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Rail News: February 2014

February 28

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from J&A Industries, B&B Roadway, Alstom, Vossloh, L.B. Foster, Birmingham Rail and EnerSys (Feb. 28) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Wisconsin bill proposes frac sand mining surcharge Read More »
People
NARP's Capon moving on; Scott named acting president Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. rail traffic ramped back up in week 8 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit's board picks alignment for Tacoma Link light-rail expansion Read More »
People
Houston's METRO, California's Metrolink name new executives Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Three trade groups laud president's freight, TIGER funding proposals Read More »
Class Is
Three Class Is make Fortune's list of 'Most Admired' companies Read More »

February 27

Mechanical
Florida port purchases two new switchers Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Colorado DOT finds high-speed transit proposals possible, but expensive Read More »
Intermodal
Container volumes tumbled at Tacoma port, rose at Virginia port in January Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA OKs CATS' project development phase for streetcar expansion; CATS employee wins APTA contest Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN counts on community outreach to help bolster safety Read More »
Passenger Rail
WMATA officials hail funding from Maryland, Virginia and D.C. Read More »
PTC
PTC, crude by rail were hot rail safety topics at House subcommittee hearing Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Obama proposes $302 billion plan for transportation infrastructure Read More »

February 26

MOW
Tie purchases, production ramped up in January Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Pennsylvania provides $34.4 million for 33 freight-rail, short-line projects Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX tunnel project earns engineering honors Read More »
Passenger Rail
Denver's RTD, Chicago's Metra posted ridership gains in 2013 Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA OKs Triangle Transit's light-rail project development Read More »
Safety
MTA creates chief safety officer post Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Crude by rail: USDOT issues another emergency order; Global One launches unit trains in Utah Read More »

February 25

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Union Tank Car, Strobel Starostka, Toshiba, Hanson, Transit Safety and RSI/CMA (Feb. 25) Read More »
Intermodal
Houston and Vancouver ports set container records in 2013 Read More »
Class Is
CN, CSX and UP considered top 500 global brands again in 2014 Read More »
Passenger Rail
Construction under way on Perris Valley Metrolink extension Read More »
Passenger Rail
Maryland selects 'preferred training partners' for Purple, Red line projects Read More »
Passenger Rail
USDOT OKs early step in Dulles Metrorail project's TIFIA loan application Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Provincial governments seek rail service improvements for export grain Read More »
Labor
U.S. Class I workforce was relatively stable in January Read More »

February 24

C&S
Crossing projects advance in Illinois, Montana and Washington Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Court rulings clear way for Honolulu rail project Read More »
Passenger Rail
SEPTA marks 50 years in service Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX touted ethanol services at Renewable Fuels Association event Read More »
Passenger Rail
Short line rejects proposed reroute that would accommodate Twin Cities' light-rail project Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Illinois DOT kicks off high-speed rail Tier 2 environmental studies Read More »
Kansas City Southern
Mexican rail industry is working with government to address proposed railroad law amendments, KCS says Read More »
Safety
U.S. freight roads launch voluntary safety initiative targeting crude-by-rail operations Read More »

February 21

Intermodal
Foxx, Biden help mark ARRA's fifth anniversary by touring inland Illinois port Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Sen. Schumer promotes tax credit extension at New York short-line summit Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
U.S. rail traffic registered another drop in year's seventh week Read More »
Intermodal
Work resumes on Panama Canal's third lock set Read More »
PTC
Metrolink launches PTC system on BNSF track Read More »
Passenger Rail
FTA, LACMTA sign off on $670 million grant, $160 million TIFIA loan for light-rail connector Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF seeks proposals for 5,000 'next-generation' tank cars Read More »

February 20

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from FreightCar America, Trinity, Koppers, Lilee Systems and Alstom (Feb. 20) Read More »
People
White becomes president of X Train Read More »
Class Is
California port OKs UP rail-welding facility; Florida port advances CSX-served ICTF Read More »
Labor
TriMet, ATU to enter mediation over new contract Read More »
People
Progressive Railroading seeks nominations for Rising Stars 2014 Read More »
Passenger Rail
BNSF, Watco to provide final purchase proposals for Oklahoma DOT-owned line Read More »
Passenger Rail
St. Louis Metro proposes fare hike Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Politicians ask FRA to address track inspections in North Dakota, New Hampshire Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN budgets slightly more for capex in 2014 Read More »

February 19

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Bombardier, Wabtec, Siemens, Ansaldo, Veolia, HNTB and J.L. Patterson (Feb. 19) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Genesis Energy to construct Class I-served crude terminal in Louisiana Read More »
People
Hickey, Jungwirth join VRE Read More »
MOW
North Carolina DOT marks milestone for rail corridor program Read More »
Intermodal
Three U.S. ports posted volume gains, one registered drop in January Read More »
Safety
NTSB calls on Metro-North to take action on recorders, speed signs Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Irving Oil to convert tank-car fleet to newer-model cars Read More »
People
Weinstein resigns as NJ Transit's top exec; Christie installs Hakim as successor Read More »

February 18

MOW
Santa Clara VTA begins work on third light-rail track near Levi's Stadium Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Ohio short lines: New owner for Youngstown & Southern, new operator for Jackson railroad Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
USDOT preps for TIGER VI funding round Read More »
Passenger Rail
Houston's METRO exceeds ridership projections on new North Line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Rail, enhanced bus options recommended for Minneapolis Midtown Corridor Read More »
People
Oberman wins election as Metra's chairman Read More »
M&A
South Dakota governor no longer opposes DM&E line sale to Genesee & Wyoming Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
In memoriam: Union Pacific's 'iconic and visionary' leader Jim Young Read More »

February 14

Rail Industry Trends
Canadian rail association releases annual 'trends' report Read More »
M&A
M&A activity in global industrial products sector at high ebb in 4Q, PwC says Read More »
Passenger Rail
HART tabs Perkins+Will to design eight stations, unveils mock-up rail car Read More »
Intermodal
South Carolina port continues to drive up intermodal rail volume Read More »
Passenger Rail
TriMet backs bill to exempt personal information from Oregon's open records law Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro Gold Line light-rail extension marks milestone Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North American rail traffic was mostly on the decline in week No. 6 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canada reveals details of 10-year infrastructure plan Read More »

February 13

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Wabtec, Tutor Perini, Hanson, Kelso, the Andersons, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Sam Schwartz (Feb. 13) Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
December freight index posted second-best mark on record, BTS says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
California's HSR authority awards right-of-way engineering, survey contracts Read More »
Mechanical
Tacoma Rail, port partner to seek federal emission-reduction grant Read More »
People
Fort Worth's The T names Ballard president, CEO Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
South Dakota legislators back Genesee & Wyoming's acquisition of DM&E line Read More »
Safety
USDOT should implement new tank-car safety measures, RSI committee says Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Senate committee holds hearing on MAP-21 reauthorization Read More »

February 12

Amtrak
Amtrak turns on free Wi-Fi service for Midwest trains Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
North Dakota crude terminal launches unit train operations Read More »
Passenger Rail
Minnesota rail authority issues RFPs for corridor between St. Paul, Mall of America Read More »
MOW
Caltrain begins clearing vegetation for San Mateo bridge project Read More »
People
Progressive Railroading seeks nominations for Rising Stars 2014 Read More »
Safety
Texas university opens rail safety research center Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Committee reviewing high-speed rail proposal for Alberta Read More »
Shippers
BNSF, ag product shippers hold meeting to address delays Read More »
Intermodal
Florida East Coast posts progress on Port Everglades' new container facility Read More »

February 11

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Trinity, Tutor Perini, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Jacobs (Feb. 11) Read More »
Safety
Operation Lifesaver Canada seeks nominees for 2014 Roger Cyr Award Read More »
Passenger Rail
Ontario to improve GO Transit's Etobicoke North Station Read More »
Intermodal
Portland port expects rebound in 2014; South Carolina ports earn emission-reduction award Read More »
Financials
Genesee & Wyoming: Earnings up in 4Q, but income fell short of expectations Read More »
Passenger Rail
Four teams to compete for D.C. Silver Line rail yard, maintenance facility project Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
CP begins to transport frac sand to Victory Nickel's Alberta plant; UP to build frac sand unit-train facility in Texas with U.S. Silica Read More »
Mechanical
Metrolink picks up additional funds for new low-emission locomotives Read More »

February 10

C&S
Quiet zone progresses in North Dakota; crossing work advances in Ohio Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
CG Railway owner plans return to New Orleans Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North takes steps to improve safety Read More »
Passenger Rail
RTA five-year study reflects economic impact on Chicago mass-transit ridership Read More »
Norfolk Southern Railway
Export coal facility's stormwater management system scores sustainable results, NS says Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Progressive Railroading to launch Secure Rail conference in 2015 Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Transport Canada proposes new grade crossing regulations Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
CBO: Transportation bill will need $100 billion in new taxes or fund transfers Read More »
PTC
PATH aims to complete PTC project on time Read More »

February 7

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news from Whitmore, Alstom, Bombardier, Urban Engineers, Amsted Rail, Sam Schwartz and Nisus (Feb. 7) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Washington state DOT seeks operator for soon-to-reopen Royal Slope line Read More »
Passenger Rail
Valley Metro to note milestone in Central Mesa light-rail extension Read More »
CSX Transportation
CSX to construct inspection yard in Kentucky Read More »
Passenger Rail
MTA completes repairs at six NYCT stations Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
AAR: U.S. railroads registered good traffic-building month to start 2014 Read More »
Amtrak
Amtrak's first new electric locomotive ready for service Read More »
Intermodal
Strong 4Q capped off 'banner year' for intermodal volume, IANA says Read More »
Union Pacific Railroad
UP boosts 2014 capex, installs Fritz as president and COO Read More »

February 6

Passenger Rail
Confederation Line tunnel construction reaches milestone Read More »
Passenger Rail
Sound Transit slates open houses for East Link light-rail extension Read More »
Safety
FRA to deploy new track inspection program in North Dakota town, Sen. Heitkamp says Read More »
Passenger Rail
CTA awards contract for three station restoration projects Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Greenbrier to craft 'Tank Car of the Future,' offer DOT-111 retrofits Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metra to establish chief audit officer post Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
PHMSA fines three oil companies for misclassifying crude shipments Read More »
Canadian National Railway - CN
CN: New pact in place with Teamsters conference; line abandonment plan questioned by Unifor Read More »

February 5

Supplier Spotlight
Rail supplier news for CIT Group, Bombardier, Axion, Aon and Parsons Brinckerhoff (Feb. 5) Read More »
Short Lines & Regionals
Reading and Northern, Coos Bay Rail Link cranked up carloads in 2013 Read More »
Passenger Rail
District of Columbia's DOT issues RFQ for integrated premium transit system Read More »
People
Progressive Railroading seeks nominations for Rising Stars 2014 Read More »
Intermodal
Freight-rail constituents form coalition to bolster Great Northern Corridor Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
Canadian government takes steps to improve grain transportation via rail Read More »
Passenger Rail
PANYNJ proposes $27.6 billion capital plan for next 10 years Read More »
BNSF Railway
BNSF budgets an all-time-high $5 billion for capex in 2014 Read More »

February 4

Intermodal
Virginia port embargoes empty container rail moves due to winter storm Read More »
Rail Industry Trends
Northern Frac Proppants to construct UP-served frac sand mine in Wisconsin Read More »
Passenger Rail
Oklahoma DOT accepts four bids for Sooner Sub rail line sale Read More »
MOW
MassDOT authorizes $23.9 million bridge contract for MBTA Read More »
MOW
Oklahoma port completes marshaling yard track project Read More »
MOW
Coming Thursday: Free webcast on electronic detection, monitoring systems Read More »
Passenger Rail
Metro-North to upgrade New Haven Line's power supply; Gov. Malloy to meet with MTA's Prendergast, Metro-North's Giulietti Read More »
Passenger Rail
Chicago's RTA authorizes bond issue for state-of-good repair projects Read More »
Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB sets new public hearing for competitive switching rules proceeding Read More »

February 3

CSX Transportation
CSX garners spot on climate performance leadership index Read More »
Labor
LIRR workers preparing to strike, union says Read More »
High-Speed Rail
New York DOT to hold hearings on proposed high-speed rail alternatives Read More »
Mechanical
EPA: Instead of ongoing tank-car craze, broadening rail-car demand drove 4Q rebound Read More »
Labor
CN, TCRC to resume negotiations after tentative agreements aren't ratified Read More »
High-Speed Rail
Caltrans allocates $138 million for Metrolink, other transportation projects Read More »
MOW
NS opens bulk transfer facility in Virginia; GM opens KCSM spur in Mexico Read More »
People
Metra names Orseno executive director, CEO Read More »
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