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Rail News: December 2013

December 30

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Rockwell Collins, ARINC and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Dec. 30) Read More »
Passenger Rail
LACMTA to provide rail service to Tournament of Roses Parade Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro's light-rail service sets Saturday ridership record Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
SMART division, Kansas University to conduct hearing loss study Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP holiday train sets donation record Read More »
People
In Memoriam: George Belchick, longtime Wabtec executive Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. chemical industry is back on growth path, ACC says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Mineta transit research consortium publishes report on transit system efficiency Read More »

December 27

Passenger Rail
NJ Transit rolls out new mobile ticketing app Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Northern Frac Proppants arranges funds for more frac sand facilities in Wisconsin Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. intermodal volume up, carloads down in year's 51st week Read More »
People
Sound Transit elects new board leadership Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ontario unveils RFP for Eglinton Crosstown light-rail line Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP might open New Mexico yard in late 2014 Read More »
Labor
BART's new president calls for study of labor negotiation issues Read More »
Mechanical
Indiana Harbor Belt lands local grant to convert locomotives to natural gas Read More »

December 26

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Siemens, AXION, Alstom and BMT (Dec. 26) Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak addresses Wi-Fi service for Midwest routes, opens new lounge at L.A.'s Union Station Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Plains All American to build rail-served fractionator in Eagle Ford Shale Read More »
People
Diaz to head security for New York MTA Read More »
Intermodal
Quebec port sets bulk cargo record Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT allocates grant for New York station work; FRA boosts accident reporting threshold for 2014 Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
North Carolina Railroad pays dividend for new state rail fund Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT announces $3 billion for transit systems hit by Hurricane Sandy Read More »

December 23

People
BNSF's Rose becomes board member for Dallas federal reserve bank Read More »
Passenger Rail
Honolulu chooses four-car trains for transit-rail system Read More »
Passenger Rail
Houston opens new light-rail extension Read More »
Intermodal
Washington state port sets annual rail-car volume record Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS is poised to keep executing its strategic plan in 2014, Starling says Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA adopts FY2014 budget, eliminates shortfall Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Kinder Morgan, Imperial Oil to build crude rail terminal near Edmonton Read More »
Labor
BART, unions settle final contract dispute Read More »

December 20

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Ansaldo STS, Trinity, Alstom, Tiger Cool, Bombardier, RSI and Stantec (Dec. 20) Read More »
People
Long Beach port's board elects officers Read More »
Labor
BLET, BMWED encourage members to back ATDA organizing effort at UP Read More »
Shippers
Cargill to expand rail capacity at Alberta grain facility Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit adopts $1.1 billion budget for 2014 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. rail traffic maintained up-and-down pattern in 50th week Read More »
Mechanical
IDOT advances multi-state locomotive acquisition Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
NTSB issues track-worker safety recommendations Read More »

December 19

CSX Transportation
Scott to succeed Giobbie as CSX short-line manager Read More »
Passenger Rail
Cincinnati streetcar cancellation could cost $80 million, excluding potential lawsuits, independent auditor says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Virginia agency schedules meeting on proposed high-speed rail line Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Strobel Starostka Transfer to operate unit train facility in Wyoming Read More »
MOW
RTA report: Tie purchases, production nose-dived in November Read More »
Passenger Rail
SMART lands funds to extend service; board OKs new station for Sonoma County Airport Read More »
Intermodal
Exports drove up South Carolina port's container volume in November Read More »
Amtrak
Sens. Tester, Baucus advocate for additional Amtrak Empire Builder stop for Bakken oil workers Read More »

December 18

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Thales, Ansaldo STS and TUV Rheinland (Dec. 18) Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak to add Wolverine Service trains for holidays Read More »
C&S
Crossing projects on tap in Ohio; grade separation set in California Read More »
People
Mathis reelected as San Diego MTS chair Read More »
Intermodal
Washington state port awards rail project contract to RailWorks Read More »
People
BNSF tabs Carter to head merged department; Pacific Imperial Railroad selects Patterson as CCO Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Schumer to introduce legislation to extend transit commuter tax break Read More »
Intermodal
Container volume climbed at Southern California ports, lagged at Virginia port in November Read More »

December 17

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Wabtec, ProTran, Harsco Rail, Schneider National, Alstom and Caterpillar (Dec. 17) Read More »
Labor
Montreal port's rail workers ratify six-year agreement Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hampton Roads Transit to solicit public comments on proposed fare hike Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Tax credit extension would benefit Saratoga & North Creek's freight and passenger service, Schumer says Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCSM recognizes customers' carbon-reduction efforts Read More »
Safety
Sens. Schumer, Blumenthal call for more FRA funding Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
CTA ruling: CN under, CP over grain revenue cap in latest crop year Read More »
PTC
Amtrak's Boardman calls on Congress, railroads to make PTC a reality as soon as possible Read More »

December 16

MOW
NRC names top field employee, rail construction project for 2013 Read More »
People
Santa Clara VTA elects new leadership Read More »
People
Florida East Coast makes managerial changes in four departments Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Reading & Northern sues regional rail authority over operator contract Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California High-Speed Rail Authority advances to 'eminent domain' process Read More »
Intermodal
Three Pacific Northwest ports update emission-reduction goals Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA launches 60-day safety review of Metro-North Read More »
Passenger Rail
California commission allocates millions for transportation projects Read More »

December 13

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Tutor Perini, Ansaldo STS, CAF, Thales, CAD Railway, Nomad Digital and Tiger Cool (Dec. 13) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RAC honors CN and CP for safety, environmental efforts in 2013 Read More »
Mechanical
PATCO reveals refurbished rail cars Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
APTA advocates for tax benefit extension for transit commuters Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB seeks comments on grain rate case procedures Read More »
Passenger Rail
Six teams submit qualification statements for Maryland's Purple Line Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Pennsylvania provides grants for numerous freight-rail projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. intermodal counts climb, carloads fall in December's first week Read More »

December 12

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Flagship Rail, VeRail, Alstom, Railinc, CANARAIL, Parsons Brinckerhoff and NRC (Dec. 12) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
North Carolina DOT seeks short-line applicants for available state grants Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet calls for outside review of light-rail maintenance, sends trolleys to St. Louis Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index slipped slightly in October Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN anticipates higher earnings, capex budget in 2014 Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART fares to rise Jan. 1 to help fund 'Fleet of the Future' Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA issues safety advisory on train speed limits Read More »
BNSF Railway
Ice to succeed Rose as BNSF's CEO Read More »

December 11

People
Ehlinger retains seat as NIT League's chairman Read More »
Amtrak
ODOT readying new trains for service in Amtrak Cascades corridor Read More »
MOW
Gold Line Bridge project honored for engineering, construction Read More »
Shippers
Georgia ports pumped up cargo, container volumes in November Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF opens new Missouri River bridge Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail moved second-most freight by weight in 2012, BTS survey shows Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA commits $75 million to commuter-rail extension in Southern California Read More »
PTC
NTSB wraps up on-site investigation of Metro-North derailment, cites need for PTC Read More »

December 10

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Trinity, Siemens, Holland and CARS (Dec. 10) Read More »
MOW
Georgia DOT to build rail bridge over CSX tracks Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
APTA supports bill that would increase gas tax Read More »
Intermodal
L.A. port renews WWL's lease to operate large auto processing facility Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia seeks public input on draft of long-term transportation plan Read More »
Intermodal
Import container volume at major ports to end 2013 on good note, Global Port Tracker predicts Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN to serve another frac sand plant in Wisconsin Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Schumer, Blumenthal call on FRA to require safety monitoring systems in locomotives, operating cabs Read More »

December 9

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from RailComm, Koppers, TPSC, Nomad Digital, CTLGroup, Arup and AREMA (Dec. 9) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Greater Cleveland RTA to showcase new Red Line cars Read More »
People
Reading & Northern makes management changes Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP communications center earns law enforcement organization's accreditation Read More »
Intermodal
Jacksonville port boosts heavy cargo capabilities Read More »
PTC
Fatal Metro-North derailment prompts more calls for PTC Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North American freight movements remained meager in November, Cass says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North receives emergency order from FRA, takes new safety-enhancing actions Read More »

December 6

People
MassDOT's Davey named construction association's 'Person of the Year' Read More »
C&S
Illinois, Ohio commissions advance crossing projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
UTA to open new S-Line streetcar this weekend Read More »
Passenger Rail
High-growth areas need transit to reach economic potential, APTA says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic tallied gains in November, AAR says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Tank cars: RSI committee urges PHMSA to approve new-car design, consider proposed safety modifications for older fleets Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Senator and short-line industry constituents push for extension to Section 45G tax credit Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA to launch largest improvement plan of Blue Line O'Hare Branch in 30 years Read More »

December 5

Supplier Spotlight
USA Pavilion scored success at Brazilian trade show, REMSA and RSI say Read More »
MOW
UP to bolster line in Colorado Read More »
Passenger Rail
Cincinnati council votes to halt streetcar project Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet posts holiday ridership jump on MAX Red Line Read More »
Labor
STB among D.C. magazine's top workplaces in 2013 Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP's volume on modest growth path in 4Q, CFO Knight says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North restores service on Hudson Line Read More »
Labor
Major freight roads to provide health care coverage to eligible same-sex spouses, NRLC says Read More »
PTC
Rep. Maloney proposes PTC funding bill; APTA calls on Congress to pay for PTC Read More »

December 4

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Siemens, Cummins, Nomad Digital, GATX, Alstom, Parsons Brinckerhoff Halsall, Sidley Austin and T-RAIL (Dec. 4) Read More »
C&S
Montana DOT proposes crossing surface replacement; Arkansas city cites need for crossing repairs Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
RDC obtains full award in claim against Guatemalan government Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN a key 'backbone' of the economy, Mongeau says Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA to test late-night service on weekends Read More »
Labor
U.S. Class I employment level remained relatively flat in October Read More »
Labor
SEIU, ATU sue BART's board over labor contract Read More »
MOW
Metro-North begins track, signal repairs at derailment site Read More »

December 3

People
Jeffries to head AAR's government affairs department Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
New Orleans & Gulf Coast seeks STB exemption to continue leasing UP lines in Louisiana Read More »
Passenger Rail
Silver Line project completion delayed due to testing, D.C. airports authority says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Dakota Plains to open expanded crude terminal in North Dakota next week Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA set ridership record in October Read More »
Intermodal
Maritime Administration study examines Panama Canal expansion's impacts Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Francisco task force recommends $10 billion investment in city's transportation infrastructure Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North train speed hit 82 mph prior to derailment, NTSB says Read More »

December 2

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from GE, Vossloh, Alstom, Cubic and Michael Baker (Dec. 2) Read More »
MOW
Tie purchases and production posted big gains in October, RTA says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA unveils rule to assist rail passengers, crew in emergencies Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Large U.S. traffic gains in week 47 due to last year's Thanksgiving Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN implements program to acquire more rail, wheel monitoring equipment Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver RTD, HART award contracts for rail projects Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Demosky to succeed Grassby as CP's CFO Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Rep. Andrews introduces two bills targeting freight-rail safety Read More »
Passenger Rail
Investigation continues into deadly Metro-North derailment Read More »
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