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Rail News: November 2014

November 26

Rail supplier news from Thales, Siemens, Railinc, Greenbrier, Protran and Bombardier (Nov. 26) Caltrans, Florida DOT win top honors in 'America's Transportation Awards' competition North Carolina Railroad allocates millions for economic development efforts Schumer calls on LIRR to consider rider comfort in new rail-car design Greenville & Western opens heavy machinery distribution facility Kinkisharyo to expand rail-car facility under new agreement, L.A. Mayor Garcetti says CSX lands at No. 6 on top 100 list of military friendly employers FRA issues safety advisory on roadway worker authority limits

November 25

TXNW Railway wins BNSF award; Reading & Northern plays role in scrap material theft law BLET division asks FRA to deny SEPTA's safety-rule waiver request MassDOT awards contract for rail bridge replacements Cox, Trombino to assume high-ranking AASHTO positions California high-speed authority issues construction RFQ, names Harper CAO KCSR, Columbus and Greenville help conduct crossing collision investigation course BLET to conduct ratification vote on BNSF letter of agreement Amtrak reports record fiscal-year revenue, lowest operating loss since '73

November 24

Martin, Smith assume new safety supervision roles at Watco San Diego board OKs environmental report for Mid-Coast trolley extension First of Denver RTD's new FasTracks rail cars arrive at Union Station Phillips 66, Paradigm Energy team up to develop a rail terminal and pipeline in North Dakota TransLink celebrates 200 millionth passenger on Canada Line Engineer and conductor contract talks stall between CP, Teamsters Connecticut approves state funds for Walk Bridge replacement CP's Creel accepts Progressive Railroading's Railroad Innovator Award

November 21

Rail supplier news from Finmeccanica, Tutor Perini, Peab, I.D. Systems and Maintenance Design Group (Nov. 21) Quebec contracts CANARAIL to study proposed iron-ore rail line Freight access project near final stages at Washington state port; intermodal project near environmental review phase at California ports Open houses slated for proposed Minneapolis-Duluth high-speed rail service Mexican association seeks proposals from U.S. firms for 'green locomotive' project Texas university student governments endorse Houston-Dallas high-speed rail service TransLink accepts recommendations to improve SkyTrain service Carloads climbed in all three North American nations last week CSX's Sanborn at RailTrends: Operational resiliency and winter resource planning are key

November 20

U.S. Class I workforce grew a bit in October Haigh to resign as chair of Twin Cities' Metropolitan Council UP tops transportation firms ranked on G.I. Jobs' military-friendly employers list AAR's Hamberger at RailTrends: U.S. rail industry takes on changing economy Milwaukee Mayor Barrett revises plan to advance streetcar project Genesee & Wyoming to acquire Pinsly's Arkansas subsidiaries Rep. Shuster to continue as House transportation committee chair New Canadian operating certificate regs to take effect Jan. 1 NTSB: Common organizational problems found in all five Metro-North accidents BNSF budgets a record $6 billion for capex in 2015

November 19

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Alstom, I.D. Systems, Kelso and AXION (Nov. 19) Tynes succeeds Mishra as Central Maine & Quebec's CFO MTA updates winter operations plan BLET members to consider CSX pact; TCU members ratify Bessemer and Lake Erie contract UP to upgrade lines in Colorado, Illinois Sacramento transit agency names Spangler chief counsel; OLI appoints Snipe to communications role Valley Metro to solicit public input on modified route for Tempe streetcar Port truck drivers spread strike to intermodal yards in Southern California NS continues to take actions to boost operational performance

November 18

Ports: Congestion in Southern California; October volume records in Georgia, Virginia Progressive Railroading kicks off 2015 'Rising Stars Award' nomination process MBTA opens Salem Intermodal Center; NJ Transit to serve new Princeton station Track repairer Jack Burton marks 50 years at Alaska Railroad MTA proposes fare, toll increases and considers video cameras for trains BNSF adds idle-reduction devices to 11 locomotives in Washington state Amtrak calls on STB to investigate freight-rail delays on Chicago-D.C. route NS proposes to acquire southern portion of Delaware & Hudson line from CP

November 17

Reading & Northern execs help relay Ukrainian anthracite concerns to Sen. Toomey BNSF's Rose to chair clean coal coalition Goddard to oversee San Diego transit agency's light-rail vehicle maintenance Progressive Railroading updates agenda for Secure Rail conference Metrolink reduced emissions at central maintenance facility Highline Grain begins to build shuttle loading facility in Washington Metro-North's customer satisfaction rating plummets over past year Class I report card confirms ag shippers' frustration with rail service, soy coalition says Metra's 2015 budget includes 10.8 percent fare hike

November 14

Rail supplier news from RailComm, GE, Harsco, Alstom, DANOBAT, VTG and J.L. Patterson (Nov. 14) Facilities: Vertex Rail to establish tank car plant in North Carolina; Linde Process Plants to expand Oklahoma operation Metra gears up for cold, snowy conditions Transportation Services Index increased in September APTA seeks restoration of transit tax parity TxDOT, FRA to solicit public input on proposed Dallas-Fort Worth high-speed rail line AAR: U.S. railroads' traffic gains continued in November's first week Obama nominates Elliott for second term as STB chair

November 13

Rep. Hunter backs U.S. attorney investigation into Desert Line lease agreement TSA grants help TriMet step up security during holidays CTA steps up monitoring of fare cards Lower Makefield Township lands Pennsylvania funding to create quiet zones Sasol to build $8.1 billion chemical manufacturing complex in Louisiana RailTrends ready to roll in New York City next week All Aboard Florida kicks off construction on West Palm Beach station CSX to cut 300 management positions at Florida HQ Construction begins on Amtrak service to Roanoke

November 12

Former NS executive establishes scholarship fund for Penn State Altoona rail program Houston transit agency promotes Bumpers to police chief Ports: Texas commission awards rail project contracts; military equipment heads from Jacksonville to West Africa CTA hires more military veterans Massachusetts renames South Station to honor former Gov. Dukakis STB: Wisconsin DOT doesn't need board's blessing to acquire UP line Reps. Blumenauer, McGovern to help WMATA rally for transit tax benefit BNSF posts progress on relieving ag shipment delays in North Dakota, Sen. Hoeven says

November 11

Rail supplier news from Koppers, Stella-Jones, Harsco, A. Stucki and Gannett Fleming (Nov. 11) Infinity Transportation unveils refrigerated container service; Lineage Logistics expands cold storage facility Los Angeles transit agency to assist disabled veterans with project bids Freight roads' hiring push includes many military veterans, AAR says BART service to Oakland airport begins Nov. 22 Coming tomorrow: Progressive Railroading webcast on railroad/shipper dynamic Tower 55 interlocking reopens in Texas MTA opens landmark Fulton Center in Lower Manhattan IANA report: Strong domestic container traffic pumped up 3Q intermodal volume

November 10

Operation Lifesaver co-founder Sam Grayson dies CN, Teamsters rail conference continue to negotiate new locomotive engineer contract Mexico withdraws Chinese consortium's high-speed rail contract CSX resolves lawsuit against two asbestos attorneys, radiologist Montreal's STM unveils $2.5 billion equipment, infrastructure plan Progressive Railroading updates agenda for Secure Rail conference Skanska joint venture awarded design-build contract for L.A.'s Purple Line extension BNSF drove up revenue, drove down operating ratio in 3Q FRA releases final rule on railroad safety worker training

November 7

Rail supplier updates from Mitsubishi, Miner, RailComm, The Andersons, Sasser, Sundt and A. Stucki (Nov. 7) Molitoris, Penne join OnTrackNorthAmerica's board Virginia DOT, FRA host meetings on proposed D.C.-Richmond high-speed project AAR: U.S. roads set intermodal volume records in October BNSF opens Permian Basin-based logistics center in Texas LACMTA set to break ground for Purple Line subway extension Administrator Szabo to depart FRA at year's end Caltrain's modernization project to take longer, cost more

November 6

Amtrak adds bus service between Richmond, Charlottesville STB seeks candidates for railroad-shipper council, energy committee vacancies Metrolink garners recognition for safety promotion, social media efforts Americold opens UP-served cold storage facility in Idaho CSX tabs Riley to manage industrial development in South Carolina Coming next week: Progressive Railroading webcast on railroad/shipper dynamic Mexico selects Chinese consortium to build high-speed rail line STB should implement a revenue adequacy standard in rate cases, ACC says Transit initiatives received 'overwhelming support' from voters, APTA says

November 5

Columbia Basin Railroad remains a busy short line in Washington state Operation Lifesaver names state coordinators in New Hampshire, Delaware Clayton County passes referendum to expand MARTA RTA: Crosstie production climbed, purchases slipped in September M-1 Rail selects Czech-based Inekon Group to build Detroit's streetcars Ironhorse Resources to develop rail industrial park in Permian Basin Metrolinx to launch Union Station corridor's signal system upgrade in 2015 Washington transportation commission cites proposed rail terminal's safety implications Federal highway agency OKs construction alternative for CSX tunnel project in D.C.

November 4

Rail supplier news from GATX, Trinity Rail, Crowley Maritime, Keolis and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Nov. 4) Pan Am clerical workers ratify pact LACMTA, Caltrans to host public hearings on High Desert Corridor L.A. port reports progress in improving air quality CHS set to open CN-served propane terminal in Wisconsin Missouri county receives federal funds for Rock Island Corridor, extends MOU with UP Port Everglades eclipsed 1 million TEU mark in FY2014 Anti-transit tax policy to impact ridership, FY2016 budget, WMATA says

November 3

Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Alstom, RailTerm, FreightCar America and HNTB (Nov. 3) Crossing projects advance in Ohio, Montana and Washington Rhode Island officials unveil video touting updated transit plan Minnesota Gov. Dayton takes steps to address rail service issues impacting ag products, coal Oswego port needs federal designation to export grain, Sen. Schumer says California High-Speed Rail Authority receives three bids for Fresno-to-Bakersfield segment Former KCS leader Mike Haverty to receive NIT League's McCullough Award Washington state port advances rail corridor expansion project << Previous Next >>
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