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Rail News: November 2014

November 26

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

November 25

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

November 24

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

November 21

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

November 20

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

November 19

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

November 18

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

November 17

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

November 14

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

November 13

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

November 12

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

November 11

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

November 10

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

November 7

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

November 6

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

November 5

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

November 4

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

November 3

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