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Rail News: October 2015

October 30

People
TriMet, SamTrans and OmniTRAX announce personnel moves Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN releases fifth sustainability report Read More »
Class Is
AAR: U.S. carload, intermodal traffic falls in Week 42 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit solicits public comments on proposed fare, service changes Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
G&W's Q3 reflects Freightliner integration, lower traffic volumes Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
ASLRRA notes progress of 45G tax credit bill; Obama signs PTC extension Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT received $10.1 billion in TIGER VII funding requests Read More »
Financials
MTA board OKs $29 billion capital program Read More »

October 29

CSX Transportation
CSX employee Chatrathi receives AAR environmental award Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain to replace 100-year-old bridge Read More »
BNSF Railway
Drone manufacturer Insitu initiates flights over BNSF tracks Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Pacific Imperial Railroad's new owner to rebuild Desert Line Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS kicks off new bridge construction in New York state park Read More »
Passenger Rail
Vermont awarded $10 million in TIGER funds to restore passenger-rail service Read More »
Mechanical
Metro-North's revamped maintenance locomotives begin to re-enter service Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Senate passes PTC deadline extension, confirms Feinberg as FRA administrator Read More »

October 28

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from GE, CH2M, ZTR, Predikto; and, in memoriam: Harsco Corp.'s Derek Hathaway (Oct. 28) Read More »
People
Fort Worth's The T reappoints Mahaffey chair; DCTA adds two board members Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP names Ellis to chief legal, corporate secretary post Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA OKs sustainability projects Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Metra to use $14 million TIGER grant to replace Fox River Bridge Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House passes PTC deadline extension, short-term transportation funding bill Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN logs record operating ratio in Q3; Mongeau set to return in early 2016 Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS posts lower profit in Q3 Read More »

October 27

People
Former MTA Chairman E. Virgil Conway dies Read More »
Logistics
CIG opens new rail hub to serve shale plays in southeast Texas Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP reports improved employee safety record in Q3 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Staten Island Railway repair project underway Read More »
Passenger Rail
VRE to open Spotsylvania Station next month Read More »
Safety
FTA unveils details of WMATA safety oversight plan Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak's Boardman: It's time to build infrastructure Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT begins notifying states, cities of TIGER VII grant awards Read More »

October 26

Canadian National Railway - CN
CN makes available new 'Fact Book' Read More »
Passenger Rail
Kansas City Streetcar wires go live Read More »
Passenger Rail
Oregon team recommends passenger-rail improvements along Cascades route Read More »
People
Delaware River port names Wing deputy CEO; Houston Metro board OKs new contract for CEO Read More »
Passenger Rail
No fare hikes in CTA's 2016 operating budget Read More »
Intermodal
Authority OKs agreement allowing ExpressRail Port Jersey facility Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Short-term funding measure includes PTC deadline extension Read More »
Intermodal
GCT kicks off Deltaport expansion project at Port Metro Vancouver Read More »

October 23

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Georgetown Rail, Bombardier, Greenbrier, Rail Propulsions and AREMA (Oct. 23) Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Kentucky officials tour TRAM Construction facility Read More »
MOW
RTA: Crosstie production up, purchases down in August Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit choses final location for new light-rail facility Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver airport to get commuter-rail stop in April 2016 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Montreal transit agency unveils $2.8 billion capex plan Read More »
BNSF Railway
Austin Western Railroad is BNSF's 'short line of the year' Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro's Foothill Gold Line extension to open in spring 2016 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Kentucky officials tour TRAM Construction facility Read More »

October 22

People
Eno Center taps executive search firm to recruit new leader Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA launches webpage to monitor repairs on damaged substation Read More »
People
Acting Chief Green to head MBTA's transit police Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Senators speak out against bigger trucks Read More »
Class Is
AAR: U.S. rail traffic down 1.2 percent so far this year Read More »
PTC
Virginia Railway Express mulls service disruptions due to PTC deadline Read More »
PTC
House bill would extend PTC deadline Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Lower traffic volumes drive down Union Pacific's Q3 profit Read More »

October 21

Amtrak
Amtrak's Cascades route marks 20 years Read More »
Mechanical
RSI: Rail-car backlog falls in Q3 Read More »
Intermodal
Georgia ports slate $152 million in capital projects Read More »
People
LRIW restructures board, elects executive committee Read More »
People
LIRR appoints Picca executive VP Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS announces service changes in response to PTC deadline Read More »
Safety
Bill would authorize federal oversight of WMATA Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX to close mechanical shops in Corbin, Ky. Read More »

October 20

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Siemens, Alstom, ARI, WSP and TranSystems (Oct. 20) Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit urges riders to avoid the 'Rude Zone' Read More »
People
Alley named communications chief of California high-speed rail project Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT announces plan to require drone registration Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Railroad execs reiterate need for PTC deadline extension Read More »
Passenger Rail
Toronto streetcar delivery to be delayed Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Texas Central selects joint venture for high-speed rail line's pre-construction work Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP posts Q3 record revenue, operating ratio; ratifies pact with BLET Read More »

October 19

Passenger Rail
Ridership on Metro Transit's Green Line sets record in September Read More »
People
Panama Canal Railway's Kenna to lead chamber group Read More »
Passenger Rail
KC Streetcar operations facility nears completion Read More »
MOW
Washington DOT nears completion of landslide mitigation projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA's Yellow Line set to reopen Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House T&I Committee to mark up transportation bill on Thursday Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak seeks developer for Chicago Union Station improvement plan Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT drafts strategy for nation's freight movement Read More »

October 16

Rail Industry Trends
Railway Interchange 2015 sets attendance record Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Landoll, Railroad Construction Co. of South Jersey, Wasatch Railcar host congressional visits Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA to expand wireless coverage throughout subway system Read More »
Passenger Rail
GO Transit unveils new cab cars Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Rep. Kind asks GAO to investigate blocked rail crossings in Wisconsin Read More »
Intermodal
Port of Baltimore stacks up TEU record in August Read More »
People
SEPTA names Burnfield deputy general manager Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra proposes fare hike to cover PTC costs in 2016 Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS: Record operating ratio highlights a mostly trying third quarter Read More »

October 15

People
DART board names Moses-Wilkins chair, elects new officers Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain seeks to curb vehicle-train collisions Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
SEDA-COG, Graymont build track to serve Pennsylvania power plant Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak secures insurance coverage for natural disasters in Northeast Corridor Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Texas high-speed rail line would have $36 billion economic impact, study says Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA logs best on-time performance for commuter trains since 2006 Read More »
Class Is
AAR: U.S. carload traffic drops nearly 6 percent, intermodal steady in Week 40 Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA awards $180 million contract for reconstruction of Red Line terminal Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX to reduce operations in Erwin, Tenn. Read More »

October 14

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Trinity, ShipXpress, Alstom and Bombardier (Oct. 14) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Seattle DOT unveils new site on capital projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA meets with local businesses along proposed Clifton Corridor light-rail route Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
TTCI to help develop rail hazmat courses for rural emergency agencies Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS unveils report on corporate sustainability efforts Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
USD Partners to acquire crude-oil terminal in Wyoming Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro mulls sales tax ballot measure Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX's 3Q profit dips due to lower volumes, fuel costs; achieves record operating ratio Read More »

October 13

Passenger Rail
WMATA moves toward paperless fares Read More »
Safety
North Carolina DOT adds signals, gates at Old Fort grade crossing Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP debuts second safety campaign on social media Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA report analyzes DOT-111 tank car test Read More »
Intermodal
USD Group, Pinto to build Houston port terminal Read More »
MOW
Oklahoma panel OKs launch of rail crossing safety initiative Read More »
PTC
Senators call for 'comprehensive' action on PTC process Read More »
Passenger Rail
NYC to contribute $2.5 billion to MTA's capital program Read More »

October 12

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier from CTC, Siemens, Brookville, Railway Supply Institute and CF Rail (Oct. 12) Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA's courtesy campaign wins APTA award Read More »
Passenger Rail
VRE to kick off meetings on proposed Gainesville-Haymarket extension Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA taps Smart Growth America to lead transit-oriented development initiative Read More »
Shippers
NRF: Cargo volume expected to increase 3.3 percent in October Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Wabtec acquires Track IQ Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Foxx orders FTA to take direct safety oversight of WMATA Read More »

October 9

BNSF Railway
Unit train delivering U.S. Silica frac sand breaks record Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak to allow pets on two East Coast routes Read More »
Passenger Rail
STV Inc. marks progress on Sonoma-Marin commuter line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain slates meetings on proposed fare hikes Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP proposes Kankakee River bridge replacement Read More »
People
Heldt becomes president of LRIW; panel addresses challenges, opportunities for women in rail Read More »
People
S.C. flooding claims lives of two R.J. Corman workers; NS restores most service in the state Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA announces new track safety standards following CSX derailment Read More »

October 8

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Freedom Railcar, Greenbrier, Alstom, Railserve and AREMA (Oct. 8) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver transit agency preps Nine Mile Station for R Line rail route Read More »
MOW
Ohio panel OKs rail crossing improvement projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Researchers grade California rail stations Read More »
Intermodal
APM Terminals Lazaro Cardenas receives high-tech cranes Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
AGT Food to acquire short-line operator Mobil Capital Holdings Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA plots improvements to Worcester/Framingham commuter line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. rail traffic down 2 percent in September Read More »

October 7

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Greenbrier, Thales, and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, and Thales (Oct. 7) Read More »
People
Wiley to retire as CEO of Sacramento transit agency Read More »
Labor
Paducah and Louisville Railway trainmen approve new contract Read More »
People
APTA announces awards for excellence in public transportation Read More »
Passenger Rail
KC Streetcar awards Herzog $15.8 million operations contract Read More »
High-Speed Rail
HNTB to oversee next phase of California high-speed rail construction Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX kicks off construction of Pittsburgh intermodal terminal Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak may suspend rail service in mid-December Read More »

October 6

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from AllTranstek, Progress Rail, GE and Siemens (Oct. 6) Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS unveils mobile-friendly website Read More »
People
APTA elects McCall as chair for 2015-2016 term Read More »
People
LRIW honors GO Transit VP Proc with Woman of the Year Award Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART unveils new advanced fare collection system Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Progress Rail acquires Haynes Corp. Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak train derails in Vermont Read More »
Class Is
AREMA awards annual Hay award to BNSF, UP for Tower 55 project Read More »

October 5

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Alstom, NRE, Siemens, Railhead and First State Manufacturing (Oct. 5) Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Port Newark taps federal center's expertise for expansion project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minneapolis-area council slates public meetings on Blue Line light-rail extension Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra unveils annual procurement plan Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
ARS acquires FreightCar America's repair, maintenance business Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA accepts safety committee's reports on transit worker fatigue, assaults Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House subcommittee to discuss drone safety Read More »
PTC
AAR counting down to PTC deadline decision Read More »

October 2

Passenger Rail
Metra OKs split payments for online tickets Read More »
MOW
PennDOT accepting public-private project ideas this month Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP to sell Rock Island Corridor in Missouri Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ridership on San Diego trolleys tops 40 million; UTA sets all-time rail boarding record Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Short Line Safety Institute kicks off search for executive director Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
CIG Logistics acquires UP-served rail facility in Odessa, Texas Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak panel recommends solutions to Chicago rail gridlock Read More »
Safety
East Coast railroads prep for Hurricane Joaquin Read More »

October 1

Passenger Rail
TTC installs bike repair stops in 10 subway stations, reports two-year high for rider satisfaction Read More »
People
Mooney to retire as state coordinator for Missouri Operation Lifesaver Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. rail traffic down a bit in Week No. 38 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink to receive additional funds for Tier 4 locomotives Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
GE to sell tank-car leasing, rail-car repair facilities to Marmon; remaining rail-car leasing to Wells Fargo Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA unveils new state of good repair guidelines Read More »
Passenger Rail
NTSB makes 'urgent' request for FRA to oversee WMATA rail safety Read More »
PTC
Bill introduced to extend PTC deadline Read More »
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