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Rail News: February 2013

February 28

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

February 27

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

February 26

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

February 25

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

February 22

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

February 21

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

February 20

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

February 19

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

February 15

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

February 14

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

February 13

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

February 12

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

February 11

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

February 8

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

February 7

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

February 6

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

February 5

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

February 4

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

February 1

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