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Rail News: December 2015

December 30

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Alstom, Bombardier and Nomad (Dec. 30) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Miami-Dade pilots express rail service to downtown Miami Read More »
Passenger Rail
New Cleveland station boosts transit-oriented development plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA completes 4G wireless installation on subways Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolink to introduce cheaper fares in 2016 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minneapolis Green Line Extension funding passes 80 percent mark Read More »
Amtrak
New rail line helps Amtrak trains bypass Detroit bottleneck Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canadian Pacific, CN exceed grain revenue entitlements for 2014-15 crop year Read More »

December 29

Passenger Rail
TTC's 13th new streetcar enters service Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro preps Gold Line tracks for Regional Connector project Read More »
People
Former KCS leader Rowland dies at 78 Read More »
MOW
RTA report: Crosstie production, purchases were down in November Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF transports cargo from largest ship to reach U.S. coasts Read More »
People
NJ Transit names Martin as interim executive director Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB solicits opinions for 'on-time' passenger-train performance, preference issues Read More »

December 28

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from NRC, Bombardier, Siemens and CDM Smith (Dec. 28) Read More »
Passenger Rail
L.A. Metro debuts videos to encourage people with disabilities to ride Read More »
People
Virginia state rail office hires Smith as policy chief Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet installs swing gates, signage at Orange Line crossings Read More »
Amtrak
Mica demands private-sector competition on Amtrak routes Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian railroads on track with greenhouse gas emission reduction, RAC report says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. railroads post traffic decline in week No. 50 Read More »

December 23

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Alstom, GREX and Gross & Janes (Dec. 23) Read More »
Intermodal
Canada completes intermodal access project in Edmonton Read More »
Labor
SMART union members OK agreement with MTA Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
TSB: Inadequate track conditions led to CN train derailment Read More »
PTC
MBTA inks $338 million PTC contract with Ansaldo Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
PortMiami reaches record 1 million TEUs Read More »
Passenger Rail
Amtrak, FRA release DEIS on Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel improvements Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
CP responds to NS board's latest rejection Read More »

December 22

Amtrak
Amtrak searches for next crop of writers in residence Read More »
Labor
BLET seeks applicants for James R. Hoffa scholarships Read More »
Safety
Ohio panel OKs rail-crossing safety updates Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
The Andersons to expand Michigan ethanol plant Read More »
Security
SMART sets up law enforcement division, names Welch police chief Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Elliott highlights changes under STB Reauthorization Act Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak flips PTC switch on Northeast Corridor routes Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA oversight board paves way for 10 percent fare hike Read More »

December 21

Security
Webcast to focus on 'active shooter' mitigation Read More »
People
Bass named executive director of Texas DOT Read More »
Financials
MBTA should put the brakes on expansions, Harvard fellow says Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific: Merger would benefit Chicago during holiday shutdown Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
OmniTRAX Canada to sell railway, port to Manitoba's First Nations Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Omnibus bill includes transit-commuter tax benefit; increases funds for FTA, FRA Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit nets $75 million for Tacoma Link light-rail extension Read More »

December 18

Canadian National Railway - CN
CN counts 1,500 first-responder signups for rail-car safety app Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metrolinx unveils new fare payment system on TTC streetcars Read More »
Passenger Rail
AMT seeks firm for operation, maintenance of commuter trains Read More »
Class Is
U.S. Class Is continued workforce trims in November Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit's new $1.2 billion budget funds light-rail expansions Read More »
Passenger Rail
TEX Rail project advances with track-sharing pacts Read More »
Passenger Rail
Chicago RTA OKs $3.9 billion capital budget for local transit agencies Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP responds to Iawmakers' concerns over proposed NS merger Read More »

December 17

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from RailComm, Hanson, Holland and Loram (Dec. 17) Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Omnibus bill drops longer-truck proposal Read More »
PTC
Wabtec obtains $45 million PTC contracts from Metra, Parsons Read More »
Financials
UTA 2016 budget features more rail service, amenities Read More »
Class Is
AAR: U.S. carload, intermodal traffic down again in Week 49 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minnesota-Duluth high-speed rail proposal reduces speed, costs Read More »
Passenger Rail
DC Streetcar begins pre-revenue operations Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
CP's latest offer doesn't address regulatory risks, uncertainties, NS says Read More »

December 16

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from NRC, STV, GDF SUEZ and Bombardier (Dec. 16) Read More »
People
Santa Clara VTA names Chavez chair, Bruins vice chair Read More »
Passenger Rail
UTA streetcar ridership jumps by almost 19 percent in 2015 Read More »
Safety
FTA releases second safety directive to WMATA Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
RAC: Rail, pipeline equally safe for moving crude oil Read More »
Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific sweetens bid to acquire Norfolk Southern Read More »

December 15

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Hanson, Hollysys, Alstom, Auto Truck and WAGO (Dec. 15) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra brings Wi-Fi to downtown stations, preps for onboard service Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Greenbrier nets 1,800 rail-car orders since Sept. 1 Read More »
Passenger Rail
California panel approves $154 million in transportation projects Read More »
MOW
Metro-North replaces nearly 98,000 ties, hires Vonashek as VP of system safety Read More »
Class Is
Durbin, Illinois representatives concerned about proposed CP-NS merger Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Short Line Safety Institute names Hynes executive director, seats new boards Read More »

December 14

People
Rose named chair of TransLink Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North Carolina DOT, university collaborate on rail workforce assessment Read More »
Amtrak
PANYNJ advances Gateway rail tunnel project Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN pledges $5 million to help resettle Syrian refugees in Canada Read More »
Security
Cuomo orders higher security measures on mass transit Read More »
People
RTD board to negotiate with Genova for GM, CEO post Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS formally rejects CP's revised merger bid Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA to terminate several Green Line Extension contracts Read More »

December 11

Supplier Spotlight
Rep. Kinzinger tours Colo Railroad Builders' Illinois facility Read More »
People
IANA's Casey earns lifetime achievement award Read More »
C&S
Arizona panel approves $66.6 million grade separation project Read More »
Mechanical
CN, Amsted Rail ink wheel-making deal Read More »
Passenger Rail
Atlanta OKs long-range streetcar expansion plan Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro to open Northwest Extension in March Read More »
Passenger Rail
New York City subways set one-day ridership record in October Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House approves STB reauthorization bill Read More »

December 10

Security
Secure Rail Conference fee to increase after Friday Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Advent Intermodal, ALAN, Shannon & Wilson and HOTSTART (Dec. 10) Read More »
MOW
CTA board OKs $13 million Green Line track renewal Read More »
Class Is
AAR: U.S. railroads' intermodal volume holds steady in Week 48 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metropolitan Council to submit Metro Blue Line extension plans for local approval Read More »
Passenger Rail
Las Vegas RTC mulls light-rail system, monorail extension Read More »
Class Is
Canadian Pacific, TCRC reach arbitrated agreement Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX to switch from NYSE to Nasdaq exchange Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak's Boardman announces retirement plans Read More »

December 9

Amtrak
Amtrak, PennDOT offer initiative to expand intercity rail travel Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California high-speed rail agency gears up for Fresno bridge demolition Read More »
Safety
New York completes latest round of crude-oil tank car, rail inspections Read More »
People
Virginia DRPT names Burrus chief of rail Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit releases studies for potential projects for next ballot measure Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA seeks candidates for safety chief Read More »
People
Denver RTD narrows search for next CEO Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF penalized for not reporting hazmat spills on time Read More »

December 8

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Wabtec, Jacobs, Distribution International and Alstom (Dec. 8) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
SMART TD certified to represent Central Maine & Quebec's train, engine workers Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FTA proposes rule for safety oversight training Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP designated a 'military friendly' employer Read More »
Financials
Caltrain OKs 50-cent fare hike Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA wraps up two major upgrades for East Side Access project Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak, Connecticut reach funding agreement on Hartford Line commuter-rail service Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CP issues revised buyout offer; NS rebuffs it as a 'reduced proposal' Read More »

December 7

Supplier Spotlight
Lat-Lon 'FastCast' set for tomorrow Read More »
Passenger Rail
Honolulu transit-rail agency finishes 5th mile of elevated guideway Read More »
Passenger Rail
TransLink earns top sustainability honors from APTA Read More »
Passenger Rail
OIG to audit FTA's oversight of Metrorail safety Read More »
Passenger Rail
Report highlights benefits of extending SEPTA's Norristown line Read More »
MOW
RTA: Crosstie production rose, purchases held steady in October Read More »
Passenger Rail
Operation Lifesaver awards rail-safety education grants to eight transit agencies Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX, Pittsburgh-area officials mark start of intermodal terminal project Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Obama signs FAST Act Read More »

December 4

Security
Early bird rate still available for Secure Rail conference Read More »
Labor
BLET ratifies new contract with Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA initiates transit-oriented development technical assistance program Read More »
Class Is
UP recognized for carbon emissions disclosure; BNSF issues 2014 sustainability report Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Carload, intermodal activity down in November Read More »
People
Valley Metro boards accept Banta's resignation, names Anderson acting CEO Read More »
Safety
New York AG calls on PHMSA to close crude-by-rail safety loophole Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Congress OKs five-year transportation funding bill Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS board to CP: Buyout offer is 'grossly inadequate' Read More »

December 3

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Duos Technologies, Siemens, RailComm, FreightCar America and WSP (Dec. 3) Read More »
People
TTC's Upfold honored for transit leadership Read More »
Passenger Rail
DART to host meetings on D2 light-rail project Read More »
Safety
Washington state regulator raises rail safety concerns of Grays Harbor oil projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
Japanese fund to invest in Texas Central bullet train Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX cuts yearly earnings outlook as coal demand diminishes Read More »
Passenger Rail
Phoenix light-rail project advances in FTA grant program Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak reports higher losses, steady ridership for FY2015 Read More »

December 2

Short Lines & Regionals
Montana Rail kicks off Spurling track construction project Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Short line, port associations to collaborate on intermodal opportunities Read More »
Passenger Rail
Cleveland RTA mulls fare increases for 2016 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sacramento transit agency gathers input on proposed light-rail extension to airport Read More »
Safety
Operation Lifesaver responds to fatalities related to photo-taking on rail tracks Read More »
BNSF Railway
Cloud Peak Energy, BNSF amend transportation agreement Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Apache Railway changes hands, continues operations Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FAST Act strengthens rail safety, includes rail title for Amtrak Read More »

December 1

Passenger Rail
Sound Transit to host open house on Tacoma Link expansion plan Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
NCDOT taps Gulf & Ohio to operate state-owned rail line Read More »
People
Texas Central expands executive team with new hires Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Canadian crude-by-rail exports rebound in Q3 Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail, international rail community vow to take action on climate change Read More »
BNSF Railway
Tongue River Railroad puts Montana coal line plan on hold Read More »
Intermodal
PANYNJ unveils 2016 budgets Read More »
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