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Rail News: October 2016

October 31

Rail Industry Trends
L.A. Metro receives more proposals to deliver Measure M projects Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS 'Safety Train' offers hazmat training to Chattanooga first responders Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN named to climate action 'A List' Read More »
Intermodal
PortMiami to receive $33 million in state grant allocations Read More »
High-Speed Rail
FRA unveils three potential routes for Atlanta-Chattanooga rail line Read More »
Financials
WMATA proposes rail-service cuts, fare hikes in 'reality-check' budget Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT issues call for FASTLANE grant applications Read More »
People
Honolulu transit agency names Murthy interim exec Read More »

October 28

Supplier Spotlight
Watco, Knox Kershaw, NECR host congressional visits Read More »
MOW
UP plans trackwork on three Metra lines Read More »
People
Greater Cleveland RTA names Thompson rail director Read More »
Safety
WMATA mulls increased yard supervision, LED lights to reduce stop signal violations Read More »
CSX Transportation
Ports America to run Baltimore intermodal facility Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Illinois DOT opens first new station on Chicago-St. Louis higher-speed route Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
AAR: STB's proposed competitive switching rules are 'unlawful' Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak settles Philadelphia crash claims for $265 million Read More »

October 27

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Cubic, Greenbrier and Trinity (Oct. 27) Read More »
MOW
NCDOT wraps up two Piedmont rail improvement projects Read More »
Amtrak
PennDOT kicks off Mount Joy rail station project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic dipped 1.7 percent in week 42 Read More »
Mechanical
Siemens inks contract to build light-rail vehicles for Minneapolis Green Line extension Read More »
PTC
NJ Transit advances PTC plan with radio spectrum lease, adopts budget Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Providence and Worcester shareholders OK sale to G&W Read More »

October 26

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from RailComm, Argenia, Koppers, Retlif and Cubic (Oct. 26) Read More »
Intermodal
Savage opens transloading operations in Quad Cities Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART light-rail stations generate $7 billion in TOD Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hoosier passenger-rail ridership, revenue soared in September Read More »
People
Amtrak leader Moorman to speak at RailTrends 2016 Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN's Q3 revenue falls 3 percent Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS posts 2 percent net income gain in Q3 Read More »

October 25

Passenger Rail
Metra wraps up Pullman Station rehab project Read More »
Mechanical
First rail cars in Miami-Dade's new fleet ready for testing Read More »
Passenger Rail
Connecticut installs wayside horns to mitigate noise on Hartford Line Read More »
Intermodal
JAXPORT logs record container cargo in FY2016 Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART opens Blue Line light-rail extension Read More »
Intermodal
Palmetto Railways seeks permit for proposed intermodal facility Read More »
Financials
CTA calls for new stations, rail cars in $3.5 billion capital budget Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX, Maryland agree to pursue Howard Street Tunnel project Read More »

October 24

Passenger Rail
Santa Clara VTA gears up to build pedestrian tunnel to Caltrain station Read More »
Passenger Rail
Honolulu transit agency breaks ground on Pearl Highlands station Read More »
Shippers
Chisholm grain terminal ships first load on UP Read More »
MOW
SEPTA marks replacement of Crum Creek rail bridge Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RSI: Rail-car backlog, orders and deliveries fell in Q3 Read More »
Passenger Rail
California commission slots millions for trolleys, rail improvements Read More »
Logistics
OmniTRAX Logistics acquires Terracor Group assets Read More »
Passenger Rail
PANYNJ authorizes funding for Gateway program Read More »

October 21

Passenger Rail
Texas Central solicits student designs for bullet-train stations Read More »
Intermodal
Inland port rail moves pumped up quarterly volume for S.C. authority Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF, CSX, FECR help ship tons of hurricane relief supplies to Haiti Read More »
PTC
Schumer seeks federal grant for New York PTC installation Read More »
Class Is
U.S. Class I workforce shrank a bit in September Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF honors Burlington Junction Railway as short line of the year Read More »
Safety
Freight rail, shippers honor hazmat handlers Read More »
Passenger Rail
Lawmakers seek closer look into NJ Transit's safety, funding Read More »

October 20

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Harsco, Thales, Siemens, Herzog and Railway Interchange (Oct. 20) Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro lowers piece of boring machine for Regional Connector project Read More »
People
Metra taps Benz as acting chief audit officer Read More »
Security
Secure Rail abstracts due Friday Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. carload traffic fell, Canada's rose in week 41 Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit names Santoro executive director, restores service at Hoboken Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Genesee & Wyoming Australia to acquire Glencore Rail Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP's Q3 earnings take hit from freight volume 'challenges' Read More »

October 19

High-Speed Rail
Foxx tours California high-speed rail work sites Read More »
People
Hampton Roads Transit tabs Jackson as director of transit development Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB releases report on rate-case procedures Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro Transit slates meetings on Blue Line extension station design Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
NTSB issues early findings in chlorine gas tank-car incident Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RailTrends 2016 to present a 'who's who' of rail industry Read More »
Passenger Rail
Infrastructure Ontario, Metrolinx seek firms to build Hurontario light-rail project Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP Q3 revenue falls 9 percent, names Velani CFO Read More »

October 18

Passenger Rail
SEPTA expands Quick Trip program to all Market-Frankford, Broad Street stations Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCSR to hike train speed in Gulfport, Miss. Read More »
Intermodal
Indiana, Quebec ports partner to study market opportunities Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro wraps up deck work for Purple Line extension station Read More »
Intermodal
PennDOT to award $40 million in multimodal improvement grants Read More »
Financials
Metra proposes 5.8 percent fare hike, elects Carlson chairman Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS posts Q3 revenue, income decline Read More »

October 17

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Greenbrier, Alstom, Bombardier and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff (Oct. 17) Read More »
Shippers
Halliburton, U.S. Silica set frac sand unit-train record Read More »
Intermodal
Schneider adds 15,000th unit to growing container chassis pool Read More »
MOW
UP completes rail fastening system project in Oregon Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART unveils report highlighting need to update infrastructure Read More »
Labor
TWU authorizes SEPTA strike Read More »
People
In memoriam: NS strategic planner and Conrail-split contributor Jim McClellan Read More »
Amtrak
Gateway program poised to move ahead at 'record speed,' Amtrak says Read More »

October 14

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Harsco, Road and Rail, Strato, Caltrax and STV (Oct. 14) Read More »
Shippers
Wisconsin sand supplier acquires Canadian transload facility Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
U.S. Rep. Gohmert tours American TieTek facility Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB slates roundtable discussion on rate regulation Read More »
Security
TTCI receives federal grant for emergency preparedness and response training Read More »
Internet-Digital
FTA awards $8 million for 'mobility on demand' projects Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP 'well positioned' to move grain crop; supply chain scorecard launch set for next week Read More »
Safety
NTSB: NJ Transit train's brakes, signal and train control system 'functioned as designed' during Hoboken crash Read More »

October 13

Passenger Rail
Metro-North seeks proposals to revitalize unused rail line Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS to replace crossties, improve grade crossings in Mississippi subdivision Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTD marks progress on South Platte River bridge refurbishment Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
OmniTRAX, Arrows Up partner on bulk storage, transportation Read More »
Safety
Transport Canada boosts funding for rail safety Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic dips while Canadian carloads tick up Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
GAO: USDOT relied on limited data in ECP analysis Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX posts Q3 earnings decline on lower volumes Read More »

October 12

People
UTA board names McKinley chair Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Mateo County agency OKs funds for Caltrain grade separation project Read More »
Security
Secure Rail seeks conference abstracts for 2017 Read More »
MOW
St. Louis Metro Transit marks completion of Eads Bridge renovation Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Bay Line to operate Panama City bulk transload facility Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro receives proposal to fast-track Measure M projects Read More »
People
R. J. Corman names Quinn president, CEO Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA announces $14.7 million in grants for TOD projects Read More »

October 11

Safety
LIRR resumes full service after derailment Read More »
Intermodal
NRF: October imports spike in preparation for holidays Read More »
MOW
RTA: Crosstie production up, purchases down in August Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
G3 Canada opens CN-served grain elevator in Manitoba Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro set to kick off construction of light-rail extension Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Hurricane Matthew prompts NS to invoke 'force majeure' in North Carolina Read More »
Amtrak
OIG: Amtrak hasn't estimated full cost of PTC Read More »

October 10

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Granite, Alstom, RSI, TRANSCAER and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff (Oct. 10) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Chicago Rail Link pilot project highlighted at AASHTO committee meeting Read More »
Passenger Rail
Transdev boosts Cincinnati streetcar service to meet demand Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
NuBlu Energy constructing LNG plant in Louisiana Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA fiscal control board taps outside firm for cash collection Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Shell drops proposed crude-by-rail facility in Washington Read More »
Passenger Rail
New California law paves way for Caltrain electrification funding Read More »
People
RailWorks appoints Riddett president, CEO Read More »

October 7

Supplier Spotlight
Flexovit, Rocla host congressional visitors Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak's Melnkovic named HR exec of the year Read More »
Intermodal
Port of Longview performs ship-to-rail transfer of wind blades Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic slump continues in week 39 Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak Hiawatha project environmental study released Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA seeks firms to design, build Green Line Extension Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS, Watco open new Dallas intermodal terminal Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
NTSB: NJ Transit train sped up seconds before crash Read More »

October 6

Rail Industry Trends
Vermont slates meetings on rail growth policy Read More »
MOW
Ohio panel OKs CSX, Ohio Central rail crossing improvements Read More »
Financials
Connecticut DOT plans fare hike on commuter-rail routes Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
TSB cites improper signal, incomplete communication in VIA train incident Read More »
Internet-Digital
Metro-North, LIRR expand digital payment options Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Railroads preparing for Hurricane Matthew Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA releases environmental study for Red Line extension Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. rail traffic fell 4.8 percent in September Read More »

October 5

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Bombardier, Associated Rail, Nomad, Chicago Freight Car and Maser (Oct. 5) Read More »
Security
TSA to use old San Diego MTS trolleys for security training Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
EDA funds to support Illinois short line's expansion Read More »
People
FECI appoints Snyder CFO Read More »
Mechanical
SEPTA's commuter-rail schedule returns to normal Read More »
Intermodal
CGB to expand soybean operation at Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia Beach light-rail extension would cost $243 million Read More »
BNSF Railway
Washington solicits input on Shell's proposed crude-oil facility Read More »

October 4

Amtrak
Amtrak issues new national magazine Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
New Jersey city pays for Uber rides to NJ Transit station Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Rail suppliers object to STB proposals for 'reciprocal switching,' commodities Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra revises BNSF Line schedule to reflect actual arrival times Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
ASLRRA: BRACE Act's support reaches 'critical threshold' Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Texas agency solicits input on high-speed rail plans Read More »
People
LRIW names Metro-North's Bonilla 'Outstanding Woman of the Year' Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT awards grants for hazmat preparation Read More »

October 3

Passenger Rail
Foothill Gold Line engineering documents released Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS 'safety train' educates first responders in South Carolina Read More »
Passenger Rail
NTSB: NJ Transit locomotive's data recorder wasn't working Read More »
Passenger Rail
New Orleans RTA opens North Rampart streetcar extension Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB adopts final arbitration rules Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Diego agency hires general contractor for trolley extension Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA issues directive for flawed DOT-111 tank cars Read More »
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