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Rail News: November 2013

November 27

Layne to become Virginia's next transportation secretary UTU: Rep. Blumenauer to propose transit infrastructure-funding bills TTI, University of Texas to study light-rail extension's impact on public health First shipment of Peruvian cold-treated grapes heading to Miami port North Carolina DOT seeks public input on proposed locomotive, rail-car facility Transport Canada to review rail safety oversight based on auditor general's recommendations Valley Metro's Gilbert Road light-rail extension receives environmental clearance UP launches Chicago-to-Mexico intermodal service with Ferromex

November 26

Rail supplier news from Gross & Janes, AECOM, AXION, Hill International, Bombardier and Alstom (Nov. 26) WMATA to upgrade lighting at all underground stations South Dakota DOT seeks input on state rail plan development Crossing projects advance in Washington, North Carolina First refurbished SkyTrain vehicle enters service in Vancouver Georgia port authority notes new cargo record, more state funds for harbor expansion New railroad bridge opens over Osage River in Missouri Consumer spending outlook for holiday season more dim than bright, Baird says

November 25

VIA Rail notes ups, downs in third quarter Pacific Imperial Railroad tabs Rohal as president; Wisconsin transit commission honors Meighan MTA reaches construction milestones on Second Avenue Subway project NS to open intermodal terminal in North Carolina next month Sound Transit moves up opening of University Link light-rail extension FY2013 ridership records set on some Amtrak routes in California CSX's Sanborn at RailTrends: Customer feedback is key to high service levels Canadian Transportation Agency seeks input on proposed review of liability coverage regulations

November 22

Rail supplier news from Knoxville Locomotive, Nomad Digital, Bombardier, URS, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Bridgefarmer (Nov. 22) Alabama manufacturing property a 'Select Site,' CSX says Cost to halt project could run $125 million, Cincinnati Streetcar says U.S. rail traffic logged more gains last week All Aboard Florida chooses station location in downtown Fort Lauderdale Virginia port breaks monthly cargo record; Florida port installs first female director BART's board OKs purchase of 365 rail cars, objects to family-leave provision in labor contract Sen. Rockefeller, AAR disagree on freight-rail implications associated with updated commerce committee report

November 21

UP, Amtrak to commemorate bridge opening in Missouri next week Second tunnel boring machine begins excavation work for San Francisco's Central Subway project CTA unveils contemporary design of future 95th Street Red Line Station NS earns best-ever carbon disclosure score, awards construction contract for intermodal facility expansion Maryland agencies seek 'preferred training partners' for light-rail projects SMART awards $68.7 million contract for rail construction project BNSF installs two group VPs, one VP to cover retirements and promotions Canadian, U.S. regulators take additional steps to boost haz-mat safety

November 20

Port of Long Beach repeals infrastructure cargo fee Wisconsin DOT unveils long-range rail plan Operation Lifesaver appoints new officers HART to seek public opinion on Honolulu light-rail station design Council adopts transit-oriented development policy for Minneapolis Union Pacific launches new shuttle commitment program Ferus Natural Gas Fuels, ENN Canada to build LNG plants in Vancouver and Edmonton Metrolink receives grant to promote railroad safety

November 19

Rail supplier news from Stella-Jones, Vossloh, Axion, Alstom, GE, LTK and Jacobs Associates (Nov. 19) Keats succeeds Atkins as STB's general counsel Diamond Logistics Northwest to expand facilities at Washington state port BART disputes labor agreement provision; Metra clerical workers OK new contract NARP calls on Congress to support passenger-rail transportation Watco realigns upper management, gains equity stake in Federated Capital Holdings Amtrak to fix East River tunnels to address delays, Schumer says BRIDGE Act proposes new federal financing authority for infrastructure improvements

November 18

Metro Transit, Valley Metro to solicit public input on transit projects Schneider Intermodal introduces CN, KCS interchange for 'Mexico Direct' service Southern California ports: New interim leader in L.A., October volume boost in Long Beach MBTA kicks off Government Center Station project LIRR adds trains to weekend service on Port Washington Branch Washington state port seeks bids for freight-rail project Amtrak Heartland Flyer serves 1 million riders KCS reorganizes operating department management functions

November 15

Rail news from Tata Steel, Alstom, Motive Power, Railinc and Gannett Fleming (Nov. 15) Crossing projects advance in Ohio MassDOT to begin track improvements in preparation for South Coast Rail service Soy Transportation Coalition, Panama Canal Authority extend partnership pact Transportation Services Index inched up in September CTA's board approves 2014 budget FTA's Rogoff calls on Congress to fund emergency relief program AAR underscores U.S. traffic gains, need to improve federal tank-car regs

November 14

North Carolina DOT hosts rail planning forum Rail terminal logs successful first year with ethanol volume, Tampa port says San Francisco transit, police officials launch new anticrime campaign Siemens, Bombardier to perform PTC work for Metro-North, Long Island railroads RailTrends coming to New York City next week UP to upgrade Nebraska line, boost train speed on Kansas line NS advances plan to expand Chicago-area yard, launches new intermodal service in South Carolina New York MTA releases final 2014 budget proposal, four-year financial plan CSX, GE to pilot liquefied natural gas-powered locomotives

November 13

Rail supplier news from Holland, Axion, CTC, Bombardier, Parsons Brinckerhoff and TRAC Intermodal (Nov. 13) WMATA awards contract to update lighting in parking facilities NS' Heller, World Group's Hunger join ITI board North Carolina Railroad, NS to refurbish Burlington bridge BNSF workers win Amtrak Champion Award for crossing safety project Metrolinx awards second contract for Eglinton Crosstown project Surveys find MTA riders remain satisfied with transit service CSX to help develop intermodal facility in Pennsylvania

November 12

Montana Rail Link promotes Blakely, Lewis to officer posts MARTA opens training facility for riders with disabilities; board member resigns FRA to reevaluate train horn rules, Colorado senators say CTA unveils refurbished station near Loyola University NJ Transit boosts rail, bus rider satisfaction grades L.A. port introduces incentive program to boost container business WMATA named military-friendly employer; APTA encourages veterans to consider transit agency jobs Six largest Class Is make G.I. Jobs' top military friendly employers list

November 11

Rail supplier news from Georgetown Rail, Alstom and Microsoft (Nov. 11) Texas Rail Advocates opens registration for Southwestern Rail Conference Tunnel boring machine shipped for Evergreen Line project Tacoma port turns 95; Florida port appoints trade development director San Diego MTS promotes Marinesi to CFO to succeed Telfer Cleanup continues at Alabama & Gulf Coast derailment site, Genesee & Wyoming says Fort Worth's The T marks 30th year, schedules hearing on TEX Rail environmental statement PHMSA extends public comment period for proposed haz-mat rulemaking

November 8

Rail supplier news from RailComm, Hanson, Siemens, Ansaldo, OPW and T-Rail (Nov. 8) Newspaper report: Talgo files $65.9 million claim against Wisconsin APTA: 2013 a 'banner year' for voter support of public transit Engebretson succeeds O'Leary as Alaska Railroad's COO U.S. Class Is employed slightly fewer people in September, STB data shows Columbia Basin, BNSF begin unit train moves for Washington state canola oil producer Maryland officials OK public-private partnership plan for Purple light-rail line AAR: U.S. roads notched traffic gains through October, into November

November 7

Rail supplier news from Harsco, Cubic, L.B. Foster, The Andersons, J.L. Patterson, GEI Consultants and New York Air Brake (Nov. 7) Quiet zone opens in Texas; crossing upgrades advance in Ohio and Washington NTSB closes more safety requirements for WMATA Groundbreaking to be held next week for Southern California grade separation APTA, European rail association sign MOU Army Corps of Engineers to begin environmental assessment for proposed South Carolina intermodal facility Amtrak appoints Sokol as CFO Strong energy and intermodal markets help CSX overcome weak coal sectors, CFO Eliasson says

November 6

WMATA to solicit development proposals for five properties House transportation committee boots up new website SMART Transportation Division members approve Metra contract Freight access project still in play at Washington state port FRA seeks applicants for disaster assistance funding program Metro Gold Line authority to begin work on Sierra Madre Villa Station, Azusa connection for Foothill extension CSX's Adkins wins AAR environmental professional award Denver RTD recommends GBBH's proposal for North Metro rail project

November 5

Rail supplier news from Trinity Railcar, Bombardier, Siemens, Greenbrier, Kelly-Hill and Emerson (Nov. 5) Tennessee railroad association tabs Alexander as exec director MTA improves energy efficiency, storm-proofing of primary office tower Baltimore port forges pact with French port, garners security accolades from Coast Guard Metra completes $3.5 million station reconstruction on UP Northwest Line Crude-by-rail accidents perpetuate misperceptions about safety in Canada, transportation research forum says TriMet to reorganize operations to address service reliability issues BNSF cites strong crude, domestic intermodal volumes as key 3Q drivers

November 4

Amtrak adds trains to Cascades line for Thanksgiving Crossing upgrades planned in Montana, Ohio Oregon DOT seeks public input on Eugene-Portland passenger-rail study Virginia authority selects Reinhart to lead state's port Santa Clara VTA marks transit project milestone Phillips 66, Genesis Energy set sights on crude-by-rail facilities CREATE program constituents mark grade separation opening in Bridgeview BART union members approve contract; state utilities commission adopts new transit-rail safety rules

November 1

Rail supplier news from Harsco, Auto Truck, Bombardier, American Railcar and FreightCar America (Nov. 1) Genesee & Wyoming reports strong 3Q results; Arizona short line turns 10 CSX touts 'landmark' agreement with four unions Long Island Rail Road restores Queens Village station Metra, TCU reach tentative agreement NS renames Pennsylvania yard to honor former corporate affairs executive MBTA to modernize Chelsea station as part of Silver Line Gateway project Four railroads advance joint line relocation plan in Iowa North American intermodal volume climbed in 3Q; U.S. rail traffic rose in week 43 << Previous Next >>
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