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Rail News: December 2014

December 30

Amtrak
Amtrak-bus connections expand access in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee Read More »
Class Is
BNSF reviews independent appraisal of South Dakota yard pegged for relocation Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet bridge span installed for pedestrian overcrossing Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA launches new courtesy campaign on NYCT subways, buses Read More »
Labor
NS, BLET reach tentative agreement Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rail infrastructure investments will pay off for South Dakota, Gov. Daugaard says Read More »
Labor
FRA sets hearing for SEPTA waiver request on worker-rest rule Read More »
Intermodal
Govs. Cuomo, Christie back Port of New York and New Jersey reforms Read More »

December 29

Intermodal
Long Beach port advances more congestion-relief measures Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak raises safety awareness as part of Vermonter service expansion Read More »
Labor
Teamsters rail conference calls for limited access to locomotive recordings Read More »
Safety
Toronto Transit Commission orders review of operator training program Read More »
Passenger Rail
New Haven, Shore Line East fare hikes take effect Jan. 1 Read More »
People
Florida Gov. Scott tabs Boxold as next FDOT secretary Read More »
Safety
NTSB to release annual 'most wanted' safety improvement list next month Read More »
Mechanical
Canadian railroads on pace to meet emission-reduction goals, RAC says Read More »

December 26

C&S
Crossing upgrades advance in Ohio, Washington Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak resumes Empire Builder schedules Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Iowa DOT releases toolkit to promote state's freight-rail network Read More »
Passenger Rail
Atlanta Streetcar slated to open next week Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA completes Damen Station restoration Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: North American rail traffic gains continued in year's 51st week Read More »
Passenger Rail
M-1 Rail finalizes tax credit funding for Detroit streetcar line Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF issues first sustainability report based on GRI guidelines Read More »

December 23

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Thales, Alstom, Hyperloop, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Railway Interchange (Dec. 23) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North Carolina DOT releases summary of draft rail plan Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California High-Speed Rail Authority settles lawsuit with Bakersfield Read More »
Passenger Rail
Honolulu transit-rail project costs exceed original budget Read More »
Intermodal
November volume: Three ports cite gains, one notes decline Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Virginia rail department chooses HDR for environmental study Read More »
MOW
Crosstie production, purchases nosedived in November Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS eyes 'significant' engineering program in 2015, Starling says Read More »

December 22

Short Lines & Regionals
Sierra Northern tabs Beard as CEO; CN snags tentative pact for internal short line workers Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS releases first sustainability report Read More »
Passenger Rail
Light-rail ridership 'strong' on Twin Cities' new Green Line Read More »
Amtrak
Connecticut DOT seeks service provider for New Haven-Hartford Springfield line Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
CTA report: CP fell below, CN climbed above grain revenue cap in latest crop year Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS joins National Safety Council's Campbell Institute Read More »
Labor
U.S. Class I workforce notched another gain in November Read More »
Passenger Rail
Virginia counties obtain TIFIA loans for Silver Line extension Read More »
PTC
MTA's RRIF loan application for PTC advances Read More »

December 19

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from GATX, GE, Tiger Cool, Sqills and Auto Truck (Dec. 19) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Columbia Basin eyes BNSF interchange upgrades; ARG Transportation promotes two execs Read More »
Labor
Contract negotiations between CN, Unifor to carryover into January Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA completes Second Avenue Subway station shell construction Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX opens locomotive shop in Chicago Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: All 10 U.S. carload groups netted gains in week No. 50 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit approves $1.2 billion budget with funds for light-rail expansion Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. airport board's $4 billion modernization plan features new rail link Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB sets procedural schedule for proposed NS/Delaware & Hudson line transaction Read More »

December 18

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Alstom, Tracksure, L.B. Foster, Nomad Digital, Gates Group, Remprex, Sasser and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Dec. 18) Read More »
Labor
Six unions team up to tackle national agreement negotiations; BLET members ratify CSX pact Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak, Maryland improve communication at Washington Union Station Read More »
Passenger Rail
NJ Transit wraps up Red Bank Station restoration project Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB extends oversight of CN/EJ&E merger another two years Read More »
MOW
Gov. Cuomo announces nearly $18 million for New York rail projects Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Senate passes bill that would extend short-line tax credit through 2014 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canada introduces new crossing, rail safety regulations Read More »

December 17

Intermodal
FECR adds automated gate system at container facility; Tiger Cool Express installs Shurstad as vice chair Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
CMQR gains Transport Canada approval to operate Quebec line Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Four projects will help bolster South Dakota's rail network, Gov. Daugaard says Read More »
People
LIRR names Kubicek, Pohlot and Dumas to VP posts Read More »
People
Progressive Railroading is searching for 'Rising Stars' Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX opens intermodal terminal near Montreal Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Feds order Metro-North to pay maximum punitive damages for violating injured worker's rights Read More »
Safety
CP accident investigation stresses need for two safety enhancements, TSB says Read More »
Passenger Rail
Transit ridership grew 1.8 percent in third quarter, APTA says Read More »

December 16

People
Santa Clara VTA installs Woodward as chair, Chavez as vice chair Read More »
C&S
North Carolina DOT's Rail Division boosts safety at six public crossings Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Railroad equipment investments to 'moderate' next year, finance foundation report says Read More »
Security
Secure Rail releases latest alert Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX completes fossilized oyster shell moves to Maryland Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California high-speed authority awards bid for next segment Read More »
People
Metrolink CEO DePallo resigns Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Short-line tax credit on path to one-year extension, ASLRRA says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Omnibus bill trims TIGER grants, maintains Amtrak funding Read More »

December 15

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Brookville, McMillen, Jacobs, Alstom, Parsons and HOK (Dec. 15) Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
Richardson International to build new grain elevator in Manitoba Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North to screen all train engineers for sleep apnea Read More »
MOW
California Transportation Commission OKs funds for several rail projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA blames NYCT derailment on track defects, seeks federal funds for Canarsie line Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak's Vermonter to serve 'Knowledge Corridor' Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sen. Murray: FY2015 appropriations bill would set USDOT deadline for tank-car rule, fund short-line safety institute Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra, freight railroads advocate advancement of 75th Street corridor project in Chicago Read More »

December 12

People
New chairmen installed for North Carolina ports authority, national soybean coalition Read More »
People
SEPTA appoints McCormick legislative affairs director; Florida commission seeks candidates for transportation secretary Read More »
Labor
STB again tops PPS list of best workplaces among small federal agencies Read More »
Passenger Rail
PANYNJ OKs study for proposed PATH extension to Newark airport Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR traffic report: Railroads got off to a good start in December Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak's Coscia, SMART's Previsich ask Congress to boost passenger-rail investments Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Wisconsin completes purchase of 70-mile UP line Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Federal spending package would preserve transit, cut TIGER dollars Read More »

December 11

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from GE Capital, Hub, HNTB, Ricardo, Hatch Mott MacDonald and OSPT Alliance (Dec. 11) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Rainmaker Resources continues to pursue frac sand mine in Arkansas Read More »
C&S
Grade separation, crossing projects land funds in two states Read More »
Passenger Rail
Rail Runner completes crossing safety review, lifts temporary speed restrictions Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA breaks ground on Wilson Station, track reconstruction project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index scored another gain in October Read More »
Passenger Rail
Foothill Gold Line light-rail project begins testing phase Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP earns recognition for climate change info disclosures Read More »

December 10

Intermodal
CenterPoint Properties acquires rail-served properties at Seattle port Read More »
Intermodal
Montreal port remains driven to develop container terminal Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York officials open new Briarwood/Van Wyck subway entrance Read More »
People
Progressive Railroading is searching for 'Rising Stars' Read More »
Passenger Rail
Southwest Ohio transit agency OKs Cincinnati Streetcar operations agreement Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Sens. Heitkamp, Hoeven wrap up ag product transportation conference in North Dakota Read More »
Amtrak
Dearborn Amtrak station to be named after U.S. Rep. Dingell Read More »
Safety
North Dakota commission sets conditioning standards to reduce volatile gases in Bakken crude Read More »

December 9

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from GE Capital, FreightCar America, Alstom, Rockwell Collins, Greenbrier and NRC (Dec. 9) Read More »
Shippers
NIT League installs Executive Committee officers Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink awarded $1.7 million for fare enforcement program Read More »
People
Three ports make management, governance changes Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA awards contract for Hurricane Sandy repairs to South Ferry station Read More »
Shippers
Railroads earn commendable grade for latest grain harvest service performance, soy coalition says Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP seeks to strengthen grain supply chain in North Dakota Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
AASHTO/APTA report: U.S. needs $163 billion annually to fix aging transportation infrastructure Read More »

December 8

Class Is
Select Sands seeks to advance frac sand project in Arkansas Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Watco restructures recruiting team Read More »
People
San Diego transit agency hires Musgrove to oversee field security Read More »
Passenger Rail
HART installs first tracks for Honolulu rail project Read More »
Labor
CN: SMART division members ratify pact; Steelworkers OK tentative agreement Read More »
Intermodal
Imports predicted to slow at major U.S. ports in December Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Rep. Denham seeks to stop federal funds for California's high-speed rail line Read More »
Passenger Rail
MARTA posted ridership, revenue gains in FY2015's first quarter Read More »

December 5

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Unitrac, Kelso, RailComm, Siemens, Alstom, L.B. Foster, Thales, Bayer CropScience and DSC Logistics (Dec. 5) Read More »
Labor
BLET verifies National Division officer elections Read More »
Passenger Rail
Twin Cities' Green Line extension obtains 85 percent of local funding Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN to soon begin serving new frac sand terminal in Alberta Read More »
Security
Early bird rate ends today for Secure Rail conference Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain unveils final environmental report for electrification project, OKs rail-car purchase Read More »
Mechanical
Earthjustice challenges USDOT's denial of petition to ban older tank cars Read More »
Amtrak
FRA considers granting 'Buy America' waiver to Amtrak, California rail authority for train prototypes Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. roads logged their ninth-straight monthly carload gain in November Read More »

December 4

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Arcadis, American Railcar, Thales, Huber+Suhner, Ricardo and Hanson (Dec. 4) Read More »
C&S
Crossing projects advance in Arizona, Ohio and Washington Read More »
People
Chalich promoted to president of Northern Plains Railroad, Northern Plains Rail Services Read More »
Passenger Rail
LIRR to temporarily close tunnels for new signal installation work Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain begins replacement of San Mateo bridges Read More »
Labor
Pentagon roundtable took aim at military hiring in rail industry Read More »
Intermodal
Jacksonville port to export Acuras for American Honda Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA to fund $1 billion for MBTA Green Line extension Read More »

December 3

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Vossloh, Kelso, Keolis, Siemens, Masabi and Gulf Intermodal (Dec. 3) Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
Interjurisdictional team acquires CN line in British Columbia Read More »
People
2015 'Rising Star' nomination process is underway Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
RSI report: Proposed tank-car rule could carry $60 billion price tag Read More »
Security
Early bird rate ends Friday for Secure Rail conference Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak earns recognition for business strategy Read More »
Safety
Canadian rail association honors four railroads with 2014 safety awards Read More »
Passenger Rail
PANYNJ 2015 budget includes capex for PATH stations Read More »
Safety
Crude-by-rail safety reports released in New York, Washington Read More »

December 2

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Crystal Mover, GE, Alstom, Express Rail, Trimble and Thales (Dec. 2) Read More »
Intermodal
Concept plan in place for Port of Anchorage modernization project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Santa Clara transit agency hosts meetings on BART Silicon Valley extension Read More »
People
Dougherty to head sales, marketing for Chicago South Shore and South Bend Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak appoints Learner to blue ribbon panel studying Chicago traffic congestion Read More »
Intermodal
Alabama, Houston port authorities award rail project contracts Read More »
Passenger Rail
AMT launches commuter-rail service to Montreal suburb Read More »
People
CSX's Mills to succeed Hoback as Indiana Rail Road's leader Read More »

December 1

MOW
Crosstie purchases, production climbed in October Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit unveils environmental document, long-range planning process Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. carloads ratcheted down heading into Thanksgiving week Read More »
Passenger Rail
San Diego transit agency set ridership record in October Read More »
Security
Progressive Railroading enhances agenda for Secure Rail conference Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA commission recommends strategies to address future challenges Read More »
Safety
TSB updates 'transportation safety watchlist' Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrans funds 77 projects to improve transit Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canadian government extends grain volume requirements for CN, CP into 2015 Read More »
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