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Rail News: February 2013

February 28

Federal Legislation & Regulation
SMART joins rail industry constituents that oppose larger-truck-size bill Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
TBG Holdings tabs August as president of newly formed short-line holding company Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX designates Tennessee industrial park for 'Select Site' program Read More »
Amtrak
Labor leaders urge Congress to pass long-term Amtrak plan Read More »
Safety
New pedestrian crossing to improve safety on LOSSAN rail corridor Read More »
Intermodal
Toyota to export Venzas from Georgia port Read More »
Intermodal
L.A. port issues final environmental report for BNSF's proposed intermodal facility Read More »

February 27

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Harsco, AECOM, Thales and Tranco (Feb. 27) Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak ad campaign will highlight Acela for business travelers Read More »
Labor
Montreal port lands new labor agreement Read More »
C&S
Crossing upgrades on tap in Illinois, Washington Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA, HNTB receive engineering award for Norristown line's emergency repairs Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific wins logistics award in China, tabs Coalson to head ShipCarsNow Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA posts drop in serious crime rate Read More »
PTC
AAR: 'It's simply impossible' for roads to safely, fully install PTC by the mandated deadline Read More »

February 26

Mechanical
League of Railway Industry Women affiliates with CMA to offer seminar at Railway Interchange 2013 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sen. Franken calls on Obama to address freight-rail competition; AAR says rail shippers already protected by federal laws Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Progressive Rail to serve new Minnesota grain facility; Union Pacific to serve new Texas rail park Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
APTA launches 'Early Career' program to develop future transit leaders Read More »
Safety
Operation Lifesaver, FTA announce transit-rail safety education grants Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
NS closes hump yard in Virginia, eliminates 140 jobs Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver RTD to review unsolicited contractor proposal for North Metro line Read More »
Labor
FRA releases new study on rail worker fatigue Read More »

February 25

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from FreightCar America, ABB, Connected Controls, Kelso and Trinity Industries (Feb. 25) Read More »
People
New top personnel in place at Washington, North Carolina DOTs Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA to hire customer service assistants to help improve rail service Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB seeks candidate to fill railroad-shipper advisory council vacancy Read More »
People
Alaska Railroad promotes Hopp to succeed Brooks as chief engineer Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCS to create training center in Louisiana for operating employees Read More »
Labor
STB: U.S. Class I workforce a tad smaller at year's start Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
SunRail commuter-rail line to receive another $87.3 million in federal funds Read More »

February 22

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from GE, American Railcar, Gulf Intermodal, Moffatt & Nichol, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Auto Truck (Feb. 22) Read More »
Intermodal
Longshoremen union, harbor employees association ratify L.A.-area port contracts Read More »
Safety
Operation Lifesaver CEO Rose cites priorities at national AASHTO meeting Read More »
Passenger Rail
Hampton Roads Transit to solicit public input on Virginia Beach extension plan Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Watco, Kinder Morgan to build crude-by-rail facility in Houston Read More »
Passenger Rail
Houston's METRO to reopen bridge as part of light-rail expansion Read More »
Intermodal
Port projects advance in Vancouver, Los Angeles Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Crude oil a big traffic story for 2012, mixed results the same old traffic story for latest week Read More »

February 21

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from FreightCar America, Bombardier, RailComm, Quintiq, T.Y. Lin, Loram and Unitrac (Feb. 21) Read More »
MOW
CSX schedules trackwork in Virginia Read More »
Passenger Rail
Cleveland transit agency to solicit public comments for new station Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minneapolis light-rail bridge project earns engineering award Read More »
People
NS: Reiner to succeed Baker as AVP of industrial development Read More »
Intermodal
South Carolina, Virginia and Vancouver ports report cargo gains Read More »
C&S
Another CREATE grade separation gets under way near Chicago Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Obama releases infrastructure plan; Rep. Shuster calls it a short-term fix Read More »

February 20

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Lilee Systems, Skanska, Alstom, Con-way, RailRunner and Wabtec (Feb. 20) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Saratoga & North Creek logs first freight movement on New York line in a quarter-century Read More »
People
LaHood to receive WTS International's first 'Navigator' award Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF CEO Rose among 2013 Horatio Alger Award winners Read More »
MOW
Wisconsin allocates dollars for freight-rail program; New York authority seeks state funds to upgrade two rail bridges Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra cites 2012 highlights Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet's FY2014 budget concerns tied to union contract, health costs Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
FRA should provide loan to help New York port upgrade rail, Sen. Schumer says Read More »
Safety
TSB: Rail accidents were flat, but fatalities climbed in Canada last year Read More »

February 19

MOW
Washington port seeks bids for Royal Slope Railroad trackwork Read More »
People
Richard wins second term as California High-Speed Rail Authority's chair Read More »
MOW
Connecticut DOT to speed up gate installation at crash site Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Pacific Imperial Railroad names Dahlman CEO, pursues Desert Line upgrades Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX continues to emphasize sustainability efforts Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
MTA awards contract for Second Avenue Subway station project Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Sen. Lautenberg will retain surface transportation subcommittee chairmanship, won't seek re-election in 2014 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House transportation committee highlights federal role in transportation Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN promotes Vena to EVP/COO, donates $500,000 to Michigan Tech for rail fellowship Read More »

February 15

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Thales, SNC-Lavalin, Alstom, Miller Felpax, Racine Railroad Products and Bridger (Feb. 15) Read More »
People
Davis takes helm as New Orleans Public Belt's CEO Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak appoints chief of customer service, GM of state-supported services Read More »
Passenger Rail
SFMTA lands lease agreement to advance subway project Read More »
Intermodal
Volume climbed for Long Beach port, fell for L.A. port in January Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak, Michigan prepare for faster rail service; new SunRail station under way in Florida Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR halves rail traffic commodity groups to 10 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT to form National Freight Advisory Committee Read More »

February 14

C&S
Quiet zone plan progresses in North Dakota; crossing upgrades advance in Ohio Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Transportation Services Index inched up in December Read More »
Amtrak
Capitol Corridor ridership, revenue results mixed for January Read More »
Mechanical
CTA to upgrade light fixtures, add rail cars Read More »
People
Progressive Railroading seeks rail industry's 'Rising Stars' Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Genesee & Wyoming posts progress with RailAmerica integration Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro to raise fares March 1; BART to consider fare, parking price hikes Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA chooses Darby Road site for Paoli intermodal center Read More »
MOW
Rail bridge project gets under way in North Carolina Read More »

February 13

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Alstom, Ansaldo, Armor Group, Avtec, Axion, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Cubic (Feb. 13) Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Mica to introduce legislation to end Amtrak 'monopoly' Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Iowa Pacific opens second crude-oil unit train facility on Texas short line Read More »
C&S
California city creates quite zone; Washington commission installs new chairman Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Boxer, Vitter announce Senate transportation subcommittee members Read More »
Financials
RailAmerica acquisition skewed Genesee & Wyoming's 4Q financial results Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
APTA CEO Melaniphy praises Obama's call for transportation infrastructure investment Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific makes management changes, tops Dividend Channel's 'transport stock' list Read More »
Intermodal
Texas port firms up funding for rail yard upgrades Read More »

February 12

People
Gutierrez retains seat as Alameda Corridor construction authority's chairman Read More »
Intermodal
Milwaukee port registered total volume drop, foreign cargo climb in 2012 Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA improved service in 2012, agency report shows Read More »
Passenger Rail
Work under way on California highway project's final segment, including BART extension Read More »
PTC
NTSB schedules public forum on PTC progress Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Virginia transportation officials to update public on Southeast high-speed rail project Read More »
Passenger Rail
VIA Rail's total ridership dropped in 2012 despite 4Q gains Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN places iron-ore project feasibility study on hold Read More »

February 11

Short Lines & Regionals
Wisconsin association recognizes Progressive Rail's economic development efforts Read More »
People
Valley Metro CEO Banta becomes secretary, treasurer for southwest transit association Read More »
Labor
Texas short-line workers join UTU division Read More »
Kansas City Southern
KCSM earns environmental quality certificate in Mexico Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Additional federal rail investment would boost U.S. manufacturing jobs, policy center says Read More »
MOW
North Carolina bill proposes to generate funding for freight-rail improvements Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
House transportation committee hearing to examine federal role in infrastructure Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit sets annual ridership records, solicits input on Tacoma Link expansion Read More »

February 8

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Thales, L.B. Foster, Peab and Gannett Fleming (Feb. 8) Read More »
People
American port association pegs Hahn, Poe as 'Port Persons of the Year' Read More »
Passenger Rail
Public to review DART study for proposed downtown light-rail line Read More »
People
Bellerud to manage container terminal business for Tacoma port Read More »
Intermodal
Cold storage facility coming to North Carolina port Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA to solicit public input on strategic plan, FY2014 budget Read More »
Passenger Rail
Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett proposes gas-tax changes as part of transportation funding plan Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: Intermodal up, carloads down trend continued for U.S. roads in January Read More »

February 7

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Bombardier, County Materials and Hulcher (Feb. 7) Read More »
Passenger Rail
APTA supports U.S. energy productivity goal Read More »
Labor
IBEW Council 11 members ratify CN contract Read More »
Passenger Rail
Connecticut bond commission allocates $170 million for rail projects Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
North Carolina Railroad faces annual payments, strengthened oversight stipulated in state bill Read More »
Passenger Rail
Oregon, Washington DOTs ink agreement to improve Pacific Northwest passenger-rail service Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF set industrial development records in 2012 Read More »
Intermodal
Intermodal container volume climbed to record high in 2012, IANA says Read More »
Mechanical
CTA to solicit bids for new 7000 series rail cars Read More »

February 6

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from Ansaldo, VMV Paducahbilt, Railinc, Kelso, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Gannett Fleming and Tideworks (Feb. 6) Read More »
Passenger Rail
Honolulu agency completes archaeological survey for transit-rail project Read More »
Passenger Rail
Twin Cities' transit ridership continued growth trend in 2012 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
EIA report: Crude oil surge, coal cut-back reflected in 2012 rail traffic Read More »
Passenger Rail
BNSF, Amtrak and Sound Transit work with Washington DOT to address recurring mudslides Read More »
BNSF Railway
Ceres Global, Cogent Energy to build BNSF-served grain and crude oil facilities Read More »
Supplier Spotlight
Transit saved 865 million hours of traffic congestion in 2011, TTI report says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Capex in 2013: CN budgets $1.9 billion; major roads to collectively spend $13 billion Read More »

February 5

Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB proposes changes to cost-determination system Read More »
MOW
'Twas the season: Tie purchases and production dipped in December Read More »
Passenger Rail
Massachusetts Gov. Patrick backs more passenger-rail service Read More »
Mechanical
Air quality board approves funds for Metrolink's new locomotives Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
PBF Energy, Genesis Energy address unit train facility needs for crude oil Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak's Chicago-Milwaukee service set ridership record in 2012 Read More »
MOW
Grade separation gets under way in southern California Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT provides $2 billion in relief aid to transit agencies hit by Sandy Read More »

February 4

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier updates from GE, SNC-Lavalin, Bombardier, Cubic, Appalachian Railcar, RR Mergers and Gannett Fleming (Feb. 4) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Surface transportation cargo value climbed between U.S., NAFTA partners in November Read More »
People
Pittsburgh port authority ends CEO Bland's contract Read More »
Intermodal
Virginia port stakes claim as East Coast's fastest-growing container port; North Carolina port authority names interim leader Read More »
Passenger Rail
MBTA: Construction begins on Orange Line's new station Read More »
Labor
Longshoremen's association, maritime alliance reach tentative master agreement Read More »
Canadian Pacific
CN's Creel rejoins Harrison as Canadian Pacific's president, COO Read More »

February 1

Passenger Rail
Grand Central Terminal's centennial honored with commemorative stamp Read More »
Passenger Rail
BART to hold public meetings on new safety law Read More »
People
Kendall succeeds O'Malley as CSX's government affairs VP Read More »
Mechanical
EPA: Despite strong tank car demand, rail-car deliveries will fall to 50,500 in 2013 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Caltrain kicks off environmental review of electrification project Read More »
Shippers
Lack of rail competition means higher rates for chemical shippers, ACC claims; rates are based on marketplace, AAR says Read More »
Passenger Rail
New Jersey Transit posted record on-time performance in 2012 Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Long-standing U.S. rail traffic pattern held through year's fourth week Read More »
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