creates mobile classroom from box car Read More »
Passenger Rail
M-1 Rail selects team for Detroit streetcar technical center Read More »
Passenger Rail
Montreal transit agency to slow phase-in of new subway cars Read More »
MOW
Pennsylvania DOT provides grants for 86 multimodal projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA completes Lankershim Depot restoration; All Aboard Florida begins Fort Lauderdale station construction Read More »
CSX Transportation
Cronus Fertilizers to build CSX-served plant in central Illinois Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Transport Canada takes steps to address rail safety shortcomings cited by TSB Read More »

October 29

Intermodal
Louisiana port, Panama Canal Authority solidify alliance Read More »
Passenger Rail
New Hampshire DOT seeks input on Boston-to-Concord corridor Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB to study environmental impact of Port Canaveral's proposed rail extension Read More »
Passenger Rail
Grade crossing work completed on Foothill Gold Line light-rail project Read More »
Safety
Railroads need to be more diligent in reporting occurrences, TSB says Read More »
People
AAR bestows top environmental award to BNSF's Smith Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak organizes panel to study Chicago rail gridlock Read More »
Passenger Rail
NTSB report cites 'ineffective safety management' in five Metro-North accidents Read More »

October 28

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Alstom, Jacobs, McMillen, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Bombardier, Fairmount Santrol and Hatch Mott MacDonald (Oct. 28) Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF moves 1,000th crude-oil unit train from North Dakota hub Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Minnesota DOT schedules public meetings to review state rail plan Read More »
People
MTA tabs former NTSB director Mayer as chief safety officer Read More »
Passenger Rail
Major businesses form coalition to support Caltrain's modernization Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
BNSF honors Utah Railway as Short Line of the Year Read More »
Intermodal
Illinois, Pennsylvania provide funds for ports Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA proposes more rail service in 2015 Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak reports record revenue, higher ridership in FY2014 Read More »

October 27

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Alternate Concepts, Titan, Elecnor, Vossloh, Hatch Mott MacDonald and Auto Truck (Oct. 27) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Sierra Railroad wins additional award in Patriot Rail lawsuit Read More »
Labor
Wisconsin university to house new Midwest Transportation Workforce Center Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Washington state DOT solicits input to develop a rail system strategic plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
UTA advances second TOD proposal Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX needs to repair two trestles to protect New York town's safety, Sen. Schumer says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Station construction begins for commuter-rail program in Connecticut Read More »
Intermodal
Grade separation complete near Canada's largest container terminal Read More »

October 24

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Road & Rail, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Marsh, IBM, Hatch Mott MacDonald and HDR (Oct. 24) Read More »
People
Iowa Pacific adds Hammond to VP ranks, promotes Lindsey to director post Read More »
People
Valley Metro names Ruiz security director; SEPTA adds Dorsey to police team Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA advances Union Station master plan, hires firm to operate small business center Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
ASLRRA assigns Sampson to coordinate pilot project for new Short Line Safety Institute Read More »
Passenger Rail
Commuter-rail proposal for southeast Michigan reaches study phase Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Trends: Rail traffic remained at high ebb last week; rail-car orders reached high level last quarter Read More »
MOW
CREATE partners celebrate Englewood Flyover's opening Read More »

October 23

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from National Railway, Savage, Sweco, Siemens, Harsco, BNSF Logistics and AXION (Oct. 23) Read More »
Shippers
Champion Iron forms partnership to manage rail line feasibility study Read More »
Passenger Rail
X Train begins engineering of proposed western alignment for L.A.-to-Vegas route Read More »
Intermodal
Illinois inland port advances harbor project; Washington state port sells land for steel mill Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet unveils new light-rail vehicle for Portland-Milwaukie route Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Crude by rail: Granite Peak opens Wyoming facility; Phillips 66 Partners lands two facilities Read More »
Passenger Rail
NYCT set September ridership records on subway Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP surpassed four all-time-high financial marks in 3Q Read More »

October 22

Shippers
UP-served siding under construction at Linde North America's new Texas plant Read More »
C&S
Alameda Corridor authority to mark grade separation's start in L.A. area Read More »
Amtrak
New Amtrak locomotive debuts on Keystone route Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
North Carolina DOT seeks proposals for new Piedmont & Northern operator Read More »
Passenger Rail
Work begins on BNSF Eola Yard for Chicago-Moline passenger service Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA recommends subway car contract with Chinese firm Read More »
Intermodal
Long Beach port addresses supply-chain issues, notes September volume gain Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN registers record-breaking financial results in 3Q Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS reports record 3Q results Read More »

October 21

People
Fort Worth's T re-elects Mahaffey as chair Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
FRA report: Infrastructure capital needs for regionals, short lines reach $1.6 billion Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN again lands on CDP's list of top climate-management performers Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minnesota railroad authority seeks opinions on Riverview Corridor study Read More »
People
Cheatum joins KCS as SVP; UP's Kelley earns diversity honor Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA signs off on environmental document for San Diego trolley project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Light-rail tracks installed for Foothill Gold Line in California Read More »
Labor
U.S. Class I workforce enlarged slightly in September Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP set four financial records in 3Q Read More »

October 20

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from AECOM, URS, RailComm, Nomad, HDR, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Strato (Oct. 20) Read More »
MOW
Iowa Transportation Commission provides funding for six rail projects Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Watco, Great Northern develop North Dakota terminal; FECR, Port Miami launch intermodal service Read More »
Passenger Rail
Chicago's transit ridership dipped in 2013 Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
Construction underway on CN overpass in British Columbia Read More »
High-Speed Rail
FRA unveils study on Southwest high-speed rail planning effort Read More »
People
Former New York MTA chairman William Ronan dies at 101 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Politicians address rail service problems, tank-car phase-out Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Merger talks with CSX are over, CP says Read More »

October 17

Class Is
Canadian grain: Wheat board plans another elevator in Manitoba; Viterra marks 100 years for elevator in Saskatchewan Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Northern Plains Rail Services to handle switching at NorthStar's North Dakota terminal Read More »
People
Pistole to step down as TSA administrator to become Anderson University president Read More »
Passenger Rail
FRA directs Metra to improve safety culture, technology Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX holds grand opening for Florida intermodal terminal Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR notes strong rail traffic, 'restrictive' regs that could curtail network growth Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA re-issues RFP for new rail cars Read More »
PTC
FRA gives Caltrain green light to start PTC implementation Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS set revenue, volume records in 3Q Read More »

October 16

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Siemens, GE, Wabtec, ShipXpress, Decision Lens, RailPros and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Oct. 16) Read More »
Shippers
Badlands to develop polyethylene plant in North Dakota; NuDevco Midstream to build crude-by-rail terminal in New Mexico Read More »
People
North Carolina DOT appoints Mann to oversee rail, public transportation Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA to require contractors, subcontractors to pay $13 minimum wage Read More »
Class Is
HNTB to study rail bypass, border crossing in southern New Mexico Read More »
Passenger Rail
Rail boosts transit ridership in Houston, Twin Cities Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Three universities to study fracking's impact on freight transportation patterns Read More »
MOW
CREATE program: 75th Street project moves forward; Englewood Flyover nears dedication Read More »

October 15

Intermodal
World Direct Shipping to launch Mexico-U.S. service at Florida port Read More »
High-Speed Rail
FRA, TxDOT seek public input on Texas high-speed rail proposal Read More »
MOW
Wisconsin DOT allocates more than $24 million for six freight-rail projects Read More »
People
APTA recognizes transit agencies, 10 individuals for excellence Read More »
Passenger Rail
Illinois to provide $21.5 million for new Metra station Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN opens employee training center in suburban Chicago Read More »
Passenger Rail
California commission allocates funds for Amtrak routes, BART facilities Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX broke four financial records in 3Q Read More »

October 14

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Thales, Konecranes, Kratos, Bombardier, Urban Engineers, Direct ChassisLink and Swingmaster (Oct. 14) Read More »
People
Carswell to join The Western Group as VP of operations Read More »
People
NJ Transit names Tabon chief of new safety office Read More »
Labor
SEPTA, BLET reach tentative pact for rail engineers Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX wins economic development award in Pennsylvania Read More »
People
APTA picks RTD's Washington as next chairman Read More »
Shippers
Canpotex to expand potash export facility at Oregon port Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
August TSI, Fitch report show rail still a key cog in nation's freight transportation mix Read More »

October 13

Intermodal
New auto berth opens at Baltimore port Read More »
People
MassDOT's Davey to step down Nov. 1 Read More »
Labor
SMART Transportation Division members approve LACMTA labor pact Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Grain coop to build rail-served facility in South Dakota Read More »
Safety
Operation Lifesaver, Mexican railway association to coordinate safety education Read More »
Intermodal
Import volume at major U.S. ports to reach record level in October, Global Port Tracker predicts Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART earmarks $2.5 million for eBART station in Pittsburg Read More »
Class Is
Gaining STB approval for proposed CP-CSX merger would be challenging, Baird says Read More »

October 10

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, TimkenSteel, Hub Group, Railinc, Cubic and Michael Baker (Oct. 10) Read More »
People
DART re-elects board officers; Butler resigns from MARTA's board Read More »
C&S
California Transportation Commission allocates state funds for ACE grade separation Read More »
Shippers
The Andersons acquires Class I-served ag facilities; American Rock Salt attains Corps approval to extend spur Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Three senators call on STB to advance competitive switching rules Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra outlines $2.4 billion modernization program, 2015 budget plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: All 10 U.S. commodity groups posted traffic gains last week Read More »
Passenger Rail
All Aboard Florida to pursue private funding for Orlando-Miami line Read More »

October 9

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Brookville, Bombardier, RailComm and AIG (Oct. 9) Read More »
People
North Carolina Railroad installs new chair, vice chair Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA to extend weekend overnight subway service Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP rates highest railroad score in S&P 500 climate change report Read More »
Passenger Rail
HDR obtains East Link contract from Sound Transit Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak announces detour change for Empire Builder in North Dakota Read More »
Intermodal
Ports: Seattle and Tacoma commissions forge alliance; Savannah authority set to begin harbor deepening Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB orders all Class Is to provide weekly service performance reports Read More »

October 8

C&S
Quiet zones under public scrutiny in Colorado, Texas cities Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA advances escalator replacement project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Weekend service to be restored on three MBTA commuter-rail lines Read More »
Labor
SMART division members ratify six-year pacts at two terminal railroads Read More »
Intermodal
Florida, South Carolina ports continue to prep for Panama Canal expansion Read More »
People
Diridon to enter APTA Hall of Fame Read More »
Passenger Rail
Houston transit agency tests new CAF light-rail car Read More »
BNSF Railway
Freight rail a boon to Washington state's economy, study shows Read More »

October 7

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Rock Hill, Rail Service & Logistics, Rail Tie Solutions, AXION and Sasser Family Holdings (Oct. 7) Read More »
Labor
BLET adopts resolution supporting two-man crews Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Wisconsin DOT, transportation development association mark Freight Rail Week Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART develops game for public to comment on agency's future plans Read More »
MOW
University of Missouri professor researching vegetation management Read More »
Intermodal
BNSF Logistics recognized for Intermodal 101 course by human capital firm Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain cleared to advance design-build plans for electrification Read More »

October 6

Passenger Rail
Oregon DOT issues 'Drive Less' challenge Read More »
Safety
SEPTA issues safety reminder following trespasser fatalities Read More »
Intermodal
Seattle, Tacoma ports support tens of thousands of jobs, study shows Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
North Carolina Railroad corridor greatly impacts state's economy, study shows Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak adds Wi-Fi, other amenities to Hoosier State service Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Railroad equipment investments to accelerate, leasing and finance foundation says Read More »
Shippers
Revisions to proposed PHMSA rule would better enhance rail safety, ACC says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Gov. Malloy announces Walk Bridge replacement Read More »

October 3

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Siemens, RESIDCO, Bombardier, Dewberry, Burns, AVENTICS and Railway Interchange 2015 (Oct. 3) Read More »
C&S
Crossings: GAO report cites growing congestion; Ohio commission OKs 11 upgrades Read More »
Passenger Rail
Austin transit agency approves FY2015 budget Read More »
Mechanical
STB extends TTX's flat-car pooling authority for 15 years Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. roads scored seventh-straight monthly carload gain in September Read More »
Passenger Rail
Montreal transit agency budgets more than $500 million to replace subway equipment Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California HSR authority to gauge interest in trainsets, maintenance facility work Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Two senators call on USDA to analyze grain-by-rail delays; 30 ag organizations call on USDOT to reconsider proposed tank-car rules Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP to build classification yard in east-central Texas Read More »

October 2

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Harbor Rail, Prysmian, Alstom, TUV Rheinland and Hatch Mott MacDonald (Oct. 2) Read More »
Labor
TriMet, ATU Local 757 reach tentative four-year pact Read More »
Intermodal
Some mail distributed in New Jersey could be moved by rail, inspector general report says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NGL Energy builds crude transload facility in New Mexico; Wildcat MInerals opens frac sand transload facility in Ohio Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak repairs to Sandy-damaged tunnels to limit rail service into New York City Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Four senators call on USDOT to expand first responder advanced notification threshold Read More »
Passenger Rail
Massachusetts interstate project to include new commuter-rail station Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP sets new financial-growth goals for the next four years Read More »

October 1

People
Intermodal institute's board adds five members Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Red River Valley & Western seeks new CEO; Adrian & Blissfield installs new police chief Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hampton Roads Transit to implement fare hike Read More »
MOW
Metro-North targets three bridges for replacement Read More »
Class Is
Rep. Cramer: Canadian government should let grain performance mandates lapse for CN, CP Read More »
Passenger Rail
Houston METRO delays opening of Green, Purple light-rail lines until 2015 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
PHMSA regulation should enhance flammable liquid transportation safety yet maintain rail efficiency, AAR says Read More »
Passenger Rail
USDOT's Foxx attends groundbreaking events for L.A.'s Regional Connector, UTA's transit-oriented development Read More »
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